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11 Days of Green: Eco-friendly Fashions

Posted at 7:07 PM, Apr 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-26 20:45:19-04

Show some love to mother earth by turning your closet green, and by that, we mean consider buying eco-friendly threads. And if you don’t know what brands carry a greener label, Rebekah George, style correspondent for dailycandy.com stopped by with a few picks.

1) V Couture by Kooba

•        V-Couture by Kooba is an eco-friendly, cruelty-free line of handbags made with all vegan materials

•        The signature vegan-leathers are custom developed to be 100% cruelty-free and 100% indistinguishable from real leather
•         All bags are under $150.00
•         Available at Kohls.com

2) Havaianas Eco Soul Collection
•         Made of natural jute fabric, which is grown alongside the Amazonian river, this product does not require any fertilizers or pesticides
•         Natural rubber sole mixed with pieces of recycled rubber
•         All under $68.00
•         Available at www.us.havaianas.com

3) Vans Surf Collection
Made with recycled materials; biodegradable water-based glues and inks, 100% hemp textile and P.E.T. (Polyethylene Terephthalate), including recycled plastic bottles, which can be reconstituted into unique fabrics.                                                •     • The outsoles on each style within the collection is made from a zero waste process. The outsole is cut to size and the scraps are then recycled on-site and reused in another shoe.                                                                                                        •Additionally, every shoe comes with a removable foot bed that can be washed to give extended life to the shoe. 

$47-58

4) H&M Conscious Collection

•         Conscious Collection, for men and women, is made from more sustainable materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Tencel.
•         The line features bold new colors and patterns as well as chic updated styles, proving just how stylish green fashion can be.
•         Celebrities such as Emmy Rossum and Drew Barrymore have both been spotted supporting the sustainable collection.
•         The launch of the Conscious Collection coincides with H&M’s global recycling initiative. This initiative allows customers to bring unwanted garments from any label to select H&M stores and in return for each bag of garments, receive a 15% off voucher. H&M is the first store to encourage garment return on this scale, in an effort to prevent clothing from going to landfill. $7.95 – $49.95 at H&M stores

5) Flint & Tinder
•         Newsflash: Your sweatshirt probably has more air-miles than you do.
•         Do the math: The average garment travels half way around the globe before it even gets sold, polluting the air and wasting energy.
•         It takes approx. 3,330 gallons of water to make a single sweatshirt.*
•         If you buy one sweatshirt every 2.5 years, that makes 13,320 gallons of water wasted over the next 10 years.
•         You can save 9,990 gallons of water by purchasing Flint and Tinder’s 10-Year Hoodie, guaranteed for a decade and backed with a free mending service so you never have to buy another sweatshirt again.
•         Available on flintandtinderusa.com/pages/kickstarter-frame with an $89 pledge
* Based on the article “How Many Gallons of Water Does it Take to Make . . .” on treehugger.com, adjusted for fabric density and weight

6) Sequence Collection
A line of jewelry made with natural dyes. All of the pieces are handcrafted in El Salvador with a percentage of the proceeds going back into the communities. $44-160. For more info, check out sequencecollection.com