Walmart Announces $10 Million Fund to Support U.S. Manufacturing

by , 01/24/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Walmart

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Walmart isn’t exactly synonymous with “made in the U.S.A,” but the world’s largest retailer may be looking to temper its reputation. Walmart president Bill Simon revealed Thursday that the company has created a $10 million fund to bolster manufacturing in the United States. Simon, who outlined some of the details of the fund at the United States Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting in Washington, D.C., explained that Walmart and its philanthropic arm, the Walmart Foundation, will provide funds for the five-year program in the form of grants to American innovators. “If we want to grow manufacturing and help rebuild America’s middle class, we need the brightest minds in our universities, in our think tanks, and in our towns to tackle obstacles to U.S. manufacturing,” said Simon. “The $10 million fund will identify and award leaders in manufacturing innovation and help us all work together to create opportunity.”

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Ralph Lauren Unveils U.S.-Made Opening Ceremony Outfits for Sochi

by , 01/23/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

 

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The North Face Creates Responsible Down Standard for Industry Use

by , 01/23/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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The North Face is going down, and it wants to take the rest of the industry with it. In an announcement at Outdoor Retailer show on Wednesday, the outdoor-apparel retailer unveiled a new global animal-welfare and traceability standard, through which it will evaluate and certify its down supply chain. Produced in partnership with third-party accreditor Control Union Certifications, along with the nonprofit Textile Exchange, the Responsible Down Standard uses an established chain-of-custody process to help the The North Face ensure that its down doesn’t come from birds that have been subject “unnecessary harm,” including force-feeding and live-plucking.

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"Two Guys" Recycles Furniture Offcuts Into Wooden Lapel Flowers

by , 01/22/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Weddings, Men's Eco-Fashion, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Looks like Two Guys is branching out. The same Oklahoma-based company that transforms flooring and furniture offcuts into dapper wooden bow ties has twigged onto a line of lapel flowers that offer a modern take on ye olde boutonniere. Derived from the same exotic hardwoods and luxe fabrics as its predecessors, the handcrafted accessories are bound to dress up the staidest of suits, whether it’s for a night on the town or a walk down the aisle.

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Corr Blimey Creates Low-Waste Clothing, Designed to be Repurposed

by , 01/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Canberra, Australia is a city fortunate to claim designers Lousia de Smet and Steven Wright as its own. As the founders of Corr Blimey, the duo have been electrifying the fashion scene in the area since 2001. Their collections of sustainable couture feature dramatic silhouettes that can almost literally stand on their own. Corr Blimey emphasizes a process that focuses on the environmental sensitivity of each piece from its initial sketch to final walk down the runway.

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Way It Should Be: Glamorous Organic Clothing, Made in the U.S.A.

by , 01/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

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The latest collection from Way It Should Be was launched with an elaborate installation in New York last week when floating mannequins presented the sustainable designs. Behind the new line is Hassan Pierre, who first launched the luxury women’s demi-couture label in 2008 with the promise of a flourishing “ethical fashion” brand. And the 2014 collection has lived up to this idea, using organic silks for classic styles.

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Sebastian Errazuriz Immortalizes Ex-Girlfriends With 3D-Printed Shoes

by , 01/21/14   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Wearable Technology

 

Remedios Vincent Recycles Antique Tools Into Cunning Accessories

by , 01/21/14   filed under: Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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There once was a time before the appearance of big box stores when tools were crafted as both objects of utility and beauty. With not a speck in plastic in sight, these objects shone in metal, brass, glass, and polished wood. In his most recent line of accessories, dubbed Tools, Spanish designer Remedios Vincent uses reclaimed antique hardware to create jewelry glorifying the history and aesthetics of good craftsmanship.

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Apoccas Makes Cruelty-Free Silk Scarves No Caterpillar Died For

by , 01/20/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Textiles

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Apoccas is a luxury fashion label that introduces artisanal peace silk scarves. “In Thailand, it is traded as ‘eri silk’,” says founder Alexandra Du Sold “and it is the very epitome of sustainability in slow fashion”. Eri silkworms “nest” and start spinning silk for their cocoon around themselves to prepare for their transformation into short-term pupae before morphing into a silk moth. This entire process can take up to a month. When the spinning ceases, eri silk growers cut the cocoon open and release the animal into freedom. Only then does silk harvesting begin.

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David Catá Embroiders Portraits of Loved Ones Into Palms of His Hands

David Catá Embroiders Portraits of Loved Ones Into Palms of His Hands

SKIN AS CANVAS “Every person we meet marks us in some way. Their image projects onto us, reminding us where we come from,” says Catá, who has sewn the faces of his…

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"Shine" is an Elegant Activity Tracker You Can Wear Nearly Anywhere

"Shine" is an Elegant Activity Tracker You Can Wear Nearly Anywhere

Activity trackers are a dime a dozen now, and they all look have a sporty look that goes well with your workout clothes, but not necessarily a dress or a suit. Enter Shine, a stylish…

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Stella McCartney's Pre-Fall 2014 Collection Features Sustainable Wool

Stella McCartney's Pre-Fall 2014 Collection Features Sustainable Wool

The scene at Stella McCartney’s Pre-Fall 2014 presentation on Monday may have boasted bold-faced names like Liv Tyler, Parker Posey, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, and Patti Smith,…

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H&M Launches First Products Derived From Garment-Recycling Initiative

H&M Launches First Products Derived From Garment-Recycling Initiative

CRADLE TO CRADLE Available in stores in February, the upcoming range comprises 20 percent recycled cotton, which H&M says is the maximum amount that can be currently used without…

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Silic: A "Self-Cleaning" T-Shirt That's Nearly Impossible to Stain

Silic: A "Self-Cleaning" T-Shirt That's Nearly Impossible to Stain

Parents, klutzes, and pig pens rejoice for now there is a spill and stain-proof t-shirt made with safe nanotechnology. Silic is more than just a basic black or white tshirt; it features…

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Loomstate Designs Environment-Inspired Panda Helmet for the NFL

Loomstate Designs Environment-Inspired Panda Helmet for the NFL

Loomstate just put the “fantasy” into “fantasy football.” Together with 48 of its fellow Council of Fashion Designers of America members, the ethical clothing…

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Vivienne Westwood Wants to Make Environmental Destruction a Crime

Vivienne Westwood Wants to Make Environmental Destruction a Crime

Longtime environmentalist Vivienne Westwood is using her pull in fashion to rally her fans to back the End Ecocide in Europe initiative.  The proposal aims to hold big businesses…

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Cheap Clothing is Costing the Earth, Says Berlin Fashion School Director

Cheap Clothing is Costing the Earth, Says Berlin Fashion School Director

“Ecologically produced fashion does not necessarily have to be expensive. But if you’re part of a slow process, with craft techniques, small manufacturers, and everyone in…

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Goodwill San Francisco Launches Tech-Enabled Textile-Recycling Bin

Goodwill San Francisco Launches Tech-Enabled Textile-Recycling Bin

Goodwill of San Francisco has launched what it’s calling the world’s first tech-enabled textile-recycling bin. Designed to make donating clothes, shoes, household linens,…

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