WILBy's "Ethical Sweatshop" Pops Up in Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel

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

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What exactly does an “ethical sweatshop” look like? New Yorkers who are curious to know can now head over to the lobby of Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel to glimpse one in action at WILBy’s temporary pop-up shop. In addition to showcasing local artisans getting their stitch on, WILBy (which stands for “What I Live By”) challenges visitors to re-examine how they shop by identifying with locally and sustainably made goods. Shoppers will also be able to participate in a series of DIY workshops and hear from guest speakers and designers who will be stopping by daily.

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Elise Ballegeer's Ethical Slow Fashion Offers Timeless Minimalism

by , 04/03/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Faultlines is the stunning new collection from eco-fashion designer Elise Ballegeer who has produced her stylish range using responsibly sourced organic and sustainable fabrics. To make these sleek designs Ballegeer selects eco-textiles such as hemp and cotton from fair-trade projects in India. But her main ethical practice, she says, is working with local ateliers and production houses in Berlin, Germany. “I pay my tailors fair wages and support the local economy,” she says, “and I’ve made it a priority to invite them to the shows, so they too can enjoy and take pride in the finished product.” Her respectful attitude to local craftsmanship combined with her commitment to social responsibility is at the heart of her designs.

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Australia Revokes 18-Year-Old Anti-Sweatshop Program

by , 04/03/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Australia’s federal government is withdrawing its support from a longstanding program that protects the country’s garment workers from sweatshop exploitation. The move, a victim of budget cuts, effectively puts an end to Ethical Clothing Australia, a joint industry-union initiative that relies on the government’s annual $925,000 largesse to stamp out human-rights abuses in the local textile, clothing, and footwear industry. It’s a decision that will harm both ethical Australian apparel businesses and vulnerable homeworkers at the bottom of the production supply chain, according to the group, which calls it a “green light to exploitation.”

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H&M, Zara Commit to Eliminate Deforestation From Their Clothing

by , 04/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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H&M and Zara are speaking for the trees. The world’s largest fashion retailers—the latter represented by its holding company, Inditex—have pledged to develop new sourcing strategies to eliminate the use of endangered-forest fibers in all of their rayon and viscose clothing. The decision was made in partnership with Canopy, a forestry nonprofit whose “Fashion Loved by Forest” campaign has already been embraced by the likes of Eileen Fisher, Lululemon, Patagonia, Prana, and Quiksilver.

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Umasan: Sustainable, Vegan Fashion for the Avant-Garde Androgyne

by , 04/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Interviews, Men's Eco-Fashion, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Avon to Phase Out Toxic Chemical Triclosan From Cosmetics

by , 04/02/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Dresses

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Avon announced this week  that it will begin to phase out triclosan from their roster of products. The antimicrobial agent can be fond in many health and beauty products, and has been found as a known endocrine disrupter. Thanks to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Avon has adopted a safe chemicals policy, making their products safer for their clientele.

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April Fool's! 7 Hilarious Clothing Spoofs We (Almost) Fell For

by , 04/01/14   filed under: Features

 

JakToGo: Wearable Luggage That Helps You Avoid Baggage Fees

by , 04/01/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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The next wave in wearables may not be something to do with technology, but could be to help the transport of goods. The JakToGo combines your carry-on and your jacket to let you take 10 kg more of baggage with you. Frequent travelers might just delight in the ability to bring more stuff with them on the plane while minimize baggage fees. Load up your JakToGo with clothes or other goods and smuggle your baggage through airport check-in and security. Once on the plane, you can fold the jacket up into a bag in the overhead storage and never have to worry about excess baggage fees again.

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European Clothing Brands Have "Long Way to Go" Before Living Wages Become a Reality

by , 03/31/14   filed under: Featured, Worker Rights

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A “living wage” may be a human right, yet when it comes to facilitating lives of dignity for the workers who produce their clothes, most of Europe’s leading apparel brands fall grievously short, according to a new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign. None of the 50 brands surveyed by the international labor alliance in Tailored Wages currently pays a wage sufficient enough to maintain a normal standard of living. And although half of them specified in their codes of conduct a desire to meet their workers’ basic needs, only four of them—Inditex, which operates Zara; Switcher; Marks & Spencer; and Tchibo—are taking steps to translate those policies into action.

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Artist Beili Liu Sits, Stitches Beneath 1,500 Suspended Scissors

Artist Beili Liu Sits, Stitches Beneath 1,500 Suspended Scissors

In 2011, Chinese-American artist Beili Liu held court in a gallery in Austin, TX, beneath a firmament of sharp, open-gaped scissors, 1,500 in total. Visitors to the space offered Liu…

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Beyond Skin Launches Vegan-Friendly Bridal Shoes After Popular Demand

Beyond Skin Launches Vegan-Friendly Bridal Shoes After Popular Demand

WEDDING BELLES Beyond Skin’s “do no harm” ethos extends beyond kindness to animals. The label frequently uses planet-pandering materials such as organic cotton, hemp,…

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Can One Emjoi Save Animals From Cruelty?

Can One Emjoi Save Animals From Cruelty?

Emjois—those tiny Japanese pictographs that function as word replacements in electronic messages—have become the most expedient way to express a thought or emotion through texting…

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UC Davis Scientists Use Bacteria to Make Eco-Friendlier Artificial Scents

UC Davis Scientists Use Bacteria to Make Eco-Friendlier Artificial Scents

Photo by Shutterstock From perfumes to paints and artificial flavorings, most chemicals produced on an industrialized scale are derived from oil and gas. To bring commercial scents and…

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Google, Motorola Debut First "Android Wear"-Powered Smartwatch

Google, Motorola Debut First "Android Wear"-Powered Smartwatch

I, ANDROID Android Wear will also allow you to control other devices from your wrist, say, firing up a music playlist on your phone or streaming your favorite movie—via Google’s…

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Adidas, Pharrell to Turn Ocean Plastic, Recycled Bottles Into Sneakers

Adidas, Pharrell to Turn Ocean Plastic, Recycled Bottles Into Sneakers

G-Star Raw isn’t the only fashion firm clapping along to Pharrell Williams’s beat. The award-winning musician-songwriter-producer has inked a long-term deal with…

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Gap, H&M, Levi's Named "World's Most Ethical" Apparel Companies

Gap, H&M, Levi's Named "World's Most Ethical" Apparel Companies

Photo by sandr2002/Shutterstock Well, here’s a plot twist we didn’t see coming: H&M, Levi Strauss, and the Gap just made Ethisphere Institute’s “Most…

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Eliza Bennett Embroiders Her Flesh as a Statement on "Women's Work"

Eliza Bennett Embroiders Her Flesh as a Statement on "Women's Work"

Textile manipulation, embroidery, and ornamental decoration have long been seen as residing within the realm of the private feminine. Backbreaking and dirty manual labor is…

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Beyoncé's "Rare Cobra" Jumpsuit Seized by European Customs in Transit

Beyoncé's "Rare Cobra" Jumpsuit Seized by European Customs in Transit

Beyoncé wearing a Rubin Singer creation at the 2013 Superbowl halftime show. Beyoncé sure loves her exotic animal skin. Page Six reports European customs seized a one-legged silvery…

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