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"Worn Wear": Patagonia's Short Film About the Clothing We Wear

by , 11/25/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Video

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Bracing yourself for the flagrant display of American consumerism that is Black Friday? Consider Worn Wear a little mental palate cleanser. Presented by Patagonia, the short film is a celebration of the things we already own. Directors Keith, Lauren, Chris, and Dan Malloy as they journey with viewers to an off-the-grid surf camp in Baja, Mexico; a family’s maple-syrup harvest in Contoocook, Vt; and an organic farm in Ojai, Calif.; as well as into the lives of an award-winning skier, a National Geographic photographer, and a legendary mountain climber as they describe the well-worn pieces of Patagonia clothing embedded in their lives.

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Amber Valletta is the Face of H&M's 2014 "Conscious Collection"

by , 11/23/13   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Move over, Vanessa Paradis. H&M has just unveiled supermodel Amber Valletta as the latest face of its “Conscious Collection” label-within-a-label, which features planet-friendlier materials such as organic cotton and recycled polyester. Valletta, who recently curated a series of sustainable looks for Yooxygen, arrived at the Hollywood Press Association/InStyle event Thursday in an H&M Conscious kimono dress composed of Tencel and organic silk. The dress will launch in select H&M stores April 10 at the retail price of $59.95.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: Amber Valleta, Yooxygen Curate “Master & Muse” Eco-Fashion Collection

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Katharine Hamnett: It’s Easy to Get Rich in Fashion by "Being a Bad Person"

by , 11/22/13   filed under: Green Designers

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“I think the challenge is, in fashion everybody wants to get rich and famous and it’s easy to get rich and famous by being a bad person. But the challenge is to achieve your goals—whatever they are—while staying a decent human being. That’s where it came from…I don’t want to make my living when the price is being paid in environmental degradation and human suffering.”

—British designer Katharine Hamnett, who popularized the slogan T-shirt, speaking to The Fashion Spot about the ethical philosophy behind her brand.

 

Upcycling Fashion Store Showcases Europe's Finest Sustainable Designs

by , 11/22/13   filed under: Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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From DIY trendsetters to high-end designers, upcycling has become a sustainable new trend within the fashion industry. The Upcycling Fashion Store in Berlin has emerged as a hotspot for the upcycling movement, featuring ecologically responsible garments and inventive accessories. Located on the Anklamerstrasse, the shop is filled with unique pieces and run by the four intrepid masterminds behind the label, Aluc: Carina Bischof, Jonathan Leupert, Arianna Nicoletti, and Luise Barsch.

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Gillette Puts Boston Red Sox "Beard Balls" Up for Charity Auction

by , 11/22/13   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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Gillette is offering what might be the weirdest piece of sports memorabilia since Ty Cobb’s false teeth. To raise money for men’s health, the Boston shaving giant has put up on eBay the whisker scrapings of Red Sox players David Ortiz and Shane Victorino, who publicly sheared off their beards—with Gillette razors, natch—shortly after the World Series. Rather than let those “champion chops” go to waste, Gillette decided to auction these “beard ball trophies” to benefit Movember, a global nonprofit that encourages men to grow mustaches during the month of November to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer.

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Anna Dumitriu Embroiders Deadly Bacteria, Antibiotics Into Textiles

by , 11/21/13   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Dresses

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Using one of the most unusual materials you could imagine, artist Anna Dumitriu transforms superbugs into unique items of clothing. The artist sterilizes strains of deadly bugs that kill tens of thousands of people across the US each year. She then uses the strains to embroider into dresses and quilts. Her work has a fascinating concept behind it, exploring the complex relationship between humans and bacteria.

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14 British Designers Create Hand-Knit Sweaters for Save the Children

by , 11/21/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Fashion Philanthropy, Green Designers

 

GRAPHIC: Shocking PETA Video Shows Fur Ripped From Angora Rabbits

by , 11/20/13   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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Investigators at PETA China have just released bone-chilling footage of workers violently ripping rabbit fur from the animals bodies as they scream in pain, to fuel the growing angora industry. In a campaign launched just as the super consuming day of Black Friday is about to descend upon us, PETA reveals the grim footage in hopes to curb the sale of this cruel material. Each of the rabbits endures this horrific ripping of their skin every three months for two to five years, until they are put to death.

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The Rana Plaza Disaster in Bangladesh: Taking Stock Half a Year On

by , 11/20/13   filed under: Worker Rights

Watch a livestream of the the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s fourth annual event at the Ford Foundation in New York City at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The symposium will feature a keynote speech from Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity and herself a former child garment worker, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times. In addition to Akter, the panel will include Lauren Compere, managing director of Boston Common Asset Management; Judy Gearhart, executive director of the International Labor Rights Forum; Harpreet Kaur, South Asia researcher at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre; Sarah Labowitz, co-director of the New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights; and Chloë Poynton, manager of advisory services at BSR.

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Cradle to Cradle's Star-Studded Bash Teases "Fashion Positive Project"

Cradle to Cradle's Star-Studded Bash Teases "Fashion Positive Project"

Photos by Patrick McMullan for the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Last Friday evening, distinguished patrons filled the ground floor of New York’s IAC building for the…

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LUSH Prize Awards £250,000 to Innovators Against Animal Testing

LUSH Prize Awards £250,000 to Innovators Against Animal Testing

Full disclosure: LUSH paid for the author’s travel and accommodation; opinions expressed here are her own. LUSH Cosmetics celebrated the second year of its prestigious LUSH Prize,…

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Live Out Your James Bond Fantasies With This Stylish Bulletproof Suit

Live Out Your James Bond Fantasies With This Stylish Bulletproof Suit

If anyone was going to wear a bulletproof pinstripe suit, it would definitely be James Bond. Turns out there’s more people than you think that work in dangerous situations, but…

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These Blue Shoelaces Could Save American Manufacturing

These Blue Shoelaces Could Save American Manufacturing

Sure, you can talk a good game when it comes to supporting American production, but can you also walk the walk? A simple blue shoelace could allow you to do just that. Enter the The…

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Atelier Laure Paschoud's Modular Clothing Lets You Customize Your Look

Atelier Laure Paschoud's Modular Clothing Lets You Customize Your Look

The driving force behind Laure Paschoud’s collections for her label, Atelier Laure Paschoud, is the ability for each piece to tell a story. Whether inspired by a concept, like…

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The Happy Accident That Resulted in Doctor Who's Iconic Striped Scarf

The Happy Accident That Resulted in Doctor Who's Iconic Striped Scarf

If it wasn’t for a case of crossed wires, one of Doctor Who’s most iconic accoutrements might never have been. We’re talking, of course, about the Fourth…

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Over 15 Percent of Walmart's Bangladesh Factories Fail Safety Audits

Over 15 Percent of Walmart's Bangladesh Factories Fail Safety Audits

Walmart has found safety issues with at least 15 percent of the factories with which it does business in Bangladesh, a spokesman revealed on Sunday. Although most of the three dozen…

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Alternative Apparel, Peruvian Artisans Create Sustainable Alpaca Line

Alternative Apparel, Peruvian Artisans Create Sustainable Alpaca Line

Looking to make a blanket statement this winter? Alternative Apparel has partnered with Pacomarca, the Sustainable Alpaca Network in Peru to create an exclusive collection of capes and…

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Bangladesh Garment Workers to Receive 77 Percent Wage Increase

Bangladesh Garment Workers to Receive 77 Percent Wage Increase

Finally, some welcome news for the beleaguered garment workers of Bangladesh. After months of brewing labor tensions in the wake of several fatal industrial accidents, Bangladeshi…

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