My mom wrapped four baby bums in cloth diapers and took large totes to the grocery to avoid their plastic bags. At 26 years old in 1982, Gwendolyn Valiente was beyond her time as a young mother of four in a decade of wasteful decadence. She taught us to protect the earth and care for the people on it. Earth day always reminds me of my childhood and the "caring" lifestyle I was taught and strive to mimic today. To celebrate, here are some fashions that keep the earth and humanity in mind…
annie & jade is a modern eco-luxury brand of women's clothing that uses earth-friendly Siro-Micro Modal (knitwear), 100% pure silk and a new 100% natural wool with woven elements to create color and tone without the use of dye. They also contribute to the Carbonfund.org for any part of their line that cannot be made in an eco-friendly way.
Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women in East Africa to continue on to university. Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree. In addition to their university-bound team, Sseko also employs a full-time team of women from all walks of life. Sseko Designs provides the opportunity for these women to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.
Dalia MacPhee is a vegan clothing line that plants a tree every time you purchase a gown in the Tahoe National Forest. An illegal campfire destroyed much of the area a few years ago leaving black tree skeletons. Dalia's goal is rebuild the entire forest.
Raven & Lily $18
All Raven & Lily products are fair trade and eco-friendly. Their employee women in need from all over the world to hand-make these stylish goodies from recycled and naturally-dyed materials.
Social Good Network turns your everyday online purchases into support for the causes you care about. When you shop your usual retailers from Amazon.com to Bloomingdale's, the purchases you make through socialgoodnetwork.com generates donations to benefit the causes you select.
This cosmic print scarf is designed, produced, and naturally dyed by the L.O.V Project. Their philosophy focuses on being close to nature. Every scarf is handmade, fair trade and one of a kind.