Hugo Boss Pledges to Go Completely Fur-Free

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

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Hugo Boss is ridding itself of fur. After working with the Humane Society of the United States and the Fur-Free Alliance, the German luxury house announced Monday its decision to adopt a 100 percent fur-free policy, which will come into effect with its 2016 Fall/Winter collection. The company is also nixing angora and down feathers from force-fed, live-plucked geese. And while it currently only “prefers” wool suppliers that don’t practice “mulesing,” a controversial—and arguably ineffective—surgical operation that involves cutting away flaps of flesh from a sheep’s breech and tail to prevent infection from parasites, Hugo Boss says it hopes to be 90 percent mulesing-free by 2020.

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Burt Shavitz, the "Burt" of "Burt's Bees," Dies at 80

by , 07/06/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Burt Shavitz, the scruffy-faced, train-engineer-capped namesake of Burt’s Bees, died on Sunday in Bangor, Me., at the age of 80. The cause was respiratory complications, according to Christina Calbi, a spokeswoman for the pioneering natural-cosmetics firm, which Shavitz co-founded with fellow back-to-lander Roxanne Quimby in 1984 before selling it to Clorox in 2007. “We remember him as a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land,” a message on the company’s website read on Monday. “Above all, he taught us to never lose sight of our relationship with nature.”

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Shoe Factory Collapses in Eastern China, Killing 14 People

by , 07/06/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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A four-story shoe factory in eastern China collapsed over the weekend, killing 14 people and injuring 33 others in the Zhejiang province city of Wenling, said local authorities Monday. Local government and state media report that nine people escaped unharmed. Rescuers extracted 42 people from the rubble and sent them to a hospital, where nine dead. Two workers are still missing, according to China’s Xinhua News. The cause of the incident is still under investigation, although Xinhua reports that workers complained of water leaks from the building’s large rooftop fishing pool just before the collapse.

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Portland Farmer Jacinda Martinez Turns Vegetables Into Edible Fashion

by , 07/03/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Artist and designer Jacinda Martinez began playing with her food to make bold and beautiful statements about slow fashion, in a beautiful series she calls Fashion in the Raw. Based on the coast of Maine, Martinez first combined her love of farming with art, when she was inspired to use the textural stalks of many of the plants she harvested daily in her art works. Made from stitched together amaranth, patches of leafy chard and sewn together broccoli stalks, her living creations appear as high fashion designs, captured in beautiful photographs to show how like fresh vegetables, fashion is here today and gone tomorrow.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Cut the Waste Out of Fashion?

by , 07/02/15   filed under: Featured, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award.

From East to West, the biggest competitive search in history is now on for emerging designers who have the talent and determination to not only cut waste out of fashion but to put waste back into fashion. Leading this search is the EcoChic Design Award, the sustainable fashion design competition that challenges designers to reduce and reuse textile waste. The 2015/16 competition cycle recently opened its doors and is celebrating its fifth anniversary and its rapid growth from inauguration in Hong Kong in 2011 to now calling for entries in over 100 countries in Asia and Europe.

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Tom Cridland's Organic Sweatshirt Will Last 30 Years—Guaranteed

by , 07/02/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Adidas, Parley Create World's First Sneakers Made From Ocean Trash

by , 07/01/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

Walmart's Website Chock-Full of Deceptive "Made in U.S.A." Claims

by , 06/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Walmart

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Walmart has pledged billions of dollars in support of American manufacturing, yet it’s hawking foreign-produced products as U.S.A.-made, according to Truth in Advertising. The Madison, Conn.–based watchdog group says the retailer’s website contains more than 100 examples of “false and deceptive” “made in the U.S.A.” representations that contravened both the Federal Trade Commission’s specifications and Walmart’s own voluntary standards. Among the leading offenders, per TINA, are Walmart’s store-brand “Equate” makeup sponges, which TINA says were given a “made in the U.S.A.” label online despite product labels that state they were “made in China.”

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Susanna Bauer's Hand-Stitched Leaves Are Breathtakingly Surreal

by , 06/30/15   filed under: Eco-Art

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The beautiful crocheted sculptures of Susanna Bauer appear to be intricate leather work, but the detailed geometric pieces are expertly made from dried leaves! The artist defies the brittle fragility of the medium, manipulating the leaves to create geometric sculptural works. The incredible pieces are stitched together in three dimensional shapes, or with patterned needlework, sometimes left right on their branches to reveal their origin as dried leaves.

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Mass. Library Lets Patrons Borrow Knitting Needles, Crochet Hooks

Mass. Library Lets Patrons Borrow Knitting Needles, Crochet Hooks

Photo by Shutterstock Curious about the needle arts? The Morse Institute Library in Natick, Mass., will not only lend you books on knitting and crocheting, but it’ll also spot you…

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Gamer Dude Spends 6 Years Crocheting "Super Mario Bros." Blanket

Gamer Dude Spends 6 Years Crocheting "Super Mario Bros." Blanket

SUPER CROCHET Despite all appearances, Nordin insists he didn’t spend every waking moment obsessing over the map. “It hasn’t taken all of my time,” he said.…

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PETA Sends Victoria Beckham a Vegan "V"irkin Bag

PETA Sends Victoria Beckham a Vegan "V"irkin Bag

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Victoria Beckham to reconsider her love of exotic skins. Fresh off its indictment of the appalling conditions maintained by some of…

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Jewelbots Are High-Tech Friendship Bracelets That Teach Girls to Code

Jewelbots Are High-Tech Friendship Bracelets That Teach Girls to Code

What better way to teach preteens about coding than the beloved friendship bracelet. Jewlbots is a new line of smart friendship bracelets that hook up with a smartphone app to teach…

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Chubbies:  Bro-tastic Shorts That Support American Jobs, Veterans

Chubbies: Bro-tastic Shorts That Support American Jobs, Veterans

With a quirky name that induces a smile across anyone’s face, Chubbies shorts don’t just support pants-free living, but also support United States veterans. The Made in the USA…

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Clothes Dryer of the Future Uses Vibrations, Not Heat

Clothes Dryer of the Future Uses Vibrations, Not Heat

Scientists at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a “dryer of the future” that uses high-frequency vibrations instead of heat to extract moisture…

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Hermés Suppliers Caught Sawing Open Live Alligators for Their Skin

Hermés Suppliers Caught Sawing Open Live Alligators for Their Skin

Photo by 1stdibs Hermés is under fire after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals exposed the horrific conditions maintained by some of the French luxury house’s crocodile-…

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Too-Tight Skinny Jeans Could Cause Nerve Damage, Warn Doctors

Too-Tight Skinny Jeans Could Cause Nerve Damage, Warn Doctors

Photo by Shutterstock Skinny-jean lovers beware: Wearing too-tight trousers could make you fall head over heels—literally. A 35-year-old Australian woman was hospitalized for four…

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Made From Denim, Mosevic's "Solid Denim" Sunglasses Are True Blue

Made From Denim, Mosevic's "Solid Denim" Sunglasses Are True Blue

Mosevic dubs its eyewear the most exciting development in denim since blue jeans. Derived from resin-infused layers of the blue stuff, its “Solid Denim” collection puts a…

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