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Need a New Look? Go Eco-Chic!
Green clothing lines are proving that sustainability can be stylish.

In an effort to “go green,” many people have found easy and effective ways to change their lifestyles in order to help out the environment, from planting trees to recycling. More and more, whole industries are getting in on the eco-friendly action. Clothing corporations, for example, are finding that their customers appreciate organic and fair trade fabrics, and with good reason: the world is full of great materials that work (and wear) just as well as those synthetic fabrics – except they’re Mother Nature approved. You’ll feel better knowing that you’ve spent your clothing allowance on something sustainable when you buy from brands like these:

  1. Indigenous Designs Corporation (Santa Rosa, California): In 1993, Scott Leonard was traveling in South America and became amazed by the products of local artisans. After learning about their knitting techniques and use of local materials, Scott and his business partner, Matt Reynolds, decided to design a clothing line unlike any other. Employees of Indigenous Designs are artisans from around the world, supported by fair trade wages and cooperatives. For over a decade, the company has worked hard to create clothes that are not only made from natural and organic fibers, as well as environmentally friendly dyes, but are created with a multicultural, handmade style that is truly unique. The clothes are made from materials like Alpaca fiber, merino wool and silk from South America and organic cotton from India and Africa. With women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, there’s something for everyone – just visit
  2. Rawganique (Denman Island, British Columbia): Although this company started in British Columbia, Canada, its message of environmental purity and sustainability has been spreading rapidly throughout the U.S. and beyond since 2000. Experimenting with organic cotton, linen and hemp in their sweatshop-free factories, Rawganique has found the perfect balance between eco-friendly and fashion-forward. They sell everything from clothing and footwear to bed, bath and kitchen items. Comfy hemp pajamas and soft, organic cotton shirts, pants and jackets are available for men, women and kids. For info, shopping and more, visit
  3. REI (Sumner, Washington): REI has been on the map since 1938, and it keeps getting more popular every year. Tailored to those who love the outdoors and an active lifestyle, REI started as a group of 23 mountain climbers and has grown into America’s largest consumer cooperative with over three million active members! Not only does it design organic, low-impact products made from recyclable materials, but the company regularly donates a large portion of its profits to conservation efforts across the country. Outdoorsmen (and women) will appreciate products like REI’s Merino Wool Hiker Socks, made from organic wool fibers and recycled nylon with a chlorine-free shrink resistance treatment. Want to browse for yourself? Check out

Not only are eco-friendly clothing lines great for the environment, they’re quickly becoming the current trend on the fashion runways as well. So, whether you’re browsing for some summer tees or stocking up your comfy winter wardrobe, consider going green – you’ll be making quite the fashion statement!


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