Friday it was restaurants, and Monday, it’s shopping: after my summary post on picks for green eats in DC last week, I opened my email to find a great update on sustainable shopping. While we most often think about going green in terms of food, cosmetics, and household products, the clothes, accessories, jewelry, and bags you carry can also run the gamut in terms of how sustainably they’re produced. As a matter of fact, eco-fashion is an entire genre unto itself – and it’s not as cracked out as you think it would be.
Alongside some very interesting articles about how to make pesto with beets (huh?) and one titled “You Are Better Than Hummus,” (I didn’t realize this was an issue), the folks at EcoSalon compiled an A-Z list of the most sustainable clothing designers. The extensive list includes not only names, but a link, location, and photo for each. And, in case you’re thinking it’s going to be all hemp yoga pants, think again. The list includes fashion items for both men and women, including designers that re-purpose plastics and other specialty materials to make high performance technical gear. Many companies also boast impressive socially-conscious initiatives, with fabrics that are either made in the USA or Fair Trade certified.
In case you’re not shopping for clothes these days, EcoSalon has also complied lists for jewelry, accessories, and handbag designers and manufacturers.