Monday April 22 celebrates Earth Day–an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Eco fashion has emerged as an easy way of reducing the overall carbon footprint of the production process, making garments safer, and more available for the average consumer.
As our motivation to “go green” increases, so does the demand for environmentally-friendly products. Our green lifestyle should also extend to the clothes we wear. Wouldn’t be nice to find garments that are manufactured in a way that reduces pollution, provides fair and equitable job opportunities, and is free from harmful chemicals?
Here are 6 clothing lines you can count on for meeting your “green” needs.
1. Julie Bee’s footwear:
This unique line launched in November 2012 to provide the modern woman with an eco-friendly, elegant shoe option. Owner Julie Brown recognized that most women’s footwear is made with little regard to the environment, with long-term damaging effects on the community. Bee’s shoes are made in an American facility that supports sustainable processes limiting the carbon footprint. The end result is Julie Bee’s fashionable, eco‐chic line of footwear styling women consciously with the future in mind. Julie Bee’s is saving one “sole” at a time.
2. Muichic (moo.e.sheek)
This line with a quirky name is a fair trade, sustainable and organic jewelry line designed in Vermont and ethically handmade in Colombia. All of the natural wares are handcrafted from the Tagua seed (a raw material). As unique as it is rare…bold, chunky, colorful, playful and best of all: natural.
3. The Story: BIo-Imaginarte
The founders of BIO Imaginarte take the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” to heart. The focus of BIO when it began in 1992 was educating Mexico in the need to protect and restore the environment. Working with women who live in several villages as an aspect of its education efforts, BIO helped designed bags and other functional products that are made from manufactured materials, reusing aluminum pop tops, rubber from tires and plastic billboards, as well as recycling paper and candy wrappers. The women are paid a fair price for each piece that they make, which promotes the beauty of handmade products while addressing one of the main causes of environmental deterioration in Mexico – poverty.
4. ‘Giving Back’ Bags by DIR
DIR (Developing Indigenous Resources) is a non-profit that improves life for people in the most neglected areas of the developing world. Arova Studio bags are made my artisan groups using a plethora of recycled materials in their designs–seat belts, bicycle tire tubes, plastic bags, and newspaper. The organization teaches disadvantaged women to sew then hires them to make these gorgeous accessories. These women become artisans who earn critical income for their families.
Never go to a friend’s home with a naked bottle of wine. Show up in ‘green’ style with the Janta Wine Bag. It’s already recycled and can be reused many times. This collection offers many unique gift ideas for women.
Totoknits is a collection of ethically made knitwear for babies and children, made from locally grown, spun and dyed organic cotton. Totoknits are hand-knitted by local Kenyan women, providing opportunities to learn new skills, work in a family-friendly, flexible job and gain financial independence. Totoknits creates its own designs and works with other designers to create customized, private label knitwear items that are ethically produced.
shoes are made out of an eco-friendly material. The upper portion of each pair of KANDALS is made with organic cotton from Spain while the outsole is composed of natural rubber. We do not use animal products in any part of KANDALS.
Founded and run by college students, KANDALS are a unique line of scented, vegan shoes made in Spain. KANDALS follows the motto “for students, by students” in helping like-minded students learn about the real business world. KANDALS collaborates with students to run their own marketing campaigns, learn about branding, and also supports them in launching their own businesses.