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10 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Woolen Sweaters Looking Like New

SWEATER COMB No need to invest in a battery-powered sweater shaver. For less than $3—and a little elbow grease—a basic sweater comb is all you need to strip pills, fluff, and lint…

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"Made in Europe" Doesn't Mean Better Wages for Workers, Says Report

Photo by Shutterstock The belief that “made in Europe” equals “fairly made” is a myth that needs to be shattered, according to a report from the Clean Clothes…

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Textile Arts Center to Launch Magazine Celebrating "All Things Textiles"

IN PRINT “There are many textile and fiber focused magazines in the world, but we’re motivated to make one that highlights the contemporary state of the industry and sheds…

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European Clothing Brands Have "Long Way to Go" Before Living Wages Become a Reality

Photo by Munir Uz Zaman for AFP A “living wage” may be a human right, yet when it comes to facilitating lives of dignity for the workers who produce their clothes, most of…

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Agnes the Humanoid Knitting Robot Will Haunt Your Nightmares

Inventor Andy Noyes’ new creation brings the knitting machine to a new level. The Agnes Roboknit is part mannequin part robotic knitter, which knits on a circular loom with sporadic…

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NPR's "Planet Money" Makes a T-shirt—This is What it Discovered

NPR’s Planet Money set out to make a T-shirt; not just any T-shirt, a T-shirt that could tell the story of its own conception from seed to store. Aside from an illustration of a…

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Shopaholic? Take the Mommy Greenest's 2014 "Shop Drop Challenge"!

Photo by Shutterstock Yes, I’ve shopped till I dropped. I’ve done the Black Friday sales and stood in line for designer collaborations at big box stores. I’ve wandered malls…

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EcoChic Design Award Launches Global Search to Reduce Textile Waste

Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of the 2013 EcoChic Design Award. The EcoChic Design Award isn’t your average sustainable-fashion design competition. Now in its third year,…

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Vivienne Westwood: It's Ecologically Friendly For Clothes to Be Expensive

Balking at the price of Vivienne Westwood’s high-end clothing? You’re supposed to, says the legendary British designer.”If people like my clothes, it’s good if…

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MCMC's Brooklyn-Crafted Fragrances Benefit Volunteer Groups in Need

Although the inspiration for her scents comes from all over Anne’s life, she is especially inspired by volunteer experiences.   Anne explains that “this drive led me to create…

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5 Ways to Recycle an Old Necktie Into a Last-Minute Father's Day Gift

GUITAR STRAP MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Necktie Ruler Fabric scissors 1½-inch wide slide and tri-glide Needle and thread or sewing machine DIRECTIONS 1. Cut off the tip of your tie 4.5…

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Bangladesh Building Collapse: Shoddy Materials, Bad Choices to Blame

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters The disaster of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Building collapse, which killed 1,127 people, is a result of a serious of bad, horrible, choices. A…

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Your New T-Shirt Slogan: Spectrum & Ali & Tazreen & Rana

Photos by Dan Cutrona Can you stop fast fashion with a T-shirt? Probably not, but it’s a start. When Rana Plaza came tumbling down in Bangladesh in April, those of us in the…

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Ukrainian Carpenter Carves Functioning Watches Entirely From Wood

Danevych’s amazing idea took time to take shape. The carpenter – who comes from a family of craftsmen – had no watchmaking training at all, but after studying the…

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A Haunting Embrace Amid the Rubble of the Bangladesh Building Collapse

Photo by Taslima Akhter “I have been asked many questions about the photograph of the couple embracing in the aftermath of the [Rana Plaza building] collapse [in Bangladesh]. I…

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Gap, Walmart's Concerns About Bangladesh Accord Liability Are "Irrational"

Photo by Khurshed Rinku for Associated Press On Friday, it’ll be a month since a devastating building collapse claimed the lives of 1,127 garment workers outside the Bangladesh…

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Thread & Loom's Fairly Hand-Loomed Bags Fund Girls' Education in India

Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre Socially-driven accessories company, Thread & Loom introduces itself to the world with a line of handbags that make for the perfect spring and…

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Read a 12-Year-Old's Mother's Day Poem About the Dangers of Fast Fashion

Photo by Shutterstock I wrote this poem for my mom [Ecouterre writer Amy DuFault] on Mother’s Day hoping to impress her with my knowledge of what she does for a living. Knowing…

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