Street Style: Coming Clean

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Phillipe of The Eco Laundry Company
Phillipe is the founder and CEO of The Eco Laundry Company, a global chain of environmentally and socially conscious laundry and dry cleaners. With stores in Buenos Aires and New York City, The Eco Laundry Company’s main goal is to “recreate the laundry industry.”

Part by part, The Eco Laundry Company is trying to deconstruct each area of their business to make it more sustainable. Their stores are build using recycled and organic materials whenever possible. When it comes to actually doing the laundry, they use only non toxic, biodegradable, phosphate free, organic soaps and softeners and their dry cleaning process is both friendly to the environment and to their customers, utilizing Effective Microorganism (EM) technology to ensure that the process is as gentle and healthy as possible for all involved.All of The Eco Laundry Company’s returning customers are given a free organic, unbleached, recycled cotton laundry bag, which is reusable so they can cut down on the amount of plastic waste that is generally part of the industry.

The Eco Laundry Company’s work doesn’t stop at their storefronts. They also encourage customers to reduce their footprint in their homes by offering a water saving tool called the Water Hippo – it’s free to anyone who will commit to installing one. In addition, their Buenos Aires store is a recycling drop off point for the local community

Phillipe believes in buying clothes that last, and choosing classic timeless pieces that aren’t likely to go in and out of fashion. “If clothes are taken care of in the right way, they can last an incredibly long time. I would always encourage people to treat their clothes as though they expect them to last a lifetime.”

Scarf (by Belinda Billinghurst, hand knit in Melbourne)

“This scarf was hand knitted 15 years ago by Belinda Billinghurst, a dear friend from Melbourne. She sent it to London when I first moved there to keep me warm. It was such a beautiful gesture. It’s made from a combination of exquisite wools and is by far the most unique and chic piece that I own.”

Slippers (by Vincent, handmade in Buenos Aires)

“I’m a big fan of buying locally produced items, so when I’m in Buenos Aires I buy locally made, and these beautiful slippers are an example of some of the quality craftsmanship that Argentina has to offer.”

Jacket (by Gstar, been in his closet for 16 years and is just as relevant now as it was then)

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