“Fashion is not something that exists only in dresses.  Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel

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In fashion, the old has oftentimes been a source for inspiration for the new.  When shopping, taking into account a garment’s sustainability may be something to consider.  Did you know that of the thousands of tonnes of textiles thrown away every year, 95% could be re-worn or recycled?  The fabric compromising this fun suit is made of 45% recycled content, so going green is not going to be boring.

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Donating  used clothing, shoes, and accessories during World Recycle Week, (April 18-24) is a simple way to show your support for the environment and environmentally sustainable fashion.

Making conscious choices about shopping in a world of fast fashion can be challenging, however.  You don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability.   Designers who create with eco- friendly looks using sustainable fabrics, materials, and practices include Stella McCartney, Kowtow, Pariah and SVILU.

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This Pariah coat is not only of sustainable fabric, but the printing  process uses virtually no water and reduces textile printing wastes.

Designers can partner with organizations that pair fashion with emerging fabric technologies.  Organizations such as Thread turn plastic waste into fabric.  Thread works with local communities in Haiti  to create fabric used in finished products, keeping their profits in the local economy.  If you’re interested in learning more about Thread’s environmental work or becoming involved with the organzation, check out their website at http://www.threadinternational.com.

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by wearing an ensemble made from recycled fabric or “new to you” vintage attire.   Earth Day is a great occasion to plant new tree saplings.  Signing up to volunteer at a community garden or planning your own summer vegetable garden are ways to improve your environment while you “go green.”

Other ways you can go green include repurposing clothing that can no longer be worn by reusing old clothing as cleaning cloths or donate them to the local pet shelter for bedding.  By taking worn athletic shoes to proper recycling locations where they are then turned into textile fibers, insulation and recycled plastic products, you are helping kickstart a new cycle of sustainability.

#GoGreen