It's that time of the week!
Events/Programs: Starting in September, New York City will launch one of the largest textile recycling initiatives in the nation, aiming to increase the convenience of donations so that it is "almost as easy as throwing it away." The city is taking bids for a 10- to 15-year contract with a nonprofit company (e.g. companies like Goodwill) to maintain and manage the bins. Officials say that if the bins are successful in NYC, then it could be launched nationwide.
Yesterday's News (eco-friendly cat litter made from recycled paper) is challenging five leading green designers, including the Lara Miller, Samantha Pleet, and Bahar Shahpar, to create fashion-forward designs using recycled newspaper. The winning pieces will be displayed at the first ever Yesterday's News Green Catwalk Event. Read more about how YOU can compete too!
Have you been using your recyclable grocery bags over and over? It's great to use the eco-friendly solution to replace the regular ol' paper or plastic...but make sure you wash them after every use! American Chemical Society conducted a study and 84 out of 100 bags tested positive for E. Coli and that bacteria can transfer onto your groceries!
Blogosphere: The New York Project sought out Teen Vogue and Style.com's PR Director Eleanor Banco to give us an eco-fashion makeover and she chose her 10 most influential eco-designers, including Stella McCartney, Study by Tara St. James, Doucette Duvall and more.
Ever concerned about the authenticity of the eco-friendly products you buy? How do you know for sure these products are sustainable? A ton of the organic claims made by designers and brands is just confusing consumers, and it would be super helpful if there was some sort of standardization. L.E.A.F. (Labeling Ecologically Approved Fabrics) does just that! WellWire sat down with Elinor Averyt, L.E.A.F. founder and executive director to discuss what will be included in the comprehensive and unifying eco-labeling program. Go read it here!
Happy Memorial Day everyone! Before you go off and enjoy that long weekend, read on for your weekly eco-fashion wrap-up!
Retail: One of my very favorite eco-blogs, EcoSalon, is putting on their very own pop-up shop for one night only at GreenSpaces in NYC! On June 4th, from 7-10pm, you can check out what the fashionistas at EcoSalon picked out from the collections of Lara Miller, Doucette Duvall, and other fabulous designers.
H&M 'Fashion Against Aids' collection has collaborated with Edun Yooxgen to create a new line of slogan tees. Katy Perry is the spokesperson and this year's campaign donates 25% of the full sales price of each item to four organizations fighting HIV/AIDS among young people.
I'm pretty excited to have found this new eco-friendly yogawear brand called Prancing Leopard. They make some amazing workout gear that is actually STYLISH and because their gear is 95-100% organic turkish cotton - it feels uber soft too
Sales: There's a huge Memorial Day sale over at BTC Elements! Take an additional 25% off their clearance items and get some pieces from Kelly B, Raw Earth Wild Sky, and other eco-friendly designers with the coupon code "ecosale".
Did y'all get a chance to read our interview with A Green Wardrobe? This week they've been featured over on Magnifeco and there's a sale going on! Magnifeco readers get a 20% discount using the code 'magnifeco' through May 31st. Hurry! Don't miss your chance!
This week's eco-fashion wrap-up brought to you by new c. marchuska intern: Christina Blacken.
Retail: Doucette Duvall’s Lauren Dress made from rescued materials. This solid colored dress is perfect for summer, a classic silloutte with a touch of devil may care that will leave any chic sustainable shopper wanting more!
Frai breakaway Blazer: Can we say awwmazing? Pair it with a basic top or chunky patterns. The jacket is versatile and oozes sophistication with a touch of masculinity to keep things interesting.
She Bible necklace: yarn never looked so dam sexy! This beautiful creation by Nixxi creates the perfect architect touch for any springtime wardrobe
Hemp chic clothes launch designer Virdis Luxe into eco fashion glory
A time old material, hemp is not normally lumped into the category of luxurious. But Virdis Luxe have crafted sweaters, skirts, wraps, and tunics from silken hemp that make you fall in love with this traditional fabric.
Our Earth uninhabitable by 2300? Another reason sustainable fashion isn’t just a trend!
We have all heard and know the debates around climate change, but current research from the Universities of New South Wales and Purdue predicts a dooms outlook for future generations if current trends in consumption aren’t changed. In fact, more than half of the planet is projected to be inhabitable in three centuries! Keep rocking those eco friendly frocks and you could help keep this planet cool and sustainable
Have a great weekend everyone!