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New Mascara-Testing Procedure Uses Protozoa Instead of Rabbits

by , 01/09/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Scientists at the University of Liverpool have developed a reliable method to test the irritability of mascara, using tiny protozoa.  Since rabbits are commonly used by labs to test the limits of discomfort of mascara, the scientists set out to create a method that does not involve animal cruelty. Their new process uses “slippers”- or slipper ciliate along with eyelash ciliate, two organisms with genetic similarities to humans.

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Maine Governor Paul LePage Wants Children to Work to Boost Economy

by , 01/09/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Maine’s Governor Paul LePage wowed the audience at the 73rd annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show by advocating to bring back child labor. The Tea Party politician urged the trade show attendees to encourage children ages twelve to fourteen to begin working. LePage has also been quoted saying that Maine by allowing children to wait until 16 to legally work, the state is missing out on a valuable resource.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: 7 Photos That Changed Child-Labor Laws in America Forever

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Could Mohair Supplant Cashmere's Place in the Luxury Industry?

by , 01/08/14   filed under: Fabrictionary

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MOHAIR /ˈmōˌhe(ə)r/

n 1: A luxurious, all-natural fiber made from the curly locks of the angora goat. 2: The focus of a recent summit in the town of Jansenville, located on South Africa’s Eastern Cape, where more than half of the world’s mohair is produced. 3: Viewed by the South African government and the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform as a means to spur economic growth and alleviate poverty and persistent unemployment in the region. 4: Described by Eastern Cape designer Kelly Esterhuyse, who won South African Elle’s 2011 New Talent Designer Search for her work with mohair, as “one of South Africa’s most luxurious fabrics…with diverse possibilities.” 5: Has the potential, per South African lifestyle guru and party planner Colin Cowie, to reinvent the luxury market by becoming the “new cashmere.”

[Via WWD]

 

Rekh & Datta's Bahaus-Inspired Block Prints Elevate the Art of "Slow"

by , 01/08/14   filed under: Fair Trade, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Fashion trends may come and go, but for Rekh & Datta designer Rebecca Layton, “slow” is the way to go. By “slow” we mean the slow fashion movement. So what is the slow fashion movement, exactly?  Less about speed and more about education, the concept describes growing consumer awareness of the whole process of a product – from design to production to continuing use of the finished product. Traditional sustainable clothing has focused on the process itself, but the slow fashion movement focuses on the entire cycle from start to finish.

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Cotton Incorporated Teams Up With Maker's Row to Promote U.S. Cotton

by , 01/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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Cotton Incorporated, the American trade group responsible for making Zooey Deschanel and Hayden Panettiere warble about the “fabric of our lives” on television, has linked arms with online platform Maker’s Row to connect textile firms with U.S. cotton growers and manufacturers. As part of their efforts, the two companies have created a series of videos designed to help businesses, from first-time entrepreneurs to big-box brands, understand the cotton-production process, make more-informed decisions, and ultimately “curate a better product,” according to Matthew Burnett, CEO of Maker’s Row.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: Makers’ Row: An Online Database That Links Designers With U.S. Manufacturers

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Gwen Stefani Launches Eco-Friendly "Design With Purpose" Fashion Line

by , 01/07/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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Got wood? Gwen Stefani certainly does. The No Doubt frontwoman has joined forces with 7 for All Mankind founder Michael Glasser to parlay her unique brand of laidback-chic into a line of elevated basics made with dissolved tree pulp. Due in stores this spring, the 18-piece DWP (that is, Design With Purpose) collection will revolve around a slouchy, tapered trouser derived from Tencel but treated and coated to resemble leather, brushed silk, or relaxed denim. For balance, the duo devised filmy tanks, motorcycle vests, and cropped tees—again in Tencel—as well as a jumpsuit and a dress.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: Could “Wooden” Jeans Reduce the Denim Industry’s Carbon Footprint?

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Max Mara Adds Recycled Polyester to Its "Weekend" Clothing Line

by , 01/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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Weekend Max Mara and Saluzzo Yarns recently collaborated on a Spring-Summer 2014 collection with a curated selection of garments made of a special high-tech yarn called Newlife. Newlife, an arm of Saluzzo Yarns, is a fiber created by converting post-consumer recycled plastic bottles into a polymer which has many applications-from outdoor clothing to home furnishing as well as interior and outdoor design applications.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: Newlife: A Celebrity-Approved Fabric Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Suzy Amis Cameron to Develop Eco-Friendly Clothing Line

by , 01/06/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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Suzy Amis Cameron is turning the tables on herself. After years of challenging designers to create A-list-worthy gowns for her from organic or sustainable fabrics, the “Red Carpet Green Dress” founder is ready to play couturier with her own line of apparel. “When I founded Red Carpet Green Dress, my aim was to wear one sustainable gown to the Avatar premier and make an important statement,” Amis Cameron, who is married to award-winning director James Cameron, told British Vogue on Friday. Still, her evolving needs called for a shift in tack. “I really want to find clothes that I can wear and am also at a place of desperation that is driving towards research and developing my own clothing line,” she says.

[Via British Vogue]

 

Plant-Based Breathing Apparatus is a Dire Warning for our Planet

by , 01/06/14   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Accessories

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Designer Chiu Chih has transformed the disgusting reality of high pollution levels with this stylish breathing apparatus, showcased in some breathtaking photos. The plant-based device is part of a survival kit project Chih has dubbed “voyage on the planet”. These designs were originally inspired by the uncertain state of the world and our future in it, creating a simple and natural solution to a pretty grave problem.

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Violence Erupts in Cambodia After Labor Disputes Take Deadly Turn

Violence Erupts in Cambodia After Labor Disputes Take Deadly Turn

Photo by Heng Smith for the Associated Press At least four people were killed outside Phnom Penh on Friday after police fired on protestors demanding higher wages for Cambodia’s…

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37 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2014

37 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2014

ECO-FASHION ORACLES 1. Orsola de Castro (Estethica, From Somewhere, Reclaim to Wear) 2. Judy Gearhart (International Labor Rights Forum) 3. Jason Kibbey (Sustainable Apparel Coalition,…

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Announcing the Winners of Ecouterre’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Announcing the Winners of Ecouterre’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Our readers have spoken! Make way for the most awe-inspiring, heart-rending, ground-breaking, mind-boggling, and cutting-edge eco-fashion stories of 2013, as selected by…

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Vote for Your Favorite Eco-Fashion Stories of 2013!

Vote for Your Favorite Eco-Fashion Stories of 2013!

Photo by Shutterstock With 2013 behind us and a brand new decade looming, we took the opportunity to look back on a year’s worth of eco-fashion stories. Peruse our end-of-year…

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Top 7 Popular Eco-Fashion Stories of 2013 (Vote for Your Fave)

Top 7 Popular Eco-Fashion Stories of 2013 (Vote for Your Fave)

Revisit old favorites with the most popular eco-fashion stories of 2012…

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Top 11 Eco-Fashion Milestones of 2013 (Vote for Most Game-Changing)

Top 11 Eco-Fashion Milestones of 2013 (Vote for Most Game-Changing)

Feeling nostalgic? Skip back a year for seven of the most ground-breaking eco-fashion stories of 2011… © Ecouterre, 2013. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us …

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Top 7 WTF Fashion, Beauty Stories of 2013 (Vote for the Most Deplorable)

Top 7 WTF Fashion, Beauty Stories of 2013 (Vote for the Most Deplorable)

Still think the world isn’t going to hell in a hand-basket? We’ve got more WTF fashion and beauty moments than you can shake a stick at in our archives… © Ecouterre, 2013.…

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Top 7 Bizarre Eco-Fashion Stories of 2013 (Vote for the Weirdest)

Top 7 Bizarre Eco-Fashion Stories of 2013 (Vote for the Weirdest)

Do the time warp with us; check out the most bizarre eco-fashion stories of 2012… © Ecouterre, 2013. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us …

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Top 7 Recycled Fashion Designs of 2013 (Vote for the Most Creative)

Top 7 Recycled Fashion Designs of 2013 (Vote for the Most Creative)

We couldn’t include all our refashioned favorites. Drop by our archives for any stories you may have missed… …

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