Earth Day, April 22, means different things to different people: a chance to plant some seedlings; a call to activism; the time to actually make that New Year’s resolution compost heap.

But to many fashion people, it mostly means an inbox clogged with emails trumpeting “green is the new black,” and celebrating “100 percent vegan handbags, backpacks and clutches,” or “10 percent eco-friendly dyes and materials,” or other such initiatives demonstrating the industry’s environmental awareness and progress — as embodied by stuff you can buy.

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