Top 7 Recycled Fashion Designs of 2015 (Vote for the Most Creative!)

by , 12/25/15   filed under: Best of 2015

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Top 7 Wearable Technology Innovations of 2015 (Vote for the Coolest!)

by , 12/24/15   filed under: Best of 2015, Features

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Nudie Jeans Opens NYC Store, Complete With Repair Station

 

Watch Veja Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Eco-Hip Sneakers

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Veja doesn’t just make shoes; it makes statements. The French company employs some of the greenest footwear materials on the planet, including wild Amazonian rubber, organic and fair-trade cotton, vegetable-tanned leather, and tilapia-skin waste. The sneakers are plenty cool to look at, too, with modern, minimalist lines and an understated aesthetic that travels well even in rarified fashion circles. Launched in 2004 by a pair of then-25-year-olds, Veja is also keen to innovate. The newest addition to its stable is B-Mesh (for “bottle mesh”), a textile made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. It takes about three plastic bottles to create a single pair of shoes, according to Veja.

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Rabbit: A Simple, Functional, California-Made Apparel Line for Runners

by , 12/22/15   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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The newly launched rabbit performance running apparel brand lets dedicated runners “run free.” The affordable line was designed without all the bells and whistles, created after rigorous study to actually fit properly in full movement. The anti-fuss running apparel line is also completely sustainable, made entirely in Los Angeles, California in a shop paying a fair wage.

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Bangladeshi Workers Struggle Against Climate of Fear, Intimidation

by , 12/21/15   filed under: Worker Rights

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The deadly collapse of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza factory building may have sparked a flurry of fire and building-safety reforms, but garment workers continue to struggle to be heard, according to a new report by the International Labor Rights Forum, a nonprofit advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Drawing from interviews with more than 70 people, Our Voices, Our Safety: Bangladeshi Garment Workers Speak Out depicts a “chilling web” of intimidation and violence that spans the South Asian country’s billion-dollar apparel industry. “We set out to talk with workers about fire, electrical, and structural safety issues,” said Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, whose staff conducted most of the worker interviews for the report. “But almost all workers wanted to talk to us about more than the necessary technical repairs and renovations in their factories.”

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Fashion Students Turn Cotton Muslin Into Compost, Apply It to Natural Dye Garden

 

Russell Simmons Wants Lululemon to Stop Using Down Feathers

by , 12/18/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities

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Hip-hop entrepreneur and yoga fanatic Russell Simmons has written an open letter to yoga clothing retailer Lululemon on behalf of PETA. In his plea, Simmons asks the popular company to curb their usage of goose and duck down. Simmons urges Lululemon’s Chief Executive Officer, Laurent Potdevin, to switch to cruelty-free synthetics, which will keep their customers equally toasty warm.

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10 DIY Gifts You Can Make With Leftover Nail Polish

by , 12/17/15   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

 

Knit a Pair of Netflix Socks That Pause Your Show If You Fall Asleep

Knit a Pair of Netflix Socks That Pause Your Show If You Fall Asleep

SMART SOCKS You’ll get a warning before that happens via an LED light in the cuff, which will flash red before the signal transmits. To continue watching your show uninterrupted,…

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Kin-Tsugi Goods Upcycles Vintage Garments Into Wearable Art

Kin-Tsugi Goods Upcycles Vintage Garments Into Wearable Art

For stylist-turned-designer Mai-Lei Pecorari, “make do and mend” isn’t just an exhortation, it’s a way of life. Her clothing line, Kin-tsugi Goods, revels in…

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Actress Amy Smart Leads Animal-Testing Support Group in New PSA

Actress Amy Smart Leads Animal-Testing Support Group in New PSA

Photo by DFree/Shutterstock Finding cruelty-free and ethical cosmetics and household items is even easier now, thanks to Leaping Bunny’s new mobile app and extensive website relaunch.…

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ShiftWear Lets You Customize Your Sneakers Via Smartphone

ShiftWear Lets You Customize Your Sneakers Via Smartphone

An incredible feat of wearable technology could be your new, customizable kicks. The amazing new sneaker company, ShiftWear, fuses a digital screen and wearable fabric, enabling fashion…

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Ecoalf Wants to Upcycle Ocean-Trawled Plastic Into Textiles, Clothing

Ecoalf Wants to Upcycle Ocean-Trawled Plastic Into Textiles, Clothing

Ecoalf sees opportunity in waste. Based in Madrid, the urban-minimalist apparel brand—think Uniqlo for the conscious set—has recycled everything from decommissioned fishing nets,…

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Budapest's Only Eco-Fashion Line Upcycles Castoffs Into Clothing

Budapest's Only Eco-Fashion Line Upcycles Castoffs Into Clothing

Adding to the buzz of creativity in Budapest is a cafe, pop-up, and design studio called Printa. The on-site silkscreen and fashion workshop produces garments that are displayed in…

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Annalisa Natali Murri's Photographs Reveal Rana Plaza's Emotional Aftermath

Annalisa Natali Murri's Photographs Reveal Rana Plaza's Emotional Aftermath

In April 2013, Rana Plaza, a multi-storey facility in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories, collapsed into a pile of rubble. The event would go down in history as the South…

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Mammoth Outerwear Gives Canadian-Made Parkas a Cruelty-Free Twist

Mammoth Outerwear Gives Canadian-Made Parkas a Cruelty-Free Twist

Mammoth Outerwear is launching a campaign to take the fur out of winter wear. In a new Kickstarter campaign, the clothing company is offering up super-warm jackets that buck the trend…

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Leona Lewis Speaks Out About Child Labor, Animal Cruelty in Bangladesh Tanning Industry

Leona Lewis Speaks Out About Child Labor, Animal Cruelty in Bangladesh Tanning Industry

Photo by LaCameraChiara/Shutterstock Singer Leona Lewis has signed on with PETA, in an attempt to expose the horrors behind the leather industry based in Bangladesh. In a new video…

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