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Toxic Chemicals Linger in Clothing—Even Organic-Cotton Ones

by , 11/03/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, The Big Idea, Toxic Pollution

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Our clothing is crawling with hinky chemicals. Some slough off in the wash, eventually entering—and later polluting—aquatic environments. Others, a new study claims, persist to a “high degree,” serving as a potential source of long-term dermal exposure by penetrating skin. In a preliminary analysis, a team led by Giovanna Luongo, a PhD student in analytical chemistry at Stockholm University, found a hundred identifiable chemicals in a sample of 60 garments from Swedish and international retailers. Present among them were several substances that were not on producers’ lists but might have glommed as byproducts and residues during transport.

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Julie Gilhart and Simon Collins: People Want "Great Fashion"

by , 11/02/15   filed under: Quotes

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Julie Gilhart: “The customer is not asking for sustainable fashion, they want great fashion, and they want good product priced at a price they can afford.

“If you can add in that it’s made well, that’s great, but it’s added value.”

Simon Collins: “It’s got to be a really good compelling product that you want—it doesn’t matter how responsible it is. If it’s not nice and they don’t want it, they’re not going to want it just because it’s responsible.”

—Fashion insiders Julie Gilhart and Simon Collins, speaking Thursday night at the Glasgow Caledonian University New York.

[Via Vogue]

 

ReWrap: Biodegradable Designer Bags Made From Coconuts

by , 10/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Bags

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The beautiful ReWrap tree bag, which debuted at Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven, is not only chic, but also completely compostable. Made entirely from natural fibers, the savvy bag is also naturally waterproof. In addition to its overtly sustainable style, the bag is also ethically created, made in a small workshop which employs workers with disabilities with competitive wages.

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Meet the 10 Finalists of the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative

by , 10/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Cocktail hour began earlier than usual Wednesday morning when the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Lexus (yes, the auto-maker) announced the 10 inaugural finalists of the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative (née the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge at Le Turtle on Chrystie St. in New York City. Ready to embark on their 17-month virtual residency, during which they will hone their environmentally friendly business practices through workshops, mentoring, and field visits, are Aurora James of Brother Vellies, a line of handcrafted African shoes; Sara Beltran of the jewelry firm Dezso; Erin Isakov of Erin Snow, which traffics in activewear; Britt Cosgrove and Marina Polo of apparel label Svilu; Nicholas and Christopher Kunz of luxury brand Nicholas K; Katie DeGuzman and Michael Miller of K/ller, winner of the 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge; Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome, which traffics in womenswear; Wing Yin Yau of fine jeweler Wwake, and, despite appearing more mentor than mentee, Prabal Gurung and Maria Cornejo of Zero + Maria Cornejo.

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BASE Range Offers Sustainable Wardrobe Basics Sans Filter

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Simple. Soft. Natural. Minimal. Organic. Feminine. Today, our world is filled with endless filters and editing – it’s nearly impossible to find anything that hasn’t been retouched or altered. BASE Range (short for Basic Aesthetic for Sustainable Easywear) thought it was time to create a line of under and easy wear in soft silhouettes focusing on real beauty, naturally untouched. Base Range creates high quality under and easy wear with natural fibers, such as bamboo and organic cotton. Minimal, yet innovative, designs result in products that benefit both the producer and consumer while simultaneously minimizing its impact on the environment.

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Zady Launches Private Label Eco-Clothing for Men

by , 10/29/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Men's Eco-Fashion

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So the menfolk don’t feel left out, ethical e-tailer Zady has launched its first private-label clothing items for gents. Featuring an alpaca sweater and an organic-cotton button-down shirt, both of which come in your choice of white or navy, the inaugural collection hews to the same standard of supply-chain transparency as the products that preceded it. Each garment is designed for the long haul, the firm says. The sweater, composed of Andean alpaca that was washed, combed, and spun in a solar-powered facility in Arequipa, Peru, before it was knit in New York, includes a contrasting elbow patch—a “subtle nod to the days when the longevity of sweaters was admired, since this one too will endure,” wrote Zady on its website.

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€3.6 Million Project to Tackle Clothing Waste Launches Across Europe

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Last Wednesday saw the launch of the European Clothing Action Plan, a new initiative to reduce textile waste across the European Union. Helmed by the United Kingdom’s Waste & Resources Action Programme, and funded through the EU to the tune of €3.6 million, the three-year venture will work with brands, retailers, manufacturers, recycling and reclamation groups, charities, and consumers to scale back the glut of clothing that inundates incinerators and landfills every year. “Finding more sustainable ways to work with textiles is an area set to deliver huge benefits—both economic and environmental,” Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP, said in a statement. “To be leading on a project of this magnitude is something I am very excited about, and applying tried and tested approaches such as voluntary agreements and consumer campaigns across Europe, will really take our expertise to the next level.”

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Don't Miss the "Hand of Fashion" Speaker Series at FIT

by , 10/27/15   filed under: Events

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Join the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Ethical Fashion Initiative as they launch “The Hand of Fashion,” a series of conversations about sustainability in fashion. Designed to “enable and encourage sustainable thinking as part of…a new normal in the industry,” the series will feature thought leaders such as Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative; Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer at Kering; and Nina Almeida Braga, director of Instituto E. All events are free and open to the public—simply register at www.fitnyc.edu.

Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27th St.
New York, NY 10001

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How California Could Have Saved 35 Billion Liters of Water, Per Levi's

How California Could Have Saved 35 Billion Liters of Water, Per Levi's

Photo by Shutterstock Cue the sad trombone. Following revelations that the California reservoir storage is at its “second lowest on record” for this time of year, Levi Strauss,…

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Space Between: Locavore Fashion Produced From Textile Waste

Space Between: Locavore Fashion Produced From Textile Waste

New Zealand fashion students at Massey University are leading a brand new kind of social enterprise producing local, recycled fashion. The initiative called Space Between is a…

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Walmart Removes "Made in U.S.A." Logos From Website

Walmart Removes "Made in U.S.A." Logos From Website

Photo by chrisdorney/Shutterstock An investigation by the Federal Trade Commission has forced mega-discount retailer Walmart to remove “Made in the USA” labels from its webstore.…

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Post-Couture Collective: Downloadable Garments for the DIY Generation

Post-Couture Collective: Downloadable Garments for the DIY Generation

MAKE YOUR OWN Although Post-Couture says you can bring just about any material to your local maker space or fab lab for laser-cutting, the company also offers its own range of…

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EcoChic Design Award Launches Alumni Network

EcoChic Design Award Launches Alumni Network

Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award There’s much refashioning happening in the area of textile-waste-reduction, with designers around the world…

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Bebe Bans Exotic-Animal Skins After Talks With PETA

Bebe Bans Exotic-Animal Skins After Talks With PETA

Retail giant Bebe has vowed to permanently ban exotic-skin animals in all of their clothing collections. Influenced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ shocking…

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Fire Retardants Might Be Entering Your Body Through Your Nail Polish

Fire Retardants Might Be Entering Your Body Through Your Nail Polish

Photo by Shutterstock A new study from Duke University and the Environmental Working Group has revealed the presence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in popular nail polishes.…

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Study 34: Ethical, Minimal-Waste Knitwear Made With Deadstock Yarns

Study 34: Ethical, Minimal-Waste Knitwear Made With Deadstock Yarns

Fighting “fast fashion” while making fashion-forward garments from recycled materials, England’s Study 34 is taking the fashion world by storm. Founded by Eleanor…

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Chopard Debuts Diffusion Line of Jewelry Made With Fairly Mined Gold

Chopard Debuts Diffusion Line of Jewelry Made With Fairly Mined Gold

Chopard held a mini-soiree at its Bond Street boutique in London Sunday night to toast the launch of its latest diffusion jewelry line—its first to incorporate fairly mined gold.…

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