Jane Goodall Asks You to Consider What You Buy, Eat

by , 08/26/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities

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“There are lists out there. I can’t tell you where they are, but generally if you are getting something very cheap—clothes or food—that’s almost certainly proof that people weren’t paid the way they should be paid for it.

“[We need to] reduce the unsustainable lifestyle that places demands on the environment and the rest of society…I don’t mean just rich people. A working woman who doesn’t make a lot of money can still go out a buy a new dress for every date she has when she could be buying a good one more cheaply from a resale shop. The resources of the planet will end. We’re wasting at a faster rate than the forests can replenish.

“Each day what people do actually does make a difference. If billions make the right choices, the cumulative effect will be huge.”

—Esteemed primatologist Jane Goodall, speaking to the Tampa Bay Times on what we should or shouldn’t buy.

 

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Coming Soon: "Knit Wit," a Biannual Magazine About Craft, Fiber, Textiles

by , 08/25/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles

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Celebrate the art of craft with Knit Wit, an upcoming magazine about the world of contemporary fibers and textiles, as well as the people who inhabit it. Currently raising subscriptions on Kickstarter, the biannual publication promises full-color spreads teeming editorials, travelogues, essays, and product highlights in the visually driven tradition of your favorite lifestyle periodicals. Founders Zinzi Edmundson and Gigi Jack are committed to making Knit Wit a print-only endeavor, meaning that its physical content won’t be making the typical leap online. “Some people think it’s a little crazy, but I guess we like it that way!” Edmundson and Jack write on their campaign page.

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Four Dudes Invented a Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

by , 08/25/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, Wearable Technology

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Could a manicure thwart the specter of sexual assault? A team of undergraduates from North Carolina State University have developed a nail polish that changes color when exposed to “drug-assisted assault” or “date rape” drugs such as gamma hydroxybutyrate and rohypnol, both of which are odorous, colorless, and can be slipped into a drink and ingested without the recipient’s knowledge. “In the U.S., 18 percent of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime,” write Ankesh Madan, Stephan Gray, Tasso Von Windheim, and Tyler Confrey-Maloney on their Facebook page. “That’s almost one out of every five women in our country. We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends.”

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Stitched Up: An Ethical Boutique That Doubles as a DIY Workshop

by , 08/22/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Interviews

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The brains behind creative hub Stitched Up describe themselves as “a one stop shop for sustainable fashion, fabrics and networking”. While their Manchester (UK)-based HQ is where their sewing, fashion and craft workshops converge, they try to encapsulate much more by incorporating their sewing café, ethical fashion and home wares shop and haberdashery. Since opening back in 2011 the team has expanded their cool workshop hub to offer clothing repairs, sewing machine servicing and educational events as well. In the following Q+A with Ecouterre Stitched Up discussed their feelings towards the future for grassroots organisations in fashion.

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Dear Kate's Leak-Proof Undies Help Ladies Navigate "That Time of Month"

by , 08/21/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Underwear

 

Artist Lacy Barry Crafts Extravagant Headpieces Out of Colorful Paper

by , 08/20/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories

 

"Shark-Deterrent" Wetsuits Promise to Keep Surfers, Divers Safe

by , 08/20/14   filed under: Eco-Swimsuits

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Want to live every day like it’s Shark Week? Scientists in Australia have created what they’re dubbing the world’s first shark-deterrent wetsuit. A collaboration between Hamish Jolly and Craig Anderson of Shark Attack Mitigation Systems and University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute, the suit comes in two versions—one for camouflage and one to repel. Both designs exploit the shark’s reliance on visual cues. The blue-and-white “Elude,” aimed at divers and snorkelers, uses patterns that allow its wearer to fade into the background. “Diverter,” mainly for surfers, presents a system of black-and-white bands that telegraph the wearer’s “unpalatability” as a food item to predators.

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Saigon Socialite Applies the Ancient Art of Pagoda Carving to Shoes

by , 08/19/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Fair Trade, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Topshop Launches Third Upcycled "Reclaim to Wear" Collection

Topshop Launches Third Upcycled "Reclaim to Wear" Collection

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Cambodian Garment Workers Are Working Themselves to Death

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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The SexFit is a "Sexual Fitness" Tracker for Your Penis

The SexFit is a "Sexual Fitness" Tracker for Your Penis

SexFit – because men need to know how well they’re performing in the sack. This latest in wearable health trackers isn’t about making sure your heart is in good shape,…

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Ma'mitons Makes Bags, Shoes Using Leaves From Cameroon's Forests

Ma'mitons Makes Bags, Shoes Using Leaves From Cameroon's Forests

Already a favorite among many celebrities, Ma’mitons bags and sandals are eco-friendly and ethically made by artisans in Cameroon. Founded by Priscilla Njankou, Ma’mitons works with…

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Quiksilver Debuts Board Shorts Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Quiksilver Debuts Board Shorts Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Quiksilver has launched a line of board shorts derived from post-consumer plastic bottles. Made from Repreve, a recycled-polyester yarn by textile manufacturer Unifi, each…

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Self-Cleaning Cashmere Uses Sunlight to Save Money, Environment

Self-Cleaning Cashmere Uses Sunlight to Save Money, Environment

If you’ve ever wished your stained-up clothes could clean themselves, researchers at the Hong Kong City University may just have granted that wish. The team has invented a coated…

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"Myth" is the World's First 3D-Printed Ready-to-Wear Shoe Collection

"Myth" is the World's First 3D-Printed Ready-to-Wear Shoe Collection

SHOES TO PRINT Made locally in New York City, each shoe comprises at least 90 percent components manufactured on a small desktop printer. To maintain the premise—and promise—of…

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Upcycled Gear for the Dog on the Go

Upcycled Gear for the Dog on the Go

We can’t decide what’s more impressive: the ingenuity of the designers behind this MacGyvered “doggie pack,” or the fact that they came up with a prototype in…

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Re:newcell is a Fabric Derived From Recycled Cellulosic, Cotton Fibers

Re:newcell is a Fabric Derived From Recycled Cellulosic, Cotton Fibers

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