Bangladesh's Children Are Working 60 Hours a Week to Make Our "Fast Fashion"

by , 12/09/16   filed under: The Big Idea, Worker Rights

Overseas Development Institute, child labor, sweatshops, Bangladesh, human rights, workers rights, sweatshop labor, forced labor, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Maria Quattri

It’s time to face up to the irrefutable truth: Those cheap clothes we can’t get enough are probably the handiwork of impoverished children from Bangladesh, some as young as 6. About a third of the children who live in the slums of the capital of Dhaka spend an average of 64 hours a week making clothing for the world’s leading brands and retailers, according to the Overseas Development Institute. The London-based think tank, which conducted a survey of 2,700 households, found that 32 percent of 10- to 14-year-olds were skipping school so they could work full time at garment factories. Most of them earned less than $2 a day. “Our survey raises serious concerns over the issue of child labor in the supply of garments from factories in Bangladesh to consumers in Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere,” ODI said.

Read More >

Advertisement

Japan Airlines to Turn Clothing into Jet Fuel

Japan Airlines, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, recycled clothing, upcycled clothing, recycled clothes, upcycled clothes, recycled textiles, upcycled textiles, Jeplan, Green Earth Institute, Japan Environment Planning,  Ryohin Keikaku, Muji. Aeon

Japan Airlines wants to turn used clothing into jet fuel. Japan’s flag carrier—and the nation’s second-largest airplane company after All Nippon Airways—is working with recycling firm Japan Environmental Planning, better known as Jeplan, and Tokyo’s Green Earth Institute to establish a collaborative council that could place the alternative energy source in trials as early as 2020, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Jeplan already works with 12 retailers, including Aeon and Muji parent Ryohin Keikaku to collect used garments at some 1,000 stores across Japan.

Read More >

Advertisement

Li Edelkoort: Clothes Today Are Made to be Thrown Away "Like a Condom"

by , 12/07/16   filed under: Quotes

Li Edelkoort, quotes, fast fashion, sweatshops, sweatshop workers, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, workers rights, human rights, sweatshop workers, sweatshop labor, forced labor, disposable fashion, disposable clothing

“The manufacturing of clothes has gone through a rapid and sordid restructuring process, which has seen production leave the Western world to profit from and exploit low-income countries.

“How can a product that needs to be sown, grown, harvested, combed, spun, knitted, cut and stitched, finished, printed, labeled, packaged, and transported cost a couple of Euros?

“On the hunt for cheaper deals, volume companies, but also some luxury brands, have trusted the making of their wages to underpaid workers living in dire conditions.

“What’s more, these prices imply the clothes are to be thrown away, discarded like a condom before being loved and savored, teaching young consumers that fashion has no value. We should make legislation to have minimum prices.”

—Trend forecaster par excellence Li Edelkoort, speaking at the Business of Fashion’s Voices event at Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom this past week.

 

Veerah's Multifunctional Vegan Shoes Are "Inspired by Women, Made for Warriors"

 

Maven Women: Ethical, Empowering Clothing for Conscious Professionals

 

Macklemore, Columbia Join Forces to Raise Awareness of Toxic PFCs

Macklemore, perfluorinated compounds, Columbia, toxic chemicals, PFCs, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, eco-friendly raincoats, sustainable raincoats, eco-friendly rain jackets, sustainable rain jackets, eco-friendly outerwear, sustainable outerwear, eco-friendly jackets, sustainable jackets, recycled fashion, upcycled fashion, recycled clothing, upcycled clothing, recycled jackets, upcycled jackets, recycled outerwear, upcycled outerwear, recycled plastic bottles, upcycled plastic bottles

Columbia has found an unlikely ally in its quest to stem the use of perfluorinated compounds in outerwear: hip-hop artist Macklemore. The Portland, Ore.–based sportswear company, which debuted its PFC-free OutDry Extreme Eco Shell jacket on Thursday, tapped the artist known as Ben Haggerty to provide a rundown of the class of chemicals, which are typically used to waterproof clothing, gear, and footwear. “For decades, rain jackets were made with perfluorinated compounds, a.k.a. the “devil of the forest,” Macklemore says in a video. “All these PFCs are great for keeping the water beating off your jacket. … But scientists are finding them all over the forest, man.”

Read More >

Pussyhat Project Aims to Make 1 Million Cat-Ear Hats for D.C. Women's March

by , 12/02/16   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

Pussyhat Project, knitting, crocheting, Million Women March, Washington D.C., eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

The Pussyhat Project is looking to put a pink cat-ear hat on the head of every woman, feminist, and ally at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. Founded by a band of knitters, the Los Angeles–based outfit wants to provide activists with the means to present a “unique collective visual statement” as they protest Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric one day after he’s sworn in as America’s 45th president. For anyone who’s heard the President Elect’s lewd remarks about a certain part of the female anatomy, the “pussy” symbolism is pretty self-evident. As for the pink? “Pink is considered a very female color representing caring, compassion, and love—all qualities that have been derided as weak but are actually strong,” the Pussyhat Project said. “Wearing pink together is a powerful statement that we are unapologetically feminine and we unapologetically stand for women’s rights.”

Read More >

This Graphic Sums Up How Complex the Fashion Supply Chain is

by , 12/01/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles

supply chains, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Scraps: Fashion Textiles and Creative Reuse,  eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

It’s easy to forget how much work goes into creating a piece of clothing. Even the most basic of T-shirts requires supply-chain calisthenics to get from “fiber to fabric, fabric to garment.” Some of these intricacies are laid bare in this infographic from the team behind Scraps: Fashion Textiles and Creative Reuse, an exhibit on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from now through April 16. Besides the boatload of raw materials, water, energy, and often toxic chemicals each supply-chain phase consumes, they also result in myriad types of solid, liquid, and emissions waste. Kinda puts everything in perspective, doesn’t it?

+ Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

 

Panâh: An Ethical Fashion Production House That Empowers Kenyan Women, Youth

by , 12/01/16   filed under: Fair Trade, Interviews, Q&A, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Torchbearers: Hand-Forged Jewelry That Honors Gulf Coast Oystermen

Torchbearers: Hand-Forged Jewelry That Honors Gulf Coast Oystermen

PRESERVING TRADITION Lyons says the jewelry has several purposes beyond the aesthetic. The first is awareness. “Each piece in the Torchbearers Collection is meant to start a…

Read More >

Patagonia Made a Small Fortune on Black Friday—And It's Donating All of It to Charity

Patagonia Made a Small Fortune on Black Friday—And It's Donating All of It to Charity

Patagonia just raised $10 million for the environment, and all in one day, to boot. The outdoor-apparel retailer, which pledged to donate 100 percent of its global Black Friday sales to…

Read More >

Fast Retailing, Uniqlo's Owner, Opens Denim Innovation Center in L.A.

Fast Retailing, Uniqlo's Owner, Opens Denim Innovation Center in L.A.

Fast Retailing, the Japanese firm behind such brands as Uniqlo, Theory, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and J Brand has opened its first facility devoted to the research and development of…

Read More >

Cooper Hewitt's "Scraps" Exhibit Makes Do, Mends With Leftover Textiles

Cooper Hewitt's "Scraps" Exhibit Makes Do, Mends With Leftover Textiles

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, currently on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, is something of a Rorschach test for our relationship…

Read More >

On Black Friday, Greenpeace Calls for a "Fast Fashion" Time-Out

On Black Friday, Greenpeace Calls for a "Fast Fashion" Time-Out

Greenpeace wants to call a time-out on “fast fashion.” In a report published on the eve of Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving sales extravaganza that serves as the…

Read More >

Patagonia to Donate 100 Percent of Black Friday Sales to Eco-Causes

Patagonia to Donate 100 Percent of Black Friday Sales to Eco-Causes

Patagonia is getting into the holiday spirit, with a twist. Instead of shuttering its stores the day after Thanksgiving, as it did last year, the outdoor-apparel retailer will do…

Read More >

PETA Video About "Ugly Truth" Behind UGGs Goes Viral

PETA Video About "Ugly Truth" Behind UGGs Goes Viral

“Ugh” is right. In a chilling video last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals revealed the “ugly truth” about UGG, a line of sheepskin-lined boots…

Read More >

Alicia Silverstone Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Wool

Alicia Silverstone Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Wool

Alicia Silverstone has publicly denounced leather, fur, and down Now, the actress, bestselling author, and veganism advocate wants shoppers to know why she’d rather go naked than…

Read More >

Sarah Jessica Parker Only Buys Secondhand Clothes for Her Son

Sarah Jessica Parker Only Buys Secondhand Clothes for Her Son

Don’t confuse the actor for the role; Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t quite buy into consumer culture the way Carrie Bradshaw did on HBO’s Sex and the City. In fact, a…

Read More >

browse our archives