Guestpost: 5 Clothing Companies Following Eco-Friendly Practices

Saturday, February 13, 2016

A brief interruption of my Vinnies Victoria fashion challenge, to bring you a guest blog post, written by Dovile:

5 Clothing Companies Following Eco-Friendly Practices

Being environmentally cautious is not always so easy.  Especially if you want to be green not only around the house but your wardrobe as well.  So, to help you out a bit here, and give you some pointers for real green clothing brands, below you will find five of them.

Stella McCartney

This brand is one of the few high-end labels, which stays on top of the runway while still consistently waving the sustainability flag. Stella's line is not only completely vegan and cruelty-free, but the designer herself has also established some innovative sustainable fabric technology as well. In fact, last season Stella came out wearing an entire outfit of made up of eco-friendly materials, making a huge statement and also inviting other  people to do the same thing.  If you choose to shop for Stella McCartney clothing, you will be a step closer to wearing eco-friendly fashion.

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher's vision is 'for an industry where human rights and sustainability are not the effect of a particular initiative, but the cause of a business well run. Where social and environmental injustices are not unfortunate outcomes, but reasons to do things differently.

As one of the greenest clothing companies in the world, it is here you will find well made clothing that does not harm the environment.  Both online and offline, you can find Eileen Fisher clothing at a very affordable pricing (it can get even more affordable with Sears discount codes too).

Eileen Fisher's commitment to using eco-friendly materials, recycling programs, and philanthropic activities prove that Eileen Fisher clothing is definitely worth buying. Bonus points for looking pretty stylish, too.


Fast and widely popular fashion, which is what H&M actually is, is very controversial because of its intrinsic environmental impact. However, this Swedish company has made a very public commitment to becoming increasingly eco-conscious. This is done by offering green programs like a clothing recycling program, and the "Conscious Collection," made with eco-friendly fabrics.  As far as fast fashion goes, H&M is leading the sustainability change.

This brand, created by Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn, is 100% organic and will make you want to book a beach vacation.  Don't be fooled by their natural and easy clothing style – they are dead serious when it comes to ethical manufacturing and being eco-friendly.  The proof is in co-founder Scott Mackinlay Hahn, who was some time ago nominated as co-chair of the CFDA Sustainability Committee, together with another prominent green clothing designers and companies.  Loomstate clothes people in relaxed and laid back fashion, yet maintains their business with Mother Nature in mind, too.

And lastly, a treat for your feet – a 100% eco-friendly shoe boutique.  Whether you want clogs, flats or heels, Cocilco has everything you might need to finish up your look with shoes that will treat you, and nature right.   This shoe line has more than a decade-long history of and eco philosophy, so they know what they are doing.  First of all, Cocilco produce their timeless shoes models in a small, family-owned factory in Majorca, Spain.  Secondly, each component of the future shoe is carefully considered for its beauty, utility, and environmental impact.  For example, wedges are made from recycled Portuguese cork and local Spanish pine, while leathers are sourced only from local tanneries keeping eco-friendly practices in mind.  You can be sure that every single detail on Cocilco shoes is carefully considered, and everything is done using eco-friendly practices.

New Year New Style Challenge Vinnies Victoria: Day 12

Friday, February 12, 2016

Day 12 of 14.  I found a little creative inspiration with today's outfit for Vinnies Victoria's #newyearnewstyle thrifty fashion challenge. I'm wearing my Vinnies dress for the third time, only I've chosen to pair it with my sleeveless black top, which emphasises the dress' collar.  By tying a scarf around my waist, and adding white flats, my dress looks very different than it did on day 3 & 6.

Day 12 of 14. "Layering" Photo by Mr. 7.

Chosen to wear: dress from Vinnies Victoria + black sleeveless top 
accessories: white flats + headscarf around waist + sunnies

New Year New Style Challenge Vinnies Victoria: Day 11

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Day 11 of 14.  Today's outfit lacks a bit of something.  On day 11 of Vinnies Victoria's #newyearnewstyle thrifty fashion challenge, I'm finding it tricky to conjure up exciting outfits.  But, since posting the image on Instagram, a couple of people have suggested a few creative ideas, which have inspired me to do something different tomorrow.  Hooray.

Day 11 of 14.  Photo by Mr. 7

 Chosen to wear: Tropical skirt  + long sleeve top

Accessories: Boots given to me by a friend + beads from Salvos 


New Year New Style Challenge Vinnies Victoria: Day 10

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Day 10 of 14. Vinnies Victoria's #newyearnewstyle thrifty fashion challenge. I'm re-wearing my pre-loved 'music festival' dress worn on day 7, only I've matched it with leggings to make it more of a tunic.  I'm also wearing my clogs, which I found at an op shop eons ago.  I have absolutely no idea what to wear tomorrow.  None. 

Day 10 of 14.  "Psychedelic market vibes" Photo by friend.

Chosen to wear: dress from consignment store + black leggings
Accessories: hat by pal Bobbins n Bliss + op shopped clogs
+ upcycled leather bag by June in July Designs

New Year New Style Challenge Vinnies Victoria: Day 9

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Day 9 of 14. Vinnies Victoria #newyearnewstyle thrifty fashion challenge. Clashing my patterns today.  Re-wearing top also worn on day 1, and skirt seen wearing on day 5, from my fashion challenge selection.

Day 9 of 14. "Clash of the patterns" Photo by my Mum.
Chosen to wear: tropical skirt + white patterned top
Accessories: gifted scarf + sandals from Singapore


New Year New Style Challenge Vinnies Victoria: Day 8

Day 8 of 14. Vinnies Victoria #newyearnewstyle thrifty fashion challenge.  The outfit 'recycling' has absolutely kicked in.  I've now worn everything in my 10 items of thrifty fashion pieces chosen for the challenge.

Day 8 of 14.  Photo by Mr Recycled.

Chosen to wear: white jeans + black sleeveless vest from Vinnies
Accessories: gifted scarf + sandals from Siamese Dream Design + toddler with fishing rod!


New Year New Style Challenge Vinnies Victoria: Day 7

Monday, February 8, 2016

Day 7 of 14. Vinnies Victoria #newyearnewstyle thrifty fashion challenge.  First time I am wearing the second dress in my chosen 10 piece collection.  Got to be honest, I wanted this frock to be on my 10 items because I wanted to wear it to a music festival I went to yesterday.

Day 6 of 14.  Photo by Mr 7. "Music in the Sun"
 Chosen to wear: pre-loved dress from Bella on Main, Mornington

Accessories: sunhat from Vinnies + pre-loved Gorman shoes from a Facebook buy and sell page + gifted necklace

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