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Who says green can’t be gorgeous? FLARE picks the top 30 eco-friendly finds around


ECO CHIC

Who says green can’t be gorgeous? FLARE picks the top 30 eco-friendly finds around

Stella McCartney


 
Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney Spring 2009
Photo: Anthea Simms

Green Dream Team

There’s nothing fashion people love more than a good makeover, and green is finally getting its due. While an eco-lifestyle used to conjure up notions of hemp-wearing hippies – striking fear into the heart of any self-respecting fashionista – the new eco-conscious style guard is set to change that. From organic beauty products to sustainable home décor, the latest from green’s design teams are satisfying both the style set and the eco-obsessed. Because, as every socially-conscious girl knows, if you’re going to save the world you might as well look fabulous doing it.

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Eco Denim


 
Eco Denim

J Brand Green Label
The chic jean machine new eco label uses 100% organic denim grown free of pesticides (even the pockets are lined with organic cotton). We love this figure friedly wide-leg style inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s curves.
J Brand organic denim Monroe jean, $300. JBrandjeans.com.

Freedom of Choice
After years working for other labels such as Joe Jeans and Antik Denim, Nathan Menashe, decided he was ready to do denim his way (including an organic collection) thus launched Freedom of Choice. The eco denim is made from hand-picked organic cotton grown without pesticides, and no chemicals are used in the distressing process.
Freedom of Choice organic denim jeans, $199. At Bamboo Ballroom, Edmonton, 780-439-1363.

Earnest Sewn
Every pair of Earnest Sewn jeans helps reduce the water pollution normally created by the denim distressing process – they take dirty river water, clean it, use it in the wash process, then retreat the water, leaving it in a better condition than the way they got it.
Earnest Sewn Decca 290 jeans, $270. 1-877-638-5902.

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Eco Koi


 
Eco Koi

Each piece of Bangkok-born Koi Suwannagate’s collection is hand-sculpted and impeccably handmade using vintage and organic fabrics and natural dyes for one of a kind style.

Koi Suwannagate organic silk and cashmere top, $400 and silk organza butterfly skirt, $1,230. Koisuwannagate.com.

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H&M


 
H&M

Our favourite fast fashion fix now offers a collection of stylish basics from jeans to tees in organic cotton.

H&M organic cotton jean jacket, $59.90. At H&M locations.

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Bodkin


 
Bodkin

Cheekily named “This is a plastic dress”, this sweet LBD is made from recycled PET food and beverage containers. Brooklyn-based Bodkin is on the cutting-edge of enviro-chic style.

Bodkin recycled plastic dress, $430. At Nouvelle Nouvelle in Vancouver.

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Eco Fashion


 
Eco Fashion

Sonja den Elzen’s Toronto-based label uses sustainable fabrics such as organic wools, bamboo, peace silk, organic cottons and vegetable tanned leather to create modern, urban clothing.

Thieves layered tencel tank top, $156, and organic cotton skirt, $142. At www.greenisblack.ca.

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Larsen Grey


 
Larsen Grey

Handmade in NYC, Larsen Grey’s wares feature sustainable and organic fabrics and fair trade practices wherever possible. This skirt is made entirely from Sri Lankan artisanal friendship bracelets, the sale of which goes back to support the community.

Larsen Grey skirt, $550. At Holt Renfrew.

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Beau Soleil


 
Beau Soleil

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet – naturally regenerating itself quickly. And amazingly enough the fabric is exquisitely soft and breathable. Beau Soleil has been on the forefront of sophisticated design using innovative natural fabrics since they launched in 2005.

Beau Soleil bamboo “Guard” dress, $300. At 889 Yonge in Toronto, 416-925-7206.

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Salvatore Ferragamo


 
Salvatore Ferragamo

Ferragamo’s new line of enviro-friendly handbags features naturally tanned leathers (using tannins from tree bark unlike the usual metals and chemicals) which results in a beautiful biodegradable product. Plus each of the five style are lined with hemp.

Salvatore Ferragamo leather bag, $1,890. At Holt Renfrew.

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Deux FM


 
Deux FM

Eco style from the east coast! With a mission of “inspiring ethical and environmental awareness by implementing sustainable action through innovative design”, Halifax-based, F.I.T.-trained designer Anna Gilkerson proves you can look good while doing good.

Deux FM soy, organic cotton and spandex blend string bikini hand tie-dyed with non-toxic dye, $78. Deuxfm.com.

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Finsk


 
Finsk

Cobbler Julia Lundsten uses only the finest reclaimed Brazillian leathers (the bi-product of other industries) and sustainable wood in her shoes for Finsk (Manolo Blahnik is a fan!). Plus the shoes are handmade in a local atelier (saving the need to ship the materials around the world).

Finsk eco leather and sustainable wood heels, $395. At Chasse Gardee in Toronto.

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John Hardy


 
John Hardy

Canadian bauble brand John Hardy’s new hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry collection supports his Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo program, where proceeds from each piece pays for the planting and reforestation of bamboo on the island of Nusa Penida.

John Hardy Nusa Penida Slim Bangles, $375/set of 3. At www.sustainableadvertising.org and 1-888-838-3022.

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Lutz & Patmos


 
Lutz & Patmos

More and more products at this hip new-to-Canada home décor shop are made using organic and natural materials. One of our favourites are the super soft organic cashmere blankets – a collaboration with sweater-maker Lutz & Patmos.

Lutz & Patmos for West Elm organic cashmere cable knit throw, $89. 416-537-0110.

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Ananas


 
Ananas

New York-based Ananas is committed to giving back – in addition to using eco materials like cork, burlap and vegetable-tanned leather in their handbags, they replant a tree for every bag purchased. This brilliant bag can be worn in 3 ways – over the shoulder, messenger-style or our fave, as an oversized clutch.

Ananas eco cork with gold fleck Nealy bag, $300. At Ewanika, Toronto, 416-927-9699 and Umeboshi in Vancouver 604-909-8225.

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Frank Gehry


 
Frank Gehry

An early entry to the eco game in 1972 was Canadian star-chitect Frank Gehry’s recycled corrugated cardboard wiggle stool inspired by the organic shape of African stools.

Frank Gehry recycled corrugated cardboard Wiggle stool, $550. At the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Jamie Joseph


 
Jamie Joseph

Jewelry designer Jamie Joseph was going green way before it became the new black. His pieces are crafted out of 100% recycled gold, set with ethically sourced gemstones and all diamonds are conflict-free in accordance with the Kimberly Process.

Jamie Joseph recycled gold rings, from $500. Jamiejoseph.com.

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Aurumania


 
Aurumania

Emissions free: every earth girl needs a gilded bike, fully bedazzled with Swarovski crystals. Talk about a first class trip!

Aurmania gold and crystal bicycle, price upon request. Aurumania.com.

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