Emma Watson Takes on "Green Carpet Challenge" for "Regression" Press Tour

by , 08/28/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Emma Watson

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Emma Watson is borrowing a page from Livia Firth and embarking on a “Green Carpet Challenge” of her own. After taking to Instagram to post about The True Cost, a film about the fashion industry’s social and environmental pitfalls, the British actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador has pledged to wear only ethical designers throughout the press tour for Regression, her new film co-starring Ethan Hawke and fellow Harry Potter alum David Thewlis. Watson announced her decision on Wednesday by re-gramming her stylist, Sarah Slutsky, who posted a picture of a clothing rail.

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H&M is Offering $1 Million for Best Textile-Recycling Innovations

by , 08/27/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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H&M is looking to close the loop on textiles, and it’s willing to pay $1 million to anyone who can achieve it. Announced by the H&M Conscious Foundation, the Swedish retailer’s philanthropic arm, the so-called “Global Challenge Award” is the first initiative of its kind. The goal? To catalyze “green, truly groundbreaking ideas” to protect the planet’s natural resources by lowering fashion’s environmental burden. It’s a publicity coup for the world’s second-largest apparel company, which, despite lingering questions about overproduction and worker exploitation, has been angling itself as the ethical answer to affordable clothing. The prize will be an ongoing one, with five winners chosen by jury every year.

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Bangladesh Court Delays Release of Rana Plaza Film for "Negative Portrayal" of Garment Industry

by , 08/27/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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A new movie about Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza tragedy of 2013 is banned in the country for at least six months. Aptly entitled “Rana Plaza,” the film follows real life factor worker, Reshma Begum, who was trapped beneath the rubble of the collapsed sweat shop for a whopping 17 days. The high court of Bangladesh has deemed the film unfit to play in theaters for at least six months, while the film’s director Nazrul Islam Khan claims it shows hope and transparency in the controversial garment industry of Bangladesh.

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Ralph Lauren's Biometric-Sensing "PoloTech" Shirt Now on Sale

by , 08/26/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Ralph Lauren tested out its new smart workout shirt at the 2014 U.S. Open on ball boys and now they are releasing the PoloTech shirt to the public. Combining smart electronic textiles, a Bluetooth device and a custom iPhone app, the PoloTech shirt offers instant feedback on your vitals during your workout and even adapts your workout based on your vitals. The snug men’s workout shirt isn’t for everyone though – this luxury item costs almost as much as an Apple Watch and needs to be washed every time you wear it.

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Parsons Fashion Dean Burak Cakmak: "There's a Recognized Need for Sustainability"

by , 08/25/15   filed under: Quotes

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“There’s a recognized need for sustainability, especially if you’re a large business. We’re at a point where there’s nowhere to hide. You can’t make excuses like ‘It’s not within my control,’ or ‘I didn’t know about it.’

“There’s an expectation for all businesses to own up to their responsibilities and they have to go beyond that.

“It’s a new set of rules that the industry operates in, so it’s important for design students to understand the challenges they will face as they grow, especially once they start producing more than a few hundred pieces.”

Parsons The New School for Design’s new fashion dean, Burak Cakmak, who previously oversaw sustainability strategies at Gap, Kering, and Swarovski, speaking to Business of Fashion about the “new normal” of fashion education today.

 

Inkbox's 100 Percent Organic Temporary Tattoos Support Indigenous Livelihoods

by , 08/25/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, Fair Trade, Fashion Philanthropy

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Want to get inked but not ready for a lifelong commitment? Temporary tattoos are not only inexpensive and ouch-free, but they also fade into nothingness in a matter of days. For those who want something a little less transient, there’s Inkbox, a Canadian startup that claims to have created a formula that lasts up to 15 days. Even better, the inks are 100 percent organic, derived from fruit that grows in the jungles of the Darién Gap in Panama. Inkbox donates a percentage of its sales to the Darién Initiative, a nonprofit that protects the interests of the local Embera-Wounaan and Kuna peoples. “These tribes have been dyeing their skin with the pulp of the Genipa americana fruit for thousands of years,” Inkbox notes on its Kickstarter campaign page, where it’s taking preorders. “It’s where we got the idea for Inkbox and it’s where the ingredients for our formula come from.”

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Nature Conservancy is "Appalled" by PETA's Footage of Abused Sheep

by , 08/24/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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Ovis 21, a network of livestock ranches in Argentina, found itself thrust into the spotlight this month after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused one of its member facilities of mutilating and otherwise abusing its lambs and sheep. Presented with the undercover video, the Nature Conservancy could only react with horror. Ovis 21, after all, is one of the conservation group’s partners. Together with apparel firm Patagonia, the organizations have been working in tandem to regenerate over 15 million acres of overgrazed grasslands. “The Nature Conservancy is appalled by what we saw in parts of this footage,” Barbara Laing, marketing director at the Nature Conservancy, told Ecouterre over email. “[We were] not aware of these practices and we do not condone them.”

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Bon George Upcycles Vintage Textiles Into Chic Ethical Fashion

by , 08/24/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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It’s hard not to feel instantly more stylish even just browsing the online collections from Bon George. Your admiration will grow even stronger when you learn that every piece is uniquely crafted from vintage textiles. Founders Jennifer Vu and Lucy Alvarez launched this concept of limited-edition garments made entirely from salvaged fabric. These gorgeous, finely crafted pieces are feminine, refined, and are breathing new life into old cloth.

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All the Cool Kids Are Weaving Tapestries Into Their Hair

by , 08/24/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Hair chalking, dyeing with rainbow colors or lightening ombre style has been all the rage for the last year, but what if you’re feeling a bit more splashy? Hair tapestry has just hit heads across the world, fusing traditional weaving with hair accessories. Although hair tapestry is less permanent than dyeing or bleaching, turning your head over to a loom requires some major dedication.

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Wildlife Works Becomes Africa's First Carbon-Neutral, Fair-Trade Factory

Wildlife Works Becomes Africa's First Carbon-Neutral, Fair-Trade Factory

FASHION FOR CONSERVATION But Wildlife Works is more than a…

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LOLI's DIY Beauty Box Promotes Fair Trade, Organic Ingredients

LOLI's DIY Beauty Box Promotes Fair Trade, Organic Ingredients

LOLI’s new DIY skin care kits are the new at-home beauty dream for the sustainable skin care lover out there who doesn’t always have time to get to the shops. Designed by Tina…

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KAIGHT's Kate McGregor: We Need to Talk Honestly About Fashion

KAIGHT's Kate McGregor: We Need to Talk Honestly About Fashion

Photo from AWEAR “I would really like there to be more…

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H&M Debuts New Denim Styles Made From Recycled Garments

H&M Debuts New Denim Styles Made From Recycled Garments

WORN AGAIN H&M broke ground in 2012 by becoming the first apparel company to launch a clothing take-back program across all 48 of its markets worldwide. With an eye on limiting…

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Tom Cridland's New T-Shirt Will Last 30 Years—Guaranteed

Tom Cridland's New T-Shirt Will Last 30 Years—Guaranteed

Tom Cridland, the British designer behind the…

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Mumbai Designers Give Local Taxis Dazzling Textile Makeovers

Mumbai Designers Give Local Taxis Dazzling Textile Makeovers

COLORFUL CABS “It’s believed that older generations don’t understand it or recognize it as a proper profession or something worth studying; design to them, just…

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Patagonia Cuts Ties With "Sustainable" Wool Supplier After PETA Exposé

Patagonia Cuts Ties With "Sustainable" Wool Supplier After PETA Exposé

Photo by Shutterstock Patagonia says it has stopped buying wool from Ovis 21 after People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals accused members of the Argentinean farming network of…

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LAST CHANCE: Win a Pair of PETA-Approved Vegan-Leather Espadrilles by M4D3

LAST CHANCE: Win a Pair of PETA-Approved Vegan-Leather Espadrilles by M4D3

If you’re kicking off your shoes this summer, make them a pair of these cruelty-free espadrilles. A collaboration between People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and…

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Embroidery Stop-Motion Film Animates Passover Folk Song

Embroidery Stop-Motion Film Animates Passover Folk Song

In Chad Gadya, a breathtakingly surreal three-minute film based on the Passover folk song of the same name, Nina Paley and Theodore Gray illustrate the absurdity of our…

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