Where to find eco-friendly spring scarves…

Ever since I’ve made a personal commitment to wear more eco-friendly clothes, I’ve noticed that some organic/fair trade/sustainable items are easy to find and some are almost impossible.  Like it’s pretty easy to find organic baby clothes these days, but organic 11 year old boy clothes?  Forget it.  And unless you want to wear organic sweatpants around all the time (which isn’t necessarily a bad idea) then it’s really hard to find women’s organic pants that are dressy… or at the very least don’t have a drawstring.  When I wear organic clothes, I don’t want to always look like I’m headed to a meditation retreat.

But the good news is that eco-friendly scarves are everywhere.  There are a lot of companies that help small groups of women around the world make better lives for themselves and apparently, these women can sew scarves like nobody’s business!  And make bowls!  If I had just made a personal commitment to only buy fair trade scarves and bowls the rest of my life it would be the easiest goal I’ve ever made for myself.  My house would literally be covered with bowls and scarves and dangling Tibetan Prayer flags.  Our dogs and cats would be eating out of beautiful handmade fair trade bowls… Our “in case of fire” rope ladder that we keep upstairs would just be a bunch of fair trade scarves tied together….  Every gift anyone ever received from us would be a bowl or a scarf.  Sometimes both.

So today, just for fun, I decided to assemble some of my favorite scarves in this cute little box below —

Scarves

1.  Etsy – Ottoman Bazaars handwoven infinity scarf

2. Soul Flower — tie dye infinity scarf

3. Prana — Kani scarf

4. Rodales — printed wrap scarf

5. Trades of Hope – Nepali aqua scarf

6.  Novica — patterned silk scarf

7.  TenThousand Villages — Peacock Shimmer Scarf

To me, these spring scarves make putting together an outfit soooooooo easy.  Jeans and a t-shirt? Not an outfit.  Jeans, t-shirt and a cute scarf?  Outfit.

Next up?  I have a ton of bowl research to do….

6 Comments

  • Well crap, now I feel like I need that beautiful black and white scarf with colorful tassels! Because I don’t already own a million scarves… ;)

  • Jenn says:

    I know they probably aren’t THE MOST eco-friendly but I’ve had some luck with trendy/dressier items from H&M’s Conscious line. I know the cotton they use is organic and the polyester is recycled, I’m not sure about the other materials. I’m normally not a huge fan of fast fashion but I feel like it’s a better choice than others, and I only pick things I’m fairly sure I’ll get a lot of use out of. AND they have boy things in organic cotton as well: http://www.hm.com/us/subdepartment/KIDS?Nr=2000240

    • Holly Hester says:

      You know, I love H&M’s conscious line. I was thinking of doing a whole post about them because I get so many of my clothes and my kids clothes from that line! I know it’s fast fashion — but hey, it’s organic cotton so that’s a good thing, right?

  • TEL says:

    Hurray! So glad to see you mentioned Trades of Hope. I hope you found some things that you liked. I’m sure you can find a CE near you.

    • Holly Hester says:

      Thanks for sending me a link to trades of hope! I will also check out your party! Good luck with it!!

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