Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
Combine the energy of high school girls with the wisdom and direction of consumer safety advocate advocate Judi Shills and voila, you get Teens Turning Green. This rapidly growing network of teens is doing its part to educate the community and has been featured in magazines like Teen Vogue and Seventeen. Their first order of business; make prom night green. When they asked us to help by designing some custom green prom looks, we were more than happy to heed the call. Read the full story to see the looks and read more about Teens Turning Green and Project Green Prom.
We donated two dresses for the Green Prom event, one which we carry in the line and another that was custom made just for the event. You can see Rose starting to sew the custom look here (mind the gloves – it was about December when she did this).
This dress was made entirely of our fabulous hemp jersey fabric. We thought it’d be the perfect fabric for prom since it’s stretchy, soft and sophisticated. We designed it with a silver embroidered brocade at the center front chest and a cute halter neckline.
Teens Turning Green spokesgirl Erin Schrode models the finished look on the Project Green Prom website
Our hemp-silk party dress is also a supreme green look with it’s cute cap sleeves and belt.
The Teens Turning Green Team of Judy and her daughter Erin (and friends) made an appearance our trunk show at Eco Citizen in SF. 10% of total sales from the trunk show went to benefit their great non-profit.
More about The Evolution of Teens Turning Green
Judi Shills heard the call of the green while organizing the Marin Cancer Project (which is now called Search for the Cause) which raised money to fund breast cancer research. She learned that environmental toxins are the cause of many diseases, including cancer and wanted to spread the word. With her daughter’s help, they branched out and rallied support for a new organization called “Teens for Safe Cosmetics.” They published pamphlets outlining the “thirty dirty” chemicals to avoid in cosmetics and even went up to Sacramento (looking cute as ever) to get their voices heard. As more and more teens caught on, they wanted to green more than make-up and thus, Teens Turning Green is born. In addition to their ongoing projects, these busy ladies just launched their own cosmetics line in conjunction with Whole Foods. Their story and efforts are truly inspiring and if you want to keep up with all things Teens Turning Green, checkout their website at www.teensturninggreen.org or checkout how to green prom at www.projectgreenprom.com.