Barbara Segal's Stone-Carved "Birkin Bag" Weighs 100 Pounds

by , 09/08/16   filed under: Eco-Art

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When prices for a Hermès’s Birkin handbag can soar up to $300,000 for a diamond-studded, Himalayan crocodile–clad number, Barbara Segal’s $45,000 versions must seem like chump change in comparison. There’s just one catch: Segal carves her ersatz purses out of stone like orange calcite. Plus, they weigh about 100 pounds apiece. ““You can’t carry them around,” the Yonkers, N.Y.-based artist told the New York Post, “but so many women with Birkins just stare at [their bags]. They’ll say, ‘My bag is a work of art.’ Mine, too!” Segal is a stickler for detail. True to size, her “Birkins” co-opt the real McCoy’s signature folds, stitches, and embellishments. Each bag, she said, takes about three months to cut and chisel into shape.

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Cast of "The Walking Dead" Speaks Out Against Illegal Wildlife Trade

by , 09/07/16   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities

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Rick Grimes and his zombie SWAT team are back in front of the camera, only this time the “hordes of relentless killers” they’re facing are driven not by human flesh but by profit. The cast of AMC’s hit drama The Walking Dead is starring in a new nationwide campaign to raise awareness about the illegal wildlife trade. An offshoot of the White House National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, #StopWildlifeTrafficking is a joint effort between San Francisco nonprofit WildAid and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In one of a number of public service announcements that rolling out across broadcast and social-media channels this month, Andrew Lincoln (who plays Rick), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Melissa McBride (Carol), Steven Yuen (Glenn), and Lauren Cohan (Maggie) denounce the trafficking of illegal wildlife products such as rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory.

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New Initiative Seeks to Eliminate Forced Labor From Cotton Production

by , 09/06/16   filed under: Worker Rights

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Think “forced labor” and the image of a bleary-eyed worker, hunched over a sewing machine in a crowded factory, stitching clothing for pennies on the hour, is what most quickly springs to mind. In a typical garment supply chain, however, modern-day slavery often begins not in the sweatshop but in the field, where millions of children and adults in countries such as Uzbekistan toil to harvest the cotton that ultimately becomes our clothes. Neither does the exploitation take a breather immediately after. In India’s poverty-plagued south alone, tens of thousands of girls work in spinning mills as a form of bonded labor. It’s for these reasons that the Responsible Sourcing Network, a project of sustainability nonprofit As You Sow, developed a new program, one that seeks to uncover and, more important, eliminate cotton and yarn produced with forced labor.

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H&M Will Pay $1 Million for Your World-Changing Ideas

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Have an “aha” concept that will revolutionize the fashion industry? H&M is willing to pay you big bucks for it. The Swedish retailer has opened applications for a second round of its “Global Change Award,” a grant-endowment initiative that fielded more than 2,700 submissions from 112 countries in its inaugural run in 2015. The €1 million ($1.1. million) prize money was split among five winning innovations, including clothing made of citrus-juice byproducts, polyester-digesting microbes, and an online marketplace for textile surplus. This year’s judging panel includes Lewis Perkins of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Rebecca Earley of University of the Arts London, Franca Sozzani from Italian Vogue, and supermodel-entrepreneur Amber Valletta, as well as retired sportswoman Ellen MacArthur, whose eponymous foundation works to foster a “circular economy” that produces neither waste nor pollution.

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FDA Bans Antibacterial Soaps, Says "No Scientific Evidence" They Work

by , 09/02/16   filed under: Submitted Story

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It’s time to wash our hands of antibacterial soaps. In a final ruling on Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it’s banning the sale of some antiseptic cleansers after finding the products no more effective in preventing illness than plain soap and water. Neither have the companies that market these products proven that they’re safe for long-term use. Manufacturers have a year to phase out or reformulate liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar soaps, and body washes containing one or more of 19 active ingredients, including the commonly used triclosan and triclocarban. The ban does not affect hand sanitizers or wipes, nor antibacterial products used in healthcare settings.

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We're Sending 26 Billion Pounds of Reusable Textiles to the Landfill Every Year

by , 09/01/16   filed under: The Big Idea

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“Fast fashion” is defined by three cardinal traits: it’s cheap, it’s trendy, and it’s expendable. It’s a tack that has served retailers well; disposability locks consumers, often unknowingly, in a pain spiral of buying, tossing, and buying again. Junk in, junk out. But where do polyester “crêpe de chine” peasant blouses go to die? If you live in the developed world, it might be the landfill. The average American tosses more than eight trash bags worth of clothing and accessories every year, according to Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles, an international trade association for companies that grade and sort post-consumer textiles for recycling. For the entire United States, that works out to 26 billion pounds of trashed textiles, or 310,000 truckloads’ worth. Considering that we can reuse or recycle about 90 percent of fabric products, that’s an unforgivable amount of wasted resources.

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Olek Covers the Facade of Houses in Sweden, Finland With Pink Crochet

by , 09/01/16   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Fashion News

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A house in Sweden and its counterpart in Finland, once disparate entities, are now inextricably linked, thanks to the creative machinations of a “yarn bomber” named Olek. With the help of a team of Syrian and Ukrainian women, most of them refugees, the Polish artist managed to dress the facades of both manses—from the tops of their chimneys to the bases of their foundations—in vibrant pink crochet. #OurPinkHouse, parts one and two, is a symbol of a “bright future filled with hope,” along with the belief that everyone should have a home, she wrote on her Facebook page in August. Olek, whose real name is Agata Oleksiak, didn’t set out to make a political statement, at least not at first. “When I first came to Avesta [in Sweden] to install a work of art at the Verket Museum, I had originally intended to recreate a traditional home. And I did,” she said, referring to an earlier tableau, also constructed in crochet.

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Here's Kendall Jenner's DIY Acne Spot Treatment

by , 08/31/16   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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How does a Vogue cover girl deal with unexpected breakouts? If you’re Kendall Jenner, you head for the pantry. The model/ reality-TV star/honorary Kardashian, who has admitted to struggling with acne in the past, recently revealed on her website a do-it-yourself spot remedy she swears will banish any blemish. Jenner mixes up half a teaspoon of baking soda, half a teaspoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of honey, then dabs the resulting concoction on any problem areas for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. The baking soda and lemon juice, she said, help “dry out” the zit, while the honey “soothe[s] irritation.”

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Americans Are Drowning in "Stuff" (And It's Stressing Us Out)

Americans Are Drowning in "Stuff" (And It's Stressing Us Out)

Photo by Artificial Photography/Unsplash Americans are drowning in more unnecessary “stuff” than ever before, and it’s literally making us sick. So concludes Buried:…

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Vivienne Westwood is Now an Environmental Rapper

Vivienne Westwood is Now an Environmental Rapper

Vivienne Westwood, OG punk provocateur, just released a rap song about the environment. Because, why the hell not? A “featured rapper” on “Be There x Intellectuals…

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It's Time to Update Our 80-Year-Old Cosmetics, Personal-Care Safety Laws

It's Time to Update Our 80-Year-Old Cosmetics, Personal-Care Safety Laws

Photo by Karina Carvalho/Unsplash Years in the making, the battle for cosmetics reform legislation is slowly making headway to make cosmetics safer for American consumers. New bills…

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Designer Turns Late Grandmother's Necklace Into Handcrafted Earrings

Designer Turns Late Grandmother's Necklace Into Handcrafted Earrings

A lifelong legacy takes on a romantic turn in a new series of special earrings by Swedish jewelry line, All Blues. Founder Jacob Skragge created Project Marianne to pay homage to his…

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Ahead of Ban on Used Clothing Imports, Tanzania Trains Youths to Sew

Ahead of Ban on Used Clothing Imports, Tanzania Trains Youths to Sew

Photo by Annie Spratt/Unsplash As East Africa braces itself for a looming ban on imported secondhand clothes and shoes, Tanzania’s government is kick-starting an initiative to…

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Donald Trump's "American-Made" Suits May Not Actually be Made in the U.S.A.

Donald Trump's "American-Made" Suits May Not Actually be Made in the U.S.A.

Photo by Danny Reuter for Reuters In a plot twist that will surprise absolutely no one, Donald Trump’s allegedly “American-made” suits may not actually be as homegrown…

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World's Oldest Needle is 50,000 Years Old, But It Wasn't Made by Homo Sapiens

World's Oldest Needle is 50,000 Years Old, But It Wasn't Made by Homo Sapiens

World's oldest needle found in Siberian cave that stitches together human history https://t.co/rCXw1vM8Dr pic.twitter.com/Iqwtumz0Gr— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times)…

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American Colors: Philly-Made Eco-Fashion That's Meant to be Lived In

American Colors: Philly-Made Eco-Fashion That's Meant to be Lived In

FAMILY TIES Alex learned early on the damaging effects of conventional cotton. “We thought there must be a better way which would be more sustainable and looked for other resources in…

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Those Pricey "Made in Italy" Shoes Could Have Come From a Sweatshop

Those Pricey "Made in Italy" Shoes Could Have Come From a Sweatshop

Think that “made in Europe” corresponds with fair labor? You couldn’t be more mistaken. Slapdash working conditions and poverty wages are as endemic to the continent…

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