Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

by , 05/25/15   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

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America has come a long way since its birth as a nation in 1776. But just as the country has evolved throughout the years, so has Old Glory. From the arrangement of those iconic stars and stripes to the materials and colorants used in its construction, the American flag has changed considerably since George Washington commissioned its creation (as legend has it, from Betsy Ross), according to Barbara Gatewood, professor emeritus of textile science at Kansas State University. Today’s flags are made with polyester and nylon, along with synthetic dyes and pigments manufactured primarily from petrochemicals, Gatewood says, but it wasn’t always so.

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PACT Now Sells Fair-Trade, Organic Dresses (And They're Under $35)

by , 05/22/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Looking for a breezy summer dress that won’t strain your conscience or your wallet? PACT’s got you covered. The Boulder, Colo.-based clothing brand is adding two dress styles to its fair-trade-certified lineup: a jersey pocket, which retails for $30, and a stretch jersey wrap, which sells for $34. Made from non-genetically modified organic cotton, both items can be purchased online and at select Whole Foods markets. “Quality casual dresses are a staple in every women’s closet,” says Jeff Denby, founder of PACT. “As an apparel basics brand, this new category is a natural product extension for our customers.”

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Win Shadowplay NYC's "Galaxy" Tee, Inspired by Space Travel

by , 05/21/15   filed under: Contests

 

This Jewelry is Made of Recycled Coffee Grounds

by , 05/20/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Rosalie McMillan doesn’t have to look far for her coffee fix. The London designer creates jewelry from Çurface, an industrial composite derived from waste grounds and post-consumer recycled polystyrene. A finalist in the 2015 Observer Ethical Awards (along with Here Today Here Tomorrow and Nudie Jeans), McMillan offsets the unusual material with recycled or fair-trade-certified silver and gold vermeil. Talk about a sophisticated brew!

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L'Oreal Plans to Start 3D-Printing Human Skin

by , 05/20/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty, Wearable Technology

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L’Oreal knows that the business of beauty is as much a science as it is an art. Since it nixed animal testing in 2003, the French cosmetic firm has relied on models of “reconstructed human epidermis”—essentially skin samples grown from post-surgical donor tissues—to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its products. Although L’Oreal’s dedicated lab facilities in Lyon grow roughly 54 square feet—or about a full cow’s worth—of skin a year, the company wants to speed up and even automate the process. That’s where Organovo comes in. The San Diego–based startup made headlines in 2014 for creating the world’s first functional liver using three-dimensional printing.

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Honest By's Bruno Pieters: "Change Your Mind, Your Shopping List"

by , 05/19/15   filed under: Quotes

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“The fact that solutions, real solutions, exist today and they are not being used. People are still giving reasons for not acting more responsibly. But part of my job is to let people know that all those reasons have now become excuses.

“Through the research we have done at Honest By I can assure you that the solutions are there. And the only reason why it is not happening is because we are not asking them to change. One needs to understand that money is a language. The only language the industry speaks. Every time I buy something I want to make my voice heard. …

“The most important thing I did in my life was to change my mind. That is the definition of evolution. If we wouldn’t change our mind, women would still not have the right to vote and African Americans would still be slaves. Change your mind, change your shopping list.”

Bruno Pieters, designer of transparency-led label Honest By, speaking to The True Cost director Andrew Morgan about what troubles him most about the fashion industry.

 

Watch the Trailer for "The True Cost," a Film About Fashion's Dark Side

by , 05/19/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Video, Worker Rights

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Think of The True Cost as the auteur equivalent of the glitter bomb. Set to launch simultaneously across multiple platforms on May 29, the Kickstarter-funded documentary is a bold and unflinching assault on the fashion industry’s status quo. Its sobering linchpin? The building collapse at Rana Plaza, a disaster that killed 1,138 garment workers and injured thousands more in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013. Littered with bodies, the rubble became a symbol for the global inequities behind our cheap clothing. For filmmaker Andrew Morgan, it was a call to action. The backlash had begun.

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These "High Fashion" Ads Contain a Grim Message About Child Labor

by , 05/18/15   filed under: Worker Rights

 

This Fashion Library Lets You Check Out Clothing—Literally

by , 05/15/15   filed under: Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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LENA, the Amsterdam-based Fashion Library, was born out of a concern for excessive clothing consumption. LENA co-founder Suzanne Smulders notes that 240 million kilos of clothes are thrown away each year in Holland alone and says it is time or a change. So with the idea of raising awareness of this issue a fashion library was created in the heart of the city by four enterprising young women. Together they created a fun space where clients can go and browse through collection of clothes, borrowing as they would in a library. This means after five days of enjoying an item it can be taken back and exchanged for another, without having to keep the piece forever, nor throw it out. The website says that borrowers have access to a high quality collection of the finest vintage, upcoming designers and eco labels, and can be swapped and shared as much as you like. This idea may not be a new one, but it is thoughtful, simple and efficient, and has the makings of a mini eco-revolution in the Dutch capital.

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At Least 72 Dead in Footwear-Factory Fire in the Philippines

At Least 72 Dead in Footwear-Factory Fire in the Philippines

Photos by Bullit Marquez for Associated Press At least 72 people are dead after a fire ripped through a rubber-slipper factory just north of Manilla in the Philippines, authorities said…

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Sophie Carnell Creates Haunting Jewelry From Salvaged Ocean Trash

Sophie Carnell Creates Haunting Jewelry From Salvaged Ocean Trash

MATERIAL HAZARDS Several of the pieces mimic silhouettes found in nature—Carnell’s way of echoing the plight of marine animals, from seabirds to bivalves, who mistake plastic…

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Shwood Recycles Newspaper Into Woodgrain-Like Eyewear

Shwood Recycles Newspaper Into Woodgrain-Like Eyewear

READ ALL ABOUT IT Shwood treated the reconstituted material like a type of veneer, layering it onto the temples of its signature “Canby” model—in both wooden and…

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Eileen Fisher Wants to Achieve "100 Percent Sustainability" by 2020

Eileen Fisher Wants to Achieve "100 Percent Sustainability" by 2020

What is the inspiration behind Vision2020 and the motto, “No excuses”? Vision2020 reflects [founder] Eileen [Fisher's] realization about the future of our planet and the people on…

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H&M Breaks Into the Beauty Market With (Fast) "Fashion for the Face"

H&M Breaks Into the Beauty Market With (Fast) "Fashion for the Face"

H&M is making over its beauty aisle. The Swedish retailer announced Tuesday the pending arrival of a new 700-piece collection of cosmetics, body products, and hairstyling tools,…

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Can Modular Design Teach Us to Love Our Clothes Longer?

Can Modular Design Teach Us to Love Our Clothes Longer?

Rhiannon Hunt is one of a new breed of designer who wants to stem the epidemic of “fast fashion.” The winner of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan’s inaugural…

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Everything You Need to Know About Microbeads in 2 Minutes

Everything You Need to Know About Microbeads in 2 Minutes

Microbeads seem to be in everything- face wash, makeup and soaps, but did you know they are also clogging our waterways? The teeny tiny bits of plastic appear in many of our personal…

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Block Shop Textiles Revitalizes Traditional Indian Block-Printing

Block Shop Textiles Revitalizes Traditional Indian Block-Printing

In Bagru, a city in Rajistan, India, hand printed textiles have followed the same tradition for over 350 years. Block Shop are trying to help keep this historic method alive by carving…

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World Wildlife Fund U.K. Wants You to "Wear It Wild" on June 5

World Wildlife Fund U.K. Wants You to "Wear It Wild" on June 5

The World Wildlife Fund wants you to take a walk on the wild side. The British arm of the environmental nonprofit is challenging individuals, schools, businesses, and communities across…

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