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10 Sustainable Fashion Designers to Watch

August 9, 2018
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Does it seem like your desire to be eco-conscious doesn’t always fit with your eagerness to keep up with attire trends? If so, you probably haven’t focused on sustainable fashion designers. Here are 10 that are disrupting the clothing sector and showing kindness to the planet while they’re at it.

1.  Eileen Fisher

Many people who design clothes might announce commitments to sustainability with single press releases or possibly launch parties if they want even more media coverage. However, Eileen Fisher went much further and created a dedicated social consciousness department within her company that addresses sustainability, human rights and more.

The brand started tracking its carbon footprint in 2007. It’s also using a below-average amount of resources when dyeing and cleaning its garments. Fisher herself has a 30-year plan to use her brand to exert powerful, positive changes in the world.

2. Katie Jones

UK-based Katie Jones designs knitwear. She draws inspiration from her grandmother’s philosophy of “making something beautiful from nothing.”

Jones even hosts retreats at her house where attendees can make knitted items. They can also choose pieces from her collection in a personalized environment that permits shopping without going to luxury stores. What better way to get to know the designer?

3. Mara Hoffman

A hallmark characteristic of sustainable fashion designers is that they are acutely aware of how seemingly small actions can make significant differences to the planet. Mara Hoffman designs women’s clothing — including super-cute swimwear made from pre- and post-consumer waste — and published a section on her brand’s website that details their main sustainability aims. You can also get more details about specific facets by clicking on provided links.

As a start, Hoffman uses recycled, organic fabrics whenever possible. Moreover, all brand partners must adhere to internationally recognized human rights standards that promote fair treatment for workers.

4. Spencer Phipps

Spencer Phipps’ work history includes names like Marc Jacobs and Dries van Noten. Now, he’s stepping out on his own as one of the sustainable fashion designers worth knowing. Emphasizing men’s fashions, Phipps uses materials ranging from organic cotton to undyed yak hair in the attire.

Also, he decided to produce most of the pieces from his debut collection in Portugal — a move he made after being impressed that all Portuguese factories and suppliers have to abide by strict environmental and human rights codes.

5. John Patrick

If you want a clue about where sustainable fashion is heading, John Patrick, with his label Organic by John Patrick, could give perspective. In a page about his brand, Patrick calls the global fashion industry “a system preoccupied with the aesthetics of its own disappearance.”

As a counteractive move, he launched his label in 2004. It prioritizes ecological awareness, labor fairness and, of course, organic fabrics.

6. Christy Dawn

The Christy Dawn line started when its founder discovered the alarming reality that millions of tons of unwanted fabrics end up in landfills each year. It happens because fashion houses overestimate their needs, bringing about deadstock fabric.

Because deadstock fabrics aren’t often available in large quantities, many Christy Dawn garments are one-of-a-kind. Plus, they’re all handmade in Los Angeles. By wearing them, you can support American jobs.

7. Christina Castle

Christina Castle once worked for Mara Hoffman, another of the sustainable fashion designers on this list. After gaining industry experience, she started Dagny, a womenswear label with clothes made by a women-owned-and-operated factory in Romania. Many of the clothes in the collection feature Earth-friendly fabrics, like Tencel, a fabric made from regenerated wood pulp. In other cases, Castle depends on surplus materials that would have otherwise gotten discarded.

8. Maggie Marilyn

Besides making clothes that are beautiful, Maggie Marilyn’s goal is to cause positive changes in an industry that often comes under fire for its lack of sustainable practices and progress that’s all too slow. She manufactures the clothes in her home country of New Zealand, helping directly stimulate the fashion economy in a nation crippled by the dominance of overseas suppliers.

9. Brendon Babenzien

Brendon Babenzien is among the sustainable fashion designers to keep an eye on because he supports societal movements through his work, as well as the planet. In 2016, he made a T-shirt with all proceeds going to Black Lives Matter. His label, Noah, works with partners that emphasize human dignity more than the bottom line, thereby contrasting many of the eyebrow-raising and demeaning practices sometimes seen elsewhere in fashion.

Noah offers menswear filled with boldness. Many of the design choices and the designs themselves seek to draw attention to matters that otherwise might be ignored. Also, the shirt for Black Lives Matter was not a one-off gesture. The label regularly donates to people and organizations that are trying to make differences in the world.

10. Kelly Slater

You might know Kelly Slater as an 11-time surfing champion, but as it turns out, he’s someone who’s making waves instead of just riding them by being a sustainable fashion designers worth knowing.

His line Outerknown — started in collaboration with designer John Moore — offers casual menswear with a high-quality approach. Every decision the clothing line makes keeps the Earth and the people living on it in mind.

Like many other designers on this list, Slater is keen to use materials other fashion brands throw away. One example is Econyl, a fabric used for Outerknown swim trunks. It’s made from recycled fishing nets.

Treat Yourself to New Threads

Many of us feel guilty when we buy clothes at discount stores. Sure, they’re cheap, but at what cost? The sustainable fashion designers on this list might charge more for their goods, but they’re doing it out of a desire to support our gorgeous planet and the people inhabiting it.


10 Best Green Living Blogs

August 2, 2018
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So, you’re just getting started on your sustainability journey, and you’re wondering how you can learn more about the topic? You have plenty of options thanks to today’s thriving green living blogging community.

Here are 10 of the best green living blogs to subscribe to for regular updates and tips about living a greener life.

1. TreeHugger

People don’t always use the term “tree hugger” in the most favorable light, but this blog fully embraces the expression.

The blog has been around since 2004 and played a vital role in launching green living blogs into the mainstream. It covers virtually every conceivable sustainability topic, from lifestyle to design to technology to business. It truly strives to be a one-stop shop for everything green.

2. Mindful Momma

Mindful Momma is a blog by a mom for moms, and it has an active community that’s always willing to help each other out with green living tips.

This blog provides tips for living a more thoughtful, more natural life and covers topics such as natural products, healthy recipes and more. It isn’t strictly about sustainability, but many of the articles can help you live a more eco-friendly life, while providing valuable information in other ways, too.

3. Zero-Waste Home

Bea Johnson started Zero-Waste Home in 2008 as a blog about her quest to live a zero-waste life. Today, she has a bestselling book, gives talks around the world and continues to break down misconceptions about zero waste.

On the Zero-Waste Home website, you can get product recommendations, participate in monthly challenges and use the new bulk finder tool to find package-free stores. Of course, you can also read the blog and follow Johnson on social media for regular updates.

4. Eco Warrior Princess

Jennifer Nini founded Eco Warrior Princess in 2010. Today, it’s a growing media brand that covers everything about green living, environmental issues and other topics as well. You can read about everything from ethical fashion choices to green technology to feminism on this blog.

You can also find lists of helpful resources on the site for shopping ethically, going vegan and even blogging about ethical and green living. It’s a great place both for starting out and for taking your green lifestyle to the next level.

5. Green Steve

Green Steve is a self-described “average Joe” who blogs about his quest to reduce his carbon footprint to zero, as well as various other environmental topics. His strategy involves trying to lessen his impact in any way he can, then offsetting the rest of his carbon emissions.

On the Green Steve blog, you can find posts about lifestyle, business, politics and much more as it relates to sustainability. He also reviews eco-friendly products and writes about recent environment-related news.

6. Inhabitat

Inhabit, which designer Jill Fehrenbacher founded in 2005, focuses on design, architecture and technology, and also provides regular updates on the latest environmental news. It covers innovative design that makes our lives more sustainable and smarter.

7. EarthEasy

Founded in 2000, EarthEasy is part blog, part collection of curated eco-friendly goods.

The blog section features articles on a range of topics including green lifestyles, health and wellness and living off the grid. It also features several how-to guides you can use to jumpstart a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. These guides cover everything from food to clothing to gardening.

The other section of the website is a collection of curated products that can help you live greener. EarthEasy plants a tree for every item people order through its site and also partners with TerraPass for carbon offsets.

8. EcoCult

EcoCult is a green living blog concentrated on fashion and travel. It also has a focus on New York City, since that’s where the founder lives. Beyond the mainstays of fashion and travel, the site also covers beauty, food, home and wedding information.

This site includes a lot of practical tips and resources for those interested in the topics it covers. It even has a database of sustainable fashion brands to shop.

9. Earth911

Earth911 has a lot of great eco living content from technology to home and garden to well-being. Earth911’s foundation, though, is its recycling directory, which you can access on the website, on the Earth911 mobile app or via a toll-free hotline. The resource includes more than 100,000 listings for more than 350 materials.

10. Mother Nature Network

Mother Nature Network, or MNN, takes a more in-depth look at environmental issues, but offers some lighter content as well. It provides all sorts of media from blog posts to video to pictures to quizzes and organizes its content into eight topics, which range from environmental news to lifestyle to technology.

If you’re especially interested in the technology aspect of environmental issues, check out this list of 10 of our favorite green tech blogs.

There is a wealth of information online about green living for anyone who’s willing to take the time to find it and read it. Hopefully, this list helps you get you started as you learn more about sustainability and start making your life a little greener.


What Is Sustainable Fashion, and Where Is It Headed?

July 26, 2018
what is sustainable fashion

Manufacturing one cotton shirt requires 2,700 liters of water, which is enough drinking water for one person for two and a half years. Switching to synthetic materials isn’t necessarily any better. Although a polyester shirt requires fewer resources, it creates twice as much carbon emissions as a cotton shirt.

The culture of fast fashion exacerbates these impacts. Over the years, the number of fashion cycles in a year has increased from two to more than 50, which results in people buying and discarding more clothing. Today, the fashion industry produces about 20 pieces of clothing per person every year, and the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year.

As more people became aware of the environmental issues surrounding apparel, the sustainable fashion movement emerged. Today, the cause continues to gain ground in the fashion world.

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8 Ways to Celebrate National Simplicity Day

July 12, 2018
National Simplicity Day

If someone asked you when holidays typically happen, you might answer in the fall and winter. During those months, there’s always another upcoming holiday to prepare for. It’s exhausting because they keep you so busy. While there are fewer holidays in the warmer months, there are still a couple you can celebrate without having to go overboard on buying gifts or going on an extravagant trip.

In fact, the holiday you can look forward to is National Simplicity Day. Every year on July 12, people across the nation celebrate the simple things in life. Most of the time, this is shown by little changes to your daily routine that make life easier and kinder on the earth. Read on for ways you can join in on National Simplicity Day this year. You might find that you want to keep up the changes to lead a simpler life all year long.

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Should We All Join the Crunchy Mom Movement?

July 9, 2018
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The crunchy mom movement is quickly becoming mainstream way of raising your children. Crunchy moms live a natural and healthy way of life. They prefer natural remedies, as opposed to medicinal ones and opt for fresh air instead of AC. Crunchy moms feed their families all organic food and don’t use disposable diapers because they’re bad for the environment.

With so many celebrity crunchy moms out there, such as Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell and Natalie Portman, the crunchy mom movement has become even more mainstream and a topic of great discussion. The stigma that surrounds crunchy moms very much exists — other moms feel crunchy moms think they are better mothers.

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Are Organic Foods Better for You? Common Myths About Organic Food

June 25, 2018
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They say you are what you eat, and eating organic food — food free of pesticides and other artificial chemicals — has become more popular in recent years. Does eating organically really do that much more for you than traditionally grown produce, or is it another way to make you spend more on your grocery bill every month? Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common myths about organic food, and whether or not you really should spend extra green for some organic produce.

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Best Plants for Each Room in Your House

June 11, 2018
Plants for each room

There’s something special about having a little bit of green in your home, whether it’s a spider plant hanging from a hook on your patio or some herbs growing in your kitchen window box. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few plant selections that are perfect for each room in your house.

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What Is Green Cleaning: The History of Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

May 28, 2018
history of eco-friendly cleaning products

When it comes to cleaning your home, you want products that will get the job done. But when looking for products to rid your bathroom of bacteria or leave your floors looking shiny and new, have you considered what chemicals make up the products you use?

People choose to eliminate toxins from their diet, but often remain unaware of all the toxins in their home. You may surprise yourself when you figure out what seriously scary chemicals reside in many home cleaning products. Not only are they detrimental to the environment, but they can be toxic to your health as well.

So, what can you do to keep your home sparkling, yet safe? You can find the answer in green cleaning.

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10 Best Eco-Friendly Commercial Cleaning Products

May 10, 2018
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Going green is a popular buzzword, as more and more people become concerned with the impact that we have on the planet. Driving electric cars, recycling and composting are all great ways to go green — but when it comes to cleaning products, many of the greenest households are still relying on harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia to keep their houses sparkling. Thankfully, the push toward green living has resulted in a plethora of eco-friendly cleaning products that you can use to reduce your reliance on harsh chemicals.  If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help — here’s our list of our top 10 eco-friendly cleaning products that we use every day.

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10 Vegan Pantry Staples

April 26, 2018
vegan pantry staples

Going from an omnivorous or vegetarian lifestyle to a vegan one seems like a clear-cut transition: You’re cutting all animal products from your diet. But the task becomes a bit more difficult when you open your pantry and realize so many of your go-to favorites no longer fit your gastronomical requirements.

Fortunately, there are some vegan staples you can use to refill your cabinets and rely on for a quick, satisfying meal that’s animal-product-free. Here are 10 things to stock up on.

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