"Fair Trade" Clothing Labels Expose the Truth About Sweatshops

by , 03/30/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Fashion News, Fair Trade, Worker Rights

 

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Inspired by Polar Bears, HotSquash Clothing Keeps You Warm or Cool

by , 03/27/15   filed under: Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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The fur coat of a polar bear has inspired a whole new line of clothing intent on keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. UK brand, HotSquash has an impressive collection of clothes made from innovative textiles designed for personal climate control. When it’s hot outside, the clothes will wick away moisture and keep cool and when it’s hot the fabric has special insulating qualities to retain warmth. Plus the fabrics are super low maintenance, can go in your washer and dryer, they minimize odors, and they look great too.

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Stella McCartney: Fur Isn't Sexy, Fashionable, or Cool

by , 03/27/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Green Designers, Quotes

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“I think the reality is that, for me, real fur is extraordinarily old-fashioned. I think you look old. Even if you’re 20 and you’ve got a real fur coat, you just look like an old, unaware, unconscious being on the planet.

“It’s not relevant, it’s not sexy, it’s not fashionable, and it’s not cool.”

—British designer-activist Stella McCartney, speaking to CNN in London on Thursday about how she feels about animal fur.

 

Print All Over Me: An Ethical Approach to Print-on-Demand Clothing

by , 03/26/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Online Tools

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Print All Over Me is a unique concept that has evolved into a fantastic creative platform, bringing artists and designers together to create inspired items of clothing. The title says it all: anyone with a creative flair can set about making their own design to print on top of white fabric and garments that are available on the website. These act as a blank canvas and an awesome opportunity to get designing. Meredith Finkelstein – POAM’s Co-founder and Developer – says that this brings together the creation and curation that happens online back into the real world. “There is a great sense of personal ownership that comes with dictating what you wear and we wanted to push that concept,” she said.

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Fashion Project Turns Clothing Donations Into Force for Good

by , 03/26/15   filed under: Fashion Philanthropy, Features, Interviews

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Online clothing shopping is an endless world of opportunities. Nowadays, there are countless websites and even mobile apps where you can buy, sell, and even trade with others online. What if there was a place where you could shop used designer-brand clothes at affordable prices while benefitting global charities at the same time? Fashion Project is the industry’s leading clothing online donation service that sells like-new or gently-used clothing and accessories with up to 55% of net proceeds benefitting charities. Members of this online community can donate clothing and shop based on causes they care most about.

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Clad in E-Ink, the "Volvorii" Smart Shoe Changes Colors, Patterns

by , 03/25/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Wearable Technology

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New e-ink technology is could drastically decrease your shoe closet with instant color changes through smart shoes imbedded with wearable technology. The Volvorri smart shoe by iShüu Technologies features a electronic paper display panel on the high heel pump that can go from white to black and even to a pattern when controlled via a mobile app. No need to have both a black and white pump anymore, because now you can have both in one shoe.

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Adidas Now a "Detox Leader," Nike Still a "Greenwasher"

by , 03/25/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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Looks like Adidas has finally cleaned up its act. A year and a half after Greenpeace branded it a “Detox greenwasher,” the sportswear giant is now “back on track” as a leader in eliminating hazardous chemicals from its supply chain. Rival company Nike, on the other hand, has made scant progress since it committed to the Detox challenge in 2011, says the environmental group. “Despite putting considerable resources into its chemicals program over many years, Nike’s perpetual development of multiple tools has failed to deliver real changes on the key issues of the Detox campaign,” notes Greenpeace on its updated “Detox Catwalk” website, which lays bare how effectively major fashion brands are addressing toxic pollution. “Instead of working with urgency to eliminate hazardous chemicals, Nike is hiding behind weak commitments whilst portraying themselves to consumers as fashion-conscious industry leaders.”

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A London Community Grows Flax to Turn Into Clothing

by , 03/24/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Women's Eco-Fashion

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In the spring of 2014, a dedicate lot of Londoners embarked on a mission to grow a garment. That meant starting from seeds, and using only hand labor techniques to turn a plant into fashion. One year later, they have made a gorgeous woven top entirely from urban farmed flax crop. This exemplary slow fashion project brought together gardeners, weavers, fashion designers, neighbors, and even school children. When we first learned about the project, we had a lot of questions. You may also be thinking, “isn’t flax a weird plant to grow for textiles?” We dug in to find out more.

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"Ruff" is a 3D-Printed Responsive Collar With a Life of Its Own

by , 03/24/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Ruff is a new 3D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, who is pushing the forefront of wearables. Working with architect Behnaz Farahi, the two crafted flexible wearables that can move on their own with the help of nitinol and a small electric signal. Inspired by historic fashions of ruffled collars from 16th and 17th centuries, this 3D printed wearable is a look into how fashion can help us interact through movement.

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The North Face Aims to Improve Sustainability, Animal Welfare

The North Face Aims to Improve Sustainability, Animal Welfare

The North Face has long been a household name in responsible and durable outdoor wear that appeals to the masses – from urban winter wear to hardcore extreme sports gear –…

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Alice Hoffman Hauntingly Describes 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Alice Hoffman Hauntingly Describes 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

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Tilonia's Fair-Trade Bags, Scarves Benefit Sustainable Development

Tilonia's Fair-Trade Bags, Scarves Benefit Sustainable Development

A new collection of bags and scarfs have been produced by female artisans from Tilonia, a small village in Rajastan, India, inspired by sustainable development programs underway in the…

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Neanderthals Turned Eagle Claws Into Jewelry 130,000 Years Ago

Neanderthals Turned Eagle Claws Into Jewelry 130,000 Years Ago

Neanderthals are stereotypically portrayed as thick-browed, imbecilic “cavemen,” but our distant relations may have been more intelligent than we give them credit for. A…

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President Obama Launches $150 Million Textiles-Innovation Competition

President Obama Launches $150 Million Textiles-Innovation Competition

Photo by American Spirit/Shutterstock President Barack Obama announced Wednesday a $500 million plan to strengthen American textile manufacturing and innovation. The U.S. Department of…

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TOMS's New Bag Collection Supports Safer Birth Experiences

TOMS's New Bag Collection Supports Safer Birth Experiences

BAGS THAT COUNT Part of the proceeds from the collection will go toward maternal and child health programs such as Ayzh and BRAC, which provide training for birth attendants, as well as…

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Levi's "Comes Clean" About the Environmental Impact of Its Jeans

Levi's "Comes Clean" About the Environmental Impact of Its Jeans

Levi Strauss holds one truth to be self-evident: jeans are one heckuva thirsty animal. In a new report on Tuesday, the denim giant unveiled the results of its latest product life-cycle…

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Pauline van Dongen's "Solar Shirt" is a Chic Phone Charger You Wear

Pauline van Dongen's "Solar Shirt" is a Chic Phone Charger You Wear

SOLAR FASHION But cellphones aren’t the only things the Solar Shirt can keep humming. Van Dongen’s garment can also juice up MP3 players, cameras, Global Positioning System…

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H&M Unveils New "Conscious Exclusive" Line, Starring Olivia Wilde

H&M Unveils New "Conscious Exclusive" Line, Starring Olivia Wilde

FROCK AND ROLL Other pieces include a bomber jacket in reversible jacquard, a tuxedo blazer with dramatic elbow-length slits, and a flapper-style dress embellished with recycled beads.…

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