Adidas, Parley Giving Away 50 Pairs of Shoes Made From Ocean Plastic

 

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Levi's Launches "Collaboratory" to Boost Innovation in Sustainable Fashion

by , 06/06/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Meet the “Collaboratory,” an annual three-day fellowship program that promotes innovation in the sustainable apparel industry. Spearheaded by Levi Strauss, with a curriculum designed by the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, the first-of-its-kind initiative will bring together socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs who see “design and sustainability as inextricably linked,” according to the denim giant. Each year will hone in on a specific sticking point or theme, say, textile waste, water conservation, or workers’ rights. And if the opportunity to work alongside industry movers and shakers at Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab in San Francisco isn’t incentive enough, fellows may also receive up to $500,000 in funding to develop and implement their own creative solutions. Think of it as the homegrown version of H&M’s Global Change Award but with a catchier, portmanteau-based name.

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Timberland to Make Shoes, Bags From Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Timberland is partnering with Thread, a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, to create a collection of footwear and bags crafted from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. The collaboration, set to debut next spring, will be the largest to date for Thread, a certified B Corp that seeks to create economic opportunities in developing countries such as Haiti and Honduras, where the bottles are collected. Spun in the United States, every yard of Thread fabric is traced from “bottle collection to fabric creation to the delivery of the fabric bolt to the manufacturer,” according to Ian Rosenberger, the firm’s CEO, who cites cleaner neighborhoods and job creation among Thread’s social contributions.

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Parsons Student Designed Fashion Line to Help Syrian Refugees

 

H&M, Swedfund Pilot Sustainable Textile Factory in Ethiopia

by , 06/02/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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H&M has signed a long-term sourcing agreement with a new textile factory in Ethiopia that promises to provide up to 4,000 new jobs. Established by development financier Swedfund and DBL Group, a Bangladesh-based exporter of ready-made garments, the Mekelle-sited facility cites “decent working conditions, job creation for women, and environmental considerations” among its goals. The joint venture has been a couple of years in the making. Despite a storied history of textile, leather, and shoe production—a relic of Italy’s occupation between 1936 to 1941—Ethiopian manufacturers found themselves outpaced in recent decades by nimbler, cheaper Asian suppliers. A strong domestic industry, Swedfund says, is key to reviving jobs in the sub-Saharan nation, which the World Bank counts among the poorest in the world.

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PETA Claims Eddie Bauer, Lands' End Use Down Ripped From Live Geese

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A new investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has cast doubt on the validity of the Responsible Down Standard, a widely vaunted chain-of-custody process designed to help companies source down from ducks and geese that haven’t been forced-fed or live-plucked for their feathers. As part of its exposé on Thursday, the animal-rights group released undercover video taken at nearly a dozen farms in China, which produces 80 percent of the world’s down for items such as outerwear, bedding, and sleeping bags. PETA’s footage shows workers pinning down struggling geese as they rip feathers from their raw and bloody flesh. At least two of the facilities investigators visited are connected to RDS-certified suppliers of brands such as Eddie Bauer, Lands’ End, and Hollander Sleep Products, PETA said.

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Your Knock-Off Designer Perfume Could Contain Antifreeze, Urine

by , 05/31/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, The Big Idea

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Buyer beware: Unscrupulous businesses are passing off urine, antifreeze, and other “unpleasant, flammable, or dangerous chemicals that burn when applied to the skin” as designer fragrances, according to ABC 7 New York. In the culmination of a two-year joint undercover operation in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday, the New York Police Department arrested five people for allegedly distributing throughout the United States knockoff fragrances designed to resemble popular brands such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabanna, Polo, Gucci, Christian Dior, and Juicy Couture. Federal agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security division seized more than 10,000 boxes of phony merchandise, which reportedly came through Port Elizabeth to a temporary warehouse in Elizabeth, N.J., before they were sent to Queens to be repackaged. Eventually—and, we’d imagine, heistily—they made their way to a storage facility by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

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Pratt Student Responds to "Fast Fashion" With Upcycled Thesis Collection

 

London's Science Museum Hosts Space-Inspired Fashion Show

by , 05/30/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Shows, Wearable Technology

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A jumpsuit that converts human sweat into drinking water. A dress with climate-controlled pouches for storing food on the go. Garments studded with sensors or heating units. Those are just a few of the designs that made their way down the runway of London’s Science Museum last week. Part of “Couture in Orbit,” an event celebrating the European Space Agency’s five missions to the International Space Station over the past two years, the catwalk-cum-competition tasked fashion schools from the astronauts’ home countries to create looks inspired by space flight. (Cue the jokes about “out of this world” fashion.)

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Could Programmable, 3D-Printed "Fur" Become a Thing?

Could Programmable, 3D-Printed "Fur" Become a Thing?

Scientists from MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group have devised a way to three-dimensionally print hair-like structures on both flat and curved surfaces. The technique, dubbed…

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Zappos's Redesigned Shoe Box is #NotABox at All

Zappos's Redesigned Shoe Box is #NotABox at All

Looks like we haven’t been paying close enough attention. Turns out, Zappos’s signature shoe box isn’t a shoe box at all. From June 1, the online retailer will be…

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Gap, H&M's Supply Chains Promote "Precarious Work," Says Report

Gap, H&M's Supply Chains Promote "Precarious Work," Says Report

Another day, another searing indictment of the capitalist machine we call “fast fashion.” Ahead of the International Labour Conference in June, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance,…

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Continental Clothing's "Fair Share" Line Aims to Deliver a Living Wage

Continental Clothing's "Fair Share" Line Aims to Deliver a Living Wage

A living wage is a human right, and Continental Clothing, for one, wants its workers to get their deserved share. Together with BSD Consulting and Switzerland’s Fair Fashion…

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Growing Warrior's Michael Lewis:  We Need to Get Over Hemp's "Crunchiness"

Growing Warrior's Michael Lewis: We Need to Get Over Hemp's "Crunchiness"

“Maybe we need to realize that caring about the Earth and taking care of things doesn’t necessarily mean ‘crunchy’; it’s just what we all have to do to…

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Watch "Harvesting Liberty," a Short Film About America's Hemp Problem

Watch "Harvesting Liberty," a Short Film About America's Hemp Problem

BATTLE FOR HEMP Directed by surfer-environmentalist Dan Malloy, the documentary follows Lewis as he explains how he and Growing Warriors, the nonprofit he founded to help veteran…

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Help The Body Shop Build a Rainforest Bio-Bridge, Find "Reggie" a Mate

Help The Body Shop Build a Rainforest Bio-Bridge, Find "Reggie" a Mate

The Body Shop wants you to help it build a bio-bridge. What’s a bio-bridge? Described simply, a bio-bridge is a green corridor that connects wildlife habitats that have been…

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Solo Eyewear Makes Sunglasses From Recycled Plastic

Solo Eyewear Makes Sunglasses From Recycled Plastic

Four years after Solo Eyewear crowdfunded a line of bamboo sunglasses with a philanthropic bent, the San Diego–based label has returned to Kickstarter to pre-launch eight new designs,…

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Google, Levi's Create "Smart" Denim Jacket for Urban Cyclists

Google, Levi's Create "Smart" Denim Jacket for Urban Cyclists

There’s very little about Google and Levi Strauss’s “smart” jacket that distinguishes it from any other garment a savvy urbanite might sport. With neither…

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