Meet the 10 Finalists of the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative

by , 10/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Cocktail hour began earlier than usual Wednesday morning when the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Lexus (yes, the auto-maker) announced the 10 inaugural finalists of the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative (née the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge at Le Turtle on Chrystie St. in New York City. Ready to embark on their 17-month virtual residency, during which they will hone their environmentally friendly business practices through workshops, mentoring, and field visits, are Aurora James of Brother Vellies, a line of handcrafted African shoes; Sara Beltran of the jewelry firm Dezso; Erin Isakov of Erin Snow, which traffics in activewear; Britt Cosgrove and Marina Polo of apparel label Svilu; Nicholas and Christopher Kunz of luxury brand Nicholas K; Katie DeGuzman and Michael Miller of K/ller, winner of the 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge; Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome, which traffics in womenswear; Wing Yin Yau of fine jeweler Wwake, and, despite appearing more mentor than mentee, Prabal Gurung and Maria Cornejo of Zero + Maria Cornejo.

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BASE Range Offers Sustainable Wardrobe Basics Sans Filter

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Simple. Soft. Natural. Minimal. Organic. Feminine. Today, our world is filled with endless filters and editing – it’s nearly impossible to find anything that hasn’t been retouched or altered. BASE Range (short for Basic Aesthetic for Sustainable Easywear) thought it was time to create a line of under and easy wear in soft silhouettes focusing on real beauty, naturally untouched. Base Range creates high quality under and easy wear with natural fibers, such as bamboo and organic cotton. Minimal, yet innovative, designs result in products that benefit both the producer and consumer while simultaneously minimizing its impact on the environment.

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Zady Launches Private Label Eco-Clothing for Men

by , 10/29/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Men's Eco-Fashion

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So the menfolk don’t feel left out, ethical e-tailer Zady has launched its first private-label clothing items for gents. Featuring an alpaca sweater and an organic-cotton button-down shirt, both of which come in your choice of white or navy, the inaugural collection hews to the same standard of supply-chain transparency as the products that preceded it. Each garment is designed for the long haul, the firm says. The sweater, composed of Andean alpaca that was washed, combed, and spun in a solar-powered facility in Arequipa, Peru, before it was knit in New York, includes a contrasting elbow patch—a “subtle nod to the days when the longevity of sweaters was admired, since this one too will endure,” wrote Zady on its website.

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€3.6 Million Project to Tackle Clothing Waste Launches Across Europe

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Last Wednesday saw the launch of the European Clothing Action Plan, a new initiative to reduce textile waste across the European Union. Helmed by the United Kingdom’s Waste & Resources Action Programme, and funded through the EU to the tune of €3.6 million, the three-year venture will work with brands, retailers, manufacturers, recycling and reclamation groups, charities, and consumers to scale back the glut of clothing that inundates incinerators and landfills every year. “Finding more sustainable ways to work with textiles is an area set to deliver huge benefits—both economic and environmental,” Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP, said in a statement. “To be leading on a project of this magnitude is something I am very excited about, and applying tried and tested approaches such as voluntary agreements and consumer campaigns across Europe, will really take our expertise to the next level.”

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Don't Miss the "Hand of Fashion" Speaker Series at FIT

by , 10/27/15   filed under: Events

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Join the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Ethical Fashion Initiative as they launch “The Hand of Fashion,” a series of conversations about sustainability in fashion. Designed to “enable and encourage sustainable thinking as part of…a new normal in the industry,” the series will feature thought leaders such as Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative; Marie-Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer at Kering; and Nina Almeida Braga, director of Instituto E. All events are free and open to the public—simply register at www.fitnyc.edu.

Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27th St.
New York, NY 10001

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How California Could Have Saved 35 Billion Liters of Water, Per Levi's

by , 10/27/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Cue the sad trombone. Following revelations that the California reservoir storage is at its “second lowest on record” for this time of year, Levi Strauss, Monday morning quarterback, revealed on Tuesday that the Golden State could have saved up to 35 billion liters of water over the past four years if every Levi’s-donning Californian had followed its consumer-care recommendation for washing and drying. Levi’s has even drawn up a handy infographic to hammer home just how much agua we coulda, woulda, shoulda conserved. With those 35 billion liters, California could have met the water needs of the San Diego Zoo for the next 45 years. Or kept Disneyland’s 28,000 cast members thirst-free for nine years. Whomp, whomp.

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Space Between: Locavore Fashion Produced From Textile Waste

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New Zealand fashion students at Massey University are leading a brand new kind of social enterprise producing local, recycled fashion. The initiative called Space Between is a thoughtful new way to design, focusing on alternatives to mass-produced high-waste clothing, and creating ethical business opportunities for the fashion industry.

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Walmart Removes "Made in U.S.A." Logos From Website

by , 10/26/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Walmart

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An investigation by the Federal Trade Commission has forced mega-discount retailer Walmart to remove “Made in the USA” labels from its webstore. Walmart was accused of mislabeling items on its website earlier this year when the group Truth in Advertising investigated the supply chain of several of its wares. With Truth in Advertising’s findings, the FTC launched its own investigation against Walmart, agreeing to cease when Walmart agreed to change its “made in the U.S.A.” labels.

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Post-Couture Collective: Downloadable Garments for the DIY Generation

by , 10/23/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Wearable Technology

 

EcoChic Design Award Launches Alumni Network

EcoChic Design Award Launches Alumni Network

Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award There’s much refashioning happening in the area of textile-waste-reduction, with designers around the world…

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Bebe Bans Exotic-Animal Skins After Talks With PETA

Bebe Bans Exotic-Animal Skins After Talks With PETA

Retail giant Bebe has vowed to permanently ban exotic-skin animals in all of their clothing collections. Influenced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ shocking…

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Fire Retardants Might Be Entering Your Body Through Your Nail Polish

Fire Retardants Might Be Entering Your Body Through Your Nail Polish

Photo by Shutterstock A new study from Duke University and the Environmental Working Group has revealed the presence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in popular nail polishes.…

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Study 34: Ethical, Minimal-Waste Knitwear Made With Deadstock Yarns

Study 34: Ethical, Minimal-Waste Knitwear Made With Deadstock Yarns

Fighting “fast fashion” while making fashion-forward garments from recycled materials, England’s Study 34 is taking the fashion world by storm. Founded by Eleanor…

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Chopard Debuts Diffusion Line of Jewelry Made With Fairly Mined Gold

Chopard Debuts Diffusion Line of Jewelry Made With Fairly Mined Gold

Chopard held a mini-soiree at its Bond Street boutique in London Sunday night to toast the launch of its latest diffusion jewelry line—its first to incorporate fairly mined gold.…

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Help Fund Sequel to Norwegian "Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion" Reality Show

Help Fund Sequel to Norwegian "Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion" Reality Show

More than a year after their online reality series became a viral phenomenon, Norwegian fashionistas Frida Ottesen and Anniken Jørgensen are ready to head back to Cambodia—this time,…

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"Worldbeing" is a Wearable That Helps You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

"Worldbeing" is a Wearable That Helps You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Most of us breeze through our chaotic lives without complete awareness of just what affect we each have on the earth. Britain’s Layer Design Studio has created a wearable device that…

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Fashion Revolution's Carry Somers: Stop Treating Clothes Like They're Something to Get Rid Of

Fashion Revolution's Carry Somers: Stop Treating Clothes Like They're Something to Get Rid Of

“Clothing is so cheap now—so much cheaper than it was 20 years ago. People do just go out, buy a new outfit, and then dispose of it. “We’ve lost touch with the…

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American Eagle Infuses "Café" Line of Jeans With Coffee Grounds

American Eagle Infuses "Café" Line of Jeans With Coffee Grounds

Coffee addicts, get pumped: American Eagle’s latest line of jeans comes with a side of java—recycled java, that is. The retailer’s “Denim x Café” and…

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