AwaytoMars: A Crowdsourcing Platform That Lets Anyone Play Fashion Designer

by , 06/15/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Online Tools, Site Seeing

 

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Michigan-Based Floral Designer Turns Succulents Into Living Jewelry

by , 06/14/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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Susan McLeary is no ordinary floral designer. As principal of Passionflower in Anne Arbor, Mich., McLeary creates lush living jewelry from miniature succulents. Meant for short-term, occasional wear—a summer wedding, anyone?—McLeary’s statement-making necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and headpieces come affixed to brass findings, where the plants can remain for up to three weeks with gentle use. Once they start to look a little peaked, McLeary recommends transplanting the succulents into soil, where they can thrive for years to come. “Each piece is made to order, and is made with the plants that are available at the time,” she writes on her Etsy storefront, where prices start at $36 for a cocktail ring. “Each piece will have its own distinct arrangement of plants. Certainly a conversation starter!”

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PACT Launches Organic, Fair-Trade Apparel Line at Target Stores

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Sustainable apparel at Target? Your eyes don’t deceive you. America’s second-largest discount retailer—after Walmart, of course—has inked a deal with PACT to launch a line of ethical basics at 460 Target locations nationwide. Manufactured using Global Organic Textile Standard–certified cotton from a farmer cooperative in India, the collection of men’s crew- and V-neck undershirts, boxer briefs, and socks will be Target’s first to feature Fair Trade U.S.A.’s seal of approval. “We are so proud to partner with PACT to not only improve the lives of the cotton farmers, but also to empower consumers to support these efforts through their purchases,” Maya Spaull, director of innovation at Fair Trade U.S.A., the leading third-party certifier of fair-trade products in the United States, said in a statement. “By offering premium basics made with Fair Trade Certified cotton, PACT is proving that quality, business, and ethics go hand in hand.”

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Norton Point Makes Sunglasses From Upcycled Ocean Plastic

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Norton Point wants you to “sea” ocean pollution a little differently. Based in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., the burgeoning eyewear company has created a line of sunglasses derived from high-density polyethylene marine debris. Norton Point won’t run out of feedstock any time soon; there are about 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in every square mile of ocean, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. That same plastic, the organization adds, is responsible for the deaths of over a million seabirds and more than 100,000 marine mammals each year. It’s these troubling statistics that led Ryan Schoenike and Rob Ianelli to search for a solution. “We believe that plastic flowing into our oceans is one of our greatest environmental challenges,” Schoenike told Ecouterre.

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Marks & Spencer Publishes Interactive Supply-Chain Map

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Marks & Spencer has published an interactive map that reveals for the first time 690 of the British department store’s clothing and home-goods suppliers. The online tool debuted on Thursday as part of the retailer’s annual report—its first under new CEO Stephen Rowe, who took over the reins from Marc Bolland in April. In addition to its 2016 “Plan A” sustainability report—fun fact: about three-quarters of its products now include some kind of eco-friendly or ethical element—Marks & Spencer also issued its inaugural dedicated human-rights report, covering seven salient issues the retailer says it believes it has the greatest influence over: discrimination, freedom of association, living wages, working hours, forced labor, health and safety, and water and sanitation.

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Watch "Living Wage Now," a Documentary About the Struggles of Asian Garment Workers

by , 06/10/16   filed under: Video, Worker Rights

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You won’t find any easy answers in Living Wage Now. Indeed it’s the issues it poses that makes the 32-minute documentary essential viewing. Produced by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, an international consortium of trade unions and labor-rights groups currently pushing for higher standards at the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Living Wage Now provides an unblinking and by turns heartrending look at the struggles of garment workers across Asia. With painfully stark clarity, the film gives a voice to the roughly 40 million garment workers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, and Indonesia who regularly risk physical violence, sexual harassment, starvation, and even death for the sake of our cheap clothes.

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World's Leading Brands Score Poorly on Use of Sustainable Cotton

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Organic cotton. Better cotton. Fair-trade cotton. Recycled cotton. Cotton made in Africa. You’d think with all the labels and initiatives brands like to bandy about, sustainably sourced cotton would be the new industry norm. Yet the truth is quite the opposite, according to Rank a Brand, an Amsterdam-based consumer-advocacy nonprofit that evaluated 37 of the world’s top cotton-using companies—including Adidas, H&M, and Inditex—based on factors such as policy, implementation, and traceability. In a study commissioned by Pesticide Action Network U.K., Solidaridad Network, and the World Wildlife Fund, only eight businesses scored more than three out of a possible 19.5 points. Because “no company uses 100 percent more sustainable cotton according to the criteria used in this research, or is fully transparent about its policies and cotton supply chain,” Rank a Brand said, none of them achieved the maximum score.

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How Can We Create a More Transparent Fashion Industry?

by , 06/08/16   filed under: Ask a Designer, Features

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Transparency enables brands and retailers to know their supply chain, engage with their suppliers, and improve the environmental and social impacts associated with the production of their products. Only through knowing can you effectively enact change. Fashion is a global network, with millions of people involved in the production of apparel. From farming the cotton, weaving it into fabric, dyeing it to give color, and sewing the fabric to create a garment, each stage in this long production chain, is completed by different groups of people, often in different regions and even different countries.

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Wool and the Gang Launches Yarn Made From Upcycled Denim

 

Turkey Sweatshop Allegedly Using Syrian Children to Make ISIS Uniforms

Turkey Sweatshop Allegedly Using Syrian Children to Make ISIS Uniforms

Photos by Jodi Hilton for the Daily Mail At least one sweatshop in Turkey is hiring Syrian refugee children to make camouflage uniforms for military groups such as Islamic State and…

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Adidas, Parley Giving Away 50 Pairs of Shoes Made From Ocean Plastic

Adidas, Parley Giving Away 50 Pairs of Shoes Made From Ocean Plastic

TAKE BACK THE OCEAN “This Adidas x Parley running shoe is already iconic,” Eric Liedtke, Adidas Group executive board member responsible for global brands, said in a statement.…

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Levi's Launches "Collaboratory" to Boost Innovation in Sustainable Fashion

Levi's Launches "Collaboratory" to Boost Innovation in Sustainable Fashion

Meet the “Collaboratory,” an annual three-day fellowship program that promotes innovation in the sustainable apparel industry. Spearheaded by Levi Strauss, with a curriculum…

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Timberland to Make Shoes, Bags From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Timberland to Make Shoes, Bags From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Timberland is partnering with Thread, a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, to create a collection of footwear and bags crafted from post-consumer recycled…

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Parsons Student Designed Fashion Line to Help Syrian Refugees

Parsons Student Designed Fashion Line to Help Syrian Refugees

CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES “This collection is an ode to these people: everyone who can no longer return home due to war and violence,” Luna said. “To those who are on…

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H&M, Swedfund Pilot Sustainable Textile Factory in Ethiopia

H&M, Swedfund Pilot Sustainable Textile Factory in Ethiopia

H&M has signed a long-term sourcing agreement with a new textile factory in Ethiopia that promises to provide up to 4,000 new jobs. Established by development financier Swedfund…

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PETA Claims Eddie Bauer, Lands' End Use Down Ripped From Live Geese

PETA Claims Eddie Bauer, Lands' End Use Down Ripped From Live Geese

A new investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has cast doubt on the validity of the Responsible Down Standard, a widely vaunted chain-of-custody process designed to…

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Your Knock-Off Designer Perfume Could Contain Antifreeze, Urine

Your Knock-Off Designer Perfume Could Contain Antifreeze, Urine

Photo by Jessica Walker/Unsplash Buyer beware: Unscrupulous businesses are passing off urine, antifreeze, and other “unpleasant, flammable, or dangerous chemicals that burn when…

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Pratt Student Responds to "Fast Fashion" With Upcycled Thesis Collection

Pratt Student Responds to "Fast Fashion" With Upcycled Thesis Collection

SLOWING DOWN FASHION Burton described an overseas trip as a turning point in her journey as a designer. “I had the opportunity to go to India and there I visited some factories…

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