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Oscar Gets His Green On

Sustainable Fashion hits a tipping point in L.A.

By Richard Warnica 27 Feb 2007 | TheTyee.ca

Richard Warnica is a senior editor at The Tyee.

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Little gold Oscar wore a big green tux Sunday at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Early in the ceremony, the Academy trotted out former bad boy Leonardo DiCaprio to pimp the Oscar's green cred before later handing Al Gore's climate change epic An Inconvenient Truth the prize for best documentary.

It's one more sign that if it ain't easy being green, at least it's fashionable.

Exhibit A, the current issues of Domino and Fashion magazines. Both feature features on sustainable fashion. The latter boasts: "It's fabulous being green."

Exhibit B, the surprise witness: The National Post. Canada's vanguard champion of eco journalism jumps on the ethical fashion bandwagon with a big weekend feature.

Exhibit C, the cold files: GladRags. Nearly a full year before Oscar got his green on, The Tyee's Dorothy Woodend and Vanessa Richmond, inspired by the 100-Mile Diet, set out to find an ethical path to snazzy threads. The two pledged to wear locally designed and made clothes for an entire year. They soon discovered, however, that even local clothes have usually crossed the globe several times. What matters more is whether the fabric itself is sustainable. Woodend turned her mission into a hunt for recycled (used and vintage) clothes. And Richmond focused on finding affordable sustainable-fabric basics like organic jeans.  [Tyee]

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