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Eco Fashion week is just around the corner. The Green Shows will be taking the fashion world by storm, once again, February 15-17, 2010. In honor of this upcoming event, we thought we’d highlight some of our favorite (affordable) eco-friendly clothing lines. Sure we go gaga over House of Organic, and we swoon for Lara Miller, but both remain a tad out of our budget (ok, more than a tad…).
If you’re looking for clothes that are eco-friendly and affordable, check out these great clothing lines:
Jonano produces clothes made of certified organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, as well as their popular ecoKashmere blend – all for an affordable price. In addition, their clothing is made using Fair Labor practices, their fabrics use low-impact dyes, and their packaging and mailings are printed on recycled paper. We love that their homepage lays out the reasons why we should care about organic and eco-friendly clothing. But we especially love their feminine clothing and deliciously soft lingerie.
While Loomstate isn’t exactly inexpensive, they’re reasonably priced and too stylish and versatile not to mention. Luckily, for those stealthy shoppers out there (we know you’re out there…) Loomstate deals can be found on such sites as Greenloop and Bluefly.com. This men’s Dutch sweater from Loomstate is available at half price on Greenloop. Who doesn’t like a man in a soft organic cotton?
If you’re looking for jeans, Levi Strauss is still the go-to, even when it comes to eco-friendly denim. Not only do they use organic cotton, recycled zippers and buttons, and use natural indigo dye, they also regularly donate money to environmental causes. Beginning January 2010 Levi’s jeans will hit the stores with a new tag, one meant to encourage customers to treat their clothes in an environmentally responsible manner. The new tags will encourage people to wash items in cold water, dry them on a line, and when no longer needed, donate them to Goodwill. The new tags are a result of a study Levi Strauss did on the life of a pair of 501 jeans from a cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment. The study examined the environmental impact of a single pair of 501s — from cotton production and transport exhaust to washer-and-dryer use and final disposal.
Finally, for the basics, American Apparel can’t be beat from a price and usability perspective. Find great basic tees for the whole family (including babies!) in a fit that American Apparel is known for. Retail stores offer the Sustainable Edition clothing with the distinctive green contrast stitching, as well as “store exclusive” organic styles not available online or through wholesale.