Celebrities Leading in Sustainable Fashion

Striving towards an eco-friendly society takes conscious effort and dedication. The same rules apply to wearing “sustainable fashion.” Fostering and surrendering to change is not always easy but sometimes we’re involved in a process without even realizing it.

For instance, any time you’ve gone shopping at a thrift store or via online sites like thredUP or Poshmark then you’ve participated in the sustainable fashion movement. Recycled or reusable material means less discarded material to negatively impact the environment. Aside from used clothing, new clothing created with fabric from recycled materials such as water bottles or organic cotton (minus the treatment of pesticides) is another option. More people are getting behind this sustainable clothing movement; some are even lending their (very big) names to a collection.

Debbie Harry Introduces Her HOPE Collection

The “Call Me” Blondie singer has partnered with designers Vin & Omi on a new eco-collaboration called the HOPE collection. The first items for sale will include T-shirts and hoodies made from recycled plastic and blends of reclaimed cotton. Vin & Omi use their own latex fabric sourced from a rubber plantation in Malaysia. The villagers who work on the plantation depend on proceeds from the rubber harvesting for income.

In a released statement, Harry says: “Our hope is to draw attention to the harmful effects of plastic in our environment which is damaging human health, marine life and habitats, littering beaches and landscapes, clogging waste streams and landfills and to educate and empower people to make a difference towards helping adjust human attitudes and behaviors about plastics while reducing global plastic pollution.”

A spokesman for Vin & Omi said: “We love working with her and are inspired by her forward-thinking and desire to do things that make a difference to the planet. She’s always very…now.”

Related: “Refill Stores: A New Kind of Sustainable Shopping

Prince Charles Launches a High-End Sustainable Fashion Line

Impressed by the ideas from a group of British and Italian students involved with his Modern Artisan project, the Prince of Wales has teamed up with YOOX NET-A-PORTER. Thanks to these young people’s skills and understandable approach to sustainable design and manufacturing, along with the Prince’s own push for a circular economy, an idea was born.

The YOOX NET-A-PORTER for The Prince’s Foundation is a line of sustainable luxury pieces that includes a double-breasted cashmere blazer for women and a belted, double-breasted Merino wool camel coat for men. The foundation’s funds are used to train young people as part of a new textiles-training initiative.

The 71-year-old recently admitted that he hated throwing anything away and would rather find another use for waste products, including food waste. When it comes to his own clothes, Prince Charles admits that repair and maintenance are not always possible because of his changing shape. He said: “I’d rather have them maintained, even patched if necessary, than to abandon them. The difficulty is, as you get older, you tend to change shape and it’s not so easy to fit into the clothes.”

You do you, Your Highness.

-Sharon Oliver

Photo: Debbie Harry (Getty Images)


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