Over the past few weeks, the team at Wardrobe Therapy has been contemplating the hows and whys of ethical, sustainable, eco fashion, as well as the topic of supporting local business. What we discovered boggles the mind. And we can honestly say that we will never, ever, shop the same way.
It takes 713 gallons of water to produce just one cotton T shirt, and between 2,900 to 7,000 gallons of water to produce one pair jeans.
Each year, over 90 million items of clothing end up in various land fill sites.
If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned businesses, it would generate more than $40 billion in revenue.
If every family in the New York metro area spent just $10 a month with a locally-owned, independent business instead of a national chain, over $553,831,848* would be directly returned to the New York community.
Founders and BFFs Cara Bartlett and Vanessa van Syl wanted to do something about these issues. So together, they launched Vetta, an ethical, sustainable, eco clothing company, where all the products are made locally.
The Vetta collection of 5 core pieces, does the work of wardrobe shopping for you, and helps you get your closet streamlined; all while doing good things for the environment, and the local economy. Vetta provides a chic solution to the massive environmental waste, caused by fast fashion, worn only for a season and discarded.
The company's first collection allows you to create a month's worth of outfits with only 5 pieces. The items are designed to be long lasting, so you can wear them for years. At $450 for the entire collection, you can get the season's shopping done in a wink. This is the perfect solution for those without the bank account to fill their closet with Stella Mc Cartney, the luxe ethical, vegan, eco fashion brand.
The 30 different looks shown above were created from the company's 5 core pieces. You can personalize the looks with your favorite accessories or by adding your own accent pieces, such as a vegan leather jacket, or add a pop of color with a bright seperate.
The collection is made in the New York fashion district, providing employment to local garment workers, who have been severely impacted by the demise of clothing manufacturing in the USA.
Tencel, the fabric used for the Vetta collection, is a natural fiber that is not only environmentally friendly and sustainable, but requires less water to clean.
Vetta is an inspiring example of how eco fashion translates into quality, value, style, and positive action. By shopping consciously and locally, we can actually contribute to solving some of the world's problems, while dressing beautifully.