L *Space by Monica Wise is well known in Hollywood for its chic swimwear, often sported by celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz and Lindsay Lohan. Wise is taking her creations one-step further by creating an eco line set to launch Spring 2010. The collection “Slinky,” is made from the renewable resource Sarona fiber, a natural starch in corn kernels. Furthermore, the production process used reduces green house emissions harmful to the environment.

“I felt that it was time to be a little more conscious and consider the effect our business and purchases have on the environment,” Wise said.

In addition, L *Space is partnering with humanitarian fashion label OmniPeace, well knwon for its logo of the outline of Africa underneath a two-fingered peace sign. OmniPeace’s goal is to end hunger in Africa, promote peace, education, human rights, and to end extreme poverty by 2025. The bathing suits in “Slinky” show their commitment to OmniPeace with clasps and hardware embossed with the symbol.

L *Space will also show their support by donating 20 percent of its profits from the line to the organization to be spread out among charities in Africa supporting humanitarian relief.

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Sweet Skins is owned by mother of three, Mira Fannin who started the company 5 years ago selling at the Saturday Market in Eugene Oregon. Now, Sweet Skins has developed into a full eco friendly clothing line. Fabrics that are used include eco-fleece, hemp, organic cottons and wool. Dyes are low impact and fabric scraps are reused. Clothes can be bought online or at these boutiques around the country.

Mira’s goal is to create clothes for women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds while at the same time encouraging socal responsibility among youth. “We want to be a role model for future companies and for young people from diverse backgrounds,” says Mira.

A lot of the companies you read about on here you probably have never heard of before, but American Apparel is definitely becoming a household name. Whether you love them, hate them, think the clothes are overpriced or too simple, one thing that cannot be denied is that they are one of a handful of American clothing brands that take significant measures to create ethical garments.

Here’s how they do it:

Recycling: Remnants of fabric are reused to create as little waste as possible. Often scraps are turned into yarn for new garments or used for cleaning.

Energy and Water Efficiency:
American Apparel has implemented daylight-harvesting technology in the factories which saves over a million kilowatt hours of energy each year.

Sourcing: Catalogs are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with non-toxic inks. American Apparel is also in the early stages of incorporating sustainable fabrics such as recycled polyester into their line.

Renewable Energy: The roof of the factory in Los Angeles has a state-of-the-art solar panel installation which generates 150 kilowatts of clean, renewable power, about 15% of their energy needs.

Organic cotton:
The American Apparel Organic Collection comes from the most popular styles made from 100% USDA Certified Organic and pesticide-free cotton.

American Apparel has also made a huge commitment and contribution to the communities in LA. Unlike many other companies, American Apparel doesn’t use offshore labor and employs close to 5,000 workers in the Los Angeles downtown area. Furthermore, the average sewing operator makes more than $12 an hour with full benefits and ESL training.

Yes, the clothes at American Apparel are expensive, but it can’t be denied that they are ahead of most American clothing companies in their commitment to ethical fashion in the present as well as their interest in finding new ways to do their part for the future.

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Malia Designs was founded by Lia Valerio and Maria Forres Opdycke after independent trips to Southeast Asia both saw the necessity of helping women in the region develop a means of providing an income for their families and being independent. Sexual slavery and human trafficking in the region was, and still is, rampant and Lia and Maria wanted to provide a safe way for women to make a living.

The products at Malia Designs help put the power back in the hands of the women in Cambodia and Vietnam as they are given useful skills to carry them through life while at the same time earning a living from the handcrafted bags and accessories sold in the US.

All Malia Design products are created by non-profit organizations who employ people in developing countries. Malia also donates a portion of profits to local and international non-profit organizations fighting human trafficking. Human trafficking is a $10 billion illegal trade affecting almost one million people a year.

Malia Designs can be bought online or at local retailers

creates eco friendly wedding dresses also works with brides to custom make their gown.

Dsenyo creates handcrafted accessories from Malawi. Founder Marissa Perry Saints founded Dsenyo in 2008 after working in Malawi. Dsenyo’s mission is to create jobs for women and artisans in Africa. Designs include handbags, headbands, wallets, greeting cards, belts and jewelry. All Dsenyo purses are made from sustainable fibers such as hemp and organic cotton.