For Aiayu, Aesthetics and Ethics Go Hand in Hand

by , 11/17/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Many often seek out items that they wear and use in their home to tell a story, but often the story is told through the purchaser – rather than through the product itself. For Aiayu, the story begins before the product even reaches you. Aiayu designs sustainable, practical, and luxurious clothing and home goods with a focus on the stories that already exist within each fiber and each stitch of each product. The materials are the main focus driving the design process. Seeing beauty in natural colors and textures, each collection expresses a cohesiveness that one can only see achieved so successfully in the natural world itself.

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"Back to the Future" Inspires Self-Charging Textiles, Clothing

by , 11/17/16   filed under: Solar Fashion, Wearable Technology

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One movie buff scientist from the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center has turned to the 80s cult classic Back to the Future II to inspire a new wearable technology. Marty McFly’s Nike shoes that tie themselves in the movies spurred fan Associate Professor Jayan Thomas to develop a fabric that could harvest and store solar energy. Thomas developed filaments that can be easily woven into fabric, which could be transformed into clothing that doubles as rechargeable solar batteries.

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Forget Black Friday; Clean Up the Planet With "Blue Friday"

by , 11/16/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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This year, the nation’s biggest shopping day, Black Friday, will get a green transformation. Responsible retailer United by Blue is asking consumers to rethink the mega-purchasing day, and instead turn their attention to cleaning up the green space around them. Rechristened “Blue Friday,” the retailer is not only opening later to give customers a chance to clean up in the morning, but also offering free cleanup kits to those who can’t wait to get started.

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These Students Are the Future of Sustainable Fashion

by , 11/16/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Irene-Marie Seelig, Iciar Bravo Tomboly, Ana Pasalic, Agraj Jain, and Elise Comrie have plenty to wax triumphant about. On Monday evening, the five London College of Fashion students found themselves crowned the winners of the 2016 Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion, an annual competition born of a five-year partnership between the lifestyle and luxury conglomerate and the university’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion. Designed to inspire the next generation of ethical designers, the contest whittled 400 applicants to 10 finalists before determining who best fulfilled briefs for two of Kering’s subsidiary brands: Seelig, Tomboly, and Pasalic for Stella McCartney, along with Jain and Comrie for Brioni.

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Stella McCartney Says Fashion is "Getting Away With Murder"

by , 11/16/16   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

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“Fashion really is getting away with murder. … There needs to be more systems in place, more vigorous testing, and as a customer you can do that, you can challenge the people who are making your fashion.

“Be mindful of your consumption. I think the one thing we’ve forgotten is that we make the choices.

“I think it’s really important to know what you’re consuming, to ask questions, to reduce your meat intake, to look at how you’re living your life and how that has an impact on the environment.

“Ask questions, ask big corporations why they are using materials like PVC, and why did that watch cost three pounds, what the hell happened from A to Z there?”

—Designer Stella McCartney, speaking at a Kering talk at the London College of Fashion on Monday.

[Via the Hollywood Reporter]

 

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Patagonia's Latest Collection Contains Its Highest Recycled Content Yet

 

Adidas to Make 1 Million Pairs of Sneakers Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic by 2017

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The world’s first sneaker made from recycled ocean plastic is headed for the production line. First teased in 2015, the Adidas x Parley for the Oceans Ultra Boost Uncaged is graduating from a limited run of 50 to 1 million pairs by 2017, the sportswear manufacturer said. In fact, the first mass-manufactured lot—all 7,000 pairs of them—will drop sometime this month, along with soccer jerseys for the sports clubs Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. Like the shoes, the jerseys will incorporate upcycled marine waste collected by Parley’s clean-up operations in the Maldives, a string of 1,000 coral islands off India’s western coast.

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Smell Like a "Nasty Woman" With Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Fragrance

by , 11/11/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Be the “nasty woman” you wish to see—and smell—in the world with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s limited-edition fragrance. Aptly named after Donald Trump’s sneering perjorative for Hillary Clinton at the third presidential debate, the plant-based, cruelty-free essential-oil blend includes notes of black fig and patchouli, filthy bourbon vanilla, honeyed amber oud, and loukhoum. Even better? Proceeds from every sale will be split 50-50 between Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List. The first needs no introduction; the second helps pro-choice Democratic women get elected to office.

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13 People Killed in Fire at Illegal Garment Factory in India

by , 11/11/16   filed under: The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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At least 13 workers have died after a fire broke out at a suspected illegal garment factory on the outskirts of Delhi in India on Friday morning. Local police spokesperson Bhagwat Singh told AFP that the workers were sleeping when the blaze took hold on the ground floor of the narrow residential building, which was being used to make faux-leather jackets in the suburb of Sahibabad. Authorities believe that the fire, which started at 4:30 a.m. local time, is the result of either faulty wiring or a unextinguished cigarette. Police superintendent Salman Taj said that three of the 13 were burned to death; the others succumbed to smoke inhalation. Another two to three workers, whom witnesses said survived by leaping from the building’s balcony, were rushed to the hospital, where they’re being treated for injuries.

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People Are Setting Fire to Their New Balance Shoes Because of Donald Trump

People Are Setting Fire to Their New Balance Shoes Because of Donald Trump

As protests against President-elect Donald Trump ramp up in cities across America, the disconsolate have found a new target for their ire: New Balance. The Boston-based sneaker-maker…

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Intermix Bans Fur, Making Gap Completely Fur-Free

Intermix Bans Fur, Making Gap Completely Fur-Free

Gap is now officially fur-free, thanks to a move by its Intermix subsidiary to ban the sale of animal pelts from its stores. The decision by the multi-brand retailer, which operates…

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FIRST LOOK: Reformation's Eco-Friendly Partywear for Net-a-Porter

FIRST LOOK: Reformation's Eco-Friendly Partywear for Net-a-Porter

PARTY CHIC Sarah Rutson, vice president of global buying at Net-a-Porter, described the range as “cool” and “contemporary,” with “effortless party pieces…

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Artist Olek Crochets Billboard-Sized Blanket With Hillary Clinton's Face

Artist Olek Crochets Billboard-Sized Blanket With Hillary Clinton's Face

Olek is decidedly with her. The Poland-born, New York City-based artist, whose real name is Agata Oleksiak, has crocheted a 16-by-46-foot blanket that features a black-and-white…

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Liberti's Conflict-Free, U.S.-Cultured Diamond Jewelry Help Refugees Make a Living

Liberti's Conflict-Free, U.S.-Cultured Diamond Jewelry Help Refugees Make a Living

Liberti’s new line of conflict-free diamonds seem to sparkle a little brighter with sustainability. The Return to Love line is not only made from sustainable cultured diamonds, but…

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Can Fashion be a Force for Positive Change in the World?

Can Fashion be a Force for Positive Change in the World?

Can fashion be a force for positive change in the world? If you’re attending the Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s second annual Positive…

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Mara Hoffman Made Her Fashion Label More Sustainable for a Touching Reason

Mara Hoffman Made Her Fashion Label More Sustainable for a Touching Reason

“I think having a kid really shifted things for me. For so long, it was all about my own personal drive and making the business work, making sure I can actually pay my…

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"This is Not a Sweatshirt" Sweatshirt Helps Victims of Sex Trafficking

"This is Not a Sweatshirt" Sweatshirt Helps Victims of Sex Trafficking

It may look like a sweatshirt, feel like a sweatshirt, and wear like a sweatshirt, but Sudara’s “I Am Not a Sweatshirt” is so much more than a sweatshirt. Formerly…

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Gwyneth Paltrow Launches "Holistic" Fragrance With No Artificial Ingredients

Gwyneth Paltrow Launches "Holistic" Fragrance With No Artificial Ingredients

Gwyneth Paltrow showed us how to live. Now, the Oscar-winning actress-turned-lifestyle guru wants to teach us how to smell. “Fragrance which I’ve used up to this point is…

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