Actress Emma Watson: Fashion is a Feminist Issue

by , 12/03/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes

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“One of the ways I became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador was through my interest in fair-trade fashion.

“Because so many women design and make the clothes we wear, it’s primarily the working conditions of women that are affected by the decisions we make, so fashion is a feminist issue.”

—Actress Emma Watson, who was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014, speaking to Porter about the relationship between her HeForShe campaign and her fashion activism.

 

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H&M Appoints Julia Restoin Roitfeld as New Face of "Conscious Exclusive" Campaign

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H&M’s 2016 “Conscious Exclusive” is a bit of a double header. Besides offering the same eco-friendlier textiles we’ve come to expect (hemp, organic cotton, organic linen, organic silk, Tencel, organic leather, recycled wool), the Swedish apparel company has tag-teamed with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris’s Palais du Louvre to glean inspiration from its prestigious design archives. To create further synergy, H&M will launch the range on April 7 to coincide with the opening of Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion, an exhibit that will feature past H&M looks, including the retailer’s first designer collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004.

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This App Lets You Know How Ethical Your Fashion Brands Are

by , 12/02/15   filed under: Online Tools, Site Seeing

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On the heels of Black Friday and into holiday shopping season, a new app will let Australian shoppers make more ethical choices. Good on You not only clues in shoppers on the ethics of 3,000 fashion brands, but also gives ethical suggestions to match any style or budget. Smart shoppers can download the totally free app that puts ethical standards first, in a searchable guide to consumers’ favorite brands.

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Upshift Swap Shop Ships Gently Used Clothing to Your Door

by , 12/01/15   filed under: Online Tools, Site Seeing

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Sustainable shoppers in Madison, Wisconsin have enjoyed trading in quality clothing at Upshift, but soon swap savvy shoppers across the country will be able to join in. Started by Lindsay Leno, the shop offers customers a chance to trade their used duds for new-to-them clothing for a swap fee. Upshift’s online version will be even more bespoke, giving shoppers a personal stylist that will hand-pick gently used items and ship personalized looks right to your door.

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ASK PATAGONIA: When Did Repair Become a Radical Act?

by , 12/01/15   filed under: Ask a Designer, Interviews

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This holiday season, I have an early New Year’s resolution for the sake of Planet Earth: let’s all become radical environmentalists. This sounds like a big leap—but it’s not. All you need is a sewing kit and a set of repair instructions. As individual consumers, the single best thing we can do for the planet is to keep our stuff in use longer. This simple act of extending the life of our garments through proper care and repair reduces the need to buy more over time, thereby avoiding the carbon-dioxide emissions, waste output, and water usage required to build it.

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11,000 Pairs of Shoes "March" for Support Against Climate Change

by , 11/30/15   filed under: Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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After the French government cancelled demonstrations in Paris citing security in the wake of the November 13 terrorism attacks, climate-change protestors found a different way to make their will known: with their shoes. The day before climate negotiations began on Monday, 11,000 pairs of shoes appeared in the Place de la République in silent protest of inaction in the face of a warming planet. Among the people represented? His Holiness Pope Francis, who added a pair of shoes bearing his name and the inscription Laudato Si (“Praised be”) to the scores of others.

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"Dress For Our Time" Reveals Effects of Climate Change Worldwide

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As 190 nations gather in Paris today to discuss a possible new global agreement on climate change, one dress holds court at London’s St. Pancras International Station as a symbol of solidarity. The first phase of the “Dress For Our Time” initiative, the frock is the world’s first digital garment devoted to exploring climate change and its human impact, according to designer and London College of Fashion professor Helen Storey, who constructed the dress from a tent that was given to her by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Together with interactive creative agency Holition, Storey outfitted the frock with digital displays to visually map out the globe-spanning effects of climate change. The dress harnesses meteorological data from Britain’s Met Office to “show our planet, both as we know it now and as it will be if we don’t do enough,” Storey said in a statement.

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Patagonia's Jill Dumain: "People Need to Learn How to Buy Less"

by , 11/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Quotes

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“People need to learn how to buy less and companies need to learn how to be profitable in selling less.

“A lot of the horrific accidents [in overseas garment factories] are because every penny is squeezed out of every garment.

“Something has to give. Something has to fundamentally shift in the consumption world that reduces the pressure on the raw materials, which reduces pressure on the planet and reduces the pressure on the people who make all this stuff all over the world.”

—Jill Dumain, Patagonia’s director of environmental strategy, speaking to CBS News on Friday about why we need to change the way we consume.

 

5 Ways to be a Responsible Fashion Consumer

by , 11/26/15   filed under: Featured

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Roomful of clothes but nothing to wear? You’re hardly alone. The average U.K. household owns an average of £4,000 worth of clothes, 30 percent of which languishes unworn, according to the Waste & Resources Action Programme. A third of the clothing we buy every year ends up in the landfill, sometimes after just one use. And let’s not forget all the shoes we never wear. With mindless consumerism hitting its peak on Black Friday, it’s time for a new consumer revolution, one characterized less by impulse buys and more by thoughtful purchases. “The fashion industry would have us believe that overconsumption is something to be proud of, marking our success one haul at a time,” Greenpeace says in its latest campaign. “But putting aside barely worn clothing and bringing home bags of new outfits fuels a toxic supply chain and stuffs landfills with impulse buys.”

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REI Wants Its Employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday

REI Wants Its Employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday

Photo by Susan Montgomery/Shutterstock Looks like REI is choosing family over frenzy this Black Friday. Instead of herding lines of customers and hawking cut-price promotions, the…

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Everlane is Giving Its Black Friday Profits to Its Factory Workers

Everlane is Giving Its Black Friday Profits to Its Factory Workers

Everlane is starting a new Thanksgiving tradition. Instead of shuttering its virtual doors on Black Friday as it has in years past, the “radically transparent” online…

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Sia "Frees the Animal" in PETA's Haunting Animal Runway

Sia "Frees the Animal" in PETA's Haunting Animal Runway

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to “free the animal,” and it’s enlisting Sia to do it. The Australian singer’s vocals provide a haunting…

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Athena: A Wearable Device Designed to Reduce Sexual Assault

Athena: A Wearable Device Designed to Reduce Sexual Assault

The tiny Athena device could help keep women safe from sexual assault. Designed by startup Roar For Good, the prevention device can be worn easily on a belt loop or on a necklace. When…

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LAST CHANCE: Win a Holiday Glamour Eco-Beauty Kit From EcoTools and Real Techniques (Worth $120!)

LAST CHANCE: Win a Holiday Glamour Eco-Beauty Kit From EcoTools and Real Techniques (Worth $120!)

We’ll announce the winner in our newsletter on Wednesday, November 25. The deadline to enter is 12 midnight ET on Tuesday, November 24, so ENTER NOW for a chance to win! ABOUT…

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Rattan: A Lightweight, Durable Cane Derived From Rainforest Palm

Rattan: A Lightweight, Durable Cane Derived From Rainforest Palm

RATTAN \rəˈtan\ n. 1 a: The collective name for about 600 species of palm native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australasia. b: Produces thin, pliable, and fast-growing…

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Smartphone App Helps You Take the First Step Toward a Responsible Shoe Industry

Smartphone App Helps You Take the First Step Toward a Responsible Shoe Industry

With global concerns for ethical fashions after tragedies such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza sweatshop in 2013, the “Change Your Shoes” campaign hopes to shed light on another…

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Lemlem, Soludos's Ethical Espadrilles Are Bohemian-Chic

Lemlem, Soludos's Ethical Espadrilles Are Bohemian-Chic

While folks in the Northern Hemisphere are dusting off their snow boots, for the rest of us, there’s Soludos, a line of bohemian-chic espadrilles that pair soft cotton uppers with…

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Livia Firth Compares Fast-Fashion Brands to Drug Pushers

Livia Firth Compares Fast-Fashion Brands to Drug Pushers

Photo by Featureflash/Shutterstock “In Bangladesh you see women who work 12 to 16 hours a day to produce our clothes in factories which have bars on the windows and guards at the…

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