Why Rachelle Carson-Begley is Taking Part in the "Shop Drop Challenge"

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You know her as the skeptical wife of uber-environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. on Discovery’s Living with Ed and the BiteSizeTV web series Our Green House. But did you know that Rachelle Carson-Begley is an ecoista in her own right—even taking her name from Rachel Carson of Silent Spring fame? The actress and TV personality is just one of 200-plus people who are taking part in the Shop Drop Challenge, which asks consumers to give up buying new clothes in favor of swapping or thrifting for 30 days, starting any day in January. (Bonus: Besides breaking the “fast fashion” cycle, participants are entered to win a $250 like-new consignment shopping spree from ThredUp.) We sat down with Carson-Begley to ask her about her shopping habits, her environmental motivations, and why she signed up for #ShopDrop2016.

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Coming Soon: Clothes That Convert Solar Energy Into Heat

by , 01/15/16   filed under: Solar Fashion, Wearable Technology

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A new material developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be used for self-warming clothing that hones heat from the sun. Made from a polymer film, the materials soaks up the suns rays during the day and stores it until needed. If developed into clothing, which is a possibility, wearers in cold climates could “charge up” their garments during the day, and release delectable heat during colder evenings.

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"Willfully Ignorant" Consumers See Ethical Shoppers as Boring, Unfashionable

by , 01/15/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Those who can, do; those who can’t, mock? That’s the conclusion a team of Ohio State University researchers drew after questioning consumers about the ethical-purchasing practices of those around them. Published in the online edition of the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the study suggests that even though nobody is actively seeking out products made under appalling social or environmental conditions, people who don’t ask too many questions about what they buy tend to ridicule those who do, perceiving them to be more boring and less fashionable.

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Selfridges Spotlights "Bright New Things" of Sustainable British Fashion

by , 01/14/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Featured

 

Virginia Tech Student Creates Backpack From Recycled Plastic Bags

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If Gabriella Jacobsen’s design education is indeed, as she says, her “secret superpower,” then it’s a good thing for the rest of us that she’s harnessing it for good rather than ill. The Virginia Tech senior snagged the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge Award for “Best Student Project” this week for the “Onward” bag, a convertible backpack-cum-laptop case derived from organic-cotton canvas, biodegradable dyes, and 60 to 70 recycled plastic bags. Created in response to the problem of plastic pollution, particularly in the world’s waterways, the sleek carryall embodies the “circular economy” in more ways than one. “The bag, which leads to the decomposition of the cotton canvas and the recycling of the high-density polyethylene, is based off of nature’s decomposition and nutrient cycles,” Jacobsen explained. “The user’s experience of the bag, which is deconstructed by the user at the end of the bag’s life, is to remind the user of and relink the user to the natural cycles that surrounds him or her.”

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6 Eco-Friendly Exfoliants That Are More Effective Than Microbeads

by , 01/13/16   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Friendly Beauty

 

Bask in Gwyneth Paltrow's Organic Makeup Line for Juice Beauty

by , 01/12/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Friendly Beauty

 

Unlike Cookie Lyon, Taraji P. Henson Prefers Her Furs Faux

by , 01/11/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes

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“I love clothes and to dress up. My fetish is shoes and purses, no fur, but Stella McCartney, who I am wearing tonight, she’s laced me with all these incredible faux furs. So thank you, Stella. I wish I was bold enough to live in the now like she does.”

—Actress Taraji P. Henson, who plays the animal-fur-loving Cookie Lyon on TV’s Empire, speaking to The Cut backstage at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

 

L'Oréal Debuts UV-Monitoring "Smart" Skin Patch at CES

by , 01/11/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, Wearable Technology

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Cosmetic giant L’Oreal’s latest foray into wearable technology is surprisingly not an amped up lipstick or eye shadow, but instead a UV tracking sticker that could help prevent skin cancer. Designed in partnership PCH, with sensors from MC10, My UV Patch is a soft wearable heart sticker, packed with ultraviolet- tracking sensors. Through an accompanying app, My UV Patch tracks exposure to UV rays, letting users take skin health into their own hands.

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Michael Fassbender Dons "Green" Tom Ford Suit at 2016 Golden Globes

Michael Fassbender Dons "Green" Tom Ford Suit at 2016 Golden Globes

Photos by Hollywood Foreign Press Association For Michael Fassbender, two times the charm. The German-Irish actor, who snagged a Best Actor nomination for his role in Steve Jobs,…

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Under Armour Unveils "Smart" Sneaker That Tracks Your Workouts

Under Armour Unveils "Smart" Sneaker That Tracks Your Workouts

Forget dongles, wristbands, and biosensor pads—the next wave of activity trackers will be built into our clothing. At least, that’s the idea that Under Armour is banking on. At…

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McDonalds Turns Redesigned Packaging Into Trash-tastic Accessories

McDonalds Turns Redesigned Packaging Into Trash-tastic Accessories

OUTSIDE THE BOX Machado and Hardouin ended up using 50 bags, 72 straws, 22 cups, and eight sandwich boxes, along with a handful of rhinestones and pearls for embellishment.…

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Charmant Launches Awear, an Eco-Friendly Eyewear Brand

Charmant Launches Awear, an Eco-Friendly Eyewear Brand

Environmentally conscious types will be able to see a little more clearly now thank to Awear, an upcoming line of eco-friendly eyeglasses from Charmant. Composed of recyclable bio-based…

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Süga: Yoga Mats Made From 100 Percent Recycled Wetsuits

Süga: Yoga Mats Made From 100 Percent Recycled Wetsuits

If you want to feel that you are investing in sustainability as you practice your sun salutations, you need to know about Süga. This California based company offers ultra durable yoga…

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These Are the Vegan "Star Wars" Shoes You're Looking For

These Are the Vegan "Star Wars" Shoes You're Looking For

The Force is strong in these Star Wars shoes by Olsenhaus, a New York City-based footwear company that considers animal cruelty anathema to “true style.” Ethically made in…

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Inflatable "Sleep Hoodie" Lets You Catch a Nap Anytime, Anywhere

Inflatable "Sleep Hoodie" Lets You Catch a Nap Anytime, Anywhere

Napping has never been so easy, thanks to a new inflatable hoodie. Designed by Josh Woodle, and manufactured in the U.S. of A., the “Hypnos Hoodie’s” hood transforms into an…

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36 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2016

36 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2016

ECO-FASHION ORACLES 1. Marie-Claire Daveu (Kering) 2. Simone Cipriani (Ethical Fashion Initiative) 3. Livia Firth (Eco-Age, Green Carpet Challenge) 4. Lewis Perkins (Cradle to Cradle…

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Announcing the Winners of Ecouterre’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Announcing the Winners of Ecouterre’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Photo by Shutterstock The readers have spoken! Make way for the most awe-inspiring, heart-rending, game-changing, mind-boggling, and cutting-edge eco-fashion stories of 2015, as chosen…

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