Actor Ashton Kutcher Shutters U.S.-Made Pickwick & Weller Label

by , 05/16/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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R.I.P., Pickwick and Weller; we hardly knew ye. PandoDaily reports that the Los Angeles–based luxury T-shirt label, which featured actor Ashton Kutcher as a “celebrity co-founder” is shuttering its online-only business—the “latest example of a company that found the task of building an online brand more than it bargained for,” according to the Silicon Valley-focused news site. Despite the suggestion that it’s only going on hiatus—“Pickwick & Weller is taking an extended staycation so we can come back with the best T-shirt. Ever,” reads a message on its homepage—CEO and creative director Ryan Donahue confirmed to PandoDaily that this was a “wind down, not a retooling.”

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Win Your Choice of Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Talisman Necklaces!

by , 05/16/14   filed under: Contests

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Brace yourselves, Game of Thrones fans: A winner is coming. We’ve forged an alliance with Pyrrha to give away one of its officially licensed necklaces based on the hit HBO TV show. Handcrafted in Vancouver from reclaimed sterling silver and bronze, each talisman bears the sigil and motto of one of the noble houses of Westeros. Enter now to win your choice of House Targaryen (“Fire and Blood”), Stark (“Winter is Coming”), Baratheon (“Ours is the Fury”), Tyrell (“Growing Strong”), Lannister (“Hear Me Roar”), or Greyjoy (“We Do Not Sow”)—and try not to lose your head.

TO ENTER THIS FABULOUS GIVEAWAY

1. SIGN UP FOR THE ECOUTERRE NEWSLETTER. (This is important because we’ll be announcing our winners there.)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BY MAY 20 and tell us which house is your favorite, and why. Although it doesn’t hurt to get fancy, we’ll be picking a winner at random.

Note: This contest is only open only to residents of the United States and Canada.

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Vans Collaborates With Della to Create Socially Conscious Batik Sneakers

by , 05/15/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes

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Too hot for boots, too cool for sandals? Split the difference with a pair of batik-print sneakers from Vans. Produced in partnership with Della, a fair-trade label that employs artisans in Ghana to craft vibrant one-of-a-kind textiles, the six-piece capsule for men and women clads the skatewear brand’s classic Sk8-Hi Reissue, Era, Authentic, Sk8-Hi Slim kicks in rich colors inspired by Volta’s landscape, including shades of blue, yellow, red, and green that evoke its riverbanks and tree canopies. Another plus: Proceeds from the sale of these products will support Della’s efforts to broaden jobs, education, and skills-training in the region.

+ Vans x Della $60-$70

 

Organic Cotton–Derived Battery Could Power Safer, Cheaper Electric Cars

by , 05/15/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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A Japanese startup has developed a new battery technology that could one day make Teslas as common as Camrys. Designed to supplant lithium-ion, which currently powers everything from electric vehicles to consumer electronics, the “Ryden” dual-carbon cell by Power Plus Japan promises long-lasting energy storage that is as affordable as it is safe reliable, and sustainable. Its secret ingredient? Cotton, or more specifically, organic cotton, which serves as a precursor to a so-called “carbon complex” with properties hitherto unseen in other carbon fibers.

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Supertex's Recycled-Cotton Socks Resist Bacteria, Odors

by , 05/15/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Here at Ecouterre we believe that eco-fashion is a must from the head to toe, so we were delighted to come across the environmentally-conscious sock brand Supertex. The company crafts high quality eco-friendly socks from recycled cotton from Spain and Italy. This means less water consumption, no pesticide pollution, and reduced carbon-dioxide emissions. In fact the team at Supertex hope to go completely carbon-neutral someday in order to affect the environment as little as possible.

+ Limited-Edition Socks ¥87.21-¥99.67

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Hong Kong to Incinerate 30-Ton Stockpile of Contraband Ivory

by , 05/14/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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Hong Kong’s 30-ton stash of illegal ivory is going up in smoke. The semi-autonomous Chinese region begins on Thursday the first of a dozen incinerations to rid itself of the contraband material—a “clear message that the consumption of ivory is rapidly becoming taboo in Hong Kong society,” according to Alex Hofford, director of Hong Kong for Elephants, a coalition of local anti-ivory groups. One of Asia’s wealthiest cities, Hong Kong is both a consumer and key transport hub for illegal ivory entering China, where the tusks have long been held as status symbols. As a result, Hong Kong maintains one of the largest stockpiles of seized ivory in the world, one whose destruction is expected to be both complicated and drawn-out.

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Colorful 3D-Printed "Sound Rings" Make Beautiful Music Together

by , 05/14/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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Designer Michiel Cornelissen’s new 3D-printed KXX” rings double as hand-held Brazilian instruments. The colorful bulbous rings are the designer’s version of caxixi instruments, a popular percussion instrument in Brazil. The rings are 3D printed with the beads right inside of them, and ready to shake right out of the printer.

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Brut Cake Upcycles Vintage Chinese Fabrics Into One-of-a-Kind Items

by , 05/14/14   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Textiles

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Brut Cake is the innovative brand behind these creative ceramics, textiles, and furniture pieces handmade in a Shanghai-based studio using a beautiful array of local and natural materials. Founded by Taiwan-born Nicole Teng, Brut Cake has received accolades across the region and is expanding their reach internationally in contemporary design circles. While the brand remains focused on using locally sourced handmade materials, their designs remain playful and bring an element of fun to the products themselves. They are all made with home comfort and contemporary style in mind; the simple and modern design is paired with thoughtful craft to give Brut Cake’s pieces a great touch of cozy originality.

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Textile Arts Center Presents "Stained," an Exploration of Natural Dyes

by , 05/13/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Events, Green Designers

 

Able Made: A Collab-Friendly E-Boutique That Propels Social Change

Able Made: A Collab-Friendly E-Boutique That Propels Social Change

Suzanne McKenzie, Able Made’s Founder, CEO and Creative Director, describes her company as a retail platform where creative innovators and designers join forces to support causes…

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Serpent & Bow's Myth-Inspired Indigo-Dyed Garments Are Mesmerizing

Serpent & Bow's Myth-Inspired Indigo-Dyed Garments Are Mesmerizing

Serpent & Bow use sustainably sourced fabrics and natural dyes such as indigo to create these handcrafted textiles and fashion items that evoke mythical mer-people. Founded by…

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Forever 21 Installs Solar Panels, Debuts $7.80 Jeans

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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Parsons Announces Winner of Its First Faux-Fur Fashion Competition

Parsons Announces Winner of Its First Faux-Fur Fashion Competition

Xuanxuan Li knows a little something about faking it till you make it. The Parsons The New School for Design student is the winner of the school’s first-ever faux-fur competition,…

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Argentina's "Methane Backpacks" Turn Cow Farts into Green Energy

Argentina's "Methane Backpacks" Turn Cow Farts into Green Energy

Cows farts, albeit stinky, are rich in methane gas, a greenhouse gas and a fuel source. Trapping those cow farts though is like trying to catch a wave upon the sand, but now researchers…

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"Morpher" Bicycle Helmet Folds Flat to Fit in Your Backpack

"Morpher" Bicycle Helmet Folds Flat to Fit in Your Backpack

A new folding helmet called the “Morpher” makes it safer and easier to ride your bike by letting you stow it in your bag while not using it. We all know that riding bikes is…

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Narciso Rodriguez's Bottletop Collab is Green Carpet Challenge–Approved

Narciso Rodriguez's Bottletop Collab is Green Carpet Challenge–Approved

Looks like Livia Firth ♥ Narciso Rodriguez as much as he ♥ social enterprise. Firth awarded the New York City designer with the “Green Carpet Challenge” brand mark on…

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Need to Focus? Trident's New Clothing Line "Disables" Your Technology

Need to Focus? Trident's New Clothing Line "Disables" Your Technology

Trident Gum thinks distraction from our smartphones is a major problem, so they commissioned Kunihiko Morinaga of Anrealage to create a line of clothes that would block all incoming…

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6 Up-And-Coming Eco-Fashion Designers to Watch

6 Up-And-Coming Eco-Fashion Designers to Watch

If the term “eco-fashion” makes you think “bland” or “boring,” just give us 36 seconds to change your mind. Here are six of the hottest up-and-coming…

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