By Diane Small
Spring is the time we all get excited about packing away the woolies and bringing out the lighter fabrics, like hemp, linen and silk. The weather is simply perfect – you won’t be sweating like you do in summer, and you won’t have to layer up like you do in winter.
No matter what your style, we’ve found 5 eco friendly fashion brands for spring that are making easy, breezy beautiful clothing for life in the sunshine.
Which one suits your style?
5 Eco Friendly Fashion Brands for Spring
Vibe: This label’s chic, minimalistic fashion makes for staple wardrobe pieces that will last for decades. All the brand’s blouses, shift dresses, jumpsuits and trousers are dyed with certified, non-toxic colours, and are made of a special kind of silk that needs no dry cleaning, ever – it’s safe to toss into the washing machine!
Ethos: Sourcery Label silk is derived from 100% naturally grown mulberry silk from a region of China that has been producing the fiber for thousands of years. Silkworms feed on mulberry leaves (a renewable resource), which don’t require the use of pesticides or fertilizers to grow and, unlike synthetic fibers, silk is biodegradable and won’t live in landfill for thousands of years.
You’ll like it if: You value the drape and breathability of fabrics, and prefer minimal cuts.
Vibe: Expect black, black and more black, but served up in such disparate fabrics – lace, cashmere, crepe – that it never looks stark. The small but beautifully formed collection runs the gamut from wardrobe basics (simply cut black trousers) to elegant evening wear (floor-length black crepe gowns).
Ethos: Every garment is made from natural fabrics, like silk georgette or crepe, and is created by hand in a small, family owned atelier.
You’ll like it if: You value cut and texture in clothing. Sophisticated, arty and intellectual is your vibe.
Vibe: Unique, colourful prints are created by artists and used by the brand in their eco-friendly range of yoga gear, which can also be worn for everyday use, of course.
Ethos: All fabrics are made from recycled water bottles and is dyed in-house using a zero-water method that produces fade-resistant, no-bleed, fully-saturated colour. As part of its commitment to recycled fibers, by spring 2015, 90% of the company’s fabric consumption will be recycled fibers, including recycled polyester and nylon made from discarded carpets and fishing nets. The company has also committed to donating 10% of its net profit to environmental charities worldwide.
You’ll like it if: Spring dressing for you means pulling on a pair of tights and throwing a tee over it. Or, you know what ‘Shavasana‘ means.
Vibe: Anita Pallenberg meets Vanessa Paradis: the brand uses 70s trends and blends them with modern chic to create flowing maxi-dresses, sexy pantsuits and blouses that look as good in the office as they would on stage at Glastonbury. Yes, really.
Ethos: All clothing is made from upcycling waste materials from the fashion industry
You’ll like it if: You’re a Boho Babe with an urban edge
5. Animal Behavior
Vibe: Made for a sensual, confident woman who’s not afraid to roar every now and then. Animal Behavior is inspired by the beauty of animals, especially big cats, and so appeals to those with a feline, feminine side.
Ethos: All clothing is made from luxurious eco friendly materials including vegetable dyed raw silk and Tencel. In addition, the brand donates 5% of all profits to panthera.org, an organisation dedicated to saving big cats.
You’ll like it if: You love a touch of animal print in your designs, and you’re happy to invest in staple pieces for your wardrobe you know you’ll wear again and again.
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