Natural Health Conscious Choice Awards

Natural Health Conscious Choice Awards
CONSCIOUS CHOICE WINNERS FASHION

1 TRENDSETTING LABEL Stewart+Brown

Husband–and–wife team Karen Stewart and Howard Brown are known for their hip designs.
Why it's green: The duo set up a fair–trade partnership with Mongolian cashmere herders, and they use a wide range of sustainable fabrics like hemp, organic cotton, and Tencel (wood pulp). This fall, they're introducing yak wool sourced from a co–op in Tibet.
Products we love: The Tencel tunic (shown) from the current spring collection is breezy and flattering; Stewart+Brown's sumptuous cashmere sweaters have playful details like ruffled trim. (stewartbrown.com)

2 OUTDOOR CLOTHIER Patagonia
This ahead–of–the–curve company started making recycled polyester clothes in 1993.
Why it's green: Patagonia's catalogs are printed on recycled paper, and its facility in Ventura, Calif., has its own solar–powered plant. Founder Yvon Chouinard cocreated One Percent for the Planet, a group of businesses that give 1 percent of their sales to environmental nonprofits.
Products we love: Lightweight Capilene baselayers (shown), fleece garments, and other items can be recycled through Patagonia's Common Threads recycling program. (patagonia.com)

3 NATURAL FIBER PIONEER Eileen Fisher
The company has made simple yet elegant clothes from natural materials since 1984.
Why it's green: This season, Eileen Fisher introduced rain jackets made of plastic water bottles, plus new styles of fair–trade sweaters knit by Peruvian artisans. Clothes sewn in China meet strict standards set by the nonprofit group Social Accountability International. And each year, Eileen Fisher awards grants of $10,000 to five women–owned businesses to help them grow.
Products we love: The hemp sweaters for spring (shown) are sheer, versatile, and easy–to–layer. (eileenfisher.com)