Timbuk2, TerraCycle Upcycle Vintage Mail Sacks Into Messenger Bags

by , 04/08/14   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Timbuk2 and TerraCycle are putting the “messenger” in “messenger bag.” The San Francisco-based carryall-maker has teamed up with the New Jersey upcycler to transform decommissioned U.S. Postal Service mail bags (circa 1960-1990) into tough-as-nails stuff-shleppers ready to take on rain, snow, sleet, and gloom of night—and not necessarily in that order.

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Will.i.am, Ekocycle, Global Citizen Declare "A Day Without Waste"

by , 04/07/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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Are you a cup culprit, a double bagger, a container retainer, or napkin nipper? Bail yourself out on Wednesday by joining musician Will.i.am, his Coca-Cola-backed “Ekocycle” initiative, and Global Citizen in declaring April 9 “A Day Without Waste.” Simply register at www.adaywithoutwaste.org and take the one-day pledge. You’ll even stand a chance to win free concert tickets to Kings of Leon, Edward Sharpe, and more through the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative and the Global Citizen Nights concert series.

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Singapore Scientists Spin Bio-Based Nylon Out of Sugar

by , 04/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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The future of clothing is about to get a whole lot sweeter. Scientists from Singapore’s A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have discovered how to create adipic acid, a key component of nylon, from sugar. The technology, according to the researchers, offers an eco-friendlier route to producing the chemical, which is typically derived from petroleum-based chemicals that create large emissions of environmentally damaging nitrous oxides. Bio-based adipic acid, on the other hand, can be synthesized using mucic acid, oxidized from sugar obtained from fruit peels.

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BB.Suit: A 3D-Knitted "Onesie" That Doubles as Wi-Fi Hotspot

by , 04/07/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Everybody loves a onesie, but a onesie outfitted with a WiFi hotspot, GPS tracking and a music library becomes the life of the party. The BB.Suit is a 3D knitted, high tech outfit designed by a consortium of designers and engineers from The Netherlands to showcase the latest and greatest in wearable technology. Borre Akkersdijk of ByBorre used advanced knitting technology to create the garment, while Eindhoven University of Technology, 22Tracks, CRISP, Daan Spangenberg Graphics and Want.nl all collaborated to make the suit an internet-connected, walking music library. While the suit isn’t particularly practical, it does highlight the future of where wearable technology is headed.

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WILBy's "Ethical Sweatshop" Pops Up in Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel

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

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What exactly does an “ethical sweatshop” look like? New Yorkers who are curious to know can now head over to the lobby of Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel to glimpse one in action at WILBy’s temporary pop-up shop. In addition to showcasing local artisans getting their stitch on, WILBy (which stands for “What I Live By”) challenges visitors to re-examine how they shop by identifying with locally and sustainably made goods. Shoppers will also be able to participate in a series of DIY workshops and hear from guest speakers and designers who will be stopping by daily.

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Elise Ballegeer's Ethical Slow Fashion Offers Timeless Minimalism

by , 04/03/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Faultlines is the stunning new collection from eco-fashion designer Elise Ballegeer who has produced her stylish range using responsibly sourced organic and sustainable fabrics. To make these sleek designs Ballegeer selects eco-textiles such as hemp and cotton from fair-trade projects in India. But her main ethical practice, she says, is working with local ateliers and production houses in Berlin, Germany. “I pay my tailors fair wages and support the local economy,” she says, “and I’ve made it a priority to invite them to the shows, so they too can enjoy and take pride in the finished product.” Her respectful attitude to local craftsmanship combined with her commitment to social responsibility is at the heart of her designs.

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Australia Revokes 18-Year-Old Anti-Sweatshop Program

by , 04/03/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Australia’s federal government is withdrawing its support from a longstanding program that protects the country’s garment workers from sweatshop exploitation. The move, a victim of budget cuts, effectively puts an end to Ethical Clothing Australia, a joint industry-union initiative that relies on the government’s annual $925,000 largesse to stamp out human-rights abuses in the local textile, clothing, and footwear industry. It’s a decision that will harm both ethical Australian apparel businesses and vulnerable homeworkers at the bottom of the production supply chain, according to the group, which calls it a “green light to exploitation.”

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H&M, Zara Commit to Eliminate Deforestation From Their Clothing

by , 04/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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H&M and Zara are speaking for the trees. The world’s largest fashion retailers—the latter represented by its holding company, Inditex—have pledged to develop new sourcing strategies to eliminate the use of endangered-forest fibers in all of their rayon and viscose clothing. The decision was made in partnership with Canopy, a forestry nonprofit whose “Fashion Loved by Forest” campaign has already been embraced by the likes of Eileen Fisher, Lululemon, Patagonia, Prana, and Quiksilver.

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Umasan: Sustainable, Vegan Fashion for the Avant-Garde Androgyne

by , 04/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Interviews, Men's Eco-Fashion, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Avon to Phase Out Toxic Chemical Triclosan From Cosmetics

Avon to Phase Out Toxic Chemical Triclosan From Cosmetics

Avon announced this week  that it will begin to phase out triclosan from their roster of products. The antimicrobial agent can be fond in many health and beauty products, and has been…

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April Fool's! 7 Hilarious Clothing Spoofs We (Almost) Fell For

April Fool's! 7 Hilarious Clothing Spoofs We (Almost) Fell For

LULULEMON’S SPRAY-ON YOGA PANTS In a nod to 2013′s “Pantsgate,” where customers took Lululemon to task for its unintentionally see-through pants, the yogawear…

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JakToGo: Wearable Luggage That Helps You Avoid Baggage Fees

JakToGo: Wearable Luggage That Helps You Avoid Baggage Fees

The next wave in wearables may not be something to do with technology, but could be to help the transport of goods. The JakToGo combines your carry-on and your jacket to let you take 10…

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European Clothing Brands Have "Long Way to Go" Before Living Wages Become a Reality

European Clothing Brands Have "Long Way to Go" Before Living Wages Become a Reality

Photo by Munir Uz Zaman for AFP A “living wage” may be a human right, yet when it comes to facilitating lives of dignity for the workers who produce their clothes, most of…

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Artist Beili Liu Sits, Stitches Beneath 1,500 Suspended Scissors

Artist Beili Liu Sits, Stitches Beneath 1,500 Suspended Scissors

In 2011, Chinese-American artist Beili Liu held court in a gallery in Austin, TX, beneath a firmament of sharp, open-gaped scissors, 1,500 in total. Visitors to the space offered Liu…

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Beyond Skin Launches Vegan-Friendly Bridal Shoes After Popular Demand

Beyond Skin Launches Vegan-Friendly Bridal Shoes After Popular Demand

WEDDING BELLES Beyond Skin’s “do no harm” ethos extends beyond kindness to animals. The label frequently uses planet-pandering materials such as organic cotton, hemp,…

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Can One Emjoi Save Animals From Cruelty?

Can One Emjoi Save Animals From Cruelty?

Emjois—those tiny Japanese pictographs that function as word replacements in electronic messages—have become the most expedient way to express a thought or emotion through texting…

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UC Davis Scientists Use Bacteria to Make Eco-Friendlier Artificial Scents

UC Davis Scientists Use Bacteria to Make Eco-Friendlier Artificial Scents

Photo by Shutterstock From perfumes to paints and artificial flavorings, most chemicals produced on an industrialized scale are derived from oil and gas. To bring commercial scents and…

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Google, Motorola Debut First "Android Wear"-Powered Smartwatch

Google, Motorola Debut First "Android Wear"-Powered Smartwatch

I, ANDROID Android Wear will also allow you to control other devices from your wrist, say, firing up a music playlist on your phone or streaming your favorite movie—via Google’s…

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