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Find a Fashion Revolution Day Event Near You on April 24

by , 04/22/14   filed under: Events

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Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of Fashion Revolution Day.

Ready to make a stand against poverty pay and deathtrap-like work conditions? Join your fellow revolutionaries in commemorating the one-year anniversary of the deadly Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh at a Fashion Revolution Day event near you.

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Stella McCartney Pledges to Use Only Forest-Friendly Cellulose Fibers

by , 04/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Stella McCartney is looking out for the Lorax. Shortly after declaring its intention seek “Wildlife Friendly” certification, the British firm announced Tuesday its commitment to eliminating the use of endangered-forest fibers in its cellulose-based clothing. The latest apparel company to join Canopy Style’s “Fashion Loved by Forest” campaign, which includes brands such as H&M, Zara, and Eileen Fisher, Stella McCartney has pledged to ensure that all its cellulose fibers meet “strict sustainability standards” by 2017.

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Timbuk2 Launches "Life Cycle" Program to Reduce, Repair, Recycle

by , 04/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Timbuk2 is going beyond the three R’s of sustainable design. The California-based company announced Tuesday the launch of a new environmental responsibility initiative to not only reduce, reuse, and recycle, but also to repair and reimagine its iconic messenger bags. As part of its effort, Timbuk2′s “Life Cycle” program has partnered with Yerdle, a “freecycling” platform; iFixit, an online “repair manual for everything”; and upcycling firm TerraCycle. It has also hired a full-time repairs person in its San Francisco headquarters.

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Local Buttons: Upcycled Clothing, Ethically Made in Haiti With Dignity

by , 04/21/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Fair Trade

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Local Buttons have evolved a collection of professional accessories and garments ethically in Haiti to help the local community. The design team launched three years ago with the aim of mainstreaming sustainable fashion to demonstrate it can be stylish, engaging and exciting. “We are putting a face on fashion,” say the duo behind the project Consuelo McAlister and Anne Pringle. Their lifestyle and community brand create a direct link between the consumer and the producer, presenting the full story about where an item is made to encourage consumers to think carefully about their choices and not invest in the world of unethical and unsustainable fashion.

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Fashion Revolution Day's "Who Made Your Clothes?" T-Shirts for Sale

by , 04/21/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of Fashion Revolution Day.

Make the right kind of fashion statement with one of Fashion Revolution Day’s official “Who Made Your Clothes?” T-shirts. Created in collaboration with Under the Canopy and luxury shirtmaker Michael Stars—and manufactured from 100 percent certified-organic cotton in a U.S.-based geothermal- and solar-powered factory—each tee commemorates the devastating building collapse that killed 1,133 garment workers just outside Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka on April 24, 2013. Sixty-five percent of the proceeds ($22 per shirt) will go to the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund for victims and survivors of the tragedy. Another $3 apiece will help run Fashion Revolution Day.

+ “Who Made Your Clothes?” T-Shirt $33 at Ethica

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Olivia Wilde, A.K.A. "Princess Layers," Wants You to Recycle Your Clothes

by , 04/21/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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You don’t have to leap over tall buildings in a single bound to be a superhero. Actress Olivia Wilde, in her crime-fighting guise of Princess Layers, has teamed up with H&M and DoSomething.org to urge America’s youth to help save the planet by recycling their old clothes. From now through June 20, teens and college students are encouraged to comb their schools and communities for castoff garments—all brands and all conditions are welcome—to drop off in garment-recycling bins at any H&M store. H&M will bundle off these clothes to a recycling facility, where the fibers will be recovered for export or reprocessing.

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Win One of Two Sets of Ethically Crafted Punjammies (Worth Up to $65!)

by , 04/18/14   filed under: Contests, Eco-Fashion Brands

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The International Princess Project doesn’t just make great loungewear. The California-based nonprofit also helps rebuild lives torn apart by sexual slavery. Handmade in an after-care facility in India, its “Punjammies” offer formerly trafficked women and girls a fresh start, a place to heal, and a new trade. Each woman receives a higher-than-fair wage, housing options, medical care, and where applicable, education for her children. Even better: 100 percent of the company’s proceeds are reinvested in the program, allowing more women and girls a chance at a new life. Want to be part of this narrative of hope? We’ve partnered with the International Princess Project to give away a full set of Punjammies—that is, a top and bottom of your choosing—to not one, but two lucky readers. 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 APRIL 28 and tell us how you’re ringing in spring. Although it doesn’t hurt to get fancy, we’ll be picking a winner at random.

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

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Stella McCartney Commits to Becoming "Wildlife Friendly" Certified

by , 04/18/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Stella McCartney is about to become even more animal-friendly. The British firm is the first global fashion brand to join the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, an international coalition of non-governmental organizations, businesses, artisans, producers, and harvesters dedicated to the conservation of threatened wildlife while fostering economic and social opportunities in rural communities. Stella McCartney joins other “Wildlife Friendly”-certified initiatives like Patagonian “green” cashmere, Wildlife Works, and the Snow Leopard Trust in providing a market incentive for farmers, ranchers, and locals to adopt more sustainable production methods.

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Watch "Handprint," a Short Film About the Origins of Our Clothes

by , 04/17/14   filed under: Livia Firth, Video

Who really made your clothes? That’s the question director Mary Nighy poses at the start of Handprint, a short film commissioned by Eco-Age creative director Livia Firth spotlight the challenges faced by garment workers worldwide. Starring Hollywood scion Elettra Wiedemann (her mom’s Isabella Rossellini; her grandmother, the legendary Ingrid Bergman), the film imagines what it would be like if we could connect with the people who make our clothes. “The more I see this film, the more I realize just how important it is for all of us to make the connection with the hands of the real people who make our clothes,” Firth says. We can make a difference to their lives by never forgetting this connection.”

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The (Fashion) Revolution Will Be Turned #InsideOut

The (Fashion) Revolution Will Be Turned #InsideOut

Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of Fashion Revolution Day. You say you want a fashion revolution? Start by looking into your closet. Nearly a year ago, the world trembled as…

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ICEdot's Helmet-Mounted Sensor Signals for Help in Event of a Crash

ICEdot's Helmet-Mounted Sensor Signals for Help in Event of a Crash

Cyclists, skiers, runners, motorcyclists and adventurers take note – this little device might just save your life. The ICEdot is a crash sensor you wear on your helmet or body and…

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Celebrate National Library Week With Library Card Tote, Pouch

Celebrate National Library Week With Library Card Tote, Pouch

Celebrate National Library Week—or love of libraries and reading in general—with Out of Print Clothing’s old-school callout to the borrower cards of yore. For every tote or…

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Amber Valletta is "Driving Fashion Forward" in New Short Film Series

Amber Valletta is "Driving Fashion Forward" in New Short Film Series

Amber Valletta is putting the “statement” in “fashion statement.” The supermodel—and current face of H&M’s Conscious Collection—is the host of…

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7 Eco-Friendly Raincoats to Weather April Showers

7 Eco-Friendly Raincoats to Weather April Showers

CAPED CRUSADER Designed by the Providence-based company that bears the same name, Cleverhood is a high-performance rain cape manufactured in the Northeast from waterproof yet breathable…

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Warby Parker, Architecture for Humanity Collaborate on Philanthropic Eyewear

Warby Parker, Architecture for Humanity Collaborate on Philanthropic Eyewear

Here at Ecouterre we love good design that makes a positive impact. So we were delighted when we heard that Architecture for Humanity have launched a campaign with designer Warby Parker…

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Bandaid-Like Stick-On Circuit Board Turns Your Body Into a Gadget

Bandaid-Like Stick-On Circuit Board Turns Your Body Into a Gadget

Tattoo circuit boards are now one step closer to reality with the development of this stick-on, flexible circuit board. All the electronics are integrated into a stretchy and pliable…

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Make a Veggie-Printed Tote for Trips to the Farmers' Market (DIY Tutorial)

Make a Veggie-Printed Tote for Trips to the Farmers' Market (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 1 yard fabric (we used unbleached muslin) 1 yard ribbon or twill tape Vegetables (try corn, bell peppers, celery, and carrots, and anything else that strikes your…

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Factory45: An Online Accelerator for Sustainable Fashion Businesses

Factory45: An Online Accelerator for Sustainable Fashion Businesses

In 2010, Shannon Whitehead and her partner Kristin Glenn co-founded (R)evolution apparel, a sustainable clothing company for female travelers and lovers of multifunctional dressing.…

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