Pauline van Dongen's Solar Parka Thrives Among Nature's Elements

by , 09/08/15   filed under: Solar Fashion, Wearable Technology

 

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Feel the Force With Pendleton's U.S.-Made "Star Wars" Woolen Blankets

by , 09/07/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles

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Trust us, these are the blankets you’re looking for. Launched during last week’s nationwide “Force Friday” extravaganza, the hand-numbered Star Wars by Pendleton blankets let you get cozy with the Dark and Light Sides of the Force. Each 82 percent virgin-wool blanket features scenes from a different Star Wars movie, from 1977’s A New Hope to the upcoming The Force Awakens. All 1,977 pieces of each design were woven on state-of-the-art looms in some the few woolen mills in operation in the United States today.

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Zandra Rhodes: "The Only Constant in Fashion is Change"

by , 09/04/15   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

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“I don’t have the answer as to what needs to change in the industry for sustainable fashion to become the norm, but I do know that the only constant in fashion is change.

“Change is what’s going to happen and it sometimes gallops ahead far quicker than any of us can manage. You just have to hope that the change is for the best. I don’t think it always is, but you have to hope.

“Never put anything past the determination of people to affect change.”

—British designer—and frequent People Tree collaborator Zandra Rhodes, speaking to Huffington Post U.K. about whether sustainability can be fashionable.

 

Iggy Pop and H&M Want You to Recycle Your Clothes

by , 09/03/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands

Iggy Pop wants you to recycle your clothes. The American singer-songwriter has teamed up with H&M to highlight the retailer’s garment-collecting initiative. In a video “public service announcement,” the “Lust for Life” hitmaker extolls the value of breaking all the rules of fashion save one: “Recycle your clothes,” he intones. H&M has been championing the “circular economy” of late. Besides launching new styles in its “Conscious Denim,” line, which is derived, in part, from some of the 14,000 tons of textiles it’s collected over the years, the company recently kicked off a $1 million annual prize to find the next big closed-loop innovation.

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Norway's Armed Forces Get Organic-Cotton Undies

by , 09/02/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Underwear

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Norway’s soldiers are getting some brand new undies—and they’re eco-friendly, to boot. The Norwegian Armed Forces has placed a massive order of some 50,000 organic-cotton bras, boxer shorts, undershirts, and pants with Frøya Trøya, a military outfitter that made the switch to organic-only fibers in 2009. “We have pretty good capacity, so we can do it,” Camilla Køhler, the company’s managing director, told Verdens Gang, a local newspaper. All of Frøya Trøya’s wares are Nordic Ecolabel—or “Swan”—certified, meaning they adhere to more than 60 criteria involving water, energy, and chemical use.

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Taiwan's Youth Are Wearing Plastic Bags as Clothing

by , 09/02/15   filed under: Submitted Story

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Taiwan’s millennials might be taking the idea of “recycled fashion” a bit too literally. The Asian country’s latest trend? Wearing plastic bags—and only plastic bags—as clothing. Grocery bags from 7-Eleven are particularly in vogue, according to the selfies that have springing up online like mushrooms after the rain. Ah well, you do you, Taiwan.

[Via Daily Mail]

 

Former MAC Model Pamela Anderson Blasts Firm for Animal Testing

by , 09/01/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Actress and model Pamela Anderson wants MAC Cosmetics to get their act together. The former Viva Glam spokesmodel is calling out the beauty retailer in a plea to reinstate their cruelty-free policy, which was abandoned to sell cosmetics in China. Anderson wrote an open letter to John Demsey, president of parent company Estee Lauder, declaring her disgust and disdain for the company’s new policy to test on animals in order to have a market in China.

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Vibram's Furoshiki-Inspired Shoe Wraps Around Your Foot Like Fabric

by , 09/01/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes

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Vibram—it of “FiveFinger” shoe infamy—is hawking a new offbeat concept in footwear: the “Furoshiki” sneaker. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of bundling objects in fabric, the shoe comprises the world’s first wrap-around outsole. The Furoshiki neither uses nor requires laces. Instead, it features elastic bands that secure around the ankle via a Velcro closure. It’s also designed to adapt easily to any surface, which “guarantees comfort and durability,” according to Vibram.

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Vans, Charlotte Stone Create Eco-Friendly Recycled Sneakers

by , 08/31/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

Emma Watson Takes on "Green Carpet Challenge" for "Regression" Press Tour

Emma Watson Takes on "Green Carpet Challenge" for "Regression" Press Tour

Photo by Fotonoticias/Getty Images Emma Watson is borrowing a page from Livia Firth and embarking on a “Green Carpet Challenge” of her own. After taking to Instagram to post…

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H&M is Offering $1 Million for Best Textile-Recycling Innovations

H&M is Offering $1 Million for Best Textile-Recycling Innovations

H&M is looking to close the loop on textiles, and it’s willing to pay $1 million to anyone who can achieve it. Announced by the H&M Conscious Foundation, the Swedish…

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Bangladesh Court Delays Release of Rana Plaza Film for "Negative Portrayal" of Garment Industry

Bangladesh Court Delays Release of Rana Plaza Film for "Negative Portrayal" of Garment Industry

Photos by A.M. Ahad for Associated Press A new movie about Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza tragedy of 2013 is banned in the country for at least six months. Aptly entitled “Rana Plaza,”…

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Ralph Lauren's Biometric-Sensing "PoloTech" Shirt Now on Sale

Ralph Lauren's Biometric-Sensing "PoloTech" Shirt Now on Sale

Ralph Lauren tested out its new smart workout shirt at the 2014 U.S. Open on ball boys and now they are releasing the PoloTech shirt to the public. Combining smart electronic textiles,…

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Parsons Fashion Dean Burak Cakmak: "There's a Recognized Need for Sustainability"

Parsons Fashion Dean Burak Cakmak: "There's a Recognized Need for Sustainability"

“There’s a recognized need for sustainability, especially if you’re a large business. We’re at a point where there’s nowhere to hide. You can’t make excuses like…

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Inkbox's 100 Percent Organic Temporary Tattoos Support Indigenous Livelihoods

Inkbox's 100 Percent Organic Temporary Tattoos Support Indigenous Livelihoods

Want to get inked but not ready for a lifelong commitment? Temporary tattoos are not only inexpensive and ouch-free, but they also fade into nothingness in a matter of days. For those…

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Nature Conservancy is "Appalled" by PETA's Footage of Abused Sheep

Nature Conservancy is "Appalled" by PETA's Footage of Abused Sheep

Photo by Shutterstock Ovis 21, a network of livestock ranches in Argentina, found itself thrust into the spotlight this month after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused…

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Bon George Upcycles Vintage Textiles Into Chic Ethical Fashion

Bon George Upcycles Vintage Textiles Into Chic Ethical Fashion

It’s hard not to feel instantly more stylish even just browsing the online collections from Bon George. Your admiration will grow even stronger when you learn that every piece is…

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All the Cool Kids Are Weaving Tapestries Into Their Hair

All the Cool Kids Are Weaving Tapestries Into Their Hair

Photo by CrossxStitch Hair chalking, dyeing with rainbow colors or lightening ombre style has been all the rage for the last year, but what if you’re feeling a bit more splashy? Hair…

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