Earth month collective: green your closet
In honour of Earth Month, our Community Coordinators shared their favourite sustainable clothing designers from across the country. These local business lead the green movement in their communities with their innovative designs and comfortable apparel that makes you feel good in your skin.
Victoria – Hemp and Company and Smoking Lily
Chosen by Carly, UsedVictoria.com.
Hemp and Company is a local fashion house that claims they can literally dress you from head to toe in organic, natural clothing and they ain’t lying! This Victoria gem houses beautiful outfits that will make you look good on the outside and feel good on the inside; they even carry fair trade food in case you get hungry while shopping…”Mmmm, hemp hearts!” I’ll admit, I’m sort of in love with their unbelievably comfy dresses and I promise you will fall in love too once you try them on. This green business makes buying local and organic look good!
Smoking Lily started in Victoria, inspired by the creative landscape of rocky beaches, waves, fir trees, innovative minds and politicians. Their team of women sow all designs in house and source most of their materials from within BC. They continuously expand their selections and locations, filling up their two stores in Victoria and one in Vancouver with truly green apparel, accessories and houseware.
Ragtime Vintage Clothing photo credit: butterfliesanddaisysvintage.blogspot.ca/
Vancouver – Salts Organic Clothing
UsedVancouver.com found this great gem to add to the collection. On a mission to preserving Earth’s beauty as salts preserve fish, Salts Organic Clothing creates quality clothing with fabrics such as certified organic cotton, viscose from bamboo, hemp, soy and merino wool. Their clothing line combines style with comfort and the right approach to saving this planet, one dress at a time. Whether you’re a Yogi or someone who just loves beautiful clothes, Salts is the place to go for some inspiration.
Ottawa – Ragtime Vintage Clothing
Chosen by Lisa, UsedOttawa.com.
Halifax – Makenew Curated Thrift Shop
Designer Anna Gilkerson was on a clear path towards clothing production when she turned around and realized that she’d rather give new life to second hand clothes, carefully selecting pieces by quality, style and colour. She’s combined “design” with “thrift” and offers a wide selection of men and women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry.
PEI – Green Eye Designs and The Green Man
Chosen by Lorenda, UsedPEI.com.
Green Eye Designs wraps PEI in it’s charm with completely island made scarves and accessories. The boutique features exclusive designs such as, scarves, jewelry, home décor and much more!
If you’re looking for some more vintage and out-of-the-box accessories, head to The Green Man. The store proudly displays a large selection of vinyl and vintage goods. It may seem hard to believe, but they’re getting ready for summer, setting up a large selection of blouses, skirts and sun dresses.
Regina – Seed Sustainable Style
Challenging our daily behaviours in every way, Seed has turned clothes into eco-designed wearable art and political statements. They believe in supporting their community with innovative designs that inspire a sustainable lifestyle that goes beyond hybrid cars and the right kind of light bulb.