Over those neon jeans you bought last spring? How about that colorblock bod-con skirt? (Yeah, I thought so.) Well, you can now feel good about getting rid of last year’s fashions with a new H&M program. Beginning in February, the retailer will recycle old clothes you drop off at any of its stores, and even give you a discount on buying more stuff in the process. More
Topic: sustainable fashion
H&M just launched a collection of eco-friendly evening wear, called ‘Glamour,’ as part of its ‘Conscious’ clothing line. The conscious collection contains dresses, shorts, blouses and skirts made from ‘sustainable materials’ such as hemp, organic cotton and recycled polyester. The retailer is also introducing a new ‘Fashion Against Aids’ collection, to hit stores on April 26th; a quarter of all sales go to international youth HIV/AIDS awareness projects. Here’s a look at some of the new pieces, which are remarkably inexpensive. The Glamour line is full of satin and neon, but the regular conscious collection stuff is more casual, and cute in a Zooey-Deschanel-meets-Betty-Draper (meets old botany textbook) sort of way. More
Last Friday night, fashion lovers across New York City took to the streets, shopping and reveling in the drunken glamour that is New York Fashion Week (i.e. a lot of models roaming around in packs). But while the Olsen twins were doing karaoke with the designers of Proenza Schouler, I was in a studio space in Brooklyn, ready for a panel on Slow Fashion.
While it may not have been the glitziest way to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out, I’m guessing it was the most informative. The panel, part of Ecouterre and the Textile Arts Center‘s Fashion’s Night Out festivities, was moderated by Jill Fehrenbacher — the founder of both Ecouterre and Inhabitat (two blogs we happen to be pretty fond of around here). The panelists ranged from Sarah Scaturro, a textile conservator, to Margarita Mileva, a designer who makes jewelry out of discarded rubber bands.
Eco-friendly fashion is a slippery slope. On the one hand, fashion is inherently unsustainable — buying new things every season isn’t really environmentally friendly. On the other, people will always buy clothes (until we just wear metallic space suits), and the world of eco-friendly fashion creates a lot of opportunity for innovation. More
You may have heard something about The Uniform Project, an organization that raised money for education reform in India, and created awareness about sustainable fashion. One woman wore the same dress for 365 days. She dressed up her outfit with … More
We love that just-out-of-the-dryer-tight-jeans feeling. They’re snug and warm, and even if you have to do a couple squats to get them to stretch out, there’s just nothing like it. Bad news, though: Machine drying is the main source of … More
Turning the Chicago River green to celebrate the luck o’ the Irish used to involve more than 100 pounds of fluorescent dye. Festive, sure, but not so fun for the environment. In recent years, the Windy City has changed it’s … More
Jasmin Malik Chua, at Ecouterre, has interviewed the eco-fashion giants to see what might be the newest and biggest eco-trends for the coming year. Several statements by these “movers and shakers” centered around a wish that the sustainability issue would … More