UN Global Compact Launches First Industry-Specific Initiative for Fashion

by , 01/25/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Featured

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As the impact of climate change becomes more difficult to ignore, advocates for a more sustainable fashion industry are finally getting the legitimacy they seek. The United Nations announced Tuesday that it was joining forces with Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical (NICE), a joint initiative by the Nordic fashion industry to address socio-environmental issues, to develop the first sector-specific initiative under the Global Compact, which helps businesses align their operations with fundamental principles of human rights, labor, and the environment.

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Disturbing Video Reveals Child Laborers Picking Cotton in Uzbekistan

by , 01/25/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

In a video shot secretly by human-rights activists and obtained by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Uzek service, young children are seen toiling in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields. 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 rallied more than 60 of the world’s leading apparel brands and retailers in October to boycott cotton knowingly harvested using child laborers in the Central Asian nation.

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Chanel Builds Life-Size Plane for Spring 2012 Paris Couture Week Show

by , 01/24/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Spring/Summer 2012, The Big Idea, Women's Eco-Fashion

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As if fashion wasn’t already synonymous with environmental excess. Karl Lagerfeld commisioned a life-size aircraft to house Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2012 couture show inside the Grand Palais in Paris on Tuesday. Subtlety has never been the designer’s strongest suit—this is the man who flew a 265-ton glacier to the City of Lights on a whim, after all—but the display of such extravagance in a depressed economy feels gauche even by the most liberal standards. Set designers didn’t just spend five days constructing the plane (or at least, the innards of one) from anodized aluminum. They also outfitted it with an extra-wide 164-foot aisle, 180-degree swivel seats for 250 high-profile guests, double-C monogrammed carpet, a holographic cockpit, and a slatted roof that revealed a vista of clouds. Mon dieu!

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Kinabuti: African-Inspired Fashion That Bolsters Nigerian Communities

by , 01/24/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Featured, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

New Hampshire Considers Perfume Ban for State Employees

by , 01/23/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty, Featured

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New Hampshire, whose state motto is “live free or die,” has a new champion in state representative Michele Peckham, who thinks that her constituents should live free of the consequences of other people’s poor decisions. The politican is the primary sponsor of House Bill 1444, a piece of legislation that would ban state employees from wearing perfume or scented products on the job, particularly if they deal with the public. “It may seem silly, but it’s a health issue,” Peckham tells the New Hampshire Union Leader. “Many people have violent reactions to strong scents.”

So tell us, is a perfume ban for state employees haute or not?

  • 33 Votes HELL NO! What a fascist move to stifle a form of personal expression.
  • 73 Votes HELL YES! Why should people endure allergic reactions by no fault of their own?

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Japanese Textile Mills Mount Comeback After Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

by , 01/23/12   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Events, Featured

 

“Real Housewife” Compares Fox-Fur Bikini Treatment to Cure for Cancer

by , 01/23/12   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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If former Real Housewives of New York City star Cindy Barhop didn’t think she was in enough hot water, the spa owner now compares her fox-fur bikini treatment to a cure for cancer, according to The Cut. The semi-permanent procedure, which involves affixing neon-colored fur or feathers to one’s ladyparts, are only designed to last three days—more if you avoid washing your nethers (sexy!). “It’s like buying an extra set of lingerie or a fun shirt a different pair of glasses,” Barshop, who runs Completely Bare on Madison Ave., says. “This is that fun thing that gives you a little pick-me-up.”

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7 Eco-Friendly (And Mostly Vegan!) Winter Boots to Conquer Snow, Slush

by , 01/21/12   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Men's Eco-Fashion, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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ALL-WEATHER WARRIOR

Even the icy plains of Hoth wouldn’t pose a challenge for the Nupste Fur IV by The North Face. Tootsies remain dry in a water-repellent sheath of down-insulated, recycled-polyester ripstop, while ankles stay extra-snug in a faux-fur swaddle of 100 percent recycled PET.

Note: May contain goose down.

+ Nuptse Fur IV $89 at Shoe Buy

+ The North Face

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COLD COMFORT

Clad in a seam-sealed canvas-and-rubber shell—and lined with a removable “InnerBoot” made from recycled polyester felt—the 1964 Premium Canvas boot by Sorel is rated for temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. Plus, the low-profile herringbone outsole is grippy enough for perilous icy patches that threaten to thwart your dignity at every turn.

+ 1964 Premium Canvas $130

+ Sorel

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HIGH AND MIGHTY

As bespoke as you can get—without the vertiginous prices, that is—Patagonia’s Fiona offers tough-as-nails recycled-nylon ripstop, a supportive arch shank, and stretchy neoprene at the rear for a custom fit. The knee-high boot also includes a recycled polyester lining and synthetic PrimaLoft Eco insulation for a one-two punch of warmth without sending feathers flying.

+ Fiona Quilted High $180

+ Patagonia

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ERSATZ UGG

We’ll try not to judge. If UGG-style booties are your jam, take the animal hide out of the equation with the Neauara’s Robin which comprises waterproof synthetic suede (derived from recycled plastic bottles, natch) and the cushiest faux fur lining this side of the Tundra.

+ Robin $165

+ Neuaura

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GREAT WHITE NORTH

Made in Canada, where people know cold, the Alexandra by Kamik features a quilted nylon upper, cushy fleece-and-foam insulation, and a molded felt insole for plush underfoot comfort. Bonus: You can send the boot back to Kamik for recycling when it’s ready to shuffle off the mortal coil.

Note: May contain fleece.

+ Alexandra $50 (on sale from $95) at Amazon

+ Kamik

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STORMY WEATHER

Sure, the Kelly Vinter by Tretorn may look like an old-fashioned rubber rain boot, but the faux-fur and post-industrial mesh lining would beg to differ. An EcoOrtholite insole, made from non-food bio-oil, completes the cushy setup.

+ Kelly Vinter $85

+ Tretorn

Originally published Jan. 5, 2012

 

Run Your Own Sweatshop With This Online Strategy Game

by , 01/20/12   filed under: Online Tools, Site Seeing, Worker Rights

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Sweatshop isn’t your average online cow-clicker. As its name implies, the game places you on the floor of an offshore factory that cranks out merchandise for high-street retailers in the West. Your job as manager: to hire workers to assemble hats, shoes, bags, and shirts at various speeds according to their skill level (or lack thereof in the case of the child laborers you also employ), all while keeping your corporate masters happy by raking in the big profits.

STORY UPDATE: Apple Pulls “Sweatshop” Game, Has No Concept of Satire or Irony

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"Closet Swap" iPhone App Encourages You to Trade Clothes With Friends

"Closet Swap" iPhone App Encourages You to Trade Clothes With Friends

Swapping clothes? There’s an app for that. If you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe this year, “Closet Swap” allows you to trade castoffs with your friends…

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"Shed Me" Clothes Reduce Need for Laundry by Shedding Like Snakeskin

"Shed Me" Clothes Reduce Need for Laundry by Shedding Like Snakeskin

Katie Ledger wants you to make like a serpent and molt—the layers of your clothes, that is. Inspired by the way a snake sheds its skin, London College of Art student envisions…

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Recycle Your Marks & Spencer Clothing at Oxfam, Get £5 Off Purchase

Recycle Your Marks & Spencer Clothing at Oxfam, Get £5 Off Purchase

American retailers take note: Marks & Spencer may have joined the ranks of Patagonia and Uniqlo with its own clothing take-back program, but it isn’t doing it alone. The…

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Wool's Carbon Footprint Up to 80% Smaller Than Previously Thought

Wool's Carbon Footprint Up to 80% Smaller Than Previously Thought

The carbon footprint of wool has been grossly overstated, according to a consortium of Australian woolgrowers, scientists, and carbon specialists known as the Wool Carbon Alliance. The…

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Julia Ramsey's Dramatic Knits Meditate on Our Relationship With Clothing

Julia Ramsey's Dramatic Knits Meditate on Our Relationship With Clothing

YARNIVORE To say that Ramsey, who once apprenticed with the legendary Kaffe Fassett in London, has a deep appreciation for natural fibers is an understatement. To create…

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World's Largest Garment Made From Golden Spider Silk Goes on Display

World's Largest Garment Made From Golden Spider Silk Goes on Display

Before anyone asks, no, it’s not bulletproof. But that doesn’t mean that the glistening yellow cape—the world’s largest garment made entirely from spider…

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"Made by Project" Brings Artisanal Craftsmanship to Life in NYC

"Made by Project" Brings Artisanal Craftsmanship to Life in NYC

MAKER FAIR Made by Project is the show’s way of promoting that art of slow fashion while bridging the divide between maker and consumer. “The way the consumer shops has…

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MIAmobi's Smartphone, Laptop Cases Keep Data Safe From Prying Eyes

MIAmobi's Smartphone, Laptop Cases Keep Data Safe From Prying Eyes

If Big Brother has you on the defensive, you’re not alone. With radio-frequency ID, Global Positioning System, and Wi-Fi location tracking on the ascent, privacy in the digital…

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Made in Forest Hills: MoMA-Inspired Bow Ties Recycled From Trash

Made in Forest Hills: MoMA-Inspired Bow Ties Recycled From Trash

WEARABLE ART While putting the final touches on Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914 the night before it opened, Ruiz decided to pay homage to the grandmaster himself by constructing a bow tie…

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