Nearly Half a Million Children Toil in India's Cottonseed Fields

by , 08/14/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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A new report by the Stop Child Labour Coalition and the India Committee of the Netherlands has revealed that 60 percent of cotton seed farm laborers in India are children. Appropriately entitled “Cotton’s Forgotten Children,” the in-depth report has shown that most of these farm workers are under the age of 18, many under 14 years old. The report is part of an effort to crack down on child labor in India, which has risen since 2010.

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Formication Upcycles Scottish Mill Remnants Into Colorful Ethical Menswear

by , 08/14/15   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion

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Who says recycled fabrics don’t make for cool clothes? Scotland-based fashion designer KellyDawn Riot’s new sustainable menswear collection, Formication, utilizes recycled fabrics donated from local Scottish mills. Along with recycled fabric remnants, Riot also uses natural cottons and linens in her collection as well as eco-friendly printing techniques that eliminate reliance on harmful chemicals. Riot’s collection features bright, naturalist-inspired prints on modern silhouettes influenced by iconic eccentric men like Jimi Hendrix, Boy George, and David Bowie.

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PETA Reveals Alleged Animal Abuse by Patagonia, Stella McCartney Wool Supplier

by , 08/13/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is accusing an Argentinean supplier of so-called “responsibly sourced” wool of gross mistreatment of its lambs and sheep. The animal-rights group has posted on its website video that shows livestock workers slitting lambs’ throats, skinning them alive, or otherwise abusing and mutilating the animals. The footage, according to PETA, was obtained from farms that are part of the Ovis 21 (sometimes styled Ovis XXI), a network of some 140 ranches that has been working with the Nature Conservancy to reverse 100 years of overgrazing on 15 million acres of Patagonian grasslands.

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Freitag Teases World's First 100 Percent Compostable Denim Jeans

by , 08/13/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Men's Eco-Fashion, Online Tools, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Stella Jean Leverages Multicultural Heritage to Empower Women in Need

by , 08/12/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fall/Winter 2015, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Stella Jean exploded onto the fashion scene in late 2011 with collections recognized by their juxtaposition of classic silhouettes and bold prints. Representative of her multi-cultural background, the contrast aids in materializing the designer’s personal experiences. Jean’s path to fashion design was not a canonical one. Jean tells Ecouterre that when she was younger she dreamed of being a diplomatic official. However, once Jean discovered fashion design she found it to be a truly authentic mode of communication that allowed her to express and resolve any inadequacies she felt as a child. Being part of a multiracial family in Italy shaped the designer as a person, but also provided the framework to find her identity as a designer.

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"Flo" Lets Girls in Developing Countries Wash, Dry, Carry Reusable Sanitary Pads

by , 08/11/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

 

"Technopicnic" is a Solar-Powered Backpack for Picnicking in the City

by , 08/11/15   filed under: Solar Fashion, Wearable Technology

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It’d be nice to go take for a picnic in a wildflower-filled meadow with only the birds to listen to, but most people don’t have easy access to that much nature. With that in mind Atelier Teratoma proposes a picnic for the urban nomad, and has created your perfect setup complete with solar panels, speakers and social network connect-ability. Technopicnic is a backpack with everything you need to enjoy your city, spend time with friends, share a meal and connect with your network.

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Patagonia Wants to Transform "Filthy Business" of Denim

by , 08/10/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Men's Eco-Fashion, Organic Denim, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Denim’s a dirty business, and Patagonia is fixing to take it to the cleaners with a new collection of sustainable jeans. Composed of 100 percent organic cotton, the relaunched “Patagonia Denim” line uses environmentally sensitive dyes that bond more easily to the fiber, employing 84 percent less water and 30 percent less energy than conventional means. All six styles—three for men and three for women—are constructed using fair-trade-certified sewing processes, which allow workers to receive fair compensation for their labor while promoting better factory conditions.

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CFDA, Lexus Launch Fashion Initiative to Create "Meaningful Change"

by , 08/10/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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The CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge is relaunching in a major way. Now dubbed the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative, the erstwhile competition has expanded into a full-fledged business-development program, complete with a 17-month virtual residency program for 10 participating brands. The initiative’s goal? To “inspire thought leadership, facilitate the implementation of innovative business practices and create meaningful change” within the American fashion industry, according to the organizers, which include such eco-insiders as Linda Greer from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Timo Rissanen from Parsons The New New School of Design, fashion consultant Julie Gilhart, Jason Kibbey from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Lewis Perkins of Fashion Positive, Barbara Burchfield and Olivia Wilde from Conscious Commerce, Amber Valleta of Master & Muse, Alabama Chanin’s Natalie Chanin, and Scott Hahn from Loomstate.

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These Necklaces, Eyeglasses Make Dramatic Statements About U.K.'s Air

These Necklaces, Eyeglasses Make Dramatic Statements About U.K.'s Air

Most statement necklaces are just about standing out and…

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Organotex: Eco-Friendly Fabric Treatment That Repels Water Like a Plant

Organotex: Eco-Friendly Fabric Treatment That Repels Water Like a Plant

ORGANOTEX /ôrɡən ō teks/ n. 1 a: A biodegradable,…

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Rotterdam Students Turn Fruit, Vegetable Waste Into Durable "Leather"

Rotterdam Students Turn Fruit, Vegetable Waste Into Durable "Leather"

FRUITLEATHER The resulting textile, according to de Boon, isn’t unlike animal leather, with slight variances depending on the type of produce used. “Every centimeter is unique.…

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Extinct Sunwear: Sunglasses That Benefit Wildlife Conservation

Extinct Sunwear: Sunglasses That Benefit Wildlife Conservation

Extinct Sunwear not only keeps your eyes protected and looking cool this summer, but the line also helps raise awareness for endangered animals. The recently launched Kickstarter…

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TourDeFork's 3D-Printed Rings Turn Food Into Fashion

TourDeFork's 3D-Printed Rings Turn Food Into Fashion

With TourDeFork’s three-dimensionally printed rings, you can have your cake and wear it, too. Designed for the December 2014 issue of Italy’s… …

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Speedo Makes Closed-Loop Swimwear From Its Own Upcycled Scraps

Speedo Makes Closed-Loop Swimwear From Its Own Upcycled Scraps

Speedo is closing the loop, one swimsuit at a time. Together with Aquafil, the Italian manufacturer behind the Econyl line of regenerated (not to mention “endlessly…

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Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard: "Always Increase the Quality"

Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard: "Always Increase the Quality"

Photo by Terry Straehley/Shutterstock “Every time I’m stumped with a business problem, it doesn’t matter what it is, the answer is always ‘increase the…

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Smog-Containing Jewelry Support World's Largest Air Purifier

Smog-Containing Jewelry Support World's Largest Air Purifier

Studio Daan Roosegaarde wants you to help fight air pollution and smog– by wearing it on your finger. With his proposed air-purifier called the Smog Free Tower, Roosegaarde is…

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Can a New Label Help Eradicate Child Labor in the Garment Industry?

Can a New Label Help Eradicate Child Labor in the Garment Industry?

Of all the social indignities the garment industry promotes, child labor ranks among the worst. It’s galling in its pervasiveness, from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where…

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