Plastic "Microbeads" From Beauty Products Are Polluting Waterways

by , 05/23/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty, Toxic Pollution

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Your face scrub may be great for your skin, but the plastic beads found in many products are causing serious damage in our nation’s waterways. The tiny plastic pieces are small enough to slip through water treatment plants, and get directly deposited into rivers and lakes. Earlier this month, New York went as far as to begin the process to ban products containing the beads from consumer shelves.

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Watch "The Next Black," A Documentary About the Future of Fashion

by , 05/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Video

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Fire up your monitors for The New Black, a 45-minute documentary about the future of the clothing we wear. Produced by home-appliance manufacturer AEG, the film introduces the viewer to some of the world’s leading fashion innovators, including Rick Ridgeway, vice president of sustainable manufacturing at Patagonia; Nancy Tilbury from wearable-tech firm Studio XO; Suzanne Lee of BioCouture, a line of garments grown using cellulose-producing bacteria; Sophie Mather from Yeh Group, a company that pioneered a way to dye clothes using zero water; and Matt Hymers and Klaus Rolshoven, who head up smart clothing at Adidas.

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DIY Expandable Dress Protects Your Personal Space in Close Quarters

by , 05/22/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Dresses, Wearable Technology

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Some people have zero concept of personal space and get far too close for comfort. Which is why Kathleen McDermott crafted the Personal Space Dress that inflates when it detects a person standing in your zone. The dress features proximity sensors, an old umbrella, and an Arduino controller to sense when a person is near and then actuate the umbrella parts to expand. McDermott’s dress won’t be available for purchase any time soon – the dress is part of her work in the Urban Armor series that explores wearable technology and how women experience public space. But if you’re desperate to get your own, there’s a DIY tutorial so you can build one for yourself.

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JUST: An Online Platform That Traces Your Clothing's Journey

by , 05/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Site Seeing

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Ethical production in the fashion industry may be more common than ever before, but for a long time there has been a missing link in the supply chain. New start up JUST, co-founded by Shahd Al-Shehail and Natalie Grillon, is hoping to fill that link by connecting suppliers with designers and consumers, trying to make the supply chain more transparent. It finds, vets and partners with fashion suppliers that have positive social missions. Next it brings these suppliers together with designers and consumers through an online database and consumer platform, so that the journey of JUST garments is traceable to all involved. While there are a growing number of fashion startups finding innovative ways to develop and promote ethical products, JUST is taking a unique approach as the first concept of its kind to offer a fashion supply chain that any clothing brand can source from. Ecouterre were lucky enough to talk with Al-Shehail and wanted to share her enlightening hopes and aims with our readers.

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Analog Watch Co.'s Wooden Watches Are Perfectly In Sync With Nature

by , 05/21/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Show your love of nature on by wearing it on your sleeve, or in this case since it’s an all-wood watch, on your wrist. Philly-based Analog Watch Co.’s line of mostly biodegradable wooden watches is a perfect compliment to your au natural side and will keep you in sync with nature. Both the watch face and even the strap are made from wood and for every watch bought, the company will in turn plant a new tree.

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Student Self-Administers Temporary Tattoo...Using 1,000 Bed Bugs

by , 05/21/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Colorado State University Student Matt Camper has a new temporary tattoo- made entirely from bed bug bites! The creepy tat was made with a homemade jar contraption that gave the bugs access to Camper’s arm in a specific pattern. The adventurous student first chose a rabbit shape, then a stylized fish, letting the bugs chomp onto his skin for a few hours before the bunny emerged from his flesh.

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Levi's CEO: Save the Planet, Stop Washing Your Jeans

by , 05/20/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Chip Bergh wants you to stop washing your jeans. Speaking at Fortune Brainstorm Green conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif., on Tuesday, the Levi Strauss CEO said that while roughly half the water usage happens during jeans production, the other half is consumed at home. Bergh also billed the denim giant as the “ultimate in slow fashion.” “We have a pair of jeans in our archives that are 135 years old, so we are the ultimate in sustainable apparel,” he said. “We build our products to last; if you treat them right, they will last a long, long time—probably longer than most people’s waistlines.”

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Hoax Email Claims That Gap Signed Bangladesh Safety Accord

by , 05/20/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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After months of escalating protests, Gap has finally capitulated—or at least someone wants us to think it has. An email on Tuesday, alleging to be from the American apparel giant, claimed that Gap had decided to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a legally enforceable, first-of-its-kind contract that holds brands accountable for safety and labor conditions in the factories they employ in Bangladesh. Despite its convincing tone, the press release, its accompanying website, www.gapdoesmore.com, and the affiliated Twitter account, @gapdoesmore, are completely fraudulent, according to company officials.

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"Precious Skin" Turns Cow Ears, Snouts Into Zero-Waste Accessories

by , 05/20/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Precious Skin by Victoria Ledig is a unique collection of handbags made from unusual cow body parts that not only shows how much of each animal is wasted, but also how well-disguised leather products often are. Heads, tails, ears, and lower legs, all of which are unmistakable parts of a dead cow, were used to construct the bags. The upcycled materials help to create value from something that used to be considered waste, while the designs themselves force people to reevaluate their opinion.

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Livia Firth Says Eco-Fashion is "Just Common Sense"

Livia Firth Says Eco-Fashion is "Just Common Sense"

Photo by Featureflash/Shutterstock “Carlo Petrini [founder of the… …

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Naja: Sexy, Affordable Lingerie That Empowers Disadvantaged Women

Naja: Sexy, Affordable Lingerie That Empowers Disadvantaged Women

Social enterprise meets delicate lingerie with Naja, an underwear brand who train and employ Colombian women to sew under their non-profit Underwear for Hope. These women then receive a…

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Solar-Powered Sunglasses Alert You When You've Left Them Behind

Solar-Powered Sunglasses Alert You When You've Left Them Behind

Australian company Tzukuri understands that it sucks to loose an expensive pair of sunglasses. That’s why they’ve embedded a chip and a solar cell in every pair that…

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EcoChic Design Award Wants China to Change How It Dresses the World

EcoChic Design Award Wants China to Change How It Dresses the World

Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of the 2014 EcoChic Design Award. It’s not everyday that the world’s biggest clothing factory, China, steps into the sustainable fashion…

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Actor Ashton Kutcher Shutters U.S.-Made Pickwick & Weller Label

Actor Ashton Kutcher Shutters U.S.-Made Pickwick & Weller Label

Photo by Jaguar PS/Shutterstock R.I.P., Pickwick and Weller; we hardly knew ye. PandoDaily reports that the Los Angeles–based luxury T-shirt label, which featured actor Ashton Kutcher…

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Win Your Choice of Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Talisman Necklaces!

Win Your Choice of Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Talisman Necklaces!

Brace yourselves, Game of Thrones fans: A winner is coming. We’ve forged an alliance with Pyrrha to give away one of its officially licensed necklaces based on the hit HBO TV…

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Vans Collaborates With Della to Create Socially Conscious Batik Sneakers

Vans Collaborates With Della to Create Socially Conscious Batik Sneakers

Too hot for boots, too cool for sandals? Split the difference with a pair of batik-print sneakers from Vans. Produced in partnership with Della, a fair-trade label that employs artisans…

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Organic Cotton–Derived Battery Could Power Safer, Cheaper Electric Cars

Organic Cotton–Derived Battery Could Power Safer, Cheaper Electric Cars

Photo by Shutterstock A Japanese startup has developed a new battery technology that could one day make Teslas as common as Camrys. Designed to supplant lithium-ion, which currently…

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Supertex's Recycled-Cotton Socks Resist Bacteria, Odors

Supertex's Recycled-Cotton Socks Resist Bacteria, Odors

Here at Ecouterre we believe that eco-fashion is a must from the head to toe, so we were delighted to come across the environmentally-conscious sock brand Supertex. The company crafts…

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