It has been ingrained in our minds for years that recycling is better for the earth. Emphasis on organic foods and biodegradable products is publicized everywhere showing how to live healthy. Both of these are significant influences on our everyday lives, but if you think about it, so is fashion! For most of us fashionistas, what we will wear for the day is calculated down to the last accessory. So why aren’t we taking time to learn about the things that consume a large part of our thoughts during the day? Suzanna, co-founder of the blog Green House of Fashion, was lovely enough to meet with us for an interview to tell us about her eco-fashion blog, and give us a little insight as to what goes into being eco-friendly in your wardrobe and how to be fashionable while still being sustainable.
Drink Local Beer, Order Beers on Tap.
Yes it’s even possible to adopt a green stance towards going out on the town. One easy way to do this is to order beers from local breweries- they have lower costs of production and their products travel shorter distances than larger, more well-known breweries.
Milk has long been touted as great for our bones. It’s the base of every dairy product you’ve ever loved. Thanks to a young German designer and biochemist named Anke Domaske, however, it also makes a lovely dress. Qmilch, a combination of quality and the German word for milk, is a fabric that is both eco-friendly and wonderful to the touch. It surpasses the quality of cotton and is said to have a similar sensation to silk, but it’s as easy to wash and dry as everyday wear.
What started out as a pop-up shop has now entered the online world making unique fashionable finds available to all. Imilla Road is dedicated to the fiercely independent, refreshingly unique, yet infinitely wearable collections of emerging fashion designers.
They offer unique apparel, shoes, swimwear, jewelry and accessories from more than 30 independent designers, at pleasing prices that won’t cause heart palpitations!
And if that isn't convincing enough, ImillaRoad.com also features Eco-friendly designers who use sustainable, organic and natural materials in their products which is all made in the good ol' US of A!
Invasive Species is a project started by Nicole Dextras with the purpose of creating beautiful and wearable creations out of the plant life that most people find to be a nuisance. The series of clothing pieces began as Weedrobes in 2005 as an experiment in creating clothing from everyday material found in nature.
Now the project has evolved into a series that takes a long hard look at consumerism, particularly in regards to the fashion industry. Each piece is made from entirely renewable material, most of which are seen by both suburban and urban dwellers as a bane similar to cockroaches. These materials are unwanted in ones backyard, but are harmless and make gorgeous dresses. Models wearing the dresses are also photographed in an urban setting, creating a stark juxtaposition between the natural and man-made. When the dresses are done being modeled and showcased, they are left in a garden or similar environment to decompose naturally.
After debuting last September at the Green Shows during Eco Fashion Week, The Sway has become an environmentally–approved staple in our closets. Created by Sydney-born designer Belinda Pasqua, the bags featured in The Sway’s collection are made solely from leftover leather from a motorcycle accessories factory in Pakistan, as well as rewoven cotton which makes up the inner lining.
The collection consists of mostly clutches and shoulder bags, as well as a few other designs. Each bag is made unique by the textured exteriors, which make fringe and studs look cool again. (Not that they were ever not cool, of course!) We’re in love with Carter ($185, left) in Sky, a mini fringe, double zip chain purse.
Recessionistas, have no fear! I know every woman has an expensive pair of jeans in their closet that they paid way too much money for! But why wouldn’t you buy them? Your butt has never looked so good, nor have your legs ever looked this skinny! They make you feel great about yourself! However, it is hard to continue dishing out a few hundred dollars for a pair in these tough times.
Have no fear, Daniella Siri is here! Her Recession Denim line, launched in April 2009 gives women great jeans on the cheap. They range from $85-$120 and like to hug the figure. Only the brave should slip-on! Daniella’s idea is that women spend a little more on a pair of great, staple jeans that will be in style for a while. This allows you to splurge on the trendy tops, sweaters, and jewelry you have been eyeballing for days! [Couture in the City]