21 Ways to Rock Sustainable Style
Lina Rennell Ballet Tank
The dreamy top is equal parts artful and sustainable: Angelina Rennell’s U.S.-sourced, print-driven textile creations are all manufactured in her native Northern California.
Waiting for the Sun Madame Sunglasses
One hundred percent UV protection doesn’t mean fighting nature every step of the way: The frames on these shades are made from natural bamboo.
Available at monocleorder.com
Fleabags Alice Knapsack
Organic hemp canvas and repurposed fishnets sourced from the BP oil spill wreckage combine to become vegetable-tanned, seafaring packs.
Organic by John Patrick Vintage-Print Shorts
Given that Patrick’s built a career on masterfully transforming recycled wool, leather, and nylon into cutting-edge fashion, it’s no wonder summery shorts like these look so effortless.
Available at barneys.com
Chinti and Parker Jersey Shift Dress
Known for its clever stripes and convenient pockets, the London label thoughtfully employs organic cotton fabrics and item-specific “green” checklists — calling out features from carbon neutrality to fair trade — for each garment.
Available at shopbop.com
Osborn Sunset Cork Oxford Flat Shoes
Formerly disenfranchised Guatemalan cobblers are the artisans behind these quirky-cool shoes, which are crafted according to the motto “do good with good design.”
Available at us.asos.com
Dosa Ruffle-Front Dress
Wanderlustful designer Christina Kim commissions local artists to construct the silks, raw cottons, and tapestry panels she incorporates into each globally inspired collection.
Available at barneys.com
Covet Tropical Hi-Lo Dress
Soybean fabrics, organic cotton blends, and naturally harvested silk frocks (like this one) comprise a label that’s as kind to Earth as your wardrobe.
Available at shopfuturestandard.com
Reformation Bonanza Skirt
The print may be leopard, but the makings are animal free. (FYI: Each one-of-a-kind skirt is crafted from deadstock gold Lurex fabric.)
Only Hearts Organic Cotton Nightshirt
The all-organic sleep shirt’s Peruvian cotton and Mad Men-worthy silhouette make it the ideal bedmate.
Available at onlyhearts.com
Stewart + Brown Karmen High-Low Dress
Despite its plunging hemline and back, the frock’s eco standards remain top-notch. In fact, the sleek design is made from 96 percent hemp.
Monique Péan Geometric Buffalo Horn Earrings
Tusk, bone, and ethically mined diamonds have been the socialite-designer’s trademark since launching a few short years ago. Check this angular pair crafted from naturally shed buffalo horn.
Available at barneys.com
Loomstate V-Neck Tee
The 100 percent organic cotton is just one green reason to love the slim-fit tee.
Available at loomstate.org
Shannon South Market Bag
Organic cotton lining and upcycled leather (send in your old jacket for a personal touch) make for one-of-a-kind duffels that you’ll be proud to show off.
Swedish Hasbeens Tennis Wedge
Simply put, we can’t get enough of the straightforward, natural wood and leather footwear. The latest version — with sporty, naturally dyed stripes — is just one more reason to indulge.
Available at shoescribe.com
Alternative Apparel Dolman Pullover Hoodie
The domestically made line takes the farm-to-fashion dressing one step further with the recent debut of its animal-free, natural fleece alternative.
Available at alternativeapparel.com
Olga Olsson Marilyn Suit
Dive into summer in one of the modern glam designer’s suits, as much an ode to former employers Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson as the tiny Rio de Janeiro atelier where Olsson has them produced.
Available at junoandjove.com
iPanema Summer Love Flip-Flops
Looks aside, there’s little not to love about the UK/Brazilian flops. Patented PVC plastic and seasonal partnerships with global green charities add up to vegan-friendly, 100 percent recyclable beach kicks with serious style.
Available at ipanemausa.com
Cri de Coeur Crush Lace-Cuff Sandal
The lace may be retro, but its production is thoroughly modern: This brand’s got a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to sweatshop production and has partnered with The Carbon Fund to plant a tree for every pair sold.
Available at cridecoeur.com
NuBe Seattle Sheer Contrast Poncho
Crafted entirely from Seattle-area materials (wool from sustainably raised alpaca, salvaged trim) the polka-dot pullover would be unique even if each one wasn’t also one of a kind.
Available at nubegreen.com
E. Factor Jeans
Stretch twill and ombre may be funky, but there’s nothing sketch about these jeans: The namesake, Factor, insists on using low-impact textiles, local California garment manufacturing, and animal-free production and products.
It's so easy being green.
Or at least, it can be. Since today is Earth Day, it's important to think of our home -- locally and globally -- in everything we do. Choosing foods that are organic, a car that's a hybrid and cleaner energy options (we know someone who has solar panels lining the roof of her family home) are all great steps toward a cleaner planet, but you can do even more.
For the fashion lovers among us, it's exciting to think about all of the clothing options out there that aren't just green, but stylish as well! So when you're riding your bike to the store rather than jumping in the car, also consider how the backpack you're carrying could be sustainable too.
Click through the gallery above to see some of our favorite sustainable items!
Photo: Courtesy of Belkina