Daniel Widrig's 3D-Printed Jewelry Redefines "Wearable Technology"

by , 12/16/13   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Wearable Technology

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London architect and artist Daniel Widrig recently showed off Kinesis, his line of customizable 3D wearable sculptures at Design Miami. As implied by the collection’s name, the undulating curves of the lightweight 3D-printed sculptures create a sense of dynamic movement. Widrig’s also built his wearable collection based on 3D scans of the model’s body to make each piece a unique and expressive extension of the human form.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: 3D-Printed Silver, Stainless Steel Jewelry Available at Neiman Marcus

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Canada's Ontario Government Says No to Sweatshop Labor for Clothing

by , 12/16/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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The Ontario government will be taking a giant step toward sustainability and ethical sourcing, by requiring the companies that make uniforms for Canadian civil servants to prove ethical standards. The new bill will ensure that governmental attire will not be sourced from sweatshops, hopefully setting a standard for the fashion industry across Canada. Canadians have already shown a trend in supporting fair-trade consumer goods, and this bill only strengthens their support.

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Stephen Colbert "Not a Fan" of "Planet Money's" T-Shirt Exposé

by , 12/13/13   filed under: Eco-Celebrities

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“Not a fan of this project. The global marketplace is someplace where we export work to have happen in whatever conditions we want, and then the products come back to me cheap enough to throw about without thinking about it. …Why do you want to make the hand of the market visible?”

—Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, speaking on December 10 to NPR Planet Money’s Alex Blumberg about the experience of following a T-shirt throughout the production process.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: NPR’s “Planet Money” Makes a T-shirt—This is What it Discovered

 

NPR's "Planet Money" Makes a T-shirt—This is What it Discovered

by , 12/13/13   filed under: Featured, Worker Rights

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NPR’s Planet Money set out to make a T-shirt; not just any T-shirt, a T-shirt that could tell the story of its own conception from seed to store. Aside from an illustration of a squirrel swilling a martini glass on the front, the garment is as run-of-the-mill as it gets, made by Jockey from 100 percent conventional cotton. Planet Money sent a team of 10 journalists to document a journey that begins at cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta, continues to factories in Indonesia, Colombia, and Bangladesh, then rounds back home to a shipping container in Jacksonville, Flor. The result is a deftly executed multimedia project that puts faces to the social and economic inequities behind a $30 T-shirt’s creation.

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Avoid Stress, Debt by Declaring an "Xmas Truce" With Friends, Family

by , 12/13/13   filed under: Site Seeing

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Nearly a hundred years after British and German soldiers imposed a temporary ceasefire along the Western Front to exchange holiday greetings and gifts, it’s time to declare a different kind of Christmas truce. The brainchild of Saatchi & Saatchi’s London art director, Todd Grinham, “Xmas Truce” is an Facebook tool that allows you to impose a “truce” on gift-giving with your friends and family this season. Trucing works much like those secret-crush apps of yore, meaning no one will know until both parties virtually shake on it. The benefits of giving the gift of nothing? Less stress, debt, and quarreling with your partner over said stress and debt for one.

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Smarty Ring Lets You Control Your Smartphone Without Lifting a Finger

by , 12/12/13   filed under: Wearable Technology

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A new wave of accessory, smart devices are rolling out to help you manage updates without draining your phone’s battery or having it out all the time. The Smarty Ring is a new twist on the idea to funnel all your data and info through your fingertips. A stainless steel ring with a digital display alerts you to calls, updates, needed info, or use it as a timer, clock or even remote control.

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Make Meow Meow Tweet's DIY Clementine-Nutmeg Body Scrub

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FIRST LOOK: Amber Valletta Fronts H&M's 2014 "Conscious Collection"

by , 12/12/13   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands

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H&M has released our first official look at supermodel Amber Valletta as the face of its upcoming “Conscious” and “Conscious Exclusive” collections, part of the Swedish retailer’s ongoing forays into planet-friendlier materials such as organic cotton, Tencel, hemp, and recycled polyester. “I’m very excited to work with the H&M Conscious campaign because we share the same values about sustainability,” Valletta, who succeeds Vanessa Paradis as spokeswoman, says in a press release. “This collection shows that you can be as mindful about people and the environment as fashion conscious. I simply love the designs and the fact that all the pieces are made with organic, recycled, and cellulose fabrics shows that you don’t need to compromise fashion for sustainability anymore.”

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: Amber Valletta is the Face of H&M’s 2014 Conscious Collection

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Victoria's Secret Debuts 3D-Printed Lingerie at Annual Fashion Show

by , 12/11/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Underwear, Wearable Technology

 

Sustainable Apparel Coalition's Updates "Higg Index" to Include Footwear

Sustainable Apparel Coalition's Updates "Higg Index" to Include Footwear

Photo by Shutterstock The Sustainable Apparel Coalition unveiled Wednesday a new iteration of its “Higg Index,” an open-source tool that measures garment sustainability…

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H&M Might Raise Its Prices so It Can Pay Workers a Better Wage

H&M Might Raise Its Prices so It Can Pay Workers a Better Wage

Photo by JuliusKielaitis/Shutterstock H&M shoppers might want to brace themselves for higher prices at the till. The Swedish apparel giant admitted Monday that a price hike could…

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Hand & Cloth's Recycled Quilts Offer Bangladeshi Women a Fair Living

Hand & Cloth's Recycled Quilts Offer Bangladeshi Women a Fair Living

These beautiful quilts are not only exquisite fabrics, but they have a social conscience. Hand & Cloth is a fantastic social enterprise that helps local women in Bangladesh who…

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Atelier Akeef: Berlin's First Menswear Store Devoted to Sustainable Luxury

Atelier Akeef: Berlin's First Menswear Store Devoted to Sustainable Luxury

Michael Ashley and Alan Sommerville ran the Akeef store in Kreuzberg, before relaunching with a strong sustainable fashion concept in what was Davide Grazioli’s Atelier in…

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Shopaholic? Take the Mommy Greenest's 2014 "Shop Drop Challenge"!

Shopaholic? Take the Mommy Greenest's 2014 "Shop Drop Challenge"!

Photo by Shutterstock Yes, I’ve shopped till I dropped. I’ve done the Black Friday sales and stood in line for designer collaborations at big box stores. I’ve wandered malls…

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Bangladesh's Toxic Leather Tanneries Even Worse Than Its Sweatshops

Bangladesh's Toxic Leather Tanneries Even Worse Than Its Sweatshops

Photo by Pavel Rahma by Associated Press Working conditions in Bangladesh have been placed under scrutiny in the international media since last year’s tragic Rana Plaza factory…

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Newly "Plant-Based" Beyoncé Wears Fur to Lunch at a Vegan Restaurant

Newly "Plant-Based" Beyoncé Wears Fur to Lunch at a Vegan Restaurant

Here’s the point, and there’s Beyoncé missing it. After committing to a 22-day “completely vegan” diet with her husband, rap mogul Jay-Z, the pop megastar was…

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"Metamorph" by Thieves: One Sustainable Dress, Over 20 Ways to Wear It

"Metamorph" by Thieves: One Sustainable Dress, Over 20 Ways to Wear It

Made from organic bamboo stretch jersey, the Metamorph can be worn long, short, tight, or loose. Perfect for a quick change between engagements, the dress conforms to the mood of the…

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Lallitara Recycles Discarded Indian Saris Into Eco-Chic Bow Ties, Scarves

Lallitara Recycles Discarded Indian Saris Into Eco-Chic Bow Ties, Scarves

The materials are all sourced by working with India’s informal recycling communities, says founder and CEO Bijal Shah. “We pay these hardworking women and men fair wages for their…

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