Who says eco fashion is not fashionable?
Although Blue Democracy doesn’t have a huge variety of clothes for you to choose from, the ones they offer are fashionable and edgy. Their clothes are made from bamboo, which require considerably less amount of water to grow than cotton.
Visit Blue Democracy online store here!
This fantastic little gem offers daily sales on their already VERY affordable prices. Thank you LovingEco!! Based in Brooklyn, NY, the LovingEco team searches for and researches the best eco-friendly and natural products in fashion & accessories, beauty, personal care and toys for baby and kids and products to make moms’ lives easier. They look for companies founded and led by innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs who are making a difference, including organic, vegan, cruelty-free, fair trade, recycled, sustainable, made in the USA, made locally, handmade, biodegradable energy and resource efficient.
My new year resolution, starting today!
If you’re resolving to think more about how you dress and where your clothes come from in 2012, but aren’t sure where to start, look no further than this fantastic collaboration between Amisha Ghadiali of elegancerebellion.com and Joana Casaca Lemos.
Making the switch to a more sustainable wardrobe can be a bit overwhelming. It’s true that there a lot of issues to contend with, many of which may never have crossed our minds before!
We try to see all these issues as different challenges; to overcome with innovation, creativity and a playful, fun approach to our clothing.
Amisha’s 12 Rules To Dress By poster does just that by giving you a helping hand in becoming more savvy with your buying and more creative with your style, encouraging re-use and putting a bit more thought into what happens to your clothing through every step of its lifespan. We especially love the idea of the checklist to keep track of things easily!
At the end of 2010, I wrote these 12 resolutions which have since become my 12 Rules To Dress By when I started to realise that even though awareness was rising about the issues in the global fashion industry most of us don’t have a clue how to think about making our wardrobes sustainable. When I speak to friends and colleagues there doesn’t seem to be a great feeling of responsibility about how we shop and how we dress. Many feel that it’s a girl’s fashion issue, yet we all wear clothes no matter our sex, age, or how stylish we consider ourselves.
[…] Clothes are an important part of our daily life. We have the opportunity to affect millions of people’s lives and to protect our environment by how we shop and what we wear. Rules are made to be broken, but by following these you can make a difference.
The poster is available to download in PDF format (& in a number of different languages) here.
What makes it fair?
As industrialization hit Uruguay in the 1970’s, many of its rural artisans (mostly women) found themselves left behind. To help generate income opportunities and preserve their craft, a non-profit group formed. Manos del Uruguay (Hands of Uruguay) helps these artisans with skills like administration, production, sales and marketing to help them find a larger market for their gorgeous handmade creations. Today, Manos boasts 350 members, including the women from the workshop in Trinidad, Uruguay, who not only earn a fair wage, but enjoy paid vacations, yearly bonuses, health insurance, and retirement benefits.
Check out this lovely scarf at Fair Indigo. It’s on sale for $ 19.99 :)
They also have matching mittens!
See, the Quest for Eco Fashion and Fair Trade Clothing is not so difficult after all. You just have to keep looking!
(I’m not affiliated with Fair Indigo in any way. I just want to support their good practice!)
Look what came in the mail for me today :)
(1) Sustainable Fashion: Why Now?: A Conversation Exploring Issues, Practices, and Possibilities
by Janet Hetorn and Connie Ulasewicz
(2) Eco Chic: A Guide to Ethical Fashion
by Matilda Lee