14 Eco-Friendly Knit Gifts to Warm Hearts and Hands

by , 12/01/14   filed under: Green Gift Guide

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Share the warmth this holiday with an eco-friendly knit gift that will bring comfort and joy to hearts, hands, and Mother Earth alike. Keep someone’s noggin warm with a handcrafted—and vegan-friendly—beanie. Or ward off the winter chill with a chic cowl derived from organic cotton, wool, and upcycled leather. Tight budget? We’ll show you how to turn an old or thrift-store sweater into a pair of snuggly sweater-socks—no sewing machine required.

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14 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts to Make Spirits Bright

by , 12/01/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Green Gift Guide

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Make spirits bright this holiday with gifts of jewelry that pander the planet as much as their recipients. Add some polish to a loved one’s attire with a pair of hand-hewn cuff links made from recycled brass. Or double your impact with a critter-rific necklace from Able Made, which donates part of its proceeds to charity. Want to offer something that’s truly one of a kind? Detroit’s Rebel Nell employs disadvantaged women to make pretty baubles from fallen graffiti.

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Tommy Hilfiger's Solar-Powered Jacket Charges Your Phone on the Go

by , 11/28/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Men's Eco-Fashion, Solar Fashion, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Tommy Hilfiger is testing the wearables market with their new solar powered field jacket. In both a men’s and women’s fit, the jacket generates energy on the go with its built-in flexible solar panels on the back. The solar jackets feature a waterproof upper and a custom tartan wool details. A removable battery pack lightens your load if you don’t need a boost and the best part of all is that 50% of the proceeds of the jacket are donated to the Fresh Air Fund, who helps NYC kids experience being in the outdoors.

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Alicia Silverstone Urges Fans to Take PETA's #WoolFreeWinter Pledge

by , 11/24/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities

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Sustainable darling Alicia Silverstone’s popular blog The Kind Life is asking for readers to boycott wool this-and every- winter. Supported by a revealing video released by PETA, Silverstone writes about the grim truth behind wool, a painful process that often slices off sheep body parts along with wool. Pushing PETA’s #WoolFreeWinter, Silverstone wants consumers, and retailers, to take the wool-free pledge.

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World's Largest Fair-Trade, Organic T-Shirt Spotlights India's Farmers

by , 11/21/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Fair Trade

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To raise awareness of fair trade in India and jump-start an ethical consumption initiative, a giant organic cotton T-shirt broke records today. The idea, conjured up by Fairtrade India, was to connect cotton farmers with urban consumers across the country and draw attention to poor working conditions. So the team worked with organic cotton farmers from Odisha who cultivated around 380 kg of cotton seed which was then spun into over 5,000 km of cotton yarn to help craft India’s largest T-shirt ever. The organisation hopes the eye grabbing garment will help establish a platform to encourage a connection from farm to client.

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Sprout Watches' Eco-Timepieces Have a Small Footprint, Big Impact

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Life-Cycle Analysis of Organic Cotton "Overwhelming Supports" Benefits

by , 11/21/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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As if eco-fashion enthusiasts didn’t already know, Textile Exchange has just released a new study proving that organic cotton causes less environmental damage than conventional cotton. The extensive study revealed the effects of the organic cotton supply chain on factors like global warming, soil erosion, energy demand and water use. Data collected from the top cotton producing countries have shown that organic cotton is significantly better for the environment across the board.

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Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario: "Profit Isn't the Only Measure of Success"

by , 11/21/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Quotes

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“Most businesses make decisions in the vacuum of profit. Having grown up in finance, I say this with some gravity because I’ve experienced it.

“If you’re making decisions based on meeting your earnings-per-share number and not about the long-term health of your company, its employees, the environment, and the community you’re operating in, then you’re probably making a decision that isn’t good for the long term. …

“I’m running a private business. There’s no way I should make one decision based on quarterly results. I think that the whole system is built around metrics and a process that is not healthy for people and the planet. …

“People identify with the care of the environment. We’ve got to take care of our nest. People recognize Patagonia as a company that’s going to keep asking deep questions about our supply chain, the impact we’re having in the world, and looking at business through a more holistic lens other than profit. Profit is important; if it wasn’t, you wouldn’t be talking to me. But profit isn’t the only measure of success.”

Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario, speaking to Business Insider on Wednesday about how the outerwear company promotes social and environmental good while staying profitable.

 

Zero Waste Scotland Announces Fund for Sustainable-Fashion Designers

by , 11/20/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Zero Waste Scotland has announced a new fund to encourage Scottish fashion designers to develop their own closed-loop clothing. Financed in part by the Scottish government, the Circular Economy Textile and Apparel Grant Fund will debut in December in a bid to rein in textile waste using sustainable design, according to the Stirling-based nonprofit, which works with business, communities, and local authorities to reduce waste and boost recycling. Textile designers will be able to apply for grants of up to £5,000 ($7,850) each. Successful applicants will also receive mentoring from industry experts such as From Somewhere’s Orsola de Castro—often dubbed the “Queen of Upcycling”—who helped ring in the scheme at the Scottish Textile Symposium in Glasgow Thursday morning.

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Organic, Fair-Trade "Pachamas" Are World's First Interactive Pajamas

Organic, Fair-Trade "Pachamas" Are World's First Interactive Pajamas

Maybe you’re heard of Pacha and her magical pajamas that take her around the world on adventures when she goes to sleep? Even if you haven’t heard of this endearing…

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Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions in Back Wages

Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions in Back Wages

If you thought sweatshops were just a third-world phenomena, you’d be grossly mistaken. Thousands of workers in Southern California’s garment industry toil under similar…

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Tuckerman & Co.'s Dress Shirts Champion New England Craftsmanship

Tuckerman & Co.'s Dress Shirts Champion New England Craftsmanship

Dressing your best for a professional setting while being environmentally conscious has never been simpler with Tuckerman & Co., a line of high-quality dress shirts for men that are…

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Stella McCartney, G-Star Raw Join Forces With Cradle to Cradle Institute

Stella McCartney, G-Star Raw Join Forces With Cradle to Cradle Institute

Change for the fashion industry is afoot, thanks to a new initiative backed by the likes of Stella McCartney, G-Star Raw, Loomstate, and Bionic Yarn. Unveiled at the second annual…

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LUSH Dupes Fur Buyers With Bogus Discount Website

LUSH Dupes Fur Buyers With Bogus Discount Website

Cruelty-free cosmetic company LUSH knows that the fashion industry’s obsession with fur is heightened as colder months are upon us, so the ethical retailer has launched a new campaign…

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Meet K/ller, Winner of the 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge

Meet K/ller, Winner of the 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge

Photos by Cicero deGuzman Jr. Looks like Ecouterre should have a side gig in soothsaying. Just six months after we K/ller Collection as an eco-fashion designer to watch, the Brooklyn…

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PETA Slams BCBG Max Azria for Selling Racoon-Dog Fur, Angora

PETA Slams BCBG Max Azria for Selling Racoon-Dog Fur, Angora

PETA has just released a video in protest of popular retailer BCBG Max Azria’s inclusion of fur from Asiatic raccoon dogs and angora wool in their clothing line. Both animal-derived…

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Eden Lew's "Nutshell" Pod Offers Solitude, Calm in Crowded Spaces

Eden Lew's "Nutshell" Pod Offers Solitude, Calm in Crowded Spaces

For those of us who get easily overwhelmed, we have just the solution to offer you some peace and quiet, maybe even a chance to eat your lunch without being interrupted, a literal way…

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Ivana Basilotta Vegan Shoes Are Cruelty-Free, Sustainably Produced

Ivana Basilotta Vegan Shoes Are Cruelty-Free, Sustainably Produced

Ivana Basilotta wants you to love the skin you’re in. A lifelong animal lover, the London-based designer has created a line of cruelty-free footwear that challenges…

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