LAST CHANCE: Win a Pair of PETA-Approved Vegan-Leather Espadrilles by M4D3

by , 08/18/15   filed under: Contests

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If you’re kicking off your shoes this summer, make them a pair of these cruelty-free espadrilles. A collaboration between People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and “footwear with a purpose” brand M4D3, the Mediterranean-style flats feature sleek faux leather, jute-rope soles, and both the M4D3 and PETA logos on its tag, inner sole, and back. We’re giving away a set of these slip-ons in the winner’s choice of size (5 to 11, half sizes included) and color (black, white, or blue).

Can’t wait to see if Lady Luck is on your side? Take a whopping 50 percent off when you buy a pair of these shoes right now at shop.m4d3shoes.com with the code M4D3XECOUTERRE.

TO ENTER THIS FABULOUS GIVEAWAY

1. SIGN UP FOR THE ECOUTERRE NEWSLETTER. (This is important because we’ll be announcing our winner there.)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BY AUGUST 18 and tell us what cruelty-free changes you’ve made—or are making—to your lifestyle. Although it doesn’t hurt to get fancy, we’ll be picking a winner at random.

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Embroidery Stop-Motion Film Animates Passover Folk Song

by , 08/17/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Video

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In Chad Gadya, a breathtakingly surreal three-minute film based on the Passover folk song of the same name, Nina Paley and Theodore Gray illustrate the absurdity of our dog-eat-cat-eat-goat-that-my-father-bought-for-two-zuzim world through meticulously crafted “embroidermation,” a form of stop motion based on embroidered images. Paley and Gray stitched nearly every frame of the video on unbleached cotton-muslin matzo covers to create their “animation cels,” then brought them to life using specialized software. The duo refer to the work, which required a year and a half to make, as their “most ridiculously labor-intensive animation ever.”

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Canadian Thrift Store Makenew Debuts Ethical Fashion Line

by , 08/17/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade

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Residents of Halifax, Canada, may be familiar with the eclectic design and second-hand store Makenew. But now designer Anna Gilkerson has launched a sustainable collection of her own in order to meet demand for ethical garments. Dubbed Älskling – from the Swedish for ‘darling’ – the locally-made designs are minimalist and simple in form. They are all created by hand using a mixture of organic or sustainably sourced fabrics from India, which are hand printed and crafted by local young (and highly skilled) pattern-makers, sewers and graders. Everyone involved are paid a fair wage and by keeping it local helps ensure that the money stays within the local economy. The collection itself consists of a range of simple yet cool items such as a T-shirt tank and a button up dress, in white and embroidered fabric perfect for the coming summer months

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Nearly Half a Million Children Toil in India's Cottonseed Fields

by , 08/14/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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A new report by the Stop Child Labour Coalition and the India Committee of the Netherlands has revealed that 60 percent of cotton seed farm laborers in India are children. Appropriately entitled “Cotton’s Forgotten Children,” the in-depth report has shown that most of these farm workers are under the age of 18, many under 14 years old. The report is part of an effort to crack down on child labor in India, which has risen since 2010.

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Formication Upcycles Scottish Mill Remnants Into Colorful Ethical Menswear

by , 08/14/15   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion

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Who says recycled fabrics don’t make for cool clothes? Scotland-based fashion designer KellyDawn Riot’s new sustainable menswear collection, Formication, utilizes recycled fabrics donated from local Scottish mills. Along with recycled fabric remnants, Riot also uses natural cottons and linens in her collection as well as eco-friendly printing techniques that eliminate reliance on harmful chemicals. Riot’s collection features bright, naturalist-inspired prints on modern silhouettes influenced by iconic eccentric men like Jimi Hendrix, Boy George, and David Bowie.

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PETA Reveals Alleged Animal Abuse by Patagonia, Stella McCartney Wool Supplier

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is accusing an Argentinean supplier of so-called “responsibly sourced” wool of gross mistreatment of its lambs and sheep. The animal-rights group has posted on its website video that shows livestock workers slitting lambs’ throats, skinning them alive, or otherwise abusing and mutilating the animals. The footage, according to PETA, was obtained from farms that are part of the Ovis 21 (sometimes styled Ovis XXI), a network of some 140 ranches that has been working with the Nature Conservancy to reverse 100 years of overgrazing on 15 million acres of Patagonian grasslands.

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Freitag Teases World's First 100 Percent Compostable Denim Jeans

 

Stella Jean Leverages Multicultural Heritage to Empower Women in Need

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Stella Jean exploded onto the fashion scene in late 2011 with collections recognized by their juxtaposition of classic silhouettes and bold prints. Representative of her multi-cultural background, the contrast aids in materializing the designer’s personal experiences. Jean’s path to fashion design was not a canonical one. Jean tells Ecouterre that when she was younger she dreamed of being a diplomatic official. However, once Jean discovered fashion design she found it to be a truly authentic mode of communication that allowed her to express and resolve any inadequacies she felt as a child. Being part of a multiracial family in Italy shaped the designer as a person, but also provided the framework to find her identity as a designer.

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"Flo" Lets Girls in Developing Countries Wash, Dry, Carry Reusable Sanitary Pads

by , 08/11/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

 

"Technopicnic" is a Solar-Powered Backpack for Picnicking in the City

"Technopicnic" is a Solar-Powered Backpack for Picnicking in the City

Photos by DiegoENE It’d be nice to go take for a picnic in a wildflower-filled meadow with only the birds to listen to, but most people don’t have easy access to that much…

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Patagonia Wants to Transform "Filthy Business" of Denim

Patagonia Wants to Transform "Filthy Business" of Denim

Denim’s a dirty business, and Patagonia is fixing to take it to the cleaners with a new collection of sustainable jeans. Composed of 100 percent organic cotton, the relaunched…

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CFDA, Lexus Launch Fashion Initiative to Create "Meaningful Change"

CFDA, Lexus Launch Fashion Initiative to Create "Meaningful Change"

Photo by magicinfoto/Shutterstock The CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge is relaunching in a major way. Now dubbed the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative, the erstwhile competition has…

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These Necklaces, Eyeglasses Make Dramatic Statements About U.K.'s Air

These Necklaces, Eyeglasses Make Dramatic Statements About U.K.'s Air

Most statement necklaces are just about standing out and looking great, but these dramatic necklaces are actually making a statement about air quality and pollution in the UK.…

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Organotex: Eco-Friendly Fabric Treatment That Repels Water Like a Plant

Organotex: Eco-Friendly Fabric Treatment That Repels Water Like a Plant

ORGANOTEX \ôrɡən ō teks\ n. 1 a: A biodegradable, breathable, and fluorocarbon-free fabric treatment that mimics a plant’s ability to repel moisture. b: Uses a system of…

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Rotterdam Students Turn Fruit, Vegetable Waste Into Durable "Leather"

Rotterdam Students Turn Fruit, Vegetable Waste Into Durable "Leather"

FRUITLEATHER The resulting textile, according to de Boon, isn’t unlike animal leather, with slight variances depending on the type of produce used. “Every centimeter is unique.…

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Extinct Sunwear: Sunglasses That Benefit Wildlife Conservation

Extinct Sunwear: Sunglasses That Benefit Wildlife Conservation

Extinct Sunwear not only keeps your eyes protected and looking cool this summer, but the line also helps raise awareness for endangered animals. The recently launched Kickstarter…

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TourDeFork's 3D-Printed Rings Turn Food Into Fashion

TourDeFork's 3D-Printed Rings Turn Food Into Fashion

With TourDeFork’s three-dimensionally printed rings, you can have your cake and wear it, too. Designed for the December 2014 issue of Italy’s… …

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Speedo Makes Closed-Loop Swimwear From Its Own Upcycled Scraps

Speedo Makes Closed-Loop Swimwear From Its Own Upcycled Scraps

Speedo is closing the loop, one swimsuit at a time. Together with Aquafil, the Italian manufacturer behind the Econyl line of regenerated (not to mention “endlessly…

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