Oxfam U.K. Glams Up Vintage Fashion in Spring 2012 Lookbook

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Dahea Sun's Cabbage-Dyed Textiles Demonstrate Changing pH of Acid Rain

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Priscilla of Boston Defaces Unsold Wedding Gowns With Spray Paint

by , 01/05/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Weddings, The Big Idea

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Photos by Sheila Roth for Fox 9 News

Priscilla of Boston, best known for creating Grace Kelly’s yellow organdy bridesmaid dresses, is no more. But the 65-year-old bridal chain isn’t going out with a whimper. On Friday, eyewitnesses caught staffers spray-painting thousands of dollars’ worth of bridal and formal gowns in a dumpster outside a Priscilla of Boston boutique in Edina, MN, just shortly after the company announced it was shuttering all 19 of its locations. “I picked up a dress that was a Vera Wang, and the tag said $6,000 dollars,” Bessie Giannakakis, owner of Bessie’s Boutique, told Fox 9 News on Monday. “You wanted to throw up in the dumpster. You really did.”

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Khadi: A Handspun Cloth From India That Galvanized a Local Movement

by , 01/04/12   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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KHADI \ˈkä-dē\

n 1 a: A coarse cotton, wool, or silk hand-spun in India on a spinning wheel called a charkha. b: Versatile in its ability to be dyed with limitless natural colors and patterns. c: Can be spun in a range of thicknesses, from lightweight shirting to thick upholstery. 2 a: A symbol of a national pride movement, allegedly started by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aimed at boycotting foreign goods and promoting the country’s self-sufficiency. b: The official fabric used to create India’s flag, which features the charakha wheel at its center. 3: Used in some of the costumes for the Star Wars prequels, including Mace Windu’s cloak.

 

Fairtrade International Debunks Claims of Abuse in Victoria's Secret Scandal

by , 01/04/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Fair Trade, Featured

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Bloomberg News’ exposé on the so-called fair-trade cotton used by Victoria’s Secret is being called into question by Fairtrade International, the nonprofit organization that develops and upholds fair-trade standards, particularly when it comes to certifying producers and facilitating relationships with buyers. In a heartbreaking account in December, reporter Cam Simpson detailed the abuses Clarisse Kambire and other child laborers faced toiling in the cotton fields of Burkina Faso in West Africa, despite programs designed to improve the lives of women through responsible sourcing. “Paying lucrative premiums for organic and fair-trade cotton has—perversely—created fresh incentives for exploitation,” Simpson wrote. The blame, he intimated, lay with Fairtrade International for not keeping a more guarded eye. After conducting its own investigation, however, the group fired back on Tuesday with a list of “substantial contradictions” to the facts presented in the article, chief of which was that Kambire was not 13 as previously reported but 18 or older—by no means a child as defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Council for Textile Recycling Launches Site to Discourage Landfill Waste

by , 01/04/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Online Tools, Site Seeing

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Photo by Bonnie Natko

In what is being hailed as an industry first, apparel brands, retailers, municipalities, nonprofits, and recyclers are banding together to promote the recycling of clothing and textiles. The Council for Textile Recycling has launched a new website to educate the public on the importance of responsible disposal—and not just garments that are “gently worn.” Americans generated 13.1 million pounds of textiles in 2010 alone, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, only 15 percent of which was recovered for export or reprocessing. “Our goal is to have zero post-consumer textile waste going into landfills by 2037,” says Eric Stubin, who chairs the Maryland-based organization. “We’re educating people that clothing and textiles are among the most recyclable items in their home.”

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Titania Inglis Wins 2012 Ecco Domani Award for Sustainable Design

by , 01/03/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Green Designers, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Photos by Evan Browning

Hearty congratulations to Titania Inglis, winner of the 2012 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Sustainable Design, an honor that was previously bestowed to Tara St. James of Study NY, John Patrick of Organic, and Bodkin’s Eviana Hartman. The award, which comes with a $25,000 grant, is a major coup for any designer, particularly one as young as Inglis, who debuted her eponymous label with a lineup of rust-dyed, vintage-inspired playsuits in early 2010. Since her breakout collection, Inglis has come into her own, creating crisp, impeccably tailored looks that are as sustainable as they are immaculate.

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Fonderie 47 Recycles Confiscated AK-47 Rifles Into Luxurious Jewelry

by , 01/03/12   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Featured, Men's Eco-Fashion, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Announcing the Winners of Ecouterre’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards!

by , 01/03/12   filed under: Best of 2011, Featured

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Our readers have spoken! Make way for the most awe-inspiring, heart-rending, ground-breaking, mind-boggling, and future-forward eco-fashion stories of 2010, as selected by you. As for the year ahead, don’t miss what 22 sartorial soothsayers, including eco-model Summer Rayne Oakes, designer Gretchen Jones, and People Tree’s Safia Minney, had to predict. Here’s to you, 2012.

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Best of 2011, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

Best of 2011, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

Best of 2011, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

Best of 2011, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

 

Weird Trend Alert: Fake Designer Paper Bags Are All the Rage in China

Weird Trend Alert: Fake Designer Paper Bags Are All the Rage in China

Knockoff designer bags are a dime a dozen in China, but the nation’s latest “It bag” requires less effort—and money up front—from counterfeit rackets. Instead of…

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Day2Night Shoes Feature Interchangeable Heels for Every Occasion

Day2Night Shoes Feature Interchangeable Heels for Every Occasion

As the wise (if fictional) Miranda Hobbes once noted after moving to Brooklyn and braving a very long commute, “You can take me out of Manhattan but you can’t take me out of…

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22 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2012

22 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2012

ECO-FASHION ORACLES 1. Summer Rayne Oakes (Source4Style) 2. Leslie Hoffman (Earth Pledge) 3. Safia Minney (People Tree) 4. Sarah Scaturro (Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum) 5. Jeff…

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Vote for Your Favorite Eco-Fashion Stories of 2011!

Vote for Your Favorite Eco-Fashion Stories of 2011!

With 2011 almost behind us and a brand new decade looming, we took the opportunity to look back on a year’s worth of eco-fashion stories. Peruse our end-of-year roundups below and…

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Can You Trust That "Cruelty-Free" Label on Your Cosmetics?

Can You Trust That "Cruelty-Free" Label on Your Cosmetics?

In a world saturated by marketing jargon, the labels on products aren’t always easy to decipher. While the term “organic” is regulated—to an extent, anyway—phrases…

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Love is Mighty's Eco-Chic Vegan Shoes Honor India's Tribal Traditions

Love is Mighty's Eco-Chic Vegan Shoes Honor India's Tribal Traditions

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE Much of Raja’s inspiration derives from her childhood in India, where she was exposed to intricate handworked products such as baskets, jewelry, and…

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MuKee Recycles Broken Skateboards Into Edgy Wooden Jewelry

MuKee Recycles Broken Skateboards Into Edgy Wooden Jewelry

Any skateboarder worth his deck goes through boards faster than bullets slice through butter. Rather than let them go to waste, Denver-based label MuKee transforms castoff boards into…

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