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H&M, Zara Commit to Eliminate Deforestation From Their Clothing

by , 04/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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H&M and Zara are speaking for the trees. The world’s largest fashion retailers—the latter represented by its holding company, Inditex—have pledged to develop new sourcing strategies to eliminate the use of endangered-forest fibers in all of their rayon and viscose clothing. The decision was made in partnership with Canopy, a forestry nonprofit whose “Fashion Loved by Forest” campaign has already been embraced by the likes of Eileen Fisher, Lululemon, Patagonia, Prana, and Quiksilver.

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Umasan: Sustainable, Vegan Fashion for the Avant-Garde Androgyne

by , 04/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Interviews, Men's Eco-Fashion, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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Avon to Phase Out Toxic Chemical Triclosan From Cosmetics

by , 04/02/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Dresses

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Avon announced this week  that it will begin to phase out triclosan from their roster of products. The antimicrobial agent can be fond in many health and beauty products, and has been found as a known endocrine disrupter. Thanks to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Avon has adopted a safe chemicals policy, making their products safer for their clientele.

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April Fool's! 7 Hilarious Clothing Spoofs We (Almost) Fell For

by , 04/01/14   filed under: Features

 

JakToGo: Wearable Luggage That Helps You Avoid Baggage Fees

by , 04/01/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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The next wave in wearables may not be something to do with technology, but could be to help the transport of goods. The JakToGo combines your carry-on and your jacket to let you take 10 kg more of baggage with you. Frequent travelers might just delight in the ability to bring more stuff with them on the plane while minimize baggage fees. Load up your JakToGo with clothes or other goods and smuggle your baggage through airport check-in and security. Once on the plane, you can fold the jacket up into a bag in the overhead storage and never have to worry about excess baggage fees again.

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European Clothing Brands Have "Long Way to Go" Before Living Wages Become a Reality

by , 03/31/14   filed under: Featured, Worker Rights

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A “living wage” may be a human right, yet when it comes to facilitating lives of dignity for the workers who produce their clothes, most of Europe’s leading apparel brands fall grievously short, according to a new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign. None of the 50 brands surveyed by the international labor alliance in Tailored Wages currently pays a wage sufficient enough to maintain a normal standard of living. And although half of them specified in their codes of conduct a desire to meet their workers’ basic needs, only four of them—Inditex, which operates Zara; Switcher; Marks & Spencer; and Tchibo—are taking steps to translate those policies into action.

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Artist Beili Liu Sits, Stitches Beneath 1,500 Suspended Scissors

by , 03/31/14   filed under: Eco-Art

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In 2011, Chinese-American artist Beili Liu held court in a gallery in Austin, TX, beneath a firmament of sharp, open-gaped scissors, 1,500 in total. Visitors to the space offered Liu pieces of fabric cut from a bolt by the entrance. Accepting the scraps like sacraments, Liu proceeded to stitch them together with needle and thread, creating a patchwork swathe that grew in size as the day wore on, eventually obscuring the floor around her. The installation, a performance piece dubbed The Mending Project, created an atmosphere of dangerous allure, evoking a sense of “urgency, concern, and fear, while simultaneously influence viewers through the calming and healing aura of the mending action,” according to Liu.

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Beyond Skin Launches Vegan-Friendly Bridal Shoes After Popular Demand

by , 03/28/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Vegan Fashion

 

Can One Emjoi Save Animals From Cruelty?

by , 03/28/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty

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Emjois—those tiny Japanese pictographs that function as word replacements in electronic messages—have become the most expedient way to express a thought or emotion through texting or Twitter. Now you can deploy them to save animals from cruelty, whether from factory farming, animal testing, or neglect. A new campaign from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, dubbed “Cruelty Beyond Words” is encouraging critter lovers to use their texting skills as tools for change. By texting a single heart emoji (or the word “HEART” on Android phones) to 7822, you’ll be signed up to receive the most urgent actions that animals in crisis need you to take, right on your phone.

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UC Davis Scientists Use Bacteria to Make Eco-Friendlier Artificial Scents

UC Davis Scientists Use Bacteria to Make Eco-Friendlier Artificial Scents

Photo by Shutterstock From perfumes to paints and artificial flavorings, most chemicals produced on an industrialized scale are derived from oil and gas. To bring commercial scents and…

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Google, Motorola Debut First "Android Wear"-Powered Smartwatch

Google, Motorola Debut First "Android Wear"-Powered Smartwatch

I, ANDROID Android Wear will also allow you to control other devices from your wrist, say, firing up a music playlist on your phone or streaming your favorite movie—via Google’s…

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Adidas, Pharrell to Turn Ocean Plastic, Recycled Bottles Into Sneakers

Adidas, Pharrell to Turn Ocean Plastic, Recycled Bottles Into Sneakers

G-Star Raw isn’t the only fashion firm clapping along to Pharrell Williams’s beat. The award-winning musician-songwriter-producer has inked a long-term deal with…

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Gap, H&M, Levi's Named "World's Most Ethical" Apparel Companies

Gap, H&M, Levi's Named "World's Most Ethical" Apparel Companies

Photo by sandr2002/Shutterstock Well, here’s a plot twist we didn’t see coming: H&M, Levi Strauss, and the Gap just made Ethisphere Institute’s “Most…

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Eliza Bennett Embroiders Her Flesh as a Statement on "Women's Work"

Eliza Bennett Embroiders Her Flesh as a Statement on "Women's Work"

Textile manipulation, embroidery, and ornamental decoration have long been seen as residing within the realm of the private feminine. Backbreaking and dirty manual labor is…

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Beyoncé's "Rare Cobra" Jumpsuit Seized by European Customs in Transit

Beyoncé's "Rare Cobra" Jumpsuit Seized by European Customs in Transit

Beyoncé wearing a Rubin Singer creation at the 2013 Superbowl halftime show. Beyoncé sure loves her exotic animal skin. Page Six reports European customs seized a one-legged silvery…

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Help Design NASA's Next-Generation "Z-2" Space Suit

Help Design NASA's Next-Generation "Z-2" Space Suit

INFINITY AND BEYOND The Z-2 marks several milestones for NASA, which collaborated with space-suit-maker ILC Dover on the prototype. It’s the first surface-specific planetary…

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Ricky Gervais Urges Americans to Support the Humane Cosmetics Act

Ricky Gervais Urges Americans to Support the Humane Cosmetics Act

British actor and comedian Ricky Gervais is getting behind the Humane Cosmetics Act, which was introduced to Congress earlier this month. The federal bill calls for the United States to…

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MILCH, Lenzing Repurpose Men's Shirts Into Avant-Garde Garments

MILCH, Lenzing Repurpose Men's Shirts Into Avant-Garde Garments

MILCH has always liked to borrow from the boys, so it’s latest collaboration should come as little surprise. A veteran of “hijacking” classic men’s fashion to…

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