Courtni Vecchiarelli

Courtni Vecchiarelli

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9 years 9 months ago

Emma Watson, who has gained popularity with her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter series, recently visited Bachhara, an ethical clothing label, in Bangladesh. Since joining People Tree, a fair trade apparel company based out of the UK, as a creative advisor, Watson decided she wanted to experience first-hand how the materials used in her spring fashion line were created.

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9 years 10 months ago

Mollie Dash, an eco friendly designer based out of Brooklyn, creates one-of-a-kind jewelry with a vintage charm. She finds the materials for her pieces at local yard sales, thrift stores, as well as off the streets of New York. She believes that most discarded items still have value, and lives by the credo, “reduce, reuse, recycle.”

All of Dash’s designs are elaborately crafted, while sweetly alluring. Some of her most unique pieces include a 1969 Finnish penny, secret garden-esque keys, and a landscape pendant made from layered copper. Although most of the jewelry is metal based,...


9 years 10 months ago

Only seven short months after hosting the Winter Olympics, Vancouver is now organizing an additional showcase of skill and dedication: Eco Fashion Week 2010. The event will take place from September 28th through September 30th, and will bring some of the most talented eco fashion designers from around the world to debut their latest green garments on the runway.

Eco Fashion Week Vancouver (EFW) has a mission “to celebrate responsible principles and style, to identify and refine sustainable industry practices” and “to educate and inform about eco-friendly fashion...


9 years 10 months ago

Lara Miller, born and raised in Chicago, is an eco fashion designer who has created a collection that has been described by Elle Magazine as, “sultry, sophisticated and as endlessly variable as the woman who wears them.” Her layerable clothing carries a classic, simple design that can be endlessly mixed-and-matched. Not only are her pieces extremely re-wearable, sustainability is at the heart of Miller’s business.

Miller uses organic cotton, hemp, organic wool, flax and soy fibers, and vegan ahimsa...


9 years 10 months ago

Summer brides now have an ethical alternative when purchasing their wedding dress – a gown that actually dissolves in water.

British students at Sheffield Hallam University created six sustainable bridal designs out of a biodegradable material, weaving polyvinyl alcohol directly into the fabric. The idea is that post-wedding, the gown can be broken down in water, without damaging the environment, to produce five new reusable garments. Fashion lecturer Jane Blohm explains, “The students wants to challenge the notion that a wedding dress should only be used once...The project is...


9 years 10 months ago

Eco fashion designer Bahar Shahpar has collaborated with vegan shoe maker Cri de Coeur, and the result is a blast of color infused sustainable footwear to wear all summer long.  Although the collection was debuted in September at New York Fashion Week’s GreenShows, the response was so positive that Gina Ferraraccio and Bahar Shahpar decided to distribute the edgy designs to the masses.

The shoes are created with Toray Ultra-suede, post-industrial polyester recycled into microfiber. The vegan material was...


9 years 11 months ago

Although Starbucks has been praised for their many green endeavors, there also has been criticism of the company, claiming that the paper cups (that promote recycling on their label) can’t actually be recycled.

Supposedly, the plastic film on the inside of the cups, which prevents the coffee from leaking, stops recyclers from accepting the cups in many cities nationwide.

In reality, anything can be recycled, but “the system is not designed to take the individual...


9 years 11 months ago

Eco fashion has come a long way since its grassroots origins, and now designs by Samantha Pleet reinvent vintage mod as if green has always been in style.

At the tender age of twenty-five, Samantha Pleet debuted her fall 2006 collection. The looks were described as “intertwining elements of the dark, mysterious and fantastical – dandies and rogues of centuries past and lands afar – with a sense of modernity that is distinctly Pleet.” Her designs soon became wildly popular, selling internationally at some of the most chic boutiques...


9 years 11 months ago

In the US, we all believe that we are making the socially responsible choice by purchasing organic cotton. However, how often do we think about the negative consequences that our green lifestyles could potentially cause? In Africa, malaria is affecting millions, and the western hunger for organic cotton may be the cause.

Malaria is an infectious disease that is mosquito-borne and more common in subtropical conditions. In 2008, it killed 863,000 individuals with 88% of the casualties being children under five, and infected 243 million more. Although it affects half of the world’s countries, Africa accounts for...


9 years 11 months ago

Yesterday’s News®, a brand of environmentally conscious pet litter, has announced the Do-Gooder Design Challenge, where top eco fashion designers will compete by creating garments out of recycled newspaper. The designs will be unveiled in New York City in fall of 2010 at the Green Catwalk Event, and then will be auctioned with proceeds benefiting eco-friendly charities.

The Nestle Purina Pet Care Company created Yesterday’s News® in efforts to reduce paper waste. The recycled paper litter helps to divert paper from...


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