Fashion magazines becoming a luxury you can’t afford in this economic downturn? Thanks both to the popularity of the blogosphere and the enviro-trend against printing on paper, news on eco-fashion trends and tips are free for the reading online. Top four best sites to help you stay on top of the green fashion trends are:

Thread. Subtitled “fashion without victim,” Thread’s BBC’s own eco-fashion zine with both sleek design and content — which includes videos from the BBC Three series. The latest issue seems to cover it all, with articles titled “The new A to Z of fashion” and “The history of eco fashion.”

Eco Fashion World. A magazine as well as a full-blown site with blogs, guides, and TV interviews, EFW says its goal is to “keep you green, gorgeous and growing with a comprehensive ecofashion finder of the greatest brands, shops and resources around the globe.” Visit the site to find out what’s happening in Paris, Berlin, New York, and beyond.

Ethical Style. The latest issue of this e-zine explores everything from the oxymoron of “ethical consumerism” to the inner workings of the secondhand clothing industry. The site’s a bit confusing to navigate at first — you have to click on the “gift tag” images to get to the articles — but once you figure it out, you’ll keep coming back because the articles are always stylish — and eco-smart too.

Coco Eco. This fashion zine features glam green fashion shoots, features on eco-friendly beauty products, profiles on green boutiques, and short interviews with environmentalists in the beauty and fashion world. If you need a few pieces to add to your eco-wardrobe, the back pages have all the details on where to pick up the fashion pieces you saw in the mag’s pages.

Photo: Organic cotton dress courtesy BTC Elements

Eco-fashion zines -- free!
Read up on the latest green fashion trends in these four glam green e-magazines.