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 buy fewer, 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—This UK–based 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—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. Synergy 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.