want to be sustainable?

Eco-minded fashonistas rejoice! This year, there are more sustainable fashion options than ever. Bracelets made of vegetables, necklaces that used to be wine bottles and watches made of wood are all emerging options for those that want to wear accessories made of a sustainable material. Leave the cheap plastic accessories behind and check out these awesome options.

Papaya FruitYou can now wear beets and cabbage on your wrist and still rock the runway. Some designers have begun to create colorful designs from dried fruits and vegetables. These paper-thin layers are then applied to a copper cuff. The result is a colorful cuff that looks like stained-glass in a cathedral. The best part? The colors are beets, cabbage and papaya! Designers are currently working to expand to type of fruits and vegetables used to create more colors and designs.

If you prefer to not wear food on your person, there are sustainable fashion accessories that use re-purposed materials instead. Some companies are fashioning reclaimed wood into gorgeous watches. Not only is wood more sustainable than the typical silicone watchband, a couple of wood watch companies are pledging to plant a tree for each watch sold. Old wine bottles are also making an appearance in sustainable fashion, as glass pendants on necklaces. The glass pendants seem like a great use for your finished bottles of Syrah.

Even leather is receiving an eco-makeover. A recent winner of the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion developed Amadou mushroom skin as an alternative material for leather. It’s totally vegetarian and still looks fabulous. It joins the ranks of other eco-friendly and animal-friendly leather alternatives, such as barkcloth (made of the bark of the Mutuba tree) and cork (typically used in belts).

AdidasWhile many of these options are from smaller companies, some larger corporations are also offering sustainable fashion accessories. Adidas recently released a pair of shoes made of a bio-engineered yarn, similar to spider-silk. Not only does the yarn require less energy than plastics to create, it won’t sit in a landfill for years. Instead, after a 2-year lifespan, athletes can throw their shoes in the sink with an enzyme. The bio-engineered yarn will break down and can be flushed down the sink. How cool is that? The sole of shoe remains afterward, but the yarn is a technological leap in the direction of sustainable fashion.

From high-tech shoes to wooden watches, sustainable fashion accessories options are rapidly expanding. Not only are these items made of sustainable materials, many of them are also less energy-intensive to manufacture than their plastic alternatives.