These 8 Instagram Accounts make ‘Green’ fashion look GOOD.
by Amanda Galvez
Adding a new piece of clothing to your wardrobe is always exciting, but what else is that pair of jeans doing – other than completing the ideal summer look? Uses of water, energy, chemicals and waste are all heavily involved in the fashion industry, making it the third most polluting field in the world.With fashion being the second largest consumer and polluter of water, that perfect pair of blue jeans may not be so perfect after all. While using over 1,000 gallons of water to produce denim, it is clear that textiles fall heavily in the water-use category, especially in the fiber production stage. At the weaving stage, pollution of chemicals from treating and dying these materials all flow into our rivers, streams, lakes and oceans. Let’s talk energy. The clothes we regularly buy are only increasing to the world’s carbon footprint. Yes, it takes a lot of energy to grow the materials to make clothes; but, carbon emissions are used even more in the factories that produce items, as well as in transit to distribute these items that conveniently arrive at your favorite stores. So what happens to your old pair of jeans that you threw out to be replaced by your new, super-cute jeans? They don’t just go away. In fact, they end up in a landfill along with 85% of other clothing Americans throw out each year. Even here, in a landfill far away from you, these materials take years to break down and never completely disappear.But don’t worry! There are several other alternatives in fashion to help reduce carbon emission levels, support eco-friendly brands and still make green look good. Follow the links below for our favorite brands, bloggers and stores that are sustainable standouts!
1. Matt & Nat
This modern handbag and shoe brand is 100% vegan, using alternative leather materials, cork, rubber and recycled plastic water bottles.
“Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We’re #2” is this brand’s slogan, and we’d have to agree! Their pieces are not only trendy and flattering, but made from sustainable materials, reused deadstock fabrics and repurposed vintage.
Jet Rag specializes in vintage inside their shop and secondhand thrifted goods outside on the driveway every Sunday for their weekly $1 Sunday Sale. Make sure to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) and get ready to find some hidden clothing gems!
This tailored seller highlights secondhand pieces from brands like L.L. Bean, Champion and Polo Sport, connecting with the consumer digitally through an online shop, as well as by popping up at flea markets like the Santa Clarita Speedway and The Rose Bowl Flea. With several alternatives to the fast fashion world, shopping can be fun and empowering. Don’t worry about sacrificing style when choosing to go with a more green brand, because those new, thrifted jeans you just got look great!
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What is Sustainability?
The contemporary sustainability movement brings together environmental protection, social responsibility and economic practice. It requires grass roots movements, political advocacy, corporate responsibility on sustainable products, education and the efforts of non profits to successfully make an impact. Read More