Eco-Friendly Fashion – part 2 of 2

Raising Consciousness  with Eco-Friendly Fashion

 

Beyond Fabric

 

As a Human Ecologist, I work with the relationships between people and their environments.  As an Image Consultant, I’m especially interested in the relationships we have with our clothing, and the impact of our clothing on the environment. I’m excited to write about eco-friendly fashion.

As we are now aware that thought is vibration, and that vibration affects matter, even the thoughts and feelings that go into the creation of the fabric and the garment can have an effect (usually non-consciously) on our own frequencies.

Nicole Bridger, a Canadian fashion designer, puts an affirmation label in each garment.  The first recipient of the Design Forward Award from FTA (Fashion Takes Action), not only sustainable fabrics, but positive relationships and high ethics have contributed to her success.  According to Nicole, “we strongly believe that the energy that we put out into the world is important for our own spirit and for others”.  www.nicolebridger.com

 

Eco Terms

 

Here are some definitions that can help you navigate through environmental consciousness.

Eco-conscious:  Being concerned for the environment.

Ecological footprint:  The amount of natural resources required to sustain a plant or animal to full growth.

Fair Trade:  People that make the textiles and clothing are paid a fair price and have decent working conditions.

Organic:  Fibres that are grown and produced without chemically formulated fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, etc.

Reclaimed:  Textiles or garments that have been discarded and are being re-used.

Recycled:  Textiles that have been manufactured from previous products, such as bottles.

Renewable:  Resources that can be replenished within a few years.

Vegan:  Products that are made without the use of animal product.

 

Clean Your Green

 

To add chemicals to clean our eco-friendly fashion is, of course, absurd!  There are many eco-conscious dry cleaners and cleaning products.  Here are some common household cleaning supplies.

  • Baking soda
  • Borax
  • Eucalyptus oil – to remove grease
  • Hydrogen peroxide – to remove fresh blood
  • Lemon juice and sunshine – to remove stains
  • Rubbing alcohol – to remove grass stains
  • Sunshine – to bleach
  • Tea tree oil – to disinfect

 

When we choose Green fashion, we contribute to a cleaner environment, a healthier body, and a more ethical consciousness.  Check out the new friendly eco-fashion!  You won’t need your Birkenstocks…

Karen Brunger, BHEC, AICI CIP is President of International Image Institute Inc. and Past-President of the Association of Image Consultants International