Can a New Label Help Eradicate Child Labor in the Garment Industry?

by , 07/31/15   filed under: Worker Rights

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Of all the social indignities the garment industry promotes, child labor ranks among the worst. It’s galling in its pervasiveness, from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where low-caste girls are lured into bonded servitude with the promise of better dowries, to the cotton fields of Uzbekistan, where upwards of 2 million children—some as young as 7—are forced by their government to toil for 10 hours a day, two to three months out of every year. According to the International Labour Organisation, which defines child labor as as “work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity,” roughly 168 million are trapped in mentally, physically, socially, or morally dangerous occupations that jeopardize their wellbeing. A group of childcare educators in New Zealand wants to change that, however.

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Purple: A Social-Networked Digital Locket That Stores Unlimited Photos

by , 07/31/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Wearable Technology

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Purple is a new heirloom wearable device that helps you keep your all treasured photos and messages from loved ones close to your heart. Your phone can hold thousands of images and receive hundreds of notifications or messages, but the only ones that really matter are from close friends and family. The smart jewelry from Artefact Group is designed to bring the super special, important moments and people to the top. A companion app helps you filter who you want to hear from and what treasured images you can carry. Don’t worry, you can still carry thousands of images on Purple, but it’ll be super easy to swipe through them and show them off.

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Made of Regenerated Leather, Dooq Sandals Are Endlessly Customizable

by , 07/30/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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For the lady who changes her mind on a dime, there’s Dooq, a line of “fully transformable” sandals you can customize in virtually unlimited ways. Almost everyone tires of the contents of their closet at some point, according to Rasa Pekarskaitė, the Lithuanian designer behind the concept. Not so with Dooq. Every element of the shoe, from the side straps to the button embellishment, comes in a range of interchangeable colors, shapes, materials, and patterns. Cobble a different look in a matter of seconds, Pekarskaitė says. “It’s even possible to create one’s own pattern of the sandal’s upper part and have one and only Dooqs in the world,” she adds.

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U.K. Modern Slavery Act Will Hold Businesses Accountable

by , 07/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to crack down on the “abhorrent trade” of human trafficking. Elaborating on the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, which passed into law in March, Cameron confirmed that the new measures will compel companies with turnovers of £36 million or greater to publish an annual slavery and human-trafficking statement starting in October. According to the Prime Minister’s office, the statement must describe the steps a business has taken—if any—to ensure that its supply chains are free of slavery and human-trafficking activity. Downing Street estimates that the new rule will affect 12,000 U.K. companies.

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Jane Birkin Wants Hermès to Rename Its Iconic "Birkin" Handbag

by , 07/29/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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Jane Birkin has asked Hermès to remove her name from one of its most iconic bags following a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals investigation into the farming methods of some of its crocodile- and alligator-skin suppliers. “Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Hermès’s handbags carrying my name… I have asked Hermès’s to de-baptize the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place,” the British actress and fashion icon told AFP.

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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.

 

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