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Six eco-trends reshaping the fashion industry

Ode Magazine : Six eco-trends reshaping the fashion industry.

OK so you may take a second to think about packaging waste, your recycle bin, how much gas you guzzle, but do you ever stop to think where your clothes come from?  Many people are super concerned about fashion (I am not one of them), but now it’s possible to be “in style” and eco-friendly too.

Just like the food industry, apparel and footwear is huge and can have a very positive impact on our world if we take a more holisitic view of a t-shirt.  How did it arrive to the store?  Who stiched it, where and under what conditions?  Where did the fabric come from?  How about the cotton: how much watering and pesiticides were involved?

Check out the link above to learn a bit more about some eco-trends!


FINALLY! A mainstream compostable bag

Sunchips debuts compostable bag – 6/1/2009 – Packaging Digest.

Watch out FMCG industry! I am so excited about this! Finally, a major manufacturer is starting to take responsibility for the impact that their products have on the environment and are considering what happens after their consumers finish a bag of Sun Chips.  Now if we could only mainstream composting……

The end of the plastic water bottle?

The other day I was thinking about my “passions.” What issues or topics really get me excited, either in a good or a bad way.  One item high on the top of my list is our general flippant attitude about waste. Each day, every one of us wastes so much food, packaging, water etc..  And it drives me nuts.  I do not claim to be a saint who never wastes, but I like to think that I am conscious of the issue and do my best to conserve whenever I can.

Last week at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs I took a pledge with an advocacy group to “Think Outside the Bottle” and choose non-bottled water whenever possible.  When I lived in Raleigh, NC we used a Brita filter and the tap water was perfectly safe to drink.  Very unfortunately, here in Barcelona what comes out of the kitchen faucet is neither safe nor tasty and I am forced to use only bottled water.  The local culture is so fixated on these bottles that I can get a 2 liter for $.50, amazing. In the USA alone, citizens toss 6million bottles per day, and only 14% of those get recycled.

Of course we all know that this lifestyle is not sustainable and that something has to change or we will run out of fresh water to drink (and I haven’t even mentioned the poor countries that don’t have any access to clean, safe drinking water at all).  In the not so distant future, I fear that we will have world wars not over tiny strips of territory, but over water.

Thankfully, there are people who are working on facets of the water crisis including one company who has developed a water bottle made from 100% recycled PAPER. Check it out!

Inventing an environmentally-friendly solution – Paper Water Bottle – Brandimage.


Moving from ec0-iconic to eco-embedded: Check it out!

“While the current good intentions of corporations and consumers are helpful, serious eco-results will depend on making products and processes more sustainable without consumers even noticing it, and, if necessary, not leaving much room for consumers and companies to opt for less sustainable alternatives. Which will often mean forceful, if not painful, government intervention, or some serious corporate guts, or brilliantly smart design and thinking, if not all of those combined.

Think green buildings, or a ban on plastic bags or gas-guzzlers—anything that becomes truly embedded into daily life, and by default leaves no choice, no room for complacency.” ECO-ICONIC, ECO-EMBEDDED, ECO-BOOSTERS.