How New York Fashion Week kept sustainability in mind

Fashion week returned to the Big Apple with nearly six days of in-person shows, including Gabriela Hearst, Prabal Gurung, LaQuan Smith, Collina Strada and Batsheva, held at different locations across the city. So, what sustainability did we see during New York Fashion Week?

New York designer Gabriela Hearst came to New York Fashion Week with a plan, showcasing activists and heroines while keeping sustainability in mind. Hearst, which is known for its sustainable manufacturing practices, made a third of its spring collection from dead fabrics and all shoe soles were largely biodegradable, and it didn’t stop there. The glue that held the gold leaf mesh dresses together was also eco-certified. Additionally, British designer Stuart Vevers used old leather jackets to turn them into jumpsuits, coats and bags.

The Collina Strada Spring/Summer 2023 show at Fashion Week featured collaborations, including two shoe capsules from sustainable brands Virón and Melissa.

The collaboration with Virón includes five styles that are all made from deadstock velvet. The runway also featured a shoe collaboration with Brazilian brand Melissa, which included cruelty-free and vegan sandals. Each pair is 100% recyclable and has organic EVA insoles derived from sugar cane.

Punk Majesty, an eco-friendly fashion brand known for its upcycling, showcased its studded blazers and moto jackets for its new collection during fashion week. The brand is strongly anti-fashion and belongs to women.

As fashion week improves and we see more eco-friendly practices, more and more brands are still not doing their part. It’s hard to love clothes and watch fashion week knowing that fashion is one of the dirtiest industries on the planet. Surely there’s a way to keep celebrating clothes without killing the world in the process.

The fashion industry has a big carbon footprint and accounts for 10% of global human emissions greenhouse gas. The environmental impacts of the fashion industry add to the many human rights concerns about the treatment of textile workers in factories around the world.

By buying or renting a lightly used item, you are helping to keep things in circulation that would have been thrown away in the landfill. Savings is the ultimate way to live the slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!” Whether you’re picking out a gently used outfit for that party this weekend or some glass vases for some DIY magic, the local thrift store and second-hand clothing sites have you covered.

Movements to biodegradable fashion is pushing for eco-friendly dyes and alternative fabrics that don’t take hundreds of years to decompose. Comprehensive changes in the fast fashion industry can help end sweatshops and exploitative labor practices, heal the health and environment of the communities where the clothes are produced, and also contribute to the global struggle to mitigate climate change.

We need to preserve our planet! 13 million tons of clothes end up in our landfills and fast fashion has changed the way we think about clothes. It’s always best to recycle clothes and go to thrift stores or thrift stores when looking for new clothes. The recent the thrift store boom reduces the impact of fashion on the planet and showing that second-hand shoppers are eco-conscious and savvy, not just “hipsters”!

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