Sustainable Style: Eco-Friendly Fashion For Earth Day

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In honor of Earth Day, we celebrate a few brands dedicated to environmentally ethical practices.

By Min A. Lee

 

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Etnia Barcelona prides itself in their use of 100% recyclable and biodegradable organic compounds in their acetate sunglasses. Featuring mineral lenses from Barberini, the brand released their Wild Love In Africa collection in collaboration with photographer Steve McCurry and the Africa Rising Foundation, which will receive a percentage of sale proceeds. The super-chic animal prints and colors that mimic African sunsets are sure to make your outfits pop.

From top: Etnia Barcelona Wild Love In Africa WLA AFRICA04 Sunglasses, $270, etniabarcelona.com

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Designer Alexandra Koumba creates crochet heaven with her handmade clutches, all with recycled cotton and Lycra. She makes interesting patterns by hand and adds metal details to catch the eye, making these bags perfect for your summer stylings. Inspired by the natural world surrounding us, Koumba adds botanical influences to all her collections.

Alexandra Koumba Seaweed Clutch, $225, alexandrakoumba.com

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Thanks to a Los Angeles community of cutters and sewers they’ve built lasting relationships with, Beloforte is able to create their sustainable line of modern activewear. After the founders, Kevin Dorey and Whitney Quaresma, researched garment industry regulations and pollution statistics, they realized that ecological local production was vital. When you sport Beloforte, know that it comes from a team that truly cares about their designs, from sketch to final stitch.

Beloforte Alicia Off-The-Shoulder Sweater, $140, belo-forte.com

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In a campaign aimed at raising awareness about the 14.4 million refugees around the world, Liberti, a company that gives back by employing refugees in America, created their Less Than 1% jewelry collection. Made with ethically sourced materials, these modern, minimalist designs, stamped with “<1%” or coordinates mapping out actual refugee camps, make great conversation starters, pushing us to look into why less than one percent of refugees make the resettlement journey.

From upper left: Liberti <1% Love Ring, $32, Coordinate Ring, $30, Freedom Bar Necklace, $40, libertiusa.com

 

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Revamp your essentials with artisanal jersey separates from Alabama Chanin, all locally created in Florence, Alabama, using organic and recycled materials that are breathable and easy without sacrificing style. The brand prides itself on quality and production responsibility, making a conscious effort to keep waste minimal by having all garments made-to-order.

From top: Alabama Chanin V-Neck T-shirt, $210, Alabama Chanin Edison Skirt, $430, alabamachanin.com

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European favorite Novesta is making its U.S. debut, giving sneakerheads a brand that holds itself to high environmental standards. With distinctive pressed soles of natural rubber and 100% cotton and linen fabrication, Novesta’s certified materials are cornerstones in their timeless designs. The best part are the removable insoles with arched contouring that provide excellent support, allowing you go green comfortably for hours.

From left: Novesta Star Master Sneaker, $89, Star Dribble Sneaker, $99, madisonlosangeles.com

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