Ahead of Ban on Used Clothing Imports, Tanzania Trains Youths to Sew

by , 08/25/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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As East Africa braces itself for a looming ban on imported secondhand clothes and shoes, Tanzania’s government is kick-starting an initiative to equip the country’s youth with garment-making skills. The announcement, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua, was made on Saturday by Jenista Mhagama, minister of state in the prime minister’s office in charge of policy, parliamentary affairs, labor, employment, youth and disabled affairs. “We’re determined to end the importation of used clothes and shoes by 2018,” Mhagama said. “We have organized series of training for young Tanzanians so that they are well-equipped with tailoring skills, who will be employed in the current clothes-making factories and those which are coming in.”

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Donald Trump's "American-Made" Suits May Not Actually be Made in the U.S.A.

by , 08/24/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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In a plot twist that will surprise absolutely no one, Donald Trump’s allegedly “American-made” suits may not actually be as homegrown as they claim to be. After noticing that the two-piece suits Trump sold through Amazon were listed as both “imported” and “made in the U.S.A.,” the eagle-eyed sleuths at Buzzfeed ordered a couple in the name of scientific inquiry. Why does this even matter? “Bringing overseas manufacturing jobs back to America is a cornerstone of Trump’s presidential campaign,” reporter Daniel Wagner explained. “He even swore off Oreos after Nabisco moved some jobs to Mexico.” The TL;DR version: The suits were manufactured in Indonesia.

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World's Oldest Needle is 50,000 Years Old, But It Wasn't Made by Homo Sapiens

by , 08/24/16   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

Russian archaeologists have unearthed what just might be the world’s oldest surviving sewing needle. Crafted from a large bird bone, complete with an eye for thread, the nearly 3-inch implement is at least 50,000 years old, according to Mikhail Shunkov, head of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk. The discovery was made in Siberia’s Denisova Cave, in a layer where remains from a extinct species of human, the Denisova hominii, have also been found. “As of today it is the most ancient needle in the world,” Shunkov told the Siberian Times, before adding that the tool could prove that the Denisovans were more sophisticated than we thought, perhaps more so than neanderthals or even Homo sapiens (that is, us).

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American Colors: Philly-Made Eco-Fashion That's Meant to be Lived In

by , 08/24/16   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Those Pricey "Made in Italy" Shoes Could Have Come From a Sweatshop

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Think that “made in Europe” corresponds with fair labor? You couldn’t be more mistaken. Slapdash working conditions and poverty wages are as endemic to the continent as they are to Asia, according to Labour Behind the Label, the Bristol-based workers-rights group behind new research on the “true cost” of Eastern Europe’s footwear industry. In fact, tens of thousands of workers who make shoes in countries such as Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Slovakia, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia often earn even less than their Chinese counterparts. Additionally, the manufacturing origins of the shoes don’t always line up with what’s purported on their labels, which means that terms like “made in Italy” or “made in Germany” can sometimes be misleading. “‘Made in Italy’ are synonymous with high quality and elegance—and fairly good working conditions,” Labour Behind the Label wrote in Labour on a Shoestring, a report it published in June. “However, ‘made in Italy’ does not always mean that the shoes are actually manufactured on Italian soil.”

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New Book Accuses Cambodian H&M Factory of Hiring 14-Year-Old Workers

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H&M worked with factories in Myanmar where children as young as 14 stitched clothes for more than 12 hours a day, claims an upcoming book about “fast fashion’s seedy underbelly. In Modeslavar—Swedish for “fashion slaves”—authors Moa Kärnstrand and Tobias Andersson spoke to two 15-year-old girls who said they toiled at their respective employers—Myanmar Century Liaoyuan Knitted Wear and Myanmar Garment Wedge near the capital city of Yangon—until 10 p.m. every day, a clear violation of both international labor standards and Myanmar’s own laws, which aren’t very scrupulous in the first place. (At 3,600 kyat, or $3, for an eight-hour day, the Southeast Asian’s minimum wage is among the planet’s lowest.) “They employed anyone who wanted to work,” Zu Zu, who began working at 14, told Kärnstrand and Andersson.

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Philippe Starck Designs Recycled—And Recyclable—Flip-Flops for Ipanema

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Philippe Starck’s line of flip-flops for Ipanema may not make you taller, tanner, younger, or lovelier, but they’re bound to leave an “ahh” or two in their wake. Produced in Brazil in collaboration with the acclaimed French designer, the “Ipanema with Starck” capsule collection features four designs in 12 colorways. The thongs themselves, according to Ipanema, comprise a flexible plastic derived from at least 30 percent recycled materials. They’re also completely recyclable. “The Ipanema with Starck collection explores the territory of high elegance paired with the utmost minimalism,” Starck said in a statement “When you reach elegance with a few dollars or euros, this is no longer magic; it is a modern miracle.”

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Someone is Leaving Crocheted Pokémon Dolls at Various Pokéstops

by , 08/18/16   filed under: Eco-Art

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Hunting for Pokémon? If you’re really lucky, a virtual Pidgey or Zubat isn’t all you’ll snag. Nichole Dunigan, an artist from Lewisville, Texas, has been depositing crocheted versions of the critters for sharp-eyed players to find, mostly around her local Pokéstops and gyms. Like the smartphone game that inspired it, Dunigan’s “Crochet Go” has attracted a sizable following. It’s even spun off its own Facebook group, with hundreds of people from all over the world sharing photos of their creations, plus hints on where to find them. (Dunigan has made her patterns available for free online.) “‪#‎CrochetGo‬ is a project of spreading happiness,” she wrote on the page. Check out some of her handiwork below. #GottaCrochetEmAll

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What Daisy Did: Fashion Brand Pilots Program to Employ Homeless

What Daisy Did: Fashion Brand Pilots Program to Employ Homeless

BREAKING THE CYCLE Designed for extra-durability, all of the carryalls have a three-year repair-or-replace guarantee, What Daisy Did said. The company has also teamed up with the…

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Freitag is a Feat of Brotherly Love That Flaunts Its European Roots

Freitag is a Feat of Brotherly Love That Flaunts Its European Roots

F-abric was developed because you couldn’t find sustainable workwear for your employees that was also biodegradable. What came first, the designs or the material? It was…

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Squid-Inspired Fabrics Repair Themselves, Neutralize Toxins

Squid-Inspired Fabrics Repair Themselves, Neutralize Toxins

Photo by Scubagirl85/Wikimedia Commons Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a way for fabrics to repair themselves with just a little pressure and warm water. The…

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Vetements Designer Made Art From 17 Tons of Used Clothing

Vetements Designer Made Art From 17 Tons of Used Clothing

If you’ve ever wondered what 17 tons of used clothing looks like, Maja Weiss has got you covered. The Vetements designer recently held court at the Copenhagen International…

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Australian Artist Creates Tidal-Wave Sculpture From Discarded Flip-Flops

Australian Artist Creates Tidal-Wave Sculpture From Discarded Flip-Flops

David Day, an artist from North Queensland, has transformed thousands of discarded flip-flops into a life-size tidal wave. The sculpture, which Day describes as a testament to the…

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Garment Repurposes Secondhand Clothing to Combat Overproduction

Garment Repurposes Secondhand Clothing to Combat Overproduction

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE By cutting out the middleman and offering direct-to-consumer pricing through its e-commerce shop, Garment said it hopes to “democratize avant-garde…

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Fjällräven Debuts Eco-Backpacks Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Fjällräven Debuts Eco-Backpacks Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Schlep back to school, back to the cubicle, or anywhere life takes you with Fjällräven’s new line of 100 percent recycled-polyester backpacks. Available in 12 monochromatic…

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Annaborgia's Vegan Wedding Dresses Are Meant to be Reworn

Annaborgia's Vegan Wedding Dresses Are Meant to be Reworn

I DO AGAIN A former wedding photographer, Annaborgia founder Daniela Degrassi has spent more than a decade hearing the complaints of unhappy bridesmaids. “I always found it…

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Ethical Fashion: A Beginner's Guide

Ethical Fashion: A Beginner's Guide

Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov/Unsplash Ethical fashion. Green fashion. Sustainable fashion. Eco-fashion. Isn’t all just clothes? Well yes…and no. Confused? Take a deep,…

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