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Ecoluxury Infant Clothes Designer: Jennifer Murphy for Chapter One Organics

The competition for Best Eco-luxury Infant Clothes Designer ended September, but last-minute nominations came rolling in. To expand awareness of exceptional green designers, this fashion category of nominations continues.

Meet Jennifer Murphy. She is a Chicago resident who lives with her husband, daughter, and son. They hold a family passion for farm animals and the future of our environment. Jennifer’s mission is to improve the lives of others through her talents, creativity, intuition and knowledge. She produces modern fun baby and toddler clothes from sustainable fabrics.Jennifer not only designs for her clothing company, Chapter One Organics, she collaborates with a U.S. manufacturer that trains women facing significant barriers to employment. The women learn sewing skills, earn a living wage, attain productive work habits, establish careers, and begin their “Chapter One.”

One of the manufacturer’s teaching sites is at a minimum security prison in the Midwest. There hope subsist for a green future job. The manufacturer also hires women outside the prison system who possess minimal skills for a career. The poverty-breaking program enables those women to care for themselves and their families. As one can imagine, Jennifer loves being part of a program that does so much good as the demand for her designs increases.

Jennifer began her fashion passion at a young age. She served on a fashion advisory board and modeled for a department store in high school. In college she dabbled in design. She spent many years fine tuning business management skills with a long stint in retail management. Those life experiences led to the formation of her impressive designs and company.

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Written by Delia Montgomery

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design."

Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers.

From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases!

My other forte is connecting suppliers with business-to-business tools. Aspects of my business vary with consulting services while I'm proud to be the aide that embraces unique and innovative gigs.

I'm originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here.

Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style.

In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.

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