Eco Fashion Trend Alert: Upcycling

three eco fashion styles in a collage: one pink jumpsuit worn by a model, one white shirt and blue pants worn by a model, one clutch purse on a mannequin handNew collections from two Los Angeles designers prove that the hottest eco fashion trend this summer is upcycling. Unlike recycling, which turns a product into another product of equal value, or downcycling, in which the product degrades, upcycling takes something of lesser value and turns it into something that has a higher value. In this case, these designers are taking salvaged materials—waste from other manufacturers—and completely transforming them. Now through the end of the month, Mommy Greenest readers get up to 30% off on select summer styles! [Read more…]

Is Eco Fashion Conscious?

orange shirt with green H&M Conscious Collection tag showing 70% recycled polyesterQuick on the heels of the Shop Drop Challenge, in which more than 500 of you joined me to save 3,000 pounds of landfill waste and $30,000 by swapping or thrifting our style for the month of January, I started hearing rumors of a new H&M Conscious Collection that was blowing the socks off eco fashion. And since this is the one time of year that I don’t feel (too) guilty shopping new, I decided to head over to the mall to investigate.

Now you know now much I rail against the mall, home of bottom-of-the-barrel fast fashion houses like Forever 21, which have outsourced our $3 trillion a year apparel industry to third-world countries where workers are underpaid and often exposed to dangerous working conditions in order to bring us $5 t-shirts. Could H&M be different? [Read more…]

Inside the MG & Moms LA Swap Party

girl holds shoes and white shirt with big smileThanks so much to MomsLA for co-hosting an amazing Swap Your Style Party to celebrate the culmination of January’s Shop Drop Challenge, in which 500 women saved more than $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of landfill waste, just by taking a 30-day retail shopping pause—and thrifting and swapping instead.

We were joined by celebrity guests Christiane Siedel of “Boardwalk Empire,” LA stylist Alison Deyette—she scored Manolos! Plus, Alysia Reiner of “Orange is the New Black” and her husband, David Alan Basche of “The Exes”—our token male of the day—who promised that nothing any of us tried on “ever makes you look fat.” It’s true—check out the video. [Read more…]

Shop Drop Challenge, By The Numbers

woman smiling with face in handsEditor’s Note: Check out the 2016 Shop Drop Challenge!

Thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone who supported the Shop Drop Challenge. By now, you’ve heard ad nauseum how much money the average American woman spends on clothes, and how much textile waste she dumps into the landfill. With this in mind, here’s what happened in 30 days this month:

513 women joined the Shop Drop Challenge.
We saved $30,780.
We diverted 3,078 pounds of landfill waste.

Amazing! But we also inspired our community to think beyond the mall when it comes to style. And that, my friends, was the point.

I want to make the Shop Drop Challenge an annual event. If we all got together for a yearly 30-day shopping pause, we could save nearly $10 billion and one billion pounds of landfill waste. Yes, that’s billion with a b. Who’s with me?

Hollywood Stylist Secrets to Thrift Shopping

Hollywood stylist Alison Deyette shares her secrets to thrift shopping at The Closet in Santa Monica, CA. So far, Shop Drop Challengers like Alison have saved $30,780 and 3,078 pounds of textile waste from the landfill. Woot!

America’s Best Thrift Shops

brunette sits on gray wall wearing blue shirt, skirt and bootsThrifters, start your engines! The 2014 Shop Drop Challenge is underway, and we’re second-hand shopping our way through a month-long ban on buying new.

Right now, there are more than 500 of us committed to a mall shopping pause this month, representing a savings of $30,000 and 3,000 pounds of textile waste diverted from the landfill. Incredible! Will you please share this post with your friends, so we can double those numbers? Thank you!

So where are the best places to pop some tags? Here are a few, IMHO. [Read more…]

4 Rules of Thrift Shopping

brunette in black pants and shirt with red necklace on city sidewalkIf you’ve been following Mommy Greenest this month, you know we are in the thick of the 2014 Shop Drop Challenge, in which we’re creating a community of women who have pledged to buy no new clothes or accessories for the 30 days of January and are inspired to thrift and swap their style this month. This group is on the list for an exclusive party in Los Angeles later this month. Want to join us? Sign up!

I’ve been buying second-hand clothes pretty much exclusively for a few years now, and yes there are environmental benefits, but my reasons are mostly selfish: I’ve been able to upgrade my closet for a fraction of what I would pay in a store.

But for those of you who aren’t used to thrift store shopping, here are a few rules to remember. [Read more…]

Need A New Year’s Resolution? Shop Drop!

brunette wearing blue minidress and boots against red wallEditor’s Note 12.29.14: Did you stumble here? Check out this year’s Shop Drop Challenge!

Welcome to the 2014 Shop Drop Challenge! I am so excited to get this party started. We’re creating a community of women who have pledged to buy no new clothes or accessories in January this year. It’s the perfect resolution to save resources and money!

The average American woman spends $60 per month on clothes and dumps six pounds of textile waste into the trash. If we all got together, we could save nearly $10 billion and one billion pounds of landfill waste. Yes, that’s billion with a b.

Right now, there are nearly 400 of us committed to a shopping pause this month, representing a savings of $24,000 and 2,400 pounds of textile waste diverted from the landfill. Amazing! Will you please share this post with your friends, so we can double those numbers? Thank you! [Read more…]