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
Add A Comment

Got something to add to this post? Fill out the fields below to make a comment, ask a question or share a tip. We'd love to hear from you.

Note: If this is your first time commenting on Style News Now, your comment will need to be approved by our moderator before it will appear. Thanks for your patience, and check back again soon.

Showing 24 comments

Eddy on


I can see that everyone talks about the new trend on eco-friendly clothing but I see that everyone forget that friendly clothes already exist way before all this polyesters and all these chimically fabrics were produced.
We have natural products made of Cotton,Wool…etc,etc,etc. that are natural and not spensive…We just have to stop buying all these products that aren’t helping the environment…and stop carrying so much plastic to your home that end up in a land field and earth can not absorb at all.

Laura on

I think environment clothing is a great idea. I love shopping but recently its come to my attention that the harm some of my favourite brands may cause the environment. I belive people deserve the option and it would be a gret away to make saving the enviroment sylish :)

Coral on

Yes, I do pay more for Eco-friendly clothing. I try to choose products that use sustainable materials like organic clothing or hemp fabric and things that require the shortest transportation distance. I used to buy from VS a lot but that has changed. Now, I really investigate the store’s environmental stands and if they have none, I stop buying from that store.

Sonya Zlotnik on

Very nice post, i for certain love your website, keep on it.

Next | 1 | 2 | 3 | Show All

From Our Partners


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,510 other followers

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters