As a child, I was taught by my lovely parents to not litter, to be kind to animals, to put my bottles in the recycling bin, to donate my old clothes to Goodwill. I’ve learned so much more since I was young about the true effects of how fashion waste is polluting our planet, rapidly deteriorating the Earth. One of the most impactful changes I’ve made since educating myself on pollution, is to dedicate myself to slow fashion.
What is slow fashion, you ask? It’s the sustainable fashion/textile movement created to offer an ethical, eco-friendly, alternative to fast-fashion. The harmful environmental and socioeconomic impacts of mass-produced clothing depletes our natural resources, releases harmful pesticides and chemicals into the Earth, and encourages the mistreatment of low-paid workers (mostly women). This is all at the expense of a small price tag, and a quick thrill for a hot new IG pic.
To put things in perspective, in less than 20 years, the volume of clothing Americans threw out each year more than doubled, from 7 million tons to 14 million tons! I don’t know about you, but vintage and sustainably sourced fashion is FAR too cute to pass up for fast fashion.
I’ve been so much happier discovering new eco-fashion brands, many with kick-ass female CEOs, that support what I believe in. When I came across Jessica Redditt Designs, I had to reach out to learn more about her business. Her stunning organic cotton kimonos (like the one I’m wearing in these pics), t-shirts, dresses, and accessories are all made with natural textiles in Vancouver. This maxi-length kimono duster robe was PERFECT for my vacation in Tulum last week. It’s super soft, and so cute over a bathing suit or full outfit, if tied in the back.
All of Jessica’s prints and colors and hand-dyed naturally from a dye garden that she cultivates herself. She plans on creating revamped kimonos from recycled silk ones of the past – I can’t wait for this! If you love this kimono and want to support a strong female designer who loves the environment, click THIS link to support her Kickstarter campaign.
Kimono: Jessica Reddit Designs
Hat: Brooklyn Flee