South Africa's The Joinery is Turning Fashion Into a Social Movement

by , 04/17/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Women's Eco-Fashion

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“Do Something. Anything.” South African fashion brand The Joinery stands strong behind the belief that if everyone does something, no matter how small, all of us can make a difference and collectively “strive towards the goal of a sustainable fashion revolution.”

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"Photochromia" Garments Reveal Hidden Patterns in Sunlight

by , 04/17/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Wearable Technology

Photochromia, wearable technology, UV light, Kickstarter, color-changing textiles, color-changing fabrics, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, thermochromic fabrics, thermochromic ink, thermochromic textiles, photochromic ink, photochromic textiles, photochromic fabrics, responsive clothing, responsive textiles, Print All Over Me, The Crated

Wear a Photochromia shirt inside and it will look one way. Take it outside into the sun and it will magically transform before your eyes to reveal hidden geometries. Photochromia is a collection of garments designed and made through a new collaboration between wearable tech studio, The Crated and Print All Over Me, a platform to make full bleed digitally printed garments. Printed with photochromic inks, which are reactive in UV light, these hats, shirts, pants and even backpacks respond to their environment when moved from inside to outside into the sun.

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Artist Merry Coor Turns Loved Ones' Ashes Into Memorial Pendants

by , 04/16/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust? Not if you’re California glassmaker Merry Coor. The Eureka resident specializes in making “ash beads”: tangible mementos of the deceased that incorporate cremated remains into their swirling designs. Coor crafts every orb herself using a torch and rods of Italian- and American-made glass. Her process is equally unique. In addition to the ashes, Coor asks her clients to forward a photo, letter, or story that allows her to hone a mental picture of the loved one. “I take making beads with ashes very seriously and begin each bead with the utmost respect,” she writes on her website. “When I go into my studio to make a bead, I am centered and my thoughts are clear. I only want good energy, love, and good thoughts incorporated into every bead I make.”

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NRDC's Linda Greer is Cleaning Up China's Toxic Fashion Industry

by , 04/16/15   filed under: Features, Interviews, Toxic Pollution

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Linda Greer ranks among the fashion industry’s leading “toxic avengers.” As director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s five-year-old “Clean by Design” initiative, Greer is on the frontline of a sector burdened by high energy and water use and endemic, often catastrophic, pollution. Her Sisyphean task? To leverage the purchasing power of multinational brands and retailers to chip away at the environmental impacts of their manufacturing abroad, beginning with the biggest offender: China. As NRDC prepares to, in its own words, “aggressively expand” the program’s reach, Ecouterre caught up with Greer to learn about her “win-win” strategy, what the early days of Clean by Design were like, and how we can differentiate the “true-gooders” from the “greenwashers” in a post–corporate-social-responsibility world.

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NRDC's "Clean by Design" Helps China's Garment Industry Turn a Corner

by , 04/15/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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There’s a trick to knowing what colors will infuse next season’s trends, according to Linda Greer, senior scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council. Simply look at China’s rivers. The waterways of the world’s largest clothing exporter frequently churn with the untreated effluent of countless textile mills and dye houses. Some days they appear red; others, blue, yellow, or green. In fact, nearly one third of Chinese rivers are considered too polluted for direct human contact, notes Greer, who directs the nonprofit’s “Clean by Design” program. Launched in 2009, the initiative has labored to loosen the garment industry’s environmental stranglehold. And it looks like its efforts are starting to pay off.

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United Nude "Reinvents" Shoes With Architectural 3D-Printed Footwear

by , 04/15/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Submitted Story, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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United Nude is already known for their innovative shoes, but they are pushing new limits with 3D printing technology for Milan Design Week. The designers have teamed up with 3D systems to challenge the traditional shoe, using 3D technology to view shoes as sculpture. The incredible partnership will produce five pairs of shoes that will be available to the public, designed by world renowned architects and designers including Zaha Hadid, Ross Lovegrove, Fernando Romero, Michael Young and Ben van Berkel.

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Cotopaxi's Outdoor Gear Inspires Adventure, Funds Poverty Relief

by , 04/14/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Bags, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Fair Trade, Fashion Philanthropy, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Outdoor gear company Cotopaxi is gaining major attention from consumers and investors for their superior product and unique approach to marrying business with social impact. Founder Davis Smith tells Ecouterre that “after moving to Latin America when I was 4, I spent my entire childhood and about half of my adult life living in the developing world. During this time, I saw lives destroyed by heart-breaking poverty and lack of opportunity. Having been exposed to this reality, I feel a responsibility to make a difference.” Each piece of Cotopaxi gear, sold only online to reduce costs, is tied to a humanitarian cause in one of the poorest regions of the world. We tell you where your money goes in a tangible way. For example a purchase of a Pacaya Insulate Jacket will provide 2 weeks of midwife training in the Q’eqchi’ communities in Guatemala, thereby helping CHOICE Humanitarian to reduce child mortality. In addition, they manufacture in sweatshop-free factories that offer sustainable, equitable wages to the employees and stick to strict fair labor practices.

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"Soundweaving" Turns Traditional Folk Embroidery Into Playable Music

by , 04/14/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Fashion Artifacts

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Soundweaving comes from design student Zsanett Szirmay, of the Moholy-nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, who created this mysterious sound artwork by transforming embroidery patterns into music. The works are composed of holes in textiles in the form of a musical pattern that resemble playable punch cards, crafted with a laser cutter. “My inspiration came from the punch cards in the weavers workshop that the weaving machines used,” Szirmay told Ecouterre. “Early computers also used such punch cards, with the information coded in such formats. The weaving machinery too works on this basis, and I imagined, why not make pretty motifs on the punch cards. I thought back to my youth, seeing the music boxes in fairs and managed to connect the two concepts.”

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Pharrell Williams, Woolworths Team Up to "Make Sustainability Cool"

by , 04/13/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Woolworths could tell you a thing or two about hiring coups. The South African department store has just appointed Grammy-winning artist Pharrell Williams, who will spearhead sustainability-focused projects in his role of style director. Ian Moir, CEO of Woolworths Holdings, said at a press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday that he hopes the musician will help the company “make sustainability cool for the next generation of South Africans.” He further described Williams, whose textile company, Bionic Yarn, creates fabric out of recycled plastic bottles, as a “global icon for social cohesion, advancement through education, and environmental awareness.”

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Pyrrha Expands Line of Recycled-Metal "Game of Thrones" Jewelry

Pyrrha Expands Line of Recycled-Metal "Game of Thrones" Jewelry

VALAR MORGHULIS But while the show—and the books on which it’s based—are fiction, the techniques Pyrrha employs are not. The company uses the traditional art of lost-wax…

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Australians Love Beer So Much, They Made a Dress With It

Australians Love Beer So Much, They Made a Dress With It

The “Beer Dress” is more than a homage to Australia’s favorite pint. Created by Nanollose, the same Perth-based firm that transformed red wine into clothing, the frock…

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Faircloth & Supply's Timeless Clothing Benefits Education in Nepal

Faircloth & Supply's Timeless Clothing Benefits Education in Nepal

Why did Faircloth choose Nepal as the focus of its mission? It started with the cause: girls’ education. I have always been very passionate about women’s rights and the…

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M4D3, PETA's Vegan-Leather Espadrilles Benefit Animal Causes

M4D3, PETA's Vegan-Leather Espadrilles Benefit Animal Causes

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ latest collaboration is a bit of a shoo-in (or should we say shoe-in?) The animal-rights group announced Tuesday that it’s…

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Proud Mary Global Textiles Focuses on Empowerment, Not Pity

Proud Mary Global Textiles Focuses on Empowerment, Not Pity

Socially conscious lifestyle brand Proud Mary focuses on the mantra “Pride not Pity.” After volunteering in South America for Habitat for Humanity, owner Harper Poe was moved to…

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Takaokami's Ethical Rainwear Tackle Showers in Style

Takaokami's Ethical Rainwear Tackle Showers in Style

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY Jorn’s Scandinavian ethos is apparent in her designs, which are understated but made to last. (Standouts include a generously-sized hat and a kicky A-line…

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Parsons's Timo Rissanen: Stop With the Organic T-Shirts Already

Parsons's Timo Rissanen: Stop With the Organic T-Shirts Already

“One thing that drives me crazy is when I get an email that starts with, ‘We are a start-up and here is our organic-cotton T-shirt.’ The fact that it’s organic doesn’t…

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Patagonia Offers Free Repairs on Nationwide "Worn Wear" Mobile Tour

Patagonia Offers Free Repairs on Nationwide "Worn Wear" Mobile Tour

WORN AGAIN The mobile repair shop, which comes with an industrial Juki sewing machine, will be open to anyone who brings in a garment, no matter what the brand. Besides educating…

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Parsons, Eileen Fisher Team Up to Recycle Old Clothing Into New

Parsons, Eileen Fisher Team Up to Recycle Old Clothing Into New

If the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in New York City has been looking a little disordered of late, rest assured, it’s for a good cause. From now through Sunday, the Arnold and…

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