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Stella McCartney's Pre-Fall 2014 Collection Features Sustainable Wool

by , 01/17/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Pre-Fall 2014

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The scene at Stella McCartney’s Pre-Fall 2014 presentation on Monday may have boasted bold-faced names like Liv Tyler, Parker Posey, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, and Patti Smith, but the true star of the show—at least, in our opinion—was sustainability. Not only did the British designer ply her collection with copious swathes of organic fabric, shoes with biodegradable rubber soles, and purses made from vegetable-oil-based faux Nappa, but she also incorporated the results of her sustainable wool partnership with the Nature Conservancy and network Ovis XXI.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: Stella McCartney’s Latest Bag is Made From the Wool of Her Own Sheep

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H&M Launches First Products Derived From Garment-Recycling Initiative

by , 01/17/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

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Silic: A "Self-Cleaning" T-Shirt That's Nearly Impossible to Stain

by , 01/17/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Parents, klutzes, and pig pens rejoice for now there is a spill and stain-proof t-shirt made with safe nanotechnology. Silic is more than just a basic black or white tshirt; it features hydrophobic nanotechnology to repel water, liquids, and even sweat. Created in San Francisco, the Silic shirt is now available through a Kickstarter campaign that has blown through it’s original fundraising goal.

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Loomstate Designs Environment-Inspired Panda Helmet for the NFL

by , 01/16/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Vegan Fashion

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Loomstate just put the “fantasy” into “fantasy football.” Together with 48 of its fellow Council of Fashion Designers of America members, the ethical clothing label has whipped up a bespoke helmet to benefit the nonprofit National Football League Foundation, which disburses grants in support of educational football programs. Loomstate calls its environment-inspired panda topper, which it constructed in-house from faux fur and imitation leather, a “friendlier version” of the iconic topper. “Friendly” doesn’t come cheap, however; prepare to rustle up some major change if you’re planning to trump the current $325 bid.

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Vivienne Westwood Wants to Make Environmental Destruction a Crime

by , 01/16/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Vivienne Westwood

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Longtime environmentalist Vivienne Westwood is using her pull in fashion to rally her fans to back the End Ecocide in Europe initiative.  The proposal aims to hold big businesses accountable for environmental destruction that happens when companies put profits before nature. Westwood is hoping her influence wil gather the one million signatures needed to bring a proposal before the leaders of the European Union.

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Cheap Clothing is Costing the Earth, Says Berlin Fashion School Director

by , 01/16/14   filed under: Green Designers

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“Ecologically produced fashion does not necessarily have to be expensive. But if you’re part of a slow process, with craft techniques, small manufacturers, and everyone in the chain of production gets fair wages, it’s understandable that the end product is going to be more expensive than a t-shirt produced cheaply in the catastrophic conditions in Bangladesh, for example. You always have to consider what goes into the cost.

Cheaply produced clothing doesn’t compensate for the resulting environmental damage. If we add these costs into the end price, then ecologically produced clothing would be cheaper, because it doesn’t lead to damage that will later affect the public.”

—Friederike von Wedel-Parlow, director of the Esmod Berlin International University of Art for Fashion, which offers a master’s program in sustainability in fashion, speaking to Deutsche Welle ahead of Berlin Fashion Week.

 

Goodwill San Francisco Launches Tech-Enabled Textile-Recycling Bin

by , 01/15/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Goodwill of San Francisco has launched what it’s calling the world’s first tech-enabled textile-recycling bin. Designed to make donating clothes, shoes, household linens, and other textiles as easy and convenient as dropping a bottle in a recycling bin, the “GoBin” will offer apartment dwellers a way to drop off their castoffs without leaving their buildings. Goodwill, in collaboration with Frog Design, developed the GoBin with a grant from the San Francisco Department of the Environment, which has pledged to recycle, compost, or otherwise reuse all of the city’s waste by 2020.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: San Francisco Launches City-Wide Zero-Waste Textile Recycling Initiative

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Toxic "Little Monsters" Lurk in Your Kids' Closets, Says Greenpeace

by , 01/15/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Kids' Eco-Fashion, The Big Idea, Toxic Pollution

 

San Francisco Launches City-Wide Zero-Waste Textile Recycling Initiative

by , 01/15/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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San Francisco is about to get even greener. Although the California city diverts about 80 percent of its waste from landfills, it still bins than 39 million pounds of clothing and other textiles every year, or enough to fill 1,500 Muni buses, according to the San Francisco Department of the Environment. But change is in the air. This afternoon, Mayor Ed Lee will launch the Zero-Waste Textile Initiative, a municipal program designed to eliminate textiles that wind up in landfills or incinerators. Part of the city’s goal to recycle, compost, or otherwise reuse all waste by 2020, #SFSaveFashion, in partnership with international textile-recycling firm I:Collect, will not only expand textile drop-off locations in the City by the Bay but it will also accept worn-out items previously considered trash.

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U.K. Student Wins Beyond Skin, PETA's Vegan Footwear Design Contest

U.K. Student Wins Beyond Skin, PETA's Vegan Footwear Design Contest

Alice Lambert-Gorwyn, a fourth-year fashion student at Leeds University, has been named winner of an international vegan footwear-design contest organized by People for the Ethical…

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Ke$ha Detained by Homeland Security After Allegedly Smuggling Ivory

Ke$ha Detained by Homeland Security After Allegedly Smuggling Ivory

Photo by Martin Lehmann/Shutterstock Pop star Ke$ha, a self-professed animal-rights activist, was allegedly detained by the Department of Homeland Security a year ago for attempting to…

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Finch Designs Recycles Plastic Bottles Into Rain Capes, Swimsuits

Finch Designs Recycles Plastic Bottles Into Rain Capes, Swimsuits

Sustainable design may not be synonymous with the fashion industry in China, but two designers are seeking to change that by creating playful stylish designs from recycled plastic…

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EcoChic Design Award Finalists Bring Minimal-Waste Garments to Life

EcoChic Design Award Finalists Bring Minimal-Waste Garments to Life

U.K. finalist Catherine Hudson used zero-waste construction techniques to craft her geometric dress and trouser. This paneled coat from Hong Kong finalist Alex Law comprises secondhand…

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"June" Smart Bracelet Monitors UV Exposure, Offers Tailored Sun Advice

"June" Smart Bracelet Monitors UV Exposure, Offers Tailored Sun Advice

A new wearable UV monitor can now give you tailored advice about how much sun you should really be getting. June is a glittering jewel-like button that can be worn on a bracelet or…

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Cate Blanchett Wears Chopard's "Green Carpet Challenge" Earrings to 2014 Golden Globes

Cate Blanchett Wears Chopard's "Green Carpet Challenge" Earrings to 2014 Golden Globes

Cate Blanchett made Golden Globes history Sunday night in more ways than one. In addition to winning her third Golden Globe award for her role as a troubled socialite in the Woody Allen…

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Brainwave-Monitoring Sleep Mask Helps You Snooze More Efficiently

Brainwave-Monitoring Sleep Mask Helps You Snooze More Efficiently

A new sleep mask could help you get more done on less hours of sleep and still feel fully rested. For those of you who feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get…

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Customize Your Clothes With Puzzle Apparel's Team of American Artisans

Customize Your Clothes With Puzzle Apparel's Team of American Artisans

DESIGN YOUR OWN Trowbridge found her calling after speaking to a hand-weaver in Blue Hill, Maine, where she learned about a Kenyan sandal company that employed Masai beaders to decorate…

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UpCouture's Organic-Cotton Tees Are Designed to Improve Your Posture

UpCouture's Organic-Cotton Tees Are Designed to Improve Your Posture

No matter what you are wearing, a good posture helps transmit an aura of confidence that helps to make almost any outfit look attractive. The Up T-shirt from French label, UpCouture…

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