Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fashionable & Earth Friendly

April 22 is Earth Day, for many years we have learned that our Earth is in danger and everyday we are causing harm to the environment. We all need to do our part to help out and Earth Day is a global day of awareness and action.  As kids in school we all learn the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle), but when it comes to fashion do these rules also apply? YES they do, there are many ways you can incorporate the Do's of being environmentally conscious and still be stylish.  Many new brands have surfaced in last decade bringing us "green" fashion and/or producing items with a conscious.  Other company's have developed campaigns to give back to organization helping the environment.  There are many was we can all help and do our part to preserve and save our planet. You can do something small like recycling or bigger things  like using public transportation. Every little thing helps, here are just a few ways we can all help out and be fashionably green!

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1. 
Use a reusable shopping bag when you shop, they are not just for grocery shopping. Stores like Macy's, Target, Marshall, TJ Max and many others offer reusable shopping bags. 


2. Buy clothing and shoes made from recycled materials. H&M has a new Conscious Collection made of sustainable & recycled fabrics. Its really cute too!


3. Support brands and company's giving back to help the environment. Like Naya shoes has teamed up with Nordstrom to celebrate Earth Day by planting 5,000 trees in support of Plant-It 2020, a US non-profit organization founded by John Denver. The companies will plant a tree for every pair of Naya shoes purchased at Nordstrom from April 15, 2011 - May 3, 2011.


4. Swap clothing, many fashionistas have been swapping clothes instead of buying new clothes. Not only will you save money, but can get a new wardrobe almost for free. You can organize your own local clothing swap with friends and family or find one in your area. Check out websites The Swapaholics and Swap.com for more info.

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5. If wearing some one else's clothing give you the heebeejeebees, consider buying from local designers and shops. Shopping local for goods, helps reduce the carbon foot print

6. Buy and use eco-friendly beauty products made of organic natural ingredients (like these) or better yet make your own at home beauty treatments using seasonal produce (i.e facials, scrubs and mask) 

7. Turn off the TV, computer and put away that smart-phone, grab your favorite fashion magazine and read. Yeah sounds shocking but many people don't take time to really read magazines. We all loved to read our fave mags cover to cover every month, lets save a little energy and turn off our electronics. When your done reading, recycle your magazines! 


8. Make pretty new things with your old and broken jewelry. We all have old necklaces, earrings or bracelets that are broken or missing pieces that we don't wear any more. Instead of throwing them out, why don't you re-purpose our jewelry and make new things. Need help and ideas go here


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These are just a few ideas to get you started on your path to a eco-green-conscious fashionable lifestyle. If you have other ideas please share, I love to hear what your doing to help preserve our planet. 
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*Photo source: Earth Day & Eco-Friendly Fashion on Google Images.

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