London College of Fashion's "Community Repair" Project Highlights Mending's Role in Sustainable Design

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6 Affordable Eco-Friendly Cosmetics You Can Find at the Drugstore

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

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PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA ORGANIC WEAR

If you’re looking for quality natural makeup that won’t empty your bank account, the Organic Wear range by Physician’s Formula offers myriad powders, tinted moisturizers, bronzers, eyeshadows, and lip glosses that are 100 percent free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, and parabens.

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MAYBELLINE MINERAL POWER

Available in a great variety of shades, Maybelline’s line of mineral makeup is talc-, oil-, and fragrance-free. The foundations, concealers, and illuminators not only provide great SPF protection but they also absorb shine very well, so they’re great for women with oily skin. Besides offering sheer and natural coverage, they also blend into the skin without caking.

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SALLY HANSEN NATURAL BEAUTY

Whether you’re looking for a great powder, long-lasting foundation, or eye shadows with glamourous shades, Sally Hansen Natural Beauty covers it all. Inspired by Carmindy, the makeup artist from TLC’s What Not to Wear, the brand is paraben-free albeit not quite as natural as its name applies. Still, if you’re looking for a healthier version to conventional drugstore cosmetics, this is a serviceable alternative.

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COVERGIRL NATURELUXE

CoverGirl’s entree into the world of natural makeup, NatureLuxe offers a selection of paraben-free foundations, mascaras, and lip glosses infused with ingredients like jojoba, cucumber, and honey. Several suspect chemicals still lurk, however, so scan the label for any personal deal-breakers, such as talc and “fragrance.”

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BURT’S BEES

Not only does Burt’s Bees sell wonderful skincare products, but it also carries a small variety of lip glosses, tints, and glimmers chockfull of beneficial ingredients like vitamin E, beeswax, and sunflower and coconut oils. The best part? They’re inexpensive and available just about everywhere.

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FRESH MINERALS

Fresh Minerals offers myriad mineral cosmetics with everything from foundation to eyeshadow. It’s also talc-, oil-, and fragrance-free, so it’s less likely to block pores and cause breakouts. Bonus: The minerals contain natural SPF, which protects your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.

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Romy & Michele's Post-It Dresses, American Eagle's Denim Drive, Macy's True Fit

by , 10/09/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Site Seeing

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Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino reunite for Entertainment Weekly’s cast reunions issue in custom-made Post-It dresses, now up for auction to benefit P.S. Arts. (EW)

Bring your castoff denim to any American Eagle Outfitters store through October 18 and it’ll be recycled into UltraTouch denim insulation for communities in need. Plus, everyone who drops off their used threads will receive a 20 percent discount on their entire purchase that day. (American Eagle Outfitters)

Macy’s is the first major retailer to roll out True Fit’s fit-personalization technology, which takes the guesswork out of sizing by showing customers how well the clothes and shoes they view online will fit them in real life. (Fibre2Fashion)

More than just shoes? Nike is setting up a venture-capital offshoot called the Sustainable Business and Innovation Lab to support startups focused on alternative energies and more-efficient manufacturing. (Businessweek)

 

Cocona: Vegan-Friendly Outerwear Insulation Made From Coconut Husks

by , 10/08/11   filed under: Fabrictionary

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COCONA\ˈkōˈkōnˈä\

n 1 a:Trademarked name for a lightweight, breathable fiber derived from coconut-husk waste discarded by the food-service industry. b: Reduced to charcoal, combined with recycled polyester, and spun to maximize its surface area for warmth retention and moisture wicking. c: Said to resist odors better than traditional polyester fill. 2: Used in Nau’s insular jacket, a two-layer, sealed-seam shell with a helmet-compatible hood that the Portland clothier describes as “made for the mountain.”

 

Make Miu Miu's Detachable Collar Using Scrap Fabric (DIY Tutorial)

by , 10/07/11   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Featured

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STEP ONE

Grab a collared shirt that you already own (Sigl used her boyfriend’s). Fold the collar in half and mark the middle/halfway point with pins.

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STEP TWO

Place your paper on top of the collar, and with your pencil roughly trace around the collar edges. If you can’t see through your paper feel with your fingers and mark as best you can. Only trace up to the halfway point where you placed the pins (the halfway point will be your center-back.)

Note: You will want to do this for the top collar (part that folds down) and the bottom collar (what connects folding part to the shirt.) Make sure to mark where the top collar ends on the bottom collar.

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STEP THREE

Now with your ruler, connect the lines smoothly. For the rounded parts, just connect with a steady hand or you can use a rounded ruler. Add a 1/2-inch seam allowance like above. Then cut out your pattern from the paper. You’ll want to make sure they align properly, so adjust if they don’t.

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STEP FOUR

Fold your fabric in half and pin the pattern pieces on top, aligning the center-back of your pattern to the fabric fold (remember that the center-back was the halfway point of your collar.) You’ll need two fabric pieces of the top collar, two fabric pieces of the bottom collar, and one of each cut in interfacing.

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STEP FIVE

Iron the interfacing onto one of the top collars and one of the bottom collars.

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STEP SIX

Take the two pieces of the top collar and place fashion fabric to fashion fabric. Sew the collar around the edges at 1/2-inch seam allowance. Then notch (to but not through the stitch line) around the edges, and cut the seam allowance to 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch.

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STEP SEVEN

Flip right side out and press with an iron. The piece with the interfacing will be the bottom of the collar when it’s flipped down.

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STEP EIGHT

Now sandwich the top collar between the two bottom collar pieces. The fashion fabric should be on the inside. Pin the edges and sew with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. When done sewing, notch and trim seam allowance like you did previously with the top collar.

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STEP NINE

Flip the bottom collar down and press.

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STEP TEN

Press the bottom edges of the bottom collar inward 1/2 inch. Then cut the seam allowance a tiny bit to reduce bulk. After you are done cutting, press again, leaving the bottom edges flipped up/inwards at the original crease line.

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STEP ELEVEN

Pin and sew the bottom with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

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STEP TWELVE

Now the basic structure of your detachable collar is finished. Fit the collar around your neck and mark with a pin where that snap buttons will be. Sew the buttons. At this point you’re all done! You can add embellishments if you want; Sigl glued some lace flowers onto hers.

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Self-Cleaning Cotton Kills Bacteria, Breaks Down Toxic Chemicals

by , 10/07/11   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Featured, Wearable Technology

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Sure, we’ve heard of stain-resistant fabrics, but what about fabrics that actively fight germs and toxic chemicals? Scientists at UC Davis in California have developed a self-cleaning cotton that kills bacteria and breaks down pesticide residues when exposed to light. Ning Liu, a doctoral student in Gang Sun’s group in the Division of Textiles and Clothing, managed to bind a compound known as 2-anthraquinone carboxylic acid (2-AQC) to cellulose in cotton. Exposing the fabric to light triggers the release of reactive agents such as hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide, putting the kibosh on any lingering germs or organic compounds.

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VIDEO: H&M Unveils New "Conscious Collection" for Fall 2011

by , 10/07/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fall/Winter 2011, Featured

 

Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive to Make Knockoff UGG Boots (Graphic Video)

by , 10/06/11   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Featured

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UGG, those again? The infamous—and aptly named—Australian boots have never been easy on the eye, but now there’s a bigger reason for them to weigh heavier on your conscience. Animal-rights group Swiss Animal Protection has uncovered horrifying footage of breeders skinning raccoon dogs alive to make cheap knockoffs of the shoes. Genuine UGGs can cost up to $300 a pair, but counterfeiters are cashing in by substituting sheepskin with raccoon-dog pelts and selling them at cut-rate prices. Despite their name, raccoon dogs are more closely related to foxes, jackals, and domestic dogs than they are raccoons. One animal is shown with its neck pinned to the ground with a heavy boot before it’s flayed alive and tossed onto a heap of carcasses. Divested of skin and fur, it still manages to feebly raise its head.

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World's Leading Apparel Brands, Retailers Boycott Uzbek Cotton Harvested by Child Laborers

by , 10/06/11   filed under: Fair Trade, Featured, Sustainable Fashion, Worker Rights

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More than 60 of the world’s leading apparel brands and retailers, including Adidas, Burberry, H&M, PPR Group, Walmart, Target, and Macy’s, along with the American Apparel and Footwear Association, have pledged to boycott cotton knowingly harvested using child laborers in Uzbekistan. The Uzbek government forcibly sends upwards of 2 million children—some as young as 7—to work in the fields for 10 hours a day, for two to three months each year, according to the Responsible Sourcing Network, which coordinated the nearly 900 signatories. The embargo will be in effect until the International Labour Organization verifies the elimination of bonded child labor in Uzbekistan.

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Get Soused in the Shower With Beer Soap by Brooklyn Brewery

Get Soused in the Shower With Beer Soap by Brooklyn Brewery

Luxuriate in your favorite lager with soap from NYC’s own Brooklyn Brewery. Lovingly crafted on the brewery’s wind-powered premises, each two-ounce puck comprises a…

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9 Eco-Fashion Designers at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012

9 Eco-Fashion Designers at Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012

KREISI COUTURE At White Goes Green, Kreisi Couture impressed us with its playful and elegant hats. Hungarian designer Krisztina Reisini, who’s inspired by the great Parisian…

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How Many Slaves Work for You? New Online Tool Measures Your Impact

How Many Slaves Work for You? New Online Tool Measures Your Impact

MODERN SLAVERY Developed by the Call + Response anti-slavery campaign, with funding from the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the site seeks…

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Will Wearable Technology Intensify Our E-Waste Problem?

Will Wearable Technology Intensify Our E-Waste Problem?

Photos by Greenpeace Sure, wearable technology can push us off the grid, keep us limber, make head-turning statements, and offer new ways of interacting in a convenient, unobtrusive…

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Issey Miyake's Spring 2012 Line Offers Hope, Renewal for Japan at Paris Fashion Week

Issey Miyake's Spring 2012 Line Offers Hope, Renewal for Japan at Paris Fashion Week

Photos by British Vogue Issey Miyake was all abloom at Paris Fashion Week on Sunday with Yoshiyuki Miyamae’s official coming-out as lead designer, a gambit to rejuvenate a brand…

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Artist Billie Achilleos Turns Louis Vuitton Bags Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Artist Billie Achilleos Turns Louis Vuitton Bags Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

ANIMAL HOUSE Deyrolle, known as the “strangest store in all of Paris,” hosted nearly 30 couture critters, each of which represented a different facet of the brand. The hardy…

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VIDEO: Make Do and Mend, World War II-Style

VIDEO: Make Do and Mend, World War II-Style

“Make do and mend” was an oft-repeated mantra in 1940s Britain, when manufactured commodities were in scant supply and clothes rationing became a vital part of the British…

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Vivienne Westwood Debuts Gold Label Spring 2012 at Paris Fashion Week, Thinks Confucianism May Save Planet

Vivienne Westwood Debuts Gold Label Spring 2012 at Paris Fashion Week, Thinks Confucianism May Save Planet

“I have always loved the Mao cap, though I hate violent revolution.” Thus spake legendary British designer Vivienne Westwood, who cites China as the key inspiration behind…

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Mark O'Brien Makes Cardboard Shoes From Recycled Beer Packaging

Mark O'Brien Makes Cardboard Shoes From Recycled Beer Packaging

CARDBOARD KICKS While O’Brien is driven by any material that sparks imaginative storytelling, cardboard remains his medium of choice because of its innate ability to grab…

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