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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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Your "Human" Hair Extensions May Actually Contain Goat

Photo by Shutterstock Hair extensions are a big business in China, but a recent investigation by BBC News has revealed that what women think is pure human hair may be a laced with goat.…

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Fast Fashion is Making It Easier for Drug Cartels to Launder Money

Photo by Shutterstock Once on the hook for fostering sweatshop-like conditions, Los Angeles’s Fashion District has become an “epicenter of narco-dollar money,”…

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Cambodian Garment Workers Are Working Themselves to Death

Photo by Luc Forsyth for IndustriAll Global Union Cambodia’s garment workers are working themselves to death—literally, according to IndustriAll Global Union, a labor-rights…

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Fake Clothing Drop-off Bins Are Making a Profit From Your Donations

Generous clothing donors in New York City have been getting duped lately, mistakenly “donating” their gently used items into bins run by for-profit companies. The New York Times, as…

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PETA Exposé Shows Sheep Killed, Punched, Mutilated for Wool

Photo by Shutterstock People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has obtained graphic hidden-camera footage that indicates widespread animal abuse in sheep farms across Australia and…

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Forever 21 Installs Solar Panels, Debuts $7.80 Jeans

Forever 21 has had a busy weekend. Not only did the fast-fashion powerhouse announce plans to the largest single-rooftop solar-power system in Los Angeles County, it also unveiled a new…

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Australia Revokes 18-Year-Old Anti-Sweatshop Program

Photo by Shutterstock Australia’s federal government is withdrawing its support from a longstanding program that protects the country’s garment workers from sweatshop…

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American Apparel Stirs Up Controversy With "Made in Bangladesh" Ad

American Apparel’s latest ad does what the controversial retailer does best: objectifying semi-naked women for the sake of pushing merchandise. Never mind that its “made in…

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Cosmetics Firms Avoid Toxins Disclosure by Filing "Trade Secret" Status

Photo by Shutterstock Twenty-two cosmetics companies are attempting to foil the new California Safe Cosmetics Program Database by applying for trade secret status to cover up revealing…

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Toxic "Little Monsters" Lurk in Your Kids' Closets, Says Greenpeace

LITTLE MONSTERS “This is a nightmare for parents everywhere looking to buy clothes for their children that don’t contain hazardous chemicals,” says Chih An Lee, detox…

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Ke$ha Detained by Homeland Security After Allegedly Smuggling Ivory

Photo by Martin Lehmann/Shutterstock Pop star Ke$ha, a self-professed animal-rights activist, was allegedly detained by the Department of Homeland Security a year ago for attempting to…

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Maine Governor Paul LePage Wants Children to Work to Boost Economy

Maine’s Governor Paul LePage wowed the audience at the 73rd annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show by advocating to bring back child labor. The Tea Party politician urged the trade…

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Violence Erupts in Cambodia After Labor Disputes Take Deadly Turn

Photo by Heng Smith for the Associated Press At least four people were killed outside Phnom Penh on Friday after police fired on protestors demanding higher wages for Cambodia’s…

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Lead-Tainted Accessories Abound at Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Wet Seal

Years after signing a legal settlement limiting the concentrations of heavy metals in their products, popular mall-based clothing chains, including Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, and Wet…

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U.S. Government Allegedly Buys Clothing From Overseas Sweatshops

Photo by Meridith Kohut for the New York Times When it comes to procuring clothing overseas, the United States government is “flouting its own advice,” the New York Times…

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Deadly Fire That Killed 7 at Garment Factory in Italy Had Barred Windows

Photos by Gianni Cipriano for the New York Times A deadly blaze in a sweat shop in Prato on the outskirts of Florence has left seven Chinese immigrant workers dead- and flared up racial…

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Newly "Plant-Based" Beyoncé Wears Fur to Lunch at a Vegan Restaurant

Here’s the point, and there’s Beyoncé missing it. After committing to a 22-day “completely vegan” diet with her husband, rap mogul Jay-Z, the pop megastar was…

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