VIDEO: Miz Mooz's Selfie-Taking Shoe Proves That the End is Nigh

by , 03/31/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Women's Eco-Fashion

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April Fool’s must have come early for Miz Mooz, a New York-based footwear retailer that wants to help you get a leg up—literally!—on your selfie game. Its so-called “Selfie Shoe,” an otherwise winsome cherry-red stacked-heel sandal, features an extended toe for docking a cameraphone. To take your “shoefie,” simply angle your leg in the air much like you would that other sign of the Apocalypse, the selfie stick, which music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza recently placed on their list of prohibited items.

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Vaute's "Chinese Zodiac" Tees Bring Out Your Inner Animal

by , 03/31/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Vaute wants to bring out your inner animal. The vegan-friendly brand has teamed up with illustrator Mia Mandela to create a series of tees, tanks, and crewneck sweatshirts inspired by the Chinese Zodiac. Printed in Brooklyn on organic-cotton and recycled-polyester fabric, the tops honor Vaute’s part-Chinese roots. “As an animal lover, I wanted to celebrate both my Taiwanese momma and all the animals that are represented by the Zodiac,” Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, the label’s founder, tells Ecouterre. “Mia did beautiful watercolors of each animal to represent the trials and strengths of each one.”

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Bolivian Knitters Are Saving the Lives of Children With Heart Defects

by , 03/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Bolivia’s indigenous Aymara women are mending broken hearts—and we don’t mean figuratively. The custodians of centuries-old knitting and weaving traditions, the women are applying their expertise to a decidedly modern cause: crafting minuscule plugs to fix the “holes in the heart” some babies are born with. “We are very happy; we are doing something for someone so they can live,” knitter Daniela Mendoza told BBC News on Sunday. Employing local knitters was a simple solution to a complex problem. Designed by La Paz–based cardiologist Franz Freudenthal, the top-hat-shaped “Nit Occlud” devices are too small and intricate to reproduce on an industrial scale.

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"Fair Trade" Clothing Labels Expose the Truth About Sweatshops

by , 03/30/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Fashion News, Fair Trade, Worker Rights

 

Inspired by Polar Bears, HotSquash Clothing Keeps You Warm or Cool

by , 03/27/15   filed under: Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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The fur coat of a polar bear has inspired a whole new line of clothing intent on keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. UK brand, HotSquash has an impressive collection of clothes made from innovative textiles designed for personal climate control. When it’s hot outside, the clothes will wick away moisture and keep cool and when it’s hot the fabric has special insulating qualities to retain warmth. Plus the fabrics are super low maintenance, can go in your washer and dryer, they minimize odors, and they look great too.

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Stella McCartney: Fur Isn't Sexy, Fashionable, or Cool

by , 03/27/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Green Designers, Quotes

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“I think the reality is that, for me, real fur is extraordinarily old-fashioned. I think you look old. Even if you’re 20 and you’ve got a real fur coat, you just look like an old, unaware, unconscious being on the planet.

“It’s not relevant, it’s not sexy, it’s not fashionable, and it’s not cool.”

—British designer-activist Stella McCartney, speaking to CNN in London on Thursday about how she feels about animal fur.

 

Print All Over Me: An Ethical Approach to Print-on-Demand Clothing

by , 03/26/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Online Tools

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Print All Over Me is a unique concept that has evolved into a fantastic creative platform, bringing artists and designers together to create inspired items of clothing. The title says it all: anyone with a creative flair can set about making their own design to print on top of white fabric and garments that are available on the website. These act as a blank canvas and an awesome opportunity to get designing. Meredith Finkelstein – POAM’s Co-founder and Developer – says that this brings together the creation and curation that happens online back into the real world. “There is a great sense of personal ownership that comes with dictating what you wear and we wanted to push that concept,” she said.

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Fashion Project Turns Clothing Donations Into Force for Good

by , 03/26/15   filed under: Fashion Philanthropy, Features, Interviews

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Online clothing shopping is an endless world of opportunities. Nowadays, there are countless websites and even mobile apps where you can buy, sell, and even trade with others online. What if there was a place where you could shop used designer-brand clothes at affordable prices while benefitting global charities at the same time? Fashion Project is the industry’s leading clothing online donation service that sells like-new or gently-used clothing and accessories with up to 55% of net proceeds benefitting charities. Members of this online community can donate clothing and shop based on causes they care most about.

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Clad in E-Ink, the "Volvorii" Smart Shoe Changes Colors, Patterns

by , 03/25/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Wearable Technology

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New e-ink technology is could drastically decrease your shoe closet with instant color changes through smart shoes imbedded with wearable technology. The Volvorri smart shoe by iShüu Technologies features a electronic paper display panel on the high heel pump that can go from white to black and even to a pattern when controlled via a mobile app. No need to have both a black and white pump anymore, because now you can have both in one shoe.

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Adidas Now a "Detox Leader," Nike Still a "Greenwasher"

Adidas Now a "Detox Leader," Nike Still a "Greenwasher"

Looks like Adidas has finally cleaned up its act. A year and a half after Greenpeace branded it a “Detox greenwasher,” the sportswear giant is now “back on…

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A London Community Grows Flax to Turn Into Clothing

A London Community Grows Flax to Turn Into Clothing

In the spring of 2014, a dedicate lot of Londoners embarked on a mission to grow a garment. That meant starting from seeds, and using only hand labor techniques to turn a plant into…

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"Ruff" is a 3D-Printed Responsive Collar With a Life of Its Own

"Ruff" is a 3D-Printed Responsive Collar With a Life of Its Own

Ruff is a new 3D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, who is pushing the forefront of wearables. Working with architect Behnaz Farahi, the two crafted flexible wearables…

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The North Face Aims to Improve Sustainability, Animal Welfare

The North Face Aims to Improve Sustainability, Animal Welfare

The North Face has long been a household name in responsible and durable outdoor wear that appeals to the masses – from urban winter wear to hardcore extreme sports gear –…

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Alice Hoffman Hauntingly Describes 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Alice Hoffman Hauntingly Describes 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

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Tilonia's Fair-Trade Bags, Scarves Benefit Sustainable Development

Tilonia's Fair-Trade Bags, Scarves Benefit Sustainable Development

A new collection of bags and scarfs have been produced by female artisans from Tilonia, a small village in Rajastan, India, inspired by sustainable development programs underway in the…

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Neanderthals Turned Eagle Claws Into Jewelry 130,000 Years Ago

Neanderthals Turned Eagle Claws Into Jewelry 130,000 Years Ago

Neanderthals are stereotypically portrayed as thick-browed, imbecilic “cavemen,” but our distant relations may have been more intelligent than we give them credit for. A…

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President Obama Launches $150 Million Textiles-Innovation Competition

President Obama Launches $150 Million Textiles-Innovation Competition

Photo by American Spirit/Shutterstock President Barack Obama announced Wednesday a $500 million plan to strengthen American textile manufacturing and innovation. The U.S. Department of…

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TOMS's New Bag Collection Supports Safer Birth Experiences

TOMS's New Bag Collection Supports Safer Birth Experiences

BAGS THAT COUNT Part of the proceeds from the collection will go toward maternal and child health programs such as Ayzh and BRAC, which provide training for birth attendants, as well as…

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