Greenpeace Reveals the Most—And Least—Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands

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Even seasoned models have been known to take a spill or two on the runway. We’re only human, after all. For the fashion brands behind them, however, the onus not to stumble weighs a little heavier. With Greenpeace’s 2020 “Detox” deadline fast approaching, the environmental group decided to check in on 19 of the companies that have committed to eliminating hormone-disrupting industrial chemicals, including 11 priority groups Greenpeace has identified, from their supply chains. The third edition of its “Detox Catwalk” reveals that not all is smooth strutting. While Greenpeace lauded Benetton, H&M, Inditex (which operates Zara) for taking concrete actions based on credible timelines, it called out several others for appearing a tad wobbly under the strobe lights.

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Inditex, Zara's Owner, Announces Plan to "Close the Loop" on Fashion

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The world’s largest apparel retailer wants to close the loop on fashion. Cribbing a page from H&M’s playbook, Inditex is teaming up with Lenzing, the Austrian textile manufacturer behind plant-based manmade fabrics such as Tencel, to commit to the “circular economy” model in all phases of its production. Speaking at the Spanish firm’s annual general meeting on Tuesday, Pablo Isla, Inditex’s chairman and chief executive, outlined several new initiatives as part of the company’s 2016-2020 Environmental Strategy Plan. Among them is the development of Inditex’s collection, reuse, and recycling program for end-of-life garments. Come September, Zara, Inditex’s flagship brand, will pilot a free clothing-collection scheme for online deliveries in Madrid, with an eye on an eventual Spain-wide rollout.

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Which Personal-Care Brands Are Still Polluting the Oceans With Microbeads?

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Are you polluting the oceans every time you exfoliate? If you’re sloughing off with a product from one of the world’s largest personal-care companies, chances are you’re funneling thousands of tiny plastic spheres down the drain for the sake of your baby-smooth skin. Dubbed microbeads, these minuscule abrasives are generally too small to be captured by wastewater filtration. Instead, they drift out to sea, where they’re mistaken for food by fish and other marine life. But despite forthcoming bans in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus growing calls for the same in the European Union, a ranking of 30 of the biggest brands in the cosmetic industry by Greenpeace East Asia demonstrates why formal legislation must sometimes supersede voluntary corporate commitments.

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Central Saint Martins Student Wins Swarovski Sustainability Award

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For twice the shine, just add water. That’s the tagline behind Lucie Davis’s winning concept: a pair of Swarovski crystal–studded rings, made from 100 percent compressed cellulose, that swell in size under the faucet. Davis beat out 38 of her undergraduate cohorts at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins school for the award, which challenged participants to use upcycled Swarovski gems to create couture pieces inspired by the theme of “water.” This year’s edition of the competition, the art institution and Austrian cut-glass producer’s 15th, sought to provide students with the opportunity to “actively participate in the growing circular economy,” Swarovski said.

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Everlane Snagged a Coppola for Its Latest Collaboration (And It's Perfect)

by , 07/15/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands

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Everlane snagged a Coppola for its summer capsule collection, and the result is as effortlessly ethereal as you’d expect. “I like to be comfortable and wanted something my friends and I could wear every day,” Gia Coppola—granddaughter of Francis Ford, niece of Sofia—told WWD. “Everlane always felt right, because I liked their message; they have an appreciation for textiles and fabrics but an accessible price point.” Everlane lauds the lineup of Breton-striped cotton tees, tanks, rompers, shorts, and dresses for sharing the filmmaker-actress’s “uniquely California point of view.” Naturally, Coppola and the ethical fashion brand made a short film to commemorate their partnership.

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Rothy's Makes 3D-Knitted Ballet Flats From Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Rothy’s just might be the shoe of the summer. Produced using a three-dimensional knitting technique that generates little to no waste, each seamlessly constructed ballet flat comprises the equivalent of about three recycled plastic bottles that have been fused into filament, spun into yarn, and treated with a proprietary moisture-wicking agent. (WWD describes the shoe as “surprisingly soft.”) The rest of the footwear is equally mindful, consisting of carbon-free recyclable rubber outsoles and recyclable foam insoles. Available in round- and pointy-toed versions, which retail for $125 and $145 respectively, Rothy’s comes in a dazzling array of solid and camo-print colors, including stone, flax, and pale pink.

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U.S. Army Testing Body Armor Made With Genetically Engineered Silk

by , 07/14/16   filed under: Wearable Technology

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“Dragon Silk,” a form of spider silk spun by genetically engineered silkworms, may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it could hold a very real key to protecting U.S. troops. Created by Michigan’s Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the recombinant fiber is the company’s strongest and most flexible to date. It might even protect against bullets, a possibility that has led the Department of Defense to award Kraig Biocraft with a $100,000 grant. The goal: To test its Dragon Silk for anti-ballistic applications such as body armor for soldiers.

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This Common Cosmetic Ingredient May Be More Toxic Than We Thought

by , 07/13/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, The Big Idea

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Butylparaben, a common preservative found in cosmetics and skincare products, could have more severe effects on the body’s endocrine system than previously established, according to new research from the National Food Institute at the Technical University in Denmark. Part of a class of chemicals known as parabens, butylparaben is widely found in everything from shampoos and conditioners to body lotions and sunscreens. It’s even used as an additive in medicine or food. Although previous studies show that the chemical can reduce sperm count in male rats that were exposed to it in utero, recent findings from the National Food Institute suggest that the compound could have other hormone-disrupting effects, including changes in breast tissue and ovary weight in females.

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How to Refresh Your Clothes Without Throwing Them in the Wash

How to Refresh Your Clothes Without Throwing Them in the Wash

We get it; people like clean clothes. But tossing your togs into the washing machine isn’t always necessary. To combat that “not so fresh” feeling sans water, the…

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Massive 3D Embroidery Brings to Life Iconic Game of Thrones" Battle

Massive 3D Embroidery Brings to Life Iconic Game of Thrones" Battle

COME AT ME, CROW Framing the Night King in all his frosty, blue-eyed glory are the crests of the great houses of Westeros: a stark reminder—pun intended—that winter is indeed coming…

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Get Wed in Reformation's Largest Eco-Bridal Collection Yet

Get Wed in Reformation's Largest Eco-Bridal Collection Yet

For the iconoclastic bride who chafes at convention, there’s Reformation. The too-cool-for-school label, which favors natural, vintage, and surplus fabrics, has debuted its…

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This Short Film Reveals What Happens to the Clothes We Throw Away

This Short Film Reveals What Happens to the Clothes We Throw Away

The women who work at a garment-recycling plant across the Indian border have little idea where all the clothes they’re tasked with ripping apart come from. They engineer their…

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Blue Loop, TenCate Create World's First Recycled-Denim Tent

Blue Loop, TenCate Create World's First Recycled-Denim Tent

The maker of the world’s only 100 percent recycled-denim jeans can now claim bragging rights over the world’s first recycled-denim tent. Blue Loop Originals, a Dutch label…

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The "Human Sensor" is a Garment That Responds to Air Pollution

The "Human Sensor" is a Garment That Responds to Air Pollution

As illnesses and deaths due to air pollution is on the rise, scientists and designers are turning to wearable technology as a way to create cleaner air while waiting for governmental…

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Matter: Heritage-Inspired Garments That Honor Global Artisan Traditions

Matter: Heritage-Inspired Garments That Honor Global Artisan Traditions

HISTORY MATTERS In its two years of existence, the brand has since expanded from pants to include blouses, jumpsuits, rompers, and scarves. Yet its ethos has never wavered.…

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Hamilton Perkins Makes Bags Entirely From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Hamilton Perkins Makes Bags Entirely From Recycled Plastic Bottles

CARRY ON Rather than looking at philanthropy as “an afterthought,” Hamilton Perkins decided to make it an intrinsic part of its business model. The company has hooked up…

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Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

Photo by Shutterstock America has come a long way since its birth as a nation in 1776. But just as the country has evolved throughout the years, so has Old Glory. From the arrangement…

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