Ralph Lauren Unveils U.S.-Made Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniforms

by , 04/28/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Ralph Lauren just previewed what U.S. athletes will be wearing during the Olympic Games in Rio later this year, and the uniforms are, as kids today would say, NAGL. (That’s “not a good look,” if you’re a fellow old.) On the upside, everything will be made in the United States. On the down? Team U.S.A. looks like a yachting party that lost its way en route to a game of lawn tennis with Muffy and Topper. At the Hamptons. On Fourth of July weekend. But let’s focus on the positives. As Rancourt & Co., one of Ralph Lauren’s 40-plus U.S. partners, notes in a behind-the-scenes video, the fashion house’s patronage has been a boon to domestic businesses like the Lewiston, Maine–based shoemaker, which was able to expand its staff from 20 to 65. “We have 40 years of experience out on the floor right there; I’m a fourth generation,” said Tina Charest, a footwear pattern specialist with the family-owned company. “We make great products, and the people really need to have that oomph behind them.”

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Help Raise Awareness of Modern Slavery in the Fashion Industry

by , 04/28/16   filed under: Green Designers

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Safia Minney, founder and CEO of ethical fashion label People Tree, wants to shed a light on modern-day slavery in the fashion industry. Fresh off the publication of her second book, Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics, Minney has launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund a new multimedia initiative that highlights the stories of the men, women, and children who are forced to make clothing for the high streets of the Western world. “This book and campaign, Slave to Fashion, is really important to me because it gives people an understanding of modern slavery in the garment industry and shows how we can eradicate slavery both from business and our day-to-day consumption,” Minney said in an accompanying video. “This project will give slavery a human face. How do we inadvertently support slavery in our day-to-day shopping choices? And what are the causes of slavery in the garment industry?”

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Timberland Aims to Use 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton by 2020

by , 04/27/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

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Timberland has pledged to transition to 100 percent organic, U.S.-grown, or Better Cotton Initiative-certified cotton by 2020, according to a fresh slate of sustainability commitments unveiled by the outdoor-lifestyle brand on Wednesday. Other four-year goals for Timberland’s Environmental Product Standards include phasing out PVC and perfluorinated chemicals from all its apparel and shoes, sourcing leather only from eco-friendlier tanneries rated Gold or Silver by the Leather Working Group, and ensuring that 100 percent of its footwear includes some element of recycled, organic, or renewable content.

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Faux "Leather" Made From Fermented Tea Could Revolutionize Fashion

 

Fair Trade U.S.A. Wants to Keep the Fashion Industry Honest

by , 04/26/16   filed under: Fair Trade, Q&A, Worker Rights

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As a vehicle for economic parity, “fair trade” is a designation that most people associate with coffee, chocolate, or bananas. Three years after a factory collapse in Bangladesh killed 1,134 garment workers, however, Fair Trade U.S.A. wants to apply similar standards to the clothing industry. As the leading third-party certifier of fair-trade products in the United States, Fair Trade U.S.A. does more than ensure fair wages. The nonprofit’s trademarked Fair Trade Certified designation takes into account factors such as a brand or manufacturer’s environmental impact, workplace conditions, and management-employee engagement. To help us understand more about fair-trade fashion in general, and Fair Trade U.S.A.’s work in particular, Ecouterre turned to Maya Spaull, the group’s director of apparel and home goods.

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Evrnu Recycles Old Cotton Garments Into New Fibers

 

Alice: A Modular, Zero-Waste Shoe Grown From Fungus

by , 04/25/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Green Designers

 

Project 1127 Scarves Honor Victims of Rana Plaza Collapse

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New York-based designer Laura Siegel has partnered with Bangladesh’s Sreepur Village Organization to sell 1,127 scarves, one for every garment worker killed in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse on April 24, 2013. Handwoven by artisans Siegel works with in rural India, the scarves comprise a blend of cotton and silk derived, in part, from recycled saris. Proceeds from the scarves go toward assisting the families of the tragedy’s victims, but Siegel also wants to jump-start a larger conversation about the supply chains and worker safety. I think the more you get people talking about this, the more likely you are to find a solution,” she told Vogue. “That’s the hardest part. When something like this happens, you want to feel like there’s a solution so it won’t happen again. But in this case, it’s hard to figure out what those solutions might be.”

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Massive "Clothing Spill" Illustrates Importance of Reusing, Recycling

by , 04/22/16   filed under: Eco-Art, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

Camper, Ethical Fashion Initiative Collaborate on Ethiopian-Made Shoes

Camper, Ethical Fashion Initiative Collaborate on Ethiopian-Made Shoes

SHOES WITH SOUL “We are extremely pleased to work with Camper, a family-owned company with strong values and a long-term perspective on our collaboration,” Simone Cipriani, head…

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VIDEO: L.L. Bean Takes Aim at "Fast Fashion" With New Ad Campaign

VIDEO: L.L. Bean Takes Aim at "Fast Fashion" With New Ad Campaign

L.L. Bean is doubling down on its 104-year-old heritage. In a 30-second spot that aired during the Boston Red Sox game on Wednesday, the Freeport, Maine–based company touts its…

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3D-Printing Breakthrough Could Change the Way We Consume Clothing

3D-Printing Breakthrough Could Change the Way We Consume Clothing

The term “fast fashion” is poised to take on a whole new meaning, thanks to a breakthrough in three-dimensional printing that could revolutionize the way clothing and shoes…

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VIDEO: Kelly Slater's Outerknown Label is Turning Used Fishing Nets Into Fashion

VIDEO: Kelly Slater's Outerknown Label is Turning Used Fishing Nets Into Fashion

When you’re an 11-time world champion surfer, an affinity with the ocean is a given. But even as a child, Kelly Slater says he often wondered about the provenance of his clothing.…

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Stella McCartney: The Fashion Industry is "Getting Away With Murder"

Stella McCartney: The Fashion Industry is "Getting Away With Murder"

“I think the fashion industry can get away with a lot, and it’s getting away with murder. Fur is the most unnecessary thing in the world. Those animals aren’t eaten. [The…

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Fashion Revolution Ranks 40 Apparel Brands by Supply-Chain Transparency

Fashion Revolution Ranks 40 Apparel Brands by Supply-Chain Transparency

When the eight-story Rana Plaza building fell apart at its seams on the morning of April 24, 2013, it took but a moment for the disaster to seal its place as one of worst in…

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Is This the Most Sustainable T-Shirt on the Planet?

Is This the Most Sustainable T-Shirt on the Planet?

CLEAN CLOTHES “The Clean Tee is made from the world’s finest, softest, strongest recycled cotton yarns,” Nomadix said in a statement. “It’s also the lowest impact…

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"Smart" Tampon System Could Help Women Monitor Health, Fertility

"Smart" Tampon System Could Help Women Monitor Health, Fertility

Photo by Getty Images Few women enjoy getting a visit from Aunt Flo. But what if your period could prove more help than hindrance? A pair of Harvard-trained researchers are working on a…

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Americans Prefer Cheap Goods Over "Made in U.S.A."

Americans Prefer Cheap Goods Over "Made in U.S.A."

Photo by Markus Spiske/Unsplash Can’t pass up a bargain? You’re not alone. Most Americans say they’d rather buy a lower-price product than shell out a premium for…

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