Ralph Lauren's $5,000 "Ricky" Bag Comes With Built-in Phone Charger

by , 12/04/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Bags, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Ralph Lauren’s latest foray into wearable technology is an update on their coveted Ricky Bag to include phone-charging capabilities and integrated LED lights. That way you can actually find your keys hiding at the bottom of the bag. The Ricky Bag is handcrafted in Italy and comes in any color you want, as long as that color is black.

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Bacx: A Line of Traceable Eco-Silks Derived From Recycled, Scrap Fibers

by , 12/03/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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BACX \ˈbaks\

n. 1: A line of sustainably produced, “next generation” silks made in Italy by Centro Seta. 2: Comprises three main collections—the full-textured “GreenFiber,” derived from silk waste; “Newlife,” spun from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles using mechanical, rather than chemical, means; and an unnamed range of 100 percent traceable, Global Organic Textile Standard-certified silks. 3: An example of innovation without sacrifice, according to Roberto Bacci, managing director at Centro Seta. “The key word here is ‘integration,’” he tells Ecouterre. “The transparent traceability of Bacx begins at the source—the raw materials—and crosses all the production process all the way to the finished product.”

 

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Twice as Many People Showed Up on Black Friday Than Midterm Elections

by , 12/03/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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November was a win for American retail. For American democracy? Not so much. Only half the number of people who stormed brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday voted at the 2014 midterm elections. Although 7 percent fewer shoppers wrestled one another for bargains Hunger Games-style, according to the National Retail Federation, the 133.7 million-strong turnout kept tills ringing to the tune of some $50.9 billion. By comparison, only 76.9 million people, or 36.4 percent of eligible voters, cast their ballots on November 2. The last time participation was so low during a midterm cycle was in 1942—smack dab in the middle of World War II—when 33.9 percent of the electorate exercised the privilege.

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The North Face's "Hyper-Local" Hoodie Keeps Carbon Footprint Petite

by , 12/03/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Outerwear

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There’s local and there’s hyper-local. The North Face’s “Backyard Project” hoodie lies firmly in the latter category. Made collaboratively with California artist Rebecca Burgess, whose Fibershed initiative stemmed from a desire to wear clothing produced within 150 miles of her front door, the topper is the first bioregional garment from a major apparel label. While The North Face didn’t quite meet Burgess’s bar, the firm came pretty close. Apart from the cotton, which had to be spun and knitted in the Carolinas due to the dearth of Northern Californian cotton mills, all of the hoodie’s components were grown and sewn within 150 miles of The North Face’s Alameda headquarters.

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Levi's, SF 49ers Transform 12 Tons of Denim Into a "Field of Jeans"

by , 12/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

LAST CHANCE: Win an Eco-Vegan Shoulder Bag From Canopy Verde (Worth $139!)

by , 12/02/14   filed under: Contests

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Crunchy leaves. Pumpkin Pie. Friends and family. Fall is definitely our bag. Another thing we’re thankful for? Makers like Canopy Verde, which create functional products that are as beautiful to behold as they are gentle on the environment. We’ve partnered with the Brooklyn label to give away the new “Heights” shoulder bag, a sleek instant classic crafted from certified-organic cotton, low-impact dyes, and suppler, PVC-free vegan leather. Available in the winner’s choice of indigo/gunmetal or stone/espresso, each carryall features two open side pockets, a zippered inside pocket, and wooden “feet” on the bottom to keep it clean and scratch-free. Enter now to win!

TO ENTER THIS FABULOUS GIVEAWAY

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

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BY DECEMBER 3 and tell us what you’re thankful for. 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 and Canada.

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14 Eco-Friendly Knit Gifts to Warm Hearts and Hands

by , 12/01/14   filed under: Green Gift Guide

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Share the warmth this holiday with an eco-friendly knit gift that will bring comfort and joy to hearts, hands, and Mother Earth alike. Keep someone’s noggin warm with a handcrafted—and vegan-friendly—beanie. Or ward off the winter chill with a chic cowl derived from organic cotton, wool, and upcycled leather. Tight budget? We’ll show you how to turn an old or thrift-store sweater into a pair of snuggly sweater-socks—no sewing machine required.

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14 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts to Make Spirits Bright

by , 12/01/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Green Gift Guide

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Make spirits bright this holiday with gifts of jewelry that pander the planet as much as their recipients. Add some polish to a loved one’s attire with a pair of hand-hewn cuff links made from recycled brass. Or double your impact with a critter-rific necklace from Able Made, which donates part of its proceeds to charity. Want to offer something that’s truly one of a kind? Detroit’s Rebel Nell employs disadvantaged women to make pretty baubles from fallen graffiti.

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Tommy Hilfiger's Solar-Powered Jacket Charges Your Phone on the Go

by , 11/28/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Men's Eco-Fashion, Solar Fashion, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Tommy Hilfiger is testing the wearables market with their new solar powered field jacket. In both a men’s and women’s fit, the jacket generates energy on the go with its built-in flexible solar panels on the back. The solar jackets feature a waterproof upper and a custom tartan wool details. A removable battery pack lightens your load if you don’t need a boost and the best part of all is that 50% of the proceeds of the jacket are donated to the Fresh Air Fund, who helps NYC kids experience being in the outdoors.

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Alicia Silverstone Urges Fans to Take PETA's #WoolFreeWinter Pledge

Alicia Silverstone Urges Fans to Take PETA's #WoolFreeWinter Pledge

Photo by Sean Verchick Sustainable darling Alicia Silverstone’s popular blog The Kind Life is asking for readers to boycott wool this-and every- winter. Supported by a revealing video…

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World's Largest Fair-Trade, Organic T-Shirt Spotlights India's Farmers

World's Largest Fair-Trade, Organic T-Shirt Spotlights India's Farmers

To raise awareness of fair trade in India and jump-start an ethical consumption initiative, a giant organic cotton T-shirt broke records today. The idea, conjured up by Fairtrade India,…

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Sprout Watches' Eco-Timepieces Have a Small Footprint, Big Impact

Sprout Watches' Eco-Timepieces Have a Small Footprint, Big Impact

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Life-Cycle Analysis of Organic Cotton "Overwhelming Supports" Benefits

Life-Cycle Analysis of Organic Cotton "Overwhelming Supports" Benefits

Photo by Shutterstock As if eco-fashion enthusiasts didn’t already know, Textile Exchange has just released a new study proving that organic cotton causes less environmental damage…

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Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario: "Profit Isn't the Only Measure of Success"

Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario: "Profit Isn't the Only Measure of Success"

“Most businesses make decisions in the vacuum of profit. Having grown up in finance, I say this with some gravity because I’ve experienced it. “If you’re making…

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Zero Waste Scotland Announces Fund for Sustainable-Fashion Designers

Zero Waste Scotland Announces Fund for Sustainable-Fashion Designers

Zero Waste Scotland has announced a new fund to encourage Scottish fashion designers to develop their own closed-loop clothing. Financed in part by the Scottish government, the Circular…

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Organic, Fair-Trade "Pachamas" Are World's First Interactive Pajamas

Organic, Fair-Trade "Pachamas" Are World's First Interactive Pajamas

Maybe you’re heard of Pacha and her magical pajamas that take her around the world on adventures when she goes to sleep? Even if you haven’t heard of this endearing…

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Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions in Back Wages

Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions in Back Wages

If you thought sweatshops were just a third-world phenomena, you’d be grossly mistaken. Thousands of workers in Southern California’s garment industry toil under similar…

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Tuckerman & Co.'s Dress Shirts Champion New England Craftsmanship

Tuckerman & Co.'s Dress Shirts Champion New England Craftsmanship

Dressing your best for a professional setting while being environmentally conscious has never been simpler with Tuckerman & Co., a line of high-quality dress shirts for men that are…

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