Amanda Henderson's Sculptural Knits Use Local, Natural Materials

by , 08/29/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Textiles, Sustainable Fashion

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Knitwear from Amanda Henderson is deeply rooted in nature, taking inspiration from organic textures and tones in order to celebrate the natural world through fashion. The pieces are all original, using natural fibres sourced by hand in New York state to create unique items, ranging from loose sweaters to a tightly woven strapless top. Henderson’s work then begins with the materials and is evolved through the process and tradition of knitwear. She aims to create pieces that are simple, timeless and durable, functional items of clothing that people can live in and that play a part in their lives. But as well as incorporating old traditional techniques from the world of knitwear, she introduces unexpected details that help to make each piece a one-off work of eco-textiles.

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Olek's Underwater "Yarn Bomb" May Have Killed Marine Life in Mexico

by , 08/29/14   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Fashion News

 

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Beware of Toxic "Little Monsters" During Back-to-School Shopping

by , 08/28/14   filed under: Submitted Story

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Unlike most parents, Helena Meresman doesn’t look forward to the start of the school year. Back-to-school shopping fills the environmental scientist and mother of two with an uncommon sense of dread. “On top of balancing your child’s creative visions of what they want their lunch box, raincoat, and wellies to look like—already a task not for the faint-hearted—a parent is faced with a very different minefield: knowing which of these products are free from hazardous chemicals,” she writes on the Greenpeace website. To justify her anxiety, Meresman points to recent reports about the toxic beasties that lurk in many popular clothing products. Among them is a group of chemicals known as per- and polyfluorinated compounds, or PFCs.

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Forever 21, H&M, Mango, Zara Frequently Fail Quality, Safety Tests

by , 08/28/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Forever 21, H&M, Mango, and Zara top the list of fashion labels that regularly fail China’s quality and safety trials, say officials from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine. Xinhua, China’s news authority, reported Wednesday that a total of 12,305 cases of imported clothing, worth $47.67 million, failed quality tests in the first half of 2014 alone. More than 97 percent of failures, the newspaper says, were the result of insufficient instructions in Chinese. Of those, 396 cases fell short of safety tests, with the aforementioned labels accounting for 107 cases, or 27 percent of the failures.

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Zady Turns 1, Launches "Farm-to-Closet" Knitwear Collection

by , 08/27/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Zady is moving from curator to maker. The ethical e-tailer, which celebrates its one-year anniversary today, is poised to launch its own private label, beginning with a knitted women’s sweater. Forget farm to table, says co-founder Maxine Bédat; we’re living in the era of farm to closet. “We are aiming to provide our customers with the essential knit sweater they will cherish for a lifetime,” Bédat says in a statement. “We are excited to have our hands in the entire process, from farm to closet. Getting to this level of detail takes time, resources, and finding and supporting a community of suppliers that will be proud of this new level of transparency that we are bringing to market.”

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This 99-Year Old Makes a New Dress Every Day for a Child in Need

by , 08/27/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Kids' Eco-Fashion

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Ninety-nine year old Lillian Weber is on a mission to make 1,000 dresses for impoverished children in Africa. The impressive senior citizen has been whipping up one dress a day, sewing the garments by hand in her Iowa home. Weber has already sewn 840 dresses for non-profit Little Dresses for Africa, and hopes to reach her goal to make 1,000 little girls happy.

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At U.S. Open, Ralph Lauren's "Polo Tech" Shirt Monitors Wearer's Vitals

by , 08/26/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

 

Jane Goodall Asks You to Consider What You Buy, Eat

by , 08/26/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities

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“There are lists out there. I can’t tell you where they are, but generally if you are getting something very cheap—clothes or food—that’s almost certainly proof that people weren’t paid the way they should be paid for it.

“[We need to] reduce the unsustainable lifestyle that places demands on the environment and the rest of society…I don’t mean just rich people. A working woman who doesn’t make a lot of money can still go out a buy a new dress for every date she has when she could be buying a good one more cheaply from a resale shop. The resources of the planet will end. We’re wasting at a faster rate than the forests can replenish.

“Each day what people do actually does make a difference. If billions make the right choices, the cumulative effect will be huge.”

—Esteemed primatologist Jane Goodall, speaking to the Tampa Bay Times on what we should or shouldn’t buy.

 

Hong Kong's Interstoff Asia Trade Show to Feature Innovative, Sustainable Textiles in September

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Coming Soon: "Knit Wit," a Biannual Magazine About Craft, Fiber, Textiles

Coming Soon: "Knit Wit," a Biannual Magazine About Craft, Fiber, Textiles

Celebrate the art of craft with Knit Wit, an upcoming magazine about the world of contemporary fibers and textiles, as well as the people who inhabit it. Currently raising subscriptions…

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Four Dudes Invented a Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

Four Dudes Invented a Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

Photo by Shutterstock Could a manicure thwart the specter of sexual assault? A team of undergraduates from North Carolina State University have developed a nail polish that changes…

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Stitched Up: An Ethical Boutique That Doubles as a DIY Workshop

Stitched Up: An Ethical Boutique That Doubles as a DIY Workshop

The brains behind creative hub Stitched Up describe themselves as “a one stop shop for sustainable fashion, fabrics and networking”. While their Manchester (UK)-based HQ is where…

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Dear Kate's Leak-Proof Undies Help Ladies Navigate "That Time of Month"

Dear Kate's Leak-Proof Undies Help Ladies Navigate "That Time of Month"

GO WITH THE FLOW But Dear Kates aren’t just for women who are menstruating. The triple-layered design, which can hold as many as three teaspoons of liquid, is a boon for ladies…

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Artist Lacy Barry Crafts Extravagant Headpieces Out of Colorful Paper

Artist Lacy Barry Crafts Extravagant Headpieces Out of Colorful Paper

Barry has traveled the globe bringing her paper craft to art and fashion lovers everywhere, having had studios in London, Los Angeles, New York, Montreal and now Berlin. Although she…

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"Shark-Deterrent" Wetsuits Promise to Keep Surfers, Divers Safe

"Shark-Deterrent" Wetsuits Promise to Keep Surfers, Divers Safe

Want to live every day like it’s Shark Week? Scientists in Australia have created what they’re dubbing the world’s first shark-deterrent wetsuit. A collaboration…

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Saigon Socialite Applies the Ancient Art of Pagoda Carving to Shoes

Saigon Socialite Applies the Ancient Art of Pagoda Carving to Shoes

KICK OFF For one thing, you won’t find a four-tailed dragon on any of the heels. Because the motif is reserved for high-ranking pagodas, Saigon Socialite’s carvers…

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Topshop Launches Third Upcycled "Reclaim to Wear" Collection

Topshop Launches Third Upcycled "Reclaim to Wear" Collection

Upcycling must be paying off for Topshop. The British high-street retailer is launching its third “Reclaim to Wear” capsule collection, derived from production offcuts and…

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Cambodian Garment Workers Are Working Themselves to Death

Cambodian Garment Workers Are Working Themselves to Death

Photo by Luc Forsyth for IndustriAll Global Union Cambodia’s garment workers are working themselves to death—literally, according to IndustriAll Global Union, a labor-rights…

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