Eco-chic fashion trends: Is your LBD made with recycled plastics?
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'Eco-chic' clothing has become a hot fashion trend in recent years - and for good reason. These fashion-forward styles help us look fabulous while doing something fabulous for the environment. For example, eco-friendly clothes and accessories made with recycled plastics now are available in a wider range of styles than ever before, so it's become easier to put together amazing outfits while closing the recycling loop.

Here are a few of the most in-demand styles made with recycled plastics:

Top trends

With the expansion of plastics recycling in recent years, more clothing companies are turning to yesterday's plastics for tomorrow's fashion faves. For example, many jeans companies are offering 'blue' jeans with an added bit of 'green' - fabrics made with recycled plastics that help used packaging live on in your wardrobe.

Bold patterns are a popular look on runways this season - they liven up a palette of more traditional winter colors, such as black, gray and white. One easy way to add some pop to neutrals is with accessories such as a bold print or snakeskin pattern handbag made with recycled plastics. Whether you prefer a classic clutch or something more adventurous, a handbag made with recycled plastics in a vivid pattern can be a simple way to update your winter look while helping to reduce waste.

Bold looks

While leather is a sought-after fashion staple, it's not always budget-friendly, so many designers are turning to faux leather to make this classic look more accessible. It's easier than ever to find this versatile, easy to clean material made with recycled plastics. Whether you prefer fierce or fancy, faux leather made with recycled plastics is helping to shape a wide variety of clothing and accessories. Best of all, these new materials can add a luxurious feel to your look while doing something very real for the environment.

Another of this year's hottest trends is adding a metallic hue such as silver, copper, bronze or gold to outfits. Once reserved for dressy occasions, metallic pieces are refined enough for the office but make a seamless transition to evening. Even better, 'eco-chic' metallic clothing and accessories made with recycled plastics come in everything from jewelry to handbags and from camis to piping on that little black party dress.

Everyday eco-friendly style

Everyone should have a few basic T-shirts in the closet - and it's important to find those that fit well and feel good against the skin. Today's T-shirts made with recycled plastics are surprisingly soft, and the durability of plastics helps them last a long time. Best of all, T-shirts made with recycled plastics means that used bottles can go on to live another life.

A fleece pullover or jacket also is a great investment for your winter wardrobe. Fleece jackets made with recycled plastics have been growing in popularity since they were introduced in the 1990s to make cozy, cold weather gear. The lightweight recycled plastic fabrics minimize bulk without compromising warmth - two things to love while showing love for the environment.

And finally, a bold scarf can be the perfect addition to a simple ensemble, plus keep you looking hot and feeling warm even in the cold. It's now easier than ever to find stylish scarves made with soft, durable fabrics that contain recycled plastics.

Plastic fabrics and materials have long played a forward role in fashion and everyday clothing. And now recycled plastics are leading the way as they become more available in a broad range of coveted styles. Clothing and accessories made with recycled plastics help you keep up with ever-changing fashion trends while keeping the environment in mind - a trend that is here to stay.

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