In my opinion, the best eco-fashion is the piece that first, is “fashionable” and then is also eco-friendly. I loved this James Perse skirt from the moment I saw it, but didn’t realize it was made from recycled cotton until it came in the mail ;)

James Perse Paneled Flared Skirt

It’s wonderful, I wear it all the time – in fact, I’m wearing it right now! The fit is “classic” James Perse: a little snug in the hips but fits nicely in the waist. I took a size 3 and it’s a tad snug, but the size 4 would have been too big. Check out a recent outfit picture featuring this skirt on Grechen’s Closet.

Incidentally, James Perse is made in the USA, so I consider it to be more environmentally friendly than some alternatives anyway, aside from their occasional use of recycled cotton.

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50% off Alkemie recycled metal jewelry

by grechen on February 24, 2012 | SUBSCRIBE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK |

I’ve been obsessing over Alkemie’s stingray ring since early 2010, and now, with one of the latest Refinery29 Reserve deals, I’m finally able to get it!

alkemie jewelry 50% off

Click over to Refinery29 Reserve to get the deal: spend $60, you’ll get $120 to spend at Alkemie, or spend $100 and get $200 to spend at Alkemie!! Buy the deal by March 6, but you have until May to use it. And, you can buy multiple vouchers for more than one purchase, but you can only use one at a time.

Everything at Alkemie is made from 100% reclaimed metal and manufactured by a husband & wife team in California; their jewels are stunning & sustainable. And I always love non-traditional animal jewelry…

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Must Have: Watson Jewelry Agate Bracelet

by grechen on September 30, 2011 | SUBSCRIBE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK |

One of my very favorite recycled leather handbag designers (Ashley Watson) is now doing jewelry (Watson Jewelry). And just like her handbags, I love everything. But if I HAD to choose a favorite, it would be this agate bracelet:

watson jewelry

Ashley handcrafts everything in Vancouver using vintage materials whenever possible. But I especially love her inspired-but-not-literal interpretation of antique jewelry; she keeps it totally modern for today’s woman.

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Splendid is a FABULOUS company for basics, I have quite a few Splendid pieces, most of them over 2 years old. They are definitely for a more casual lifestyle, but hold up nicely and are very high-quality. Oh, and made in the US. This particular top is a hemp/organic cotton blend in such a great style & colors.

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recycled leather handbag lost property of london

I always get excited to find new designers working in recycled/upcycled leather, and while it’s only one of the salvaged materials Lost Property of London works with, it’s the biggest component of my favorite bag: the Belmont Eco Messenger. The company also works with recycled coffee sacks and salvaged wax cotton in addition to recycled leather.

Shop online via Lost Property of London’s web store, or at Yoox.com

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