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In case you’ve been living under a giant rock, eco-friendly clothing has moved way beyond its boring image of drab colors and roughly woven shirts. Today’s sustainable clothing is chic, modern, and 100% fashionable! Expand your wardrobe with a clear conscience thanks to our list of trends for ethical fashion and environmentally friendly clothing.

 

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Shoes and boots aren’t the only things that leave their mark on our planet: every piece of clothing has its own unique ecological footprint. That starts with the 130 billion pounds of textile produced worldwide every year. That production process requires enormous amounts of farmland, fresh water, and chemicals. It also generates high levels of CO2. And that’s just the environmental impact of the clothing industry! Besides their ecological footprint, it’s very likely that your favorite curve-hugging jeans or deep-V tee were manufactured in dangerous working conditions. Fortunately more and more fashion brands are designing clothes that feel great on your body AND are ethically made.

 

SUSTAINABLE MENSWEAR AND WOMEN’S FASHION

A growing number of designers is stepping up to the challenges of our times. In 2015, Dutch fashion brand G-Star partnered with designer Pharrell Williams on a collection of denim made from recycled ocean plastic. Their RAW for the Oceans collaboration had enough innovative style to shatter any misconceptions about eco-friendly clothing. Then there’s American designer Eileen Fisher. As a strong presence in organic women’s clothing, Fisher has pledged to use only organic cotton and linen in her collections by the year 2020. The brand also aims to reduce waste by designing quality garments to last a lifetime. And if you should lose a button along the way, they provide free repair services to mend any damaged items. Environmentally responsible fashion brand tentree is committed to reforestation by planting ten trees for every item of clothing sold. Their business model impacts local communities as well, by hiring locals to plant, grow, and guard these new forests. And of course they only work with factories that provide fair wages and safe working conditions. Fashion brands worldwide are working towards a more socially responsible and environmentally friendly production process, so we can dress in style without destroying the world around us.

 

SUSTAINABLE SHOPPING

While it’s increasingly easy to shop online for eco-friendly style, sometimes you just want to get out into the world! Next time you’re in New York or Brooklyn, check out boutiques like Bhoomki, Kaight, or Modavanti for ethically sourced fashion options. Angelenos can pay a visit to the Carol Young Undesigned studio, or the ultra popular Reformation store in downtown L.A. And don’t forget about the thrift stores and vintage shops all across America trying to find new homes for unwanted clothes. Whether you’re shopping at your local mall or scouring the internet for new threads, keep an eye out for the Good On You app. The successful Australian app is set to release a North American version to help you identify which brands rank the highest in eco-friendliness and ethical production practices.

 

SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING NEVER GETS OLD

When it comes to fashion, too much of a good thing can get overwhelming. If you find your closet overflowing with pieces you no longer wear, resist the urge to simply toss the excess! Organize a clothing swap with your most stylish friends, get a good tailor to redesign outdated styles, trade in clothing at your favorite thrift shop or consignment store, and donate quality pieces to a local shelter or charity.

 

SUSTAINABLE ACCESSORIES

No sustainable ensemble is complete until it’s been accessorized accordingly. Shop Etsy for unique jewelry by artisans around the world, check out the fab vegan bags of MATT & NAT, discover Pela’s eco-friendly phone cases, and of course you need to pick a Dopper bottle to match your look. Our reusable water bottles are available in an array of colors, so there’s always the perfect one to pair with your organic sweater, vintage coat, or favorite new “green” shoes.

 

This article originally appeared on: Dopper

 

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With Earth Day right around the corner (it’s on April 22), we’re taking a close look at the brands we buy and how they affect the environment. The idea is to make simple, eco-friendly swaps when possible and take the time to study up on the companies that make our everyday products. If you’re hoping to do the same and start investing in more planet-friendly products, we have a collection of tips and tricks and a number of eco-friendly brands for you to shop.

 

Home

Your home life is one of the biggest opportunities for you to switch to planet-friendly goods. Everything from Bluetooth speaker systems to household all-purpose cleaners to water filters can be made with an eco-friendly bent. If you invest in some of these simple (and affordable) goods, you could be drastically lessening your waste production. Take, for instance, your toothbrush. The average person tosses out 300 plastic toothbrushes over a lifetime, which take years to decompose. But there are plenty of biodegradable bamboo options that are just as efficient at cleaning your teeth, but can degrade naturally and safely. It’s a small change that could have a big impact on the planet, if enough people switched.

 

Fashion

Sustainable fashion has become a popular way to do good while looking good. Thankfully, this trend is supported by numerous fashion brands that are environmentally responsible when crafting their designs. It means that you’ll never have a shortage of cool looks to sport that are also eco-friendly. These companies will help you celebrate Earth Day and beyond more stylishly and sustainably.

 

Beauty

Even your daily skin care routine could benefit from an eco-friendly product (or three). Plenty of cosmetics and skin care companies out there meet high ratings of approval both in terms of being environmentally sound and effective on your skin. Independent testing groups like the Environmental Working Group can help you pinpoint which brands are the most responsible in the ingredients they use, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals maintains a database of products that are and aren’t tested on animals. And on top of that, customer reviews can vouch for how well the item actually works.

 

This article originally appeared on: CNN

 

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Vienna – 2018

I went to Vienna in March for a couple of days and below are some of my favourite photos that I took. The trip was mainly comprised of shopping and eating because honestly those are a couple of my favourite things.

My highlights include having a very lazy morning which involved pancakes, finding a really nice dress that makes me feel like a chic explorer from a HUMANA Secondhand shop, and watching Germany’s Next Topmodel spooning spicy and comforting risotto. Another notable meal was a delicious lunch in Swing Kitchen which is a great vegan restaurant and actually really surprised me. While visiting I had a lot of vegan food as the friend I was visiting was one. I got to see the beautiful library in the University of Vienna even though it took us an age to find it’s hallowed halls, we walked through Vienna’s amusement park, Prater, which due to a bleak weather day had an air of eerie abandonment. I had a magic time and I can’t wait to go again.

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