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Canadian designer wins eco-friendly fashion award

on Friday,May 07,2010 21:05

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Fashion Takes Action, a Canadian nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable practices in the fashion industry, has announced the winner of its first annual Design Forward award, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.

Nicole Bridger, a Vancouver-based designer who owns a sustainable clothing line, was chosen to receive the award from a pool of 40 nominees. The organization selected finals based on materials used, production, overall design, additional eco-features, accountability and transparency.

Bridger uses environmentally friendly materials such as organic cotton as well as hemp jersey knit to create her garments. Furthermore, her pieces are sewn locally, and she tries to track the origins of all of the fabrics she uses.

The designer will receive free membership with Fashion Takes Action, a supply of sustainable fabric from Quebec-based textile company Telio and an invitation to participate in Nolcha Fashion Week's Ethical Fashion Preview in New York City this September.

Fashion Takes Action officials created the award to recognize the efforts of designers who are "working toward a sustainable fashion future," according to the organization's website.

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