Pants to Poverty Flaunts Giant Underpants for Guinness World Records Day

by , 11/17/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Underwear, Fair Trade

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Pants to Poverty crammed nearly 60 people into a giant pair of underpants this morning to celebrate Guinness World Records Day. Clad in little more than underwear and socks, the participants gathered in Canary Wharf in London to break the record for “Most People Gathered in a Single Pair of Pants.” (Really.) But a place in the annals of outlandish one-upmanship wasn’t the fair-trade label’s only purpose. The stunt was also an opportunity to raise awareness about ethical working conditions in the fashion industry. No word if anyone received the “World’s Biggest Wedgie.”

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GPS-Enabled "Smart" Shoes Keep Tabs on Alzheimer's Patients

by , 11/17/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Wearable Technology

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People living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia have a tendency to wander off, slipping by even the most diligent of custodians. A new shoe, outfitted with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, however, promises some relief to the 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the United States alone. Designed by GTX, a company that specializes in miniaturized GPS devices, in partnership with footwear manufacturer Aetrex, the GPS shoe tracks its wearer’s movements in real time, alerting relevant personnel via smartphone whenever their charge drifts beyond the designated “safe zone.”

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PACT's New Organic Cotton Undies Support Architecture for Humanity's Work in Post-Tsunami Japan

by , 11/17/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Underwear, Fashion Philanthropy, Featured

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Our undergarments can provide support in more ways than one. Take PACT’s new charitable line of organic-cotton skivvies, for example. A partnership with Architecture for Humanity, the “PACT for Japan” collection features original graphics by industrial designer Yves Béhar, with a humanitarian objective, to boot. To wit, for every pair you buy, PACT will donate 10 percent of sales to reconstruction efforts in the fishing town of Shizugawa in Miyagi, where 70 percent of the buildings were flattened by the devastating tsunami and earthquake in March.

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21 Eco-Friendly Knit Accessories to Keep You Cozy This Fall

by , 11/17/11   filed under: Featured, Features, Green Gift Guide

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ALL IN THE WRIST

Keep your fingers unencumbered with a pair of chunky wrist-warmers by Indigenous Designs. Available in chocolate, saffron, or silver, each one is fairly hand-knit by Peruvian artisans from 100 percent organic cotton and embellished with oversized wooden buttons.

+ Button Wrist-warmer $33

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LISTEN UP

Earmuffs not your thing? Take up the needles and whip yourself a sleek headband with Wool and the Gang’s do-it-yourself kit. Each pack includes two balls of Peruvian wool, knitting needles, a sewing needle, and a pattern with four different designs, plus a “Knit-a-Porter” patch for the finishing touch.

+ Trophy Headbands $45 at Net-a-Porter

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IT’S A SNAP

Available in 100 percent merino wool or bamboo, N:F:P’s Brooklyn-knit neck-warmer functions like a detachable turtleneck, complete with a slit on the side for keeping it secure in gusty weather.

+ Snap Neck-Warmer $55 at Inhabitatshop

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FAIR-WEATHER FRIEND

Fairly knit in Binghamton, New York, Green3′s cool-weather cardi features a classic Fair Isle pattern that’s festive without being garish. Bonus: It’s made with 75 percent pre-consumer recycled cotton left over from U.S. factories.

+ Fair Isle Cardigan $84.90 at Fair Indigo

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ALL YOU NEED IS GLOVE

They make look like ordinary gloves, but these wool and recycled-cashmere gloves hide a clever secret: a hidden flap for your index finger whenever you need to dash off a quick text on the go.

+ Text-Friendly Gloves $27

+ The Two Fish

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HEADS UP

Keep your noggin covered with a jaunty Fair Isle beret from People Tree, fairly hand-knit in Nepal from 100 percent wool.

+ Dark Fair Isle Beret £18

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SHOULDER ON

Give chilly conditions the cold shoulder with the “Carapace” shrug by Makepiece. Handmade in the U.K. label’s studio in West Yorkshire using British wool, the ingenious topper even includes thumbholes so you can pull the sleeves right over your hands.

+ Carapace Shrug £72

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BLANKET STITCH

From Pendleton’sPortland Collection comes a 100 percent virgin-wool scarf in one of the label’s most iconic jacquard patterns. It’s also reversible, meaning you get two layering essentials for the price of one.

+ Harding Scarf $119 at VivaTerra

+ The Portland Collection by Pendleton

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BIG DEAL

Designer Sue Eggens crafts each “fleurette” cloche from a recycled lambswool sweater, which she tops with an oversized wool-felt flower and a hand-pressed button for good measure.

+ Fleurette Cloche $60

+ Giant Dwarf

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LOOP DE LOOP

Jack Frost doesn’t stand a chance against Sunghee Bang’s snuggly circle scarf, which the designer (and Fashion Institute of Technology graduate) hand-knits in Brooklyn from a nubby blend of merino wool and mohair.

+ Northland Loop Scarf $228 at Anthropologie

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SOCK IT TO ME

Available in black, gray, or a daring yellow, Zkano’s thigh-high socks comprise GOTS-certified organic cotton, low-impact dyes, and good old-fashioned American craftsmanship.

+ Ivy Thigh-High Socks $16

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FEELING SHEEPISH

This vintage Pendleton sweater vest from the ’70s isn’t just made with 100 percent virgin wool, it also features a charming tableau of the animals it owes its existence to. And, considering fashion’s reignited passion for all things Pendleton, it’s a steal at $34.

+ Vintage Pendleton Sweater Vest $34

+ G.Wiz Vintage

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EVERYBODY CUT LOOSE

Inspired by South American hand-knit booties, Gypsy05’s range of knee-high slipper-socks function as well indoors as they do out. Shod with biodegradable rubber soles, each organic-cotton Gypsyz features a snakeskin, piano, or snowflake motif for coddling your stems in high fashion.

+ Gyspyz Slipper Socks $129

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CHAIN GANG

Find your missing link (or rather, links) with a scarf that would rattle Jacob Marley’s ghost. Designed by Elizabeth E. Green for UncommonGoods and hand-knit in Peru from 100 percent wool, the versatile neck-warmer can be looped like a scarf or draped like a necklace.

+ Chain Link Scarf $16

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MODEL BEHAVIOR

Founded by models Lily Cole and Katherine Poulton, The North Circular uses wool from rescued Wensleydale sheep, along with the services of actual British grandmas for that authentic homespun touch. This cabled shrug comes in a boatload of winning colors with evocative names like “cocoa” and “ruby.”

+ Catch Shrug £200

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LAYER UP

Keep your calves extra-toasty with a decorative boot liner made from recycled sweaters. Anchored by stretchy microfleece stirrups, each piece is uniquely one of a kind.

+ Boot Liner $42

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UP IN ARMS

Bid farewell to upper arms by coddling them in Hortensia Handmade’s cable-stitch hand-warmers. Available in your choice of black, charcoal, or off-white, each pair is ethically hand-knit in Peru from 100 percent alpaca.

+ Hand-warmers $185

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POP TOP

Perfect for gadget geeks, these hand-knit alpaca “glittens” feature a pop-off cover for regaining the use of your digits whenever you’re pinged. Done texting? Slip your fingers back inside the flap for an instant warmup.

+ Alpaca Glittens $39.95

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UNDER COVER

Go under wraps with a Nordic-inspired bell poncho, made from 100 percent wool and in excellent vintage condition. The fold-down shawl collar is a sweet detail, while the kangaroo pocket is perfect for stashing tiny treasures.

+ Vintage Bell Poncho $50

+ Honey Mad Vintage

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COLOR THEORY

Even the blandest of outfits will look instantly pulled together with RGideas’s coordinating hat and leg-warmer combo. The cabled duo is hand-knit to order from 100 percent wool, packing a one-two punch is mustard, heather, or green.

+ Knit Cap and Leg-warmers $118

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You Can Finally Buy Loomstate's Student-Designed Zero-Waste Anorak (But Hurry, Only 10 Were Made!)

by , 11/16/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Outerwear

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When Parsons student Andria Crescioni won Loomstate’s zero-waste challenge in February, she didn’t just receive accolades and the approval of her peers. The recent graduate also got to see her design go into production. Her one-size-fits-all topper makes its commercial debut tonight at Rogan’s Bowery store in Manhattan, but it’s strictly limited edition—only 10 pieces were made. If swinging by the store isn’t on the cards, not to worry. Loomstate’s Scott Mackinlay Hahn and Rogan Gregory snuck us in for a sneak preview.

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Clothing Among Top Culprits of High Household Water Usage, Says Study

by , 11/16/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles, Featured, The Big Idea

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Buy all the water-efficient appliances you want; a household’s indirect water usage, embodied in the consumption of goods and services, is far more significant, according to a paper published in the latest issue of Building Resources and Information. Agua is involved in everything we use or wear, from that state-of-the-art toaster to your favorite Rolling Stones T-shirt. “Water is required to obtain raw materials, in the manufacturing process, in transportation and to sell the item,” says Robert H. Crawford, a lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne and the study’s primary author. “Every item or service purchased by a household has a long line of resources and water usage.”

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Will Puma be Launching Compostable Clothing, Footwear Next?

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Puma has rejiggered the concept of the shoebox, turned plastic packaging on its head, even overhauled its signature suede sneaker. But the German sportswear manufacturer has its sights on a loftier goal, a line of apparel and footwear that would be content to retire among coffee grounds, eggshells, and carrot peels. “We are confident that in the near future we will be able to bring the first shoes, T-shirts, and bags that are either compostable or recyclable to the market,” Franz Koch, Puma’s CEO, told German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche on Friday.

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Genius! Timbuk2's Messenger Bag Comes With Built-In Bike Map

by , 11/15/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags

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If you’d rather get lost than be caught wrangling a giant, fluttering bike map while you’re wheeling around town, here comes Timbuk2 to the rescue. Its new, limited-edition map messenger includes a Google bike map of San Francisco or New York City sewn into its flap, so you can keep your cool whether you’re navigating the Panhandle or Meatpacking District. Made from rugged ballistic nylon in Timbuk2′s SF-based factory, each carryall comes with reflective binding for increased visibility. A bag that offers safety, discretion, and it schleps your stuff? Talk about multitasking.

+ Map Messenger Bag $120

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Get a "Behind the Seams" Look at Billykirk's American-Made Leather Goods

by , 11/15/11   filed under: Behind the Seams, Featured, Features, Men's Eco-Fashion

 

Summer Rayne Oakes, MODO Launch Chic, Recycled Eyeglasses

Summer Rayne Oakes, MODO Launch Chic, Recycled Eyeglasses

CLEAR VISION Composed of recycled plastic and hypoallergenic stainless steel, each set of frames comes in a case derived from recycled soda bottles. No detail was too small to be…

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Vote for Your Favorite Blogger Outfit, Win a Pair of Eco-Chic Naya Shoes!

Vote for Your Favorite Blogger Outfit, Win a Pair of Eco-Chic Naya Shoes!

How many shoes does a girl really need? Naya set out to find the answer by asking its favorite eco-fashion bloggers—including Ecouterre’s own Yuka Yoneda—to assemble a…

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Japanese Artist Creates Edible Headpieces From Raw Veggies, Flowers

Japanese Artist Creates Edible Headpieces From Raw Veggies, Flowers

FRESH DIRECT Born in 1975, Takaya spent his early career in the culinary industry before becoming a floral artist in 2004. Most of his clients are brides looking to add drama to their…

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10 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Woolen Sweaters Looking Like New

10 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Woolen Sweaters Looking Like New

SWEATER COMB No need to invest in a battery-powered sweater shaver. For less than $3—and a little elbow grease—a basic sweater comb is all you need to strip pills, fluff, and lint…

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Girl Scouts Replaces “Fashion, Fitness, and Makeup” Badge With “Science of Style”

Girl Scouts Replaces “Fashion, Fitness, and Makeup” Badge With “Science of Style”

A “Fashion, Fitness, and Makeup” Girl Scout badge? How very 1987. Taking its place this month is “Science of Style,” part of a new system of achievements that…

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Eco-Friendly "Texting" Gloves Keep Gadget Lovers' Fingers Warm

Eco-Friendly "Texting" Gloves Keep Gadget Lovers' Fingers Warm

No need to peel off your gloves every time you receive a ping on your smartphone or tablet. The “Fivepoint” by Etre features special conductive fingertips that allow you to…

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Osklen Recycles Discarded Fish Skins Into Luxurious Shoes, Bags

Osklen Recycles Discarded Fish Skins Into Luxurious Shoes, Bags

OSKLEN REBORN Osklen has never strayed far from its roots, but a devastating fire in February 2010 resulted in a rebirth of sorts. “Fenix,” Osklen’s aptly named…

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Texas Scientists Develop Nontoxic Flame-Resistant Clothing Using Water-Based Polymers

Texas Scientists Develop Nontoxic Flame-Resistant Clothing Using Water-Based Polymers

Parents who worry about toxic chemicals in nonflammable children’s clothing can soon breathe a sigh of relief. Using a technology that protects skyscrapers from fire, Texas…

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