Protecting the planet and looking chic are not exclusive endeavors. As women are becoming increasingly aware of their carbon footprint and animal cruelty, eco-friendly fashion is a trend that’s here to stay.
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Here are some ways you can contribute to the environment and be super-stylish, too:
1. Shop at consignment shops. By purchasing pre-loved clothing, you can rescue good quality merchandise from landfill or being shipped overseas. You also have more options than regular retail shops because resale shops have a wider variety of styles. You’ll also find good quality garments—as opposed to “fast fashion” retailers like H&M and Forever 21—and you can extend the life of a treasure! Sweater available at Myrrhia.com
2. “Living with Less” is a philosophy that many Americans are embracing. Downsizing their homes and pairing down their wardrobes creates a less stressful lifestyle. Donate business attire that you no longer wear to organizations like Wardrobe for Opportunity (www.wardrobe.org) will ensure that that your “power suit” is passed on to someone who needs a fresh start in life. 3. Wearing faux-leather, or what we used to call “pleather” (plastic + leather) is no longer considered tacky. A vegan leather jacket uses synthetic materials sourced from petroleum, and is both cruelty-free to animals and costs less than real leather.And that’s cool.
4. Host a clothing swap! Trading gently used with girlfriends is the best way to ensure that the pieces you’ve “worn and loved” will have a good life with someone new. Chances are, she’s been eyeballing that cocktail dress of yours for years. As Elsa sings in the movie, Frozen…”Let it go!” Shoes available at olsenhaus.com
5. Recycle your clothes with the help of retailers like Puma, Levi’s, Gap, Patagonia and The North Face. Some offer discounts or other perks—inquire at local locations for event information.
Be well. Dress well.