Patagonia's Jill Dumain: "People Need to Learn How to Buy Less"

by , 11/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Quotes

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An ad that Patagonia placed in the New York Times on Black Friday in 2011.

“People need to learn how to buy less and companies need to learn how to be profitable in selling less.

“A lot of the horrific accidents [in overseas garment factories] are because every penny is squeezed out of every garment.

“Something has to give. Something has to fundamentally shift in the consumption world that reduces the pressure on the raw materials, which reduces pressure on the planet and reduces the pressure on the people who make all this stuff all over the world.”

—Jill Dumain, Patagonia’s director of environmental strategy, speaking to CBS News on Friday about why we need to change the way we consume.

 

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5 Ways to Be a Responsible Fashion Consumer

by , 11/26/15   filed under: Featured

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Roomful of clothes but nothing to wear? You’re hardly alone. The average U.K. household owns an average of £4,000 worth of clothes, 30 percent of which languishes unworn, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme. A third of the clothing we buy every year ends up in the landfill, sometimes after just one use. And let’s not forget all the shoes we never wear. With mindless consumerism hitting its peak on Black Friday, it’s time for a new consumer revolution, one characterized less by impulse buys and more by thoughtful purchases. “The fashion industry would have us believe that overconsumption is something to be proud of, marking our success one haul at a time,” Greenpeace says in its latest campaign. “But putting aside barely worn clothing and bringing home bags of new outfits fuels a toxic supply chain and stuffs landfills with impulse buys.”

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REI Wants Its Employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday

by , 11/25/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Worker Rights

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Looks like REI is choosing family over frenzy this Black Friday. Instead of herding lines of customers and hawking cut-price promotions, the Seattle-based outdoor-goods retailer will be shutting down its two distribution centers, all 143 of its North American stores, its headquarters, and even its website on one of its biggest revenue days of the year. Its entreaty to its customers and the 12,000 employees it’s paying anyway? #OptOutside, reconnect with family and friends, and enjoy nature.

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Everlane is Giving Its Black Friday Profits to Its Factory Workers

by , 11/25/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Worker Rights

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Everlane is starting a new Thanksgiving tradition. Instead of shuttering its virtual doors on Black Friday as it has in years past, the “radically transparent” online retailer will be open for business, albeit with a twist. In lieu of the door-busting sales it eschews, Everlane will be diverting all of the day’s profits—that’s 35 percent of the gross revenue on all orders—to its workers, specifically the ones who make T-shirts in its Los Angeles factory. “This is an opportunity to help people on Black Friday,” Michael Preysman, Everlane’s founder and CEO, told Fast Company. “The other piece of it is just to reflect on what it means to be consuming and buying gifts for people when there are others in the world that can benefit from our help. This is our way of finding balance in those two things.”

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Sia "Frees the Animal" in PETA's Haunting Animal Runway

by , 11/25/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities, Video

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to “free the animal,” and it’s enlisting Sia to do it. The Australian singer’s vocals provide a haunting soundtrack to a computer-animated public service announcement, originally produced Ogilvy & Mather in 2013, that parodies the use of exotic skins on the world’s fashion runways. Featuring a menagerie’s worth of animals strutting in outfits derived from human body parts, the video was designed to provoke debate without allocating specific blame. “Our ad doesn’t finger any particular country or even just fur but rather challenges the entire concept of killing animals and wearing their skins,” PETA spokeswoman Shakira Croce told us previously.

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Athena: A Wearable Device Designed to Reduce Sexual Assault

by , 11/24/15   filed under: Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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The tiny Athena device could help keep women safe from sexual assault. Designed by startup Roar For Good, the prevention device can be worn easily on a belt loop or on a necklace. When activated, the smart jewelry emits a loud alarm and sends text messages with your location to your emergency contacts list.

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LAST CHANCE: Win a Holiday Glamour Eco-Beauty Kit From EcoTools and Real Techniques (Worth $120!)

by , 11/24/15   filed under: Contests

 

Rattan: A Lightweight, Durable Cane Derived From Rainforest Palm

by , 11/23/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Bags, Fabrictionary

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RATTAN \rəˈtan\

n. 1 a: The collective name for about 600 species of palm native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australasia. b: Produces thin, pliable, and fast-growing stems, measuring up to 100 meters long, that can be woven into various lightweight, durable, and weather-resistant goods. 2: A profitable crop that provides an alternative to timber-logging without displacing trees, since the vine-like plant relies on forest architecture for support. 3: Used primarily for housing, furniture, and handicrafts. 4: The material of choice for Purse for the People, a startup enterprise that turns woven rattan from Borneo and Java into customizable, American-made handbags.

 

Smartphone App Helps You Take the First Step Toward a Responsible Shoe Industry

by , 11/23/15   filed under: Online Tools, Worker Rights

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With global concerns for ethical fashions after tragedies such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza sweatshop in 2013, the “Change Your Shoes” campaign hopes to shed light on another facet of the fashion industry- shoe production. An effort by 18 human rights, workers’ rights and environmental organizations from Europe, India Indonesia and China, the campaign hopes to transform the global shoe industry, fighting unsafe conditions, toxic exposure and poverty pay. Supporters can download the #ChangeYourShoes app and join a virtual march to Brussels, calling on the EU to adopt clear regulations that ensure transparency in the shoe supply chain.

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