(LL) – The options available for organic and eco clothing styles are growing tremendously. The eco fashion world is no longer limited to frumpy hemp and rough cotton wear, but bursting with unique and trendy pieces that could rival any boutique line.
What is eco fashion?
What defines clothing as eco? Eco fashion is another term to describe sustainable fashion. Sustainable clothing uses organic material, cruelty-free sources, recycled materials, and materials that are biodegradable. A sustainable fashion design should consider the environmental and social impact of its entire life span, from production to disposal.
Eight eco designers
Here are eight trendy, environmentally conscious designers that are gaining momentum:
For a summery vintage style, Ruche boutique is a good place to shop for eco-friendly and affordable styles. Check out their eco line that includes dresses, bags, tops and even shoes. Find cute, Grecian sandals made from recycled, biodegradable and natural materials for under $40.
Joodito Clothing makes one-of-a-kind pieces from recycled and reclaimed fabric. This indie-style fashion is influenced by uniforms, geometrical shapes, and is created without patterns. Therefore, be prepared to look unique.
Linda Loudermilk uses sustainable fabrics that are produced by fair labor standards to produce edgy, well-tailored styles. She carries a Loudermilk Denim line that is made from 100% organic cotton, which includes skinny jeans, trench coats, and dresses.
Minna is Finnish designer Minna Hepburn. She designs with vintage and recycled pieces she collects from local markets and uses organic and fair trade materials. Minna clothing is handmade in the UK. and available online.
Anja Hynyen is a young designer from Sweden who uses organic fabrics for her handmade line. Expect feminine, detailed dresses and tops. Hynyen explains in her bio that she is involved with the entire process of making organic wool clothing, from clipping sheep by hand to weaving cloth.
R.A. by Nature is an organic cotton line specializing in tank tops and tees for women and men. Women’s casual tees have a bold, street-style flair with a cute, girly streak. All pieces are made in the U.S.A.
Sweetgrass creates pieces from hemp, organic cotton, and bamboo for men and women. Casual and comfortable pieces include pants, dresses, and tops. Standout piece, the Portland Coat, is a hip, button-up trench made from hemp and organic cotton.
Enamore, based in the UK, is a line that offers sustainable, intimate, eco wear. They even have flattering lingerie sets made from bamboo.