1. Production of fabric follows fair trade practices (read: no prison contracted or sweat-shop labor involved)
2. Free or low on chemicals and pesticides
3. Eco-conscious land management practices
4. Sustainable farming
5. Animal friendly practices
Believe it or not Eco-friendly is now including polyester on its list. That’s right. If you can find a way to recycle a dress (or anything) from something polyester, you’re helping make the world a greener more livable place. Actually, this ‘re-sourcing’ of fabric can apply to any fabric that gets recycled like the 100% Swiss cotton Summer dress above.
BAMBOO-(above) Some Bamboo drapes and acts like silk but has a stronger make-up. Bamboo also has a property called, Bamboo Kun, a micro-bacterial. Because of its nature, bamboo can be washed, go through fifty washes and still hold onto all its anti-fungal properties. I’ve also heard it prevents body odor . . . . well, all I can add to that is, we’ll see.
ORGANIC COTTON-(above) Here's a question I get all the time. What’s the difference between organic and regular cotton? First answer: it has been grown free of chemicals and pesticides. Second: If whitened, it’s done so via a peroxiding process (approved method of G.O.T.S.—Global Organic Textile Standards) not bleach. One of my own contributions to going green is replacing some of the collection samples with crinoline petticoats in 100% organdy (stiff cotton).