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U.K. Student Wins Beyond Skin, PETA's Vegan Footwear Design Contest

by , 01/14/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Vegan Fashion

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Alice Lambert-Gorwyn, a fourth-year fashion student at Leeds University, has been named winner of an international vegan footwear-design contest organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Beyond Skin. Television personality Laura Whitmore, one of the judges, dubbed Lambert-Gorwyn’s faux-leather and imitation-exotic-skin pump “slick and sophisticated” and noted that it had the superior shoe construction. “I truly believe that the future of fashion lies in sustainable, cruelty-free materials, and companies like Beyond Skin and organizations like PETA are leading the way in creating awareness,” Whitmore says in a statement. “For someone who loves fashion and cares about animals, the great news is that from the catwalk to the high street, the availability of clothes and shoes made from faux leather and faux suede is on the rise.”

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Ke$ha Detained by Homeland Security After Allegedly Smuggling Ivory

by , 01/14/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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Pop star Ke$ha, a self-professed animal-rights activist, was allegedly detained by the Department of Homeland Security a year ago for attempting to smuggle ivory into the United States, Radar Online reported on Monday. The “Tik Tok” singer, who in 2013 received the Humane Society of the United States’ Wyler Award for raising awareness of animal issues in the media, had an elephant-ivory snuff bottle seized when she returned to Los Angeles from a tour of Japan on August 27, 2012, according to government documents obtained by the gossip website. Radar said that another member of Ke$ha’s team was also detained in a separate incident two days earlier after she was discovered with “possible ivory” in her possession.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: “Sex and the City’s” Kristin Davis Says Ivory is “Basically a Blood Diamond”

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Finch Designs Recycles Plastic Bottles Into Rain Capes, Swimsuits

by , 01/14/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Eco-Swimsuits, Kids' Eco-Fashion, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Sustainable design may not be synonymous with the fashion industry in China, but two designers are seeking to change that by creating playful stylish designs from recycled plastic bottles. Based in Shanghai, Finch Apparel use 100% organic and sustainable fabrics that are all responsibly sourced. The idea is ‘fashion with a conscience’, and the Finch team say they are dedicated to producing their line with objectives, such as fair labor practices and a concern for the environment.

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EcoChic Design Award Finalists Bring Minimal-Waste Garments to Life

by , 01/14/14   filed under: Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

"June" Smart Bracelet Monitors UV Exposure, Offers Tailored Sun Advice

by , 01/13/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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A new wearable UV monitor can now give you tailored advice about how much sun you should really be getting. June is a glittering jewel-like button that can be worn on a bracelet or pinned to your clothes. Used to measure sun intensity in real time, June works with a smartphone app to track your daily exposure and alerts you when you’ve had enough. The app also works to advice you on sunscreen and how to minimize sun damage and premature skin aging.

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Cate Blanchett Wears Chopard's "Green Carpet Challenge" Earrings to 2014 Golden Globes

by , 01/13/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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Cate Blanchett made Golden Globes history Sunday night in more ways than one. In addition to winning her third Golden Globe award for her role as a troubled socialite in the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine, the Australian actress also wore some of the first pieces of jewelry from Eco-Age’s Green Carpet Challenge, an initiative designed to raise ethical fashion’s profile on the red carpet. The laurel-shaped earrings, a collaboration with Chopard, feature 72 marquise-cut white diamonds set in 18-carat Fairmined white gold from small-scale community mines in South America.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: Livia Firth, Chopard Unveil Ethical Jewelry Collaboration at Cannes

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Brainwave-Monitoring Sleep Mask Helps You Snooze More Efficiently

by , 01/10/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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A new sleep mask could help you get more done on less hours of sleep and still feel fully rested. For those of you who feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, sleeping less is really the only way to do more. At the same time though, you don’t want to sacrifice sleep and rest, which are critical for creativity and productivity. The NeuroOn sleep mask relies on the principle of Polyphasic sleep patterns, which means you sleep for multiple short periods throughout the day. The mask monitors your brainwaves wakes you at the right moments feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work and it may even cut your sleep back to just two hrs a day.

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Customize Your Clothes With Puzzle Apparel's Team of American Artisans

by , 01/10/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Fashion Brands, Fashion Philanthropy

 

UpCouture's Organic-Cotton Tees Are Designed to Improve Your Posture

by , 01/10/14   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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No matter what you are wearing, a good posture helps transmit an aura of confidence that helps to make almost any outfit look attractive. The Up T-shirt from French label, UpCouture uses organic cotton and a patented set of elastic bands to adjust the shoulders and create a beautiful profile.

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New Mascara-Testing Procedure Uses Protozoa Instead of Rabbits

New Mascara-Testing Procedure Uses Protozoa Instead of Rabbits

Photo by Shutterstock Scientists at the University of Liverpool have developed a reliable method to test the irritability of mascara, using tiny protozoa.  Since rabbits are commonly…

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Maine Governor Paul LePage Wants Children to Work to Boost Economy

Maine Governor Paul LePage Wants Children to Work to Boost Economy

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…

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

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

Photo by Shutterstock 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…

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

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

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

Photo by Jaguar PS/Shutterstock 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…

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

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

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.…

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Suzy Amis Cameron to Develop Eco-Friendly Clothing Line

Suzy Amis Cameron to Develop Eco-Friendly Clothing Line

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…

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

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

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…

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