Last weekend, April 24 – 26, Big D welcomed the fifth annual Earth Day Texas celebration to our famed Fair Park campus. Spanning some 750,000 square feet of exhibit space, the event drew an estimated 75,000 visitors to explore 1,000 vendors, across countless industries.
Designed to “elevate environmental awareness and influence the way Texans think, live, and work,” Earth Day Texas equaled a sustainably-sourced feast for the eyes, intellect, and appetite. From musicians and dance troupes to sumptuous food samples to innovative new products, there was a discovery suited to every taste. For our part, we sought out some fun, Earth-friendly fashion finds just for you. Read on for the scoop:
4 All Humanity
Kansas-based 4 All Humanity’s Earth Day Texas booth attracted visitors via colorful displays of artistic tees and flowing dresses. A look at its mission statement then revealed that all goods by the young company, founded in 2012, empower global artisans to “hone their craft and change their lives.”
The Akola Project
Dallasite Brittany Merrill Underwood’s Akola Project reaches around the world to train Ugandan women in marketable trades, in order to lift their families out of poverty. Recently featured in People StyleWatch, Akola products include striking horn jewelry, as well as creations in metal, glass, and paper. Woven clutches are also new to the lineup.
Akola Project accessories are available at AkolaProject.org, as well as at 350 retailers nationwide. All profits are reinvested into the organization.
Kick Butt Boots
Among the new finds and friends at Earth Day Texas, we spotted a familiar face in Kat Mendenhall of Kick Butt Boots. As reported here earlier this year, her leather-free, 100% vegan cowboy boots are handmade in El Paso. Mendenhall proclaims that they’re “the most comfortable boots you’ll ever wear.”
Austin Footwear Labs
Last but not least, also in the unexpected kicks department, Austin Footwear Labs debuted its eco-friendly flip-flops at Earth Day Texas. Utilizing “innovative technology and cutting edge design elements,” the sandals are made of recycled tires. Durable and colorful, we also appreciate their attention to detail. For example, a map of Austin is hand-stitched into this pair’s straps.
Four styles are available for both men and women. Hit up AustinFootwear.com for more information and presales.
All images via individual brands.