Target, Faribault Woolen Mill Collaborate on American-Made Holiday Line

by , 11/05/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags

 

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Stella McCartney Designs Clothes That Are "Long-Term Commitments"

by , 11/05/14   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

“When I design, it’s about designing pieces that are stand-out, staple, long-term commitments in your life. They’re made beautifully in the finest places in the world and should be cared for, loved, and handed down to the next generation. So for me, it’s not about ‘wear now, buy now’ or whatever. It’s about buy[ing] whenever you can buy it, whenever works for you, and wear[ing] it forever.”

—British designer Stella McCartney, speaking to Paula Reed, fashion director of online retailer MyTheresa.com, about why she doesn’t subscribe to “fast fashion”.

 

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Three Baking Soda Hacks for Your Beauty Routine

by , 11/04/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, Sponsored

Want to get a glow without the expensive price tag of department store products? ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda is the perfect addition to your beauty regimen. Check out these three inexpensive tips that will make ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda your new favorite beauty potion.

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H&M Blacklists Indian Spinning Mill After Allegations of Forced Labor

by , 11/04/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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H&M has blacklisted a southern Indian textile mill following allegations of rampant labor- and human-rights abuses in the the country’s garment hub of Tamil Nadu. Flawed Fabrics, a report released by Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), in collaboration with the India Committee of the Netherlands last Tuesday, details the deplorable conditions that are endemic to the region’s 1,600 mills, most of which are staffed by girls and young women. Compiled using a mix of desk research and in-depth interviews with 150 workers at five different mills, the research paints a grim picture of the supply chains of some of the world’s best-known brands, which, in addition to H&M, include C&A, Hanes, Mothercare, and Primark.

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Christophe Guinet "Grows" Nike Sneakers From Flowers, Seeds

by , 11/03/14   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Shoes

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Christophe Guinet isn’t, in the words of Nike, just doing it; he’s growing it. Living up to his nom de guerre, the French artist known as “Monsieur Plant” has fashioned a line of hyperrealistic high-tops using little more than flowers, moss, bark, and packed dirt. Both and neither topiary and footwear, the Just Grow It collection comprises nearly all natural materials. Guinet even gives Nike’s emblematic swoosh the vegetal treatment, painstakingly carving one from an array of minuscule buds before assembling another seed by singular seed.

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Sales Halt on Feminist T-Shirt Following Sweatshop Claims

by , 11/03/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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A campaign T-shirt worn by British political leaders and celebrities to promote feminism has been withdrawn from sale following claims that it was manufactured in a sweatshop. A The Mail on Sunday claimed that the garment, which sports the slogan, “This is What a Feminist Looks Like,” is the handiwork of women in Mauritius who sleep 16 to a room and earn 62 pence ($1) an hour. Photographed on the likes of actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Watson, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and opposition leader Ed Miliband, the shirt is the brainchild of British Elle, which produced it in collaboration with the nonprofit Fawcett Society to promote its feminism-themed December issue. All proceeds from the shirt, which was made and sold at Whistles for £45 ($71), were to benefit the Fawcett Society’s work in championing women’s rights.

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Conventional Goose Down is "Scary Business," Says Patagonia

by , 10/31/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion Brands

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Alicia Silverstone isn’t the only one who thinks that conventional down is for the birds. An animated short from Patagonia will make you question what the pluck’s going on in the outerwear industry. While down offers the lightest-weight and most efficient insulation commercially available, the process of extracting duck or goose feathers isn’t always humane. The video, which follows a puffer-clad goose on a Grim Reaper-led tour of the down supply chain, reveals that most down comes from birds that have been live-plucked or force-fed for the production of foie-gras.

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Sustainability is "Smart Business," Says Kering CEO

by , 10/30/14   filed under: Quotes

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“At Kering, sustainability is everyone’s business. We believe in it not only because it is the right thing to do, but because sustainable business is smart business. In fact, in my view, the businesses that consider their impacts on the environment and society, and re-orient there practices to deliver not only financial value but also value more broadly for nature and for people will prosper in the future. And conversely, the companies that bury their heads in the sand and think they can continue ‘as usual’ will simply not last.

“As our industry continues to develop and our business grows, we need successive generations to keep driving change. Identifying and nurturing talent is critical. In my view, nothing is more important than providing the framework to educate and inspire the next generation to act and become the change-makers we will need to address our future challenges.

“And if we get this right they will emerge with a creative talent directed not only at creating beauty, but showing us all how beauty, design, creativity, innovation, and sustainability can co-exist.”

— François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive of Kering, formerly known as the PPR Group, speaking about the luxury conglomerate’s new five-year partnership with the London College of Fashion to promote excellence in sustainable clothing design.

 

ASOS, Levi's Commit to Sourcing Deforestation-Free Textiles

by , 10/30/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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ASOS, Levi Strauss, and Marks & Spencer are making like trees and leaving—deforestation, that is. The clothing brands are among the latest companies to connect with Canopy Style, a nonprofit that seeks to eliminate endangered-forest fibers from the garment supply chain. The announcement, made at an Innovation Forum event in London on Wednesday, promises to make the future of the world’s ecosystems shine “just a little bit brighter,” according to Nicole Rycroft, the group’s executive director.

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Knit Wool and the Gang's Stuffed Mouse for National Cat Day

Knit Wool and the Gang's Stuffed Mouse for National Cat Day

The jig is up: We’re just a bunch of crazy cat ladies here at Ecouterre HQ. So of all the made-up holidays to embrace, it’ll have to be National Cat Day. Our friends at Wool…

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"Dorothy": A Device That Calls a Cab When You Click Your Heels

"Dorothy": A Device That Calls a Cab When You Click Your Heels

Dorothy was magically transported back to Kansas when she clicked the heels of her ruby slippers three times. Now you can do magic too with the help of the Dorothy and the Ruby device…

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Does Wearable Technology Pose a Risk to Our Health?

Does Wearable Technology Pose a Risk to Our Health?

Photo by Shutterstock Our phones, smart watches, and other wearable technology are constantly emitting radio and electromagnetic signals close to our brains and our reproductive organs.…

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Scare Up a Last-Minute Halloween Mask From Cardboard, Tape

Scare Up a Last-Minute Halloween Mask From Cardboard, Tape

FRIGHT NIGHT Procrastinators can also take heart from the ease of assembly—it only takes two to three hours from printing the templates to finish the mask, Wintercroft says. Plus, the…

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Are Cambodia's Sex Workers Being Forced Into the Garment Trade?

Are Cambodia's Sex Workers Being Forced Into the Garment Trade?

Is Cambodia’s aggressive anti-trafficking campaign forcing sex workers into an even worse trade? A video exposé from Vice News claims that Cambodian authorities are…

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Curb Impulse Shopping With This Simple Strategy

Curb Impulse Shopping With This Simple Strategy

“Slow shopping is very much a vogue term these days, and there’s a bit of a greenwashing element to it—sure, buy slow but you’re still buying stuff, and buy quality…

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Cambodia's Tonlé Makes Clothing That's Fair Trade, Zero Waste

Cambodia's Tonlé Makes Clothing That's Fair Trade, Zero Waste

Cambodia-based eco-fashion brand Tonlé are all about zero-waste production. They are currently the largest ethical apparel brand in the country, offering fair wages and a secure…

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Recycle an Old Sweater Into a Pair of Cozy Slipper-Socks (DIY Tutorial)

Recycle an Old Sweater Into a Pair of Cozy Slipper-Socks (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES An old sweater Scissors Sewing pins Scrap yarn Large darning needle Paper or card stock for tracing Non-slip grip pads (optional) Fabric paint (optional) STEP…

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Store-Bought Halloween Costumes Are Full of Toxic Chemicals

Store-Bought Halloween Costumes Are Full of Toxic Chemicals

Photo by Shutterstock Halloween may be the spookiest time of the year for all the wrong reasons, according to a study released Thursday by Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org. The…

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