Cambodia Fails to Protect Garment Workers, Says Human Rights Watch

by , 03/13/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Cambodia’s garment industry is under renewed scrutiny after Human Rights Watch accused the local government of failing to protect its workers from myriad labor-rights abuses. In a report released Wednesday, the international watchdog says it found evidence of forced overtime, inadequate rest breaks, use of child labor below the legally permissible age of 15, and anti-union practices at factories that produce clothing for brands such as Adidas, Gap, Marks & Spencer, and H&M. In addition, women workers faced pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and denial of maternity benefits.

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Ditto's "Endless Eyewear" Plan Lets You Rent, Swap Unlimited Frames

by , 03/13/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Eyewear

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Buying a new pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses is a big commitment that often involves the input of friends and family to make the right choice, plus it can get pricey. Enter “Endless Eyewear” by Ditto, a subscription eyewear service that lets you rent eyewear to your heart’s content. You tried out the hipster look for a month, now you’re ready for something a bit more classic and can swap them out for a wire frame. For people who love new glasses like they love accessories, this will be a great way to reduce costs and wear glasses you love.

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Glass House's American-Crafted Dress Shirts Are Stylish, Sustainable

by , 03/12/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Textiles, Interviews, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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The name Glass House begins to make more sense when you delve further into the key values of this team of shirt makers: transparency and sustainability. Their tailored, high quality shirts are elegant and well designed, with precise attention to detail – from high arm holes to taller collars. But it is their long-term environmental and ethical goals that really caught our eye. They already focus on local production, using US-based vendors, suppliers and distributors to get hold of the best materials they can, including reclaimed fabric. Yet they want to push those objectives even further, to make their artisan-quality shirts from 100% organic fabrics produced, from farm to shop, right here in the US. They also hope to run their whole studio with renewable energy and provide happy incentives such as yoga and alternative transport for their employees. All in, it sounds fantastic. But how did they get to this point and how what’s their plan going forward? Founder Daniel Bernardo generously spoke with Ecouterre about all that and more.

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Prophetik's Jeff Garner Launches New Collection of Eco-Intimates

by , 03/11/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Underwear, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

EDUN, J.Crew Crewcuts Collaborate on African-Made Childrenswear

by , 03/11/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Kids' Eco-Fashion

 

Tahaanga's Sustainable Dress Shirts Claim to be World's Fastest Drying

by , 03/10/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Textiles

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New apparel brand Tahaanga is dedicated to producing cool and functional garments for men with a commitment to sustainability. While the collection is designed in New York, all the fabrics are produced in Italy using recycled plastic. This not only helps to prevent the materials heading straight to the landfill, but also cuts water consumption and energy usage in the production. The brand prides itself on this sustainable element to their designs, using the latest technological advances in the fashion industry to keep the brand eco-friendly, while ensuring the collection remains stylish and fully functional.

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Quell is the World's First Wearable to Offer Drug-Free Pain Relief

by , 03/10/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

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For the hundreds of millions of people who suffer from chronic pain, a new wearable device may provide relief. Quell is a new device that stimulates your nervous system to create a natural response that blocks pain signals. Worn on your calf, the electronic device provides electrical stimulation in 60 minute does and is completely drug free, non habit forming and FDA cleared for day and night use.

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Rebecca Minkoff, Nanette Lepore Turn Crayons Into Couture

by , 03/09/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Dresses

 

This Biodegradable Wedding Gown Was Grown From Fungus, Compost

by , 03/09/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Dresses, Eco-Friendly Weddings, Women's Eco-Fashion

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“Grow your own” takes on a new meaning with scientific artist Erin Smith’s home-grown wedding gown. Made from tree mulch and white fungus mycelium, Smith decided to make a wearable dress that could be grown and composted for her own wedding. Her growable dress has revolutionized the concept of the wedding dress, transforming it into a sustainable event, rather than a costly garment that is worn just once.

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U.K. Textile Workers Earning £3 Per Hour, Says New Study

U.K. Textile Workers Earning £3 Per Hour, Says New Study

Photo by Shutterstuck That “made in Britain” clothing tag may not be all that cracked up to be, according to new revelations about alleged human-rights abuses in…

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American Apparel's Workers Want It to Strip "Sweatshop-Free" From Advertising

American Apparel's Workers Want It to Strip "Sweatshop-Free" From Advertising

Photo by Tupungato/Shutterstock American Apparel needs to stop promoting itself as “sweatshop-free,” according to a coalition of workers who make clothes for Los…

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Angela Lindvall: Fashion Can be a "Catalyst" for a Better World

Angela Lindvall: Fashion Can be a "Catalyst" for a Better World

Photo by s_bukley/Shutterstock The following is excerpted from a speech that supermodel-activist Angela Lindvall delivered at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Clean…

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Vittel Will Turn Your Old Couch into Bespoke Running Shoes

Vittel Will Turn Your Old Couch into Bespoke Running Shoes

Vittel bottled water company wants Europeans to get off their couch and get moving and to do that, they’ll turn your old couch into a new pair of custom running shoes. The French…

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Katharine Hamnett: "I Want to Sell as Much Organic Cotton as Possible"

Katharine Hamnett: "I Want to Sell as Much Organic Cotton as Possible"

“One thousand cotton farmers die everyday from pesticide poisoning or suicide debt; that is more deaths per day than in all the wars going on across the world put together, and it…

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87-Year-Old Woman Finishes Knitting 1,000th Sweater For Kids in Need

87-Year-Old Woman Finishes Knitting 1,000th Sweater For Kids in Need

Photo by Shutterstock Anna Taylor, a knitter with a heart of gold, has spent the better part of the last nine years knitting sweaters for the needy. Since February of 2006, The Cullen,…

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Meet Emily Spivack, Author of "Worn Stories," a Collection of Memories About Clothing

Meet Emily Spivack, Author of "Worn Stories," a Collection of Memories About Clothing

Photos by Ally Lindsay/Princeton Architectural Press Sentiment is a funny thing. What is it about the human condition that makes us attach such fervent significance to even the most…

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Put That Hoodie in Your Pipe and Smoke It—Literally!

Put That Hoodie in Your Pipe and Smoke It—Literally!

Smokeable clothes could be the latest innovation in wearable technology to take the world by storm, according to The Daily Dot. Ahead of the game are two names: Hood Horkerz and…

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These Sensory-Friendly Clothes Make It Easier to Keep Autistic Kids Safe

These Sensory-Friendly Clothes Make It Easier to Keep Autistic Kids Safe

Some autistic children wander, unbeknownst to their parents or even themselves, but new GPS wearables can help ease the worries of lost kiddos. Independence Day Clothing is a new line…

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