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But when it comes to talking about sustainable fashion, they are, for the most part, pretty tight-lipped--and sure, you know a green wardrobe has benefits that one made up of traditional fabrics doesn't, but what exactly are those benefits? We've broken it down into seven simple reasons why stocking your closet with eco-friendly clothing choices--from organic cotton to your grandmother's 's Chanel--makes a difference.
And here's one more: Every time you spend money on fashion, you're telling the industry what they should do. Now don't you want to use that power wisely?
It's Better for the Earth The fashion industry leaves behind a huge environmental footprint, from the pesticides used in growing cotton and the leached chemicals from the toxic dyes that went into that perfect shade of teal, to the landfill impact of clothes that wear out and the energy required to produce each piece. Conventional cotton alone requires a third of a pound of chemicals to make just one t-shirt--and how many t-shirts do you have sitting in your drawers right now? Choosing organic fibers or sustainable fabrics--like those made from bamboo or hemp--can also trim the amount of carbon you give off and chemicals you bring into your life, and there's no doubt that's a good thing.
It's Better for People Photo via Jsome1 flickr. Buying clothes labeled under the Fair Trade Act is sustainable on several levels: You can be sure it was produced under safe working conditions, it's sweatshop free, and the person who made it earned a fair wage. That's saying a lot when you look at an industry known for its harsh labor practices and unhealthy cost-cutting; purchasing pieces that are considered Fair Trade proves that people and places mean as much as or more than the company's bottom line.
It's Better for Animals Photo via Sunfox flickr. You may love the look of those leather boots you saw on the runway, but the life of the animal that gave up its skin should have you thinking twice about buying them.
The same goes for fur and leather anything, and, for vegans, that refusal to take advantage of animals extends as far as not wearing wool or silk. Making sure your closet is stocked with cruelty-free clothes means you can get dressed without worrying about what went into what you're wearing.
It Lasts Longer Photo via Lepti flickr. While buying organic, renewable fibers is often the least toxic way to go, finding timeless, durable pieces can be just as green: Green Fashion is everywhere and our neighborhood-routes bring you to the most sustainable and exciting fashion spots in town! Collecting, sorting, reusing, redesigning, reselling: We will visit textile sorting-out centers, upcycling designers in their ateliers, special second-hand concept stores and circular start-ups.
This field includes a various range of design concepts: Come with us and discover the wide spectrum of beautiful alternatives, which Berlin offers to conscious shoppers! Future trends, new materials, technologies applied to textiles, closed-loop systems, co-design, cradle-to-cradle solutions.
Come to our innovation tour and get a glimpse into the future of fashion! What do we need to know and what can we personally do to consume fashion in a more sustainable way?
We organize 1 day to 5 days packages including tours, practical workshops and lectures with experts. Please check our range of experiences below and contact us for more information and bookings.
After a city tour exploring the most interesting upcycling designers, textile savers and circular economy startups, you will learn the art of Upcycling by experts in their fashion studio. During the 3 hours hands-on workshop you can experience different techniques to master repairing, re-designing and textile transforming methods. An exclusive exploration of Berlin handicraft traditions and innovations plus a practical handloom experience! Traditional weaving techniques, innovative experimental technologies, local productions, hand-made accessories, hand-woven textiles and much more!
During the 2 hours handloom workshop you will learn the basics of this technique lead by the expert weaver Dagmar Rehse. Let's explore the revolutionary idea behind the slow fashion movement and how we can embrace it in life and in our wardrobes together with the botanical dyes expert Elke Fiebig! Recharged with new input and inspiration from the tour we will discover which plants from everyday life and urban environments can be used for dyeing and how the natural dyeing processes works.
At the end of this experience you will get a a set of dyed fabric samples and info-sheets gathering the know-how and facts you will experience during the workshop. Are you ready for a 2- to 5-days experience including lectures, tours, hands-on workshops and a Design Thinking workshop?
This program is tailored for groups from schools, universities and NGOs who want to know more about the future of fashion while developing their own ability to innovate! Wearable technologies, circular fashion, fashion tech start-ups, team building, creative thinking methods: All this and much more is offered by the sustainable innovation package.
Make your own package and decide which tours and workshops you want to combine in your multiple-days experience! Please notice that these prices are for our basic tour offers. Please contact us for your individual offer. Through our authentic excursions connecting interesting sustainable fashion spots in the city lead by our guide Alice, you can quickly have a good overview and personal understanding of the fashion movement that is thriving in the green fashion capital — Berlin!
Meet like-minded people and get personal insights by our guide! Why does sustainable fashion matter? What impact does fashion put on our everyday life? We will explore the green fashion hub walking on the cobble stones, have a look at the displayed windows with unique aesthetics and professional introduction off the beaten paths.
Of course you will also have a little time to shop, if you like! English, German, Italian Transportation: To be paid cash directly to the guide. Please read our AGBs, before booking the tour. Enjoy an afternoon revolving around the topic of sustainability!
Guided by our expert Lina you will meet local change makers at their shops and ateliers, get to know about their work, sustainable fashion and the unique products they offer. The tour will end at Heldenmarkt.
All participants get free entrance and can exlore the fair on their own afterwards.