Amber Valletta: Sustainable Fashion Needs to Expand Toward "Responsibly Made"

by , 04/12/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes

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“I believe it’s time for the sustainable fashion movement to expand and move toward ‘responsibly made’ fashion.

“Sustainability has focused on the environmental issues and that definition must now include the social and human issue, as well. We need to start designing, sourcing, producing, and selling with more responsibility and accountability, both environmentally and socially.

“Consumers are certainly becoming more and more aware of the issues in how products are being produced and the effect this has on themselves, their families and their communities at large.

“They are becoming savvier about wearing clothes that might be unhealthy for them and their families. Sustainable and responsible fashion will become increasingly more desired by consumers—like the organic food industry.”

Amber Valletta, supermodel, actress, founder of Master & Muse, and co-host of the 2016 Copenhagen Fashion Summit, discussing why sustainability in fashion should take a more holistic view.

 

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5 Myths About Sustainable Fashion Debunked

by , 04/11/16   filed under: Features

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One of the biggest misconceptions about living a greener life is that you need a lot of time and money—two luxuries not a lot of people have. Case in point: the clothes we wear. Like “fast food,” “fast fashion” provides a fix that’s at once cheap and quick. But like, say, the pink-slime that tries to pass itself off as a quarter-pounder, any initial thrill soon wears off. As deeply unsatisfying as disposable clothing is in the long run, however, a large swath of the population still believes it cannot afford the time, effort, and budget to shop more ethically. The good news is this is simply untrue. Here are five myths about sustainable fashion we’re going to bust.

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Learn to Knit with Quince & Co.'s Gorgeous Beginner's Kit

by , 04/08/16   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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Want to learn how to knit but don’t know where to begin? Quince & Co.’s gorgeous starter kit will help you master everything from winding a skein to casting off. The wooden presentation box includes a 56-page book featuring an illustrated technical guide, along with two beginner’s scarf patterns by veteran knitwear designer Pam Allen. You’ll also get a pair of American-made wooden needles, a tapestry needle, and two skeins of Quince & Co.’s locally sourced and spun “Osprey” wool in your choice of five colors. (The sheep, we’re told, graze the ranges of Montana and Wyoming.) If you’d rather just purchase the how-to guide sans extras, you’re in luck: You can pick it up, à la carte, in both print and electronic versions.

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Kirrin Finch: Ethical Menswear-Inspired Apparel for Gender Outlaws

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Fashion label Kirrin Finch responds to the demand for conscientious apparel designed to fit a range of bodies of all genders. Brooklyn, New York based founders and partners Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders Moffat design to fit their own style preference for button-up shirts and bow ties, but tailor the garments to fit better than traditional menswear. Their collections reject traditional stereotypes and give people the freedom to be their true selves. In addition, the garments are crafted from all-natural fabrics and are colored with low impact dyes. The Moffat’s were so passionate to start Kirrin Finch that they left their former teaching and neuroscience careers, and joined Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator in order to bring their vision to life. We chat with the Moffats to learn more.

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VIDEO: Five Children From Berlin Ask Fashion Companies for a Job

by , 04/06/16   filed under: Video, Worker Rights

The same folks who brought us the €2 T-shirt vending machine are back with a new hidden-camera project that exposes the double standards endemic to the fashion industry, specifically, the issue of children in the workforce. In The Child Labor Experiment, Fashion Revolution Germany asked five children, aged 10 to 12, to seek out employment at various fashion companies, both over the phone and in stores in and around Berlin. As the video reveals, the grownups immediately balk. “You’re way too young,” one representative replies. “That would be child labor,” remarks another. “Children should play, not work,” says a third. Even promises that the children would work for very little money do nothing to sway the adults.

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Actor Bill Nighy: Fashion Industry Needs to Treat Workers As Human Beings

by , 04/06/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes, Worker Rights

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“Take a look at how the fashion industry works. … It is a global industry that has pioneered driving down costs, putting huge pressure on suppliers and workers, whilst driving huge profits for those at the top.

“Many high-street brands won’t even reveal which factories in Myanmar produce their clothes. Why would a company want to keep its factories secret, unless it had something to hide?

“It is surely not beyond the realms of human wit to come up with a better system, one in which people could still get rich but we could wear our clothes with a clean conscience. One in which workers would be valued, paid enough to lead healthy lives and treated as human beings. …

“Today’s inequality can seem overwhelming but it simply isn’t. There is no need for such obscene levels of both poverty and wealth in the world. Indeed, in the long run, extreme inequality is counterproductive even for those on the wealthy side of the divide.

“Paying workers a decent wage is a huge part of tackling inequality. Poverty wages, coupled with huge rewards for those at the top, are one of the big causes of today’s inequality crisis. Poverty wages are not just unfair, they are economically self-defeating.”

—British actor Bill Nighy, writing in The Huffington Post about a recent trip with Oxfam to Myanmar, along with the inequities he witnessed there.

 

Levi's is Making Jeans From Discarded Fishing Nets, Used Carpets

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Levi’s and Aquafil, an Italian company that recycles waste materials into good-as-virgin nylon fiber, are making beautiful jeans together. First up: A version of Levi’s 522 men’s tapered pant composed of Econyl, a regenerated yarn derived from recovered fishing nets and used carpeting. The collaboration happily dovetails with Levi’s longstanding interest in promoting a “circular economy,” a tack that grows ever more vital on our resource-strapped planet. “We envision a world where everyday items don’t have to come at the expense of the environment,” Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and CEO of Aquafil, said in a statement. “This new partnership is further proof that sustainable materials can be used to reinvigorate products that have been traditionally made. Levi’s is redefining the denim industry.”

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H&M's Anna Gedda: Fair Wages Are Something the Whole Industry Must Drive

by , 04/05/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Features, Interviews, Q&A

 

MIT's New Manufacturing Hub to Lead U.S. in Textile Innovation

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The U.S. Department of Defense has tapped a broad coalition of manufacturers, universities, and nonprofits to spearhead an ambitious new project to accelerate textiles innovation in the United States. Led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Advanced Functional Fibers of America Institute will draw upon more than $250 million in public-private investments, plus $75 million in federal resources, over an initial five-year period. As the eighth Manufacturing Innovation Institute established to date, the hub will be headquartered in Cambridge, in close vicinity to the MIT campus and its U.S. Army-funded Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology, as well as the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center.

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Rallier: NYC-Made Dresses That Support Education for Girls in Need

Rallier: NYC-Made Dresses That Support Education for Girls in Need

RALLY TOGETHER For every garment sold, Rallier will source up to three uniforms from regions plagued by poverty and gender inequality and donate them to local girls in need. Fay…

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The "Lunar" Watch is a Timepiece Made From Genuine Moon Rock

The "Lunar" Watch is a Timepiece Made From Genuine Moon Rock

The “Lunar” watch by the Analog Watch Co. is one small step for a timepiece, one giant leap for time-keeping. Developed in collaboration with the Russian Federal Space…

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WWF, H&M Ink Five-Year Sustainability Partnership

WWF, H&M Ink Five-Year Sustainability Partnership

Photo by Olia Gozha/Unsplash H&M and the World Wildlife Fund are embarking on a five-year partnership to create a more responsible fashion industry. The new endeavor, which expands…

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Dutch Government Seeks to Improve Garment Industry Conditions

Dutch Government Seeks to Improve Garment Industry Conditions

Photos by EU2016NL The Dutch government, along with a coalition of trade unions, non-governmental organizations, and industry groups, has pledged to address the myriad social and…

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5 Pieces, 30 Outfits: Vetta Offers The Ultimate Eco-Capsule Collection

5 Pieces, 30 Outfits: Vetta Offers The Ultimate Eco-Capsule Collection

READY TO WEAR Made in New York City’s historic Garment District from Tencel and deadstock fabric, Vetta offers a V-neck blouse that can be worn forward or backward, a short-sleeve…

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G-Star Raw, Ted Baker Make Sustainability Scores, Roadmaps Public

G-Star Raw, Ted Baker Make Sustainability Scores, Roadmaps Public

G-Star Raw, Ted Baker, Haikure, and Vivobarefoot are going public—with their sustainability scores, that is. The four brands are part of a pilot program with Made-By, a European…

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Brave GentleMan's Unisex Fashion Features Vegan Wool, Faux Leather

Brave GentleMan's Unisex Fashion Features Vegan Wool, Faux Leather

HE FOR SHE Like it’s done in the past, Brave GentleMan partnered with Novacas, a cruelty-free label based in New York City and Portugal, to create its boots, loafers, sandals, and…

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"Netflix of Fashion" Wants You to "Stream" Your Everyday Clothes

"Netflix of Fashion" Wants You to "Stream" Your Everyday Clothes

Photo by Milada Vigerova/Unsplash Of all the clothes you own, how many end up gathering dust in your closet? If you’re anything like the average woman, it’s probably about…

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Reformation's Yael Aflalo: Sustainability Shouldn't be a Bonus

Reformation's Yael Aflalo: Sustainability Shouldn't be a Bonus

Photo by Celeste Sloman “Let’s get a few additional facts straight…I eat cheeseburgers, I wear leather, and I sleep on cotton sheets. As a consumer, I can rationalize…

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