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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

FEATURE: Eco Fashion - Wear & Care

Just wanted to flag up an article I had published over at FashionTribes AfroLove Tribe in their Sep 06 issue. The AfroLove Tribe covers style, sustainability, travel, food and much more with some great stuff from Treehugger and co. Worth a visit. Here is the link to my article which is also reproduced below for your immediate viewing pleasure, looks like they tidied it up a bit, for the better I might add he he he.
Being an Eco-Conscious Fashionista Has Never Been Easier
Fashion is a statement, and whether you like it or not, what you wear shows how much you care. From Leo DiCaprio & his Prius, to Laurie David's campaign for eco-enlightenment, to Al Gore's Hollywood turn as a documentarian on the effects of global warming, being green has come out of the fringe. Which is good news for fashionistas with eco-leanings. It's never been easier to find fashionable and cool organic & ethical clothing. Gone are the days when you had to sacrifice style for sustainability. To increase the green factor of your wardrobe, here are some affordable resources worth checking out:

- Ciel, the new label from Sarah Ratty, the designer who brought you Conscious Earthwear, makes it easy for the eco-friendly gal to look fab. Really, really, on a budget? 'The Natural Store' from Ciel has new 'Fabulous Reductions' on already low-priced products every week.

- If the ecology, fashion, and ultra-hip, must-read blog doesn't do it for you, the 75 percent off on all Fair Trade and Ecological collections on People Tree definitely will.

- Natural Collection isn't just a website for all your organic fashion needs. Their 'inspiring products for a better world' also consist of natural gardening products, well-being products, and books, among other thing.

- For the casual, comfortable fashion hippy, Howies has your everyday jeans and super-cute tees at very affordable prices.

- The cute, eco-related t-shirts found at Glo4Life are available for men, women, and children. A must-have for the snarky ecoist.

- For something a little funkier and off-beat, check out the very limited edition recycled shoes from Worn Again, the awesome handbags from Ecoist and the ultimate online store for handmade stuff, Etsy.

- Finally, to keep on top of ethical fashion choices and issues, keep an eye on Treehugger's Fashion Articles, and of course, our own urban experiments with being green at City Hippy.
Being stylish was never so green!



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At 6:49 AM, Blogger David Tebbutt said...

Here's a paradox.

One way to diminish pollution and consumption of raw materials is to stop buying stuff for the sake of it. Yet there's all this "Buy this", "Buy that" emphasis. I mean, Eco Fashion - were there ever two more contradictory words placed next to each other?

Of course this, in theory at least, moves money to the deserving. But surely less 'consumerism' not more is better for the planet. But not necessarily for the people on it.

As I said, a paradox.

At 6:57 AM, Blogger City Hippy said...

Hi David

I see your point but this is my thinking on the topic.

I am not into fashion. I describe my sense of style as urban einsten: I wear variations on a theme of simple urban wear ie jeans and shirts.

I tend to think before spending money. Sadly I am not the norm.

Millions of people are into fashion and spend money much more freely than I. I will not condemn that though. Being green is never that black or white ;)

The vast majority of those folks are not yet into green solutions. Even though they might be into the idea. They need simple green solutions and alternatives for their everyday problems.

But we cannot expect them to move at the same pace as other new greens. We all move at a pace that suits us.

So we look at what they do do and show them the green alternatives.

For them it constitutes step one on their green path. They stay into fashion. They still spend money. But they buy slightly more sustainable stuff and support the growth of sustainable fashion.

For us green folk it means engaging with a new audience.

Win win win.



At 8:33 AM, Blogger David Tebbutt said...

Yeah I know. Sigh.


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