Save The Planet One Outfit At A Time With These 10 Eco-Labels We Love
This coming Sunday (April 22), we celebrate Earth Day and thank this lovely planet for all its provided us, as well as take action in maintaining it (that is, unless, the world ends this year—so we might as well be reeeally grateful). So for starters, we can appreciate our dear Mother Earth with a cute outfit that's eco-friendly and eco-fashionable. There's plenty of designers who create some pretty amazing apparel, accessories, and jewelry that wouldn't even come close to the typical first thought of what a "green" garment would be like (think itchy hemp and plain old cotton basics). We compiled our top 10 eco-fashion labels below that you can shop now, which range from luxury jewelry and undergarments to swimwear and pastel-colored high heels: SAMANTHA PLEET The Brooklyn-based designer has been making clothes with organic materials since 2006 while keeping the design process entirely local in NYC. Her designs have captured the hearts of stylish indie darlings, including Victoria Legrand from Beach House and Au Revoir Simone. Now, she's made an exclusive collection with Anthropologie, titled Treasure by Samantha Pleet, which includes draped and printed frocks and midi dresses. MELISSA This Brazilian footwear line prides itself on creating stylish and comfortable footwear—made of plastic. Yes, plastic. Sure, this is a different take on our usual collection of leather brogues and suede heels but these fashionable pairs promote the use of recycled and sustainable materials. Plus, the line's trademark composition molds to your feet and absorbs odor. A great selection is available on Yoox.com, which include ballet flats, open-toe heels, and sandals. BY NATALIE FRIGO Who knew that eco-friendly jewelry could be look so beautiful? This NYC jewelry line By Natalie Frigo boasts handmade pieces whose stones are ethically sourced and conflict-free, this means that you can flaunt your bling without the worry if the stones were forcefully mined in unsafe or illegal conditions. The metalwork and details are also recycled or reclaimed. VIVIENNE WESTWOOD The Brit-eccentric designer Vivienne Westwood creates her second collaboration in partnership with the International Trade Centre's Ethical Fashion Program of the United Nation, which support rural African villages. Her collection boasts rucksacks, totes, and shoulder bags handmade in Kenya and made of recycled materials and organic cotton canvas. We like how the designs are so original and almost give off a vintage vibe. Thanks, Viv! ONLY HEARTS Our favorite from this NYC-made clothing line is the Night Shirt (above, middle, $75), which is totally in line with this season's pajama-style trend. Other underpinnings include delicate-like panties, chemises, pants, tanks, and cardigans—all made from 100% organic cotton, which means that these super soft threads (imported from Peru) will help you rest easy at night for more reason than just comfiness. SIDNEY GARBER This family-run, luxury jewelry line is a favorite from the iconically fashion-foward Olsen twins (the girls love the cuffs!). So it makes us happy to know that the collection of earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets are not only so in style that they caught the eye of an Olsen, but the pieces that make up these beautiful items are responsibly-sourced and proceeds benefit organizations who help support the arts in American and better the lives of children and young adults, such as the Child Mind Institute. MAR Y SOL The process behind this sustainable accessories-and-home line takes place both in New York and Madagascar, where the products' natural materials are sourced from the island's forests. Artists in New York design the collection, followed by artisans in Madagascar crafting these beach-friendly handbags above through proper living wages provided by Mar Y Sol. Following this type of unique business model allows families in Madagascar to be financially independent as well as boost the island's economy. LEMLEM Liya Kebede (whose resume also includes actress, model, and former World Health Organisation's Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health) provides her hometown Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, with work opportunities to handcraft her collection apparel and accessories, which so far has pleased the buyers of J. Crew, one of Lemlem's retailers. These brightly colored and preppy-style items help preserve the art of weaving (a tedious craft), as well as increase employment and economic independence in her native land. OLGA OLSSON The London-based designer is inspired by her global travels while designing her eponymous, eco-friendly, and luxe swimwear collection. Produced in a small atelier in Brazil, where all of the swimsuits' materials, from fabrics to trims, are locally sourced. Her signature label tags are also recyclable and reusable, which are hung onto the bathing suits with a traditional "wish bracelet" from Bahia's Salvador. Her ethical designs have attracted a celebrity clientele, including Sienna Miller, Natalia Vodianova, and Kate Moss. TOMMY HILFIGER The classic American designer has supported the organization Millennium Promise and the Millennium Villages Project since 2009. This year, Hilfiger created an African-inspired collection, which includes a Millenium Promise Wrap Skirt ($118), Millennium Promise Short Sleeve Top ($78), and Millenium Promise Patchwork Dress ($158), where 100% of its proceeds help benefit African communities. The campaign is fronted by Katie Holmes (whose celebrity style has turned heads with her floral jeans and nautical top), which, in our opinion, is a perfect match. We'd love to see Suri sporting some of these geo-printed garments! Read more fashion and beauty news: DVF x Current/Elliot, MAC's nautical nail polish, and Liberty London x Doc Martens.
Vivienne Westwood’s Ethical Africa Collection Defines “Fashion Karma”
Vivienne Westwood is one hip, hip lady, man. The kooky Brit best known for her punk-influenced styles and devoted love of the motherland (she even has a diffusion line named "Anglomania") has stepped way, way out of her comfort zone, delivering a line of bags with nary a safety pin or patch of plaid in sight. For the second time, Westwood has partnered with the International Trade Centre's Ethical Fashion Program of the United Nations to provide jobs and income to rural African villages through the production of her Ethical Fashion Africa collection. The clutches, totes, and caryalls are handmade by impoverished women in Kenya, all of whom are "empowered by the pride they take in their work and new skills learnt" (per Westwood's site), benefiting both the women themselves and their communities at large. The line uses recycled materials and organic cotton canvas, which we think makes them a perfectly apropos purchase this Earth Month (that's this month, litterbug). Browse the bags in the slideshow above, or head to Westwood's site to view the whole collection (prices are between $150 for the Bark Flower Clutch and $435 for the Chaos Weekender). For more eco-fashion news, check out FEED bags' past partnership with Gap and their Halloween collex.
Earth Day 2011 Roundup: The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Using Your Green To Go Green
Lauren Bush for Gilt.com and Origins skincare are both having green-themed sales in honor of Earth Day Didn't get a change to plant a tree today? We know you're busy, so we've rounded up some ways you can put your consumerism to good use. Alright, we admit it, we feel kind of hypocritical telling you to go out and purchase consumer items on Earth Day, but honestly, if you're in the mood to spend some green today, why not do so on products that are well, green. Gilt Groupe has a selection of eco-themed products for sale today, curated by Lauren Bush. Juicy Couture will donate $1 for every pair of "Peony" sunglasses (which are made from 55% renewable plant material) they sell. Elizabeth Arden is giving away a free eco-friendly tote for every purchase of a product from their Green Tea line, plus free shipping when you enter the code "GREEN." Origins is offering a free eco-friendly facial cleanser with any purchase of $30 or more, plus free shipping. Net-a-Porter's Runway to Green Collection is featured on the site today, which donates 10% of the proceeds to major environmental causes. Lavanila will plant one tree through the Nature Conservancy for every person who "likes" the brand's Facebook page.
Fashion’s Heavy Hitters Set Out To Prove Green Can Be Chic With Runway To Green Show
Fashion week is coming the first week of February, but this year it will be followed closely by an initiative to set the record straight about eco-friendly fashion. The fundraiser, Runway to Green, will take place at Christies's auction house in New York during their Save the Earth event March 29th [WWD]. Net-a-porter will be the only carrier of the exclusive pieces by heavy hitters Prada, Balenciaga, Burberry, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs. The pieces will be available directly after the show on Net-a-Porter's site, and will feature special tags wholesaled among their fall collections. A portion of every wholesale sale will benefit Runway to Green, which, in turn, is earmarking those funds for several environmental organizations. Follow the author of this post on Twitter @shefindseileen. Get ready to go green! If you're already on board, check out our guides to eco friendly fashion, shop Net-a-Porter now, along with their sister site, the more inexpensive The Outnet, and don't forget to check our calendar of online sample sales and our hand-chosen sales and deals every day.