Top 7 WTF Fashion Stories of 2014 (Vote for the Most Deplorable)

by , 12/29/14   filed under: Best of 2014

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If there’s one thing we can count on every year, it’s the evil people do—and the good they don’t. From slaughterhouses that are skinning dogs alive for leather gloves and other accessories to the Cambodian garment workers who gave their lives to make our cheap clothes, here are seven stories that drove the human race to new lows.

Was 2014 an improvement over 2013? Judge for yourself.

 

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Top 7 Bizarre Eco-Fashion Stories of 2014 (Vote for the Weirdest)

by , 12/29/14   filed under: Best of 2014

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What a long, strange trip 2014 has been. From diamond rings crafted from pressurized human remains to three-dimensionally printed “wearable biospheres” for navigating alien planets, here are seven stories that let their freak flag fly.

Want more weird? Check out the most bizarre eco-fashion stories of 2013.

 

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Top 7 Recycled Fashion Designs of 2014 (Vote for the Most Creative)

by , 12/26/14   filed under: Best of 2014

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Waste not, want not. From street-smart jewelry made from fallen graffiti to sexy lingerie derived from mulched Christmas trees, here are seven of this year’s most innovative recycled designs.

We couldn’t include all our “trashy” favorites. Visit our archives for any stories you may have missed.

 

Top 7 Wearable Technology Concepts of 2014 (Vote for the Coolest)

by , 12/24/14   filed under: Best of 2014

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2014 was the year wearable technology came into its own. From Tommy Hilfiger’s solar-panel-bedecked jacket to three-dimensionally printed, well, everything, here are some of the most cutting-edge concepts of tomorrow, today.

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Abury Infuses Old-World Craftsmanship With Modern-Day Spirit

by , 12/23/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Fair Trade, Interviews, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Moroccan leather has been sought after over the centuries for its quality craftsmanship, beautiful geometric ornamentation, and attention to detail. However, the global hunger for fast fashion has taken once flourishing artisan communities committed to hand-made, bespoke accessories into a the realm of quick turnaround timetables, passing fads, and toxic methods of production. The Berlin-based luxury accessory brand, Abury combines Moroccan-influenced embellishments and expertise with modern touches from contemporary designers. Ecouterre sat down with Abury founder, Andrea Kolb, to discuss her passion for fine accessories.

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The Superfluous Culture Makes Unisex Ethical Fashion for Locavores

by , 12/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Hailing from Montreal, The Superfluous Culture takes fashion to a thought-provoking level through use of oxymoron and plenty of attitude. Synonyms of the word “superfluous” include unnecessary, being more that is sufficient, excessive – and are literal enough. But through their name alone, The Superfluous Culture sparks an intriguing discussion forcing you to reevaluate where your clothes come from and more importantly, what you should care about when it comes to fashion.

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The North Face Wins PETA Award for Down-Free "Thermoball" Line

by , 12/19/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Eco-Textiles, Vegan Fashion

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is down with The North Face’s synthetic down. On Tuesday, PETA2, the animal-rights group’s youth division awarded the outdoor clothier with “Best Vegan Makeover” for its efforts with “ThermoBall,” a down-free alternative that puts a cruelty-free spin on insulation. ThermoBall, according to Marta Holmberg, PETA’s director of youth outreach and campaign, is essential for people who reject the “cold cruelty” of down. “Companies such as The North Face reflect compassion for animals,” she says in a statement. “And their designs embody an innovative spirit, which today’s young people seek out in spades.”

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Could These "Wearable Biospheres" Help Us Survive on Alien Planets?

by , 12/19/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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If we’re ever going to make it in space exploration to distant planets like Jupiter let alone outside of our solar system, we’re going to need some serious spacesuits that provide an unlimited supply of oxygen, energy, food and water. To achieve that we’re going to need more than oxygen bottles and waste management, we’ll need suits that actually produce fuel for us and these creepy bacteria-filled, 3D-printed vests could be the ticket. Inside the intestinal-like suits are thousands of cavities where special bacteria and algae feed off sunlight or waste and produce critical elements we need to survive. Seems far-fetched, but actually could be doable and completely necessary for long-term space exploration.

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Materialism Makes You More Anxious, Depressed, Says Expert

by , 12/18/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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An obsession with worldly goods is making us all more anxious and depressed—and TV and social media aren’t helping. In a release from the American Psychological Association, “materialism expert” Tim Kasser says that people who made money and possessions a priority generally experienced more unpleasant emotions, a greater incidence of physical ailments, such as headaches and stomachaches, and less satisfaction with their lives. “Specifically, materialistic values are associated with living one’s life in ways that do a relatively poor job of satisfying psychological needs to feel free, competent, and connected to other people,” Kasser, a professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., says. “When people do not have their needs well-satisfied, they report lower levels of wellbeing and happiness, as well as more distress.”

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Dogs Are Being Skinned Alive in China to Make Leather Gloves

Dogs Are Being Skinned Alive in China to Make Leather Gloves

HOUSE OF HORRORS While dog meat is a popular cuisine in the region, the video marks the first time PETA has documented the production of Chinese dog leather on camera. One…

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Re.Verso: An Italian Luxury Textile Made From Recycled Wool Waste

Re.Verso: An Italian Luxury Textile Made From Recycled Wool Waste

RE.VERSO \ri-ˈvərs-ō\ n. 1: A traceable, Italian-made luxury textile derived from pre-consumer recycled fibers, primarily wool, and other factory surplus. 2: Part of a collaborative…

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Made in L.A., Sydney Brown's Luxury Shoes Are Vegan, Sustainable

Made in L.A., Sydney Brown's Luxury Shoes Are Vegan, Sustainable

SHOE IN Brown’s aesthetic draws from her time in Japan, where she lived and worked for 10 years. When Brown sat down with Fletcher to outline the brand’s core tenets,…

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Zady Exposes Its Supply Chain, Calls for "Sourced In" Movement

Zady Exposes Its Supply Chain, Calls for "Sourced In" Movement

#KNOWYOURSOURCE The call to action coincides with the launch of Zady’s “Essential Collection” women’s sweater, the first in a line of projected private-label…

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VIDEO: Stella McCartney's Kenya-Made Bags Promote Ethics, Dignity

VIDEO: Stella McCartney's Kenya-Made Bags Promote Ethics, Dignity

NOT CHARITY, JUST WORK “Throughout our supply chain, we work to ensure that people producing our goods are treated and paid fairly,” McCartney says in a voiceover.…

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Finally, a 3D-Printed Dress That Drapes, Moves Like Actual Fabric

Finally, a 3D-Printed Dress That Drapes, Moves Like Actual Fabric

3D printers produce rigid objects, usually made of plastic. They don’t print or weave fabrics, but Massachusetts-based firm Nervous System used a 3D printer to make a dress that…

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Water-Resistant "Mavari" Cape Doubles as Shelter, Backpack

Water-Resistant "Mavari" Cape Doubles as Shelter, Backpack

Fashionable and functional, the new cloak by Mavari keeps mother nature out with its triple layer of fabric. The reversible cloak, now being crowdfunded with a Kickstarter campaign,…

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Nike Unveils First Football Cleat Made With Recycled Bottles

Nike Unveils First Football Cleat Made With Recycled Bottles

Nike has unveiled what it considers its most innovative football cleat to date. Designed to commemorate the first College Football Playoff, the “Vapor Untouchable” is the…

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Myontec's "Smart" Shorts Promise to Give You a Better Workout

Myontec's "Smart" Shorts Promise to Give You a Better Workout

Finish company Myontec’s MBody Coach tech shorts promise to ramp up your athletic performance with real time monitoring and coaching. While the everyday exerciser can get away…

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