by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Fashion, Music, People
Tags: , , .

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.

Via Freshness Factor Five Thousand


  • animal.lover

    I’m confused about the belt. Anyone know what he is referring to?

    • Skye B.

      His belt is made out of tanned bison skin but the animal was not killed for fashion — it died of natural causes and was then used to create his accessory. Parabellum is just the name of the company that produces buffalo leather accessories.

      • animal.lover

        Thank you! I’ll check them out. I have never heard of the company or that such a product existed.

  • Caleb

    Hate to burst his bubble but wool isn’t vegan. Maybe he just has a vegan diet but the article said he was a “vegan”. I wouldn’t normally care but I just bought a new suit and it was a pain finding one with zero wool.

    • Kirstin

      You can be vegan and wear wool. Wool is simply shaven off of the sheep just as we shave our facial or leg hair. Wool is a perfectly natural vegan material. And it grows back fast.

      • Cheryl

        Kristin, it’s pretty clear you’ve not seen video of sheep shearing farms and terribly the animals are treated, while sheared and all the untreated infections they develop because of the breeding practices, particularly in merino sheep.

        What do you think happens when wool sheep reach a certain age? They aren’t retired, they are slaughtered for their meat.

        So, while I wish you were correct and wool is vegan, sadly, it isn’t.

      • vegangeo

        Kristin, do a Google search for this word: mulesing. Or go to this link:

        Wool is most certainly not vegan. For it to be vegan then the wool used in garments would have to be picked up off the ground AFTER the sheep shed it, instead of shaving them off to collect wool. In nature sheep does shed, and do not need to be sheared, but for fashion sheep has to be sheared, or there would be no wool.

        Furthermore, check out that word at the beginning of my post.

  • Lisa

    We have a long way to go but it’s good to see someone at least trying! I hope people remember that ethical fashion also includes not only what it came from, but how it was produced and by whom. We have to be socially and ecologically concerned about fashion!

  • Pingback: Old School Music Gets Modern Day Groove With Artful Eco-Makeover « :: the latest in green gossip()