Is it possible to dress fashionably with an eye toward eco-responsibility? Happily, the answer is increasingly yes. More and more companies are offering style in a sustainable package. Case and point: check out this adorable skirt and t-shirt from Horny Toad. The swingy “Chakra” skirt ($56) is the most flattering length– just above the knee — and it’s made from Tencel and organic cotton. (Tencel is made from leftover wood pulp, but you’d never know it cuz it’s soft as silk.)
And the equally soft striped Ryland T-shirt ($38), with a pocket and cute cuffed sleeve is made fromBonus: these fabrics don’t shrink or fade the way cotton does. Modal, similar to Tencel, and organic cotton.
Admittedly this stuff isn’t super cheap, but you can feel good about buying it.
Keen’s funky Santiago collection is made in the Domincan Republic of earth-friendly natural cotton canvas and locally produced rubber. And no toxic adhesive materials are used in the shoes. What’s more the company decided to reopen an old factory in the D.R., offering dozens of locals jobs. Not only can you wear eco-friendly shoes, but your kids can too since they come in both kids and adult sizes ($30 and $50). If you’ve never worn Keens, try these. You’ll be a convert.
Written by Dana Sullivan Kilroy