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Remember Me Green

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  • Brands & Celebrities Who Embrace Green Fashion

    Green fashion is gaining more popularity as more brands and celebrities in the industry join the movement. This has created more awareness to the consumer, leading to an increase in the demand for sustainable fashion. Currently, there are many stunning designs and trends that cater to all budgets. As a result, this has continued to promote the sustainable fashion industry.

    The fashion industry is already blazing hot with inorganic wearables while the earth is getting hotter literally. Eco-friendly fashion is good for the land and has supported the development of agriculture in a wide variety of aspects.

    In fact, this is perhaps the best way to reconcile the fashion industry with the fight against global warming, and most people want a share in it. The need for more materials to satisfy the growing demand for green fashion products has supported in increasing the land area with vegetation cover.

    Sustainable fashion also incorporates vintage pieces, used clothing, and handmade items in addition to the organic fabrics. Consumers can effortlessly acquire varying vintage patterns and shapes (hardly found in large chain stores) from thrift shops to transform the look of their wardrobes. Eco-friendly fashion wear is also easier to take care of, compared to fast fashion. Durability is another reason why more people love the green fashion products, particularly renewable fiber clothing.

    The Latest in Green Fashion Trends

    Creativity is perhaps the most interesting thing about fashion. Designers are always going beyond their limits to come up with products that satisfies a wide swath of consumers. A growing industry translates to more customers and the need for newer players with fresh ideas in the market. It also enhances competition, quality, and prices.

    Organic cotton has gained an amazing reputation over time. Designers and consumers are becoming eco-conscious therefore finding better materials than natural cotton to add versatility to the industry. It has been discovered that 16 percent of the insecticides released globally come from cotton farming. This explains the increasing demand for organic cotton.

    Recycled and disposed materials have been appearing with various designs in the green fashion industry. They require less energy during production and also, emit less waste. In addition, vintage prints and shapes from the 60s are being adopted in the push to grow the size of the eco-friendly fashion industry.

    Brands Making a Name in the Green Fashion Industry

    People Tree is a UK-based fashion brand that has decided to go all green with fashion. It is recognized as a pioneer in the sustainable fashion movement by both consumers and the fashion industry. They have been in the industry for over 20 years and have specialized in an extensive collection of products that range from easy-going yoga wear to lightweight organic cotton sundresses, jewelry, and accessories.

    Based in the United States, Everlane is another brand that deals with eco-friendly fashion. Their products range consists of clothes, shoes, and accessories. In addition to the products, consumers get stories on how their clothes are being produced. They use minimal modern aesthetics in their products, making them a favorite for their many customers.

    PACT Apparel produces mainly tees, underwear, and socks. They are a brand based in the United States and uses 100 percent organic cotton to for their super soft products. They go to great lengths to ensure high-quality clothing that makes their customers proud to wear them.

    Minna is an ‘Eco Luxe’ brand based in the UK that deals with the production of green wedding wear. They use organic, recycled and locally-produced fabrics in manufacturing their products. With their broad range of bridesmaid dresses, wedding dresses and veils from Minna, wedding holders can now dress the whole party in sustainable fashion products, and not feel guilty for poisoning the environment.

    There is an extensive list of other brands that have joined the eco-friendly fashion movement globally and it’s growing. Some of them include:

    • Patagonia (USA)
    • Alternative Apparel (USA)
    • Fair Trade Winds (USA)
    • Mini Mioche (Canada)
    • Encircled (Canada)
    • Tribe Alive (USA)

    Celebs Promoting Sustainable Fashions

    Celebrities are some of the most influential elements when it comes to advertising and promoting fashion. Eco-friendly fashion has attracted some celebrities who have vowed to don sustainable fashion wear only and are always requesting their fans to follow suit. Topping the list of fashion icons is Emma Watson, who is also the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

    Watson has helped the People Tree brand in creating three collections made from organic and fair trade certified textiles. She also partnered with luxury designer Alberta Feretti to create a collection named Pure Threads, which is still in production. She once stated that she is always ready to work with any line that is ready to produce fair trade and organic fashion wear.

    Another celebrity, recognized for her contribution to the sustainable fashion industry, is Lauren Conrad. She is the co-founder of an online fair trade platform that retails handmade products picked from craft persons while in her travels to nations such as Ghana, Peru, Guatemala, Bolivia, Nepal, and India among others. The platform is called The Little Market, and it takes part in empowering artisans by giving them a broader audience to show their skills and the motivation to be more creative in their products. Everything is both interesting and unique.

    Stella McCartney is one of the most recognized eco-friendly designers in the fashion industry. You may have heard of her dad, Paul. She features sustainable and green practices such as employing organic fabrics, renewable energy to run stores and links up with other organizations that encourage ethical business processes.

    Other celebrities recognized for their contribution and influence in the green fashion industry include:

    • Christy Turlington Burns
    • Lauren Bush Lauren
    • Olivia Wilde
    • Rosario Dawson
    • Gwyneth Paltrow
    • Will.i.am

    People can no longer deny that green fashion is the way to go. It has more benefits than fast-fashion products and offers a broad range of goods for everyone. The latest trends in the eco-friendly fashion industry are also just the tip of the iceberg with much more to come as more designers and brands join the earth-friendly movement.


    Article by Katarina Lajtman from GoGreen

    GoGreen is an online guide for sustainable living and global green news. It reports on environmental topics that inspire readers to share and take action.

    Their mission is to shine light on the biggest issues in sustainability from eco-friendly technology to animal welfare, applaud companies taking steps towards greener practices, and support legislation that will reduce our carbon footprint, and discoveries in green energy.

  • Our Girls in Green

    It seems that everywhere you look these days, you can spot a trendy lady sporting one of our unique billboard bags. From the streets of New York City to the beach over the summer, our variety of upcycled tote bags are showing up all over the place. We’ve been lucky to catch some of our favorite girls on the go with RMG’s tote bags in action!

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    Gayle

    Here’s our Girl in Green Gayle modeling the Tiffany Tote in Melville, NY. Gayle has caught the design bug just like we did back in 2012. When she isn't busy spending time with her husband and daughters, she designs and sells her fantastic line of hand-made necklaces that are absolutely gorgeous. Follow her on Instagram at @jewelrydesignsbygayle.

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    Julia

    Here we have our friend Julia with one of our favorites, the Large Hampton Tote, at Industry City. Julia is the co-founder of Miakoda. Miakoda is line of modern sportswear for women who believe in comfort and consciousness of the environment. All of the materials used to create Miakoda’s fabulous line are completely sustainable, making them a staple of the eco-friendly fashion movement.

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    Valeria

    It’s not just fashion conscious ladies in on the sustainable fashion movement. Valeria and furry friend are seen here with the Large Hampton Tote in light blue We love what Valeria stands for, which is all things environmental. Valeria writes the eco-friendly blog, Water Thru Skin, where you can read all about her passionate stance on travel, yoga, veganism, green fashion, and clearly her love for animals!

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    Melina

    The lovely and vibrant Melina knows how to rock her repurposed billboard bag as you can tell from this pic taken at Life Time Athletic in Garden City, NY. From Dix Hills, NY, Melina makes her living as a Yoga Instructor at Life Power Yoga. She is very enthusiastic about RMG’s products saying that “I love my new bag. It’s beautiful!” Thanks, Melina, we think so too!

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    Jillian and Kristin

    Here’s one of our favorite pics. RMG founder Jillian is seen here with Eyewitness News reporter Kristin Thorne. Kristin interviewed Jillian in May of 2016, and got the entire scoop on RMG’s story. We were thrilled to grab this pic with Kristin showing off her specialty ABC 7 repurposed vinyl bag.


    As you can see, these girls love our line of billboard bags. So will you! The energy and story behind each bag is always putting smiles on our customers’ faces. Contact us to join in the eco-friendly fashion fun and shop our collection today!

  • Billboards to Bags: How Do We Do It?

    Since Remember Me Green started its own green fashion movement, people have been carrying a piece of New York City with pride. The billboards you see in NYC are funky and fresh all on their own. Recycling them into our line of billboard bags gives them a whole new life and style. Before you can pack up for your tote bag and head to the subway, we’ve gotta make it first! The end result is undeniably fabulous, but many wonder: how do you get there?

     
    From Billboard To Bag

    Why Billboards for Bags?

    Many people think billboard vinyl is an odd textile choice for repurposed fashion. We think it makes perfect sense, and here's why:

    Inspiration:
    Billboards provide incredible inspiration for our team. So much work goes into the creation of just one promotion, not to mention how much time and money gets spent on it. From design to execution, the advertisements are pieces of art all on their own.

    Strength:
    Billboards are made of polyvinyl chloride which possesses many strong characteristics. Since PVC is completely waterproof, it makes an obvious choice for our upcycled totes or urban garden bags. It is also intensely durable, able to withstand many years of the harshest weather conditions.

    Belief:
    We believe in doing whatever it takes to help the environment. After a billboard's promotion ends, all of the vinyl used to create it gets thrown into a landfill. It is literally a colossal waste of PVC, which isn’t biodegradable. The vast amount of material it takes to produce just one of these epic ads for such a brief existence is wasted, unless we get our hands on it.

     

    Ready, Cut, Sew!

    Once we get a disposed billboard, we have ourselves a giant canvas on which to create our products. First, each billboard is inspected to make sure it has held up over the course of its advertising life. It is then completely cleaned, with eco-friendly cleaners of course! Next, we measure out the patterns to be sure we can create plenty of products. That is rarely a concern because one billboard is enough to produce approximately 500 bags! Typically just one can supply the material for over 150 of our upcycled totes, and whatever is left over is used for our smaller items like wine bags or zipper pouches. We want to make sure we are using as much of the material as possible to alleviate waste.

    Master Stitcher Hard At Work

    After we’ve made our patterns they get cut with precision. The patterns are then ready to be sewn up into a fabulous collection of recycled billboard bags. Our master stitchers begin the process of producing each billboard bag with exquisite detail. Each bag from RMG is constructed thoughtfully and every one of them is different. No one will have the same bag as you, making each of our products one of a kind.

    Remember Me Green is proud to be the place to go for your biggest selection of items for the most current green fashion trends. Doing our part to help the environment and move fashion forward gives our team a sense of pride. With an item from Remember Me Green, not only do you find amazing and one of a kind products, you make a beautiful statement. Carrying one of our bags made from billboards means you are saying that you care about style and saving the planet.

  • From Stage To Green: Is Broadway Eco-Friendly?

    Many industries have joined the Green Revolution. From medical professionals to accountants, professionals have become eager about preserving the environment. The same is true in theatre.

    Introducing The Broadway Green Alliance

    The Broadway Green Alliance has been working since 2008 to make Broadway a greener place. The BGA works with productions and theaters on Broadway. They work with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental action group. Their goal is to help actors reduce their carbon footprint by instilling eco-friendly habits. Any Broadway or off-Broadway show can be a part of the alliance. One cast or crew member is chosen as the “Green Captain”. The role of Green Captain is to develop greener habits around the theatre. Then they share their progress to the alliance.

    Producing theatre requires serious effort. From performers to technicians, theatre is a world of varied responsibilities. In order to break down the process of going green as effectively as possible, the BGA is organized into committees. Each committee takes charge of "greenifying" specific areas of each show.

     

    The Venues Committee

    This committee takes charge of greening up the actual space. Members of this committee will make sure the theatre is using energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lighting and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) both inside and outside of the building. They also ensure that organic eco-friendly cleaning products are being used. By practicing this, a great deal of carbon is saved each year.

     

    The Production Committee

    The backstage area of a theatre usually needs a good deal of greening up! The Production Committee organizes methods of going green like giving reusable water bottles to actors. A recent change took place in the production of Wicked. Disposable batteries for microphones were replaced with rechargeable ones. This has helped reduce the amount of toxic waste disposed from the Gershwin Theatre. This committee also runs collections for the general public and theatre professionals. At the collections, people can recycle clothing, textiles and electronics. The Binder Project is another task organized by the Production Committee. Students in need of binders can borrow binders free of charge so they do not have to purchase new ones.

     

    The Outreach Committee

    Through social media, the BGA website, and a newsletter, this committee communicates the mission of the BGA to the public. They also produce videos about the organization and suggest methods for going green. The Outreach Committee spreads the message and has a strong influence over theatre fans and professionals.

     

    The Pre- & Post-Production Committee

    This committee really helps turn Broadway into the “Great Green Way”. Creative means are used to reduce theatre’s carbon footprint. They encourage designers to incorporate as many recycled and reused materials into their sets as possible. This reduces the need to buy new building materials. Set disposal is also reduced and that prevents pieces from ending up in landfills. The production of Peter and the Starcatcher featured a set made of materials that were recycled, borrowed, donated, or salvaged.

    We here at Remember Me Green say “Bravo!” to the Broadway Green Alliance for repurposing and upcycling so many of the things that make Broadway magical. It is amazing to know that a community full of artists, technicians, and musicians take part in the preserving the environment. The billboards for these shows have most likely been the source material for some of our upcycled products, so as they say in the Broadway smash The Lion King, it’s all part of "the circle of life".

  • Times Square: A Treasure Chest Of Upcycling Resources

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    RMG's Founder & CEO sporting her recycled billboard vinyl bag on a day out in NYC!

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    Here at Remember Me Green, we upcycle billboards from all over New York City into our unique, durable, fashion forward products. While billboards are found from all over the city, Times Square serves as its Billboard Capital. You see a new one every time you turn your head, and for us that means inspiration is everywhere you look.

     

    Billboards In Brief

    Billboards have been a strategic marketing method since the late 1800’s. They started as posters being hung on a fixed structure like a building. After the automobile was invented, the billboard boom really began. Billboards were built at the sides of the road to catch the eyes of drivers. As cars got faster, billboards got bigger and more intricate in style so motorists could take in the ads. As technology has increased the level of outdoor advertising followed. In 1872 the Outdoor Advertising Association of America was formed to regulate billboards and all forms of outdoor advertising, and is still around today.

     

    The Center Of The Universe

    The cross section of midtown Manhattan at Broadway and 42nd Street became known as Times Square in 1904. Just three weeks after that, the first electric billboard was erected there, and Times Square rapidly became the advertising hub of the world. Both electric and vinyl billboards were put up everywhere, making this area of NYC a haven of trendy, eye catching ads, that inspired businesses and artists from every corner of the globe.

     

    Why Billboards?

    There’s a funky, artistic energy to NYC billboards. Our designs at Remember Me Green are trendy and fashion forward, so it’s a perfect marriage. The best part is that our products are all eco-friendly, making going green even more fun! We also find that the vinyl material provides a fabulous fabric for our designs. The vinyl is durable and waterproof which makes an excellent source for our totes and wine bags.

    Times Square is indeed the “Center Of The Universe”, not only for advancements in marketing, but eco-friendly fashion as well. For us at Remember Me Green, it’s not only about being inspired by the art we see, but by the material that makes them. We bring the NYC experience full circle by repurposing the amazing billboards you see in the city into our fabulous pieces. Next time a billboard catches your eye, imagine using it as your shopping bag as your explore the "treasure chest" that is Times Square!

  • Growing Green With Urban Garden Bags !

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    Everyone deserves to do things they enjoy, hobbies that fulfill us and bring us relaxation and satisfaction. Life can make it difficult to stop and smell the roses, especially if you like to grow them yourself. Gardening can be a rewarding and serene hobby to take on, but without the proper landscape, it can be nearly impossible.

    In the hustle and bustle of everyday urban life, it can be tough to make time for the things you love to do. The guy or girl on the go have so many items on their to-do list; appointments, work, keeping up the apartment. Who has time for a hobby?

    The team at Remember Me Green has the ultimate solution! Our Urban Garden Bags are a fabulous resource as well as an environmental fashion statement. Whether you’d like to grow some delicious veggies in the fresh air right outside your apartment, or if you want to spruce up your pad with some indoor flowers, these upcycled garden bags are for you!

    One of the best things about our garden bags is that they are totally eco-friendly. Not only are you expressing your passion for fashion with an upcycled NYC billboard, you’re going green by “reusing and recycling”! Made from 100% upcycled billboards from New York City, our Urban Garden Bags make a fun, no-mess, addition to your home!

     

    5 Tips For Gardening In Your Urban Garden Bags

    Evaluate your light.
    You can find a great plant for any amount of light, but before you purchase your plants estimate how much light your Urban Garden Bag will receive. Place it in the location you’d like it to live, and determine how long the sun will hitting it.

    Add your nutrients.
    You will most likely need to add fertilizer to the soil in your upcycled Urban Garden Bag. Fill your bag with organic potting soil and then mix in an organic fertilizer. Add a liquid fertilizer about every two weeks.

    Plant friendly neighbors.
    If you are planting more than one plant in your Urban Gardening Bag, make sure they will grow well together. Combine plants that have similar light and moisture needs.

    Don’t change anything too suddenly.
    Plants don't like abrupt changes and if you acclimate them over time to changes in light, exposure to the elements, water, or temperature, they are going to be happier and healthier!

    Plenty of Potting Soil.
    The more potting soil you use, the more water retention you will have. This will give you a much more room for error when it comes to both watering and feeding your plants.

     

    Our selection of Urban Garden Bags come in a beautiful array of colors that will fit perfectly in any home or outdoor garden. They are also flexible and lightweight, making it easy for rearranging into sunnier spots or even transplanting into a permanent landscape.

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  • Billboard Bags: Carry a Piece of New York City

    Our billboard bags are the most durable, water-proof, and eco-friendly accessory option. With tons of colors, patterns and styles, you are sure to find the right bag for your needs. Our small, medium, and large totes can fit everything you need for a day out shopping or on the beach. Our wine totes can help you carry your rosé with class and style.

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    Typically, NYC billboards end up in landfills after they are taken down. Furthermore, the fashion industry alone dumps 60 billion meters of fabric into landfills. This begs the question: where is your next accessory coming from? When you choose a billboard bag from Remember Me Green, you choose to reduce, reuse, and recycle! Our bags rescue those billboard advertisements from their fate in landfills, while not adding to the fashion industry waste.

    Check out a behind-the-scenes look at our latest billboard bag creations!

    Our workshop is located in Bay Shore, Long Island. Being so close to the city, we are constantly inspired by the colors and patterns of those famous NYC billboards we so frequently see. Billboard canvas shows up in our workshop, and we use every piece possible to bring you the best product while also going forward with our green initiatives.

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  • Rio 2016: The Eco-Conscious Olympic Games

    Sporting Event with Sustainable Edge

    The 2016 Olympics are in full swing, with over 300 events taking part of the 17 day athletic celebration in Rio de Janeiro. With over 500,000 foreign travelers expected to attend the games in coastal Brazil, sustainability and green initiatives were a concern for the International Olympics Committee and environmentalists alike. So how did Rio 2016 move forward with a green mentality? The Remember Me Green team discovered some fascinating ways that will guarantee that the 2016 Olympics get a gold medal in eco-conscious effort!

     

    Medals

    Approximately 10,000 athletes from more than 200 countries are hoping to outrun, outlast and outsmart the competition to bring home a coveted piece of gold, silver or bronze hardware. But what exactly are those medals made of? Turns out, quite a lot! Athletes who make it to the top of the Olympic Podium will receive medals made from reused mirrors, repurposed car parts and recycled medical machinery! The gold used was ethically mined and silver and bronze medallions are 1/3 recycled materials, with all ribbons being 50% recycled plastic bottles!

    Recycling

    The Rio organizing committee is working with local recycling pickers who will sort and organize any recyclable waste during the Olympics and Paralympics. This will employ 280 waste management professionals in the Brazilian city, ensuring that the estimated 3500 tons of refuse is appropriately sorted and discarded.

    Energy

    Close to 30,000 megawatts of electricity are estimated to be used throughout the Rio games, including the multiple venues and the athletes living quarters, the Olympic Village, while Olympics-designated transportation will utilize around 24 million liters of fuel. In an effort to combat the massive influx of energy used, Organizing committees have strategically incorporated renewable energy sources, including wind and hydropower, as well as biofuels for vehicles and energy-efficient equipment for a proactive approach to conservation.

    Waste

    In lieu of the traditional floral bouquets that medalists receive on the podium, 2016 Olympic winners will be holding tight to a three dimensional statue of the Rio 2016 logo. The decision to gift a long-lasting token goes hand-in-hand with the Olympic committee efforts to decrease environmental damage to the Brazilian community.

    Efforts to decrease the massive amount of food waste and scrap is also being considered; Italian Chef Massimo Bottura has created a pop-up restaurant for the local Brazilian community. The menu and food options change everyday, depending on what discarded and unused food is sent from the Olympic Village, and is prepared by Chef Bottura and a staff of volunteers. The goal of creating a soup kitchen with dignity has been wildly successful, with hopes of continuing to run on a donation basis after the Olympics are completed.

    Conservation

    The pollution in Rio de Janeiro has definitely been a major international concern leading up to the Olympic Games. A direct nod to conservation and the environment could be found in the Opening Ceremonies; each country was escorted into the ceremonies with a child holding a tree sapling. These trees will be planted to create a future Athlete’s Forest to commemorate the 2016 Olympics.

    Olympics Fun Facts

    Olympic Medals are presented to Athletes on a tray made of certified Curupixá wood


    The round cases to hold medals are made from freijo wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)


    Medal podiums are created from sustainable materials, and will be reused as furniture once the Games are completed.


    Medals for the Paralympic Games, which take place in September, will include a device inside that uses steel balls to make sounds when shaken. This allows visually impaired athletes to identify the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals based on sounds. The device was created by discarded and repurposed pieces of metal from the Brazilian Mint. All Rio Paralympics medals will also include a Braille inscription.

     

    Looking for more ways to support Team USA with an eco-conscious edge?
    Take a look at our Red, White & Blue or Gold Detailed sustainable totes and pouches!

     
     

  • Why Ethical Fashion & Fair Trade Matters

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    We at Remember Me Green would like to offer some insight on ethical fashion and why fair trade is so important.

    More and more companies are turning upcycling into fashion. By transforming landfill-destined materials, we can make these fashion items last years longer. Eco-conscious accessories and lifestyle pieces that are created from materials that are literally manufactured to stand the test of time. This means less waste, less pollution and less disadvantaged manufacturing. You can save a billboard from laying in a landfill for thousands of years by carrying your weekend wine in one of our upcycled wine bags!

     

     

    There are over 7 billion people in the world, so it’s no wonder that the garment trade is such a booming enterprise. Fashion, and the process of dressing oneself, is one of the oldest forms of expression and artistic culture. Without fashion we wouldn’t have specific patterns, knits and design details that are representative of specific cultures, time periods, and regions. However, this constant change in expression creates a huge market for fast fashion empires that sell cheap clothing. Cheap clothing is usually made by people who aren’t fairly compensated, from materials that hurt our eco-systems, which eventually (due to the quickly changing trends) end up in a landfill.

     

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    Garment Workers in Developing Countries

    Someone, somewhere in the world is sewing your clothes and accessories. Typically, these garment workers are women in developing countries, who aren’t always being paid a fair wage. By making ethical fashion practices a priority, designers and manufacturers are showing a level of respect for their garment workers. As a consumer, consciously choosing ethical fashion brands means that you are helping to regulate a fair trade economy.

     

    Fashion & Environmental Pollution

    The fashion industry is one of the largest enterprises in the world. Manufacturing of textiles and fabrics is a huge pollutant of fresh water sources throughout the world. Carefully and deliberately choosing design houses that utilize ethically sourced materials or design principles means less environmental harm effecting our natural resources.

     

    Growing Landfills

    Approximately only 25% of the clothing produced actually gets recycled. This includes clothing being donated to charitable organizations, or clothing sent to developing countries that are still wearable. The remaining clothing textiles are being sent to landfills.

  • Sustainable Fashion Trends

    Responsible Fashion trends are making big waves in the green market!

    Eco-conscious fashion is quickly becoming a growing trend in the sustainability movement. Sustainable, eco-conscious fashion is more than just a marketing trend for increased profits. Brands with a sustainable mindset are conscious of the human impact that the fashion industry has on the environment, and the level of social responsibility they must take in their participation. At Remember Me Green, our creative process is entirely centered around sustainability and upcycling.

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    Fashion facts

    Approximately 8000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into textiles


    Of those 8000 chemicals, roughly 2000 are pesticides used to grow cotton


    The Average American throws out nearly 65lbs of clothes every year.

    This is not to say that up until now the fashion industry hasn’t held concern for the environment, however, in the past the options for consumers have been notoriously slim. Moving forward, how does the fashion world proactively support this eco-friendly and environmentally conscious viewpoint? Take a look…

     

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

    We all know the three R’s of an eco-conscious life, and they just so happen to fit perfectly into the ebb and flow of the fashion industry! Designers and trend-setters are constantly reinventing and resurrecting styles over time. Now these same designers are utilizing excess or discarded materials in their work, producing less waste.

     

    New Materials

    Many people assume that cotton, which is a plant derivative, is considered a green material, but in actuality massive amounts of insecticide are used in its growth. This has lead more manufacturers of clothing and textiles to use organic cottons in their designs. Other designers, like Remember Me Green, are taking an even more eco-conscious approach to fashion through the process of upcycling; RMG is exploring new materials and fabric alternatives, like the New York City Billboards that our sustainable totes and accessories are created with!

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