Eco-stylish clothes and accessories
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By Melissa Magsaysay
The cliche about green clothing is that its one step removed from a burlap sack with armholes and a felt appliqué of a peace sign or a tree. There is a lot of that genre out there especially T-shirts that make their green statement by literally being green or brown and splashing a recycle icon across the front.
But every day there are more stylish and subtle approaches. Weve rounded up a sampling of apparel and accessory lines that not only aspire to give back to the Earth or community, but also actually look good while doing it.
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Banana Republic Heritage Collection: The 45 pieces in this eco line look as good or better than the regular offerings and are made from 90% sustainable fabrics and trims, and the pieces khaki button-down safari-style jackets, leopard-print tank tops and shimmery, champagne-colored cropped cargo pants work well mixed and matched. Look for the little green elephant on the tag. $19 to $150 at www.bananarepublic.com.
Ferragamos Eco bag Collection: The 86-year-old Italian brand uses a metal- and pollutant-free tanning process to treat the skins used for the five-piece collection of totes and handbags. Dying is done using tannins from tree bark. But theres a drawback: Sometimes it costs to be eco-chic. $1,190 to $1,890 at Salvatore Ferragamo boutique, Beverly Hills.
Banana Republic Heritage top, $89 at www.bananarepublic.com; Ferragamo ECO friendly bag, $1,890 at Ferragamo, Beverly Hills; Hey Lola earrings (part of a set with owl necklace), $54 at www.shopheylola.com.
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