Why is Eco-Fashion So Expensive?

by , 09/24/09

Designer Eviana Hartman of Bodkin, Bodkin

Eviana Hartman, the designer behind Brooklyn-based eco-fashion label Bodkin

Did you ever set out with the goal of making your wardrobe more eco-friendly only to be severely discouraged when you scoped out the triple-figure pricetags? As a poor writer, I too, have found myself feeling that way, but then I realized that there is a really good reason that eco-fashion is more expensive. As a special treat, Bodkin designer Eviana Hartman tells us, in her own words, what makes sustainable clothing a bit more pricey and why it is actually worth every penny.


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  1. Bhavna Rishi October 7, 2009 at 9:26 am

    As a emerging fashion designer in keeping with my Indian tradition have moved to exclusively working with sustainable organic silks which highlights my commitment to quality authenticity and grace.

    There should be a shift to sustainable and chic clothing and I support any such change to that effect.

    If you’d like to see any of my ecologically sound clothing visit bhavna.com

  2. PaTrond September 26, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Well, designers are often greedy people too. A recent example was when a designer got really angry when a mart sold her boots for 400NOK, similar to 65USD. She wanted it to be sold for three times more. Don’t let the designers you believe that it’s always worth the price, they often run off with much more money than you believe.

  3. patis1km September 24, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I am not much of an “Eco-Fashion” fan, though I can appreciate the efforts behind the movement. Instead of buying such expensive “designer” fashions. It makes more ecological and financial sense to repurpose clothing you already have or make new clothing out of unorthodox materials. Recycled aluminum scrap metal, bedsheets, and repurposed (or out-of-season) fabrics can make for beautiful eco-friendly clothing and accessories.

    As a design student, making one’s own adornments and garments can be a rewarding endeavor. Not only is the cost minimal (available time being a chief consideration), but the results are distinctive and unique. One way to make a statement about your appreciation for the eco-friendly movement is just to forget high fashion and do it yourself; not only is it satisfying, but also easier to afford.

  4. jeezejulia September 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    OH, what a fantastic little piece! I, too, have written a little about green clothing, but I focus more on why we should choose organic cottons. Here’s the link: http://jeezejulia.wordpress.com/2009/09/07/why-organic/

    Thanks for supporting green fashion!

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