12 earth-conscious picks that are high on style, easy on the environment.
When it comes to getting on the eco-friendly train, there seem to be three camps: those who are hardcore all-in, those who couldn’t care less, and those who have gone green in some areas of their lives but not so much in others.
I’ve floated around in the third category for the last decade with one main holdout area: fashion. While I like the idea of wearing organic fabrics and supporting sustainable brands, I’ve often (wrongly) assumed eco-fashion is too “crunchy” for my taste.
Today, I’m dispelling my own myths with a dozen chic eco-friendly finds from the fashion and beauty arenas ahead of Earth Day on April 22.
Yep, it’s totally possible to dress the way you want and still be conscious of the environmental impact. Even many large, mainstream brands have upped their commitments to sustainable and eco-friendly design.
Case in point: fast-fashion powerhouse H&M’s Conscious Collection Lyocell-Blend Cargo Pants (on sale for $20). A great ankle-zipper detail — and a nice price — add to the fact that the pant is made from sustainably-grown fibers.
Pair them with a tank and Eileen Fisher’s Organic Linen Blend Cascading Front Vest (on sale for $203 at Nordstrom) for a breezy, fashion-forward spring/summer look.
California-based Amour Vert uses organic, recycled and carbon-neutral materials, as well as nontoxic dyes in its Parisian-inspired line. The result is gorgeous sustainable pieces, such as the Riley Sleeveless Button-Down ($148 at amourvert.com), a sweet Mulberry-silk summer top in three feminine prints.
More of a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl? Pick up an Older Brother Yak Yarn Tee ($179 at OlderBrother.us), designed in Portland and produced in L.A. It’s a fuss-free, gender-neutral striped tee made with yarn from Himalayan yaks and organic cotton for an ultra-soft finish.
Don’t let your vegetarian or vegan principles prevent you from carrying a great bag. The faux-leather Stella McCartney Falabella Fold-Over Tote Bag ($1,195 at Neiman Marcus) delivers seriously upscale style, from the Queen of Eco Cool. The versatile bag is roomy enough to serve as a work or weekend tote, then folds over for a smaller evening-out size.
California-based jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning’s Vintage Shell Ornament Stud Earrings ($400 at melissajoymanning.com) are an example of her elegant pieces that are handmade with upcycled and sustainable materials. She even works out of a certified green studio and carbon offsets every package she ships.
Head to Capitol Hill boutique Nube Green and grab the Tiffany Kunz Bronze Ascendant Ring ($122, also at nubegreen.com), a gorgeous, chunky bauble handmade from reclaimed bronze and finished with an organic protective coating.
Be responsible to the earth and your eyes with Bureo Kayu Sunglasses ($139 at shop.bureo.co), which are made from recycled (and recyclable) nylon fishing net, a product that makes up more than 10 percent of the ocean’s plastic pollution.
You don’t have to go far for luxe, eco-friendly beauty products. Seattle’s Kari Gran Cleansing Oil ($30 at karigran.com) is rich and effective, and made with organic and non-GMO ingredients.
Seattle-based Olivine’s Love & Roses Beauty Mist ($38 at shopolivine.com) is a multi-functioning hair, face and body mist with natural anti-aging, hydrating and aroma-therapeutic properties.
We all know and love hometown (beauty) hero Julep for their eco-friendly, toxin-free manicures and nail lacquers. But if you haven’t tried the company’s makeup, you’re missing out. The It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse ($20 at julep.com) is a hydrating and lightweight, long-wear lip color that comes in eight richly pigmented shades.
Jessica Alba recently launched an upscale skin-care and makeup line with more than 80 items free of potentially harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and sulfates. The silky, talc-free Honest Beauty Luminizing Powder ($25 at honestbeauty.com) is a standout, and will provide a healthy-looking glow for spring.