Eco-friendly, going green, sustainability...What does it all mean? Wikipedia defines it as "goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies claimed to inflict minimal or no harm on the environment." We see it everywhere -- at the grocery store, car dealerships and now at the mall. Environmental responsibility has been embraced in different ways by the fashion industry. I believe Edun, a clothing label founded by Bono and Ali Hewson is the very definition of environmental responsibility. In an article in The Business of Fashion, Christian Kemp-Griffin, chief mission officer at Edun, sums up their credo, "Ethical companies make thoughtful decisions and sell product thinking about the people who make the clothes — wages, human rights, health and safety — and the planet — energy use, biodiversity, organic — which boils the definition of sustainable, ethical clothes down to: product that benefits people and the planet.”
Kim Rosner a fashion designer who uses reclaimed materials in her creations. She is currently moving from Savannah to Delaware to get her masters in sustainability at the University of Delaware and to teach fashion there as well. These handbags are emblematic of environmental responsibility, plus they look great, so I felt the need to share them with you.
Made of recycled coffee bean bags, these handbags represent the direction in which the fashion industry is moving. Even though this issue in fashion is yet to be adequately defined it is evident that the future of fashion is greatly being affected, in one way or another, by a sense of responsibility not only to the environment but also to society.
You can view these handbags and other re-purposed fashion and accessories at www.kimrosner.com, email her at email@example.com or visit her on Facebook.