Fire Guts Bangladesh Garment Factory, 7 Killed, 10 Injured

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A fire swept through a small garment factory in Bangladesh on Saturday, claiming the lives of seven employees—all women—and injuring 10, according to firefighters and witnesses. The blaze occurred barely two months after the the South Asian country’s worst industrial accident, which killed at least 112 apparel workers and injured 150 in a similar inferno. “Everything inside the factory has been gutted,” a Reuters photographer said.

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Oprah Draws Criticism for Endorsing Face Cream Made From Foreskins

by , 01/25/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Glen Callender and his foreskin have a bone to pick with Oprah Winfrey. The founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project has launched a protest against Winfrey, for her endorsement of SkinMedica anti-wrinkle cream…which contains HUMAN foreskins! Callender has called Winfrey a hypocrite, saying that her use of foreskin-cream habit contradicts her work speaking out against female genital mutilation.

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WWF, H&M Partner on "Game-Changing" Water-Conservation Strategy

by , 01/25/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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H&M’s latest collaboration isn’t one you’d expect. The Swedish high-street retailer is partnering with the World Wildlife Fund on a “game-changing” water-management plan to minimize its footprint. The three-year effort is as much a matter of corporate stewardship as it is self-interest. Nearly 2.7 billion people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, live in river basins that experience water scarcity during at least one month of the year, according to the environmental group’s 2012 Living Planet report. Roughly a third of the units responsible for H&M’s wet processes are situated in areas that are now, or will be by 2025, extremely dry.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: 7 Water-Saving Innovations Employed by the Garment Industry

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Iris van Herpen Debuts World's First 3D-Printed Flexible Dresses

 

Walmart Adopts "Zero-Tolerance" Policy for Illegal Subcontractors

by , 01/24/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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At least one positive thing emerged from the Tazreen Fashions tragedy in Bangladesh. After a devastating fire claimed the lives of at least 112 garment workers in November, Walmart is tightening its grip on its supply chain. In a 10-page letter sent Tuesday to suppliers of Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, the world’s No. 1 retailer says it will adopt a “zero tolerance” policy on subcontracting without authorization, effective March 1. The stricter regulation will replace Walmart’s previous “three strikes” rule.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: Walmart Fires Supplier That Contracted Bangladesh Garment Factory

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Knit the Laptop "Compubody" Sock for Privacy in Public Places

by , 01/23/13   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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As liberating as abandoning ye olde office cubicle sounds, working out of a café, library, or other public or coworking space can leave even the most focused person distracted and open to prying eyes. Electronics guru Becky Stern has an unusual solution: a knitted garment that fits around your head and your laptop like an oversized sock or cocoon. Sure, you’ll undoubtedly draw quizzical stares, but what price privacy and peace—even at the risk of looking like Mr. Snuffleupagus?

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Have a Garment With a Story? Participate in a "Local Wisdom" Photo Shoot

by , 01/23/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

 

Victoria's Secret Pledges to Detox Its Clothing, Lingerie by 2020

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Looks like Victoria’s Secret is finally straightening its halo. Following a Greenpeace investigation that revealed the presence of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the popular underwear, the lingerie retailer has pledged to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain and products by 2020. Limited Brands, its parent company, is now the 14th global corporation to make a “credible ‘Detox’ commitment, as well as the first to provie an “explicit process” that will ensure the total elimination of phthalates, a group of endocrine-disrupting substances linked to birth defects, genital and reproductive abnormalities, and—somewhat ironically—early breast development in girls.

Which fashion company would you like to see "Detox" next?

  • 18 Votes Armani Exchange
  • 66 Votes Calvin Klein
  • 89 Votes Forever 21
  • 87 Votes G-Star Raw
  • 123 Votes Gap
  • 19 Votes J.Crew
  • 51 Votes Topshop
  • 54 Votes Urban Outfitters

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Water-Harvesting Cotton Could Help Sustain Agriculture in Arid Places

Water-Harvesting Cotton Could Help Sustain Agriculture in Arid Places

Photo by Shutterstock In arid areas, clean flowing water is always in short supply. However, once temperatures cool at night, mists and fogs nourish plant and animal life. Inspired by…

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Vanessa Paradis is the New Face of H&M Conscious Clothing

Vanessa Paradis is the New Face of H&M Conscious Clothing

Vanessa Paradis may be better known to Americans as the mother of Johnny Depp’s children, but the French singer-actress is coming into her own as the new face of H&M…

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Tamara Kostianovsky Upcycles Clothing into Semi-Realistic Flesh, Bone

Tamara Kostianovsky Upcycles Clothing into Semi-Realistic Flesh, Bone

Photos by Sol Aramendi Lady Gaga should get in touch with Tamara Kostianovsky. The Argentina-raised, New York City-based designer turns unwanted textiles, including her own clothing,…

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Campaign for Wool to Host World’s Largest Showcase of Wool

Campaign for Wool to Host World’s Largest Showcase of Wool

Great Britain is revving up for the biggest celebration of wool the world has ever seen. Come March, the Campaign for Wool, with the help of veteran interior-stylist Arabella McNie,…

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Issey Miyake Creates Heat-Retaining Menswear From Recycled Polyester

Issey Miyake Creates Heat-Retaining Menswear From Recycled Polyester

Issey Miyake’s timing couldn’t be more apt. As temperatures at Paris Men’s Fashion Week plunged below zero on Thursday—and the City of Lights faced its worst…

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The No. 1 Rap Song in America is About Thrift-Shopping

The No. 1 Rap Song in America is About Thrift-Shopping

A song about the joys of thrifting is currently the No. 2 most popular song in America, according to Billboard’s Hot 100 music chart. It’s also the nation’s leading…

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Iverson's Wooden Snowshoes Are Handmade in the United States

Iverson's Wooden Snowshoes Are Handmade in the United States

When it comes to American-made wooden snowshoes, Iverson has the market cornered. That’s because the Michigan-based company is one of the few remaining wooden-shoe manufacturers…

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Wrangler's "Denim Spa" Jeans Claim to Moisturize Legs, Fight Cellulite

Wrangler's "Denim Spa" Jeans Claim to Moisturize Legs, Fight Cellulite

LEG SAVERS Other high-performance skincare ingredients, according to Wrangler, include apricot-kernel oil, passion-fruit oil, rosehip oil, and Shea butter, as well as monoi de Tahiti, a…

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LAST CHANCE: Win an Organic-Cotton Tassel Scarf from Indigenous (Worth $70!)

LAST CHANCE: Win an Organic-Cotton Tassel Scarf from Indigenous (Worth $70!)

What better way to kick off an eco-fashionable year than with another fantastic giveaway? We’re teaming up with our friends at Indigenous to give away a super-soft tassel…

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