10 DIY Gifts You Can Make With Leftover Nail Polish

by , 12/17/15   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

 

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Knit a Pair of Netflix Socks That Pause Your Show If You Fall Asleep

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Kin-Tsugi Goods Upcycles Vintage Garments Into Wearable Art

by , 12/16/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Interviews, Q&A, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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For stylist-turned-designer Mai-Lei Pecorari, “make do and mend” isn’t just an exhortation, it’s a way of life. Her clothing line, Kin-tsugi Goods, revels in reinvention. Inspired—and named after—an ancient Japanese art form that that mends broken pieces of pottery with seams of lacquer and gold, creating something even more valuable than its original form, Kin-tsugi uses gold paint and thread to rework vintage and gently worn clothing into wearable works of art. Available exclusively at Eden & Eden in San Francisco, where each shipment is quick to sell out, Kin-tsugi offers a conscientious and considered alternative to throwaway fashion on the high street. Ecouterre caught up with Percorari to talk more about her brand of bespoke, her thoughts on “fast fashion,” and the larger role her label plays in promoting social and environmental consciousness.

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Actress Amy Smart Leads Animal-Testing Support Group in New PSA

by , 12/15/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Finding cruelty-free and ethical cosmetics and household items is even easier now, thanks to Leaping Bunny’s new mobile app and extensive website relaunch. Kicked off with a PSA by actress Amy Smart, Leaping Bunny’s new app features free tools that gives consumers access to 650 cruelty-free companies. Now it is even easier to shop for cruelty-free cosmetics, household and personal care items, with information right at your fingertips.

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ShiftWear Lets You Customize Your Sneakers Via Smartphone

by , 12/15/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Wearable Technology

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An incredible feat of wearable technology could be your new, customizable kicks. The amazing new sneaker company, ShiftWear, fuses a digital screen and wearable fabric, enabling fashion forward mavens to switch the look of their shoes with their smart phones. Launched in a new Indiegogo campaign, sneaker heads can now advance to the next level, with animated designs from smartphone app to shoe.

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Ecoalf Wants to Upcycle Ocean-Trawled Plastic Into Textiles, Clothing

by , 12/14/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Ecoalf sees opportunity in waste. Based in Madrid, the urban-minimalist apparel brand—think Uniqlo for the conscious set—has recycled everything from decommissioned fishing nets, post-consumer plastic bottles, worn-out tires, cotton waste, and even discarded coffee grounds into city-slicking jackets, shoes, and bags. Turns out, that was only the beginning. Since September, a fleet of 160 fishing vessels have been trawling the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, just off the coast of Levante in Spain. Their strange catch? Plastic waste, which Ecoalf plans to recycle into pellets, thread, fabrics, and eventually clothing. Together with its waste-reclamation partners, Ecoalf says it hopes to create high-quality filaments that boast up to 100 percent recycled content. “Ecoalf is all about not using natural resources,” Javier Goyeneche, the company’s founder and CEO, told Ecouterre.

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Budapest's Only Eco-Fashion Line Upcycles Castoffs Into Clothing

by , 12/14/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Adding to the buzz of creativity in Budapest is a cafe, pop-up, and design studio called Printa. The on-site silkscreen and fashion workshop produces garments that are displayed in the gallery area along with art by up-and-coming designers. Printa’s newest collection, Aware, realizes founder Zita Majoros‘s ambitions of making use of otherwise wasted materials, and employ talented Hungarian seamstresses. The garments are crafted by repurposing and embellishing a wide range of throw away textiles such as paragliding wing, military wool blankets, and vintage hemp canvas, which is very hard to imagine when seeing the tailored, and high design look of the final products.

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Annalisa Natali Murri's Photographs Reveal Rana Plaza's Emotional Aftermath

by , 12/11/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Interviews, Q&A, Worker Rights

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In April 2013, Rana Plaza, a multi-storey facility in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories, collapsed into a pile of rubble. The event would go down in history as the South Asian country’s deadliest industrial disaster, killing 1,138 workers and injuring thousands more. One year later, Italy-based photographer Annalisa Natali Murri visited the site at Savar, an industrial suburb of Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka. She spent the next two weeks capturing the catastrophe’s emotional fallout, focusing on the survivors and their stories. The result of that experience is Then the Sky Crashed Down Upon Us, a haunting pictorial that gives form to unimaginable pain. We spoke to Murri about her affecting journey, the inspiration behind her use of double exposures, and the role of art in translating social issues.

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Mammoth Outerwear Gives Canadian-Made Parkas a Cruelty-Free Twist

by , 12/11/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Men's Eco-Fashion, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Mammoth Outerwear is launching a campaign to take the fur out of winter wear. In a new Kickstarter campaign, the clothing company is offering up super-warm jackets that buck the trend of “Made in Canada” parkas with fur-trim. Their new line of winter wear out performs fur in cold climates, showing that you don’t need to harm animals to stay toasty warm this winter.

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Leona Lewis Speaks Out About Child Labor, Animal Cruelty in Bangladesh Tanning Industry

Leona Lewis Speaks Out About Child Labor, Animal Cruelty in Bangladesh Tanning Industry

Photo by LaCameraChiara/Shutterstock Singer Leona Lewis has signed on with PETA, in an attempt to expose the horrors behind the leather industry based in Bangladesh. In a new video…

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Adidas, Parley Create 3D-Printed Sneaker From Ocean Trash

Adidas, Parley Create 3D-Printed Sneaker From Ocean Trash

Six months after unveiling a sneaker made almost entirely from recycled ocean trash, Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have done themselves one better. In addition to an upper made from…

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Livia Firth Honors Eco-Activism With Green Carpet Challenge Awards

Livia Firth Honors Eco-Activism With Green Carpet Challenge Awards

As the world’s nations hammered out a new climate-change deal in Paris on Monday, a more intimate gathering of minds was taking place on rue Saint-Honoré. At a dinner for 20 at…

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Finalists of 2015 EcoChic Design Award Turn Upcycling Into an Art Form

Finalists of 2015 EcoChic Design Award Turn Upcycling Into an Art Form

Sara Kiani from the United Kingdom created this dress and pleated jacket from secondhand hotel linens. “I became deeply shocked at having followed the big environmental and social…

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Ohhio's Extremely Chunky Knits Are What Dreams Are Made of

Ohhio's Extremely Chunky Knits Are What Dreams Are Made of

KNIT’S MAGIC “We use only three things to create our amazing, dreamlike Ohhio clouds: our own hands, 100 percent merino wool, and, most importantly, inspiration,”…

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Make Wool and the Gang's Pom-Pom Key Ring (DIY Tutorial)

Make Wool and the Gang's Pom-Pom Key Ring (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Yarn scraps, the more colors the better (we used Wool and the Gang’s Crazy Sexy Wool and Jersey Be Good) Cord or tassel-end findings (find similar styles…

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Mango's New Strategy: Make "Fast Fashion" Even Faster

Mango's New Strategy: Make "Fast Fashion" Even Faster

Photo by TonyV3112/Shutterstock Just when you thought “fast fashion” couldn’t get any faster, Mango ups and decides it wants to leave its competition in the dust. In a…

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At This Bangladesh Sweatshop, Children Make Our Clothing for Little to No Pay

At This Bangladesh Sweatshop, Children Make Our Clothing for Little to No Pay

Photos by Claudio Montesano Casillas for Fashion Revolution Claudio Montesano Casillas didn’t know what he was in for when he signed up for a tour of Old Dhaka in Bangladesh. It…

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Looptworks Upcycles Alaska Airlines Seat Leather Into Eco-Chic Bags

Looptworks Upcycles Alaska Airlines Seat Leather Into Eco-Chic Bags

CARRY ONS Like all Looptworks products, each Alaska Airlines item is handmade, hand-numbered, and backed by a lifetime guarantee. “Looptworks’ collaboration with Alaska Airlines is…

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