Brushed From Bunnies, Ambika's Angora "Furs" Offer Luxury Sans Cruelty

by , 04/08/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Featured, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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PETA Blasts Kanye West for Designing "Caveman Costumes" Made of Fur

by , 04/06/12   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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Kanye West’s latest track may be burning up the airwaves, but don’t count People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals among its fans anytime soon. The fur-loving rapper-turned-designer, who name-checks everyone from Anna Wintour to Kim Kardashian in the lyrics of “Theraflu,” dares someone to “tell PETA [his] mink is draggin’ on the floor.” PETA, for its part, not only received the message, it also had some choice words of its own.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: PETA Slams Kim Kardashian for Wearing Fur in Upcoming Billboard

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Newlife: A Celebrity-Approved Fabric Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

by , 04/06/12   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary, Livia Firth, Sustainable Fashion

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NEWLIFE \nü ˈlīf\

n 1 a: A polyester yarn made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. b: Processed through a mechanical, rather than chemical, process in Italy by textile manufacturer Saluzzo Yarns (formerly Filature Miroglio). c: Relies on a patented horizontal integration system that involves a bottle-sourcing company, a materials convertor, and a textile factory. 2: End uses include fashion, sportswear, underwear, technical clothing, workwear, medical garments, outdoor clothes, furnishings, and accident-prevention textiles. 3: Used by Georgio Armani to create an eco-friendly gown for Livia Firth at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.

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Bare Creations: Vegan-Friendly Backpacks for Minimalists

by , 04/06/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Bags, Featured, Vegan Fashion

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Bare Creations dubs its carryalls the “best backpacks ever” and it’s easy to see why. The vegan-friendly rucksacks are minimally designed yet elegant to a fault. Available in three streamlined designs (the “Tailor,” “Lido,” and “Brixton”), the bags comprise sturdy cotton canvas and polyurethane faux leather in a range of on-trend colors. “We believe a backpack can and should be the final touch to any outfit,” says Max Marvin, the Portland-based company’s founder. “It’s high time that fashion and function become a single entity.” We’re sold.

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CrOp by David Peck Celebrates New Orleans' Resilience for Spring 2012

by , 04/06/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Featured, Features, Seasonal Collections, Spring/Summer 2012, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

John Patrick Debuts "O by Organic" for Anthropologie's "Made in Kind"

by , 04/05/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Women's Eco-Fashion

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John Patrick of Organic has a new collaboration with Anthropologie, which unveiled its “Made in Kind” label on Thursday. Part of a series of limited-edition collections from emerging and established designers, the “O by Organic” label features the same sustainable fabrics (organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled rayon) and effortless silhouettes that Patrick built his name on. Starting at $88 for a chiffon tee, the pieces are more accessibly priced than his primary line. More good news? Nearly all of them are made in the United States.

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Google's "Project Glass" Goggles Will Give You Augmented Cyber-Vision

by , 04/05/12   filed under: Eco-Friendly Eyewear, Featured, Wearable Technology

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Google gave us a glimpse of the future on Wednesday with the unveiling of “Project Glass,” the tech giant’s long-rumored foray into augmented reality. The interactive glasses, which are now being tested in public, have the ability to superimpose virtual data onto real-world environments. An early concept video reveals how deeply integrated Google’s other services—such as Google Maps, Google+, and Google Talk—will be. (Snap a picture with the built-in camera, for instance, and you can share it with your Circles instantly.) Whether you see the glasses as bane or boon depends on where you stand on privacy. Until you turn them off, you can give up any illusion of solitude—you’re plugged into the hive mind all day, all the time.

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14 Eco-Friendly Ballet Flats to Put a Spring In Your Step

by , 04/05/12   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Featured, Features

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BEACHY KEEN

Clad in sandy-hued faux suede, Vegetarian Shoes’ “Dragonfly” flat is made to order in factories across the United Kingdom and Europe, including England’s oldest co-op, which was first established in 1881. It’s fitted with lightweight and grippy rubber soles, along with padded insoles for extra cushioning.

+ Dragonfly £54.95

+ Vegetarian Shoes

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PICNIC BASKET

Traid Remade’s blue-and-white gingham flat brings to mind fresh-cut flowers, homemade jam, and endless summer picnics. Each limited-edition shoe is cut, lasted, and stitched in the United Kingdom from reclaimed vintage textiles and recycled leather trim.

+ Jam Jar Golightly £40

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GOGGLE BOX

Olsenhaus’s “Babylon” flat only looks like a traditional ballerina. It’s made of a cruelty-free microfiber derived from recycled television screens, with soles that are a mix of recycled rubber and sawdust.

+ Babylon $155 at Amazon

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TWINKLE TOES

Olanthe’s primary audience is brides and bridesmaids, but its satin flat could just as easily perk up an everyday outfit. Hailing from the south of France, the shoes are crafted in a family-owned factory that’s been in business for more than a century.

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GIVE THEM THE SLIP

Available in orange, black, rust, and gray, the Kestell by Neuaura is so comfy, you’d swear you were wearing a sneaker. The secret lies in its memory-foam footbed, which provides the hemp-and-recycled-polyester upper all the support it needs.

+ Kestell $70

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MIGHT IS RIGHT

Love is Mighty packs a cruelty-free punch by marrying polyurethane “leather” with vintage Indian fabrics, woven recycled plastic, and vegetable-dyed jute and cotton canvas.

+ Koel $235 at Compassion Couture

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AFRICA RISING

More than just a shoe, Lalesso’s fair-trade ballet pump spurs economic development in Kenya, where it’s fairly made from locally sourced wax cloth in an assortment of color combinations.

+ Ballet Pump £30 at Fashion Conscience

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LE RAWR RAWR

Unleash your inner animal with the “Kathleen” leopard shoe by Elizabeth’s Kind Cafe. Each slip-on is crafted in the United States from recycled plastic bottles and other animal-free materials. Bonus: a portion of every sale benefits People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and 1% for the Planet.

+ Kathleen Leopard $300

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TOE UP

A cobalt toe-cap makes a bold statement on the faux-snakeskin “Nora” ballerina by Cri de Coeur, which uses such cruelty-free materials as low-VOC polyurethane, 100 percent recycled Ultrasuede (derived from post-industrial polyester), and reclaimed wooden soles.

+ Nora $120 (on sale from $300)

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RED OR DEAD

Do your best Brigitte Bardot impression (circa …And God Created Woman) in the scorching red—and vegan-friendly—“Esther” by Bourgeois Boheme, a London label-cum-storefront that uses only non-exploitative factories that oppose child labor.

+ Esther £25 (on sale from £40)

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PLAY IT STRAIGHT

Handmade in Spain, Beyond Skin’s vegan ballet flat features a shimmery zig-zag pattern that will add graphic appeal to any look.

+ Zig Zag £69.00

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GROOVY BABY

From Cri de Coeur’s diffusion brand, Hearts of Darkness, comes a classic nude ballerina derived entirely from manmade materials. Plus, it’s fairly made in China in a sweatshop-free facility.

+ Mod Ballet Flat $100 at Endless

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DOUBLE THREAT

Drop-tops aren’t the only convertibles for warm-weather fun. This two-in-one heel from Nael Coce features a built-in ballet flat you can pop out when your feet poop out.

+ Ambi Platform $70-$75

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Is Emma Watson Disappointed Over "Flopped" People Tree Collaboration?

by , 04/04/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Emma Watson

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Rumor has it that Emma Watson’s ethical fashion aspirations are on hold—that is, if gossip from the Daily Mail is to be believed. An unnamed source claims that the Harry Potter actress, who co-designed three seasons’ worth of styles for People Tree, is disappointed by lackluster sales. “Even at knockdown prices, the clothes were still sitting on the shelves,” the mole told the British tabloid on Saturday.” Despite appearances, Watson’s involvement with the fair-trade pioneer wasn’t your average celebrity vanity project. Watson helped select the fabrics, colors, and silhouettes; modeled the finished looks; and even flew to Bangladesh to visit the slums homes of Dhaka with Safia Minney, People Tree’s founder and CEO.

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We-Flashy's Reflective Clothing Helps Cyclists Stay Visible at Night

We-Flashy's Reflective Clothing Helps Cyclists Stay Visible at Night

You don’t have to resemble a crossing guard to play it safe on the roads at night. We-Flashy may use the same industrial-grade reflective material as police and firefighters do,…

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Announcing the Winners of the "DIY With IOU" Design Contest!

Announcing the Winners of the "DIY With IOU" Design Contest!

Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of DIY With IOU. Learn more at Source4Style about the search for the IOU Project’s next ethical designer! Picking a single winner of the…

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Walmart on Fast Track to Incorporating Eco-Friendly "Better Cotton"

Walmart on Fast Track to Incorporating Eco-Friendly "Better Cotton"

Walmart may be among the top purchasers of organic cotton, but the mega-box chain isn’t above supporting an industry-wide initiative to growing “better cotton” from…

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How to Mend and Darn Clothing, World War II-Style

How to Mend and Darn Clothing, World War II-Style

MRS. SEW AND SEW SAYS On darning holes and tears Do not wait for holes to develop. It is better to darn as soon as garments begin to wear thin. Imitate, as well as possible, the texture…

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Best Charity Collaboration Ever: TOMS x FEED Shoes for Women, Toddlers

Best Charity Collaboration Ever: TOMS x FEED Shoes for Women, Toddlers

Double your pleasure? TOMS’s latest shoe is so nice, it gives back twice. A collaboration with FEED Projects, the FEED 12 alpargata doesn’t just provide a new pair of shoes…

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Steampunk "Reading Glove" Uses Wireless Technology to Tell Stories With Objects

Steampunk "Reading Glove" Uses Wireless Technology to Tell Stories With Objects

You don’t have to be a psychic to know that objects tell a story. If “object reading” is your objective, however, the “Reading Glove” by Joshua and Karen…

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Solo Eyewear: Helping the World See One Pair of Sunglasses at a Time

Solo Eyewear: Helping the World See One Pair of Sunglasses at a Time

CLEAR VISION Nearly 80 percent of the world’s blindness is preventable, according to Solo. Half of those cases are due to cataracts, which can be treated for as little as $15 and…

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Guess What? Crushed Red Bugs Are in Your Lipstick, Too

Guess What? Crushed Red Bugs Are in Your Lipstick, Too

Photo by Shutterstock Ground-up bug carcasses aren’t unique to Starbucks Strawberries & Crème Frappuccinos and red velvet whoopee pies. Cochineal extract, derived from the…

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