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Painting the Red Carpet Green

Jan-25-2010
Green Clothes

It’s not unusual to hear about celebrities “going green” nowadays. In fact, we regularly mention them here on Greenclothes.org. But it’s refreshing to see one taking it a step farther, as she steps on the red carpet this spring for awards shows. Livia Firth, the lovely bride of British movie star Colin Firth, is a producer in her own right as well as proprietor of a green shop in Chiswick High Road called Eco Age. When she realized how many awards shows and premier events they would be attending this year, she challenged herself to wear only eco-fashion! According to Firth, to qualify as “green”, a garment has to respect “labour rights, repurposing, up-cycling, low waste, low carbon, low impact, sustainable fibres, alternative fibres and some organic fibres” – without sticking out like “a sustainable sore thumb.”

She is blogging about the experience on Vogue.com where she is also encouraging other women to seek more earth-friendly alternatives when dressing up for those special evenings out. I for one look forward to seeing what she can come up. If she can pull it off with the aplomb that I expect, it will give a lot of other women the courage to do the same, that eco-fashion can be just as glamorous as the latest couture from Rodeo Drive!

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Soy, soy soft!

Since I love clothes almost as much as I love our beautiful earth, I’ve long been frustrated that I’ve not been able to find attractive and comfortable clothing that is also ethical and sustainable. I am all about celebrating the love of living green – even in our closets! I’m excited about the latest fabrics being used to paint your closet green, so I want to tell the world!

Okay, so I like me a little soy sauce, soy milk and edamame. I even like the occasional soy burger. But who would guess that my latest soy passion is my soybean SWEATER!? Before you create images of tofu cardigans, let me tell you why I’ve left behind my old love, cashmere, for my new love, soy!

In the first place, there are no humiliated, bald, Kashmir goats running around anywhere devouring precious crops to support my addiction. Soy has for over 5,000 years been a healthy and sustainable crop used in the production of consumables such as food and drugs, valued as an affordable source of oil and protein. But recently (relatively speaking) some clever chap figured out to take the spent fibers that remained as “waste” after the production of milk and tofu, and spin it into a fabulous fiber that can be woven into sensuous fabric with the elegant luster and drape of silk! I’ve gotta meet this guy!

Woven soy fabrics have a soft smooth hand, comparable to that of a silk and cashmere blend. And they are stronger than wool, cotton and silk. It is the only natural fiber that is resistant to both fungus and moths! I’ll save a fortune from moth destruction alone! Soy is more fade resistant, pill resistant, wrinkle resistant, shrink resistant than cotton and silk. It absorbs moisture like cotton, yet vents even better, not to mention that it is anti-bacterial while providing great UV protection. What better fabric for outdoor-wear can you imagine. And those precious little goats get to keep their winter coats!

So even if you aren’t on the Sierra Club‘s mailing list and never plan to be, you still have to try out this amazing new fabric because everyone looks better wearing Green Clothes!

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