I’m going a little bit green in this blog post, and not only with colour of my outfits but also with a lifestyle idea. Sustainability. Ethical living. Environmentally conscious. Animal friendly. Recycle mode. Green.
The other day I got a question from one of my followers ‘Why don’t you write about green in fashion? Isn’t it a colour of 2017: The Greenery?’
Actually, the colour that attracts me a lot lately is something between olive, artichoke and asparagus green but here in Mediterranean we usually call it olive green. And it’s not only because I’m spending time in nature among olive trees or because I use olive oil in my Mediterranean Diet or eat asparagus every single day since spring started (artichokes come later but it’s heaven for eyes just to watch at the flowers and fat silvery green leafs of the plant).
It is because that colour in wardrobe is recyclable in all seasons. So I said to myself, why not.
Researching a little bit for this blog post about olive green I came across the information that there are more then 70 known and named hues of green. It is the colour between yellow and blue and is one of the primary colours. It has different meanings in the different part of the world but the most common is that green is associated to nature, spring time, growth, health and positivity.
Greenwashing. Environmental activists sometimes use this term to describe the advertising of a company which promotes its positive environmental practices to cover up its environmental destruction.
Olive (drab) green is very easily connected to military uniforms in the World War II but in Mediterranean olive green brings totally different associations: olive trees, olives, olive oil, nature.
Very interesting connection between olive green and Mediterranean is visible in the so called Fitzpatrick’s scale of human skin tones where one of the tones is called olive skin typical for Mediterranean Region. It refers to light or moderate brownish or tannish skin with yellowish, greenish or golden undertones.
Since I’m thinking about going green (I suppose it is a well known saying, but for those who doesn’t it refers to preserving natural environment and being active in recycling materials) and trying to do so lately I will continue to lay emphasis on that subject. I have to admit I am not a vegan or not all of my clothes comes from sustainable and ethical brands or I’m not driving a Tesla yet, but there are small steps that I do in the name of going green and sustainability and you can do it too. Join me here, you’ll feel better every day.
- I read a lot about it mostly online so forests are not destroyed,
- I watch videos so the terrible things that happen to animals and humans are cut into my mind forever,
- I try to be more active in different sustainable online communities,
- we recycle in our household as much as we can (we have a compost area, plastic, paper and glass trashcans),
- I go vegetarian once a week and
- I do my best to recycle clothes.
How do I recycle clothes, you would ask?
Well, here is the example. Take one garment you love and that you bought from a sustainable brand or at least going towards it brand and wear it with different tops, blazers, accessories.
In my case it’s my favourite skirt, happens to be in olive green colour too, perfect match for this post, the brand says it’s from organic cotton (means ethically and environmentally friendly made) and I combined it in winter with knee boots, sweater, warm jacket and big scarf. In fall I play in fallen leaves dressed in it and in green boots, washed jeans shirt and hair accessory. For summer the skirt is matched with yellow transparent blouse and fresh coloured bag. Spring is all green with another recycling garment, my father’s olive green jacket. Don’t you just love the edgy, oversized jacket in combination to feminine skirt and nude pumps?
See, you don’t need sustainable shops around you to go sustainable yourself, and with a small changes and existing accessories you can recycle your favourite garments.
I prepared a free download for you where you can find 10 questions to ask a brand or to check it at their website to see if they’re sustainable and ethical and most of all transparent in their work.
We can save the world with our small steps of sustainability!