"Smart" Tampon System Could Help Women Monitor Health, Fertility

by , 04/18/16   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Few women enjoy getting a visit from Aunt Flo. But what if your period could prove more help than hindrance? A pair of Harvard-trained researchers are working on a “smart” tampon system that uses “that time of month” as a diagnostic tool for determining everything from fertility to conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and even cancer. By starting up NextGen Jane, scientist-entrepreneurs Ridhi Tariyal and Stephen Gire say they want to help women proactively track their health in a way that is easy, non-invasive, and discreet. “I was trying to develop a way for women to monitor their own fertility at home,” Tariyal told the New York Times earlier this month. “Those kinds of diagnostic tests require a lot of blood. So I was thinking about women and blood. When you put those words together, it becomes obvious. We have an opportunity every single month to collect blood from women, without needles.”

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Americans Prefer Cheap Goods Over "Made in U.S.A."

by , 04/15/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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Can’t pass up a bargain? You’re not alone. Most Americans say they’d rather buy a lower-price product than shell out a premium for something labeled “made in the U.S.A,” even if it meant that the cheaper item was made overseas, according to a new study by AP-GfK Poll. In a survey of 1,076 adults conducted online from March 31 to April 4, nearly three out of four cited high prices as a barrier to buying goods manufactured in the United States. Just 9 percent of respondents, in fact, said they only buy American. As it turns out, the haves are no less likely than the have-nots to pass up an offer.

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Two Dutch Designers Are Hacking "Fast Fashion" Brands Like H&M, Zara

by , 04/15/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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A pair of Dutch designers are turning the tables on “fast fashion.” Tired of playing the role of “unpaid vendors of ideas” for high-street retailers, which have largely built their billion-dollar empires on cheap and trendy knockoffs, Alexander van Slobbe and Francisco van Benthum are taking production remnants from the likes of H&M, Mango, and Zara and making them their own. The result is Hacked, a project currently on display at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam as part of its “Temporary Fashion Museum” initiative. An indictment of the fast-fashion phenomenon and its nebulous relationship with the laws of man, nature, and economics, Hacked offers, in the words of the designers, a “radical alternative to the growing range of fast-fashion chains,” while serving as a springboard for discussions about intellectual property, consumerism, and waste.

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Demestiks New York is Sticking to Manhattan's Garment District

by , 04/14/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Features, Q&A, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

American Apparel May Not Stay "American" Much Longer

by , 04/14/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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After a turbulent couple of years that saw the ouster of founder Dov Charney, bankruptcy filings, multiple store closures, and at least 500 layoffs, American Apparel may start outsourcing the production of some of its clothing to other parts of the United States, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. In a letter to employees last week, CEO Paula Schneider blamed workforce cuts on a “redesign of our production process” that will include making fewer garments throughout the year to reduce overstock. Although the embattled retailer currently operates the largest apparel-manufacturing facility in North America, Schneider also hinted that a third-party company could take on the production of “more complicated” garments, such as denim, but “if we do decide to produce some pieces out-of-house they will still be American-made.”

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Slow Factory's Key Necklace Supports Training for Refugees in Lebanon

by , 04/13/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Fashion Philanthropy

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Viewed from space, the Earth is a glistening, opalescent marble flecked with highlights of white, ultramarine, emerald, and gold. Unmarked by visible borders or ideological boundaries, it’s the sole planet in the universe known to support life. To put it another way, it’s home, and the only one we’ve got. It’s in that spirit that Slow Factory, a New York City firm that turns public-domain NASA satellite and telescope images into statement-making scarves, created its “We Are Home” line. Inspired by the worst refugee crisis since World War II, Slow Factory founder Celine Semaan Vernon designed a necklace based on a mold of her family’s house key, one of many the itinerant clan would possess over the years. Each pendant is crafted from white gold in Vernon’s native Beirut in Lebanon, where millions of asylum seekers have arrived on the wings of war, poverty, and famine.

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The Fashion Revolution Will Be Hashtagged on Social Media

by , 04/12/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

 

Amber Valletta: Sustainable Fashion Needs to Expand Toward "Responsibly Made"

by , 04/12/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes

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“I believe it’s time for the sustainable fashion movement to expand and move toward ‘responsibly made’ fashion.

“Sustainability has focused on the environmental issues and that definition must now include the social and human issue, as well. We need to start designing, sourcing, producing, and selling with more responsibility and accountability, both environmentally and socially.

“Consumers are certainly becoming more and more aware of the issues in how products are being produced and the effect this has on themselves, their families and their communities at large.

“They are becoming savvier about wearing clothes that might be unhealthy for them and their families. Sustainable and responsible fashion will become increasingly more desired by consumers—like the organic food industry.”

Amber Valletta, supermodel, actress, founder of Master & Muse, and co-host of the 2016 Copenhagen Fashion Summit, discussing why sustainability in fashion should take a more holistic view.

 

5 Myths About Sustainable Fashion Debunked

by , 04/11/16   filed under: Features

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One of the biggest misconceptions about living a greener life is that you need a lot of time and money—two luxuries not a lot of people have. Case in point: the clothes we wear. Like “fast food,” “fast fashion” provides a fix that’s at once cheap and quick. But like, say, the pink-slime that tries to pass itself off as a quarter-pounder, any initial thrill soon wears off. As deeply unsatisfying as disposable clothing is in the long run, however, a large swath of the population still believes it cannot afford the time, effort, and budget to shop more ethically. The good news is this is simply untrue. Here are five myths about sustainable fashion we’re going to bust.

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Learn to Knit with Quince & Co.'s Gorgeous Beginner's Kit

Learn to Knit with Quince & Co.'s Gorgeous Beginner's Kit

Want to learn how to knit but don’t know where to begin? Quince & Co.’s gorgeous starter kit will help you master everything from winding a skein to casting off. The…

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Kirrin Finch: Ethical Menswear-Inspired Apparel for Gender Outlaws

Kirrin Finch: Ethical Menswear-Inspired Apparel for Gender Outlaws

Fashion label Kirrin Finch responds to the demand for conscientious apparel designed to fit a range of bodies of all genders. Brooklyn, New York based founders and partners Laura Moffat…

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VIDEO: Five Children From Berlin Ask Fashion Companies for a Job

VIDEO: Five Children From Berlin Ask Fashion Companies for a Job

The same folks who brought us the €2 T-shirt vending machine are back with a new hidden-camera project that exposes the double standards endemic to the fashion industry, specifically,…

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Actor Bill Nighy: Fashion Industry Needs to Treat Workers As Human Beings

Actor Bill Nighy: Fashion Industry Needs to Treat Workers As Human Beings

“Take a look at how the fashion industry works. … It is a global industry that has pioneered driving down costs, putting huge pressure on suppliers and workers, whilst…

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Levi's is Making Jeans From Discarded Fishing Nets, Used Carpets

Levi's is Making Jeans From Discarded Fishing Nets, Used Carpets

Levi’s and Aquafil, an Italian company that recycles waste materials into good-as-virgin nylon fiber, are making beautiful jeans together. First up: A version of Levi’s 522…

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H&M's Anna Gedda: Fair Wages Are Something the Whole Industry Must Drive

H&M's Anna Gedda: Fair Wages Are Something the Whole Industry Must Drive

Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at H&M H&M CONSCIOUS? Together with Hendrik Alpen, sustainability business expert, stakeholder engagement, at H&M, Gedda addressed some…

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MIT's New Manufacturing Hub to Lead U.S. in Textile Innovation

MIT's New Manufacturing Hub to Lead U.S. in Textile Innovation

Photos by M. Scott Brauer for MIT The U.S. Department of Defense has tapped a broad coalition of manufacturers, universities, and nonprofits to spearhead an ambitious new project to…

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Rallier: NYC-Made Dresses That Support Education for Girls in Need

Rallier: NYC-Made Dresses That Support Education for Girls in Need

RALLY TOGETHER For every garment sold, Rallier will source up to three uniforms from regions plagued by poverty and gender inequality and donate them to local girls in need. Fay…

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The "Lunar" Watch is a Timepiece Made From Genuine Moon Rock

The "Lunar" Watch is a Timepiece Made From Genuine Moon Rock

The “Lunar” watch by the Analog Watch Co. is one small step for a timepiece, one giant leap for time-keeping. Developed in collaboration with the Russian Federal Space…

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