Conventional Goose Down is "Scary Business," Says Patagonia

by , 10/31/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion Brands

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Alicia Silverstone isn’t the only one who thinks that conventional down is for the birds. An animated short from Patagonia will make you question what the pluck’s going on in the outerwear industry. While down offers the lightest-weight and most efficient insulation commercially available, the process of extracting duck or goose feathers isn’t always humane. The video, which follows a puffer-clad goose on a Grim Reaper-led tour of the down supply chain, reveals that most down comes from birds that have been live-plucked or force-fed for the production of foie-gras.

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Sustainability is "Smart Business," Says Kering CEO

by , 10/30/14   filed under: Quotes

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“At Kering, sustainability is everyone’s business. We believe in it not only because it is the right thing to do, but because sustainable business is smart business. In fact, in my view, the businesses that consider their impacts on the environment and society, and re-orient there practices to deliver not only financial value but also value more broadly for nature and for people will prosper in the future. And conversely, the companies that bury their heads in the sand and think they can continue ‘as usual’ will simply not last.

“As our industry continues to develop and our business grows, we need successive generations to keep driving change. Identifying and nurturing talent is critical. In my view, nothing is more important than providing the framework to educate and inspire the next generation to act and become the change-makers we will need to address our future challenges.

“And if we get this right they will emerge with a creative talent directed not only at creating beauty, but showing us all how beauty, design, creativity, innovation, and sustainability can co-exist.”

— François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive of Kering, formerly known as the PPR Group, speaking about the luxury conglomerate’s new five-year partnership with the London College of Fashion to promote excellence in sustainable clothing design.

 

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ASOS, Levi's Commit to Sourcing Deforestation-Free Textiles

by , 10/30/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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ASOS, Levi Strauss, and Marks & Spencer are making like trees and leaving—deforestation, that is. The clothing brands are among the latest companies to connect with Canopy Style, a nonprofit that seeks to eliminate endangered-forest fibers from the garment supply chain. The announcement, made at an Innovation Forum event in London on Wednesday, promises to make the future of the world’s ecosystems shine “just a little bit brighter,” according to Nicole Rycroft, the group’s executive director.

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Knit Wool and the Gang's Stuffed Mouse for National Cat Day

by , 10/29/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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The jig is up: We’re just a bunch of crazy cat ladies here at Ecouterre HQ. So of all the made-up holidays to embrace, it’ll have to be National Cat Day. Our friends at Wool and the Gang feel the same way. The London-based knitwear firm recently teamed up with Puss Puss to raise awareness of Battersea Dogs and Cats’ lifesaving work. Wool and the Gang even drafted a pattern for a knitted critter, adorably named “Mr. Jingles,” for the animal rescue, which kicks off its new, cat-centric knitting club this month. Don’t have a mouser for your mouse? The label suggests making a bunch for your local cat shelter.

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"Dorothy": A Device That Calls a Cab When You Click Your Heels

by , 10/29/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Dorothy was magically transported back to Kansas when she clicked the heels of her ruby slippers three times. Now you can do magic too with the help of the Dorothy and the Ruby device that performs amazing feats by clicking your heels together. Designed by iStrategy Labs, the small Ruby device slips into your shoes, and with a heel click and you can make a phone call, text your friends or even call a cab to take you home. The GPS-enabled device can be programmed to perform If/Then actions and more importantly, be used as a discrete personal safety device in case of emergency.

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Does Wearable Technology Pose a Risk to Our Health?

by , 10/28/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Our phones, smart watches, and other wearable technology are constantly emitting radio and electromagnetic signals close to our brains and our reproductive organs. These little pieces of technology are always with us (and usually on us), yet we know so very little about the long term health effects. While the jury is still out and inconclusive research does little in the way to provide best safe practices for the design or use of wearable technology, a number of researchers are preaching caution to limit our exposure to radiation.

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Scare Up a Last-Minute Halloween Mask From Cardboard, Tape

by , 10/28/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

Are Cambodia's Sex Workers Being Forced Into the Garment Trade?

by , 10/27/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

Is Cambodia’s aggressive anti-trafficking campaign forcing sex workers into an even worse trade? A video exposé from Vice News claims that Cambodian authorities are “rehabilitating” former prostitutes in garment sweatshops, where conditions and pay are even more deplorable. Vice founder Suroosh Alvi traveled to Phnom Penh to witness one of the country’s brother raids in person. “This is as dark as it gets,” he says on camera.

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Curb Impulse Shopping With This Simple Strategy

by , 10/27/14   filed under: Quotes

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“Slow shopping is very much a vogue term these days, and there’s a bit of a greenwashing element to it—sure, buy slow but you’re still buying stuff, and buy quality but you’re still buying stuff—but I do agree that it does come down to pace.

“If you really do know yourself and there’s something you really need, I think if you can get past those first few moments, then you really make a more objective decision—go home, sit down and think about it.

“I find that if you just wait a bit longer, you’re over it, and there’s something new to covet. When I had idle hours to while away at the mall, I could go back and forth between the Gap and Wet Seal appraising boxer shorts, and now I don’t have time for that kind of stuff and I honestly don’t miss it…

“There are many other places to spend quality time than the mall—places that involve sunlight and green things.”

Sarah Lazarovic, author and illustrator of A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy (2014, Penguin), speaking to the Huffington Post on curbing impulse shopping.

 

Cambodia's Tonlé Makes Clothing That's Fair Trade, Zero Waste

Cambodia's Tonlé Makes Clothing That's Fair Trade, Zero Waste

Cambodia-based eco-fashion brand Tonlé are all about zero-waste production. They are currently the largest ethical apparel brand in the country, offering fair wages and a secure…

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Recycle an Old Sweater Into a Pair of Cozy Slipper-Socks (DIY Tutorial)

Recycle an Old Sweater Into a Pair of Cozy Slipper-Socks (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES An old sweater Scissors Sewing pins Scrap yarn Large darning needle Paper or card stock for tracing Non-slip grip pads (optional) Fabric paint (optional) STEP…

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Store-Bought Halloween Costumes Are Full of Toxic Chemicals

Store-Bought Halloween Costumes Are Full of Toxic Chemicals

Photo by Shutterstock Halloween may be the spookiest time of the year for all the wrong reasons, according to a study released Thursday by Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org. The…

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This Marker Ink Changes Color When Your Sunscreen Stops Working

This Marker Ink Changes Color When Your Sunscreen Stops Working

Piling on the sunscreen is a great habit to get into to protect yourself against harmful ultraviolet rays, but what happens when your sunscreen stops working? The innovative new Suncayr…

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Every Cotton T-Shirt Costs the Environment $3.40, Says Study

Every Cotton T-Shirt Costs the Environment $3.40, Says Study

Photo by Shutterstock Ma Earth is paying through its nose for the clothing we produce, according to a study that quantifies, for the first time, the price we exact from the ecosystem…

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Best Dad Ever Makes a Giggle-Activated LED Minnie Mouse Costume

Best Dad Ever Makes a Giggle-Activated LED Minnie Mouse Costume

Royce Hutain sure knows how to light up a little girl’s Halloween. Not only did the California dad ring in the spookiest season the year with his family at Disneyland, but he also…

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Pure Waste Textiles Aims to Save 100M Liters of Water by Year's End

Pure Waste Textiles Aims to Save 100M Liters of Water by Year's End

Pure Waste Textiles has launched a new Save Water Challenge to get companies to participate in reducing their water consumption. As its T-shirts are made from 100 percent recycled…

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Will.i.am's "Puls" Smartphone-Watch Features Designs by Zaha Hadid

Will.i.am's "Puls" Smartphone-Watch Features Designs by Zaha Hadid

Don’t confuse Will.i.am’s PULS with all the other smartwatches on the market. The PULS is not a watch, it’s a mobile device that operates completely on its own without…

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French Connection is Latest Apparel Retailer to Ban Angora Fur

French Connection is Latest Apparel Retailer to Ban Angora Fur

French Connection is the latest apparel retailer to suspend production of all angora-based items following reports of routine rabbit abuse in China. The U.K.-based firm joins the likes…

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