Cyber Monday 2012: The Best Eco-Fashion and Green Beauty Deals Online

by , 11/26/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Sales

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If you can’t pass up a good deal on Cyber Monday, you can at least vote with your dollars for sustainable, well-made goods you’ll cherish for years—preferably decades—to come. Here are some of the hottest eco-fashion sales to cross the transom; check back regularly because we’ll be updating this list throughout the day.

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Forget Black Friday, Shop Locally on Small Business Saturday

by , 11/24/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Let the big-box stores have their Black Friday. Leave Cyber Monday to the titans of e-commerce.This Saturday, think small: small business, that is. For the third year, American Express is sponsoring “Small Business Saturday,” a day dedicated to supporting local, independently owned small businesses that create jobs, stimulate the economy, and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. Local tax revenue gets pumped back into things like infrastructure improvements, police, fire, and schools, which isn’t the case when you shop online. For folks in New York and New Jersey, it’s also the perfect way to help small shops get back on their feet in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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Abercrombie & Fitch, Forever 21 Fueling Modern-Day Slavery

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Abercrombie & Fitch, Carter’s, Forever 21, Quiksilver, and Walmart are among the brands fueling modern-day slavery through negligence, according to a new report from Not for Sale, a California-based nonprofit working to abolish human trafficking and forced labor across the globe. Funded in whole by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Apparel Industry Trends: From Farm to Factory uses publicly available and self-reported data to rank 300 apparel brands, including the above-mentioned companies, on their efforts to address child and forced labor in their supply chains. Finding out if your purchase has links to human-rights abuses isn’t an easy thing to do: Modern-day slavery, a reality faced by 300 million people worldwide, is used throughout an increasingly complex and opaque system that produces many of the clothing products sold in the United States.

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Invisibility Cloak Could Shield Ships, Oil Rigs From Rough Waves

by , 11/22/12   filed under: Wearable Technology

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An invisibility cloak would pretty much be the coolest piece of wearable technology ever. You could sneak around undetected, listen in on conversations you probably shouldn’t be listening too, hide a bad hair day, you name it. They would also be handy for some super top secret missions, but a new use for invisibility cloaks would blow all those other ideas out of the water. A researcher from University of California Berkeley is proposing the idea of using invisibility cloaks for ships at sea. This “cloak” would have the capability of protecting the ship from rogue waves, minimizing damage and saving lives in the process. It may sound a bit far-fetched, but the technology may not be that far off.

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Bionic Mannequins Could Be Secretly Profiling the Way You Shop

by , 11/21/12   filed under: Wearable Technology

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If you’ve ever suspected store mannequins of knowing more than they let on, it might not be just your imagination. An Italian company known as Almax has developed a $5,000 bionic mannequin that employs the same type of facial-recognition software used to identify criminals in a crowd. Equipped with cameras in their eye sockets, the “EyeSee” dummies are designed to profile shoppers by age, gender, and race in much the same way online merchants do. The data, according to Almax, can help stores tailor their offerings, window displays, and even store layouts to appeal to their customer base and help boost sales. Our take? It’s more than a little creepy to have robots watch—not to mention record—your every move.

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Greenpeace Exposes Toxic Chemicals in Zara, Other Fast-Fashion Brands

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How toxic are your threads? If you’re a fan of cheap, disposable fashion, the answer isn’t one you’re going to like. A new investigation commissioned by Greenpeace found residues of hormone-disrupting and cancer-causing chemicals in clothing made by 20 leading high-street brands, including Armani, Benetton, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Esprit, Gap, Levi Strauss, Victoria’s Secret, and Zara. As the world’s largest apparel retailer, Zara was among the worst offenders. “Zara alone churns out 850 million clothing items a year,” says Li Yifang, a toxics campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia. “You can imagine the size of the toxic footprint it has left on this planet, particularly in developing countries like China where many of its products are made.”

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Is Marc Ecko's "Chewbacca" Hoodie the Coolest Faux-Fur Jacket Ever?

by , 11/20/12   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Vegan Fashion

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If Marc Ecko’s “Chewbacca” hoodie isn’t the coolest faux-fur jacket in the galaxy, then it’s certainly the geekiest. Part of larger lineup of Star Wars-inspired threads, the chocolate-fleece number even includes our favorite Wookie’s signature bandoleer utility belt. The best part? On the off, off chance you tire of looking like a big walking carpet—why would you?—the hairy topper reverses into a Rebel Alliance bomber toasty enough for a trip to Hoth. (We’d keep a Tauntaun nearby just in case, though.)

+ Chewbacca Hoodie $200

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Activated-Charcoal Hangers Keep Clothes Fresh Without Laundering

by , 11/20/12   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories

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Buying your clothes from ethical and planet-friendly sources is only the beginning. Most life-cycle assessments agree that a garment’s greatest environmental impact comes not from its manufacture but rather its use. Washing and drying, in fact, accounts for more than half of an item’s ecological burden. To encourage less-frequent laundering, Lisa Bengtsson, a product-and-furniture design student at Kingston University, arrived at a creative solution: a set of clothes hangers that harness activated charcoal to keep clothes fresh and clean.

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LAST CHANCE: Win a $250 Cruelty-Free Prize Pack From Vegan Cuts!

by , 11/20/12   filed under: Contests

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With Thanksgiving around the bend, we’ve got plenty to be grateful for. Among them? The growing movement of vegan artisans who believe that cruelty-free is the best policy. We’ve teamed up with Vegan Cuts, an online, members-only marketplace dedicated to the best in animal-friendly wares, to present one lucky Ecouterre reader with a bounty of good, green products. Enter now to win!

The prize pack includes:

1. The “Sweetheart” tote bag from GUNAS in your choice of camel (pictured above) or mango.

2. A Brooklyn-crafted Sprout organic-skincare kit that contains four lip balms, an exfoliant, and a body scrub.

3. A Vegan Cuts necklace made from recycled aluminum.

TO ENTER THIS FABULOUS GIVEAWAY

1. SIGN UP FOR THE ECOUTERRE NEWSLETTER. (This is important because we’ll be announcing our winner there.)

2. SIGN UP FOR THE VEGAN CUTS NEWSLETTER.

2. LEAVE A COMMENT and tell us what you’re thankful for this year. Although it doesn’t hurt to get fancy, we’ll be picking a winner at random.

Note: This contest is only open only to residents of the United States.

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Stella McCartney Designs Virtual Badge to Protest Violence Against Women

Stella McCartney Designs Virtual Badge to Protest Violence Against Women

Stella McCartney has designed a virtual badge to help raise awareness about violence against women. The symbol, a white ribbon rendered in gold, will feature prominently in a two-week…

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Pedal-Powered "Un-knitting" Machine Unravels Sweaters to Recycle Yarn

Pedal-Powered "Un-knitting" Machine Unravels Sweaters to Recycle Yarn

Make do and unmend? Meet the “un-knitting” machine, a pedal-powered apparatus designed to recycle unwanted knitwear. The curious contraption is the brainchild of Imogen…

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Threatened Black Friday Strike at Walmart Could be a "Game-Changer"

Threatened Black Friday Strike at Walmart Could be a "Game-Changer"

A walkout by Walmart workers on America’s biggest shopping event of the year could be a “game-changer” on many levels, according to labor experts from Cornell…

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FEED's "Sandy Relief" Hoodie, Bag Will Feed 25 New Yorkers in Need

FEED's "Sandy Relief" Hoodie, Bag Will Feed 25 New Yorkers in Need

FEED Projects’ latest collection hits close to home. Made in New York City, where the social enterprise is based, the “FEED NYC for Sandy Relief” collection benefits…

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Ploughboy Organics Turns Tobacco Waste Into Nontoxic Textiles, Dyes

Ploughboy Organics Turns Tobacco Waste Into Nontoxic Textiles, Dyes

Tobacco, as it turns out, is good for more than a smoke. According to one North Carolina company, the plant can also be harnessed as a sustainable, cost-effective resource for the…

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The Story of Stuff: Choose Family Over Frenzy This Black Friday

The Story of Stuff: Choose Family Over Frenzy This Black Friday

Chow down on Black Friday. Go on a hike on Black Friday. Knit a sweater on Black Friday. In fact, do whatever you want on Black Friday as long as it’s not waking up before dawn to…

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Turn a Pair of Printed Scarves Into a Breezy Caftan Dress (DIY Tutorial)

Turn a Pair of Printed Scarves Into a Breezy Caftan Dress (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Two medium-sized silk or satin scarves Cotton thread in a coordinating color Scissors Sewing needle Pins Measuring tape Body form (optional) STEP ONE Before you…

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"Re-Commerce Boutiques" Put a Fresh Spin on Consignment Shopping

"Re-Commerce Boutiques" Put a Fresh Spin on Consignment Shopping

Move over eBay: The next wave of resale shopping is here. Akin to brick-and-mortar boutiques, Twice and Threadflip auctions for more personalized shopping that reaches a broad audience…

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Ke$ha is Working on a Faux-Fur Fashion Collection

Ke$ha is Working on a Faux-Fur Fashion Collection

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