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Eco brands and Air New Zealand bringing consciousness to the environment

Earth Day, a movement that was begun back in 1970 even before people were really truly concerned with the environment will be celebrated this year on April 22. There are many different ways to celebrate this day and how you can improve your footprint on our planet.

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One way to see how your actions are affecting the Earth is to visit Earth Day Network where you can take a simple footprint quiz where you can measure your impact on the Earth and what you can do to improve your actions. Last year, Air New Zealand launched a global search to find an environmental enthusiast to share the wonders of the Antarctic frozen continent. Two people, Australian student filmmaker Marli Lopez-Hope and Kiwi ‘outdoorsman’ Michael Armstrong were selected to travel to Antarctica on assignment with Air New Zealand. Together they were deployed to Antarctica in January where they assisted National Geographic Jason Edwards to capture life on the ice and to help draw worldwide attention to the environment in Antarctica and to help us understand the effects of climate changes and new ways to preserve our planet for future generations to come. To view the video just click here to go to Air New Zealand's YouTube channel or watch the video attached.

Since not all of us can travel to Antarctica to make a change in the world there are other ways that we can help out. Even the littlest effort can make a huge difference. Some companies that make eco friendly products that are also fashionable include:

UrbanHalo who makes one of kind headbands are not only fashionable and on trend but also eco friendly. These no slip, no sweat, no headache inducing headbands are all made here in the USA with sustainable waterless ink.

Titania Inglis, a minimalistic design line creates their garments locally in NY using sustainable fabrics such as Japanese organic cotton, French vegetable-tanned leather, and dead stock wool from New York’s garment industry.

Isabelle Grace Jewelry makes chic eco conscious pieces that are made in the USA by local artisans and use as much recycled metals as possible. Since everything is hand made there's no mass production and no assembly lines.

Alabama Chanin makes all their items locally in Florence, AL where they use a combination of new, organic and recycled materials to make everything from lifestyle items to wedding dresses.

Awamaki Lab works in partnership with the Peruvian non profit Awamaki that is dedicated to providing impoverished Quechua women weavers by bringing young designers to Peru and working side by side with these women in artisan cooperatives and all profits are used to help the women weavers and seamstresses to develop sustainable income for themselves.

Run Run Run offers eco friendly totes to take with you on the go when shopping or hitting the farmer's market with your family. The bags contain one large pocket and a small cell phone pocket also so you don't have to carry any extra purse or use wasteful plastic bags.

Study NY uses organic cotton, linens, hand dyed fabrics and recycled materials. All their products are made locally in NY and the creator, Tara St. James is also the Fashion Director of The Uniform Project, a fund raising platform that uses sustainable designs to raise money for underprivileged children.

For more information on other eco friendly fashion brands and labels just visit Fashionista by clicking here.

To learn more about Marli and Micheal’s journey to the Antarctica visit Air New Zealand by clicking here or on Twitter by following #VoiceForAntarctica or @FlyAirNZ.

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