Eco-chic struts down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week


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Sustainability continues to be a hot fashion trend as eco-friendly designers came out in force at New York Fashion Week. Earth-loving designers who showcased at Lincoln Center this week included Mara Hoffman, former Project Runway winner Leanne Marshall and M. Patmos. For more on the other eco-friendly designers, check out Ecouterre.com.

Sustainable designs aren’t just limited to established names. Emerging designers have taken an eco-conscious approach to fashion. There’s even an award for them. The Ethical Fashion Forum recently announced the winners of its inaugural INNOVATION USA awards. The winners received the opportunity to have their work showcased during Nolcha Fashion Week, an event run simultaneously with New York Fashion Week that focuses on up-and-coming designers.

Eco-friendliness went beyond what was shown on the runway. Fashion Week’s efforts to be more sustainable included asking 30 designers to add their style to bicycles made specifically for the event. These tricked out wheels are more than just moveable art, they were available to borrow for free and were auctioned off at the end of Fashion Week. Check them out here.

If you are inspired by these sustainable fashions and want to be more eco-friendly with your own style, then check out Patagonia’s Common Threads Initiative store on eBay. Here you can buy and sell used Patagonia gear while at the same time committing to be a more sustainable consumer. In order to participate in the store, customers must pledge to only buy what they need, products that will last, reuse or resell what they don’t wear anymore and to recycle what is no longer usable. In turn, Patagonia promises that it will make long-lasting products and fix whatever breaks.

And if you were in town for Fashion Week, or an NYC local, why not take advantage of GrowNYC’s one-day recycling events? GrowNYC is accepting clean and dry clothing, shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps and textiles for recycling at select locations throughout New York City. Click here to learn more.

Other sustainable fashion we love includes Chipkos and Belinda Pasqua.

Tell us: What are some of your go-to eco-friendly designers?