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Greenpeace Links Nike, Adidas to Toxic River Polluters in China, Issues Detox Challenge

CHINA’S DIRTY LAUNDRY China is home to some of the worst water pollution in the world, with as much as 70 percent of its rivers, lakes and reservoirs tainted by heavy metals,…

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What Ever Happened to Lady Gaga's Meat Dress?

When Lady Gaga donned her controversial “meat dress” in September, the media went into a feeding frenzy. But nine months and dozens of outrageous getups later, we have to…

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Watchdog Group Sues Skincare Brands for Mislabeling Organic Products

THE DIRT ON ORGANICS While erroneous labeling is at the heart of the lawsuit, the issue goes much deeper. Besides not containing a minimum of 70 percent organic ingredients, some of the…

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Worst Forms of Child Labor Occur in India's Garment Industry, Says Report

It is an appalling fact that child labor is still an issue in various countries across the world. Children as young as 10 are subjected to unacceptable work conditions to produce…

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Yves Saint Laurent Says Smoking Its Cigarettes Make You More Attractive

Yves Saint Laurent is taking its conception of “Le Smoking” seriously—and perhaps a tad too literally. When the French fashion house isn’t employing African artisans…

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Survey Reveals That Most Women Don't Wear Half of the Shoes They Buy

Movie still from Confessions of a Shopaholic Feel free to substitute “American” at any point, but the average British woman owns nearly £400 ($655) of shoes she never or…

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Beijing Watchdog Group Blasts Zara for Failing Apparel Quality Tests

The Beijing Consumers’ Association has called Zara out for ignoring the “rights and interests of domestic consumers,” according to a People’s Daily report on…

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Caught! Victoria's Secret Destroys Unworn Returned Merchandise

Just when it seemed like H&M was finally cleaning up its act, another mass retailer has been caught with its pant(ie)s down. Lingerie company Victoria’s Secret is the latest…

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Are Bangladesh's Toxic Leather Tanneries Killing Their Workers?

Photos by photographer23 From asthma to cancer, more than 90 percent of tannery workers in Bangladesh suffer from some kind of disease because of chemical exposure, reveals a report by…

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Average Woman Owns 22 Garments She Never Wears But Refuses to Junk

Photo by cohdra A wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear? You’re in good company. The average British woman has 22 unworn items in her closet that she refuses to throw or…

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Formaldehyde in Wrinkle-Free Clothing May Cause Skin Problems

Photos by Laura Pedrick for the New York Times Wrinkle-resistant clothes are a boon for folks who’d rather never see the business side of an iron again, but the permanent-press…

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Why is the Fashion Industry Still So Obsessed With Fur?

Nothing heralds the advent of winter like the procession of bundled-up pedestrians buried in a avalanche of coats, hats, and scarves. But it turns out the real answer to staying warm is…

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U.S., EU Cotton Subsidies Cost Africa $250 Million a Year, Says New Report

NUMBERS GAME The current system of agricultural subsidies isn’t right, least of all fair, according to The Great Cotton Stitch-Up, a new report by the Fairtrade Foundation on the…

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CFDA/Lexus Hybrid Living Eco-Fashion Challenge: Is 25% Really Enough?

Sustainable fashion received a ringing endorsement on Tuesday—to the tune of $75,000—when the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Lexus awarded designers Monique Péan,…

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Is H&M's New Lower-Priced Clothing Encouraging Disposable Fashion?

Call it the $4.95 frock that rocked the fashion world. It costs less than a Grande Caramel Frappuccino at Starbucks, and it’s cheaper than a six-piece Chicken McNuggets Value Meal…

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What's the Environmental Impact of Lady Gaga's Meat Dress?

Lady Gaga clearly enjoys shock-and-awing rapt audience and reluctant bystanders alike, but her beefy getup at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards surely skirt-steaks the question of…

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Walmart, Luxury Labels to Track Clothing With Electronic "Smart" Tags

Privacy advocates, prepare to have a field day. Walmart has just announced plans to embed individual garments with scannable electronic ID tags, the first step in a real-time tracking…

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Are African Babies Dying So Western Babies Can Wear Organic Cotton?

Photos by Dominic Nahr/Time As far as provocative accusations go, saying that Baby Omara is dying so Baby George can wear organic is a helluva doozy. More so if you’re doing so in…

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