Here at HARA we're doing our best to promote clothing that's sustainable, ethical and natural and in this blog post we're celebrating those inspiring celebrities who are shining the way when it comes to ethical fashion.
Actress, activist and all round renaissance woman, Emma is one of the brightest torch-bearers for feminism and fashion. At 26 she made the Time's '100 Most influential list 2015 as part of her role as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She has been associated with ethical fashion labels since 2009 where she teamed up with UK ethical clothing brand People Tree, last year she stole the show when she famously wore a Calvin Klein dress made from recycled plastic bottles as part of the Green Carpet Challenge to the Met Gala last year.
Emma spoke out after the Rana Plaza clothing factory disaster; 'I think it's important that I'm accountable for the choices I make and understand they have serious consequences."
More recently, while promoting Beauty and the Beast, she set up a dedicated Instagram on the clothing she wears. Each item has a story, detailing the materials used, whether that's recycled materials or from social enterprises - crediting and celebrating those brands. Sustainable fashion has never looked so stylish.
Le Bristol makes its own honey on the roof! 🇫🇷 🐝 ❤ The @edun trousers are created by artisans in Burkina Faso, featuring a zipper made from recycled brass. EDUN is building long-term, sustainable growth opportunities by supporting manufacturers, community-based initiatives and partnering with African artists and artisans. Top is @breelayneofficial and made in downtown LA by local artisans from mesh and lined in silk. Both materials were leftovers discarded by other designers, and were bought to recycle and repurpose in new garments. For every item sold, a tree is planted. Bag made in a family-owned factory in Alicante, Spain by @m2malletier. The factory was opened in 1981 by shoe designer Jaime Romero and his wife. Today, 25 artisans from the local town of Sax work in the factory and have been working there for at least 15 years. Everything is handcrafted using skills and traditions which have been passed down generations. Shoes @creaturesofcomfort, crafted in a small factory just outside of Florence. Creatures of Comfort recently participated in #womentogether and #whyimarch campaigns donating a portion of its proceeds to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU and SPL Center. The brand is also participating in a campaign headed by Women for Women International that supports women in war zones. @shiffonco jewellery made in New York City. Half the profit from Shiffon's pinky ring collection and 10% of profits from all other Shiffon products directly fund seed grants for female entrepreneurs and companies that promote the well-being of women. Through partnering with One Young World, Shiffon has been able to reach a growing group of young innovators across the globe. All fashion info verified by @ecoage All beauty brands are cruelty-free and formulated using both natural, mineral and organic ingredients. Beauty info verified by @contentbeauty
Emma can’t put a foot wrong on the green catwalk!
Double Oscar winner and long time advocate for ethical fashion, Cate is no stranger to speaking out and saying what's on her mind. She revealed exactly where her moral compass was located on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert show (if you haven’t seen it, watch here, it’s excellent; and when it comes to the need to address fast fashion; "Like climate change - we need to change the way we consume fashion. And if more individuals do then we make a change collectively"
She doesn’t mince her words, a few weeks ago she was anointed 2017's InStyle 'Style Icon' and this is what she had to say:
Former reality star Lauren Conrad co-founded The Little Market with friend Hannah Skvarla in 2014. The Little Market is an online fair trade store made up from a network of more than 40 different artisan groups from around the world. Their NGO enables and empowers women artisans from countries such as Guatemala, Bolivia and Rwanda to get greater access to market. You can buy anything from towels to tableware and you can find out the story behind each piece and about the group who make the products.
The pair don’t take a salary from this initiative funneling all the profits into “expanding operations and adding more artisan partners and developing more products with our current partners,” they said in a Forbes interview last year.
We love what Lauren is doing with her celebrity status and we can’t fault her hard work; the Little Market is a great place to shop with a clear conscience.
Music mogul, film producer and good egg, Pharrell Williams has been standing up for the planet, social justice and access to education for more than a decade. Applying his collaborative approach in his music, Pharrell has teamed up with different partners to raise the flag for climate change and search for climate solutions. “The days of being an anonymous activist or participant are over. How can we inspire if we are only behind the scenes?" he said in a recent speech at NYU [INSERT HYPERLINK: https://www.levo.com/posts/pharrell-williams-to-nyu-imagine-the-possibilities-when-women-are-not-held-back]
When it comes to ethical fashion, he's partnered up with Bionic Yarn who have developed a thread that uses old ocean plastic that can be turned into fabric for fashion, luggage, furniture, event art. Bionic Yarn has famously paired with G Star RAW introducing a range of denim from recycled ocean plastic. The yarn can now also be found in other high street labels such as, Topshop and Timbaland.
"Fashion can be a universal player in protecting the planet". Now that makes us happy.