ECO-Friendly Clothing: A Step in the Right Direction

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 12:46 PM

We have the choice to consciously choose what we buy and wear. In today’s world there is a fast and ever growing trend of the need to buy things as cheap as possible, which is why we outsource nearly all of our goods. Although there is hope, moving into a more health and environmentally conscious time there are a handful of new companies that are striving to do things right.

Recently Johanna Riplinger, an Eco- Friendly fashion designer that prides herself on “combining ecological sustainability and sustainable labor practices with luxurious high fashion for women’s clothing with a distinctively feminine note” (Johannariplinger.com), reached out to our class to show her support. 

"@Ecomergetoxins great initiative! We want to hear more about it, what to avoid and chose instead #naturaldyes #nontoxic #cleanwater #organic."

This tweet was exciting for us because it only proves that we are slowly but surly moving in the right direction as a country and people have realized that change is necessary.

Another company that I stumbled upon in my search for more eco-friendly clothes is Zady, which is a more affordable option than a high-end clothing line for the average person. Their prices are a bit more expensive but comparable to that of Anthropologie. Although, the fact that their products are locally sourced, made in the USA, made by hand, sustainable, and high quality is exactly the direction that more companies should be headed. Zady’s mission is something that they should be proud of and that more people should strive for.  

“No more fashion that ends in landfills, no more production with questionable roots. We’re going back to honesty and quality. We’ve searched the world for expertly crafted pieces with transparent origins, that are timeless in style, and are made from the best materials.”(Zady)

I not only think that we should be more conscious about where we get our products, what they are made of, and what is in them but I also believe that we should be more conscious about that quantity and quality of products that we buy. If we buy local we are not only creating jobs, if we buy products that are hand made we can possibly cut out unwanted chemicals from the production process, and if we buy high quality products we can decrease the amount of products we need to buy.   

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