Allegheny College alumna receives notoriety for eco-friendly fashions


Sustainability has become a corner of many growing industries. For instance, many designers are utilizing environmentally-friendly materials in their fashions. Bonnie Siefers, an alumna of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, has been highlighted in the media for her eco-conscious designs, which boast style as well as a reduced carbon footprint.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Siefers graduated from Allegheny with a degree in art and religion. After earning a master's degree in international studies, she worked as an artist and product designer in Paris, Stockholm and Los Angeles, the news source reports.

Upon her return to Pittsburgh she received help from local nonprofits to launch her fashion line, which has received many rave reviews. Her fall 2009 BLOOM Collection was highly regarded by Women's Wear Daily, and her designs were featured at the Sundance Film Festival and its Red Carpet Green Room Gifting Suite as well as in the MTV Movie Awards swag bag in 2009, according to the media outlet.

"I like to choose things that are grown organically not just because it's healthier for me, but also for the environment and the workers who have to breathe those pesticides," she told the news provider.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that overall employment of fashion designers will increase over the next several years.

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