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Green Autumn Fashion

Check out these ideas for staying eco-conscious yet fashionable as the weather gets colder. For more great green tips all year long, sign up for daily green tips from The Green Life.

Green Autumn Fashion

Recycled Fashion

Recycled Mittens: These thick, comfy mittens are perfect for winter days when the snow is falling, the wind is brisk, and all you want to do is bundle up. They’re handmade from recycled sweaters by a mother-daughter team, so each pair is unique. The fleece liner is luxuriously soft, and there's an array of styles to choose from for women and men.

Recycle Summery Clothes and Shoes: Fall is in the air, but your summer clothes don't have to go in the trash. Before discarding those lived-in Bermuda shorts, think about recycling. Every year, millions of pounds of textiles are tossed into U.S. landfills. Instead, donate your duds to USAgain.

And if your trusty hiking boots are worn out from hitting the trails this summer, you can donate those to Soles4Souls, which has distributed more than 10 million pairs of used shoes to people in need all over the world.

Reclaimed Moth Sweaters: Moth-eaten sweaters get a second life with Stella Neptune's funky moth patches, which are made from recycled cashmere and screen-printed by hand. Get a ready-made recycled cashmere sweater for $140, or apply the colorful patches to your favorite holey garment with the applique kit ($25).

For Frugal Fashion, Swapping Smartly: For the most stylish sustainable shoppers, revamping your wardrobe, redecorating your home, or finding that perfect funky accessory just got easier. Two new swap sites just launched, Ecobees and Bigwardrobe. Both are centered around online reuse and recycle and let users browse thousands of others' unwanted items in hopes of finding that personal treasure amid someone else's trash. Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing that your savvy steal means that the fuel and supplies needed to make new stuff got saved.

Ecobees connects members around the world and allows them to create smaller communities by specifying which items they’d be willing to pick up within a certain distance. Users can also post requests for specific items.

Bigwardrobe is a robust site that aimed toward frugal fashionistas, those that'd be attracted to labels that say Gucci, Dior, or Chanel. It's got clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories from hundreds of designer labels, so if you want to try out the latest crazy trend without feeling guilty about perhaps not wearing it next season, you can simply swap or sell to someone else!

Give Old Shoes New Life: Perhaps your intensifying workout program calls for shoes with more support, better fit, or smarter design. Your old kicks needn't end up in a landfill. Organizations like Soles4Souls and One World Running donate used sneakers to those in need. Nike will transform worn-out shoes (of any brand) into Nike Grind, which is used as a surface material for basketball courts and running tracks. Looking for a local shoe recycling program? Find directories here and here.


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