Farmer Suicides in India Continue to Soar, So Thanks, Monsanto

by , 07/28/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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In India, suicides are a well-known, if unwelcome, phenomenon. The worst of it happens in the rural parts of the country, where a 2011 census revealed that the suicide rate for farmers was 47 percent higher than the national average. In the agricultural states of Bengal, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh, it’s estimated that a farmer takes his life very 30 minutes, usually by hanging, drowning, or ingesting pesticides. Vandana Shiva, one of India’s leading environmental activists, deems the suicides a kind of “genocide” that has resulted in the deaths of more than 300,000 farmers—overwhelmingly of whom are men—since 1995, the first year the Indian government began keeping formal records. She places much of the blame on Monsanto, the multinational corporation behind Bt Cotton, a a breed of genetically modified cotton that contains insecticidal toxins from the Bacillus thuringiensis bacterium.

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PETA Strikes Victoria's Secret Off Its List of Cruelty-Free Brands

by , 07/28/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ has stricken Victoria’s Secret from its list of cruelty-free companies after the lingerie giant confirmed its decision to sell beauty products in mainland China. Although the Chinese government has, in recent years, relaxed its animal-test mandate for certain types of cosmetics that are produced and sold in the country, the new rules don’t cover imported or specialty products. American-based firms have been eager to capitalize on the Asian country’s $15-billion-and-growing cosmetics market, however, with several companies, most notably Avon, Mary Kay, and Esteé Lauder, reversing decades of “no animal testing” policies to do so.

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Israeli Fashion Student 3D-Prints Entire Clothing Collection at Home

by , 07/27/15   filed under: Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Danit Peleg set her sights high when she started her graduate collection for her degree in Fashion Design at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. She planned to design and print an entire collection of 3D printed clothing using a printer that is suitable for home use. The five-piece collection of flexible, flowing clothes shows the capabilities of what is possible now with 3D printers and new materials, plus a lot of man hours! The new collection took 9 months and over 2000 hours of printing.

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Champion Surfer Kelly Slater: Clothing is an "Icky Business"

by , 07/27/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Men's Eco-Fashion, Quotes

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“You hear the term ‘sweatshop’ and immediately think of little kids making clothes, which can be the case. But it can also be their wage, the work conditions, the facilities, the hours. Workers aren’t allowed to form unions or protests the conditions. Those are the things that define sweatshops.

“Clothing is a really icky business, but it’s a whole system. You’ve got retailers bitching about prices but they’re also bitching about production and they way things are made.

“Those two things are completely tied together. If you’re going to use good materials and take care of people working in your factories, the clothing will be exponentially more expensive to produce.”

—Eleven-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater, speaking to Surfing about Outerknown, his recently launched line of sustainable menswear.

 

People Are Freaking Out About Baubax's 15-in-1 Travel Jacket

by , 07/24/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Men's Eco-Fashion, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Rather than fumble for your ID, phone, and all your other travel essentials in your bag, it would be so much more convenient if you could keep them in your pockets. The BauBax jacket holds the answer to all your travel woes by solving 15 of your biggest problems in one single garment. Like a Swiss Army Knife, the BauBax jacket has a tool for everything, like pockets for your passport, your iPad, sunglasses, or an inflatable neck pillow, eye mask, and gloves for when you get chilly. Coming in 4 different styles for both men and women, this multi-functional jacket looks perfect for an international flight as well as your cross town commute.

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Nudie Jeans is Changing the Culture of Denim Ownership

by , 07/23/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Interviews, Organic Denim

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Nudie Jeans is changing the ownership model for denim jeans and providing best in class stewardship for transparency. The company is at the top of its class for providing information on supply chain, self reporting their social responsibility report card, using organic materials and fair labor. They have other culture changing initiatives that other companies many find too bold, such as recommending not washing your jeans for the first six months of ownership, even with daily wear. Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Sandya Lang tells us more about how this Swedish denim label is bringing unique perspective to sustainable fashion.

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"Undo" Laces Offset the Carbon Footprint of Your Shoe

by , 07/23/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes

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A physical footprint isn’t the only thing your running shoes might be leaving behind. According to a 2013 study by MIT’s Materials Systems Laboratory, the average pair of trainers generates about 30 pounds of carbon dioxide, or roughly the same amount as a 100-watt light bulb that’s been on for a week. Undo Labs, a nascent design studio based in Istanbul, wants to ameliorate some of that damage. Its inaugural product? A pair of cotton shoelaces that use carbon offsets to “undo” the worst of the footwear industry’s impact. “Undo Laces is the first product that represents this vision,” Can Özinci, the company’s co-founder, says in a statement. “You buy a pair of Undo shoelaces and Undo Labs offsets the carbon footprint of your shoe. It is simple, and effective.”

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European Union Bans Toxic Chemical NPE in Textile Imports

by , 07/22/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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In what Greenpeace is hailing a “landmark decision,” European Union member states have unanimously agreed to ban a class of hormone-disrupting chemicals known as nonylphenol ethoxylates, or NPEs, from its clothing and textile imports. The decision, according to the environmental-rights group, closes a trade loophole that has allowed NPE-containing clothing to slip into the EU. Despite a regional ban on the substances more than a decade ago, NPEs were still contaminating waterways through the washing of imported textiles.

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Actress Robin Wright Launches Pour Les Femmes, PJs With a Purpose

by , 07/22/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Underwear, Fashion Philanthropy

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For Robin Wright, a pair of pajamas isn’t just a symbol of comfort and security; it can also be an instrument for helping women across the globe. The actress-activist, who considers safety a fundamental human right, has has teamed up with her longtime friend, designer Karen Fowler, to create a sleepwear label that benefits victims of violence in the Republic of Congo. Pour Les Femmes, which features delicate nightgowns, robes, and separates in the “finest”—albeit conventional—cotton, contributes up to 100 percent of its profits to Action Kivu and Synergie des Femmes, two human-rights organizations that provide aid to Congolese women.

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You Can Now Drop Off Your Unwanted Clothes at Any Levi's Store

You Can Now Drop Off Your Unwanted Clothes at Any Levi's Store

Need to free up some closet space? With the expansion of Levi Strauss’s clothing-recycling scheme, you can now drop off your unwanted clothing and shoes—regardless of brand—at…

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Help the Smithsonian Save Neil Armstrong's Moon-Landing Space Suit

Help the Smithsonian Save Neil Armstrong's Moon-Landing Space Suit

REBOOT THE SUIT One of the most fragile items in the museum’s collection, Armstrong’s suit was made to preserve human life in the harshness of space, albeit for a very short…

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7 Eco-Friendly Sunglasses Made From Unexpected Materials

7 Eco-Friendly Sunglasses Made From Unexpected Materials

VINYL RECORDS Vinylize’s line of recycled-LP eyewear…

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Neffa's "Chameleon" Scarf Changes Color With Mood, Light, Temperature

Neffa's "Chameleon" Scarf Changes Color With Mood, Light, Temperature

The chameleon reacts to its environment by changing the color of its skin to blend in and likewise, Neffa’s mood scarf reacts to light and temperature to change its appearance.…

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Outerknown, Surfer Kelly Slater's Eco-Menswear Brand, is Here

Outerknown, Surfer Kelly Slater's Eco-Menswear Brand, is Here

DAPPER THREADS Despite its surfer roots, Outerknown isn’t hawking $20 graphic T-shirts. Far from it. With offerings that include recycled-polyester bomber jackets, wool-cashmere…

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Topshop Goes Green With "Reclaim" Collection of Upcycled Clothing

Topshop Goes Green With "Reclaim" Collection of Upcycled Clothing

RECLAIM TO FAME Trish Clarke, Topshop’s head of…

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UV-Detecting "Smart" Bikini Tells You When to Apply More Sunscreen

UV-Detecting "Smart" Bikini Tells You When to Apply More Sunscreen

You know you should wear sunscreen and you probably do, but remembering to reapply is another story. Enter the smart bikini that sends an alert to your phone when you’ve had too…

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"Give Back Box" Turns Old Shipping Cartons Into Goodwill Donations

"Give Back Box" Turns Old Shipping Cartons Into Goodwill Donations

The Los Angeles startup Give Back Box has made donating goods to charity an absolute no-brainer. Already owning a successful fashion ecommerce site called StyleupGirl, entrepeuner…

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Closca Fuga: A Collapsible Bike Helmet That Folds to Half Its Size

Closca Fuga: A Collapsible Bike Helmet That Folds to Half Its Size

Biking to work is great, but biking with a bulky, goofy helmet isn’t ideal. Closca Fuga is a foldable bike helmet that provides all the protection you need for your noggin, but…

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