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HAPPY EARTH DAY
To celebrate we have we have special
offers to you from our designers Even if you're not attending you can get on The BKSTYLIST... help us green our marketing and outreach.
Green is not about
hype it is about a commitment to taking from the earth’s resources as
little as you need, and restoring balance by giving back! While,
designers are embracing these as “eco or green” to the Brooklyn designer it’s just life... what we
do to survive! The “Brooklyn" Style (BKSTYLE) is really one of
practicality and individual in expressions! Brooklyn has long embraced many of the ‘eco concepts as their design
aesthetic”. One reason is Brooklyn’s diversity. Many of these concepts of convertible and hand
worked pieces that are passed down are part of our global perspective,
learned at the feet of mothers and aunts! GREEN BKSTYLE is as individual
as each Brooklyn resident!
It’s a party as we Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with GREEN BKSTYLE!™ The Free event will take
place on April 22, 2010 at Outpost Lounge,
1014 Fulton Street, Brooklyn and will run from 4pm
designers are “Green” simply as a means of survival.We shop at job end,
serve markets closer to point of production. Indie designers essentially
use job ends or salvage fabrics to create their product! Keeping Tons
of waste from landfills! use or reuse local materials. They produce only
what's needed often (on Demand) few indie designers have "excess"
product at the end of the season! They speak to the consumer directly so
often their designs are on point and the correct size again little
waist! They use every scrap that is created and when and if an item does
not sell they rip it apart and create something new!At this event we
challenged designers to look at their part in restoring balance to the
“EARTH’s environment”. I also asked designers to look at the collections
(fabric and samples) they simply have hanging around. Before making
something new what can you do whit that!; reinvent (upcycle) swap or
give to a charitable cause.
Shade of Green....
At this event we have designers who have been
committed to sustainable clothing for quite some time and some who are
just looking at shifting or adding green choices. The truth is many are
not sure what really is “truly green” we'll introduced you To one Young
designers journey at this evening's event!
we got questions is my product earth friendly... I don't do "recycled"
The current belief
Handmade is more the greener choice…
Vintage is greener!
Bamboo is green!
Recycling is greener!
The Public we got comments, questions... and opinions
love that up and coming designers are going green. What took so
long.its time that we take a slower and more delicate way of making our
textiles and fabaric.we need to look at the big picture.the future of
this is a
slightly revised version of discussion that evolved (and are still
evolving) during the process of preparing for this event
shapes everything... many perceive that green and teh green
consumer is "conservative" and boring... or creative, excentric and
simply wacky... we developed ( and will continue developping a resource
list) But found ourselves sending them to Ecouterre and TreeHugger!
read more afre the jump...
I can't afford green fabrics...
we've settled into
the belief that earth sensitivity is ALL hat they need to use exotic
hard to find fabrics! While what you buy is a significant decision, your
wardrobe care and maintenance plays a major part! Start with the small
things! Also how you order and hav ethe items delivered buy local,
close to home!
“clothing needs to be cleaned so
what's the best methods!
The fact is most of the waste
( both in materials and cost) in fashion occurs in presentation,
marketing and sales! Magazines, Runways show utilize a lot of energy!”
Showroom and store lighting; Shipping delivery returns!
Do we really need Flash sites to sell ....
Beyond the Hype and marketing jargon “green”
fashion or living with earth conscious choices is really a balancing
act. They produce locally and sell locally for the most part... we
asked whether they used
that is certified organic
that is natural
( Salvaged) synthetics
fabric made from recycled Plastics
· Fabrics made with "clean" manufacturing
· Your garments are washable in cold water
· Natural Materials (seeds or
stones) for Notions and accessories
· Recycled, or Salvaged materials for Notions and accessories
· avoid metal esp nickel for
· Local production
· Fair trade practices
· Zero waste manufacturing
· Other please give us some
while to save the Planet
Consumers needs to understand that using
"less" changes the processes and makes production more expensive and
the process longer! The consumer as such needs to shift from fast
fashion and wait a couple extra weeks for delivery. Even when Buying
many are surprised when i suggest they put the card away when
shopping... go home and check their closets!
Which brings us
to fair trade...
I recently saw a celebrity touting her
"greener line" of garments retailing at $ 20.00 US. This from
"Celebrity" who will demand thousands to "appear" at an event but sees
no problem spending a pittance to help her gain a few more dollars
Cheap does not mean GREEN. if we are leaving our locale for "better
prices is it an issue of exchange rate advantage, special skill sets
needed or available, or are we simply feel that it's "ok" to pay
someone in another area less than the law requires we compensate US
laborer! Does a few dollars saved justify The carbon footprint
made is cheaper... not!
Let's get real, Factories
consider cost in production and a skilled sewer will take 1/8 the time
at a task than a novice! Those pieces are calculated to seconds and
minutes! I've watched people sew on these Home machines, and felt
so sorry for the machine! A seam that takes a skilled sewer secs takes
30 minutes to complete... that's not efficiency! I encourage home sewing
and crafting but lets stop making claims and test theories! companies
are very aware of the resources they use they pay the bills and most
take drastic efforts to cut cost... (often at the expense of the
workers) but trust me they use as little resources if they can help it!
production and Green
I love vintage... I'm Not
sure it's green...
Most vintage needs to be (or is currently) dry
cleaned. I am yet to meet the person who bought vintage and did not
have it dry cleaned at least once! Dry Cleaning , washing shipping and
delivery even the very way fashion is presented and sold was not really
addresses! We’ve learned that there is clean manufacturing and then
s"cleaner" user care can change the equation! We'll be presenting on
Greening your wardrobe at Green BkStyle so we will revisit this!
Look at the Myth of Fabrication!
Here, I have a lot of
questions and frankly I'm not buying some of the hype. At many Of the
Fabrics sourcing shows I asked vendors of bamboo exactly how
environmentally friendly was the process of creating fabric from
bamboo... They all avoided answering.
Bamboo is not green- To
break down that fiber is a challenge on resources! I recently started
looking at fabrication and Ii am more confused than ever, something is
not adding up!
From my perspective the new petroleum based
processes that are being used to recycle plastic bottles can easily be
used to create new petroleum based textiles. If "clean manufacturing" is
for recycling, why can't we simply use cleaner manufacturing processes
the first time around. The last I checked petroleum the base of
Polyesters was created from organic compound broken down by millions of
years of nature's work and not "Enztmes" created and patented by huge
corporations! We need to invest in "Clean" manufacturing!
Yes organic is
great but I’ve been reading that the shift from using one natural
fibers, may endanger the existence of another. Then there are the new
synthetics and the Air-dye process which uses so much less water…
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