"Avoid" Browser Plugin Blocks Out Clothing Made by Child Laborers

by , 03/10/14   filed under: Online Tools, Site Seeing, Worker Rights

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If there’s one thing you don’t want weighing down your online shopping cart, it’s the more than 73 million child laborers who toil under inhumane conditions worldwide to make clothing. Our clothing. “Avoid” is a browser plugin that screens your browsing activity for products associated with the exploitation of children. Developed by German group Earthlink, the app uses real-time data the from Aktiv Gegen Kinderarbeit (Active Against Child Labour) campaign to scour popular retailers—including ASOS, Amazon, Google Shopping, Target, Macy’s, and Yoox—for brands with known child-labor violations. Offending items are hidden from view. (You can also toggle the plugin to view uncensored results.)

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American Apparel Stirs Up Controversy With "Made in Bangladesh" Ad

by , 03/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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American Apparel’s latest ad does what the controversial retailer does best: objectifying semi-naked women for the sake of pushing merchandise. Never mind that its “made in the U.S.A.,” fair-wage ethos is a noble one—any form of higher purpose is quickly subsumed by the company’s ’60s soft-porn schtick, particularly with its latest campaign, which features a topless Bangladeshi woman with the words “made in Bangladesh” branded across her chest. The model, a merchandiser named Maks who has been with American Apparel since 2010, touts a high-waist jean made by “23 skilled American workers in downtown Los Angeles, all of whom are paid a fair wage and have access to basic benefits such as healthcare.” The implicit message is that the 3.6 million workers who make up Bangladesh’s garment workforce, many of them young women like Maks, do not share that same luxury.

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Raise Money for Garment Workers' Rights With a "Six Items" Fashion Fast

by , 03/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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How many items of clothing do you have in your closet and how much of your closet do you actually wear? Labour Behind the Label wants you to think long and hard about that question and then take it a step further with a fashion fast to raise money contributing to their work supporting garment workers in their struggle for better rights and working conditions. According to the Six Items Challenge, the average American purchases nearly 70 pieces of new clothing per year. “This equates to 20 billion new garments bought in the USA alone, many of these are contributed to clothing that costs about as much as a newspaper or cup of coffee at Starbucks.

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Vivienne Westwood Shaves Her Head to Protest Climate Change

by , 03/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Green Designers, Vivienne Westwood

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Dame Vivienne Westwood sheared off her signature red locks not as a fashion statement, but a political one. The legendary fashion designer revealed her newly cropped hair, now an au naturel gray, at a protest at her local borough on Wednesday, when she joined comedian Mark Thomas and artist Maggi Hambling on Lillieshall Road in Clapham to oppose the eviction of Lambeth Council co-operative housing tenants. “Vivienne cut her hair as we must all wake up to climate change,” a spokeswoman for her fashion label told the Telegraph. “And secondly she wanted to cut the red out for a while and have it white—to show she’s proud of her age.”

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Federal Bill to End Cosmetics Testing on Animals Introduced in Congress

by , 03/06/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Another step has been made in the fight against cosmetic animal testing in the US this week as a new federal bill was introduced in Congress. The Humane Cosmetics Act would aim to ensure animals are not harmed in the process of creating or manufacturing cosmetics. Introduced by Congressman Jim Moran, D-VA, with support from the Humane Society of the United States’ Be Cruelty-Free U.S.A., the bill would make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the US and prohibit sales.

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Convert Style Features U.S.-Made Brands With New E-Commerce Platform

by , 03/06/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Features, Interviews

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Convert knows a good thing when it sees it. The Berkeley, Calif.-based boutique is following the likes of Everlane and Zady with an ethical online marketplace of its own. Launched late October, the e-commerce platform offers clothing and accessories with a sustainable, made-in-America focus. Many are even exclusive to the store. For despite the “newness” of Convert’s virtual teller, the relationships powering it are longstanding. Co-owners Randy Brewer and Fred Whitefield are old hands at cultivating relationships with designers and labels. That tack that has resulted in several collaborations, ones that marry California’s unique brand of casual-cool with their unwavering business ethic.

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Anthropologie's "Legend & Song" Line Spotlights East African Artisans

by , 03/05/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Dying is Forever: Swiss Company Turns Cremated Remains Into Diamonds

by , 03/05/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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Algordanza is turning the notion of “family heirloom” on its head. The Swiss startup takes cremated human remains and transforms them into diamonds. The concept isn’t as outlandish as you might think. Diamonds, after all, are little more than pressurized carbon atoms that have been baked and squeezed beneath the earth’s mantle under extreme pressure and heat for thousands, if not millions, of years. Human bodies, conveniently enough, are roughly 18 percent carbon. Rinaldo Willy, who founded Algordanza a decade ago, uses a process not unlike the one lab technicians use to grow synthetic diamonds. In fact, Algordanza claims its so-called “memorial diamonds” are comparable in quality to—and in fact almost indistinguishable from—their non-human-derived counterparts.

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Hooves Makes Vegan Shoes That Don't Compromise on Quality, Style

by , 03/04/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Vegan Fashion

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These beautifully made shoes from Hooves are a brand new vegan-friendly design that break the stereotypes of boring ethical footwear. The London-based studio, lead by Mark Bryceland, specialise in non-leather shoes for both men and women. Hooves designs are more than just elegant shoes; as they have been made ethically and sustainably, they come with peace of mind. Currently running an exciting Kickstarter campaign, the studio is just a few days away from their target, already making waves with their simple stylish footwear.

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Brigid KO Upcycles Discarded Inner Tubes Into Edgy Pleather Couture

Brigid KO Upcycles Discarded Inner Tubes Into Edgy Pleather Couture

Where most see a punctured bike inner tube as a frustrating and inconvenient nuisance, designer Brigid Oesterling of Brigid KO sees an opportunity. Her dark, edgy line of clothing and…

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Olga Kurylenko Debuts PETA, Beyond Skin's Vegan Red-Carpet Shoe

Olga Kurylenko Debuts PETA, Beyond Skin's Vegan Red-Carpet Shoe

Want to snag a piece of Oscar style? You can buy the shoes that actress Olga Kurylenko wore to the 86th Academy Awards. Well not the exact pair, but close enough. For a limited time,…

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Actress Katie Holmes Shutters U.S.-Made "Holmes & Yang" Label

Actress Katie Holmes Shutters U.S.-Made "Holmes & Yang" Label

Photo by DFree/Shutterstock Actress Katie Holme and her former stylist Jeanne Yang have shuttered their Holmes & Yang clothing line as a result of “interpersonal…

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Olga Kurylenko, Kellan Lutz Turn Red Carpet Green at 2014 Oscars

Olga Kurylenko, Kellan Lutz Turn Red Carpet Green at 2014 Oscars

Photos by Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S Actors Olga Kurylenko and Kellan Lutz turned the Oscar red carpet green at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday. Kurylenko donned a cruelty-free column gown…

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U.K.'s "Love Your Clothes" Campaign Helps You Do More With Less

U.K.'s "Love Your Clothes" Campaign Helps You Do More With Less

Could “love your clothes” be the new “make do and mend”? Waste & Resources Action Programme is banking on it. The Banbury, England-based nonprofit, which…

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These 3D-Printed Press-On Manicures Are Beyond Insane

These 3D-Printed Press-On Manicures Are Beyond Insane

NAILED IT But even their plastic offerings aren’t for shrinking violets. Available in bold, saturated colors like amethyst, raspberry, and royal blue, each piece is a textural…

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Olga Kurylenko to Wear "Red Carpet Green Dress" Gown at 2014 Oscars

Olga Kurylenko to Wear "Red Carpet Green Dress" Gown at 2014 Oscars

Looks like another “Bond Girl” will be shaking and stirring the Oscar red carpet in sustainable style this Sunday. Following the lead of Skyfall’s Naomie Harris, who…

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AllSaints, Urban Outfitters Fail to Address Forced Labor in Cotton Sourcing

AllSaints, Urban Outfitters Fail to Address Forced Labor in Cotton Sourcing

Photo by Shutterstock Avoiding clothing associated with the exploitation of humans? You might want to give AllSaints, Urban Outfitters, and Forever 21 a wide berth. The high-street…

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Adidas Debuts "Samba Primeknit," the World's First Knitted Football Boot

Adidas Debuts "Samba Primeknit," the World's First Knitted Football Boot

PRIME TIME “Primeknit is a technology that is right at the heart of adidas innovation and we’re excited about introducing this development into football,” says Markus…

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