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Rainbow Brights Think sustainable clothes mean neutral colors? Well, think again. Low-impact dyes paired with organic and recycled fabrics let you wear nature’s brightest hues and keep her waterways free of toxic colors and pesticides, too. —Starre Vartan Melissa tee and Hailey cardigan by Toggery These brights are fancy-free: The rich colors of this organic cotton T-shirt and shrunken cardigan are created with reactive dyes (which use less water and energy during the dying process). A few accessories will go a long way. Tee, $50, cardigan, $51; thegreenloop.com Empire blouse by Loyale Over a bikini at the lake or paired with skinny slacks at work, this organic cotton blouse, colored with low-impact, heavy metal–free dyes, will keep you covered from summer into fall. $132, loyaleclothing.com (available mid-August)

Micro Puff Vest by Patagonia Layer up for cooler evenings in this windproof vest made in Japan from recycled (and recyclable) polyester. The country’s super-strict environmental laws ensure a pollution-free dying process. $125, patagonia.com

Love patterned dress by the Pursuit of Harmony Show your love in this soft and sexy organic cotton and soy/bamboo sundress with water-based screen printing. $86, thegreenloop.com

Board shorts by Loomstate Catch a wave with these organic cotton shorts from Loomstate, artfully printed with heavy metal–free dyes. $120, at Bloomingdale’s nationwide

Diaphanous blouse by Ciel Sheer, organic French silk chiffon looks chic over a tank or dress, and the ripe berry hue comes from nonpolluting, AZO-free dyes. $188, cielshop.co.uk

The fashion industry has been very “welcoming of organic dyes. I like to use red onion peels, which

give a sweet pink color to silks; the plant root rubia, which is great on silks and velvets; and the andrika dye technique from my native Ghana, where tree bark is the traditional fabric dye.

N’Ketiah Brakohiapa

Master dyer for couturier Sylvia Heisel; he also teaches workshops at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City

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Plenty Magazine Issue 23 Aug/Sept 2008  

beyond the bulb> the best Ideas In green desIgn krIstIn gore kIlls her laWn | saIlIng greece | gossIp gIrl’s eco star

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