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Nordstrom Debuts "Me to We" Line of Kenyan-Made Artisan Accessories

by , 10/09/13   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Fair Trade, Fashion Philanthropy

 

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Will.i.am, H Brothers Debut "Ekocycle" Suits Made From Recycled Bottles

by , 10/08/13   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Features, Men's Eco-Fashion

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Ekocycle, the eco-conscious brainchild brand of musical artist Will.i.am and Coca Cola, has announced a new line of fashion-forward men’s suits designed by New Zealand-based H Brothers. Will.i.am approached the 140-year-old clothing company to do a collaboration with Ekocycle after he become a fan of their garments and saw a chance to fill a gap in the market for eco-friendly suits. We recently had a chance to check out the new line of jackets, pants and accessories, which are made out of rPET (a fabric made using recycled plastic bottles). Read on to see what we thought!

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: Levi’s, Case-Mate Join Will.i.am, Coca-Cola’s “Ekocycle” Recycling Initiative

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Fire at Bangladesh Garment Factory Kills At Least 10 People, Injures 50

by , 10/08/13   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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A fire Tuesday night at a garment factory outside Bangladesh’s capital has killed at least 10 people, according to local officials. Fire chief Abu Zafar Ahmed told the Associated Press that 10 bodies were found inside the Aswad Composite Mills factory in Gazipur, 25 miles from Dhaka. He said that about 50 other people were injured while fleeing the blaze, which originated in the facility’s knitting section but whose cause has yet to be determined. Another fire official said the fire spread to two adjacent buildings that also housed garment factories under the Palmal Group but could not immediately say if anyone was still trapped inside.

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"The True Cost": A Documentary About the Clothing Industry's Impact

by , 10/08/13   filed under: Features, Interviews, Worker Rights

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“Growing up I was told this very simple story about where our clothes come from,” Andrew Morgan, director of a new documentary, The True Cost, tells viewers in the opening scenes of his film trailer. “I was told they were made in faraway places by these ‘other people’ and these people needed the work.” Despite never seeing these people, Morgan, like many consumers worldwide, believed he was supporting the “other people” with positive purchasing power. As news of human-rights abuses in Bangladesh hurtled into the public consciousness, however, and the body count began to mount, Morgan discovered an uglier truth that begged to be exposed.

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"Plastic is Precious" Provokes Consumers Into Rethinking Plastic Bags

by , 10/07/13   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Bags

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Few would quibble over the plastic bag’s marginalization over the years. The ubiquitous carriers siphon off diminishing petroleum reserves, suffocate sea life, clog drains, and leave an unsightly blot on the landscape. Then there’s the fact they take 1,000 years to disintegrate. But is their vile reputation entirely deserved? Helen Storey and Tony Ryan, the brain trust behind the air-purifying Catalytic Clothing project, don’t think so. To rehabilitate what they consider an unfairly bad rap, the duo is collaborating with their respective universities and world-acclaimed Bill Amberg Studio to enlighten consumers about the carriers’ so-called “eco-friendlier” alternatives. The problem isn’t plastic, they argue; it’s us.

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Tikker: The Wrist Watch That Knows When You're Going to Die

by , 10/07/13   filed under: Wearable Technology

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What if your Tikker, or “death watch,” lets its wearers know how much time they have left, down to the second. Invented by Fredrik Colting, who prefers to call it the “Happiness Watch,” the counting mechanism translates a survey of medical history and habits into a supposed accurate prediction of when you’ll die.

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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

 

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

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

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.…

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Textile Recycling Significantly Reduces Greenhouse Gases, Says EPA

Textile Recycling Significantly Reduces Greenhouse Gases, Says EPA

Photo by Shutterstock 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…

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Announcing the Finalists of the 2013 EcoChic Design Award!

Announcing the Finalists of the 2013 EcoChic Design Award!

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…

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Textile Exchange Launches New Standard to Verify "Recycled" Claims

Textile Exchange Launches New Standard to Verify "Recycled" Claims

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

DRESSING THE DEAD “The body is a gift,” Interlandi explains in the October 2013 issue Wired. “It’s a bag of nutrients and water and protein. When you place it…

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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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