a personal list of companies and products that I like which combine environmental standards and beauty. consumption is inevitable but through carefully choosing what we buy based on how it is made, what it is made of, and what it's next life will be we can change our thoughts about consumption, our shopping habits and decrease our environmental footprint.
I’ve seen Elroy Apparel on Mudshark Streetwear a few times but I didn’t know they used sustainable materials. Furthermore, none of their designs really spoke to my personal style until I saw this Phoenix Dress. I’m really big into dresses right now and anything with pleats, buttons, collars are totally my thing. The best thing is that it’s marked down right now from $131 to $98.
I discovered the beauties of Figs & Ginger at Felt Club in L.A. this weekend. I was drawn to their nature themed cute, yet simple, jewelry. Then I discovered that they are also “green”. The husband and wife team make brooches, rings, necklaces (pictured) and earrings and try to use as much recycled materials as possible and incorporate sustainable practices into their business where ever they can.
I really like the new Alternative Earth collection that Alternative Apparel has created. The collection consists of basics like crew neck shirts, tanks, v-necks, long sleeved shirts. I’m really into the Mr. Rogers Eco-Vertigrain Cardigan. The fleece shirts with short sleeves are kind of genius being that they are a cool way to stay warm, proving that fleece isn’t just for sweats anymore.
One thing that I’ve had a hard time finding is lingerie that is socially responsible. I love lingerie, LOVE it, and I have a hard time giving up my lacy panties - which is why I haven’t yet. I do own some organic cotton underwear but they are nothing like these beautiful English knickers from Eco Boudoir. Finally, I’ve found eco-friendly lingerie that isn’t just plain cotton!
Nudie Jeans Co. makes men’s organic denim jeans. They’re actually way stylish, like something Diesel might make. I’m a little jealous and wish they would start a women’s line. They also only sell in Europen countries at the moment. So I guess I’m as SOL as the guys in America who want them.
Pure is a line of furniture designed by Ami McKay. I really like how it looks reminiscent of vintage love seats and arm chairs but has modern designs on the upholstery.
Varian Designs. You need see it in person to fully appreciate the color of the wine soaked, reclaimed redwood. Varian uses reclaimed wood from barns, old houses, etc. This bench in particular is from a wine barrel used at winery in Napa. I definitely want one.
Frei Designs makes environmentally concious clothing. The Spring 08 collection looks a lot better than the Winter collection, which is odd since I usually like fall/winter collections more.