Win a Limited-Edition Pratt Institute/BF+DA Positive Impact Awards Scarf (Worth $250!)

by , 11/09/15   filed under: Contests

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To celebrate its first anniversary, Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is hosting its inaugural Positive Impact Awards. The November 16 event, which is free and open to the public, promises to be a blast. In addition to honoring 15 individuals who have helped advance sustainability in the fashion industry—full disclosure: your author is among them—revelers will be able to partake of the Venture Fellow’s open studios while enjoying special “Positive Impact” cocktails and locally produced treats. To sweeten the occasion, the BF+DA is giving away a limited-edition alpaca-and-merino-wool scarf, to be created on-site by executive director Debera Johnson, Venture Fellow Mandy Kordal, and knitwear director Kelly Puertas on one of its state-of-the-art knitting machines. What better way to support #MaketheFutureHere? Enter now to win, and don’t forget to RSVP if you’re in the neighborhood!

TO ENTER THIS FABULOUS GIVEAWAY

1. SIGN UP FOR THE ECOUTERRE NEWSLETTER. (This is important because we’ll be announcing our winner there.)

2. SIGN UP FOR THE BF+DA NEWSLETTER. (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)

3. LEAVE A COMMENT BY NOVEMBER 10 and name a positive impact in your life. Although it doesn’t hurt to get fancy, we’ll be picking a winner at random.

Note: This contest is open only to residents of the United States.

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MIT is Turning Living Bacteria Into Self-Ventilating Activewear

by , 11/06/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

 

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Animal-Rights Activists Protests U.K.'s Continued Use of Bearskin Hats

by , 11/06/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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Buckingham Palace guardsmen are under ridicule, as animal rights activists implore the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense for turning bear skins into guardsmen hats. Guardsmen are internationally known for their red uniforms and tall furry signature hats (with uncomfortable looking mid-chin straps)- made from Canadian bear fur. Despite the presentation of faux fur and fur substitutes, the Ministry of Defense has refused to adopt cruelty-free alternative for their official uniforms.

So tell us, should Britain's Ministry of Defence continue to use genuine bearskin?

  • 15 Votes HELL NO! Cruelty-free alternatives can easily replace real fur.
  • 4 Votes HELL YES! It's a 200-year-old tradition that dates to the Battle of Waterloo.

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Is Vegan Wool Fashion's Next Big Thing?

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This winter, stay toasty with cruelty-free wool jackets by New York designer Vaute. The brainchild of Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, the Vaute winter coat line features plush vegan fabrics developed by Hilgart herself. The beautiful coats, and chunky sweaters, take animals out of the fashion equation, proving that style and warmth can be completely cruelty-free.

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The North Face Made a Parka From Synthetic Spider Silk

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Five times stronger than steel, three times tougher than nylon or Kevlar, yet a fraction of the width of human hair, spider silk is one of the planet’s most valuable, if tricky to mass-produce, textiles. Spiber, a biomaterials firm from Japan, has spent the better part of a decade trying to crack its genetic code. Comparing its quest with President John F. Kennedy’s “moonshot,” Spiber finally discovered a way to reprogram bacteria to produce fibroin, the structural protein in spider silk. It named the resulting material—Qmonos—after kumonosu, or “spider web” in Japanese. Now ready for its “giant leap,” Spiber has partnered with The North Face to unveil the “Moon Parka,” a protective garment designed to protect its wearer from Antarctica’s inhospitable enivrons.

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Oscar De La Renta Denies Using Elephant Skin in Shoes

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Oscar De La Renta has come out swinging after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals alleged on its website that the e-tailer Gilt was selling a style of the luxury brand’s shoes made with elephant skin. In a blog post that has since been removed, the animal-rights group accused both Oscar De La Renta and Gilt of being “complicit in the slaughter of these intelligent, social, and empathetic gentle giants” and “guilt[y] by association.”

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Lauren Bowker Creates Clothing That Reacts to Temperature, Motion

 

Toxic Chemicals Linger in Clothing—Even Organic-Cotton Ones

by , 11/03/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, The Big Idea, Toxic Pollution

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Our clothing is crawling with hinky chemicals. Some slough off in the wash, eventually entering—and later polluting—aquatic environments. Others, a new study claims, persist to a “high degree,” serving as a potential source of long-term dermal exposure by penetrating skin. In a preliminary analysis, a team led by Giovanna Luongo, a PhD student in analytical chemistry at Stockholm University, found a hundred identifiable chemicals in a sample of 60 garments from Swedish and international retailers. Present among them were several substances that were not on producers’ lists but might have glommed as byproducts and residues during transport.

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Julie Gilhart and Simon Collins: People Want "Great Fashion"

Julie Gilhart and Simon Collins: People Want "Great Fashion"

Julie Gilhart: “The customer is not asking for sustainable fashion, they want great fashion, and they want good product priced at a price they can afford. “If you can add in…

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ReWrap: Biodegradable Designer Bags Made From Coconuts

ReWrap: Biodegradable Designer Bags Made From Coconuts

The beautiful ReWrap tree bag, which debuted at Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven, is not only chic, but also completely compostable. Made entirely from natural fibers, the savvy bag…

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Meet the 10 Finalists of the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative

Meet the 10 Finalists of the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative

Cocktail hour began earlier than usual Wednesday morning when the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Lexus (yes, the auto-maker) announced the 10 inaugural finalists of the…

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BASE Range Offers Sustainable Wardrobe Basics Sans Filter

BASE Range Offers Sustainable Wardrobe Basics Sans Filter

Simple. Soft. Natural. Minimal. Organic. Feminine. Today, our world is filled with endless filters and editing – it’s nearly impossible to find anything that hasn’t been…

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Zady Launches Private Label Eco-Clothing for Men

Zady Launches Private Label Eco-Clothing for Men

So the menfolk don’t feel left out, ethical e-tailer Zady has launched its first private-label clothing items for gents. Featuring an alpaca sweater and an organic-cotton…

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€3.6 Million Project to Tackle Clothing Waste Launches Across Europe

€3.6 Million Project to Tackle Clothing Waste Launches Across Europe

Photo by Shutterstock Last Wednesday saw the launch of the European Clothing Action Plan, a new initiative to reduce textile waste across the European Union. Helmed by the United…

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Don't Miss the "Hand of Fashion" Speaker Series at FIT

Don't Miss the "Hand of Fashion" Speaker Series at FIT

Illustration by Shutterstock Join the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Ethical Fashion Initiative as they launch “The Hand of Fashion,” a series of conversations…

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How California Could Have Saved 35 Billion Liters of Water, Per Levi's

How California Could Have Saved 35 Billion Liters of Water, Per Levi's

Photo by Shutterstock Cue the sad trombone. Following revelations that the California reservoir storage is at its “second lowest on record” for this time of year, Levi Strauss,…

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Space Between: Locavore Fashion Produced From Textile Waste

Space Between: Locavore Fashion Produced From Textile Waste

New Zealand fashion students at Massey University are leading a brand new kind of social enterprise producing local, recycled fashion. The initiative called Space Between is a…

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