Banana Republic Green Collection
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Banana Republic Green Collection

Banana Republic is taking a step toward environmental responsibilty. Its Green Collection, which launches April 8, is made with sustainable materials such as organic cotton, soy silk and bamboo — and Spandex. And a knit top has fabric that’s just 5% soy silk. “A year ago, when we started this, we were trying to be super pure about it — have everything be completely organic,” says Alessandra Brunialti, Banana Republic’s vice president of design for women. “And it was becoming too much to do at once. Then our mantra became ‘One step at a time.’ ”

Pictured, elephant T-shirt, $29.50. (Banana Republic)
Short trench, $150, and bamboo-printed scarf, $68. (Banana Republic)
Green scarf, $68. (Banana Republic)
Embroidered tunic, $98. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Denim jacket, $98. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Puff-sleeve dress, $130. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)