Does Wearable Technology Pose a Risk to Our Health?

by , 10/28/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

wearable technology, design for health, cancer, radiation, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Bluetooth, cellphones, smartphones, Google Glass, Fitbit, Google glasses, Google Goggles, Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, Specific Absorption Rate

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Our phones, smart watches, and other wearable technology are constantly emitting radio and electromagnetic signals close to our brains and our reproductive organs. These little pieces of technology are always with us (and usually on us), yet we know so very little about the long term health effects. While the jury is still out and inconclusive research does little in the way to provide best safe practices for the design or use of wearable technology, a number of researchers are preaching caution to limit our exposure to radiation.

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Scare Up a Last-Minute Halloween Mask From Cardboard, Tape

by , 10/28/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

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Are Cambodia's Sex Workers Being Forced Into the Garment Trade?

by , 10/27/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

Is Cambodia’s aggressive anti-trafficking campaign forcing sex workers into an even worse trade? A video exposé from Vice News claims that Cambodian authorities are “rehabilitating” former prostitutes in garment sweatshops, where conditions and pay are even more deplorable. Vice founder Suroosh Alvi traveled to Phnom Penh to witness one of the country’s brother raids in person. “This is as dark as it gets,” he says on camera.

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Curb Impulse Shopping With This Simple Strategy

by , 10/27/14   filed under: Quotes

Sarah Lazarovic, quotes, materialism, consumerism, conscious consumption, conscious consumerism,  A Bunch of Pretty Things I Didn’t Buy, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

“Slow shopping is very much a vogue term these days, and there’s a bit of a greenwashing element to it—sure, buy slow but you’re still buying stuff, and buy quality but you’re still buying stuff—but I do agree that it does come down to pace.

“If you really do know yourself and there’s something you really need, I think if you can get past those first few moments, then you really make a more objective decision—go home, sit down and think about it.

“I find that if you just wait a bit longer, you’re over it, and there’s something new to covet. When I had idle hours to while away at the mall, I could go back and forth between the Gap and Wet Seal appraising boxer shorts, and now I don’t have time for that kind of stuff and I honestly don’t miss it…

“There are many other places to spend quality time than the mall—places that involve sunlight and green things.”

Sarah Lazarovic, author and illustrator of A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy (2014, Penguin), speaking to the Huffington Post on curbing impulse shopping.

 

Cambodia's Tonlé Makes Clothing That's Fair Trade, Zero Waste

by , 10/24/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fair Trade, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

Tonlé, Cambodia, zero waste, recycled fashion, upcycled fashion, recycled clothing, upcycled clothing, recycled textiles, upcycled textiles, recycled fabrics, upcycled fabrics, fair trade, fair-trade fashion, fair-trade clothing, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Phnom Penh

Cambodia-based eco-fashion brand Tonlé are all about zero-waste production. They are currently the largest ethical apparel brand in the country, offering fair wages and a secure working environment since 2013. Their motivations stem from what they refer to on their website as the “enormous global problem” of excess waste material when factories value profit over the environment. From the get-go Tonlé decided to make this waste fabric their main component in their designs. Around 90% of their materials are recycled from factories and 10% are from sustainable suppliers with the aim of having a minuscule environmental footprint and maximum social benefit. They say that through their production methods they save 22,046 pounds of materials from ending up in landfills, in comparison to the average manufacturer. Having recently launched a hugely successful new kickstarter campaign they are getting their beautiful and eco-friendly garments out to a wider audience.

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Recycle an Old Sweater Into a Pair of Cozy Slipper-Socks (DIY Tutorial)

by , 10/24/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

Store-Bought Halloween Costumes Are Full of Toxic Chemicals

by , 10/23/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Toxic Pollution

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Halloween may be the spookiest time of the year for all the wrong reasons, according to a study released Thursday by Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org. The Michigan-based environmental watchdog, which tested 106 popular Halloween costumes, accessories, and party supplies from retailers such as CVS, Party City, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, found “elevated levels” of toxic chemicals that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity, and cancer.

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This Marker Ink Changes Color When Your Sunscreen Stops Working

by , 10/23/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, Wearable Technology

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Piling on the sunscreen is a great habit to get into to protect yourself against harmful ultraviolet rays, but what happens when your sunscreen stops working? The innovative new Suncayr marker is an add on that easily lets you know when it is time to reapply. The color changing marker lets users know when a layer of sunscreen has expired, helping to prevent sunburns and skin cancer.

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Every Cotton T-Shirt Costs the Environment $3.40, Says Study

by , 10/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Ma Earth is paying through its nose for the clothing we produce, according to a study that quantifies, for the first time, the price we exact from the ecosystem for our clothing. Case in point? Factoring in the use of water, fertilizer, and energy along the entire supply chain, a single cotton T-shirt can cost the planet more than 20 Danish kroner, or $3.40, in financial terms. Extrapolated across the industry, clothing consumption in Denmark alone plunders the environment of more than DKK 3 billion ($510 million) every year. This toll is much too high, says Kirsten Brosbøl, head of Denmark’s Ministry of the Environment, which partnered with the IC Group, operator of brands like Tiger of Sweden and Peak Performance, to commission the report.

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Best Dad Ever Makes a Giggle-Activated LED Minnie Mouse Costume

Best Dad Ever Makes a Giggle-Activated LED Minnie Mouse Costume

Royce Hutain sure knows how to light up a little girl’s Halloween. Not only did the California dad ring in the spookiest season the year with his family at Disneyland, but he also…

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Pure Waste Textiles Aims to Save 100M Liters of Water by Year's End

Pure Waste Textiles Aims to Save 100M Liters of Water by Year's End

Pure Waste Textiles has launched a new Save Water Challenge to get companies to participate in reducing their water consumption. As its T-shirts are made from 100 percent recycled…

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Will.i.am's "Puls" Smartphone-Watch Features Designs by Zaha Hadid

Will.i.am's "Puls" Smartphone-Watch Features Designs by Zaha Hadid

Don’t confuse Will.i.am’s PULS with all the other smartwatches on the market. The PULS is not a watch, it’s a mobile device that operates completely on its own without…

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French Connection is Latest Apparel Retailer to Ban Angora Fur

French Connection is Latest Apparel Retailer to Ban Angora Fur

French Connection is the latest apparel retailer to suspend production of all angora-based items following reports of routine rabbit abuse in China. The U.K.-based firm joins the likes…

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Dirtball's "The 50" is the First Jacket to Use Closed-Looped Manufacturing

Dirtball's "The 50" is the First Jacket to Use Closed-Looped Manufacturing

Looking for the most eco-friendly jacket money can buy? Dirtball’s got you covered. The North Carolina-based apparel brand is soliciting preorders for “The 50,” an…

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Eco-Fashion Still Not a "Phenomenon of the Masses," Says Esprit Head

Eco-Fashion Still Not a "Phenomenon of the Masses," Says Esprit Head

“Green fashion—be it recycled, organic, fair trade, vegan, or other movements—is not yet a phenomenon of the masses. To date, it is still a relatively small niche segment of the…

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Plastex: A Novel Fabric Woven From Discarded Plastic Bags

Plastex: A Novel Fabric Woven From Discarded Plastic Bags

PLASTEX \ˈplas-tek\ n. 1 a: A one-of-a-kind woven textile derived from discarded plastic bags. b: Made on traditional Egyptian hand looms. c: A pathway to reviving the endangered art…

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10 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Woolen Sweaters Looking Like New

10 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Woolen Sweaters Looking Like New

SWEATER COMB No need to invest in a battery-powered sweater shaver. For less than $3—and a little elbow grease—a basic sweater comb is all you need to strip pills, fluff, and lint…

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Refashion an Old Blanket Into a Stylish Poncho (DIY Tutorial)

Refashion an Old Blanket Into a Stylish Poncho (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES A blanket or throw you already own Scissors Pencil, fabric chalk, or vanishing-ink marker Sewing machine or needle and thread Embellishments like fringe, pom…

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