Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sustainable Passion for Fashion

1101 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL, 60607
Entrance on Aberdeen Street

Opened in 2007, Pivot is Chicago’s first boutique devoted to eco-fashion. All of the designers that Pivot carries use organic or sustainable materials and processes to create chic clothing, accessories and gifts. That means that the clothes are made of eco-smart fibers like organic cotton, bamboo and soy, as well as recycled materials, which lower fashion’s impact on the environment while making high-impact fashion statements. Added bonus: Many of the fibers are anti-bacterial, contain zero or few chemicals, breathe better and simply feel better against your skin, making them a great option for sensitive skin.

Pivot also strives to utilize eco-friendly and sustainable business practices including:

  • Fixtures designed and built by local artist Joshua Height of Brickermade. Height uses recycled materials to create unique custom furniture.
  • A zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint purchased locally at Greenmaker Building Supply for the air supply
  • CFL lightbulbs (compact fluorescent lightbulbs)
  • Shopping bags with 50% post consumer recycled fibers and reuse of all packaging that received with clothing shipments. If you bring your own bag — even better!

Pivot donates 1% of its profits to Growing Home, a local organization that provides job training and creates employment opportunities for homeless and low-income people in Chicago within the context of a non-profit organic agriculture business.

Seriously, it's a win-win situation.

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