Block Shop Textiles Revitalizes Traditional Indian Block-Printing

by , 05/08/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Textiles, Interviews

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In Bagru, a city in Rajistan, India, hand printed textiles have followed the same tradition for over 350 years. Block Shop are trying to help keep this historic method alive by carving wooden blocks and mixing natural dyes by hand, and simultaneously ensuring ethical and environmental standards stay at the heart of their textiles. The team behind the designs are sisters Lily and Hopie Stockman, who respect the process wholeheartedly, honouring the subtle imperfections that come with hand printed fabrics. The sisters struck up a partnership with a cooperative printing workshop several years ago and work with talented block carvers, dye mixers and seamstresses. The result is growing collection of unique scarves, ethically made using natural materials whose sales go to support the talented community: 5% of the proceeds are invested back into local projects. Hopie discussed the ethical objectives behind the brand and the spirit of the ancient textile tradition in this interview with Ecouterre.

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World Wildlife Fund U.K. Wants You to "Wear It Wild" on June 5

by , 05/07/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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The World Wildlife Fund wants you to take a walk on the wild side. The British arm of the environmental nonprofit is challenging individuals, schools, businesses, and communities across the United Kingdom to “wear it wild” on June 5 and raise money for the group’s vital conservation work. “This is especially important because in the last forty years we’ve seen wildlife populations decline by more than half,” it says in a statement. “The number of tigers in the wild, for example, has reduced by 95 percent in the last century. Thousands of other species are also threatened, and we need your support to show you care.”

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Urban Kraft Puts a Chic, Urban Twist on the Brown Paper Bag

by , 05/07/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Bags, Vegan Fashion

 

Author James Baldwin in 1970: "People Are Drowning in Things"

by , 05/06/15   filed under: Quotes

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“I have never accepted the notion that you keep a Cadillac or a yacht or anything at all, except perhaps for convenience.

“I have always had a quarrel with this country not only about race but about the standards by which it appears to live.

“People are drowning in things. They don’t even know what they want them for. They are actually useless.

“You can’t sleep with a yacht. You can’t make love to a Cadillac, though everyone appears to be trying to. … I think the great emotional or psychological or effective lack of love and touching is the key to the American or even the Western disease.”

Go Tell It on the Mountain author James Baldwin, in conversation with cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead in 1970.

 

Reese Witherspoon Hawks (Mostly) U.S.-Made "Draper James" Line

by , 05/06/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Add Reese Witherspoon to the burgeoning sisterhood of actresses-turned-lifestyle-curators. Following on the stiletto-clad heels of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and Blake Lively’s Preserve, the Oscar winner is the proud proprietor of Draper James, an clothing and housewares retailer that promises to bring “contemporary, yet timeless Southern style to your wardrobe and your home, no matter where you live.” While it’s tempting to dismiss the endeavor as yet another celebrity-backed vanity project, the brand comes bundled with an intriguing twist: Seventy percent of Draper James’s inventory is manufactured in the United States, according to CEO Andrea Hyde. The company’s eventual aim, Hyde told WWD, is to produce everything domestically, and, whenever possible, south of the Mason-Dixon line.

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Livia Firth Dresses in Recycled Plastic Bottles at 2015 Met Ball

by , 05/05/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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While other Hollywood players jostled for the cameras at Metropolitan of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in over-the-top couture on Monday night, Livia Firth made a different kind of red-carpet statement. Arriving on the arm of her husband, award-winning thespian Colin Firth, the “Queen of the Green Carpet” wore an Antonio Berardi gown composed of “Newlife” fabric, which is woven from yarns spun from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. According to WWD, the dress is a rerun of an outfit Berardi designed for Firth’s “Green Carpet Challenge” in 2012, albeit with a “Chinese twist” in honor of the Met Ball’s Eastern theme.

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Celebrate "Star Wars" Day With a DIY Princess Leia Headband

by , 05/04/15   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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Celebrate Star Wars Day, a.k.a. May the 4th, by recreating Princess Leia’s iconic hairdo. It couldn’t be easier: Simply create two braids with brown yarn, roll them into “buns,” then hot-glue them to a headband using craft felt for support. Pair your coif with an oversized white T-shirt, a silver duct-tape belt, and visible disdain for big walking carpets, and boom—instant costume. Need more guidance? Check out the full tutorial, plus step-by-step pictures, at Disney Family.

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MetaWear is U.S.'s First Solar-, Geothermal-Powered Garment Factory

by , 05/01/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade

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More often than not, ethical manufacturing practices and the textile industry seem to be somewhat of an oxymoronic thought. MetaWear, a screen-printing apparel company based in Fairfax, Virginia has launched the first and only American-based Global Organic Textile Standard– certified factory of its kind. Powered by solar and geothermal processes, MetaWear’s factory is setting the standard for ethical, eco-friendly textile production and manufacturing in the U.S. MetaWear creates customized screen-printing apparel using seaweed-based inks and fair trade–certified organic cotton.

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"Star Wars Epic Yarns" Recreates Original Trilogy With Needle-Felting

by , 05/01/15   filed under: Book Reviews, Eco-Art

 

300,000 College Students Will Be Graduating in Eco-Friendly Gowns

300,000 College Students Will Be Graduating in Eco-Friendly Gowns

Unifi has linked arms with Oak Hall Cap & Gown to clothe more than 300,000 college students in eco-friendly regalia this spring. Composed entirely of Unifi’s…

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Even Hipsters Employ an Average of 27 Slaves Every Day

Even Hipsters Employ an Average of 27 Slaves Every Day

Photo by Shutterstock Even the most conscious try-hards among us have a hard time avoiding forced labor in our daily transactions. In fact, the average “hipster” can employ…

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T-Shirt Vending Machine Shows Shoppers Real Cost of Cheap Fashion

T-Shirt Vending Machine Shows Shoppers Real Cost of Cheap Fashion

A vending machine in Berlin offering up 2 euro t-shirts turned out to not be exactly what shoppers bargained for. The machine, set in place in busy Alexanderplatz to mark Fashion…

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Zady's U.S.-Made Organic T-Shirt is the Epitome of Slow Fashion

Zady's U.S.-Made Organic T-Shirt is the Epitome of Slow Fashion

When is a T-shirt more than just another T-shirt? For ethical e-tailer Zady, the perfect topper is one that is as beautiful as the journey it took to create it. The latest in its…

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Nordic Countries Launch Action Plan for Sustainable Fashion

Nordic Countries Launch Action Plan for Sustainable Fashion

TRUE NORTH The textile industry is one of the most resource-consuming sectors in the world, Brosbøl said, noting that a Nordic citizen’s annual consumption of textiles uses more…

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BeGood Wants to be the World's First Zero-Waste Clothing Retailer

BeGood Wants to be the World's First Zero-Waste Clothing Retailer

With the “lofty ambitions” of becoming an entirely waste-free retailer, BeGood certainly have their work cut out for them. But they are managing to tackle to issue of waste in the…

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Kim Kardashian's Fur Bikini Might Have Been Historical Cosplay

Kim Kardashian's Fur Bikini Might Have Been Historical Cosplay

The ridiculousness that is Kim Kardashian came to a head in January, when the reality-show star hit the slopes in Utah wearing a fur bikini—or “furkini,” as she dubbed it…

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John Oliver Skewered Fast Fashion on HBO—And It Was Glorious

John Oliver Skewered Fast Fashion on HBO—And It Was Glorious

Photo by Debby Wong/Shutterstock Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver took to his HBO pulpit Sunday night to fire a blistering denunciation of fashion retailers that sell trendy…

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Zady's Maxine Bédat: If a Cheap Garment Falls Apart, It's Not a Deal

Zady's Maxine Bédat: If a Cheap Garment Falls Apart, It's Not a Deal

“When you go to make a purchase, take a look at the product and ask yourself: ‘am I being cheated?’ If a product from a ‘fast fashion’ chain is falling apart before…

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