Woman Finds Plea for Help From "Chinese Prison Slave" in Saks Bag

by , 05/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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One Saks Fifth Avenue shopper got more than she bargained for, when a hand written note fell out of her shopping bag. The note was written in 2012 by Tohnain Emmanuel Njong, a prisoner in a Chinese facility who was being forced to make shopping bags. Njong’s letter was a plea for help, saying that he and other inmates were forced to make bags in the prison factory for over 13 hours a day.

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Vanessa Friedman: "Driving Force of Fashion is Planned Obsolescence"

by , 05/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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The phrase “sustainable fashion” isn’t just a contradiction in terms, declared New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman last Thursday, it also doesn’t make sense. Speaking at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in Denmark, Friedman referred to the Oxford English Dictionary, which defines “fashion as the “production and marketing of new styles of goods, especially clothing and cosmetics” and “sustainable” as “able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.” Here, Friedman paused. “See the problem?” she asked. “On the one hand we have the pressure to be new; on the other, the imperative to maintain. ‘Sustainable fashion’ is an oxymoron. It’s ‘jumbo shrimp.’ It’s a ‘down escalator.’ It’s ‘terrible beauty.’ It’s ‘resident alien.’”

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Celebrity Friends Hold "Super-Classy Yard Sale"

by , 05/02/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities

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Gwyneth Paltrow is “consciously uncoupling” with some things in her closet, and she’s encouraged some of her famous friends to do the same. In a repeat of last year’s successful closet clean-out, the actress-turned-lifestyle-guru has commandeered the castoffs of celebuddies like Beyoncé, Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie, Miranda Kerr, and Caroline de Maigret for resale on her Goop website, all in the name of charity. This time, 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit DonorsChoose, a nonprofit that provides supplies to classrooms in need.

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Christy Turlington: Sacrificing Humans for Profit "Completely Unethical"

by , 05/01/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes

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For Christy Turlington Burns, one preventable death is a death too many. The supermodel-philanthropist, whose nonprofit organization, Every Mother Counts, works to improve the safety of pregnancy and childbirth in developing countries like Bangladesh, describes the concept of sacrificing people for profit, particularly in the garment industry, as a failure of conscience. “Looking at women’s rights in the countries where we work…one of the greatest advances in the last 20 years has been that more girls and women have access to education and financial opportunity to earn for themselves, to earn more for their families,” she tells fellow clotheshorse Amber Valletta in the fourth and final episode of Thread: Driving Fashion Forward. “They march to the factory in the morning, those who work in the garment industry, and you see them…you see these beautiful colors through the street. This is something we should celebrate.”

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Eileen Fisher Unveils Largest Eco-Fashion Collection Yet

by , 05/01/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Spring/Summer 2014, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Imogen Heap's Open-Source "Mi.Mu" Glove Turns Gestures Into Music

by , 05/01/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Innovative musician, Imogen Heap has been working on a way to change the way music is created and now is sharing her tool with the world – an interactive glove that controls sound through movement. The Mi.Mu Glove was developed by Heap and a team of engineers and designers who wanted to step away from their computers and make music more like a guitarist, drummer or piano player do. The piece of wearable technology offers wireless interconnectivity to computers and sound equipment and can be programmed by the wearer to control thousands of different sound options. Heap is now sharing her Mi.Mu glove with the world through open source code and a Kickstarter Campaign to get your very own.

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Did Climate Change Play a Role in the Rana Plaza Building Disaster?

by , 04/30/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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Could climate change have contributed to the Rana Plaza garment-factory disaster in Bangladesh last April? The concept may not be as outlandish as you might think, according to M. Shameem Siddiqi, former senior program director of The Asia Foundation in Bangladesh. Difficulties growing food due to worsening erosion and rising sea levels are driving greater numbers of people into Bangladesh’s cities in search of work. Lacking the wherewithal to dictate terms, they can’t help but “take any job they can find,” he told the Thomas Reuters Foundation..

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Cellphones Could Soon be Tiny Enough to be Printed on Clothing

by , 04/30/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Rather than carry around your phone, you may soon wear it on your sleeve with nanolasers that are currently under development. A spaser, which is basically a laser on the nanoscale, could revolutionize cell phone technology by making it so small that phones could be printed on clothes. The spaser would replace traditional transistor-based devices like microprocessors, memory, and displays and would allow the technology to become miniature by comparison. Plus, these spasers would be made out of graphene and carbon nanotubes, which are more resource and eco-friendly than their current counterparts.

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Sloggi Launches Eco-Friendly Lingerie Made From Recycled Coffee

by , 04/30/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Underwear, Eco-Textiles, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Duchess of Cambridge is a "Great Role Model" for Dressing Sustainably

Duchess of Cambridge is a "Great Role Model" for Dressing Sustainably

Photo by Shaun Jeffers/Shutterstock “She often re-wears the same items and shows how you can make the same dress look like a new outfit just by changing accessories. She even…

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Carnegie Mellon, Disney Researchers Invent 3D-Printing for Teddy Bears

Carnegie Mellon, Disney Researchers Invent 3D-Printing for Teddy Bears

Need a cuddle in a hurry? A joint venture between Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research in Pittsburgh has led to the creation of a new type of three-dimensional printer that…

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Small Jewelers Now Able to Use "Fairtrade"-Certified Gold, Silver

Small Jewelers Now Able to Use "Fairtrade"-Certified Gold, Silver

Small jewelers, goldsmiths, silversmiths and artists in the UK can now rest easy about their materials, thanks to the Fairtrade Foundation. Newly launched, The Goldsmiths Registration…

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Knit Wool and the Gang's "Sansa" Choker, "Khaleesi" Bracelet

Knit Wool and the Gang's "Sansa" Choker, "Khaleesi" Bracelet

You know what they say about playing the game of thrones: you knit or you die. Okay, probably not quite what G.R.R. Martin had in mind, but you can pay homage to two of the HBO’s…

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This Interview Will Change the Way You Think of "Fast Fashion"

This Interview Will Change the Way You Think of "Fast Fashion"

Khanam (left), protesting outside The Children’s Place in April. Aklima Khanam may have survived the deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013,…

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IDEO's "Pill Necklace" Makes It Easier to Keep Track of Meds

IDEO's "Pill Necklace" Makes It Easier to Keep Track of Meds

For those who have a pile of pills to take every day, it can get overwhelming to remember it all. The Pill Necklace, designed by Stina Jonsson and Ross Lockwood at IDEO for their annual…

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H&M Launches "Clevercare" Label at Copenhagen Fashion Summit

H&M Launches "Clevercare" Label at Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Stella McCartney wants you to back away from the washing machine. The British designer made a video cameo at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit on Thursday to introduce…

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Kering Aims to be the "World's Most Sustainable" Luxury-Goods Conglomerate

Kering Aims to be the "World's Most Sustainable" Luxury-Goods Conglomerate

The name change was only the beginning. Kering—formerly known as the PPR Group—plans to become the world’s most sustainable luxury-goods conglomerate, Marie-Claire Daveu, the…

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Win One of Two Sets of Ethically Crafted Punjammies (Worth Up to $65!)

Win One of Two Sets of Ethically Crafted Punjammies (Worth Up to $65!)

The International Princess Project doesn’t just make great loungewear. The California-based nonprofit also helps rebuild lives torn apart by sexual slavery. Handmade in an…

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