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Eco-friendly and Ethical Fashion to Keep You Warm this Winter

By Fredrica Syren:

This morning when I took my kids to school, I noticed it was fairly cold outside. Yup, it’s fall. And winter is coming, and so is the need to dress warmer and  eco-friendly. Fashion and clothes have a huge impact on the planet, from pesticides used to grow theraw materials for fabrics to the chemicals used to color them. And then, how many garments end up in landfills at some point? It’s time for us consumers to understand we have a responsibility to be conscientious about our purchases, and make more eco-friendly choices. Luckily, there are many great manufacturers dedicated to providinggreen and ethical clothes and who care about the planet. Naturally these brands tend to cost a little more; so, yes, they tend to be more expensive than Target or Forever 21. But I look at it this way: I would rather bufewer, let’s say, sweaters (for example) this fall and winter, and spend the money on an ethical brand. 

 Here are some of my favorite eco-friendly winter fashion brands: people-tree-sweaterPeople Tree—This UKbased company has partnered with Fair Trade producers, garment workers, artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce ethical and eco-fashion collections for over 25 years.

ellen-fisher-sweaterEllen Fisher—Their goal as a business is to make stuff the responsible way, so they design clothes to last, and they take them back to resell. They also take the clothes they don’t sell to reuse as raw material, to be reborn as new textiles or to be refashioned as new clothes.  synner-organic-clothingSynergy Organic Clothing—This Company is committed to using the highest quality organic materials, which protects the farmers who grow the organic cotton, the people who knit and create the fabrics, everyone who works on cutting and sewing and packing our clothing — all of whom are paid fair living wages and work in healthy work environments.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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