by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Animals, Events, Fashion
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Photo: Flickr/jmv

We generally update the contents of our closet with fresh new fashion finds, not because our duds ever have a chance to wear out, but simply because we’re conditioned into believing that they are ‘out.’ This endless cycle of purging and purchasing helps to fuel a global industry rooted in highly unsustainable practices, from the use of environmentally polluting textile dyes and fabric chemicals to the consumption of vast amounts of water, intensive farming practices using highly toxic pesticides and the exploitation of animals for products such as wool, leather and fur.

The fact that truly sustainable fashion has managed to make a splash is a huge coup for the planet, and all indicators suggest that with increased consumer awareness and demand, our selections will only continue to expand. We’ve gotten a taste of what eco-fashion encompasses through increasingly more frequent showcases such as New York Green Fashion Week and the carbon-neutral Portland Fashion Week…and now our Northern neighbors are giving it a whirl.

Introducing…Canada’s first ever Eco Fashion Week, presented by Aveda (one of the first major beauty companies to embrace natural ingredients and environmental stewardship). If you have the opportunity to visit Vancouver from September 28 – 30, you’ll be in for a treat as green-loving designers, retailers and manufacturers show the world what it really means to create cutting-edge duds that work with rather than against our planet. In addition to featuring multiple catwalks, Eco Fashion Week will also offer various educational presentations (one by our favorite green model, Summer Rayne Oakes) and advise attendees on how to shun ‘waste couture’ in favor of eco-responsible threads. Sounds fierce!

Via Eco Fashion Week

  • maria

    I’m all for eco fashion, but the reality is most people cannot afford the ridciculus prices that these manufacturers are gouging people with for the earth friendly options. I try to buy eco friendly clothing when possible, but $150 for a pair of pants or $50 for a tshirt is absurd and is taking advantage of the people who are trying to help this planet. I say they should start being a little less concerned with the almighty dollar that they can make on the new “trend” of eco awareness and actually start doing it because they care

  • Coda

    Maria is right. The ‘green’ fashion is really a hobby for people that have a little too much money to spend. Also, how can the Portland Fashion Week people get away with not paying all the people that work for their show? It’s illegal in Oregon (check with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries wage and hour division), whether you are a model given free photos for a ‘folio or other ‘volunteers’ a free afterhours party, to not pay the help for a for-profic business function. No one can volunteer for a business that is simply keeping the workers honest earned wages to put into the owners pockets! I pay my employees for their time as does every legit business owner.