Jigsaw's Ad Campaign: Clothes Are "For Life Not Landfill"

by , 10/06/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

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Jigsaw wants to remind you that clothing is for life, not the landfill. In its latest ad campaign, the British apparel retailer juxtaposes fresh pieces from its Autumn/Winter 2015 collection with vintage Jigsaw items on loan from its customers. Coupled with stories from longtime Jigsaw fans about the history behind their tan leather bag or blue Oxford shirt à la Worn Stories, the campaign is a paean to mindful consumption, as well as a respite from today’s “fast fashion” world.

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Hussein Chalayan Fetes Dissolving Coats at Paris Fashion Week

by , 10/05/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Paris Fashion Week

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Dissolving fabrics are the last thing you’d look for in a raincoat. That is, unless you’re Hussein Chalayan, who parlayed science (and solubility) into spectacle at the Musée des Beaux-Arts at Paris Fashion Week on Sunday. Dressed in white trenches, Chalayan’s models remained rooted in place as simulated showers sloughed off the clothing off their bodies in sheets to reveal glittery dresses, studded with tributary-like appliqués of Swarovski crystals. Of his unconventional staging, the Cyprus-born British designer had but one thing to say. “If you don’t take risks in the world, nothing happens, you just stay static.”

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Vivienne Westwood Doesn't Read Fashion Magazines

by , 10/05/15   filed under: Vivienne Westwood

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“I never read fashion magazines — I don’t know what they have to say, honestly. I just tell them what I have to say when I get the opportunity.

“Unisex is good for the environment. You don’t need to buy a lot of clothes. You can just wear your boyfriend’s.”

—British designer Vivienne Westwood, speaking to the New York Post at Paris Fashion Week.

 

Sea Turtles Wear Tiny Recycled Swimsuits for Science

by , 10/02/15   filed under: Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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A fleet of adorable sea turtles in Australia are now the most stylish sea creatures out there, wearing custom made swimsuits. Dreamed up by a team of researchers at the University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences, the swimsuits were devised to collect sea turtle feces as a way to study their diet in the wild. Functioning as a diaper, but looking like a cute swimsuit, the mini garments were made for sea turtle hatchlings from secondhand sun shirts from a charity shop.

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Cotton Slavery in Uzbekistan, Explained in Two Minutes

by , 10/02/15   filed under: Worker Rights

Last week in Uzbekistan, hundreds of thousands of people, including children, were forced from their jobs and schools and into the cotton fields, where they’ll spend the next few weeks picking the crop under hot, unsanitary, and often hazardous conditions for little to no pay. It’s an issue that doesn’t gain the same amount of attention or notoriety as sweatshop exploitation in Bangladesh and Cambodia, but it’s something that happens, nevertheless. Cotton is in our clothes, our linens, and even our currency, so it only stands to reason that Uzbek cotton is, too, according to Anti-Slavery International, a London-based human-rights organization that created a two-minute animated video explaining what amounts to government-sponsored forced labor.

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H&M "Dramatically" Lagging Behind in Bangladesh Fire, Safety Repairs

by , 10/01/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Two years after the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of apparel manufacturing, H&M is “dramatically” lagging behind on correcting the fire and safety hazards in its factories in Bangladesh, according to a joint report released by the International Labor Rights Forum, Clean Clothes Campaign, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Workers Rights Consortium on Thursday. Using publicly available data provided by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the report examined H&M’s progress in improving working conditions in the South Asian country’s flourishing but ill-regulated garment industry, particularly in the wake of the collapse of the multi-factory building Rana Plaza, which killed 1,138 workers and injured thousands more just outside the capital of Dhaka in April 2013.

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Bhava's Vegan Convertible Boot is Three Shoes in One

by , 09/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

This NYC-Made Sheath Dress Has a 950-Person Wait-List

by , 09/29/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Looking for the perfect work sheath? If you have your heart set on M.M. LaFleur’s wildly popular “Tory 2.0,” be prepared to wait. And wait. The $235 “all-season, wear everywhere” Little Black Dress has a waiting list 947 people deep, reports Business Insider. Ethically made in New York City, the dress comprises an Osaka, Japan–sourced crêpe that the company describes as highly breathable and wrinkle-resistant. It also boasts a “satiny interior,” to keep its wearer cool all year round, as well as a secure faux-wrap design that guards against wardrobe malfunctions.

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Bride Will be 11th Family Member to Wed in 120-Year-Old Gown

by , 09/29/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Weddings, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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The moment Abigail Kingston started planning her wedding, she knew she had the “something borrowed” portion of her ceremony covered. Come October 17, the Pennsylvania bride-to-be will be the 11th member of her family to marry in the same dress: a satin-and-lace skirt and bodice with puffy sleeves that was originally handmade in New York City in 1895 for her great-great-grandmother. It’s something she’s dreamed of since she was a child, sitting at her piano and staring at black-and-white pictures of past brides, including her own mother, wearing the dress. “I just kept looking up at the pictures and saying, ‘I hope one day I can be married and I’ll wear the dress,’” Kingston told the New York Post. “I’ve always wanted that fairy tale.”

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Adidas Working on "Endlessly Recyclable" Zero-Waste Soccer Cleat

Adidas Working on "Endlessly Recyclable" Zero-Waste Soccer Cleat

Adidas envisions a future where worn-out sportswear isn’t thrown away, but rather broken down and remolded with scrap material from other industries to create new products. Its…

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Nike, MIT Call for Innovative Textiles to Combat Climate Change

Nike, MIT Call for Innovative Textiles to Combat Climate Change

Nike is bringing its “A” game to the climate-change debate. After pledging earlier last week to achieve 100 percent renewable energy in company-owned and -operated…

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David de Rothschild, Schoeller Textiles Embark on Sustainable Partnership

David de Rothschild, Schoeller Textiles Embark on Sustainable Partnership

David de Rothschild, the British environmentalist who once sailed across the Pacific Ocean in a boat made from recycled plastic bottles, is casting off for his next adventure: a new…

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Zady Expands Eco-Friendly "Essentials" Collection, Throws Shade at Fashion Industry

Zady Expands Eco-Friendly "Essentials" Collection, Throws Shade at Fashion Industry

Zady, the ethical e-tailer on a mission to slow down the pace of fashion, has been on a roll. Besides expanding its “Essentials” collection to include a pair of button-down…

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Finnish Groups to Turn Waste Cotton Into New Fiber for Fashion Industry

Finnish Groups to Turn Waste Cotton Into New Fiber for Fashion Industry

A group of Finnish organizations are banding together to transform old cotton garments, particularly those unsuitable for reuse, into new fibers for the textile industry. Led by the VTT…

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Pamela Anderson Launches Two Vegan Shoe Collections

Pamela Anderson Launches Two Vegan Shoe Collections

Pamela Anderson is not launching one but two lines of vegan footwear. After a near decade away from the spotlight, the former Baywatch star is stepping out with a range of UGG-like…

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Stella McCartney Creates Post-Double-Masectomy Bra

Stella McCartney Creates Post-Double-Masectomy Bra

Stella McCartney has designed a “feminine and sensual” post-double-mastectomy compression bra in honor of her mother, the late Linda McCartney, who passed away in 1998…

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Haunting "Trashion" Gowns Illustrate Senegal's Pollution Problem

Haunting "Trashion" Gowns Illustrate Senegal's Pollution Problem

FUTURE IMPERFECT “When you travel in any region of Senegal, the first thing you notice is dumped plastic everywhere,” Monteiro says in a behind-the-scenes video. “And…

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Jellyfish Leather: A Cowhide Alternative From an Invasive Species

Jellyfish Leather: A Cowhide Alternative From an Invasive Species

JELLYFISH LEATHER \ˈje-lē-ˌfish ˈle-thər\ n. 1. A cow-free textile proposed by Yurii Kasao, a design-products graduate from London’s Royal College of Art. 2. Can be cut,…

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