Congress to Hold First Hearing on Cosmetics Safety in Over 30 Years

by , 03/23/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty, Featured

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Mercury in face creams. Formaldehyde in hair products. Lead in lipstick. It’s about time lawmakers paid attention. For the first time in 30 years, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will convene the first official Congressional hearing on cosmetics safety, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The hearing, which will take place on March 27, is expected to review existing federal cosmetics laws, which haven’t been updated since 1938—or since Franklin D. Roosevelt was president.

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Levi's Employees Worldwide Pledge to Wear Same Pair of Jeans All Week

by , 03/22/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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In honor of World Water Day, Levi’s employees across the globe are taking the plunge: by pledging to wear the same pair of jeans or khakis every day for a week without washing it once. The denim giant also equipped each staff member with a Water<Less-logoed sponge for sopping up spills. Each employee is documenting their efforts with a daily snapshot, and they’re inviting you to do the same. To take part, simply tag a photo of yourself on Instagram with #gowaterless to help spread the word about reducing water use. Up for a bigger challenge? Levi’s has a series of actions you can take to whittle your water footprint even further.

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Greenpeace's 3D Street Art Warns About Toxic Chemicals in Our Laundry

by , 03/22/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Featured

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Yes, your eyes do deceive you. Greenpeace activists conspired with Planet Streetpainting artists to create a mind-bending optical illusion at the World Fashion Centre in Amsterdam on Tuesday. The occasion? The release of the environmental nonprofit’s third “Detox” campaign report—fittingly dubbed Dirty Laundry: Reloaded—which uncovers evidence that consumers of brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, and G-Star are unwittingly polluting the world’s public waterways with every load of laundry.

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7 Water-Saving Innovations Employed by the Garment Industry

by , 03/22/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Featured, Features

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AIRDYE

Simply put, AirDye technology adds color to textiles sans the wet stuff. The patented process system adds PVC-free inks to a paper carrier, then heat-transfers the dyes from the paper to the surface of the fibers at a molecular level. Applying color in this fashion not only uses 90 percent less water than conventional methods, according to the company, but it also requires 85 percent less energy because extreme heat isn’t necessary to dry the fabrics.

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DYECOO

DyeCoo Textile Systems is a Netherlands-based company that built the first commercial waterless textile-dyeing machine. The H2O-free technology imbues a pressurized form of carbon dioxide with liquid-like properties, allowing it to penetrate textile fibers and disperse preloaded dyes without extra chemical agents. Once the dyeing cycle is complete, the CO2 is gasified to recover the excess dye before cycling back into the dyeing vessel for reuse—no muss, no fuss, and with far less energy than conventional methods.

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HUNTSMAN

Lacoste and Marks & Spencer are among the brands that utilize Huntsman’s Avitera process, which harnesses just three to five gallons of water per two pounds of material, compared with the 26 gallons conventional methods require. Plus, nearly 90 percent of the dye bonds to the cotton fibers, leaving far less unfixed dye to rinse off.

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DYECAT

Without using a single drop of water, DyeCat locks dyes into textile fibers on a molecular level, creating colors that won’t run, leach, or fade. The color, in other words, becomes part of the material, leaving no dye runoff to contaminate drinking sources. Bonus: The process uses only as much dye as necessary to color the fabric, which means less energy and little waste.

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JEANOLOGIA

Jeanologia’s E-Soft technology transforms air in the atmosphere into “nano-bubbles” that soften fabrics using 98 percent less water and 79 percent less energy than traditional methods. The Spanish company, which specializes in garment finishing, also uses ozone rather than multiple washes to fade its denim, saving nearly 4 million gallons of water daily across its facilities worldwide, according to Enrique Silla, its founder and CEO.

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AG Adriano Goldschmied’s jeans aren’t just made in the U.S.A., but they’re also processed using ozone technology that slashes their use of water, energy, and chemicals. “Jeans are typically washed with large amounts of water and chemicals to rid of excess indigo on the garment and pocket lining,” the company says. “The use of ozone technology allows us to clean up the excess indigo without the use of water and pocket-whitening chemicals altogether.”

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Made Right Here: Potential TV Series That Explores American-Made Goods

by , 03/21/12   filed under: Featured, Green Designers, Video

Joseph Gannon and Max Wastler of All Plaidout have released a seven-minute teaser for a potential TV series about products that are still made in the U.S.A. In Made Right Here, the duo take a trip to Tennessee, where they go behind the scenes at the Nokona baseball-glove factory, Pointer Brand, Cause & Effect, and Imogene + Willie. “It’s our desire to not only show how it’s made, not only where it’s made, but to also show the people who make it,” Wastler says. “We want to tell their stories.”

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Is Nokia Planning Magnetic Tattoos That Vibrate When Someone Calls?

by , 03/21/12   filed under: Featured, Wearable Technology

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Crazy as it may sound, Nokia may be developing magnetic tattoos that vibrate whenever someone calls or texts—that is, if the Finnish communications company makes good on its patent application. In a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Nokia describes tattooing, stamping, or spraying ferromagnetic inks onto your arm, abdomen, or—we kid you not—fingernail. By detecting the magnetic field generated by your mobile device, the high-tech tramp stamp then causes “perceivable stimulus to the skin by magnetically manipulating the material.”

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Does Buying Socially Responsible Products Really Make a Difference?

by , 03/21/12   filed under: Ask a Designer, Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Features, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Can you actually “do good” by shopping ethically? And what about the claim that we change the world with our purchasing power? If we can, it means great things for the future. One thing we know is that our generation likes to shop. By and large, consumers create the demand that drives the market. If we want to change this world, we need to change what we buy. Purchasing “power” indeed.

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NYU Students Launch "Sloth," a Campus Thrift Store to Slow Consumption

by , 03/20/12   filed under: Featured, Features, Interviews

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Thrift stores abound across the United States, but Sloth has aspirations beyond buying and selling secondhand clothes. Based in New York University, the campus-run outfit is the brainchild of seniors Celia Reingold and Sarah Ferguson, who want to leverage the school’s global network for social activism and change. “Sloth,” they tell Ecouterre, refers neither to the deadly sin nor the forest-dwelling mammal that sends Kristen Bell into meltdown mode. Rather, the name refers to the idea of mindful consumption, which Reingold and Ferguson plan to foster by keeping closet castoffs in circulation. With the help of a $4,000 Gallatin Student Resource Grant, the duo are working on setting up a permanent space in Washington Square. We caught up with the young entrepreneurs to chat about their vision, the philosophy behind Sloth, and how they plan to create a community experience that challenges traditional models of retail.

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CFDA Designers Customize "You Can't Fake Fashion" Bags for Charity

by , 03/20/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Bags, Fashion Philanthropy

 

H&M Conscious Debuts Eco-Chic "Glamour" Collection for Spring

H&M Conscious Debuts Eco-Chic "Glamour" Collection for Spring

GREEN GOWNS If the looks evoke a sense of déjà vu, your instincts don’t deceive you. In October, Amanda Seyfried wore the blue tuxedo blazer and short at the London premiere of…

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Make Slippers for the Whole Family, World War II-Style

Make Slippers for the Whole Family, World War II-Style

At the height of clothes rationing during World War II, U.K. civilians were introduced to Mrs. Sew-and-Sew, a fictional character cooked up by the British Board of Trade to promote the…

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"Killer" Silk Destroys Anthrax, Other Microbes in Minutes

"Killer" Silk Destroys Anthrax, Other Microbes in Minutes

U.S. defense scientists have developed a way to turn ordinary silk into a bacteria-killing machine, according to a new report in Applied Materials & Interfaces, a journal of the…

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IKEA Doubles Its Use of Sustainable Cotton in Textile Products

IKEA Doubles Its Use of Sustainable Cotton in Textile Products

IKEA purchased 50,000 tons of sustainable cotton this past season—nearly twice as much as the year before, according to its 2011 Sustainability Report. The Swedish furnishings giant,…

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Follow Your Favorite Eco-Fashion Stories on Pinterest!

Follow Your Favorite Eco-Fashion Stories on Pinterest!

Ecouterre’s been tagging away on Inhabitat’s “Sustainable Style” Pinterest board, but it’s time to cut the apron-strings and come into our own. Introducing…

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Shadowplay Offers Space-Age Fashion Inspired by Hubble Photography

Shadowplay Offers Space-Age Fashion Inspired by Hubble Photography

OUT OF THIS WORLD Chouza and Bennaim aren’t able to pinpoint the source of their creativity, but their love of the night sky is obvious. “We always come up with the best ideas…

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Ricky Gervais Launches Global Campaign to End Animal Cosmetics Testing

Ricky Gervais Launches Global Campaign to End Animal Cosmetics Testing

Ricky Gervais doesn’t think that testing cosmetics on animals is very funny. In fact, the British comedian (and three-time Golden Globes host) is using his star power to put a…

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Serum Vs. Venom: Brooklyn-Made Eco-Menswear for "Hyper-Individuals"

Serum Vs. Venom: Brooklyn-Made Eco-Menswear for "Hyper-Individuals"

THE NEW HYPER-REALITY Hyperreality, Gensler explains, is a term used in semiotics and post-modern philosophy to describe a “hypothetical inability of consciousness to distinguish…

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