Anthropologie Does a Little Green

Anthropologie is one of my favorites stores, but one I haven’t been shopping at as much lately, now that so many green fashion designers have such gorgeous stuff out there. Gone are the days when ecofashion meant organic cotton yoga pants with a stripe down the side. (While I love yoga pants, I don’t believe in wearing workout clothes unless you’re actually working out. But that’s just me!)


But now, Anthropologie is actually selling some stuff I wouldn’t feel too guilty buying. While I would rather spend my money at online or brick-and-mortar boutiques, and support the women who run them, sometimes you want to try stuff on, especially skinny Loomstate jeans, which I finally got a pair of (above).

talla bag

I also found this cute Talla bag (above) at Anthropologie, on sale! Talla is run by Talla Wesley, who designs her prints, then has Samiti and Tharangini Designs print them for her. Samiti employs and trains underprivliged Indian women to hand-print patterns using traditional techniques. They also use vegetable and other eco-friendly dyes to print with.

Congrats to mainstream stores like Anthropologie for carrying eco-friendly stuff, so that people will start thinking of it as an easy choice to make.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.