Best of Ecouterre: 7 Unlikely Eco-Fashion Advocates

Nelson Mandela Clothing

+ Nelson Mandela...ethical fashion designer? The Nobel Peace Prize winner and anti-apartheid icon is debuting 46664 Apparel to fund the Nelson Mandela Foundation's charitable efforts, as well as bolster South Africa's lagging textile and clothing industry.

+ Oddly enough, Mandela isn't the first Nobel winner to turn fashion designer. Archbishop Demond Tutu guest-designed a sweater for Lutz & Patmos in 2009.

+ Actress Katie Holmes will always be Joey Potter from Dawson's Creek in our hearts, but the third Mrs. Tom Cruise is also half of Holmes & Yang, a new fashion label made almost entirely in New York City's Garment District. + My oh my oh, Hermione! British ingenue Emma Watson has become quite the sustainable designer, with eco-friendly collaborations with People Tree and Alberta Ferretti under her belt (or would that be wizarding robe?)

+ British supermodel Lily Cole isn't your average glamourpuss. As co-founder of The North Circular, an ethical knitwear label that uses wool from rescued sheep, Cole is a vocal proponent of a fairer and more sustainable supply chain.

+ Once an actress in her own right, Suzy Amis Cameron is now better known as uber-director James Cameron's lovelier half. Her Red Carpet Green Dress challenge has become an annual occurrence, and she hobnobs regularly with eco-designers like Jeff Garner of Prophetik.

+ Alicia Silverstone (best known for her role as Cher on Clueless) is launching her second collection of eco-friendly beauty accessories for EcoTools, including cosmetics bags made from hemp and recycled PET.

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