Recycled hemp dress | $238
Organic Olive Midi skirt | $158
Soy knit dress | $188
Layered silk blend tank | $98
I brought up in a recent post a frustration that a lot of you are feeling that “sustainable/ethical” fashion seems to cater mostly to a specific body type, or is full of oversized silhouettes and flowy shapes not everyone likes. I tend to think that most of that is a reflection of the direction modern style is taking lately, towards architectural, boxy shapes that work very well on more gamine/straight body types and appeals to those of us who like to experiment with androgynous styles.
But all is not lost for those who love traditionally feminine styles or need clothing for a more conservative work environment, and want to build a more sustainable wardrobe. Enter Arkins. Arkins’ new “conservation collection” was inspired by the need to reduce the fashion industry’s impact on the environment, specifically water pollution, and works with materials like recycled hemp, organic cotton, soy, linen, and silk blends. And everything is produced in-house in NYC:
Moved by the coral bleaching epidemic, we sought out to make a conservation collection with a low water impact. Realizing the direct link the fashion industry has on water pollution had us empathizing with the sea critters who are devastated by the toxic run-offs standard of fast fashion. In fact, the World Bank estimates that almost 20% of global industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. This all greatly affects coral reef health, putting the extensive marine ecosystem (25% of which are reliant on the reefs) at risk too. According to the Nature Conservatory, if the present rate of destruction continues, 70% of the world’s coral reefs will be destroyed by the year 2050.
I love the modern, feminine designs, and think any of them would work for a casual, or conservative work environment, but would also be sturdy enough for play, if you’re so inclined!
What do you think? Have you found any other sustainable designers producing items suitable for work?