Labor Rights Group Slams H&M for WWF Children's Collection

by , 09/29/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Kids' Eco-Fashion

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The Clean Clothes Campaign has taken H&M to task for launching a new capsule collection for children in support of the World Wildlife Fund. In a statement on Thursday, the international labor-rights group denounced the line of certified-organic-cotton dresses, sweaters, T-shirts, leggings, and trousers, which feature endangered animal species such as the tiger, panda, snow leopard, and polar bear, as marketing chicanery that fails to address the central problems of “fast fashion.” While the garments are a byproduct of an ongoing partnership between the Swedish apparel retailer and the wildlife conservation group to tackle issues such as water pollution and climate change, the Clean Clothes Campaign called for context—and a dose of skepticism.

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Join Life: Zara Debuts First Sustainable Fashion Collection

by , 09/28/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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Sarah Jessica Parker Teases U.S.A.-Made Little Black Dress Line

by , 09/28/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities

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All those years playing Carrie Bradshaw on television’s Sex and the City have clearly rubbed off on Sarah Jessica Parker. After launching a fall collection of shoes, plus a brand-new fragrance, the actress-entrepreneur and style icon is taking on the business of clothing, specifically a classic wardrobe staple you can’t go wrong with. Twirling in a full-skirted frock on Instagram, Parker announced SJP LBD, a line of little black dresses “designed by [her], all made proudly in the U.S.A.” The first “surprise” silhouette, she said, will debut next month exclusively at Bloomingdales, with more to follow “soon thereafter.” Carrie herself would be proud.

 

Sealtech: A Fabric That Repairs Itself With Just a Touch

by , 09/27/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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SEALTECH \sē(ə)lˈtek\

n. 1: A lightweight, water-resistant nylon ripstop that heals itself of minor punctures with the application of heat and friction. 2 a: Developed by Canada’s Herschel Supply Co., based on a similar technology used in the outdoor industry. b: Available in the form of two bags: the “Lawson” backpack and the “Sutton” duffel. 3: Provides an additional layer of durability to items that endure the daily grind, particularly those that carry pens, keys, or other sharp objects.

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Adidas Debuts First Shoe Made Almost Completely by Robots

 

Sweden Wants to Reduce Waste by Giving Tax Breaks for Repairs

by , 09/26/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Photo by Christopher Bulle

Fix a faulty zipper? Or patch up a rip in a jacket? If you live in Sweden, these simple acts of repair could result in a lower tax bill. In a bid to reduce materials consumption, the country’s ruling Social Democrat and Green party coalition has proposed tax breaks on repairs for everything from bicycles to footwear. In plans drawn up for the fall budget, Swedish officials suggested dropping, from 25 percent to 12 percent, the value-added tax on getting these items fixed. A second proposal will allow Swedes to claim back on their income tax up to half the labor costs of fixing appliances such as washing machines, fridges, dishwashers, and stoves.

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Volunteers Recycle Over 52,000 Plastic Bags Into Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

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Photo by Bob Donaldson for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A group of women in Tennessee have transformed more than 52,000 used plastic bags into waterproof sleeping mats for the local homeless population. Hailing mostly from the Second Baptist Church in Union City, the self-described “Bag Ladies” came into being in January 2015 when a man told the congregation about homeless people sleeping along the Mississippi River. The process of making the mats can be addictive, said Janice Akin, a member of the group. “It gets to the point that you do two or three and you say, ‘Hey, I’m actually making a difference in someone’s life,’ and you want to do more,” she told WGNTV.com. The process of creating the beds is simple, if involved. It starts with cutting the bags into strips, then tying those strips together to make balls of plastic yarn—or “plarn,” as the ladies call them. The Bag Ladies then crochet the “plarn” into 3-by-6-foot beds.

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Emma Watson Teams Up With Eco-Retailer Zady on Sustainable UN Wardrobe

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Photo by Brendan McDremit for Reuters

Emma Watson did more than give an impassioned speech before the 71st United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. She also let her wardrobe do some of the talking. The effect was a subtle, if powerful, one. Wearing a “fully sustainable” black turtleneck and camel pencil skirt, the Harry Potter actress and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador telegraphed her passion for justice, integrity, and gender equality without, as it were, a single word. Watson had approached Zady, an ethical online retailer with its own private label, to create the outfit, which is part of a broader capsule collection to be unveiled over the coming months. Cut, sewn, and knit in California and New York City, the custom pieces feature silk from a cooperative in India, wool from a sixth-generation Oregonian ranch with sustainable roots, and woven goods from a family-run mill in Italy that runs on solar power.

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Tom Ford is "Repulsed" by Our Consumer Culture—And His Contributions to It

by , 09/21/16   filed under: Quotes

“I struggle with the fact that I helped create this contemporary consumer culture. And at the same time, I’m repulsed by it, disturbed by it. The reality is we are all actual humans, we live in a material world where material beauty brings us a certain level of enjoyment in our lives, but we can’t let it overtake that. …

You love pretty things, but the most important things in your life are not the pretty things, I would suspect, [but] the people. …

I think in our material culture—not to use the world ‘throwaway’ too much, but we do. This isn’t working, go get rid of it. That person isn’t working, you fire them. If it’s your husband or wife, divorce them. Because we’re told in our culture that if you have all of these material things, you’re going to be happy.”

—Designer Tom Ford speaking to Vanity Fair on September 13 about helping “create” consumer culture and why he’s repulsed and disturbed by it.

 

Wair: World's Scarf to Filter Pollution, Monitor Air Quality in Real Time

Wair: World's Scarf to Filter Pollution, Monitor Air Quality in Real Time

What if a scarf could neutralize harmful emissions that you breath in on your commute to work? After a particularly polluted ride to work through Paris, Caroline van Renterghem founded…

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Cambridge Satchel Co., Melissa Launch Vegan-Friendly, Recyclable Bags

Cambridge Satchel Co., Melissa Launch Vegan-Friendly, Recyclable Bags

Britain’s Cambridge Satchel Co. has teamed up with the good folks at Melissa to create a cruelty-free version of the former’s signature cross-body carryall, which is…

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Livia Firth Unveils World's First Biodegradable Mannequin, Derived From Sugarcane

Livia Firth Unveils World's First Biodegradable Mannequin, Derived From Sugarcane

On Sunday, as Hollywood’s finest strutted along the red carpet for the annual Emmy Awards, their counterparts across the pond cut a rug of a different hue. A joint endeavor…

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Felder Felder Eco-Friendly Dress is Basically 97 Percent Car

Felder Felder Eco-Friendly Dress is Basically 97 Percent Car

DRIVEWAY TO RUNWAY The “fully sustainable” textile, which is not yet available to fashion designers in significant quantities, was created in the same…

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Sneaker Made With Carbon Emissions is a "Shoe Without a Footprint"

Sneaker Made With Carbon Emissions is a "Shoe Without a Footprint"

We recycle metal, plastic, paper, so why not carbon dioxide? That’s the question that NRG Energy posed to the audience on Wednesday at New York Fashion Week, where the utility…

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Lightweight Wearable Tech Transforms Body Heat into Electricity

Lightweight Wearable Tech Transforms Body Heat into Electricity

Imagine a future where working up a sweat not only does your body good, but it’ll also keep your favorite devices humming. That’s the goal of researchers at North Carolina…

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Cotton Incorporated, Archroma Create Natural Dye From Cotton Waste

Cotton Incorporated, Archroma Create Natural Dye From Cotton Waste

Cotton Incorporated, the folks behind those “fabric of our lives” commercials, has joined forces with Swiss dye specialist Archroma to synthesize what they are calling the…

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Consumers Think Highly of Ethical Fashion, But Won't Pay More for It

Consumers Think Highly of Ethical Fashion, But Won't Pay More for It

Photo by Mike Petrucci/Unsplash Most people can appreciate the story behind an upcycled dress or a pair of fair-trade sneakers, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to pay…

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New "Hybrid Energy" Fabric Converts Sunlight, Movement Into Electricity

New "Hybrid Energy" Fabric Converts Sunlight, Movement Into Electricity

“Power dressing” no longer means what you think it means. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a fabric that will not only keep you clothed but…

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