Activists Worldwide Protest Unsafe H&M Factories

by , 05/04/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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On the day of H&M’s annual shareholder meeting, activists from cities worldwide poured into the streets to demand that the Swedish retailer live up to its promise to keep Bangladesh garment workers safe. Three years after H&M led the signing of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in the wake of Rana Plaza’s deadly collapse, a new report claims that the majority of its supplier factories in Bangladesh are still unsafe. Despite some modicum of progress, such as the removal of lockable doors and most collapsible gates, the Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Worker Rights Consortium say that almost all of the retailer’s factories remain behind schedule in carrying out mandated—and life-saving—renovations. According to a new analysis from the labor groups, 69 percent of H&M’s strategic suppliers have yet to complete the installation of all fire-rated doors, which would provide safe egress for workers in the factories.

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Can the Resale Economy Make Fashion More Sustainable?

by , 05/04/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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If the success of Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo is anything to go by, overstuffed wardrobes are the new gauche. But where are those items that no longer “spark joy” going? If you’re virtuous about selling your castoffs on consignment, eBay, or another of the myriad online marketplaces that have emerged of late, there’s a high chance they’re inducing joy somewhere else. In fact, the resale market is among the fastest-growing segments in retail, according to the re-commerce experts at ThredUp, which released its latest Resale Report last week. The secondhand e-tailer credits the rise of online and mobile marketplaces for resale’s thriving trade. With a projected market share of $25 billion by 2025, it’s even expected to surpass all e-commerce and retail sectors.

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This New Podcast Has Its Ear on Ethical Fashion

by , 05/03/16   filed under: Site Seeing

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Call us a teensy bit biased, but “Conscious Chatter” is one of the best podcasts ever to grace the virtual airwaves. The brainchild of former Ecouterre writer Kestrel Jenkins, who now challenges people to consider the ethics of their clothing at Awear World, “Conscious Chatter” offers an insider’s look at the global garment supply chain through interviews with some of the industry’s canniest minds, such as Fashion Revolution co-founder Orsola de Castro, designer Gretchen Jones, and Overdressed author Elizabeth Cline. A born environmentalist with a yen for social activism—her family created the Walnut Burger line of organic, meatless patties—Jenkins had exploited all mediums for her message save one: audio. Whether the oversight was intentional or not is hard to say—Jenkins simply never considered it. A chance conversation with a friend, however, soon remedied that.

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Michelle Monaghan Wears Recycled Cans, Vegan Leather to Met Gala

by , 05/03/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Vegan Fashion

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Emma Watson and Livia Firth weren’t the only ones stumping for sustainable fashion at the Met Gala in New York City on Sunday. In a sartorial nod to Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s latest exhibit, Pixels star Michelle Monaghan wore a ruffled vegan-leather ensemble embellished with sequins made from recycled beer cans. “It’s a completely ethical, vegan look, and made in New York, made by hand,” Karla Welch, Monaghan’s stylist, told Vanity Fair. Custom-made by local designer Rosie Assoulin, the dress draws upon the show’s vision of the future for inspiration, albeit one based on hope rather than dystopian despair.

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Emma Watson Attends Met Gala in Gown Made From Recycled Bottles

by , 05/03/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

This is What 105 Tons of Ivory Going Up in Flames Looks Like

by , 05/02/16   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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Kenya just made a statement on illegal poaching that the world won’t soon forget. At a ceremony in Nairobi National Park on Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to 11 massive pyres of tusks and horns from nearly 7,000 elephants and 343 rhinos, or more than 105 tons worth. At roughly seven times the size of previous burns, the bonfire is believed to be the world’s largest destruction of illegal wildlife products to date. “The rising value of elephant ivory trade, illegally on the international market, has resulted in a massacre in the rainforest of Africa,” Kenyatta told the crowd. “In 10 years, in central Africa we have lost as many as 70 percent of the elephants. The elephant, as has been said, is an iconic symbol of our country. Unless we take action now we risk losing this magnificent animal.”

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Can the "World's Best" Hoodie Revitalize American Manufacturing?

by , 05/02/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Interviews, Men's Eco-Fashion, Q&A, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

PETA's Latest Role? Prada Shareholder

by , 04/29/16   filed under: Animal Cruelty

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Prada has a new shareholder: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Following a recent exposé that showed juvenile ostriches being stunned and slaughtered for their skins, which luxury houses such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton, and, yes, Prada, then turn into bags, wallets, and shoes, PETA has signed on to attend the company’s annual meetings and “officially call for an end to all exotic-skins sales,” according to the animal-rights group. The stock purchase, PETA added, will allow the organization to affect change from within.

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G-Star Raw, Plastic Soup Foundation Team Up Against Microfiber Pollution in Oceans

by , 04/29/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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G-Star Raw, the Dutch fashion label co-owned by “Happy” hitmaker Pharrell Williams, has teamed up with the Plastic Soup Foundation to challenge the appliance and textiles industries to help clean up fashion’s act. The washing machine’s toll on the environment, it would appear, is far greater than previously thought, although the problem has little to do with energy-efficiency standards and everything with “microplastic” pollution, a blanket term that refers to the millions of tiny filaments shed by synthetic garments every time they’re washed. Too small for wastewater filters to trap, the acrylic, polyester, and nylon fibers slip out to sea, eventually entering the food chain after fish and other marine animals mistake them for plankton. But that’s not even the worst of it. The World Economic Forum estimates that in just 35 years, the amount of plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh all the fish.

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Ralph Lauren Unveils U.S.-Made Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniforms

Ralph Lauren Unveils U.S.-Made Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniforms

Ralph Lauren just previewed what U.S. athletes will be wearing during the Olympic Games in Rio later this year, and the uniforms are, as kids today would say, NAGL. (That’s…

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Help Raise Awareness of Modern Slavery in the Fashion Industry

Help Raise Awareness of Modern Slavery in the Fashion Industry

Safia Minney, founder and CEO of ethical fashion label People Tree, wants to shed a light on modern-day slavery in the fashion industry. Fresh off the publication of her second book,…

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Timberland Aims to Use 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton by 2020

Timberland Aims to Use 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton by 2020

Timberland has pledged to transition to 100 percent organic, U.S.-grown, or Better Cotton Initiative-certified cotton by 2020, according to a fresh slate of sustainability commitments…

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Faux "Leather" Made From Fermented Tea Could Revolutionize Fashion

Faux "Leather" Made From Fermented Tea Could Revolutionize Fashion

TEA TIME These “green-tea based cellulose fiber mats” could soon be a viable alternative to materials derived from nonrenewable sources, Lee said. And because the fibers are…

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Fair Trade U.S.A. Wants to Keep the Fashion Industry Honest

Fair Trade U.S.A. Wants to Keep the Fashion Industry Honest

As a vehicle for economic parity, “fair trade” is a designation that most people associate with coffee, chocolate, or bananas. Three years after a factory collapse in…

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Evrnu Recycles Old Cotton Garments Into New Fibers

Evrnu Recycles Old Cotton Garments Into New Fibers

FUTURE OF APPAREL Evrnu’s patent-pending technology “purifies” post-consumer cotton waste first by shredding it, then by breaking it down at a molecular level. Next, a…

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Alice: A Modular, Zero-Waste Shoe Grown From Fungus

Alice: A Modular, Zero-Waste Shoe Grown From Fungus

JE SUIS ALICE “As trendsetters, the high-fashion industry should be searching for solutions,” Peters, a 15-year industry veteran who has worked with the likes of Dries Van Noten…

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Project 1127 Scarves Honor Victims of Rana Plaza Collapse

Project 1127 Scarves Honor Victims of Rana Plaza Collapse

New York-based designer Laura Siegel has partnered with Bangladesh’s Sreepur Village Organization to sell 1,127 scarves, one for every garment worker killed in the wake of the…

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Massive "Clothing Spill" Illustrates Importance of Reusing, Recycling

Massive "Clothing Spill" Illustrates Importance of Reusing, Recycling

SPILLING OVER Together with its nonprofit partners, Savers diverts more than 650 million pounds of reusable goods from North American landfills each year, according to the company,…

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