How Eco-Friendly is Your Clothing?

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Part of the growing eco-friendly lifestyle includes being mindful not only of what we eat and how we recycle — but also being more aware of what goes into the clothes we buy.

Gone are the days when easy-on-the-earth apparel looked like burlap bags. So called “green clothing” has become trendy — in terms of its buying appeal and its design. Today, many high-end department stores carry eco-friendly fashions, and designers are moving away from non-sustainable materials, instead embracing synthetic and recycled fabrics.

Gucci, for instance, has rolled out a collection of eco-friendly handbags that uses leather certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Marc Jacobs, Versace and Stella McCartney are other well-known designers who have added environmentally friendly clothing to their collections. Earlier this year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America even created a committee to support sustainability measures in the fashion industry.

The advantages of eco-friendly clothing are that it is free from the harmful chemicals and harsh dyes that are bad for your skin and for the environment. Fibers like hemp, wool and bamboo are ideal alternatives to conventional chemical-laced clothing, and are becoming both fashionable and affordable.

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