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Timbuk2, R3DNA Recycle Car Leather Into San Francisco–Made Bags

by , 10/07/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags, Men's Eco-Fashion, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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Bangladesh Safety Accord Goes Public With List of 1,600 Factories

by , 10/04/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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In an industry first, more than 90 international apparel brands, retailers, and manufacturers operating in Bangladesh have made public a list of the 1,566 factories they use as part of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Unveiled Wednesday by IndustriAll Global Union, one of the trade organizations that initiated the safety pact in the aftermath of the deadly Rana Plaza building collapse in April, the list accounts for roughly a third of all garment factories in Bangladesh’s $20 billion industry. It also covers more than 2 million employees under the auspices of the legally binding contract, which includes signatories such as Benetton, Inditex (parent company of Zara), H&M, and Primark.

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Factory That Produces for Gap Accused of "Grueling Forced Labor"

by , 10/04/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Gap is “cheating the poorest workers in the world,”, according to the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. In a report published Thursday, the Pittsburgh-based watchdog charged the parent company behind the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta brands of violating its own code of conduct. Despite being the largest apparel retailer in the United States, Gap has “no idea what is going on” with the factories that manufacture its goods in Bangladesh. Take, for instance, Next Collections, a Ha-meem Group–owned facility outside Dhaka that devotes roughly 70 percent of its production to Gap and Old Navy.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: Children as Young as 12 Are Making Clothing for Old Navy in Bangladesh

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PACT Introduces Organic-Cotton Leggings, Just in Time for Fall

by , 10/03/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Women's Eco-Fashion

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PACT is more than the sum of its ethical undergarments. After expanding into socks, T-shirts, and baby onesies, the social enterprise is branching into organic-cotton leggings. Responsibly knit in a 100 percent wind-powered factory, the leggings come in three versions (regular, footed, cropped) and a variety of solid, print, and ombre designs. Plus, like the rest of PACT’s wares, a portion of proceeds benefit specific causes. Depending on the edition you choose, your largesse helps fund microloans for burgeoning entrepreneurs, create jobs for the homeless, or establish food gardens in low-income urban communities.

+ Women’s Leggings $18-$38

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Textile Recycling Significantly Reduces Greenhouse Gases, Says EPA

by , 10/03/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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In the effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, a great deal of energy has been directed towards recycling, driving less, and reducing power plant pollution. In a recent report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identifies textiles as an important source of greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling clothing at current levels is equivalent of taking one million cars off the road each year.

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Announcing the Finalists of the 2013 EcoChic Design Award!

by , 10/03/13   filed under: Announcements, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of the 2013 EcoChic Design Award.

Eight shocked and excited gasps rang through Redress’ Hong Kong office this week as eight emerging fashion designers in Asia and Europe answered our phone calls to hear that they had made it to the grand final of the 2013 EcoChic Design Award sustainable fashion design competition. Less audible, were the relieved exhales from the competitions’ 24 influential judges and Redress’ team, who have masterly guided the fourth cycle of The EcoChic Design Award in search of sustainable designers living in Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

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Textile Exchange Launches New Standard to Verify "Recycled" Claims

by , 10/02/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Evil doers and truth-stretchers beware; there’s a new textile standard in town, and it’s not afraid to take on the Wild West of product labels. Launched Wednesday by the nonprofit Textile Exchange, the new “Recycled Claim Standard” is designed for use in any industry and any reclaimed material. Its purpose? To establish greater transparency in the supply chain by providing external accountability to common product claims, such as “made with recycled polyester.”

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Are Givenchy's Glitter Masks the Next Big Fashion Trend?

by , 10/02/13   filed under: Eco-Art, Paris Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2014

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The models at Givenchy at Spring/Summer 2014 Paris Fashion Week dazzled the crowd with their crystalline faces designed by makeup artist Pat McGrath. But sometimes beauty is no easy feat, as McGrath has revealed that the models sat in the makeup chair for a whopping 12 hours as their glitter masks were applied. Along with forty assistants, McGrath’s creations prove that sometimes beauty is in fact pain!

So tell us, are Givenchy's sequin masks haute or not?

  • 40 Votes HELL NO! 12 hours? 20 people? To look like that?
  • 2 Votes HELL YES! The end result is worth the trouble.
  • 3 Votes Maybe if I'm assigned my own makeup team.

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Biodegradable "Garments for the Grave" Let You Enter the Afterlife in Style

by , 10/02/13   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear

 

Online Retailers Use High-Tech Sizing Technology to Reduce Returns

Online Retailers Use High-Tech Sizing Technology to Reduce Returns

Photo by Shutterstock Buying clothing online is easy and convenient, but it also comes with a sizable risk – namely the consumer doesn’t know how an item will fit. Across…

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7 Weird, Wonderful, and Wholly Unexpected Uses for Bras

7 Weird, Wonderful, and Wholly Unexpected Uses for Bras

CANCER DETECTOR We all expect our bras to work miracles, but can they also monitor our breasts for signs of cancer? First Warning Systems’ high-tech underwire uses a series of…

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Seawall: An Eco-Fashion Label, Boutique That Promotes "Made in Maine"

Seawall: An Eco-Fashion Label, Boutique That Promotes "Made in Maine"

Using fabrics from small mills in Japan, Seawall produces fine button-down shirts in an ethically-conscious way. From the same team behind lingerie line Brook There, the designs were…

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Canepa is World's First Textile Mill to Commit to Greenpeace's Detox Plan

Canepa is World's First Textile Mill to Commit to Greenpeace's Detox Plan

Canepa has pledged to eliminate toxic chemicals from its supply chain and products by 2020. The Italian mill is the world’s first textile manufacturer to publicly commit to…

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Ishi Makes Organic, Naturally Dyed Vests That Promote Livelihoods in India

Ishi Makes Organic, Naturally Dyed Vests That Promote Livelihoods in India

Very rarely does a fashion choice have the opportunity to make a profound influence on a global scale. For Harish Patel, a few compliments sparked an idea that became the Ishi vest.…

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Watch the Trailer for "Thread," a Documentary About the Ethics of Fashion

Watch the Trailer for "Thread," a Documentary About the Ethics of Fashion

Need an elevator pitch for the importance of sustainability in fashion? You can do no better than the trailer for Thread, an upcoming documentary about the internal workings of the…

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Colombian Plant Fiber Rids Water of Harmful Textile Dyes in Minutes

Colombian Plant Fiber Rids Water of Harmful Textile Dyes in Minutes

Photo by Wikimedia Commons Textile dyes and other pollutants can kill waterways. The dyes are not only toxic, but they discolor the water enough to prevent plants and algae from getting…

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Bangladesh Garment Workers Organize Biggest Wage-Hike Protest

Bangladesh Garment Workers Organize Biggest Wage-Hike Protest

Photos by the Associated Press Hundreds of clothing factories outside the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka were forced to close temporarily on Monday after protests demanding higher minimum…

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Safari Park Imposes "No Animal Prints" Dress Code

Safari Park Imposes "No Animal Prints" Dress Code

Photo by Shutterstock If you’re planning to visit Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey, England, you’d be well-advised to leave any animal-print clothes at home. The…

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