Would You Pay More For Eco-Friendly Clothes?

01/28/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

H&M, Topshop, Forever 21 — many of us are addicted to quick-fix shopping at stores where the trends are up-to-the-minute and the prices (and quality) are super-low. Where our mothers might have bought investment pieces meant to last for years, we pick up pieces that are meant to pass out of style — and our wardrobes — in a matter of months. But an article in the New York Times this week points out the environmental effects of so much discarded clothing and how much energy is expended in the production and care of so many garments. From switching to polyester to clothing rentals (much like the purse rentals we recently wrote about) to spending more and less frequently, the retail industry is gearing up to make some eco-friendly changes. We want to know your opinion. Will you spend more money on environmentally friendly clothes? Would you participate in monthly rental services? Are you concerned enough about the environment to change your closet?

P.S. You can read more on this topic at one of our favorite blogs, TreeHugger.

Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

FILED UNDER: Eco-Friendly , Fashion
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KT fr Cda on

Would I pay more for eco-friendly clothes? No. When I’m done with wearing something that I don’t like anymore, or if my kids grow out of what they are wearing, I donate it to a Salvation Army Store or a consignment store. I can’t believe people would throw out clothes so quickly after buying something b/c the styles have changed. Now that is really sad. There are people out there that can’t afford clothes that rely on used clothing stores. Maybe instead of making eco-friendly clothes maybe people need to give their heads a shake and get educated. People who can’t afford high end clothes don’t care if the styles have changed. They just care about having clothes.

Meg on

I love the idea of renting purses and clothes. They could also have a high-end fashion swap program, for all those times that you buy something and wear it once, twice or never. It’s great to see the fashion industry showing concern for environmental issues.

Dragonfly on

I’m all for eco-friendly, but I’m more for fair-trade. I detest the sweat shop capitalist mentality that american business people have. More money for them, less for the actual workers. I’d rather see eco-friendly start with quality standards for humanity, so that humanity can start taking better care of themselves, which directly affects our environment. If people feel optimistic about their current living situation and their future, they’re more likely to care about their environment to ensure a brighter future.

These are mutually-inclusive issues.

Malvasia45 on

Of course, we should change along with the world as it changes. Anyone unable to adapt will remain in their own universe, which means they are out of touch with what is really happening out there. Many people love the fashion industry because it changes, which gives them the opportunity to alter their appearance when they cannot alter other facets of their lives. Whether people like it or not, fashion is an important element in the lives of all that wear it—watch “The Devil Wears Prada”, and learn about the fact that it is a multi-billion dollar a year industry that we all relate to in one way or another.

shopoholic on

I LOVE H&M!!!!!!!!!!! And FOREVER 21!!!

C on

Hmmmm. Spend more for eco-friendly? — No, I’m too cheap. I donate all of my family’s clothing to charity or pass them down to my young nieces. I shop in thrift stores or on ebay for used clothes for myself and my 3 children, mostly things like sweaters, jeans and coats. That’s eco-friendly enough. Renting? No, ewww, unless it’s a tux or something like that. If I can’t afford to buy it (new or used), then I don’t need it. Concerned about the environment — yes, but that doesn’t affect my closet. I only buy what my family and I need.

zoe on

i personally dislike cheap quality clothing and will not buy it…i like long lasting pieces that are always instyle (a.k.a. simple)…that way my clothing last longer and i can walk around without all these seams coming apart…

j on

i do not buy cheap clothing either, it has to be quality all the way. goodwill gets what i don’t use anymore.

BC on

I like quality clothing but i would NOT pay more for eco friendly clothes

Axelle on

If they’re made from leaves and vines…sure why not. I kinda’ like the concept of Adam and Eve where regardless what class you were from, you coud afford the “It” stuff, you know..lol

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