Pharrell Williams, Woolworths Team Up to "Make Sustainability Cool"

by , 04/13/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Woolworths could tell you a thing or two about hiring coups. The South African department store has just appointed Grammy-winning artist Pharrell Williams, who will spearhead sustainability-focused projects in his role of style director. Ian Moir, CEO of Woolworths Holdings, said at a press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday that he hopes the musician will help the company “make sustainability cool for the next generation of South Africans.” He further described Williams, whose textile company, Bionic Yarn, creates fabric out of recycled plastic bottles, as a “global icon for social cohesion, advancement through education, and environmental awareness.”

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Pyrrha Expands Line of Recycled-Metal "Game of Thrones" Jewelry

by , 04/13/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

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Australians Love Beer So Much, They Made a Dress With It

by , 04/09/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Dresses

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The “Beer Dress” is more than a homage to Australia’s favorite pint. Created by Nanollose, the same Perth-based firm that transformed red wine into clothing, the frock comprises little more than lager, fermented using living bacteria. Unlike its vino-derived forebears, which carried with them a whiff of a hangover, the Beer Dress has no smell, according to Nanollose director Gary Cass, who worked with designer Donna Franklin on the concept. It also has greater flexibility, with fibers that are chemically similar to cotton, he adds. The garment will go on display as part of the “Textifood” exhibit at the 2015 World Expo in Milan this summer. “This seemed appropriate as Australia is well-known to be a country of beer drinkers,” Cass tells Ecouterre.

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Faircloth & Supply's Timeless Clothing Benefits Education in Nepal

by , 04/08/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fashion Philanthropy, Features, Interviews, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

M4D3, PETA's Vegan-Leather Espadrilles Benefit Animal Causes

by , 04/07/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Vegan Fashion

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ latest collaboration is a bit of a shoo-in (or should we say shoe-in?) The animal-rights group announced Tuesday that it’s partnering with M4D3 (Make A Difference Everyday), a social enterprise that creates footwear with a purpose, to release a limited-edition vegan-leather espadrille. A Mediterranean-style flat that “spares cows painful mutilations in the leather industry,” according to PETA, each slip-on shoe features a jute-rope sole, 100 percent cruelty-free materials, and both the M4D3 and PETA logos on its tag, inner sole, and back.

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Proud Mary Global Textiles Focuses on Empowerment, Not Pity

by , 04/07/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Bags, Eco-Textiles, Fair Trade, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Socially conscious lifestyle brand Proud Mary focuses on the mantra “Pride not Pity.” After volunteering in South America for Habitat for Humanity, owner Harper Poe was moved to create positive impact in indigenous communities through design. Proud Mary is the brainchild of Harper’s deep love of textiles and desire to support and strengthen local artisans and their communities.

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Takaokami's Ethical Rainwear Tackle Showers in Style

by , 04/06/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Parsons's Timo Rissanen: Stop With the Organic T-Shirts Already

by , 04/06/15   filed under: Quotes

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“One thing that drives me crazy is when I get an email that starts with, ‘We are a start-up and here is our organic-cotton T-shirt.’ The fact that it’s organic doesn’t make it okay. The business is now about so much more.

“The world does not need another organic T-shirt; we have enough to take us through the next 20 years.”

Timo Rissanen, director of fashion design (AAS) at Parsons The New School for Design, speaking at a Kering-sponsored panel alongside Kering chief François-Henri Pinault, Natural Resources Defense Council director Linda Greer, and Parsons creative adviser Simon Collins in New York City on Thursday about why sustainable business is smart business.

 

Patagonia Offers Free Repairs on Nationwide "Worn Wear" Mobile Tour

by , 04/03/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

 

Parsons, Eileen Fisher Team Up to Recycle Old Clothing Into New

Parsons, Eileen Fisher Team Up to Recycle Old Clothing Into New

If the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in New York City has been looking a little disordered of late, rest assured, it’s for a good cause. From now through Sunday, the Arnold and…

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Fish Scales Inspire Flexible, Bulletproof Armor for Soldiers, Astronauts

Fish Scales Inspire Flexible, Bulletproof Armor for Soldiers, Astronauts

Photo by Shutterstock Bulletproof materials are often rigid and bulky – think how stuffy bulletproof vests must be, but a new material inspired by the fluidity and toughness of…

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H&M, Kering, Worn Again Team Up to Close the Loop on Textiles

H&M, Kering, Worn Again Team Up to Close the Loop on Textiles

Photo by Shutterstock H&M and Kering are ready to close the loop on textiles. The world’s second-largest fashion retailer linked arms with the French luxury conglomerate on…

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New Zealand Bans Animal Testing for Cosmetic Products

New Zealand Bans Animal Testing for Cosmetic Products

Animal-rights advocates have gained a powerful new ally: Middle Earth. After two years of intense lobbying, New Zealand’s members of Parliament unanimously voted on Tuesday to ban…

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Actress Marion Cotillard Designs Ethical Jewelry for Chopard

Actress Marion Cotillard Designs Ethical Jewelry for Chopard

Photo by Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock Marion Cotillard is trading the camera lens for a jeweler’s eyeglass, at least for the moment. The Oscar-winning actress is working with…

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Blond & Bieber's "Algaemy" Uses Microalgae to Dye Textiles

Blond & Bieber's "Algaemy" Uses Microalgae to Dye Textiles

GREEN GOLD To take the concept further, Blond and Bieber created its so-called “analog printer”: an all-in-one microalgae farm, laboratory, and cylinder roller for wheeling…

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VIDEO: Miz Mooz's Selfie-Taking Shoe Proves That the End is Nigh

VIDEO: Miz Mooz's Selfie-Taking Shoe Proves That the End is Nigh

April Fool’s must have come early for Miz Mooz, a New York-based footwear retailer that wants to help you get a leg up—literally!—on your selfie game. Its so-called…

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Vaute's "Chinese Zodiac" Tees Bring Out Your Inner Animal

Vaute's "Chinese Zodiac" Tees Bring Out Your Inner Animal

Photos by Jessica-Joan Causing Vaute wants to bring out your inner animal. The vegan-friendly brand has teamed up with illustrator Mia Mandela to create a series of tees, tanks, and…

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Bolivian Knitters Are Saving the Lives of Children With Heart Defects

Bolivian Knitters Are Saving the Lives of Children With Heart Defects

Photo by Elzbieta Sekowska/Shutterstock Bolivia’s indigenous Aymara women are mending broken hearts—and we don’t mean figuratively. The custodians of centuries-old…

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