Be Empowered and Support Green Design from the Ground Up
If there’s one thing I’m passionate about its responsible fashion. As a textile and accessory designer myself I try to mold my business around a model that I can be proud of. It’s important to me design with a purpose in mind, to be respectful of the environment, and to give back to society. Recently, I’ve heard a lot of talk that green design and philanthropic efforts are becoming new “trends” in business, especially in the field of design. While that’s great to hear that, I personally hope that these are more than trends. Not only in business but in the way we all live our lives.
Now, living green isn’t always easy, right? Sometimes we have great intentions but our follow through just isn’t what it should be. You want to buy that organic cotton tote but can’t for the life of you remember the name of the website where you saw it. Or perhaps you know you have an overstuffed closet with tons of items ripe for donation but can’t seem to find the time to bag it up and drop it off. It’s ok. It happens to all of us, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. How great would it be if there were a place online where we could go to be reminded of our desire to support green design; a place to be “empowered with information, tools, and opportunity”? Well, there is. Fashioning Change.
Fashioning Change wants to go deeper than just giving us access to eco-friendly designers and their work. They want to educate us. When we visit their site we can purchase something we will feel good about but we will also help build a community and learn how to make real change in our everyday lives.
As consumers and readers of Modern Hippie Mag, you and I are exactly the audience that Fashion Change is targeting. We have made the decision to fill our lives with environmentally and socially responsible products and we gladly welcome any vehicle that helps make that lifestyle easier, right? It seems, to me at least, that Fashioning Change is trying to do just that.
The site is still in its early stages as there are no designers up yet. However, don’t let this discourage you. Visit the site, set up a profile, start learning, and make a Green Resolution for 2011! Still not convinced? Well, while visiting their Facebook page, I noticed that they posed three questions.
#1 If you could change the world just by shopping would you?
#2 What would you buy?
#3 Who/ what would it help?
If your answer to #1 is yes, then I suggest utilizing Fashioning Change to answer #2 and #3!
Nicole Giordano is a textile and accessory designer who loves the intersection of fashion, technology & social media. In addition to running her own socially and environmentally responsible fashion brand, she acts as a freelance writer and social networking/new media facilitator for various textile and fashion industry businesses. She can be found traipsing around New York City happily indulging in her passion for food and planning her next travel adventure. Oh, she can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, of course.