H&M Disputes TV Station's Claims of Land-Grabbing in Ethiopia

by , 11/12/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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H&M is in TV4′s cross-hairs again. Two years after the Swedish broadcaster slammed the high-street retailer for failing to prevent sweatshop-like conditions in Cambodia, its Kalle Fakta (“Cold Facts”) program claimed on Tuesday that H&M is guilty of promoting “land-grabbing” in Ethiopia. The large-scale land-leasing policy, part of a broader government-led development scheme in the Omo Valley, a United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage site, has courted controversy from the beginning.

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Freitag's Compostable "F-abric" Clothing Line Combines Form, Function

by , 11/11/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Textiles, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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David Catá Turns His Palm Into a Foliage-Containing Planter

by , 11/11/14   filed under: Eco-Art

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Most people can’t stand the idea of pain. Then again, David Catá isn’t like most people. The Spanish artist, who once embroidered portraits of his loved ones into the palm of his hand, says he relishes the “emotional aspect” of pain, rather than the physical. In his latest project, Catá pushes his boundaries even further. Raices Aladas, translated from the Spanish as “winged estate,” reveals Catá’s transformation into a living planter, complete with soil, foliage, and the hot, salty tears of people clawing at their eyes, crying “Unsee! Unsee!” before melting into a puddle of emotion on the floor. But we digress.

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Here's the PETA Ad That Was Too "Racy" for Times Square

by , 11/10/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals submitted two near-identical spots to Times Square’s Neutron Media, but only one of them will appear on the New York City landmark’s digital billboards. Directed by videographer Steve Willis and produced by the animal-rights group to promote its holiday-themed campaign against wool, each ad closes in on a set scratching fingers, satisfying a below-the-belt itch, as the words “Scratch wool from your shopping list.” The hashtag #WoolFreeWinter follows as a call to arms on social media.

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Stylish Smog Masks Are China's Hautest Fashion Trend

by , 11/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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Fashion and politics have always been easy bedfellows. The latest issue to emerge on the catwalk? China’s pollution problem. Less than two weeks after Beijing marathoners donned face masks to run 26 miles in the thick smog, fashion designers began incorporating the gear into their designs at Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week. The Qiadan Yin Peng Sports Wear Collection show last Wednesday, in particular, featured a variety of smog masks, stylishly coordinated with their respective ensembles.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Fast Fashion is "Disposable But Damaging"

by , 11/06/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

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Need a quick primer on why “fast fashion” is such a terrible thing? Take a gander at Alexandria Heinz’s brilliant infographic, which lays bare a number of statistics that will make even veteran shoppers blanch. Click below the fold for the full image. (Note: An earlier version of the story misstated that Americans buy 20 million, rather than 20 billion, per year. This has been corrected.)

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"Extreme Cheapskate" Scours Obituaries for Dead People's Clothes

by , 11/06/14   filed under: The Big Idea

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Vintage shopping is a great way to get one of a kind pieces at a value, all the while not adding to the fashion waste in the world. But one woman has taken vintage hunting to the extreme- chasing funerals to get threads for free! Featured on an episode of “Extreme Cheapskates,” clothes collector Lydia talks about how she scours obituaries in search of “good candidates” for scoring vintage pieces for free.

So tell us, is "funeral tracking" for vintage clothes haute or not?

  • 88 Votes HELL NO! It's practically grave-robbing. Have some respect.
  • 31 Votes HELL YES! The deceased isn't going to need them anyway.

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Target, Faribault Woolen Mill Collaborate on American-Made Holiday Line

by , 11/05/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags

 

Stella McCartney Designs Clothes That Are "Long-Term Commitments"

by , 11/05/14   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

“When I design, it’s about designing pieces that are stand-out, staple, long-term commitments in your life. They’re made beautifully in the finest places in the world and should be cared for, loved, and handed down to the next generation. So for me, it’s not about ‘wear now, buy now’ or whatever. It’s about buy[ing] whenever you can buy it, whenever works for you, and wear[ing] it forever.”

—British designer Stella McCartney, speaking to Paula Reed, fashion director of online retailer MyTheresa.com, about why she doesn’t subscribe to “fast fashion”.

 

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