Environmentally Sustainable Fashion & Design

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Eco-friendly manufacturing is more than just a trend, it is a movement towards improving the way we design and produce merchandise with consideration to the environment and society as a whole. The principles of sustainable design include minimizing non-renewable energy consumption and eliminating the use of non-renewable resources while optimizing manufacturing, operational, and maintenance practices. Eco-friendly fashion is not about reviving the boho chic lifestyle, but rather a combination of modern style, fabric, and technology aimed to produce goods with little to no environmental impact. From the Green Carpet Challenge and the Green Cut to The Green Shows, high profile designers from around the world are creating affordable fashion for the average consumer out of materials like soy, cotton, bamboo, reed, lemongrass, and recycled products like plastic. It’s difficult to tell which brands are truly working towards helping the environment and those profiting from the eco-friendly bandwagon, so here’s a list of designers and labels following eco-conscious methods and saving the planet one sale at a time: Alabama Chanin, Awamaki Lab, Bourgeois Boheme, Carrie Perry, Delikate Rayne, Della, Doctor Couture, Elroy, Feral Childe, Kuyichi, Linda Loudermilk, M. Patmos, Martin + Osa, Matt & Nat, Moo Shoes, Nicora Johns, Study New York, Terra Plana, and Titania Inglis.

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Hand crafted jewelry, hats, and bags made from organic material…

Behind the scenes of the Economic Botany Dept at The Field Museum.

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