Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $72 Mil in Suit Claiming Baby Powder Caused Cancer

by , 02/24/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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A Missouri jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who claimed to have developed ovarian cancer after using talc-containing products from the company for several decades. Jackie Fox, who died at age 62 in October, was one of more than 1,200 women from across the country who are suing the healthcare giant for failing to warn consumers that talc, a mineral found in talcum powder, could cause cancer. In an audio deposition, Fox said she used Johnson & Johnson’s trademark baby powder and “Shower to Shower” feminine-hygiene powder for 35 years before she received a cancer diagnosis three years ago. Evidence submitted by the plaintiff included a report from a pathologist who found talc in Fox’s ovaries, which caused the inflammation that resulted in the cancer.

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Bureo Debuts Sunglasses Made From 100 Percent Recycled Fishing Nets

 

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Oros Uses NASA Technology to Create Cruelty-Free Insulated Jackets

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The team behind Oros will keep you warmer than ever this winter, using NASA-certified insulation! Aerogel, the same material used for NASA space suits and the Mars Rover is now being used to outfit performance winter gear. The totally complete line includes a jacket, gloves, beanie and pants that keep the body snuggly and comfortable in the most frigid of temperatures, and are completely cruelty-free.

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Nike Celebrates Four Years of Flyknit, Now Uses Recycled Polyester

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Nike toasted the fourth anniversary of “Flyknit” with an infographic about its mold-breaking technology. What’s the big deal? Unlike conventional shoemaking techniques, Flyknit allows designers to “micro-engineer” every stitch to create a formfitting, lightweight, pliable, and nearly seamless upper while reducing both the materials used and the waste leaves behind. The debut Flyknit Racer, which made an appearance in February 2012, was the apotheosis of years of research and development. The result, a shoe that fit like a sock but had the support of a trainer, was revolutionary for its time.

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PETA Wants You to Trick Fur-Wearers on Pinterest

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This London Fashion Week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Pinterest users to pull the wool over the eyes of fur- and leather-lovers—so to speak. The animal-rights group has designed a series of ads, ostensibly touting the latest winter fashion trends, that reveal only their top half when viewed on the digital scrapbooking site. When users click to reveal the full “pin,” however, they see the “cruelty animals face for fashion,” according to the group, which originally commissioned the campaign for Berlin Fashion Week in January. “Please visit PETA US’ Pinterest page and re-pin the ads using these hashtags: #FallWinter2016, #FashionWeek, #LondonFashionWeek and #LFW,” Dan Howe, PETA U.K.’s digital marketing manager, said in a blog post. “Together, we can encourage the fashion world to become truly forward-thinking and move past the use of animal parts.”

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Naked & Famous Launches Vegan, Organic, Gluten-Free Selvedge Jeans

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“Gluten-free denim?” we hear you scoff. “What a ridiculous notion!” Turns out, the label is a bit of a humbug—jeans aren’t made from wheat, after all. But Naked & Famous’s Whole Foods-esque offering does have a few things going for it. For one thing, it’s one of the company’s “most sustainable” jeans yet. Made in Canada, the selvedge jeans comprise 100 percent unbleached organic cotton from Japan that’s been dyed using natural, plant-derived indigo. Plus, that leather-like patch on the back is actually heavy cardboard that only looks and feels like the animal stuff. The pants come in two cuts: the tapered “Weird Guy” and slim-fitting “Super Skinny Guy.” Celiac disease or not, we can recommend neither of these for eating.

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The Body Shop Wants to be the World's Most Sustainable Business

by , 02/19/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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To celebrate their 40th birthday, The Body Shop is launching a new commitment to become the world’s most ethical and sustainable business. The vigorous commitment will include programs in all facets of the business across the globe that will become totally active by 2020. Entitled Enrich Not Exploit, the commitment will target The Body Shop’s ingredients, products, packaging, stores, employees, suppliers and campaigns, making sure they are as sustainable and ethical as possible.

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H&M, M&S Not Fulfilling "Living Wage" Promises, Says New Report

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H&M and Marks & Spencer can ballyhoo their stances on ethical sourcing all they want, but not everyone is buying it. Among the skeptics? Labour Behind the Label, a workers-rights group that claims that the retailers have not lived up to their promises to promote “fair living wages” for the people who make their clothes. “Both brands have hung their ethical credentials around this key human rights issue, to great applaud, but without reporting clearly on the outcomes of the schemes,” wrote Anna McMullen, lead author of the U.K. group’s latest report. “While consumers are left to trust that what was said is being done, many are left wondering about the real impact of the promises that were made.”

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Supermodel Lily Cole's Three Rules for Shopping Ethically

by , 02/18/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes

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Livia Firth, a big cheerleader in the ethical fashion space, has challenged people to wear everything they own at least 30 times. So when you buy something, have it in your head that you will wear it a lot.

“I wear the same bit of my wardrobe again and again and again until it falls apart, and then, if I have an event or a party, I go to the back of the wardrobe and pull out an old dress that will hopefully still fit.

“Secondly, try to buy brands that are doing good in the world. And thirdly, avoid cheap impulse buys. Only buy things you really love. And then love them!”

—Supermodel, entrepreneur, and environmental advocate Lily Cole, speaking to Time Out London on how to shop for clothes responsibly.

 

"Breadline" Clothing Line Highlights U.K.'s Hidden Hunger Crisis

"Breadline" Clothing Line Highlights U.K.'s Hidden Hunger Crisis

Have you always tied together your passion for fashion and social causes? My family is very creative, caring, and concerned about people and the environment, which has had a massive…

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Ecotec: A Traceable, Italian-Made Yarn Derived From Recycled Cotton

Ecotec: A Traceable, Italian-Made Yarn Derived From Recycled Cotton

ECOTEC \ēkōˈtek\ n. 1 a: A Marchi & Fildi yarn derived from 100 percent pre-dyed cotton textile clippings. b: Made in Italy using an exclusive, traceable, and Oeko-Tex–…

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Beth Ditto's Plus-Size Fashion Line is Ethical, Timeless, "Unapologetic"

Beth Ditto's Plus-Size Fashion Line is Ethical, Timeless, "Unapologetic"

PLUS POINT Ditto describes the vintage-inspired line, which comes in U.S. sizes 14 to 28, as “uncompromising, unapologetic, and timeless.” “I wanted to make pieces to…

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Cora: An Organic-Tampon Subscription Service That Helps Girls in Need

Cora: An Organic-Tampon Subscription Service That Helps Girls in Need

Don’t be fooled by Cora’s sleek designer packaging. The tampon subscription service is more than a good-looking way to deal with “that time of month.” For one…

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Energy-Harvesting Shoes Could Charge Smartphones With Footsteps

Energy-Harvesting Shoes Could Charge Smartphones With Footsteps

No power outlet? No problem! If a pair of University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers has its way, juicing up a dying smartphone could soon be as easy as plugging it into your shoe. In…

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Daisy & Elizabeth Makes Ethical Lingerie for the "Modern Cowgirl"

Daisy & Elizabeth Makes Ethical Lingerie for the "Modern Cowgirl"

RHINESTONE COWGIRLS Hartmann and NeSmith describe the Daisy & Elisabeth girl as a strong-willed free spirit who loves rock ‘n roll, country music, whiskey drinking, and…

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And the Winners of the 2016 H&M Global Change Award Are...

And the Winners of the 2016 H&M Global Change Award Are...

The people have spoken! At a glitzy event in Stockholm on Wednesday evening, the Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden handed out prizes to the winners of H&M’s inaugural…

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Don't Fall for Cheap, Trendy E-Tailers That Advertise on Facebook

Don't Fall for Cheap, Trendy E-Tailers That Advertise on Facebook

Photo by Shutterstock My Dad is full of aphorisms. One of his favorites? If you pay peanuts, don’t be surprised if you get monkeys. Nowhere does this hold more true than with the…

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Livia Firth Turns Eco-Fashion Designer for Marks & Spencer

Livia Firth Turns Eco-Fashion Designer for Marks & Spencer

GREENER MATERIALS Inspired by Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, two icons known for their elegance and simplicity, every piece has been “made with integrity and [will] live in…

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