Durable and malleable, leather is an ideal material for reusing and upcycling. Seizing that potential, reMade USA just launched a line of stylish handbags made from used and scrap leather. reMade's bags were initially made from leather jackets found in charity stores, with details based on the original garments. The company now also gets cast-offs from the furniture and automotive industries.
As if he didn't have enough to do already, fashion designer, Isaac Mizrahi, lends a hand in the sustainable movement working with a Parisian fashion-embellishment maker to turn salmon leather pelts into paillettes.
Treehugger.com recent post showcases Redemption thong by Reef. The new thong is made from nontoxic materials and designed toward zero waste. The NWS Sandal highlights the ingenuity of eco-fashion designers and producers. Every element from conception to bulk production encapsulates sustainability principles. For example, stitching, threads, and upper-liner of the sandals are made from recycled water bottles(PET). The company also made the decision to use individual molds to make the soles(30% recycle rubber), instead of a blocker sheet which reduces the waste to approximately 1%.
Check out the video to hear more from Mark Gass, Director of Reef Redemption, on the innovative approach used to create these eco-conscious sandals.
The New York Times recently reports fashionistas have discovered Goodwill.
soy charmeuse pants
organic cotton cardigan
Shimmery, champagne-colored pants and dresses, as well as, bamboo and organic cotton tops and cardigans give the collection a look that is both comfortable, sexy, and luxurious.
bamboo rayon dress top
charmeuse pleated dress
As well as using eco-friendly materials for the clothing line, the sustainable concept has also been carried out in the brand's packaging and visual displays.
Target has teamed up with Scott Mackinlay Hahn and CFDA award winning designer Rogan Gregory to launch Loomstate for Target, a new limited-edition eco-friendly fashion line for men and women.
The overall feel of the line is relaxed, beachy summer. All of the cotton used in the collection is certified organic. The fabrics are soft-washed to create a lived in look and enhance the sense of timelessness and ease the designers wanted to evoke in the collection.
Payless ShoeSource has just announced the launch of its new Zoe & Zac brand. The new brand offers a full collection of shoes, handbags, jewelry, socks for under $30 and item as well as being touted as the first-ever affordable line of green fashion footwear and accessories.