Fashion Week Goes Eco-Chic
Lara Miller was one of the designers handpicked for the GreenShows, a Chicago-based designer who created her spring 2010 collection with materials like organic cotton, hand-loomed wild-harvested bamboo, raw silk organza and recycled cotton fibers.
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Along with being green, Miller is known for garments that can be worn in multiple ways—many of her dresses can be twisted, wrapped or flipped around to give the garment an entirely different look.
As an environmentally-conscious person in her everyday life, Miller naturally gravitated toward eco-fashion. The problem she found with synthetic fibers is that they are often made with plastics and take an abundance of energy to produce. "The amount of water that needs to be used, the amount of waste that goes back into the system ... once you start reading about some of these things, it's pretty scary," she says.
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Even a simple cotton T-shirt can be hard on the environment because of the amount of water and pesticides needed, Miller says. "[But] Hemp, linen and bamboo grow quickly, without pesticides and with little water," she says. "They're sustainable fibers that are good for the soil, the land, and turn into really beautiful textiles."
Although manufacturing eco-friendly fashion is a cause Miller feels strongly about, it isn't exactly economically friendly. Miller says materials like organic cotton and bamboo can be expensive because they are hard to find. "Silk is actually the least expensive fiber I work with because it's already so popular," she says. As eco-fashion gains popularity, Miller says she expects prices to get better—for both designers and shoppers.
If you can't find eco-fashion in stores near you, Miller says there are other ways to be green. "I really think there is something to be said about investing in pieces you feel really strongly about versus buying 20 throwaway garments from Target—and then literally throwing them away into a landfill."
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