China Considers "Green Tax" For Textile Industry's Biggest Polluters

by , 12/06/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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China’s textile industry could face a new “green tax” even as the world’s No. 1 polluter struggles to meet its environmental targets for 2015, according to Ecotextile News on Tuesday. To increase its chances of achieving its targets, the State Council of China will “actively promote reforms in environment-related taxes” and “conduct research regarding the collection of an environmental tax.” Although China says it aims to cut energy consumption per 10,000 yuan ($1,570) of gross domestic product by 16 percent by 2015—the equivalent of 670 million metric tons of coal—progress has been lackluster. In fact, emissions of nitric oxide, a major pollutant, have risen 6.17 percent each year, per statistics from the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

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14 Eco-Chic Gifts For Avid Cyclists This Holiday Season

by , 12/06/11   filed under: Featured, Features, Green Gift Guide

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TWICE AS NICE

Saddle up the ol’ two-speed with a pair of panniers for stowing extra gear on your rear rack. Inspired by the bicycle bags spotted around Holland, the sturdy, waterproof carryalls feature reflective strips for improved nighttime visibility, plus a carrying handle and quick-release buckles to make them easy to put on and take off.

+ Farmers’ Market Twin Panniers $80

+ Public Bikes

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SMITTEN MITTENS

Keep hands and hearts toasty with a pair of hand-crocheted mitts by Warm Yourself. Designed to wrap around the handlebars of your carbon-free steed, each set is handmade to order by from 100 percent wool.

+ Bike Hand Warmers $25

+ Warm Yourself

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GREASE LIGHTNING

Hand-netted in Brooklyn using reflective material custom-manufactured in Rhode Island, Dargelos’s mesh vest keeps nocturnal pedal-pushers visible wherever—and whenever—the sun don’t shine.

+ Lightning Vest $95

+ Dargelos

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HAT TRICK

Talk about pedal power. After hooking up an antique sewing machine to a bicycle, Spanish brand peSeta produced a series of jaunty bicycle caps for the New Museum Store.

+ New Museum Bicycle Cap $45

+ peSeta

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PRETTY TREADS

For the girl who kicks everyone’s tuckus in a bike race—while wearing a skirt and heels, no less!—look no further than Urban Lace’s tough yet feminine bracelets, necklaces, and earrings made from recycled bicycle inner tubes.

+ Ocean Bracelet $29.99

+ Urban Lace

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HIGH AND DRY

Terra New York’s water-resistant trench coats, parkas, and capes boast heat-sealed seams to keep bodies bone dry in a downpour. They’re also made from solvent-free and biodegradable TPU (that’s thermoplastic polyurethane, for the acronym-challenged), which breaks down in a landfill after 15 years of nonuse.

+ Lower East Side Parka $285

+ Terra New York

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LITE BRITE

Light up someone’s nightlife with Lucy Activewear’s machine-washable “nightlight” jacket, which features 360-degree reflectivity, a three-inch light-up LED on the back, and zip-off sleeves that convert it into a vest.

+ Nightlight Jacket $128

+ Lucy Activewear

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LET’S ROLL

Friends don’t let friends wear spandex hot pants. Levi’s cyclist-friendly 511 Skinny Commuter jean offers extra coverage for the derriere, a reinforced crotch, reflective tape on the interior cuffs, and a utility waistband for strapping on a U-lock.

+ 511 Skinny Commuter Jean $78

+ Levi Strauss

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IF THE SHOE FITS

Keen’s Coronado Cruiser only looks like your average canvas-and-leather sneaker. Each recycled-rubber sole features a hidden panel under the ball of the foot so you can maintain a barnacle-like grip on the pedals.

+ Coronado Cruiser $80

+ Keen

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BELT ONE OUT

Go off road and keep your pants up with a belt made from recycled bicycle tires. Handmade by artist Julien Jaborska in Portland, OR, each waist-cincher features a distinct pattern to its tread, along with different levels of wear and tear.

+ Bike Tread Belt $32 at UncommonGoods

+ Julien Jaborska

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HORSING AROUND

Your Great-Aunt Gertrude’s fanny pack, these are not. Fabric Horse’s upcycled utility belts offer myriad pockets, pouches, and straps for holding all manner of personal paraphernalia, as well as a U-lock holster for cyclists to store their locks on the go.

+ Utility Belt $68-$146

+ Fabric Horse

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SHINE ON

Made in London from 100 percent Scottish wool, Lost Values’ dapper necktie gleams in the path of oncoming headlights, making it a smart nocturnal accoutrement in all definitions of the word.

+ LFLECT Tie £24.99

+ Lost Values

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POP TOP

A-tisket, a-tasket, here’s a pop-up basket that’s ideal for shlepping purses, shopping, or groceries. Made by Mio in the United States from 30 to 40 percent recycled steel alloy, and coated with a low-VOC powdered finish, the basket ships flat to maximize material yield and eliminate cutting waste.

+ Pop-Up Bike Basket $75

+ Mio

 

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La Diosa Debuts Eco-Friendly Friendship Bracelets for Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital

by , 12/05/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Fashion Philanthropy

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Help one of the world’s most beloved statesmen raise funds for his final legacy project: a state-of-the-art Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital that will provide South Africans with quality pediatric care regardless of social or economic status. In collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, British jeweler La Diosa has created a series of friendship bracelets based on characters and colors that make up the nonprofit’s logo. Ethically crafted in five colors—red for love, yellow for happiness, black for peace, and blue for protection—each bracelet comprises woven silk thread and a recycled-silver charm to evoke the attributes African children desire most. Plus, some of the proceeds will go towards building the facility, granting the four dedicated pediatric hospitals in the entire continent of Africa some measure of reprieve.

+ NMCF Bracelet £39

+ La Diosa

 

Amy Pliszka Creates Expandable Textile "Hives" for Urban Bee Populations

by , 12/05/11   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Featured

 

Are Green Holiday Gift Guides Ruining the Planet?

by , 12/05/11   filed under: Featured, Features

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Green gift guides are destroying the environment. Or at least that’s what PSFK editor-in-chief Piers Fawkes would have you believe. In an editorial titled “Tis the Season to Avoid Green Gift Guides,” Fawkes blazes with the fervor of the recently converted, a result, he admits, of working with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project on ways to harness gaming behaviors for the collective good. “What has happened to the environmental movement?” he asks. “It seems to be all about top 10 green-product lists and there’s little about who’s really causing damage to our planet. Blogs and magazines seem to be keen to wave the latest cool eco-packaging ideas in front of our noses but ignore the deeper environmental issues at the companies that are making the products that are wrapped in it.” In short, bah humbug.

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EDUN Hits Asia, Jurlique's New Owner, Janet Jackson Fan's Fur Fury

by , 12/04/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Site Seeing

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EDUN, the ethical fashion brand founded by Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, has touched down in Asia with a special launch at Isetan in Tokyo. (EDUN)

Social enterprise United by Blue is more than just talk: It’s already removed 82,527 pounds of trash from the ocean through company-organized cleanups. (TreeHugger)

Japan’s Pola Orbis Holdings has agreed to purchase 100 percent of Jurlique, a natural skincare company based in Australia, for the tune of nearly $300 million. (WWD)

A former Janet Jackson fan was so outraged by his idol’s decision to use animal fur in her clothing line that he’s auctioning off 25 years worth of her memorabilia to benefit the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. (Ecorazzi)

Target has signed a development-and-supply agreement with Naturally Advanced Technologies to use Crailer, a type of flax, in its home textiles (Ecotextile News)

 

8 Finalists of Amsterdam Fashion Week's Green Fashion Competition

by , 12/03/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

 

Hundreds of Cosmetics Companies Fulfill Compact for Safe Cosmetics

by , 12/02/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Finally, some good news to report! The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics announced Wednesday that 321 personal-care companies, from mom-and-pop operations to some of the largest names in the industry, have met the goals of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, a voluntary pledge to not only eliminate chemicals banned by health agencies outside the United States but also fully disclose the ingredients in their products. “These companies have truly broken the mold,” says Janet Nudelman, program director of the Breast Cancer Fund, a founding member of the campaign. “They are leading the cosmetics industry toward safety, showing it’s possible to make products with full transparency and without using hazardous chemicals.”

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JoannaJohn Turns Vintage Dowry Quilts Into Vibrant Reversible Jackets

by , 12/02/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Save $5 on Select John Bartlett "Tiny Tim" Vegan Sweaters—Today Only!

Save $5 on Select John Bartlett "Tiny Tim" Vegan Sweaters—Today Only!

If you’re looking for a gift that will have your favorite dog-lover howling with delight, may we suggest this delightfully season-appropriate heather plum thermal by John…

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Steal Livia Firth's Eco-Style With Her Reclaim-to-Wear Line for Yooxygen

Steal Livia Firth's Eco-Style With Her Reclaim-to-Wear Line for Yooxygen

BEING LIVIA FIRTH Firth was inspired by a 1950s polka-dot frock that her mother bought in Sebaudia, Italy, when she was 8 years old. Reminiscent of silver-screen siren Grace Kelly, the…

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Laplam: A Recycled Plastic That Resembles Oversized Bubble Wrap

Laplam: A Recycled Plastic That Resembles Oversized Bubble Wrap

LAPLAM \lä pläm\ n 1 a: A new material made from air-infused layers plastic—60 to 80 percent of which is recycled—with an appearance reminiscent of bubble wrap. b: Developed by a…

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VIDEO: The "Mesh" Dress is a Living, Growing, Wearable Garden

VIDEO: The "Mesh" Dress is a Living, Growing, Wearable Garden

No space for a garden? Ali Seçkin Karayol and Mette Lyckegaard’s “Mesh” dress doesn’t just anchor seeds for planting, but it also composts kitchen scraps to…

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Lexus Fashion Workshop Turns Recyclable Hybrid Parts Into Haute Couture

Lexus Fashion Workshop Turns Recyclable Hybrid Parts Into Haute Couture

AUTOMOTIVE COUTURE “Merging the worlds of luxury automobiles, art and fashion is another example of how Lexus is ‘Engineering Amazing’ or maybe more appropriately, ‘Engineering…

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Announcing the 2011 Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide!

Announcing the 2011 Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide!

Deck the halls a more verdant hue this holiday season with more than 200 eco-friendly gift suggestions from our parent site, Inhabitat. From ethically handcrafted knits to socially…

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Fancy Wearing a Dress Made From 100,000 Dressmaker's Needles?

Fancy Wearing a Dress Made From 100,000 Dressmaker's Needles?

You haven’t really suffered for fashion until you’ve donned Susie MacMurray’s “Widow,” a gown hewn from black Napa leather and more than 94 pounds of…

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"Terminator"-Like Contact Lens Lets You Read Emails Before Your Eyes

"Terminator"-Like Contact Lens Lets You Read Emails Before Your Eyes

Live data that streams directly before your eyes à la The Terminator sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers are thisclose to making it a reality. In a study…

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