10 Embroidered "Game of Thrones" Costumes With Mind-Blowing Detail

by , 06/19/14   filed under: Features

 

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How Ethical Are Your Favorite Fast-Fashion Brands?

by , 06/18/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Not all fast-fashion labels are created equal, according to a new report by Ethical Consumer. The U.K. magazine tapped a variety of publicly available data, including company sustainability reports, to rate nearly 60 high-street and online brands on their social and environmental engagement in five primary categories: animals, environment, people, politics, and product sustainability. Leading the pack? British department store Marks & Spencer, which scored 10.5 out of a possible 20, followed by apparel juggernauts H&M and Zara with 9.5 each. George, the in-house clothing label by Walmart-owned Asda, ranked at the bottom with a piddly 0.5.

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LAST CHANCE: Win a 3-Month Subscription to Vaute's Vegan T-shirt Club (Worth $192!)

by , 06/17/14   filed under: Contests

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Love receiving surprises in the mail? Vaute wants to send them. We’ve hooked up with Brooklyn’s preeminent vegan apparel brand to give away one three-month membership to its new “Love, Vaute” product-subscription club, which offers two limited-run tees or tanks per month at a mucho-discounted rate. (That means our lucky reader will score six awesome tops in total—free!) Not only is each pro-critter shirt sustainably printed in the United States on cushy blends of organic cotton and recycled polyester, but many of the designs also benefit animal-rescue and -advocacy groups like Bobbi and the Strays and Leaping Bunny. Plus, members get first dibs on styles before they’re released to the general public. Enter now to win!

TO ENTER THIS FABULOUS GIVEAWAY

1. SIGN UP FOR THE ECOUTERRE NEWSLETTER. (This is important because we’ll be announcing our winners there.)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BY JUNE 17 and tell us how you stand up for animal rights. Although it doesn’t hurt to get fancy, we’ll be picking a winner at random.

Note: This contest is only open only to residents of the United States.

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Nike Fetes Garments Dyed Using Waterless "ColorDry" Technology

by , 06/17/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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Nike’s “ColorDry” technology is ready for its closeup. The waterless fabric-dyeing innovation, a collaboration between the sportswear giant and the Netherlands’s DyeCoo Textile Systems, is available to consumers for the first time as a line of vibrantly hued polo shirts. It takes 30 liters of water to dye a T-shirt using conventional means, according to Nike. ColorDry, which uses a pressurized form of carbon dioxide to saturate textile fibers with color, cuts the wet stuff from the process entirely, saving energy and eliminating the need for extra chemical agents.

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Vibrating "Eyeronman" Vest Can Help Visually Impaired Avoid Obstacles

by , 06/16/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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The visually impaired usually navigate by sound and by feel, often with a cane, but with new wearable technology advancing so rapidly, high tech navigation may soon be in their future. Tactile Navigation Tools is developing a set of sensing and vibrating clothes that can ‘see’ what’s around the wearer and alert them to objects’ locations through vibrations. Called Eyeronman, the wearable navigation system consists of a vest that can sense obstacles along with a vibrating tshirt that indications location. The system may even be helpful for first responders like firefighters and policemen when their vision is limited.

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Energy-Efficient Clothes Dryers Could Save Americans $4 Billion Per Year

by , 06/16/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Energy-inefficient clothes dryers are causing American households to waste up to $4 billion each year, according to a new report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council on Thursday. Because energy standards for the common appliance have failed to receive significant updates for the past 30 years, a typical electric tumble dryer can consume as much energy as a new, energy-efficient refrigerator, clothes washer, and dishwasher combined. “Updating our home dryers to the level of the most efficient ones sold overseas could save Americans $4 billion a year on their utility bills,” says senior scientist Noah Horowitz, director of the environmental nonprofit’s Center for Energy Efficiency Standards, in a statement. “It’s time to bring U.S. clothes dryers into the modern era and achieve some of the massive efficiency gains all the other major home appliances have seen.”

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This High-Tech Hoodie Sends Text Messages Using Simple Gestures

by , 06/13/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Roll up your sleeve to send a message that you’re busy or touch your hood to let someone know you’re thinking about them. While discreet, these movements convey real meaning and are the premise behind the Smart Hoodie, a project by Alina Balean and Rucha Patwardhan, both students in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Outfitted with Arduino controllers, the Smart Hoodie is responds to pre-programmed touches and is capable of sending messages through the wearers smart phone.

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Karlie Kloss, Warby Parker Collaborate on Eyeglasses for a Yummy Cause

by , 06/12/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Eyewear, Fashion Philanthropy

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American supermodel Karlie Kloss is hooking up with Warby Parker for a delicious cause: a trio of sunglasses in support of the Edible Schoolyard, a New York City-based nonprofit that helps local grade schools integrate kitchen education into their curriculum. More specifically, sales from the “Clara,” “Marple,” and “Julia” styles will benefit two community farm stands in Brooklyn and East Harlem, where kids learn about food preparation in their own neighborhoods. Like always, for every pair of eyeglasses sold, Warby Parker will donate a pair to a person in need. Win-win.

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"Made in Europe" Doesn't Mean Better Wages for Workers, Says Report

by , 06/12/14   filed under: Featured, Worker Rights

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The belief that “made in Europe” equals “fairly made” is a myth that needs to be shattered, according to a report from the Clean Clothes Campaign, an alliance of organizations in 15 European countries dedicated to improving working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries. Published Tuesday, Stitched Up: Poverty Wages for Garment Workers in Eastern Europe and Turkey writes that worker exploitation, poverty wages, forced overtime, and life-threatening conditions aren’t problems endemic not only to Asia, but the garment industry as whole. Even countries in the European Union can function as “cheap labor sewing backyard[s]” for the high street, says Bettina Musiolek, one of the authors of the report. “We have come to expect that garment workers in Asia are being exploited with low wages and poor working conditions but what this report shows is that there are no good guys,” she adds.

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House Martell Joins Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Jewelry Collection

House Martell Joins Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Jewelry Collection

Still mourning the death of a certain swarthy Dornishman? Hold on to your hankies because Pyrrha has added the sigil of House Martell to its line of jewelry based on HBO’s…

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Honest By Launches Scholarship for Socially Responsible Designers

Honest By Launches Scholarship for Socially Responsible Designers

The world’s first 100 percent transparent fashion label is launching a first-of-its-kind scholarship for aspiring designers who desire to work in a progressive, socially and…

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Adidas Announces New Roadmap to Detox Supply Chain by 2020

Adidas Announces New Roadmap to Detox Supply Chain by 2020

Adidas is returning onside. Two weeks after the FIFA World Cup sponsor received a a red card from Greenpeace for lagging behind on its commitments toward creating a toxic-free supply…

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Fielder's Choice Goods Turns Vintage Baseball Gloves Into Wallets, Belts

Fielder's Choice Goods Turns Vintage Baseball Gloves Into Wallets, Belts

The sumptuous accessories in Fielder’s Choice Goods’ line channel America’s favorite past time- baseball. The line of leather goods are upcycled from vintage baseball gloves,…

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Wear a Piece of the Robben Island Fence That Imprisoned Nelson Mandela

Wear a Piece of the Robben Island Fence That Imprisoned Nelson Mandela

The 10-foot-tall wire fence that once confined Nelson Mandela for 18 years is getting a do-over. Capetown designer Charmaine Taylor is salvaging pieces of barbed wire from the infamous…

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OMSignal's Biometric-Sensing Workout Clothes Keep Your Vitals in Check

OMSignal's Biometric-Sensing Workout Clothes Keep Your Vitals in Check

Forget your activity tracker band – just integrate the sensors right into your workout shirt for no-fuss and accurate biometrics monitoring. That’s the principle behind…

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15 Emerging Eco-Fashion Designers at the Los Angeles D&A Green Room

15 Emerging Eco-Fashion Designers at the Los Angeles D&A Green Room

MOR & DOTTER Hand-crafted in the City of Angels, Mor & Dotter’s “designs for the sweet rebel” balances the wholesome charm of knitwear with edgy…

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Wearable-Tech Market for Pets Expected to Reach $2.6 Billion by 2025

Wearable-Tech Market for Pets Expected to Reach $2.6 Billion by 2025

Photo by Whistle GPS Humans aren’t the only ones that can wear activity trackers. In fact they’re now being made for Fido and the market for wearable tech for pets and…

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Dame Vivienne Westwood Says That "Fashion is a Terrible Thing"

Dame Vivienne Westwood Says That "Fashion is a Terrible Thing"

“There are signs in my shops that say ‘buy less, choose well, make it last.’ I agree, fashion is a terrible thing, it’s all about tempting to buy. But [consumers] should buy…

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