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VIDEO: Death Toll at Bangladesh Factory Collapse Rises to 228 People

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters The death toll in the Bangladesh garment-factory collapse on Wednesday has risen to at least 228 people, per the latest numbers from Reuters.…

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Bangladesh Garment-Factory Collapse Kills Nearly 100 People

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters NOT AGAIN One firefighter told Reuters that around 2,000 people were in the building when the upper floors caved into those below. Mohammad…

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Gap Turns Indonesian River Into an Unnaturally Multicolored Chemical Soup

MIND THE GAP “Gap’s latest advertising campaign declares that we should ‘Be Bright,’ but by collaborating with toxic suppliers Gap’s clothes are turning the Citarum into a…

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Walmart Refuses to Compensate Bangladesh Fire Victims

Looks like there are limits to Walmart’s largesse. After announcing its $1.6 million contribution towards the establishment of an Environmental Health and Safety Academy in…

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Zara Faces Slave-Labor Allegations...Again

Zara is under investigation by Argentinian authorities over its alleged use of slave labor. The South American nation’s Government Control Agency raided a series of factories…

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Apple Pulls "Sweatshop" Game, Has No Concept of Satire or Irony

Irony alert? Pocket Gamer reports that Apple has pulled Sweatshop, a satirical game designed to raise awareness about the inequities of forced labor, from its App Store because it was…

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Beyoncé Orders Custom Trainers Made of Anaconda, Stingray, Ostrich

Beyoncé may be one of the top-selling performers of our time but her latest move isn’t likely to win her points with animal lovers. According to a blog post by Perfectly Made…

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Europe Only Recycles 25 Percent of Textile Waste, Says New Report

Photo by Shutterstock If there’s one thing Americans shouldn’t do as the Europeans do, it’s textile recycling. Of the 5.8 million tons of fabric waste Europeans…

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That Stinks: Dolce & Gabbana Launches Fragrance for Babies

Dolce & Gabbana makes the stuff fashion dreams are made of: the sexy, trashy-chic attire of wanton peasant maidens, curvy cinematic goddesses, playfully tough Sicilian street…

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One-Third of English Channel Fish Show Rayon, Polyester Contamination

Photo by Shutterstock Roughly a third of fish caught off the southwest coast of England show traces of “microplastic” contamination from synthetic clothing fibers, polyester…

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Fire Guts Bangladesh Garment Factory, 7 Killed, 10 Injured

A fire swept through a small garment factory in Bangladesh on Saturday, claiming the lives of seven employees—all women—and injuring 10, according to firefighters and witnesses. The…

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Bulletproof Jackets, Backpacks for Children Are Now a Thing

Photo by Shutterstock Body armor isn’t just for police officers or public figures anymore. In the wake of a deadly school shooting in Connecticut, a Colombian businessman has…

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New "Miracle" Beauty Treatment Uses Meteorite Dust to Stave Off Wrinkles

Photo by Shutterstock And you thought moisturizing with snail slime was weird. The latest “miracle” ingredient to emerge from the beauty industry? Powdered meteorite, the…

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"Good Morning America" Finds Traces of Lead in 55 Percent of Lipsticks

Photo by Shutterstock A swipe of a red lipstick may have a transformative effect like no other, but could your signature crimson pucker be responsible for less-than-desirable changes,…

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Levi's, Major Denim Brands Embroiled in Mexican Water-Pollution Scandal

Levi Strauss may have pioneered the “Water<less” and “Waste<less” lines of denim, but the jean icon is far from a paragon of sustainability, according to a…

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Walmart Wouldn't Pay for Bangladesh Factory Safety Improvements

Walmart play a lead role in blocking a proposal to have global retailers help their Bangladesh suppliers improve their electrical and fire safety, according to the minutes of a meeting…

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Greenpeace Exposes Toxic Chemicals in Zara, Other Fast-Fashion Brands

How toxic are your threads? If you’re a fan of cheap, disposable fashion, the answer isn’t one you’re going to like. A new investigation commissioned by Greenpeace…

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Does Aki Goto's $480 Paper-Bag Jacket Take Recycling Too Far?

If you thought Jil Sander’s $290 lunch sack bordered on the ridiculous, just wait till you get a load of Aki Oto’s paper-bag blazer. Cobbled together from a bunch of used…

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