Going Green at the Oscars

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about last night’s Oscars, and the actresses that took up Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge.

Now, I’ve written about Ms. Firth several times on this blog; she’s the wife of actor Colin Firth. But she’s also just as well known for her commitment to sustainable fashion.

For the Oscars, Ms. Firth set forth her second Green Carpet Challenge; that is, she challenged her colleagues to only wear gowns and suits made from sustainably sourced or recycled materials.

Although it’s hard to imagine it, the¬†gorgeous¬†Valentino gown she’s wearing on the left there is made from recycled polyester from plastic bottles.

Her husband, Colin Firth, supported his wife’s commitment by “recycling” the same organic wool suit he wore to the 2011 Oscars.

Actress Meryl Streep also took up Ms. Firth’s challenge; her gold gown was made of 100% eco-certified fabric.

Actress Missi Pyle (from The Artist, which I badly want to see!) wore a the winning dress from Suzy Amis Cameron’s “Red Carpet Green Dress” competition. The dress was pale blue, and completely amazing. The dress is made using peace silk (cruelty-free silk), and mineral dyes.

Livia Firth is amazing because not only is she pushing sustainable fashion onto the world stage, she’s also challenging her friends and colleagues to set the example. This is courageous, and hopefully the rest of the world will start to follow in her footsteps. I’d love to see even more green and sustainable dresses and suits on next year’s red carpet!

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