Almay's "Simply American" Campaign Not so American, Says Watchdog

by , 05/27/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Drugstore cosmetics line Almay’s “Almay Simply American” campaign has advertising sleuths Truthinadverting.org (TINA.org) up in arms, as the line largely fails to be in fact produced in the United States of America. Produced by the Revlon cosmetics company, it has been revealed that over 95 percent of the Almay line does not meet the legal standard to be claimed “Made in the USA” on labels. This false advertising is being challenged by TINA.org, with a deceptive advertising complaint against Revlon that was filed last week.

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34 Worst Sunscreens to Have in Your Beach Bag

by , 05/27/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Like Batman and Robin or Thelma and Louise, skin cancer and sun exposure go hand in hand. Yet a full 80 percent of 1,700 sunscreens on the American market not only offer inadequate coverage but also contain “worrisome” ingredients, according to the Environmental Working Group, a research and public-health advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Its 2015 Sunscreen Guide—the nonprofit’s ninth—reveals a preponderance of trumped-up claims (SPF 70+, anyone?), questionable delivery methods, and hinky additives such as oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting sunscreen filter, and retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that promotes skin damage.

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Timberland, Pharrell Create Bee-Inspired Boots With Recycled Plastic

by , 05/26/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Shoe enthusiasts have something to buzz about. Timberland has teamed up with music mogul Pharrell Williams to create a pair of boots inspired by nature—bees, to be exact. Composed of Bionic Canvas—a product derived by Bionic Yarn, Williams’s eco-textile firm, from a blend of organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles—the six-inch kicks feature photorealistic honeycomb cells on one iteration and blades of grass on the other. The limited edition has at least one celebrity fan: queen of the “Beyhive” herself, Beyoncé. The singer wears the boots in “Feeling Myself,” her latest music video with Nicki Minaj.

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Crayola Wants You to Stop Using Its Products as Makeup

by , 05/26/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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An alarming trend of doubling Crayola colored pencils as face makeup could leave beauty mavens with irritation and infection. Popularized by DIY beauty bloggers and vloggers like Rachel Levin (Rclbeauty101), the trend has some experts concerned for consumers confusing pencils’ non-toxic labels for being ok to use on the face. Despite the claims of beauty bloggers, Crayola has issued a release warning would-be DIY beauty consumers that using colored pencils on eyes and lips could prove to be dangerous.

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Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

by , 05/25/15   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

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America has come a long way since its birth as a nation in 1776. But just as the country has evolved throughout the years, so has Old Glory. From the arrangement of those iconic stars and stripes to the materials and colorants used in its construction, the American flag has changed considerably since George Washington commissioned its creation (as legend has it, from Betsy Ross), according to Barbara Gatewood, professor emeritus of textile science at Kansas State University. Today’s flags are made with polyester and nylon, along with synthetic dyes and pigments manufactured primarily from petrochemicals, Gatewood says, but it wasn’t always so.

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PACT Now Sells Fair-Trade, Organic Dresses (And They're Under $35)

by , 05/22/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Looking for a breezy summer dress that won’t strain your conscience or your wallet? PACT’s got you covered. The Boulder, Colo.-based clothing brand is adding two dress styles to its fair-trade-certified lineup: a jersey pocket, which retails for $30, and a stretch jersey wrap, which sells for $34. Made from non-genetically modified organic cotton, both items can be purchased online and at select Whole Foods markets. “Quality casual dresses are a staple in every women’s closet,” says Jeff Denby, founder of PACT. “As an apparel basics brand, this new category is a natural product extension for our customers.”

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Win Shadowplay NYC's "Galaxy" Tee, Inspired by Space Travel

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This Jewelry is Made of Recycled Coffee Grounds

by , 05/20/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Rosalie McMillan doesn’t have to look far for her coffee fix. The London designer creates jewelry from Çurface, an industrial composite derived from waste grounds and post-consumer recycled polystyrene. A finalist in the 2015 Observer Ethical Awards (along with Here Today Here Tomorrow and Nudie Jeans), McMillan offsets the unusual material with recycled or fair-trade-certified silver and gold vermeil. Talk about a sophisticated brew!

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L'Oreal Plans to Start 3D-Printing Human Skin

by , 05/20/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty, Wearable Technology

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L’Oreal knows that the business of beauty is as much a science as it is an art. Since it nixed animal testing in 2003, the French cosmetic firm has relied on models of “reconstructed human epidermis”—essentially skin samples grown from post-surgical donor tissues—to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its products. Although L’Oreal’s dedicated lab facilities in Lyon grow roughly 54 square feet—or about a full cow’s worth—of skin a year, the company wants to speed up and even automate the process. That’s where Organovo comes in. The San Diego–based startup made headlines in 2014 for creating the world’s first functional liver using three-dimensional printing.

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Honest By's Bruno Pieters: "Change Your Mind, Your Shopping List"

Honest By's Bruno Pieters: "Change Your Mind, Your Shopping List"

“The fact that solutions, real solutions, exist today and they are not being used. People are still giving reasons for not acting more responsibly. But part of my job is to let…

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Watch the Trailer for "The True Cost," a Film About Fashion's Dark Side

Watch the Trailer for "The True Cost," a Film About Fashion's Dark Side

Think of The True Cost as the auteur equivalent of the glitter bomb. Set to launch simultaneously across multiple platforms on May 29, the Kickstarter-funded documentary is a bold and…

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These "High Fashion" Ads Contain a Grim Message About Child Labor

These "High Fashion" Ads Contain a Grim Message About Child Labor

HIDDEN MESSAGE On Facebook, the São Paulo agency says the project’s intent isn’t to criticize the fashion industry, but to “draw the attention of the people for a…

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This Fashion Library Lets You Check Out Clothing—Literally

This Fashion Library Lets You Check Out Clothing—Literally

LENA, the Amsterdam-based Fashion Library, was born out of a concern for excessive clothing consumption. LENA co-founder Suzanne Smulders notes that 240 million kilos of clothes are…

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At Least 72 Dead in Footwear-Factory Fire in the Philippines

At Least 72 Dead in Footwear-Factory Fire in the Philippines

Photos by Bullit Marquez for Associated Press At least 72 people are dead after a fire ripped through a rubber-slipper factory just north of Manilla in the Philippines, authorities said…

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Sophie Carnell Creates Haunting Jewelry From Salvaged Ocean Trash

Sophie Carnell Creates Haunting Jewelry From Salvaged Ocean Trash

MATERIAL HAZARDS Several of the pieces mimic silhouettes found in nature—Carnell’s way of echoing the plight of marine animals, from seabirds to bivalves, who mistake plastic…

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Shwood Recycles Newspaper Into Woodgrain-Like Eyewear

Shwood Recycles Newspaper Into Woodgrain-Like Eyewear

READ ALL ABOUT IT Shwood treated the reconstituted material like a type of veneer, layering it onto the temples of its signature “Canby” model—in both wooden and…

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Eileen Fisher Wants to Achieve "100 Percent Sustainability" by 2020

Eileen Fisher Wants to Achieve "100 Percent Sustainability" by 2020

What is the inspiration behind Vision2020 and the motto, “No excuses”? Vision2020 reflects [founder] Eileen [Fisher's] realization about the future of our planet and the people on…

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H&M Breaks Into the Beauty Market With (Fast) "Fashion for the Face"

H&M Breaks Into the Beauty Market With (Fast) "Fashion for the Face"

H&M is making over its beauty aisle. The Swedish retailer announced Tuesday the pending arrival of a new 700-piece collection of cosmetics, body products, and hairstyling tools,…

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