Pussyhat Project Aims to Make 1 Million Cat-Ear Hats for D.C. Women's March

by , 12/02/16   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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The Pussyhat Project is looking to put a pink cat-ear hat on the head of every woman, feminist, and ally at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. Founded by a band of knitters, the Los Angeles–based outfit wants to provide activists with the means to present a “unique collective visual statement” as they protest Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric one day after he’s sworn in as America’s 45th president. For anyone who’s heard the President Elect’s lewd remarks about a certain part of the female anatomy, the “pussy” symbolism is pretty self-evident. As for the pink? “Pink is considered a very female color representing caring, compassion, and love—all qualities that have been derided as weak but are actually strong,” the Pussyhat Project said. “Wearing pink together is a powerful statement that we are unapologetically feminine and we unapologetically stand for women’s rights.”

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This Graphic Sums Up How Complex the Fashion Supply Chain is

by , 12/01/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles

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It’s easy to forget how much work goes into creating a piece of clothing. Even the most basic of T-shirts requires supply-chain calisthenics to get from “fiber to fabric, fabric to garment.” Some of these intricacies are laid bare in this infographic from the team behind Scraps: Fashion Textiles and Creative Reuse, an exhibit on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from now through April 16. Besides the boatload of raw materials, water, energy, and often toxic chemicals each supply-chain phase consumes, they also result in myriad types of solid, liquid, and emissions waste. Kinda puts everything in perspective, doesn’t it?

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Panâh: An Ethical Fashion Production House That Empowers Kenyan Women, Youth

by , 12/01/16   filed under: Fair Trade, Interviews, Q&A, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Torchbearers: Hand-Forged Jewelry That Honors Gulf Coast Oystermen

 

Patagonia Made a Small Fortune on Black Friday—And It's Donating All of It to Charity

by , 11/30/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Patagonia just raised $10 million for the environment, and all in one day, to boot. The outdoor-apparel retailer, which pledged to donate 100 percent of its global Black Friday sales to underfunded grassroots organizations working to “protect our air, water and soil for future generations,” shattered records last week when it raised five times the $2 million it had projected to make. Many of its customers dubbed Patagonia’s unique take on the post-Thanksgiving shopping-palooza as a “fundraiser for the Eath,” Rose Marcario, the company’s CEO, wrote in a blog post. “On behalf of these activists and every Patagonia employee, we extend a heartfelt thank you to our customers, friends and community worldwide who showed up to #loveourplanet,” she said.

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Fast Retailing, Uniqlo's Owner, Opens Denim Innovation Center in L.A.

by , 11/29/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Fast Retailing, the Japanese firm behind such brands as Uniqlo, Theory, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and J Brand has opened its first facility devoted to the research and development of denim fabric. Based in Los Angeles, the Denim Innovation Center seeks to bring together specialists from its various subsidiaries to advance technological and material innovations in the realm of jean creation. Fast Retailing says that Uniqlo and J Brand will be the first to benefit from the center’s work, which may manifest itself in products as early as next fall. “By establishing the Denim Retailing Center in Los Angeles, the global hub for information on denim, Fast Retailing will be able to quickly incorporate the essence of current trends in its designs,” the company said in a press release.

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Cooper Hewitt's "Scraps" Exhibit Makes Do, Mends With Leftover Textiles

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Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, currently on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, is something of a Rorschach test for our relationship with stuff. Taken at face value, the exhibit highlights the myriad ways we can artfully give leftover fabrics a second lease on life. Dig deeper, however, and you might strike an unexpected vein of criticism, one that casts a gimlet eye at the 310,000 truckloads of clothing that Americans throw away each year. Featuring the work of Milan’s Luisa Cevese, Los Angeles’s Christina Kim, and Tokyo’s Reiko Sudo, Scraps seeks not to hector but to educate, illuminate, and perhaps even inspire. Ecouterre caught up with Susan Brown, associate curator of textiles, and Matilda McQuaid, deputy curatorial director and head of textiles, to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the exhibit, their opinion of the “fast fashion” phenomenon, and just what America can do about its textile-waste—both pre- and post-consumer—problem.

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On Black Friday, Greenpeace Calls for a "Fast Fashion" Time-Out

by , 11/25/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Greenpeace wants to call a time-out on “fast fashion.” In a report published on the eve of Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving sales extravaganza that serves as the unofficial start of the holiday-shopping season, the environmental nonprofit revealed new research about the environmental consequences of compulsive overspending, particularly when it comes to trumped-up “bargains” designed to trigger a false sense of urgency over items we don’t need. Needless to say, clothing is one of the quickest-moving products. “Because it is so cheap, fast fashion is one of the highest selling product categories on Black Friday, with many major fashion brands and retail giants jumping on the bandwagon,” wrote Kirsten Brodde, head of Greenpeace’s Detox My Fashion campaign, in a blog post.

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Patagonia to Donate 100 Percent of Black Friday Sales to Eco-Causes

by , 11/23/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Patagonia is getting into the holiday spirit, with a twist. Instead of shuttering its stores the day after Thanksgiving, as it did last year, the outdoor-apparel retailer will do business on what is traditionally—and sometimes derisively—considered the start of the year-end shopping frenzy: Black Friday. But don’t mistake the decision for a shift in the company’s famously anti-consumerist stance. (This is the firm that placed a full-page ad in the New York Times imploring its customers not to buy its products, after all.) Patagonia says it will donate 100 percent of its global Black Friday proceeds to grassroots organizations working to “protect our air, water and soil for future generations.”

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PETA Video About "Ugly Truth" Behind UGGs Goes Viral

PETA Video About "Ugly Truth" Behind UGGs Goes Viral

“Ugh” is right. In a chilling video last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals revealed the “ugly truth” about UGG, a line of sheepskin-lined boots…

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Alicia Silverstone Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Wool

Alicia Silverstone Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Wool

Alicia Silverstone has publicly denounced leather, fur, and down Now, the actress, bestselling author, and veganism advocate wants shoppers to know why she’d rather go naked than…

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Sarah Jessica Parker Only Buys Secondhand Clothes for Her Son

Sarah Jessica Parker Only Buys Secondhand Clothes for Her Son

Don’t confuse the actor for the role; Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t quite buy into consumer culture the way Carrie Bradshaw did on HBO’s Sex and the City. In fact, a…

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L.A. Factories That Made Clothes For Forever 21,  T.J. Maxx Paid Workers $4 an Hour

L.A. Factories That Made Clothes For Forever 21, T.J. Maxx Paid Workers $4 an Hour

Photo by Owen CL/Unsplash Los Angeles has a sweatshop problem, and bargain retailers like Forever 21, T.J. Maxx, and Ross are reaping the benefits. At a press conference on Wednesday,…

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Adidas Makes Biodegradable Sneaker From Artificial Spider Silk

Adidas Makes Biodegradable Sneaker From Artificial Spider Silk

Adidas has just unveiled the first performance shoe made from artificial spider silk. The Futurecraft Biofabric, which debuted at the Biofabricate conference in New York City on…

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For Aiayu, Aesthetics and Ethics Go Hand in Hand

For Aiayu, Aesthetics and Ethics Go Hand in Hand

Many often seek out items that they wear and use in their home to tell a story, but often the story is told through the purchaser – rather than through the product itself. For Aiayu,…

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"Back to the Future" Inspires Self-Charging Textiles, Clothing

"Back to the Future" Inspires Self-Charging Textiles, Clothing

One movie buff scientist from the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center has turned to the 80s cult classic Back to the Future II to inspire a new wearable…

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Forget Black Friday; Clean Up the Planet With "Blue Friday"

Forget Black Friday; Clean Up the Planet With "Blue Friday"

This year, the nation’s biggest shopping day, Black Friday, will get a green transformation. Responsible retailer United by Blue is asking consumers to rethink the mega-purchasing…

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These Students Are the Future of Sustainable Fashion

These Students Are the Future of Sustainable Fashion

Irene-Marie Seelig, Iciar Bravo Tomboly, Ana Pasalic, Agraj Jain, and Elise Comrie have plenty to wax triumphant about. On Monday evening, the five London College of Fashion students…

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