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Eco-fashion

Eco-fashion is about making clothes in a way that:

  • does not damage the environment
  • protects people’s health and well-being.

Eco-fashion designers choose to make clothes from:

  • recycled materials
  • reused textiles, for example second-hand clothes
  • organic raw materials, such as cotton grown without pesticides (pesticides can harm wildlife and get into the food we eat)
  • materials that haven’t been coloured with harmful chemicals and bleaches.

They also make sure that all their clothes are made under Fair Trade conditions. This means that the people who make them are paid a fair price and have good working conditions.

The Danish shop Earth A’Wear was one of the first eco-fashion shops in Europe . All of the products sold at Earth A’Wear are made from environmentally-friendly or recycled materials. For example, there are:

  • skirts made from pineapple fibres
  • fleeces made from organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles
  • belts made from bicycle tyres.

More and more companies have now followed Earth A’Wear’s example and are producing eco-fashion that is both attractive and kind to the environment.

Other links

www.earthfashions.com

www.greenfibres.com

All of the designs and many more examples can be found at (1) www.dep.state.pa.us/...Fashion/Photos3.html

(ABOVE) This bird bodice combines sponge and mesh and forms a skirt. Yen Trinh of Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science is the designer.(1)

(ABOVE) This "paper collage" dress was designed by Millersville University students, Nathan Boring, Chrissy Cook, Lenora Bunch and Denise LeGrande. The dress was constructed from recycled paper and acrylic polmer. The lacing is recycled electrical wire. (1)

(Left) "Aluminum & Glass Necklace" by The Art Instutute of Philadelphia student, Jewel Brown. 

(Right) "Fuse Necklace" by Edinboro University students, Angela Bubash, Adrienne Grafton and Erin Zelinsky (1) 

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