My next creative challenge will be the Eco Fashion Challenge on Instagram for the month of April, and you can join in as well! It's being co hosted by myself and Nicole Gonzalez of Inca Colors. The idea is to celebrate and promote sustainable fashion (eco + ethical) as well as connect with some of the people, brands, blogs, shops, etc that are part of the fashion revolution! We've created an account, @ecofashionchallenge on Instagram, and a calendar of daily prompts. (see below.) All you have to do is follow us, post a photo that is related to the daily prompt, and tag it #ecofashionchallenge. We'll be sharing some of the posts, and you can peruse them all by checking out the hashtag. You don't have to be a fashionista or expert in sustainability to join in. Challenge yourself to post every day, or just when the prompt inspires you.
What exactly is eco fashion?
It's being thoughtful about your clothing and accessories. Who made them? Where were they made? What are the materials? Where did they come from? Eco fashion is apparel that does not harm the people who make it or the planet. Examples include clothing made with environmentally friendly fabrics such as organic cotton, hemp, soy or bamboo. These fabrics are grown without pesticides or herbicides that are harmful to the planet and people. Sustainable fashion is also having quality, long lasting items in your closet instead of a constant cycle of buying and throwing away cheap fast fashion that was made in a sweatshop. It can also be something mended, vintage or made from recycled or discarded materials-- things that otherwise would have been headed to a landfill. It can be made locally, in your own community or country or in a fair trade manner, and not somewhere with terrible labor practices. It is creative slow fashion, and so much more.
Follow along with our challenge to learn more, and join the fashion revolution!
My co-host for the Eco Fashion Challenge is Nicole Gonzalez of Inca Colors. Check out her website to see her colorful, thoughtful designs for her eco-friendly, fair trade knitwear company. I am blown away by her Climate Scarf. She's created a knitting pattern that is an interpretation of NASA global climate data. It represents 100 years of average annual global surface temperatures translated into knit rows. Amazing! It will be fun to see what Nicole posts during the Eco Fashion Challenge!
I asked Nicole a couple of questions:
When did you start knitting?
I began knitting when I was 17. My high school graduated me a little early, which was unexpected. So I got a job at a health food store near the library in my hometown. After work, I would walk over to the library and the books would teach me about things I always wanted to know--the beat poets, the Mexican revolution, feminist literature, and knitting. Knitting became one of my “classes.”
What inspires you about eco fashion?
It’s the ability of eco fashion to outshine destructive practices in the fashion industry by just existing. I think once somebody hears about low-impact dyes or garment employees that work in environments free of toxic chemicals, more questions start to arise- Why would anybody have to work in an environment where their health is compromised? How can we contribute to lessening our carbon footprint? How do we make eco fashion more widespread and accessible?