Levi’s WasteLess

New innovative green plastic jeans

Levi’s have introduced a new collection of denim incorporating post-consumer waste, specifically recycled plastic bottles and food trays. Each WasteLess product will include a minimum of 20 percent post-consumer recycled content, or, on average, eight 12 to 20-ounce bottles per jean. The WasteLess product will be available in Spring 2013 in both women’s and men’s jeans. The WasteLess collection will use more than 3.5 million recycled bottles continuing on the company’s commitment to sustainable design. PET plastics will be the materials used which included brown beer bottles, green soda bottles, clear water bottles and black food trays. These are collected… read more

Austin City Limits

ACL Festival Logo

Austin is always light years ahead of the rest of Texas. The Austin City Limits festival is making every effort to reduce their carbon footprint and be as environmentally friendly as possible. The festival currently makes large numbers of trash and recycling bins available with high visibility throughout the grounds. The organizers of the festival suggest strong use of public transportation, bicycles and on foot. Shuttle buses make the round trip from downtown Austin to the main entrance of the festival all day long. Plenty of bike racks are available for those that plan to ride their bicycles to the… read more

Go Green with Halloween

Photography by Jenne Kopalek

Halloween is officially here with the ghoulish décor, sinister cider, and pumpkins galore. Have you picked your costume yet? Did you know that consumers spent over $2.5 billion on costumes last year? How do we keep Halloween green, save a few bucks, and create a pretty wicked Halloween costume. Here is a few ideas to get your haunt on. So let’s green that Halloween garb with a few spooky costumes. Here are a few of our favorite do-it-yourself costumes. Crash Test Dummy: Just a tad of lipstick and some black eyeliner and you can be everyone’s favorite crash test dummy…. read more

Steps for the World

Recycling shoes

Shoes are a necessity that may not be thought about that often, except when we are buying them. When you really think about shoes, how they are made or the amount of waste that comes with their wear in a dispensable-minded society, you might just find there is more to consider than style or size. A large number of shoes, especially the plastic variety, may be comprised of harmful toxins. One study showed that the shoes they sampled contained alarming chemicals regardless of the price range or where they were produced. Investigations like this one advocate for the consumer’s right to know… read more

Beyond Leather

Beyond leather

The debate on leather is not a new one. However, its importance remains relevant. Where you stand on the leather issue impacts the choices you make as a person and a consumer. This, in turn, impacts society and the environment, plus the countless lives that are inhumanely cut short to create the material. Some people may be unaware of their leather purchases, as it is used widely from shoes and wallets to couches and car seats. Other people have a ‘loyalty’ to the wearing and using of leather as they associate it with quality or luxury. Whether you fit within either group or avoid leather altogether, we… read more

The Truth About Bamboo

Bamboo textiles

Have you ever bought a piece of clothing because on the tag it had the words “100% percent bamboo fiber”? These are often advertised as eco-friendly products from a sustainable resource. While bamboo (a member of the grass family that can grow up to or more than a yard per day), may be renewable, the process used to make bamboo textiles is not. The most common way is ‘cooking’ leaves and shoots in a harsh chemical process that involves soaking them in carbon disulfide, otherwise known as caustic soda, or lye. This process is toxic not only to the earth,… read more

Eco-Friendly Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo is like a miracle material. It has endless advantages and is highly renewable. It is actually from the grass family, not a wood, as commonly perceived. It is a perennial evergreen and giant bamboos are the largest of the grasses. Bamboos are some of the quickest growing plants in the world so it makes it quite a resourceful product indeed! It can be used for building materials as well as a food source and many other products. Bamboo matures in three to five years. When compared to other soft-woods, which take ten to twenty years to mature, bamboo is… read more

Eco Fashion Designers

Stella McCartney eco sunglasses

A trend for the trend-setters. Eco fashion is becoming the hot new thing and one of the most fashionable of all is leading the way. Stella McCartney has a new found conscience that has led her to create a range of eco-friendly sunglasses. For Spring Summer 2012, Stella McCartney launches a new ‘eco-friendly’ collection of sunglasses. It is a sustainable collection with the use of raw materials stemming from natural origins, such as castor-oil seeds and citric acid. The collection is made from over 50% natural and renewable resources, and to top it off McCartney’s offices and studios are powered… read more

Organic eco-fashion

VBN - Vicarious by Nature

The Vicarious by Nature collection of fashionable, organic & eco-conscious contemporary clothing will be on show on March 8, 2012 at the Attire to Inspire fashion show as part of Los Angeles fashion week. Founded in 2007 by Robb Hanson & Devon Craychee, Vicarious by Nature (VBN) is an eco-contemporary clothing line that fosters the ideals of quality and style with a “naturally” conscious approach. They aim to be forward thinking environmentally, while still being fashion forward. Attire to Inspire, Breathe LA‘s second annual charity fashion show, will be held at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles. Other eco… read more