You love shopping but you also love the environment—and yes, you can have both. Here, designer Mara Hoffman and Amour Vert CEO Aaron Hoey, who use nice-to-the-earth practices in their businesses, define all the words you need in your vocab. Your friends will be *so* impressed next time you go post-brunch shopping.
Silk, linen, wool, and hemp fabrics easily decompose into natural elements (as in, not landfill filler) after being trashed.
This stuff is made with minimal damage to the planet—aka without polluting all over the place.
An umbrella term that essentially means the people who worked on an item were treated safely and paid fairly. Buying ethical means you’ll empower others—and get all the compliments.
If your v cute retro denim minidress is fair trade, it was made by workers in an underdeveloped country who earn a fair living wage.
You might buy strawberries with this label, and the same idea applies here. The cotton in the shoes below, for example, was grown without using any harsh chemicals.
One of the three Rs you learned way back in the day. It means an item was created from materials (plastic, rubber, metal, fabrics, etc.) that have been reused.
Sort of like a combination of “eco-friendly” and “ethical.” Translation: The company that made your gorge floral-print skirt was nice to the environment and looked out for its workers.
Basically, when garbage (or, okay, stuff that has outlived its purpose) gets a glow-up. For example, the fibers in these supercute bikinis were made partly from fishing nets.
When zero animal products (like leather, fur, or even silk) go into making something. These gorge python slingbacks, for instance? Not actually from an actual python.
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