Win an Eco-Vegan Shoulder Bag From Canopy Verde (Worth $139!)

by , 11/26/14   filed under: Contests

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Crunchy leaves. Pumpkin Pie. Friends and family. Fall is definitely our bag. Another thing we’re thankful for? Makers like Canopy Verde, which create functional products that are as beautiful to behold as they are gentle on the environment. We’ve partnered with the Brooklyn label to give away the new “Heights” shoulder bag, a sleek instant classic crafted from certified-organic cotton, low-impact dyes, and suppler, PVC-free vegan leather. Available in the winner’s choice of indigo/gunmetal or stone/espresso, each carryall features two open side pockets, a zippered inside pocket, and wooden “feet” on the bottom to keep it clean and scratch-free. Enter now to win!

TO ENTER THIS FABULOUS GIVEAWAY

1. SIGN UP FOR THE ECOUTERRE NEWSLETTER. (This is important because we’ll be announcing our winner there.)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BY DECEMBER 3 and tell us what you’re thankful for. Although it doesn’t hurt to get fancy, we’ll be picking a winner at random.

Note: This contest is open only to residents of the United States and Canada.

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Alicia Silverstone Urges Fans to Take PETA's #WoolFreeWinter Pledge

by , 11/24/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities

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Sustainable darling Alicia Silverstone’s popular blog The Kind Life is asking for readers to boycott wool this-and every- winter. Supported by a revealing video released by PETA, Silverstone writes about the grim truth behind wool, a painful process that often slices off sheep body parts along with wool. Pushing PETA’s #WoolFreeWinter, Silverstone wants consumers, and retailers, to take the wool-free pledge.

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World's Largest Fair-Trade, Organic T-Shirt Spotlights India's Farmers

by , 11/21/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Fair Trade

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To raise awareness of fair trade in India and jump-start an ethical consumption initiative, a giant organic cotton T-shirt broke records today. The idea, conjured up by Fairtrade India, was to connect cotton farmers with urban consumers across the country and draw attention to poor working conditions. So the team worked with organic cotton farmers from Odisha who cultivated around 380 kg of cotton seed which was then spun into over 5,000 km of cotton yarn to help craft India’s largest T-shirt ever. The organisation hopes the eye grabbing garment will help establish a platform to encourage a connection from farm to client.

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Sprout Watches' Eco-Timepieces Have a Small Footprint, Big Impact

by , 11/21/14   filed under: Sponsored

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Life-Cycle Analysis of Organic Cotton "Overwhelming Supports" Benefits

by , 11/21/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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As if eco-fashion enthusiasts didn’t already know, Textile Exchange has just released a new study proving that organic cotton causes less environmental damage than conventional cotton. The extensive study revealed the effects of the organic cotton supply chain on factors like global warming, soil erosion, energy demand and water use. Data collected from the top cotton producing countries have shown that organic cotton is significantly better for the environment across the board.

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Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario: "Profit Isn't the Only Measure of Success"

by , 11/21/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Quotes

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“Most businesses make decisions in the vacuum of profit. Having grown up in finance, I say this with some gravity because I’ve experienced it.

“If you’re making decisions based on meeting your earnings-per-share number and not about the long-term health of your company, its employees, the environment, and the community you’re operating in, then you’re probably making a decision that isn’t good for the long term. …

“I’m running a private business. There’s no way I should make one decision based on quarterly results. I think that the whole system is built around metrics and a process that is not healthy for people and the planet. …

“People identify with the care of the environment. We’ve got to take care of our nest. People recognize Patagonia as a company that’s going to keep asking deep questions about our supply chain, the impact we’re having in the world, and looking at business through a more holistic lens other than profit. Profit is important; if it wasn’t, you wouldn’t be talking to me. But profit isn’t the only measure of success.”

Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario, speaking to Business Insider on Wednesday about how the outerwear company promotes social and environmental good while staying profitable.

 

Zero Waste Scotland Announces Fund for Sustainable-Fashion Designers

by , 11/20/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Zero Waste Scotland has announced a new fund to encourage Scottish fashion designers to develop their own closed-loop clothing. Financed in part by the Scottish government, the Circular Economy Textile and Apparel Grant Fund will debut in December in a bid to rein in textile waste using sustainable design, according to the Stirling-based nonprofit, which works with business, communities, and local authorities to reduce waste and boost recycling. Textile designers will be able to apply for grants of up to £5,000 ($7,850) each. Successful applicants will also receive mentoring from industry experts such as From Somewhere’s Orsola de Castro—often dubbed the “Queen of Upcycling”—who helped ring in the scheme at the Scottish Textile Symposium in Glasgow Thursday morning.

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Organic, Fair-Trade "Pachamas" Are World's First Interactive Pajamas

by , 11/20/14   filed under: Kids' Eco-Fashion, Wearable Technology

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Maybe you’re heard of Pacha and her magical pajamas that take her around the world on adventures when she goes to sleep? Even if you haven’t heard of this endearing children’s character and her books, you’ll adore the message of global connectedness behind it. And now, the creators are set on bringing the magical pajamas to life by creating the world’s first augmented reality PJs – Pachamas. By combining the organic and fair trade cotton PJs with a mobile app and the books, children and their parents can bring the stories to life and find more meaningful moments together at bedtime.

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Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions in Back Wages

by , 11/19/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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If you thought sweatshops were just a third-world phenomena, you’d be grossly mistaken. Thousands of workers in Southern California’s garment industry toil under similar conditions for pittance wages every day, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In fact, widespread labor violations by garment businesses in and around Los Angeles are costing their workers millions of dollars in unpaid wages. The department’s Wage and Hour Division, after conducting hundreds of investigations this past fiscal year, uncovered more than $3 million in back pay for 1,549 workers, nearly all of them based in and around Los Angeles. That works out to an average of $1,900 per worker, or five times the amount a typical sewing-machine operator earns in a single week.

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Tuckerman & Co.'s Dress Shirts Champion New England Craftsmanship

Tuckerman & Co.'s Dress Shirts Champion New England Craftsmanship

Dressing your best for a professional setting while being environmentally conscious has never been simpler with Tuckerman & Co., a line of high-quality dress shirts for men that are…

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Stella McCartney, G-Star Raw Join Forces With Cradle to Cradle Institute

Stella McCartney, G-Star Raw Join Forces With Cradle to Cradle Institute

Change for the fashion industry is afoot, thanks to a new initiative backed by the likes of Stella McCartney, G-Star Raw, Loomstate, and Bionic Yarn. Unveiled at the second annual…

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LUSH Dupes Fur Buyers With Bogus Discount Website

LUSH Dupes Fur Buyers With Bogus Discount Website

Cruelty-free cosmetic company LUSH knows that the fashion industry’s obsession with fur is heightened as colder months are upon us, so the ethical retailer has launched a new campaign…

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Meet K/ller, Winner of the 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge

Meet K/ller, Winner of the 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge

Photos by Cicero deGuzman Jr. Looks like Ecouterre should have a side gig in soothsaying. Just six months after we K/ller Collection as an eco-fashion designer to watch, the Brooklyn…

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PETA Slams BCBG Max Azria for Selling Racoon-Dog Fur, Angora

PETA Slams BCBG Max Azria for Selling Racoon-Dog Fur, Angora

PETA has just released a video in protest of popular retailer BCBG Max Azria’s inclusion of fur from Asiatic raccoon dogs and angora wool in their clothing line. Both animal-derived…

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Eden Lew's "Nutshell" Pod Offers Solitude, Calm in Crowded Spaces

Eden Lew's "Nutshell" Pod Offers Solitude, Calm in Crowded Spaces

For those of us who get easily overwhelmed, we have just the solution to offer you some peace and quiet, maybe even a chance to eat your lunch without being interrupted, a literal way…

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Ivana Basilotta Vegan Shoes Are Cruelty-Free, Sustainably Produced

Ivana Basilotta Vegan Shoes Are Cruelty-Free, Sustainably Produced

Ivana Basilotta wants you to love the skin you’re in. A lifelong animal lover, the London-based designer has created a line of cruelty-free footwear that challenges…

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Botanicaldye by Color Ball: Water-Saving Textiles Dyed With 3,000 Plants

Botanicaldye by Color Ball: Water-Saving Textiles Dyed With 3,000 Plants

BOTANICALDYE BY COLOR BALL \bə-ˈta-ni-kəl-ˈdī ˈbī ˈkə-lər ˈbȯl\ n 1 a: A line of “environmentally sensitive” lyocell, organic cotton, and organic bamboo yarns…

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"Frozen"-Inspired Bra Changes Color When You Bump Bosoms

"Frozen"-Inspired Bra Changes Color When You Bump Bosoms

As if you aren’t already sick of Disney’s Frozen, this bizarre story out of Japan will have you completely off the animated flick. Triumph Lingerie has deputed the…

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