H&M, M&S Not Fulfilling "Living Wage" Promises, Says New Report

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H&M and Marks & Spencer can ballyhoo their stances on ethical sourcing all they want, but not everyone is buying it. Among the skeptics? Labour Behind the Label, a workers-rights group that claims that the retailers have not lived up to their promises to promote “fair living wages” for the people who make their clothes. “Both brands have hung their ethical credentials around this key human rights issue, to great applaud, but without reporting clearly on the outcomes of the schemes,” wrote Anna McMullen, lead author of the U.K. group’s latest report. “While consumers are left to trust that what was said is being done, many are left wondering about the real impact of the promises that were made.”

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Supermodel Lily Cole's Three Rules for Shopping Ethically

by , 02/18/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes

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Livia Firth, a big cheerleader in the ethical fashion space, has challenged people to wear everything they own at least 30 times. So when you buy something, have it in your head that you will wear it a lot.

“I wear the same bit of my wardrobe again and again and again until it falls apart, and then, if I have an event or a party, I go to the back of the wardrobe and pull out an old dress that will hopefully still fit.

“Secondly, try to buy brands that are doing good in the world. And thirdly, avoid cheap impulse buys. Only buy things you really love. And then love them!”

—Supermodel, entrepreneur, and environmental advocate Lily Cole, speaking to Time Out London on how to shop for clothes responsibly.

 

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"Breadline" Clothing Line Highlights U.K.'s Hidden Hunger Crisis

 

Ecotec: A Traceable, Italian-Made Yarn Derived From Recycled Cotton

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ECOTEC \ēkōˈtek\

n. 1 a: A Marchi & Fildi yarn derived from 100 percent pre-dyed cotton textile clippings. b: Made in Italy using an exclusive, traceable, and Oeko-Tex– and Global Recycle Standard-certified manufacturing process. 2 a: Helps reduce waste generated from the production of clothing while reducing the use of virgin resources. b: Generates 56.3 percent fewer greenhouse gases, uses up to 56.6 percent less energy, and consumes 77.9 percent less water than comparable textiles, according to an Istituto per la Certificazione Etica ed Ambientale (ICEA) life-cycle assessment. 3: Can be used to create wovens, knitwear, circular knits, jersey, and hosiery for the fashion, interior-design, and home-textile sectors. 4: Registered with C.L.A.S.S (Creative Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy), a cross-platform network that provides innovative and sustainable solutions to the textile and fashion industries.

 

Beth Ditto's Plus-Size Fashion Line is Ethical, Timeless, "Unapologetic"

 

Cora: An Organic-Tampon Subscription Service That Helps Girls in Need

by , 02/16/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Don’t be fooled by Cora’s sleek designer packaging. The tampon subscription service is more than a good-looking way to deal with “that time of month.” For one thing, Cora’s tampons are made of 100 percent fragrance-free organic cotton, which mean no hinky chemicals in your you-know-where. Cora also has a social mission. For every month’s supply of tampons you order, the company provides a free month’s worth of sustainable pads to girls in need in countries such as India, where as many as one in five drop out of school because of inadequate sanitary napkins, sanitation, and separate facilities for girls.

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Energy-Harvesting Shoes Could Charge Smartphones With Footsteps

by , 02/15/16   filed under: Wearable Technology

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No power outlet? No problem! If a pair of University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers has its way, juicing up a dying smartphone could soon be as easy as plugging it into your shoe. In a paper published in the November 16, 2015 issue of Scientific Reports, Tom Krupenkin, a professor of mechanical engineering, and J. Ashley Taylor, a senior scientist, detail a new technology that’s “particularly well-suited” for harvesting energy from human motion to power mobile electronics. “Human walking carries a lot of energy,” Krupenkin said in a statement. “Theoretical estimates show that it can produce up to 10 watts per shoe, and that energy is just wasted as heat. A total of 20 watts from walking is not a small thing, especially compared to the power requirements of the majority of modern mobile devices.”

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And the Winners of the 2016 H&M Global Change Award Are...

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The people have spoken! At a glitzy event in Stockholm on Wednesday evening, the Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden handed out prizes to the winners of H&M’s inaugural “Global Change Award,” a first-of-its-kind €1 million grant designed to spur textile innovations that protect the planet’s natural resources and lower fashion’s environmental burden. Members of the public were able to vote for their favorite concepts, and, in so doing, determine who received which pre-portioned sums of money. A team from Finland, which snagged 31 percent of the votes, won the top prize of €300,000 for suggesting the use of an environmentally friendly solvent to dissolve cotton in textile waste, thereby creating “new” cotton-like fibers for spinning into new fabrics.

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Don't Fall for Cheap, Trendy E-Tailers That Advertise on Facebook

Don't Fall for Cheap, Trendy E-Tailers That Advertise on Facebook

Photo by Shutterstock My Dad is full of aphorisms. One of his favorites? If you pay peanuts, don’t be surprised if you get monkeys. Nowhere does this hold more true than with the…

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Livia Firth Turns Eco-Fashion Designer for Marks & Spencer

Livia Firth Turns Eco-Fashion Designer for Marks & Spencer

GREENER MATERIALS Inspired by Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, two icons known for their elegance and simplicity, every piece has been “made with integrity and [will] live in…

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Pharrell Williams is Now Co-Owner of G-Star Raw

Pharrell Williams is Now Co-Owner of G-Star Raw

Photo by Jaguar PS/Shutterstock Pharrell Williams, “Happy” hitmaker, plastics recycler, and sustainability spokesperson, can now add another appellation to his resume:…

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Iran's "Walls of Kindness" Are Helping People in Need Stay Warm

Iran's "Walls of Kindness" Are Helping People in Need Stay Warm

Photos by Vahid Salemi for Associated Press Nobody knows who started Iran’s first “Wall of Kindness,” but the similar setups have sprouted up all over the Middle…

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Vetements' Demna Gvasalia: Current Fashion Calendar "Doesn't Work Anymore"

Vetements' Demna Gvasalia: Current Fashion Calendar "Doesn't Work Anymore"

“You have no choice—whether you are the creative director or a designer on the team. You also don’t have time to really analyze and think about what you’re doing. You have…

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Wintervacht Upcycles Discarded Blankets Into Cozy Jackets

Wintervacht Upcycles Discarded Blankets Into Cozy Jackets

COATS OF MANY COLORS Sourcing-wise, Wintervacht is spoiled for choice. “The Netherlands used to have a very big industry of blanket-making,” van Oorsouw said.…

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Eileen Fisher is Largest Women's Fashion Certified B Corp Company

Eileen Fisher is Largest Women's Fashion Certified B Corp Company

Photo by Matthew Dicker/Shutterstock Congratulations are in order for Eileen Fisher, now the latest—and largest—women’s apparel company to be certified as a B Corp, or benefit…

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Thousands of Women in India Create World's Largest Crochet Blanket

Thousands of Women in India Create World's Largest Crochet Blanket

Thousands of women made history in Chennai, India on Sunday by breaking the Guinness World Record for largest crochet blanket. The all-female endeavor, organized by a private Facebook…

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You Might Reconsider Your Canada Goose Jacket After Watching This

You Might Reconsider Your Canada Goose Jacket After Watching This

The footage may just be 15 seconds long, but already it’s been viewed more than 17 million times. Its subject? A coyote struggling in a steel trap, a shotgun trained toward its…

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