Green Fashion

A growing list of companies or individuals creating clothing or accessories along ethical and natural lines. These are the folks who’re re-using existing materials, or those that are sustainably produced to create eco-friendly fashion.

Who knew ‘green’ could be so cool?

Featured listing:

Wren Designs‘Inspired by nature, motivated by sustainable principles’

Wren BagsFor those into handbags (you know who you are), here’s a chance to buy the eco-friendly variety – not only are they more interesting than the mass-produced variety, but buying one looks less like indulgence and more about caring for the planet.

Wren bags are unique, one-of-a-kind creations, currently available in two sizes: big town bag and small town bag. To cut down on waste, offcuts from the bags are then used to make nifty little bird pouches which can hold quite a few bits and pieces.

Wren bags are available online here or here, or on the racks every Saturday at the new Designgoods Market in the Old Biscuit Mill complex (as part of the Neighbour Goods Market).

Babazeka.co.za
Online store supporting social upliftment projects by selling a carefully selected range of contemporary, handmade bags and accessories (as well as other products) that are all locally designed and made. Unique items, many of them made from recycled materials. 

Blossom
Blossom in Kalk Bay sells a collection of contemporary handmade items, made from quality and natural materials. They strive to create environmentally conscious products, by using recycled fabric in some of their products.

ETC (Eco Trend Collection)
Designs and manufactures clothing and accessories that are handcrafted using blends of natural and organic raw materials.  Cape Town based.

Give It Bags
Designer bags made by hand in Cape Town from recycled material that started out as packaging for salt, sugar, rice, beans, flour (and would otherwise have been thrown away).

Hemporium
Stylish clothing and accessories made from environmentally friendly hemp fabric.   Based in Cape Town (Constantia)

Lunar
Clothing that’s not only stylish, but also sensitive to environmental concerns, making use, almost exclusively of natural fibres and pigment dyes. (Cape Town and Johannesburg)

Mielie
Cape Town-based Mielie employs local township women to design and produces beautiful environmentally conscious hand-crafted bags, pencil cases, homeware and more, using reclaimed materials wherever possible.

Mungo Design
Handwoven fabrics which are both useful and enduring and bring beauty into people’s lives. Mungo embraces the philosophy of responsibility and fair trade, respecting the natural environment and empowering local communities.

Scarecrow Organics
Your one stop shop for organic and ethically sourced clothing, all made from organic cotton and bamboo, for the eco-conscious shopper.  (Stellenbosch).

Think!Shoes
These high-fashion shoes are designed in Austria and manufactured in Europe under the strictest ecological and organic standards.

Tsonga
Hand-stitched genuine leather shoes made in the Drakensburg foothills by local Zulu women.  Quality that lasts! 

If you own or know of a local company creating eco-friendly fashion goods, please do contact me and I’ll add it to this list!

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