Grammy-winning musician Jason Mraz – who scored at the 2010 awards show for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for his songs “Make It Mine” and “Lucky” – recently blogged about the sustainable look that he rocked on the red carpet via Freshness Factor Five Thousand.
Unlike past outings where he admittedly caved into industry pressure by wearing high-end designs that yielded him best dressed nods but no personal inspiration, this year he decided to go with his gut by embracing his green side. Carefully selecting eco-duds and accessories was a conscious effort on the part of the songwriter to “transform the bling-typical scene into a place of new possibility – where everyone can be a winner” and it is quite obvious that he succeeded since it’s inevitable that the word will spread about his selections and ultimately more press will be given to the alternative eco-fashion scene in general. Well played, Mr. Mraz
The Virginia native and now West Coast avocado farmer and vegan expressed his excitement about every detail of his attire which was pulled together thanks to the input of sustainability stylist Bahar Shahpar. Pairing an Italian-made Culturata certified organic cotton dress shirt with a machine-washable Simon Carter EcoGir suit made of wool and 25% recycled plastic water bottle polyester, he said of his selections, “I imagine my suit offsets the 12 pounds of Grammy I’ll be receiving in the mail soon – thus making my overall experience a carbon neutral one.”
The accessories that Mraz chose to wear were equally as planet-friendly and socially conscious, like his Sonic Fabric tie, constructed with 50% recycled and pre-recorded audio cassette tapes along with 50% colored thread (a suitable rock star bonus is that real audio sounds can be heard when a tape head is passed over the surface). He also wore a Parabellum buffalo leather belt made “…after the beast had passed naturally, of course” as well as fresh-and-funky, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, fair trade Guatemalan Osborn Design Shoes. The artist pulled the entire ensemble together with a Beautiful Lapel Pin to demonstrate his support for lesbian and gay marriage equality, which he feels is a basic civil right that every citizen should have. Clearly, Mraz worked his eco-liciousness – hopefully more musicians and high profile personalities will follow suit since they are capable of collectively impacting consumer demand and compelling all of us through increased awareness to make more responsible fashion choices.