Eco Friendly Fashion: - when some people hear about the word eco-friendly, what immediately springs to mind is people living in treehouses and wearing hippie clothing!. It is obviously a narrow-minded perception, but some people still think like that.
Times have changed though, and so many people now have learned that living on Earth entails a bit more social responsibility. Irrepairable damage to the environment is happening every day, and if nothing is done about it, our natural resources will all be exhausted eventually!.
Being green or eco-friendly does not need to be drastically life-changing. We can do it one step at a time. We can even start simply with our clothes. Eco friendly fashions are growing in popularity recently, along with other eco friendly products.
One way of going down the eco friendly fashions route is by buying vintage , second-hand or recycled / upcycled clothing. Vintage clothes are always fashionable, as long as you learn how to add eco friendly accessories along with eco friendly shoes and an eco friendly handbag as well to them. Recycled or upcycled clothing helps the environment a lot by saving scrap materials or old clothing from clogging up the landfills and breathing a whole new life out of them.
Eco friendly fashion does not just mean recycled clothing. New clothes are definitely okay, but being green about it means that we have to be aware about how they were made.
First of all, we should be aware about who has manufactured them and where. So many textile and clothing companies have outsourced their manufacturing processes to countries like China, Sri Lanka or Cambodia because labor is cheap.
There should be nothing wrong about that, except that these companies must engage in fair trade and make sure that their workers are working under humane and favorable conditions.
Sweatshops where employees are overworked and underpaid should not be tolerated. Looking into how these manufacturers also give back to the community is another way of measuring their sense of social responsibility.
Then there are the clothes themselves. Eco friendly clothing should be made with a high percentage of organic materials or reusing fabric scraps. Examples of eco-friendly fabric are organic cotton ,soy, hemp clothes and bamboo.
Levi Strauss, for example, uses organic cotton, recycled buttons and zippers, as well as natural indigo dye on their denim products.
Eco-friendly clothes unfortunately have a reputation for being a bit pricier than their normal clothing counterparts. Organic materials and taking part in fair trade is not cheap, after all. However, eco-friendly fashion does not need to break the bank.
You will just have to be diligent in gathering information before you buy. Some examples of affordable eco-friendly brands are American Apparel, Levi Strauss, Jonano, Rawganique and REI.
These companies all go out of their way to produce clothes that have as less impact to the environment as possible. Plus, there are numerous websites that could help you find eco-friendly clothing options, without having to spend a fortune.
However, the best way of being green about fashion is to make the clothes yourself. You can source your own organic fabric and materials, print patterns from free source on the internet and put it together yourself!.
"Now, it can’t get any more sustainable than that, right?."
by guest writer Eva Martinez of Chicago Illinois
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