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

 

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

by , 04/29/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes

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“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 borrows clothes from her mum and sister, buys from outlet stores, and consignment shops. All these things might not immediately seem environmentally friendly but they add up to make a huge difference. It’s about looking after what you already have and getting more use of what you do buy.”

—Natalie McCreesh, TRANSFER research associate at the University of Sheffield, calling the Duchess of Cambridge (the former Kate Middleton) a “great role model” at a conscientious-consumption event at Westfield Shopping Centre in London on Tuesday.

 

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

by , 04/29/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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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 turns wool and wool-blend yarns into snuggly fabric objects such as hats, scarves, and even teddy bears. Project lead Scott Hudson, a professor in CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, describes the resulting products as “reminiscent of hand-knitted materials.”

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

by , 04/29/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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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 Scheme gives smaller artisans easy access to ethically sourced gold and silver for their wares. This accessibility is a huge step to ensure the transparency of ethically sourced jewelry in the United Kingdom.

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

by , 04/28/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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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 hit drama’s heroines with Wool and the Gang’s “Sansa + Khaleesi” jewelry knit kit. Each do-it-yourself bundle includes enough cotton-jersey yarn—derived from fabric roll offcuts from clothing factories in Turkey—to create a choker (a nod to a certain necklace-facilitated assassination, perhaps?) and a bracelet. “We like the idea of powerful and delicate at the same time,” Anna Martinou, PR manager at Wool and the Gang, tells Ecouterre. “Sansa [Stark] and [Daenerys Targaryen], the Khaleesi, are both strong but look quite fragile.” Now how do you say “all men must knit” in High Valerian?

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

by , 04/28/14   filed under: Interviews, Worker Rights

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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, but you’d hardly call her one of the lucky ones. Once the breadwinner of her family, the 20-year-old sewed loops onto pants seven days a week, 120 hours a week, for $125 a month, until that fateful day left her with multiple head, chest, and leg injuries—not to mention untreated post-traumatic anxiety—that prevent her from finding work. Liana Foxvog of the International Labor Rights Forum spoke to Khanam on April 6, while she was on a speaking tour of the United States organized by United Students Against Sweatshops. This is her story.

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

by , 04/28/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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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 Designs On review, aims to help those with manage their daily medication regime. Dividers separate out morning, lunch and dinner pills, and the easy visibility of the necklace allows friends and family to keep track of the meds too.

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

by , 04/25/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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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 “Clevercare,” a new garment-labeling system created by Ginetex—the Swiss company behind those ubiquitous clothing-care symbols—and previous McCartney collaborator H&M. “The less you wash your clothes, the better,” McCartney said. “I was told that by the tailors on Savile Row when I worked there and it’s true, clothes last longer if you wash them less and care for them more. And less washing saves water and energy.”

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

by , 04/25/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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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 company’s chief sustainability officer, announced at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in Denmark on Thursday. Daveu said that the firm, which operates high-end labels like Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, and Puma, aims to achieve 100 percent sustainable sourcing of its gold, diamonds, leather, skins and furs, as well as paper and packaging across all its brands by 2016. “Staying silent and doing nothing is no longer acceptable,” Daveu said.

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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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12 Ways to Stand Up for Workers' Rights on Fashion Revolution Day

12 Ways to Stand Up for Workers' Rights on Fashion Revolution Day

1. WEAR YOUR CLOTHES #INSIDEOUT Turn your clothes inside out to reveal the label inside. Take a photo of yourself and share it on your social-media channels with the hashtag #INSIDEOUT,…

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Flexible "Glass Fabric" Arm Band Converts Body Heat Into Electricity

Flexible "Glass Fabric" Arm Band Converts Body Heat Into Electricity

Your body is full of an underutilized energy potential that can be harnessed to power wearable technology and smart watches. A flexible arm band, developed by Korean researchers at…

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Levi's Debuts Trucker Jacket Made in the U.S.A. From Recycled Parachutes

Levi's Debuts Trucker Jacket Made in the U.S.A. From Recycled Parachutes

Levi Strauss is moving its “Waste&ltLess” line of apparel beyond recycled plastic bottles. The jean juggernaut unveiled Wednesday a version of its classic trucker…

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Patagonia Invests in Waterless Textile-Processing Firm CO2Nexus

Patagonia Invests in Waterless Textile-Processing Firm CO2Nexus

Patagonia has thrown in its lot with CO2Nexus, a Colorado-based startup that specializes in cleaning, disinfecting, and coating textiles and garments using liquid carbon dioxide in…

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Find a Fashion Revolution Day Event Near You on April 24

Find a Fashion Revolution Day Event Near You on April 24

Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of Fashion Revolution Day. Ready to make a stand against poverty pay and deathtrap-like work conditions? Join your fellow revolutionaries in…

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Stella McCartney Pledges to Use Only Forest-Friendly Cellulose Fibers

Stella McCartney Pledges to Use Only Forest-Friendly Cellulose Fibers

Stella McCartney is looking out for the Lorax. Shortly after declaring its intention seek “Wildlife Friendly” certification, the British firm announced Tuesday its…

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Timbuk2 Launches "Life Cycle" Program to Reduce, Repair, Recycle

Timbuk2 Launches "Life Cycle" Program to Reduce, Repair, Recycle

Timbuk2 is going beyond the three R’s of sustainable design. The California-based company announced Tuesday the launch of a new environmental responsibility initiative to not only…

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Local Buttons: Upcycled Clothing, Ethically Made in Haiti With Dignity

Local Buttons: Upcycled Clothing, Ethically Made in Haiti With Dignity

Local Buttons have evolved a collection of professional accessories and garments ethically in Haiti to help the local community. The design team launched three years ago with the aim of…

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