Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Recycles Wood Chips Into Snakeskin-Like Couture

by , 10/26/11   filed under: Featured, Green Designers, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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Would You Pay $300,000 for a T-Shirt If It Helped Starving Children in Africa?

by , 10/25/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Is $300,000 for a T-shirt unreasonable if it’s for a good cause? Threadless doesn’t think so. The community-based T-shirt manufacturer linked arms with branding firm BBH New York and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to launch “Good Shirts,” a line of tees to raise money for famine- and drought-affected communities in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Dijbouti. Designed by New York art collective (and real-life couple) Christine and Justin Gignac, the shirts have a unique pricing structure that matches the cost of the aid item it depicts, from $18.57 for three insecticide-treated mosquito nets to $300,000 for a cargo flight that relays critical supplies.

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Carrie Parry’s Spring 2012 Line Channels French Films of Jean-Luc Godard

by , 10/25/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Spring/Summer 2012, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Is Synthetic Clothing Causing "Microplastic" Pollution in Our Oceans?

by , 10/24/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles, Featured, The Big Idea

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Think of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and visions of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch invariably come to mind. But an emerging breed of “microplastics,” defined as any plastic particle smaller than 1 nanometer—or one hundred-thousandth the width of a human hair—is raising health and safety concerns on shorelines across the globe. Unlike its larger brethren, however, microplastic pollution has a far more insidious cause. And, according to a study published in the November 1, 2011 issue of Environmental Science & Technology, our washing machines are partly to blame.

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6 DIY Pumpkin-Skincare Products You Can Make at Home (Plus 1 to Buy)

by , 10/24/11   filed under: Eco-Beautiful With Lina Hanson, Eco-Friendly Beauty, Featured, Features

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PUMPKIN BODY SCRUB

¼ cup cooked pureed pumpkin
¼ cup brown sugar

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to your body using a damp cloth. Scrub your body using circular motions and wash off with warm water.

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PUMPKIN FACE MASK

OILY SKIN

¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 egg yolk

Combine all the ingredients and blend it together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

DRY SKIN

¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
Splash of milk or cream

Combine the ingredients and blend it all together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water. The milk or cream is great for dry skin as it will moisturize and nourish it.

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PUMPKIN FACIAL SCRUB

½ cup pureed pumpkin
3 tablespoons organic sugar
½ teaspoon pumpkin seed oil

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix them together to make a thick paste. Apply it on your face and gently scrub using circular motions. Rinse off after a few minutes with lukewarm water.

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PUMPKIN HAIR MASK

½ cup pureed pumpkin
¼ cup of natural plain yogurt
2 tablespoons of honey

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Apply the mask through your entire hair (all the way from the roots to your tips.) Put on a shower cap and leave on for about 30 minutes. Rinse off well with lukewarm water. Style as usual. An excellent conditioner for dry hair, this recipe will make your hair shiny and soft.

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PUMPKIN PEDICURE

½ cup pureed pumpkin
1 egg
½ tsp honey

Combine all the ingredients and blend together. Apply the pumpkin mixture to your feet and calves. Wrap your feet in plastic bags. Leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. This simple pedicure will keep your feet super-soft.

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More money than time—or patience? Try an exfoliating bath bar from Whole Truth. It’s made with organic pumpkin-seed oil, which is rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, along with an earthy blend of sage, cedar, and petitgrain.

 

"Dead Men's Patterns" Features Bespoke Garment Patterns of the Dearly Departed

by , 10/24/11   filed under: Fashion Artifacts, Featured, Men's Eco-Fashion

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It’s been said that dead men tell no tales, but would they stay equally mum about their tailoring? For artist Hormazd Narielwalla, author of the limited-edition book Dead Men’s Patterns, the tissue-paper templates that bespoke tailors fastidiously preserve speak volumes about the gents they’re modeled after, even long after they’ve shuffled off the mortal coil. Narielwalla discovered his first “dead man’s pattern”—carefully folded and marked with “dead for ten years”—during an apprenticeship with Dege & Skinner on Savile Row early in his career. The book chronicles Narielwalla’s experiences with these archived scraps of paper, which were utilitarian in life but are now a poignant memento of a man’s relationship with his tailor. They’re quite beautiful, albeit in a creepy, voyeuristic kinda way.

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GIVEAWAY: Win $150 Worth of Organic Cotton Undies From PACT!

by , 10/23/11   filed under: Contests, Featured

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Underpants can do more than keep your nethers tethered and chafe-free. PACT’s caused-related organic skivvies also conserve forests (ForestEthics), protect oceans (Oceana), support literacy (826 National), and promote renewable energy (EarthSpark) through local and national nonprofits. And, with the launch of a new range of V-necks and tanks, PACT has even more ways to pay it forward. Clean up your top and bottom lines with a $150 gift certificate, good for anything on the site, including PACT’s latest prints by artists from Creative Growth, the world’s oldest and largest art center to serve artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. Hey, it’s what you wear on the inside that counts, right?

TO ENTER THIS FABULOUS GIVEAWAY

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

2. LEAVE A COMMENT and tell us a small, world-changing act you make every day. Although it doesn’t hurt to get fancy, we’ll be picking a winner at random.

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6 Unexpected Ways of Using Leggings to Extend Your Wardrobe

by , 10/22/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Pants, Women's Eco-Fashion


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She’s got leggings and she knows how to use them! That’s the tune folks will be humming once you show them just how versatile they can be. We picked a classic black pair by Vince Camuto, available for $39 from Nordstrom, to offer you six alternatives to the tired baggy-sweater-and-leggings combo. Layer those long johns with fishnets for some instant va-va-voom or overturn the concept of hosiery by wearing them as a scarf or bolero. Stick with us and before you know it, you’ll be breaking out those gams and those jams like you were born to.

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6 Eco-Chic Ways to Transition Your Shorts from Summer to Fall

by , 10/22/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Pants, Featured, Features


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Just because they’re called “shorts” doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze more mileage out of them throughout the year. Take those cutoffs you’ve been rockin’ all summer into the nippier months with these six simple how-tos. Our guinea pig of choice? A pair of fully lined wool flannel shorts from Hinge, available for $48 at Nordstrom. Whether you tag-team them with equestrian vegan boots, a pre-loved Ralph Lauren blazer, or sweatshop-free colored tights, your shorts will soon become the hardest-working member of your wardrobe, no matter what the weatherman says.

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Knit a Sweater for a Penguin, Help Save an Oil-Spill Victim's Life

Knit a Sweater for a Penguin, Help Save an Oil-Spill Victim's Life

New Zealand wants your sweaters. More specifically, tiny, penguin-sized sweaters for birds who were caught in the country’s recent oil spill. The “penguin jumpers”…

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J.Crew Collaborates With Edith A. Miller on U.S.-Made Striped Tees, Dresses

J.Crew Collaborates With Edith A. Miller on U.S.-Made Striped Tees, Dresses

When it comes to collaborating with ethical designers, Europe’s high-street retailers—one of Duchess Kate’s favorite haunts included—have been quicker on the uptake than…

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Maiyet: A Luxury Label Founded by a Former Anti-Apartheid Leader

Maiyet: A Luxury Label Founded by a Former Anti-Apartheid Leader

GOODS FOR GOOD Maiyet, which made its debut at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month, is the brainchild of Van Zyl and Kristy Caylor, former president of popular apparel brand Band of…

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PACT Launches Organic Cotton Men's Socks, Made With Wind Power

PACT Launches Organic Cotton Men's Socks, Made With Wind Power

First undies, then T-shirts, now socks—is PACT on a mission to clothe every inch of our bodies in its cause-related wares? Not that we’re complaining: The label’s…

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Nike, Hurley, Otis College's "Considered" Art Show Celebrates Next Generation of Sustainable Design

Nike, Hurley, Otis College's "Considered" Art Show Celebrates Next Generation of Sustainable Design

FASHION, CONSIDERED Fashion must be reconsidered if it’s to move away from disposable, unsustainable trends, according to Brantley. “Consumers of the future will choose…

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Triumph Japan Recycles Old Bras Into Power-Generating Fuel

Triumph Japan Recycles Old Bras Into Power-Generating Fuel

Worried about throwing out your used bras lest they be stolen by perverts? American women may find such fears unwarranted, but they’re genuine concerns for their counterparts in…

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Greenpeace Protests Brazilian Leather, Amazon Deforestation at Italian Trade Show

Greenpeace Protests Brazilian Leather, Amazon Deforestation at Italian Trade Show

Photos by Tommaso Galli for Greenpeace Witnessing a fashion show in Italy, one of the meccas of the industry, isn’t a privilege many of us will experience. We can only imagine…

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Angela Lindvall, John Hardy Debut Recycled Jewelry Collection on QVC

Angela Lindvall, John Hardy Debut Recycled Jewelry Collection on QVC

Supermodel-activist Angela Lindvall and luxury jeweler John Hardy are linking arms once again, this time on a line of Balinese-inspired jewelry for home-shopping network QVC. Launched…

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Russell Simmons Chats About "Argyleculture," His New Cruelty-Free Brand, at "Healthy Food in Fashion" Gala

Russell Simmons Chats About "Argyleculture," His New Cruelty-Free Brand, at "Healthy Food in Fashion" Gala

Most people know hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons as the founder of Def Jam Records, Phat Farm, and American Classics, but fewer realize that he’s also a practicing vegan of 13 years…

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