Spring trends

Did you read my last article, Spring's Ride or Die Styles? To sum it up, spring 2019 trends consist of animal print, cowboy chic, and the continuation of neon. However, one trend I failed to mention was the sustainability phenomenon that's sweeping the nation — and the world.

Recently, more and more people, companies, and brands are realizing that we are, for lack of better words, in deep sh*t here. The only planet we have is slowly dying, taking animals, greenery, and possibly even us with it. Since its invention in the 1950s, there has been roughly 8.3 billion tons of plastic produced. With plastic taking about 1,000 years to decompose, that means that every. single. piece. of plastic ever created is still on this planet. Only 9% of that plastic has been recycled, 12% burned, and the rest (79%) has landed up in landfills or in our environment.

That is CRAZY.

What's even crazier is that 150 million metric tons of that plastic is currently floating around in our oceans. There is so much plastic in the ocean, that a giant patch of plastic has formed in the Pacific Ocean, gaining the name: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This "patch" really isn't a patch at all. In fact, this garbage heap is 600,000 square miles and is estimated to be two times the size of Texas.

This issue of climate change and the way that plastic and consumerism is harming the country is of utmost importance. So much so, that our dear friend and favorite science teacher, Bill Nye the Science Guy, had to make an appearance on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. During this debut, Bill had some explicit things to say about climate change and his opinion on how to correct our mistakes.

Plastic isn't the only thing harming our Earth. CO2 emissions are seriously affecting our atmosphere.

Although some people don't even think about it, the fashion industry, specifically the fast fashion industry, is one of the biggest contributors to carbon dioxide emissions. In 2016, 8% of the carbon dioxide pollution was due to the apparel and footwear industries.

So what are companies, fashion, and commercial, going to do about it and how?

Well, I'm sure most of your local Starbucks now offer those lids that don't require straws. This is a step in the right direction, however, it's almost laughable how many straws I still see in those cups! Other companies like Amazon and eco-friendly coffee shops sell metal reusable straws, which again, is a great step. However, plastic straws only make up about 4% of the plastic pollution on our planet – so cute metal straws won't really save us.

What will save us is innovation and dedication. And that's what these following companies are currently achieving.

First up is Adidas. The infamous sports- and athleisurewear company has teamed up with Willow Smith to promote their first 100% recycled and recyclable shoe. The Futurecraft.Loop sneaker is Adidas' newest sustainable project, with inspiration stemming from their first sustainable shoe, Parley, named after project partner, Parley for the Oceans. The Adidas X Parley shoe consists of a fully recycled upper part made from recycled plastic that has been yarn spun. As for the Futurecraft.Loop sneaker, its release date is estimated for Spring/Summer 2021. This shoe will be entirely made of recycled plastics from the ocean, as well as be completely recycled – again. That's right; the finished product will also be completely recyclable with the opportunity to be made into more shoes.

Up next is Vans. This company, in its conception, was geared towards the youth of skating America. Now, after over 50 years of making shoes, the Vans style is iconic and for just about anyone. Geared towards tweens and mid-20-year-olds, Vans has a youthful consumer demographic. Being so, this company sees the problems that are sure to come to our future youth. Their first step was creating their Green Sole project. This project focuses on reducing waste at their new headquarters in Costa Mesa, California, and implementing more LEED Platinum certified buildings around the U.S.

Even though the company is trying to reform its headquarters and other operational buildings, these locations only make up for 10% of their total environmental impact. The other 90% comes from the production of their products. This prompted Vans to change the way that they create their products.

Since 2014, Vans has been sourcing from Better Cotton Initiative: an organization that improves the cotton and livelihoods of the people and countries that cotton is produced in. By 2025, Vans hopes to source 100% sustainable cotton, increasing from the current 48%.

In addition to these initiatives, just like Adidas, Vans is starting to create recycled shoes. Their P.E.T Authentic shoes are their iconic low top style Vans that contain 100% recycled lining, metal eyelets, and rubber waffle outsoles.

If you're still buying Hollister or American Eagle jeans, STOP. Instead, turn to Levi's. Did you know that to create a single pair of jeans it takes over 2,000 gallons of water from growing the cotton to dyeing the fabric? That's why Levi's decided to come out with its Water<Less™ denim line. This line of jeans uses 96% less water than regular jeans and they're about the same price as their normal jeans.

So, instead of buying from those fast-fashion websites that are rarely ever free trade certified (signifying that working conditions and the making of the garments is ethical) or even sustainable in any way, buy from one of these sites, or the many more that are eco-friendly or sustainable. It's not only important but crucial for the future of our planet.

Hopefully, this new trend will catch on and companies will compete to see who is the greenest company rather than fighting to see who has the cutest midi skirts this season.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Swoon

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

We have all been there. Mindlessly scrolling through social media and then we see that post. We see someone we once saw a future with creating it with someone else. However this time it was really different. A lot of times when we say we are happy for someone we don't really mean it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Samuel Branch on Unsplash

Affirmations affirm beliefs that we are in need of strengthening. They help up to focus on goals that we are striving for or on a powerful part of ourselves that we need a little reminder is within us.

They specifically focus on positive outcomes or belief systems that we're working to solidify, rather than solely focusing action on eradicating something "bad" or "wrong" from your life.

Keep Reading... Show less

About a year ago, I began my own fitness journey. Growing up, I had played soccer and kept busy, but after an injury cut my soccer career short I suddenly became very inactive. It took years of misfires before I finally found a new active passion for weight lifting. Getting started is never easy, and setting up for success is the best plan of action to assist anyone in your life who is thinking about starting their own journey. These are a few items you can gift for the fitness rookie in your life:

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

Nordstrom's Biggest Sale Has The Most Legendary Deals On Luxury Beauty Brands We've Ever Seen

Counting down the days to the Chanel box set gracing my front door.

I oftentimes (excessively) use the excuse of my job as a writer to justify my excessive spending habits.

I needed the new Huda Beauty palette before anyone else in the name of journalistic integrity. It was my job to test out the new Francis Kurkdjian fragrance to make sure I could tell people whether or not it was truly worth the splurge (it was).

Keep Reading... Show less

Some people are so good at downplaying their sadness that even they don't realize how much they do it. When you ask them how they are they will always say that they are good, even when they aren't. They exhaust themselves by plastering an energetic and carefree persona in the spaces that you watch them in because at least to you they can control how they appear. They can pretend to be the happy person they want to be when everyone is telling them how funny and bubbly they are all the time.

Keep Reading... Show less

Mental health is not an easy endeavor. It's not a fad. It's not a bandwagon that you can hop on and off of whenever you want to. Your yearly dose of sadness is not depression. I'm not here to define what depression — or anxiety, or any other type of mental health issue looks like — but I will tell you what it's not.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Sonnie Hiles on Unsplash

Whether it's dealing with a global pandemic or getting fired from your job, the fear of not knowing can become consuming if it isn't controlled. Below are some easy ways to take back control and establish a peace of mind.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

My South Asian Roots Inspire My Future Career As Both A Scientist And Journalist — Here's How

Being born to culturally diverse parents, I feel like I have the best of both worlds!

Erikka Chowdhury

To all of those who don't know me, I'm an American girl with South Asian parents who have carved their own niche as immigrants in the USA.

Keep Reading... Show less

The beaches are starting to open up. At least in Cape Cod, where my family and I were able to vacation this week. Near our house, we have a bit of a private beach, which is great.

Keep Reading... Show less

I sometimes look back at the days when I had anorexia and think to myself what would have happened if I had taken another bite? Nowadays, I spend days dreading over my figure and wondering if the old sundresses and outfits even fit. I tell myself that they do, but I feel like reality holds a different truth.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments