"FRDM" Software Helps Businesses Tackle Slavery In Their Supply Chains

by , 07/31/14   filed under: Online Tools, Site Seeing, Worker Rights

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The same organization that measured your “slavery footprint” wants to help businesses eliminate forced and child labor from their supply chains. Made in a Free World, together with the U.S. Department of State, have created a new software product that identifies “hotspots” of risk for a range of industries. Forced Labor Risk Determination & Mitigation, or FRDM for short, also suggests ways to mitigate potential exploitation, including improving policies, strengthening vendor agreements, adopting industry best practices, and working with vetted suppliers.

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“Information enables action,” Made in a Free World, which is based in San Francisco, writes on its website. “We will provide companies with a clear blueprint to mitigate their risk of unknowingly investing in suppliers who exploit forced or child labor. This strategic downward pressure on a supply chain has the power to disrupt illicit networks and empower vulnerable populations with freedom.”

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More than 29 million people across the globe live in conditions of modern-day slavery, according to the 2013 Global Slavery Index. Most of the world’s enslaved people—approximately 14 million, or nearly half the global total—reside in India, followed by China (2.9 million) and Pakistan (2 million).

Depending on the size of the company, Made in a Free World will offer FRDM gratis or for a fee when the beta launches in fall. (Watch the above video to see the tool in action at a fictional bike shop.)

“More than ever, consumers align their purchasing power with companies who share their values,” the nonprofit says. “Our goal is to enable businesses to meet this demand without negatively affecting bottom lines.”

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Vans Introduces "Prelow" Sneaker Made From Cork

by , 07/31/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Vegan Fashion

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Vans wants you to put a cork in it this summer. The skatewear brand’s “Prelow” sneaker, part of its premium OTW collection, now includes a cork-clad option. Cork hails from the western Mediterranean, where it’s stripped from the trunk of the self-renewing cork-oak tree. Commercial exploitation of the material is environmentally friendly, according to the World Wildlife Fund, not only because no trees are cut down, but also because cork-oak landscapes support one of the world’s highest concentrations of forest biodiversity, including endangered species such as the Iberian Lynx. Combined with black eyelets, a fabric lining, and a squishy vulcanized-foam footbed, this is one shoe that’s all bark and no bite.

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Detroit Company Repurposes Peeling Street Graffiti Into Gritty Jewelry

by , 07/30/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

These Sneakers are 100 Percent Rubbish—And It's All Our Fault

by , 07/30/14   filed under: Eco-Art, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

Actress Maisie Williams Wears Dress Made of Recycled Comic Books

by , 07/29/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Actress Maisie Williams knows how to pander to her audience. The English ingenue, who plays the scrappy Arya Stark in the HBO hit Game of Thrones, arrived at Entertainment Weekly’s annual San Diego Comic-Con party on Sunday wearing a gown made out of recycled comic books. Created by Ryan Novelline, a mixed-media artist who once sculpted a dress from discarded Golden Books, the appropriately titled “Zam” gown combines graphics from Marvel’s X-Men, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, and Takeuchi Naoko’s Sailor Moon, along with hemp satin, velvet ribbon, glass beads, and other repurposed fabrics.

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"RiverBlue" is an Upcoming Film That Explores the Dark Side of Denim

by , 07/29/14   filed under: Features, Interviews, Submitted Story, Toxic Pollution

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Few items of clothing are as versatile and iconic as the blue jean. Billions of these closet chameleons are made every year, many at a cost to the world’s once-pristine rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. RiverBlue, an upcoming Canadian documentary, follows renowned river conservationist Mark Angelo as he paddles down waterways such as the Yamuna River in India, the Pearl River Delta in China, and the Citarum River in Indonesia to reveal jean manufacturing’s poisonous toll, as well as the impact these polluted waterways have on the people who rely on them most. Ecouterre sat down with RiverBlue director David McIlvride to discuss the film’s exploration into the dark side of denim.

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Moto X Owners Can Unlock Their Phones With a Digital Tattoo

by , 07/28/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Digital tattoos will soon be de rigueur to improve our calls, WiFi signals and now to unlock our phones. Silicon Valley firm, Vivalnk has partnered with Motorola to offer up temporary tattoos that enable you to unlock your phone with a simple tap. The stick on Digital Tattoo offers a unique signature synced with your phone so you no longer have to fumble with your unlock code. But don’t get too excited about this new wave of temporary body adornment – the Vivalnk Digital Tattoos only work with Moto X phones as of now.

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TRMTAB Weaves Leather Waste Into Upcycled Laptop, Tablet Sleeves

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River in China Mysteriously Turns Blood Red Overnight

by , 07/25/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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Residents of a city in eastern China are baffled after a river turned blood red, seemingly overnight. Locals from Wenzhou, a prefecture in the Zhejiang province, said the river looked normal at 5 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday but then turned a deep crimson within the hour. Residents also complained of a strange smell that wafted through the air. Inspectors from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau say haven’t found the cause of the incident, although industrial contamination has been ruled out because there are no chemical plants along the waterway.

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Esprit Debuts PETA-Approved Vegan Sneakers for Women

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Alchemist Creations Upcycles Soda Cans, Leather Scraps Into Watches

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What is once trash becomes treasure. Hong Kong-based manufacturer, Alchemist Creations takes this saying to heart with their collections of sustainable, upcycled products all crafted…

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Inspired by Nature, Iridescent Cellulose Films Could Replace Toxic Dyes

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PACT Unveils Fair-Trade-Certified, Organic-Cotton Clothing Line

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PACT is taking fair trade to places it’s never been before: your everyday wardrobe. The Boulder, Colo.-based apparel-basics purveyor announced that it’s releasing one of the…

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"Pavlok" Wristband Shocks You Into Forming Better Habits

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Some are motivated by tempting carrots, others are motivated by a stick, or in the case of the Pavlok wristband, an electric shock. The Pavlok is the latest in a string of activity…

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"Zoo Jeans" Are Fashionably Ripped by Lions, Tigers, Bears (Oh My!)

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A zoo in Japan has enlisted some of its fiercest inhabitants to bring “distressed jeans” to a wild, new level. The one-of-kind “Zoo Jeans”, fashionably mauled by…

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Ethnotek's Bags Combine Indigenous Textiles, Technical Functionality

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Ethnotek are the design team behind these high quality bags that incorporate ethically sourced handmade textiles from across the planet. As they launch their new summer travel…

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