Ethical consumers and designers everywhere are falling for fair trade and eco-friendly fashion. Though often more costly than mass produced clothing, certified products are worth the extra cash because they ensure environmentally friendly materials and integrity throughout production. The results are high quality fabrics, unique styles and a sense of social and environmental awareness.
Read on to discover where to find your own sustainable styles:
People Tree – UK
“For every beautiful garment People Tree makes, there is an equally beautiful change happening somewhere in the world”. The British and Japanese designers of People Tree keep in mind the local skills of workers in different parts of the world. This helps provide more employment opportunities during the production process. The garments include beautiful hand embroidered details and local organic dyes. Britain’s sweetheart and fashion activist, Emma Watson, has collaborated with People Tree to produce top London and Parisian inspired dresses, tops, bottoms and blazers.
Check out the website for shipping and locations: http://www.peopletree.co.uk/
Red Jade and Peridot Kiss – Canada
The West-Coast women’s lines from Margarita Angelatos inspire femininity and environmental awareness in every stitch. Using organic hemp, cotton and wool, in collaboration with other eco-luxurious fabrics, the former Generation Next winner was included in Vancouver’s ECO Fashion Week last month. The Red Jade line combines awareness of a women’s inner beauty along with the inner beauty of the planet, while the Peridot Kiss line concentrates on comfort using sustainable fabrics for flowing frocks.
Check out http://wearredjade.com/ and http://peridotkiss.com/ for shipping and locations.
Preloved “ North America, Europe, Australia and Japan
Former model and fashion editor, Julia Grieve, founded Preloved in Toronto in 1995. Her co-op student at the time was Peter Friesen, fresh out of Ryerson University’s Fashion Design Program. Friesen’s vision complemented Preloved’s philosophy and Friesen is now Creative Director of the acclaimed store and label. Creating one of a kind garments from reclaimed materials, Preloved takes vintage fashion to a whole new level. Old fabrics are recycled into freshly chic outfits, keeping sustainability as essential as style. Even Preloved’s newest collections were created from the remnants of last season’s fabrics.
To see what celebs like Kate Hudson and Minnie Driver are talking about go to http://www.preloved.ca/ for more information.