Clothes Swaps are probably the easiest and most fun way to go green. Considering that 1/3 of a pound of pesticides go into creating a single t-shirt and that the majority of clothes, shoes, and accessories are made in sweat-shops these days, clothes swaps are the perfect solution for cultivating a healthier and more socially (as well as environmentally) responsible wardrobe. They also happen to save you a ton of money while bringing you and your friends together. I swear, once you start hosting and/or attending them you’ll never look at a mall, boutique, or price tag, the same way again. And that even goes for you Forever 21 fans out there.
OK, having said all that, Starre Vartan, founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick and author of The Eco-Chick Guide to Life, contacted me for a series she created highlighting eco fashion. As managing editor of Greenopia as well as a contributor to The Huffington Post, I am thrilled to know this topic is reaching even more people thanks to her wonderful article. So, check it out here. You can learn more details and watch my How-to video (which is also posted on my
Here I’m wearing a pair of slacks and a blouse from a clothes swap. Additional items include some lovely gifts such as an organic cotton, knit sweater from Indigenous Designs, a repurposed, silver fork ring by McFlashpants, and a Dara Ettinger Geode Ring.
Added 1/31/11: Check out fun pics taken by Whitney Lauritsen from Eco-Vegan Gal + jaw-dropping stats from a clothes swap I hosted: http://tinyurl.com/4p79pv3