9 Hollywood Stars Who Cannot Stop Talking About Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable fashion is on the rise and it’s more trendy than ever before! Thanks to celebrities who use their influence and huge social media following to promote better alternatives to fast fashion. These Hollywood actresses never miss an opportunity to talk about the benefits of a fashion industry that is kinder to humans, animals, and the environment. Looking for new role models? You should definitely consider these amazing ladies!
Emma Watson is the first celebrity that comes to mind when talking about sustainable fashion. She uses social media to educate her fans about social and environmental issues, but she also leads by example.
She wears and promotes sustainable brands all the time in her daily life and on the Red Carpet as well. In 2016 she decided to take action in order to change the industry. She pledged to only wear sustainable fashion on the Red Carpet and she has worked with designers like Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney to create gorgeous sustainable outfits made of recycled plastic bottles and other sustainable, vegan materials.
In addition to sustainability, Emma Watson is also dedicated to gender equality issues. And as we know, most people who work in the fashion industry are underpaid women. The British actress knows that if we’re true feminists, and we want to achieve real gender equality, we should support ethical brands that don’t exploit women.
In 2017 Anne Hatheway has also decided to join the Red Carpet Green Dress challenge and only wore sustainable outfits to her press tour for the film Colossal. She attended the premiere in a vintage Armani Prive dress.
According to her personal stylist, the actress is already addicted to vintage shopping. It’s a great way to reduce one’s environmental footprint, so they decided to include more vintage items in her work wardrobe as well. They also reused designer pieces from earlier collections for the press tour to get more out of those rarely-worn items.
Clueless star, Alicia Silverstone is a true vegan-, human rights-, and eco-activist. When buying clothes, she always looks for second-hand options first to minimize textile waste. She loves The RealReal (affiliate link) for vintage and second-hand designer finds. If not buying second-hand, she makes sure the item was made with sustainable and vegan materials.
On her blog, the kind life, Alicia Silverstone writes about veganism and a healthy lifestyle, she shares her favorite recipes, interviews other vegans, and even talks about ethical fashion. It is definitely worth checking out!
Olivia Wilde is the co-founder of Conscious Commerce, a company that works with global brands such as H&M, Alternative Apparel, and Maiyet to integrate social consciousness into their business model.
The actress collaborated with H&M to create their Conscious Collection and their textile recycling program in 2016. She wore a T-shirt and a skirt from this collection to the Elle Style Awards to promote a more sustainable style on the red carpet.
Recently she created a capsule collection with ThredUp, the online consignment store, that promotes buying and wearing second-hand clothes.
The actress herself likes to wear a lot of second-hand and vintage items. Otherwise, she buys from brands that invest in sustainability. Whether second-hand or sustainable, these clothes have more interesting stories than average clothes according to íolivia Wilde.
Lily Cole started her career as a model at 14 but moved on to become an actress and environmental activist a couple of years later. As a model, she had learned about the supply chain in the fashion industry and its impact on the environment. She had even lost modeling gigs because she didn’t want to wear fur on the runway as a vegetarian, the actress told in this BBC interview.
But the fashion industry is slowly changing and she thinks sustainability is becoming sexier.
Even though Lily Cole thinks sustainable fashion is an oxymoron because fashion is all about changing trends, she still believes it’s important to think about the full life-cycle of our clothing: how was it made, and how will it be reused or recycled.
Her sustainable sunglasses brand, Wires, co-founded with her designer friend Yair Neuman wants you to keep your unique pairs for a lifetime. The cool designs are made using a single piece of handcrafted wire and a 3D-printed rim in a way that creates a lot less waste than regular shades.
The actress/environmental activist has collaborated with dozens of brands. She created a sustainable fashion line with House of Holland to draw attention to plastic pollution and a cruelty-free makeup collection with The Body Shop just to mention a few.
Lily Cole is also a co-founder of impossible.com a website that aims to create social change and solve meaningful problems using technology. They’re making awesome stuff!
Rooney Mara is another voice for the animals and a promoter of vegan fashion in Hollywood. The actress is engaged to actor, Joaquin Phoenix who is also known for his vegan activism.
The actress went vegan eight years ago and since then she removed all animal-based materials (leather, wool, silk) from her wardrobe. however, she has found it hard to find a replacement for these items, and that’s when the idea of Hiraeth has born.
Hiraeth is a conscious vegan fashion line founded by Rooney Mara and her childhood friends Sara Schloat and Chrys Wong. The collection is absolutely gorgeous and it reflects the actress’s romantic-gothic style. The pieces are made sustainably and are made to last:
“Our goal is to make something really beautiful, thoughtful, and classic that you can keep in your wardrobe for a long time.”
Mara buys a lot of second-hand and vintage clothing herself, and these items had a huge influence on her collection.
Rosario Dawson is the co-founder of the ethical fashion line, Studio 189. The brand makes beautiful clothing in Ghana by empowering local artisans and using eco-friendly materials. Their aim is to create social change in the developing world and to share the stories of the people who make the clothes. They’ve recently won the CFDA Lexus Fashion Initiative for Sustainability.
Following the trend that Anne Hathaway has started, Cate Blanchett has also re-worn an Armani Prive dress at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It’s the same stunning dress she had worn to the 2014 Golden Globes. The actress stated in an interview:
“From couture to T-shirts, landfill is full of garments that have been unnecessarily discarded. Particularly in today’s climate, it seems willful and ridiculous that such garments are not cherished and re-worn for a lifetime.”
According to her stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, there’s a stigma around re-wearing clothing which is completely unrealistic. The actress and her stylist are trying to find ways to repurposing clothing and promoting a more sustainable style.