Watch "Cotton Road," a Film About How Our Clothes Are Made

by , 12/18/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Features, Interviews

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Live in or around New York City? You’re cordially invited to a Jan 7, 2015 screening of Cotton Road, a documentary that explores the global cotton supply chain through the eyes of its workers. Hosted by the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator as part of its winter film series, and sponsored by Ecouterre, the movie traces the transnational journey of the “fabric of our lives,” from the rolling fields of South Carolina to the factory cities of eastern China. The transformation from seed to shirt isn’t always a pretty one, but director Laura Kissel isn’t afraid to take a gimlet look at the environmental and ethical impacts of cotton’s globe-spanning odyssey. We caught up with Kissel this week to learn more about the inspiration behind her film, how supply-chain transparency can lead to social change, and how consumer choices can be a powerful advocate for the way our clothes are made—and the people who make them.

Cotton Road
Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
630 Flushing Ave, 7th Flr.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

January 7, 2015
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET

$10 suggested donation; includes wine, popcorn, and a post-movie clothing swap.

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Materialism Makes You More Anxious, Depressed, Says Expert

by , 12/18/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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An obsession with worldly goods is making us all more anxious and depressed—and TV and social media aren’t helping. In a release from the American Psychological Association, “materialism expert” Tim Kasser says that people who made money and possessions a priority generally experienced more unpleasant emotions, a greater incidence of physical ailments, such as headaches and stomachaches, and less satisfaction with their lives. “Specifically, materialistic values are associated with living one’s life in ways that do a relatively poor job of satisfying psychological needs to feel free, competent, and connected to other people,” Kasser, a professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., says. “When people do not have their needs well-satisfied, they report lower levels of wellbeing and happiness, as well as more distress.”

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Dogs Are Being Skinned Alive in China to Make Leather Gloves

by , 12/17/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, The Big Idea

 

Re.Verso: An Italian Luxury Textile Made From Recycled Wool Waste

by , 12/17/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

Re.Verso, Gucci, C.L.A.S.S., recycled wool, upcycled wool, Nuova Fratelli Boretti, Green Line, Lanificio Stelloni, Fabrictionary, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, eco-textiles, eco-friendly textiles, sustainable textiles, eco-fabrics, eco-friendly fabrics, sustainable fabrics, Italy

RE.VERSO \ri-ˈvərs-ō\

n. 1: A traceable, Italian-made luxury textile derived from pre-consumer recycled fibers, primarily wool, and other factory surplus. 2: Part of a collaborative “textile platform” midwifed by sustainable-textile firm C.L.A.S.S. and established by a group of three Italian mills: Green Line, which sources waste yarn across Italy and selected European countries; Nuova Fratelli Boretti, which prepares the material for spinning; and Lanificio Stelloni, which converts the fiber into yarn and knitted and woven fabrics. 3: Set to appear in Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. 4: An example of excellence in sustainable production techniques, according to C.L.A.S.S.

 

Made in L.A., Sydney Brown's Luxury Shoes Are Vegan, Sustainable

by , 12/17/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Fair Trade, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Zady Exposes Its Supply Chain, Calls for "Sourced In" Movement

by , 12/16/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

VIDEO: Stella McCartney's Kenya-Made Bags Promote Ethics, Dignity

by , 12/16/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Bags, Fair Trade, Green Designers, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Finally, a 3D-Printed Dress That Drapes, Moves Like Actual Fabric

by , 12/15/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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3D printers produce rigid objects, usually made of plastic. They don’t print or weave fabrics, but Massachusetts-based firm Nervous System used a 3D printer to make a dress that moves and flows like fabric. Even better, MoMA thought it was so incredible that they acquired the dress along with the software used to create it. The Kinematic software modeled a flexible surface that was then folded up. After printing this crumpled heap, they cleaned it off and unfolded this single piece into the amazing dress made up of thousands of unique interlocking pieces wearable directly out of the printer.

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Water-Resistant "Mavari" Cape Doubles as Shelter, Backpack

by , 12/15/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear

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Fashionable and functional, the new cloak by Mavari keeps mother nature out with its triple layer of fabric. The reversible cloak, now being crowdfunded with a Kickstarter campaign, isn’t just a stylish unisex garment. The multi-use cloak travels with you for any weather, and can be used as a towel, backpack, coverup and of course a cloak.

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Nike Unveils First Football Cleat Made With Recycled Bottles

Nike Unveils First Football Cleat Made With Recycled Bottles

Nike has unveiled what it considers its most innovative football cleat to date. Designed to commemorate the first College Football Playoff, the “Vapor Untouchable” is the…

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Myontec's "Smart" Shorts Promise to Give You a Better Workout

Myontec's "Smart" Shorts Promise to Give You a Better Workout

Finish company Myontec’s MBody Coach tech shorts promise to ramp up your athletic performance with real time monitoring and coaching. While the everyday exerciser can get away…

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Riz Wants to Recycle Ocean Plastic Into Snazzy Board Shorts

Riz Wants to Recycle Ocean Plastic Into Snazzy Board Shorts

For Riz Boardshorts, the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic choking up the world’s oceans is 5.25 trillion pieces too many. The British swimwear label wants to transform some of that…

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H&M Taps Actress Olivia Wilde as Face of "Conscious Exclusive" Line

H&M Taps Actress Olivia Wilde as Face of "Conscious Exclusive" Line

H&M is getting the hero it deserves. The Swedish retailer has tapped Olivia Wilde—and, we hope, her eco-crime-fighting alter ego, Princess Layers—to be the new face of its…

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Pope Francis to Shoppers: Purchasing is "Always a Moral Act"

Pope Francis to Shoppers: Purchasing is "Always a Moral Act"

Photo by Giulio Napolitano/Shutterstock “Together with the social responsibility of businesses, there is also the social responsibility of consumers. Every person ought to have…

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Victoria's Secret's "Incredible" Sports Bra Monitors Your Heart Rate

Victoria's Secret's "Incredible" Sports Bra Monitors Your Heart Rate

Vitals tracking just got a whole lot more intimate, thanks to the new “Incredible” sports bra from Victoria’s Secret. Designed to provide “maximum support”…

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French Designer Creates Sexy Lingerie From Recycled Christmas Trees

French Designer Creates Sexy Lingerie From Recycled Christmas Trees

If you are looking for eco-friendly lingerie this Christmas, look no further than the nearest pine tree. French designer Sophie Young is recycling used Christmas trees, turning the pine…

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DIY Your Own Dry Shampoo With Common Kitchen Ingredients

DIY Your Own Dry Shampoo With Common Kitchen Ingredients

Photo by Shutterstock Wash and dry your hair every morning? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Enter dry shampoo, a follicle cleanser that soaks up oil and refreshes your tresses…

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Francli Craftwear: Rugged Workwear Made From Salvaged Materials

Francli Craftwear: Rugged Workwear Made From Salvaged Materials

REMADE IN BRITAIN “We use salvaged and recycled materials because it makes sense to utilize the vast amounts of perfectly functional materials that are currently being thrown…

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