Two More Primark Shoppers Find "Cries for Help" in Their Clothes

by , 06/27/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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Looks like the third time isn’t the charm for British retailer Primark. After a Welsh woman discovered a “cry for help” stitched into the lining of a £10 dress she purchased, two additional shoppers have stepped forward with handmade messages of their own. Rebecca Gallagher from Swansea was the first to report a label with the hand-embroidered message, “Forced to work exhausting hours,” on Wednesday. A few days later, 21-year-old Rebecca Jones, revealed a similar label—this time bearing the words “Degrading sweatshop conditions”—on a dress she purchased at the same Primark store. “I have no idea who made the label or how it go it there—but it does make you think,” Jones told the South Wales Evening Post on Friday.

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The "Rag Bag" Encourages Shoppers to Donate Unwanted Clothes

by , 06/26/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Bags

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Donate something old every time you buy something new—that’s the philosophy behind the “Rag Bag,” a dual-function shopping carrier designed to make it easy for consumers to recycle unwanted clothes. The brainchild of Swedish fashion label Uniforms for the Dedicated, the bag flips inside out to become a pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope, ready for filling and depositing in the nearest mailbox. The product is a simple way of solving a complex problem, according to DDB Sweden, the advertising firm responsible for the carryall’s design.

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"Silent Scream" Mask Becomes Symbol of Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

by , 06/25/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Accessories

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A mask designed to shield activists from airborne debris, gas attacks, and persecution has become a powerful symbol of Ukraine’s struggle for freedom of speech. Created by Ogilvy & Mather Düsseldorf and Ukraine in support of the Euromaidan Civic Sector protests, the bandana with the trompe l’oeil mouth are now an integral part of the ongoing demonstrations against the Kiev government. Stephen Vogel, chief creative director of Ogilvy & Mather in Germany, describes “Silent Scream” as a “simple and powerful weapon to create attention and give the people their voices back.”

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Laundry Additive Could Turn Clothes into Mobile Air Purifiers

by , 06/25/14   filed under: Toxic Pollution

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You don’t need to wear the world’s first air-purifying dress to breathe a little easier Catalytic Clothing’s Helen Storey and Tony Ryan are proposing a liquid laundry additive that will turn any garment into a “catalytic surface” for neutralizing environmental pollutants. Photocatalytic treatments that break down airborne pollutants aren’t anything new—the technology already exists in paints, cement, paving stones, and even self-cleaning glass. By harnessing clothing’s large surface area, along with the micro-winds of our body’s natural gait, “CatClo” does them one better, turning our bodies into the “most effective air purifiers of them all,” Storey wrote in the Guardian in May.

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Primark Shopper Finds Worker's "Cry From Help" Sewn Into Dress

by , 06/25/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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A Primark shopper got more than she bargained after discovering a “cry for help” sewn into the lining of her cut-price dress. Rebecca Gallagher from Swansea, Wales, was searching her £10 buy for washing instructions when she found a label bearing the hand-embroidered words, “Forced to work exhausting hours.” Gallagher believes that a garment worker stitched the message in a fit of desperation. “I’ve got no idea who put it there but it really took the wind out of my sails,” she told the South Wales Evening Post. “It makes me think that it was a cry for help—to let us people in Britain know what is going on.”

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Nokia's Wireless Charging Trousers Power Up Your Phone on the Go

by , 06/23/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Nokia, in collaboration with British designer A. Sauvage, just dreamed up a pair of wireless charging trousers that will juice up your phone when it’s in one of the pockets. The pants are part of A. Sauvage’s new ‘Modern Man’ collection and we can’t think of anything more modern than being able to charge your phone on the go while walking. This incredible piece of wearable technology is made possible with the help of induction charging and Nokia’ wireless charging plate, which was integrated into the very fabric of the pants. The idea seems practical, yet who really feels comfortable with wireless power transfer next to their crotch?

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This 3D-Printed Bustier Turns Transparent Every Time You Tweet

by , 06/20/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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What if every time you revealed personal information about yourself, a piece of your clothing was torn off, so that the more your share, the more you are exposed? That’s the concept behind the X.Pose bustier by Xuedi Chen and Pedro Oliveira, both students of NYU’s ’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. The flexible mesh form features reactive displays integrated within the cells that can be turned on (opaque) or off (transparent). Connect to an app via bluetooth, the displays are turned off as more data is shared, thus revealing more and more skin. This could be the fastest way to break bad habits of over sharing on the internet.

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New Jersey Passes Historic Bill to Ban Sale of Elephant Ivory, Rhino Horn

by , 06/19/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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This week, New Jersey’s legislature took a brave step against elephant poaching, by passing a bill that eliminates the trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn. Commended by Born Free USA, the bill is an act of responsibility, as the United States has the second largest ivory market in the world. New Jersey’s move is significant, as the port of Newark is a hub for illegal wildlife trade.

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10 Embroidered "Game of Thrones" Costumes With Mind-Blowing Detail

by , 06/19/14   filed under: Features

 

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How Ethical Are Your Favorite Fast-Fashion Brands?

Photo by Shutterstock Not all fast-fashion labels are created equal, according to a new report by Ethical Consumer. The U.K. magazine tapped a variety of publicly available data,…

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Roll up your sleeve to send a message that you’re busy or touch your hood to let someone know you’re thinking about them. While discreet, these movements convey real meaning…

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American supermodel Karlie Kloss is hooking up with Warby Parker for a delicious cause: a trio of sunglasses in support of the Edible Schoolyard, a New York City-based nonprofit that…

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"Made in Europe" Doesn't Mean Better Wages for Workers, Says Report

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Photo by Shutterstock The belief that “made in Europe” equals “fairly made” is a myth that needs to be shattered, according to a report from the Clean Clothes…

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Still mourning the death of a certain swarthy Dornishman? Hold on to your hankies because Pyrrha has added the sigil of House Martell to its line of jewelry based on HBO’s…

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