Sustainable fashion in Costa Rica : from wooden shoes, recycled plastic fabrics, to carbon neutral leather bags | La Nación
Andrea Belén : fabrics made with plastic captured from the sea
With Etérea, every piece of clothe, accessory and shoe we make is eco-friendly. Andrea Belén, designer and leader of this national brand explains that the leather they use is carbon neutral certified; linen and cotton are 100% natural; also remarkably, the polyester that is used is recycled: “It is made with rubbish collected in the sea: with fish nets and plastic bottles. In addition, this recycled fabric provides 50 sun protection. It is crazy” said Andrea.
With a group of designers, Andrea Belen founded Espacio, a large store where 40 designers from Costa Rican are offering their products. She is also a founding partner of the Dress your Rights foundation, together with Sylvia Arias Penón and Diana Trejos. The foundation aims at creating positive social impacts through 3 areas: promotion of the Slow Fashion movement (Conscious Fashion); the paradigm of environmental and social sustainability in the fashion industry; gender equality, economic inclusion and social support to small and craft businesses, mostly women.
We are grateful to the La Nación newspaper for this article promoting our environmental and social impact.
Photo : Andre Belén from Etérea using designs manufactured from recycled plastic fabrics.