So what is eco-fashion? Even the top echelons of the fashion industry don't know or agree on the term, so I'm not trying to solve a world wide debate in one post. Nonetheless, here's some of what I know:
Eco-Fashion also known as Sustainable Fashion (or, in my case and perspective, Sustainable Wearable Art) encompasses a wide range of production and design practices including- but not limited to-the use of :
1. Organically grown fabrics;
2. Natural fibers (which can be plant based or animal based);
3. Fair Trade production practices (which can be both in the fabric production and garment production stages);
4. Fashion for the raising of social awareness and funds for social and non profit causes;
5. Reclaimed materials (either reclaimed fabrics, upcycled garments, or reclaimed materials like plastic bottles which can be converted into fabrics);
6. Safer cosmetics (Cosmetics are essential in the creation of the fashioned image- and the use of makeup, lotions, hair products and other body products sans the synthetic or toxic fumes is important also in this eco-fashion framework);
7. Slow Fashion, select Haute Couture and the One of a Kind Garment (a strategy that not only produces beautiful unique pieces, but slows down the whole "I bought this cheap garment and just threw it in the garbage, adding to the land fills of the world 'cuz I got bored with it" fast fashion syndrome.)
This list is by no means exhaustive, and no, I'm not linking any wiki articles. These are the general basics that I've found in my search for eco-fashion truth. reciclaGEM strives to integrate all of these models. Starting in 2012 (and maybe a bit sooner), I'll be exploring each of these seven eco-fashion models both through reciclaGEM and through my studies.
The journey has begun. Exhaust the comment box below with your knowledge as well.
Looking forward to embarking on this eco-intellect road trip with you.
Saber é poder,