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Prior to the Climate Week NY°C event happening in New York City this week was New York’s Fashion Week, which had the launch of The Green Shows event, showcasing several different eco-fashion designers’ work. While most of us won’t be able to afford the latest designs off New York or Paris runways, here are some ways you can partake in the eco-fashion movement.

Ecoist is first on the list. This is a company that makes and sells a variety of handbags made from recycled candy wrappers, subway maps, soda labels and other such materials. Not only do they use recyclable materials in the creation of their products, they also plant a tree for every bag that is sold. Partnering with Trees for the Future, they have planted trees around the world, including India, Haiti, and Mexico.

Muichic is another brand worth checking out. This company specializes in jewelry and accessories hand made in Columbia. The interesting thing here is all of their products are made from the Tagua nut. Tagua is a seed that comes from the Ivory-Nut Palm or Tagua Palm of South America, and is a great alternative to the use of [vegetable] ivory. While I would highly recommend going nuts over a line of products made out of nuts, I don’t think it would be a good idea to attempt to eat them.

Other brands worth looking into include Ciel, whose clothing is produced with 100% Azo free dyes and uses recycled fabrics; Littlearth clothing, which consists of things like belts, purses and accessories made  of bottle caps, license plates, tire rubber and more;  Pangaya’s organic products ranging from clothing to home décor; and Splaff shoes made of recycled tires, regupol and hemp.

Another thing you can do is watch what you buy. Eco clothes are usually made of hemp, wool, organic cotton, soy silk, bamboo and recycled materials. Keep an eye out for clothing that has labels such as Fairtrade, MADE, OEKOTEX, organic, and the EU Ecolabel (a flower symbol). You can also check out these DIY eco-fashion projects and cheap tricks for making your wardrobe more eco-friendly.

Following these guidelines, you can easily gain a wardrobe that will enhance your “green” lifestyle and make you as eco-fabulous as the stars.

About The Author: Heidi Marshall

I started writing for GF in 2009. After writing over a thousand articles and a bit of a hiatus, I'm back! When I'm not writing, you can find me out for a walk, working in my garden, or making a variety of green crafts.


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