What is Eco Fashion?

January 9, 2015

 What is Eco Fashion:

ec·o-fash·ion is defined as apparel and accessories either recycled, made ethically and/or sustainable. This can range from fair trade or upcycled products, organically produced technologies, and locally sourced craftsmanship. There are so many ways you can get involved with Eco Fashion!

 What different types of Eco Fashion are there?:

Eco Fashion Categories

Artisan Craft/Artisan: Products that have been crafted using artisan skills such as embroidery, weaving, leather pressing or other trades, which preserve the perpetuation of ancestral traditions.
 Craft Custom: Also called demi-couture or made-to-order. This is a way of encouraging quality and “slow fashion” over mass-produced disposable fashion.
 Beauty Cruelty-free: Cosmetics or other commercial products manufactured or developed by methods that do not involve experimentation on animals. However, the label “Cruelty-free” is considered inconsistent and potentially misleading when used by manufacturing and brands.
Ethically Made Ethically Produced: Ethical fashion has been produced with respect for people as well as the environment. Although there are existing certifications for Organic and Fair Trade, there are small companies and brands taking significant action in an ethical direction but don’t yet qualify for certification. This might includeCompanies producing locally or on small scale.Producing in developed countries who might not yet qualify for Fair Trade certificationCompanies working with farmers to transition to sustainable crops but who might not yet qualify as Organic.These processes often take many years to complete, however we want to recognize those smaller names taking these steps.
 Handmade Handmade/ Locally CraftedClothing made by hand, not by factory machine, and typically focused on quality over large quantity. Handmade items often go hand in hand with locally sourced items. Locally sourced items utilize materials constructed or grown within 10-100 miles.
 Organic OrganicFor a product to be labelled ‘organic‘, it needs to have received at least one of a number of recognised certifications. There are numerous national and international standards including:

Organic cotton or organic wool has been produced without the use of chemicals or artificial/man-made chemicals and none have been used in the processing of raw fibres to finished product.

 Recycled Recycled/UpcycledAnything that has been made from already existing materials, fabrics, metals or fibers. These are often reclaimed from previously made clothing and accessories and reworked into new ones. Fibers can also be re-purposed from pre-existing fabric, re-spun and reused for new garments.
 Consignment Slow FashionA movement as the alternative to mass produced clothing (AKA “Fast-Fashion”). Promotes slowing down the use of raw materials and rate of garment production by producing clothing in small batches, high quality, and handmade.
 Vegan VeganProducts that have been made without the use of animal skins, tissues or by-products. Items are “cruelty-free” and can be made from a variety of artificial leathers, man-made fabrics, cotton or “vegetal leathers” using Amazonian rubber instead of animal skins.
 Vintage Vintage/Second-HandVintage is a generic term for garments created in the period from the 1920’s to 1975. However, the term is often used more generally for second-hand clothes or items that are bought-sold by a previous owner.


categories outlined courtesy of EcoFashion World and Style With Heart

Note that not all types of Eco Fashion can be purchased locally in the Twin Cities, however if you are interested in a type of fashion that is not available you can view places to get these types of goods on EcoFashion World‘s website.