With wacky weather globally and devastating storms sweeping our country, eco-friendly fashion is increasingly important. We all want to look our best, and we can, while simultaneously being socially conscious in our choices. That is, supporting brands who do their part in protecting our planet in terms of fabrication, production and more. Companies are enforcing sustainable practices and finding new resources and ways to repurpose from bathing suits to ball gowns. Below are some amazing stylish examples that I feel proud to recommend.
Bleusalt out of Malibu is a seasonless line of soft and luxurious basics made in the USA and 100% sustainable. The scarves/wraps come in different lengths and are made from recycled bamboo, are well priced (1 yard at $50.00) and are simply the softest. Eco-friendly fashion at its finest.
Kule, based in New York and popular for it’s striped sweaters and smiley, rainbow patterns has launched Kule Green. This new line consists of organic cotton basics sold in biodegradable packaging.
Former Vogue Paris stylist, Talia Collins, combines her love for fashion with her concerns for the environment, specifically marine life. Her eponymous line reinvents swimwear made from Econyl, a plastic marine litter that is spun into yarn. Vibrant colors of debris transform into chic and eco-friendly fashion forward bathing suits.
Founded by Marcia Kemp, Nannacay, is a “social fashion project” bringing simple yet beautiful bags and other objects from artisans in Peru to those that appreciate refined and elegant handmade pieces. Marcia’s mission is to “ help people develop creative potential by serving as a bridge between people who need help and people who want to help.” These bags are spectacular pieces plus made out of natural and organic materials.
Chic ready-to-wear line Another Tomorrow makes every decision for their “technology-based circular economy” brand using three guiding pillars: human, animal and environmental welfare. Their designs go beyond the basics while being wearable and timeless. All of their materials are responsibly grown and ethically manufactured. And the brand uses fashion as a “pathway to activism …. amplifying voices for change.”
Red Carpet Green Dress Initiative
For more than a decade, designers have put environmentally friendly and socially responsible gowns on the red carpet as part of Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress Initiative (RCGD). Prior to Covid19 putting the pause on red-carpet events, Christian Siriano and Louis Vuitton participated in this initiative merging sustainable fashion with haute couture. The criteria for these gowns: fabricated from organic, recycled or repurposed fibers. Louis Vuitton dressed BlackkKlansman star Laura Harrier in an “Aroni Spa blue crepe silk.” The dress was certified by the Global Organic Textile Standards for the 2019 Oscars. Christian Siriano outfitted Danielle Macdonald in a red cotton crepe vegetable-dyed fabric with sleeves of recycled tulle that same year.
The Giving Keys
For those who long for jewelry with a purpose, try paying it forward with The Giving Keys. These repurposed keys are stamped with empowering words such as “strength, hope, and believe.” They are meant to be passed on to those who need the messages more than oneself. The company also employs people transitioning out of homelessness and the keys are a reminder that “we are all unique, flawed, scarred and sometimes discarded by others.”