The North Face Wins PETA Award for Down-Free "Thermoball" Line

by , 12/19/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Eco-Textiles, Vegan Fashion

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is giving The North Face its official seal of approval. In recognition of its efforts with “ThermoBall”, a down-free synthetic insulation that debuted in 2013, the animal-rights group’s youth division is bestowing upon the outdoor-clothing company the 2014 Libby Award for “Best Vegan Makeover.” ThermoBall, says PETA2, is essential for people who reject the “cold cruelty” of down. “Companies such as The North Face reflect compassion for animals, and their designs embody an innovative spirit, which today’s young people seek out in spades,” Marta Holmberg, PETA’s director of youth outreach and campaign, says in a statement. “All of PETA2′s nominees deserve a round of applause because they’re inspiring young people across the country to get active for animals every time they shop.”

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Could These "Wearable Biospheres" Help Us Survive on Alien Planets?

by , 12/19/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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If we’re ever going to make it in space exploration to distant planets like Jupiter let alone outside of our solar system, we’re going to need some serious spacesuits that provide an unlimited supply of oxygen, energy, food and water. To achieve that we’re going to need more than oxygen bottles and waste management, we’ll need suits that actually produce fuel for us and these creepy bacteria-filled, 3D-printed vests could be the ticket. Inside the intestinal-like suits are thousands of cavities where special bacteria and algae feed off sunlight or waste and produce critical elements we need to survive. Seems far-fetched, but actually could be doable and completely necessary for long-term space exploration.

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Watch "Cotton Road," a Film About How Our Clothes Are Made

by , 12/18/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Features, Interviews

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Live in or around New York City? You’re cordially invited to a Jan 7, 2015 screening of Cotton Road, a documentary that explores the global cotton supply chain through the eyes of its workers. Hosted by the Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator as part of its winter film series, and sponsored by Ecouterre, the movie traces the transnational journey of the “fabric of our lives,” from the rolling fields of South Carolina to the factory cities of eastern China. The transformation from seed to shirt isn’t always a pretty one, but director Laura Kissel isn’t afraid to take a gimlet look at the environmental and ethical impacts of cotton’s globe-spanning odyssey. We caught up with Kissel this week to learn more about the inspiration behind her film, how supply-chain transparency can lead to social change, and how consumer choices can be a powerful advocate for the way our clothes are made—and the people who make them.

Cotton Road
Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
630 Flushing Ave, 7th Flr.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

January 7, 2015
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET

$10 suggested donation; includes wine, popcorn, and a post-movie clothing swap.

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Materialism Makes You More Anxious, Depressed, Says Expert

by , 12/18/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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An obsession with worldly goods is making us all more anxious and depressed—and TV and social media aren’t helping. In a release from the American Psychological Association, “materialism expert” Tim Kasser says that people who made money and possessions a priority generally experienced more unpleasant emotions, a greater incidence of physical ailments, such as headaches and stomachaches, and less satisfaction with their lives. “Specifically, materialistic values are associated with living one’s life in ways that do a relatively poor job of satisfying psychological needs to feel free, competent, and connected to other people,” Kasser, a professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., says. “When people do not have their needs well-satisfied, they report lower levels of wellbeing and happiness, as well as more distress.”

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Dogs Are Being Skinned Alive in China to Make Leather Gloves

by , 12/17/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, The Big Idea

 

Re.Verso: An Italian Luxury Textile Made From Recycled Wool Waste

by , 12/17/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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RE.VERSO \ri-ˈvərs-ō\

n. 1: A traceable, Italian-made luxury textile derived from pre-consumer recycled fibers, primarily wool, and other factory surplus. 2: Part of a collaborative “textile platform” midwifed by sustainable-textile firm C.L.A.S.S. and established by a group of three Italian mills: Green Line, which sources waste yarn across Italy and selected European countries; Nuova Fratelli Boretti, which prepares the material for spinning; and Lanificio Stelloni, which converts the fiber into yarn and knitted and woven fabrics. 3: Set to appear in Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. 4: An example of excellence in sustainable production techniques, according to C.L.A.S.S.

 

Made in L.A., Sydney Brown's Luxury Shoes Are Vegan, Sustainable

by , 12/17/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Fair Trade, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Zady Exposes Its Supply Chain, Calls for "Sourced In" Movement

by , 12/16/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

VIDEO: Stella McCartney's Kenya-Made Bags Promote Ethics, Dignity

by , 12/16/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Bags, Fair Trade, Green Designers, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Finally, a 3D-Printed Dress That Drapes, Moves Like Actual Fabric

Finally, a 3D-Printed Dress That Drapes, Moves Like Actual Fabric

3D printers produce rigid objects, usually made of plastic. They don’t print or weave fabrics, but Massachusetts-based firm Nervous System used a 3D printer to make a dress that…

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Water-Resistant "Mavari" Cape Doubles as Shelter, Backpack

Water-Resistant "Mavari" Cape Doubles as Shelter, Backpack

Fashionable and functional, the new cloak by Mavari keeps mother nature out with its triple layer of fabric. The reversible cloak, now being crowdfunded with a Kickstarter campaign,…

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Nike Unveils First Football Cleat Made With Recycled Bottles

Nike Unveils First Football Cleat Made With Recycled Bottles

Nike has unveiled what it considers its most innovative football cleat to date. Designed to commemorate the first College Football Playoff, the “Vapor Untouchable” is the…

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Myontec's "Smart" Shorts Promise to Give You a Better Workout

Myontec's "Smart" Shorts Promise to Give You a Better Workout

Finish company Myontec’s MBody Coach tech shorts promise to ramp up your athletic performance with real time monitoring and coaching. While the everyday exerciser can get away…

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Riz Wants to Recycle Ocean Plastic Into Snazzy Board Shorts

Riz Wants to Recycle Ocean Plastic Into Snazzy Board Shorts

For Riz Boardshorts, the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic choking up the world’s oceans is 5.25 trillion pieces too many. The British swimwear label wants to transform some of that…

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H&M Taps Actress Olivia Wilde as Face of "Conscious Exclusive" Line

H&M Taps Actress Olivia Wilde as Face of "Conscious Exclusive" Line

H&M is getting the hero it deserves. The Swedish retailer has tapped Olivia Wilde—and, we hope, her eco-crime-fighting alter ego, Princess Layers—to be the new face of its…

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Pope Francis to Shoppers: Purchasing is "Always a Moral Act"

Pope Francis to Shoppers: Purchasing is "Always a Moral Act"

Photo by Giulio Napolitano/Shutterstock “Together with the social responsibility of businesses, there is also the social responsibility of consumers. Every person ought to have…

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Victoria's Secret's "Incredible" Sports Bra Monitors Your Heart Rate

Victoria's Secret's "Incredible" Sports Bra Monitors Your Heart Rate

Vitals tracking just got a whole lot more intimate, thanks to the new “Incredible” sports bra from Victoria’s Secret. Designed to provide “maximum support”…

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French Designer Creates Sexy Lingerie From Recycled Christmas Trees

French Designer Creates Sexy Lingerie From Recycled Christmas Trees

If you are looking for eco-friendly lingerie this Christmas, look no further than the nearest pine tree. French designer Sophie Young is recycling used Christmas trees, turning the pine…

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