Eco-fashion Shows Celebrate Earth Day

Did you notice that Earth Day has become Earth Month? And why not! It’s pretty important that we treat our home planet with respect every day. One of the trends we’ve noticed is the growing number of “eco-fashion” shows popping up everywhere. Of course, the AirDye® team is all about green fashion and helping everyone understand the impact the fashion industry has on the enviornment.

Did you know that the textile industry is one of the leading users and polluters of water? Trillions of gallons each year are used to treat and dye fabric. Often leaving toxic chemicals behind to flow downstream. On top of the water use, mountains of fabric are thrown away each year by consumers and the manufacturing plants who get the color wrong or use wasteful patterns.

But, the movement to create a more sustainable fashion industry is gaining a foothold. If you’re up for a fashion show, here are a few to consider as you celebrate Earth Day.

Raleigh: Redress Raleigh 2011

April 15
The focus of this eco-fashion show is to promote wearable eco-fashion, and not some of the rather off the wall garments we’ve seen (like a dress made from candy wrappers). The designers here are using recycled or remanufactured fabrics and eco-friendly production processes. The show is at 8PM at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church. Details and tickets a on the Redress Raleigh website.

Toronto: Fashion Takes Action at the Green Living Show

April 17
This is Canada’s largest consumer show, which doesn’t just have a fashion show but lots of other eco-friendly exhibits for around the house. They’re even hosting a green-jobs forum. The entireGreen Living Show runs from April 15 to 17 at the Direct Energy Centre.

Pittsfield, MA: Earth Day Up-cycled Fashion Show, Dance Party and Clothes Swap

April 22
Just to show that you don’t have to live in a big city to be in the Earth Day swing of things, theAlchemy Initiative in Pittsfield, outside of Albany, New York, is hosting what looks to be a big party and very green fashion show. For more info and to RSVP, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Charleston: Eco Fashion Event

April 22
This fashion show is featuring independent designers such as Caroline Baker, MAUDE COUTURE, ONE LOVE by Rachel Gordon, and Natasha Shamdasani Madan. A portion of the proceeds from the event will support Fields to Families, so you’ll be getting to know great eco-friendly designers while supporting a great cause. The show will be at the Michael Mitchell Gallery, 438 King Street, Charleston. Details and tickets are at Eventbrite.

Minneapolis: Eco Fashion Gala & Benefit

April 23
Product Runway’s season seven winner, Seth Aaron Henderson is the headline and celebrity judge at this green fashion event. The fashion show will feature local designers hoping to win a $5,000 cash prize. The event is raising money to support earthquake victims in Haiti and the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society. the show is at The Depot. Tickets and details are on Sol Inspirations’s website.

Do you know of another eco-fashion show scheduled this month? Please post the details on oureco-fashion blog.

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