Style Guide: Eco-Friendly Fashion
10 Eco-Friendly Fashion Finds to Wear on Earth Day.
However you choose to bring awareness and celebrate Earth Day tomorrow, translate your love for sustainability and being eco-friendly with organic or recycled textile clothing and accessories or items that are ethically produced. Here are 10 casual-chic items that will have Mother Earth jumping up and down for joy. Don't limit your care for the Earth to just one day a year, use this Earth Day to carry on great acts of love and kindness for others and the nature around us to help preserve it and give it the means to flourish; in a fashionable way, of course.
Jewelry doesn't have to be composed of gold and silver elements but can also be made of sustainable fabrics and hardware like Study's Woven Plum Square Necklaces. Each necklace is machine knit to create a gradient of colors in the yarn and then handwoven to create the weave texture. All of the necklaces are finished with a recycled brass bead closure. Wear one of the lengths shown with a simple neckline LBD and heels for a night out, or layer multiple lengths and mix and match different colors against a simple T-shirt and your favorite jeans and sneakers for a stand-out street look. The label Study not only makes unique and eco-conscious woven necklaces but equally unique shirts of a color blocked, simple, or boldly printed nature. Conceptualized by designer Tara St James, Study was created in New York to produce an ethical contemporary women's clothing and accessories line using sustainable materials.
Ditch your standard white button-down for Chinti and Parker's Heart Print Collar Shirt. It's a twist on the classic silhouette and closet staple by showcasing a simple and charming heart outline print. What's not to love about it? Style the top with your favorite denim bottoms and flats or wedges and you are good to go.
Chinti and Parker has roots in the UK and is a carbon neutral company that uses organic and ethically sourced materials to produce clothing collections of classic pieces with innovative twists.
You may have heard or seen Cleobella's utterly cute, boho-chic bags, clutches and wallets, but did you know that designer Angela O'Brien's pieces supports the livelihood of foreign artisans and designers?
Founded in Bali and with a love for the heritage and culture, Cleobella works with Bali artisans to provide them with a sustainable income. Cleobella's Mexicana Moon Bag offers a crossbody feature and intricate designs, perfect for slinging on your side for a tree-planting event or any Earth Day efforts.
These earrings speak for themselves; a strong shape, bold green color, and a sophisticated and edgy look. This is jewelry that anyone can wear casually or more dressed up. A Peace Treaty's Korla Earrings are made of small faceted malachinte stones and spiked detail on gold-plated brass; created ethically and on an artisan level. A Peace Treaty is inspired by hand-crafting cultures and traditions of the Middle East, Asia, South America and Africa; focusing on a particular region each season by providing opportunities for local village artisans.
Alternative Apparel may look familiar since it is available in many of our favorite stores; offering soft, organic cotton and naturally dyed clothing made in Peru by the local artisans. Since 1995, the brand has been striving to provide comfortable and simplistic apparel on a sustainable level. Alternative's 'Give it Up' Organic Cotton Hooded Vest is great for throwing on before and after a workout, to lounge in, or wear out with a pop of color. It will become your closet's 'it' item.
Can anyone have enough totes? They're easy to use on a day-to-day basis, and brand Awamaki makes them in a variety of colors and patterns, but most importantly these totes and other clothing and home goods are handmade by artisans of the greater Ollantaytambo community of Peru. The designs are handwoven, knit or sewed, and made of naturally-dyed textiles, hand spun alpaca yarns and felt.
Awakami not only has a commitment to using and creating sustainable products from independently-
run cooperatives and from locally sourced materials, but also to ensure a living wage for the artisans.
Alkemie is like a treasure cove of beautifully crafted jewelry made from 100 percent reclaimed metals inspired by nature and it also offers one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. The brand works to not only create jewelry in the best, true likeliness of their inspirations like these rings, but wants to be the catalyst for change in the jewelry industry. To do this, it uses social and environmentally-conscious practices by providing local living wages and eco-sustainability. And each month, a portion of its sales is donated to a different charity. Check out the intricate work of Alkemie, you are sure to find a ring, necklace, bangle/bracelet, cuff, earrings, or belts that suit your fancy and has a powerful brand culture behind it.
Eileen Fisher has been a household name for the past three decades, providing effortless, contemporary clothing for women with social and environmental initiatives. Aside from providing grant programs for women and people in the community, Eileen Fisher practices producing clothing ethically and good for the environment by developing eco material, supporting renewable energy and recycling clothing.
The brand thinks about the bigger picture and provides sustainability throughout the lifecycle of the products. Any of Eileen Fisher's tops and sweaters can be paired with the brand’s boyfriend jeans or with your own go-to bottoms.
You can be eco-friendly when working out with Solow, which has a wide range of fitness and lounge apparel that is health and earth conscious by using sustainable wicking fabrics in classic and unique silhouettes for any workout. You'll have gym members or fitness classmates turning heads with Solow's Ombre Tank, Tie Dye Racerback Bra, and Contrast Stitch Crop Leggings; wear together or mix and match.
Solow's apparel is versatile and you can easily wear the ombre tank with a bandeau underneath and jeans and flats for an easy look.
Being eco-friendly also doesn't have to stop at the gym or studio, bring it to the beach or pool with Eco Swim by Aqua Green's apparel that not only reduces carbon footprints but is fashion forward. All pieces inside and out are locally sourced, made in the US and of all recycled materials. You'll want to wear Eco Swim's Shirred Side Ombre and Solid Colored coverups all summer, and you'll be helping to promote sustainability, too.
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