Top 7 WTF Fashion Stories of 2016 (Vote for the Most Deplorable)

by , 12/29/16   filed under: Best of 2016, Features

Ready for more face-palming? check out the worst stories of 2015.

 

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Top 7 Recycled Fashion Designs of 2016 (Vote for the Most Creative)

by , 12/28/16   filed under: Featured, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

Don’t stop now: Drop by our archives for more upcycled goodness.

 

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Top 7 Technological Innovations of 2016 (Vote for the Most Futuristic)

by , 12/27/16   filed under: Best of 2016, Features

Want more of tomorrow’s technology today? Take a deep dive into our archives.

 

Use Your Empty Amazon Boxes to Ship Donations to Goodwill for Free

by , 12/23/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Don’t chuck your empty Amazon boxes into the recycling just yet. The online retailer has partnered with Give Back Box to turn those cardboard coffers into donations for people in need. Simply fill a box with clothing and other household items you no longer need, slap on a prepaid shipping label from the Give Back Box website, then hand it over to your mail carrier for delivery to the nearest participating Goodwill location—gratis. You even have the option of receiving a tax-deduction receipt. You can do the same thing with your empties through Levi’s, with one added bonus: For every box received, the denim giant will donate $5 to Goodwill, up to a total of $25,000. But those aren’t the only ways to spread the holiday cheer. For a list of other participating brands, visit www.givebackbox.com/influencers/.

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+ Levi’s x Give Back Box

 

George Monbiot: Materialism is "Eating Us From Inside Out"

by , 12/23/16   filed under: Quotes

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Materialism forces us into comparison with the possessions of others, a race both cruelly illustrated and crudely propelled by that toxic website [Rich Kids of Instagram]. There is no end to it. If you have four Rolexes while another has five, you are a Rolex short of contentment. The material pursuit of self-esteem reduces your self-esteem.

“I should emphasize that this is not about differences between rich and poor: the poor can be as susceptible to materialism as the rich. It is a general social affliction, visited upon us by government policy, corporate strategy, the collapse of communities and civic life, and our acquiescence in a system that is eating us from the inside out.

“This is the dreadful mistake we are making: allowing ourselves to believe that having more money and more stuff enhances our wellbeing, a belief possessed not only by those poor deluded people in the pictures, but by almost every member of almost every government. Worldly ambition, material aspiration, perpetual growth: these are a formula for mass unhappiness.”

—George Monbiot, writing in the Guardian about “crude displays of opulence” on websites like Rich Kids of Instagram, and why buying more stuff often leads to depression, anxiety, and dysfunctional relationships.

 

R.I.P Franca Sozzani, Ethical Fashion Powerhouse

by , 12/22/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Today the world has lost Franca Sozzani, Italian Vogue’s risk-taking editor-in-chief and one of ethical fashion’s staunchest advocates. She was 66. “The respect and care for the environment, sustainability, and fair trade nowadays are features that cannot be separated from the fashion world,” Sozzani, who was a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations–affiliated Fashion 4 Development initiative, once said. “Or at least, from those who wish to preserve also the ethic, and not just aesthetic, side of fashion.” For Sozzani, fashion was always more than “a piece of fabric.” She used fashion as a vehicle to champion causes such as poverty and gender equality, traveling through Africa and Asia to broker connections between the first world and the third. She believed in doling out work, not charity.

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Carcel: A Danish Clothing Label Made by Women in Prison

 

One by One Takes on "Slow Fashion," One Garment at a Time

by , 12/20/16   filed under: Gallery, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

TagPop is Revolutionizing the Way We Thrift-Shop for Clothes

 

Report: Prada, Gucci Fail to Address Sweatshop Labor in Their Supply Chains

Report: Prada, Gucci Fail to Address Sweatshop Labor in Their Supply Chains

The Guccis and Pradas of the world could stand to learn a thing or two from their “fast fashion” imitators, at least when it comes to addressing labor issues in their supply…

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Pittsburgh Boutique Has All Your American-Made, Vintage Lingerie Needs Covered

Pittsburgh Boutique Has All Your American-Made, Vintage Lingerie Needs Covered

Intimates retailer Calligramme was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania with two big missions: offer classy, sensual lingerie that let women feel wonderful in their own skin, and be the…

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Ravelin's Reflective Shirt Keeps Cyclists Stylish by Day, Safe by Night

Ravelin's Reflective Shirt Keeps Cyclists Stylish by Day, Safe by Night

The RS01 wants to be the best shirt in your closet- one that can protect you as much as it looks good. Designed with the bicycle commuter in mind, the RS01 by Ravelin is a reflective…

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Wooln: Ethically Sourced Knitwear Handmade by NYC Grandmas

Wooln: Ethically Sourced Knitwear Handmade by NYC Grandmas

Winter may officially begin on December 21, but nobody stays warm on a technicality. Here to help you fend off frostbite is Wooln, a nascent knitwear label that charmingly employs New…

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How Beyond Retro Became Britain's Hottest Vintage Clothier

How Beyond Retro Became Britain's Hottest Vintage Clothier

Why did Beyond Retro decide to launch the Label brand? Out of necessity. Whilst hunting for vintage clothing, we continuously came across huge amounts of clothes made from amazing…

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Japan Airlines to Turn Clothing into Jet Fuel

Japan Airlines to Turn Clothing into Jet Fuel

Japan Airlines wants to turn used clothing into jet fuel. Japan’s flag carrier—and the nation’s second-largest airplane company after All Nippon Airways—is working with…

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Li Edelkoort: Clothes Today Are Made to be Thrown Away "Like a Condom"

Li Edelkoort: Clothes Today Are Made to be Thrown Away "Like a Condom"

“The manufacturing of clothes has gone through a rapid and sordid restructuring process, which has seen production leave the Western world to profit from and exploit low-income…

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Veerah's Multifunctional Vegan Shoes Are "Inspired by Women, Made for Warriors"

Veerah's Multifunctional Vegan Shoes Are "Inspired by Women, Made for Warriors"

COMFY LUXE With a name that means “warrior” in Sanskrit, Veerah’s mission is to offer luxury shoes that women can not only feel good about buying but wearing, as…

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Maven Women: Ethical, Empowering Clothing for Conscious Professionals

Maven Women: Ethical, Empowering Clothing for Conscious Professionals

How did you decide to found Maven Women? The idea for Maven Women came to me about a decade ago. At that time, I was a frustrated lawyer seeking elegant workwear created in a socially…

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