Tiny Featherless Penguin Gets Tiny Bespoke Wetsuit

by , 10/28/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

There are a number of problems with SeaWorld, but this little Adelie penguin isn’t one of them. Named Wonder Twin, the Orlando resident has trouble regulating her body temperature because of feather loss, a naturally occurring phenomenon that SeaWorld says can prove detrimental in the wild. With help from the theme park’s costume department, SeaWorld’s aviculture team created a wee wetsuit to mimic the insulating properties of Wonder Twin’s missing coat. The result is nothing short of life-changing. “Wonder Twin swims, sleeps, and eats alongside her fellow penguins while wearing her wetsuit,” a representative said.

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Cheap Monday Debuts Upcycled Fashion Line Made From Customer Castoffs

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Everything old is new again at Cheap Monday, the latest high-street retailer to try to take the ecological sting out of “fast fashion.” To ring in October, the Swedish brand has launched “C/O Cheap Monday,” a 500-piece capsule collection derived from castoff clothing and other recycled textiles, many of which originated from bins that appeared in its Copenhagen, London, Paris, Shenyang, and Beijing stores this past spring. Available in unisex styles and sizes, the line offers one-of-a-kind “tight” jeans, bomber jackets, T-shirts, and sweaters that have been taken apart, remixed, and refashioned at the H&M subsidiary’s Stockholm headquarters to create “rough, bold and individual” looks. “The design process of this limited edition collection makes every piece completely unique in its material, shape and fit,” the company said.

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Kering Launches Free Environmental Calculator for Fashion Designers

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Kering has launched an environmental calculator that will serve as the backbone of a new fashion-design curriculum at Parsons School of Design at The New School. Based on the French luxury conglomerate’s Environmental Profit & Loss methodology, which attaches a monetary figure to the ecological impact of a company’s business and supply-chain operations, the “My EP&L” app will help students in the “Kering x Parsons: EP&L” pilot program weigh the pros and cons of their creative decisions. As part of their collaboration, Kering will also offer modules designed to incorporate “practical lessons in sustainability” in the Parsons curriculum, the school said on Thursday. In three senior “Systems & Society Thesis” sections and two “Materiality Thesis” sections, students will have the opportunity to study the EP&L process, compare materials, and discern the ways sourcing and manufacturing choices can influence a product’s carbon footprint.

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Book a Stay at London's First—and Only—Wool Bed & Breakfast

by , 10/26/16   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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Londoners, and those visiting the British capital, can check into the coziest AirBnb this season during London for Wool Week! The Campaign of Wool is taking over a rentable house for the week, to create the first ever WoolBnB. Guests can snuggle in all of the wool-clad rooms, which will be decked out in wool pillows, duvets, mattresses and one-of-a-kind wooly art!

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BBC Exposé Reveals Child Refugees Making Clothes for British High Street

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Factories in Turkey are employing Syrian refugee children as young as 10 to make clothes for the British high street, an undercover investigation by BBC’s Panorama has found. Broadcast Monday evening, the news program described the “very picture of Dickensian misery” as reporter Darragh MacIntyre described refugees earning barely more than a dollar an hour—well below the Turkish minimum wage—stitching, ironing, and folding garments for Marks & Spencer and the online retailer ASOS. Adult refugees were discovered working 12-hour days in a factory distressing jeans for Mango and Zara without adequate protection from the often toxic chemicals they were using. One of the factory workers told Panorama that refugees were so poorly treated that “if anything happens to a Syrian, they will throw him away like a piece of cloth.”

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"Organic" Cosmetics Industry Riddled With Bogus Claims, Says Report

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A new study has found that many cosmetics labeled as “organic” may also carry unsafe toxins. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database is an analysis of 5,000 personal care products, grading each for its safety for consumers to use as a resource. A recent study by EWG found that cosmetics with an “organic” label may not be what consumers think- a whopping 20 percent of the products that use the word “organic” in their name contain harmful ingredients that score low evaluations on Skin Deep.

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Win Freitag's Upcycled Convertible Backpack (Worth $340!)

by , 10/24/16   filed under: Contests

 

New Report Accuses Uniqlo of Hiding Human-Rights Abuses Behind Ethical Claims

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A new report from a London-based anti-poverty group has cast doubt on Uniqlo’s corporate-social-responsibility claims of “making the world a better place.” In This Way to Utopia, published Thursday, War on Want called out the Japanese apparel chain for driving a “race to the bottom” by working with supplier factories in China characterized by precarious working conditions, excessive overtime, pittance wages, and oppressive management.
According to a series of undercover investigations War on Want’s partner, Hong Kong’s Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour, or SACOM, at least four of Uniqlo’s so-called “ethical” factories consistently defied Chinese labor law and the retailer’s own code of conduct.

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America's "Nasty Women," "Bad Hombres" Can Get Their Own T-Shirt

by , 10/20/16   filed under: Fashion Philanthropy

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Proud to be one of America’s “nasty women”? Have we got a shirt for you. Inspired by last night’s presidential debate, Bob Bland, CEO of Manufacture NY, has launched a line of T-shirts and tote bags that transform one man’s epithet into a rallying cry. Made in the United States, each $25 topper benefits Planned Parenthood and its ongoing battle for reproductive rights. And don’t worry, gents, we haven’t forgotten about you. Tell the world what a “bad hombre” you are as you make your way to the voting booth in the complementary tee. Or donate directly to one of these equally excellent organizations for women and girls.

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Sammy Handmade Puts a Contemporary Twist on Ethiopian Crafts

Sammy Handmade Puts a Contemporary Twist on Ethiopian Crafts

Tell us more about your brand and what inspired you to start it? It was all really by accident how the brand started. The desire was always to create a method or work in a field that…

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Khloe Kardashian Launches U.S.-Made Denim Line for All Body Types

Khloe Kardashian Launches U.S.-Made Denim Line for All Body Types

KHLO WITH THE FLOW And leave it to a Kardashian to exploit social media to maximum advantage. Barely a day old, Good American has already cultivated a following on Instagram and…

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Help the Smithsonian Save Dorothy's Ruby Slippers From "The Wizard of Oz"

Help the Smithsonian Save Dorothy's Ruby Slippers From "The Wizard of Oz"

Few cinematic artifacts are as iconic as Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Never mind that the shoes described by Frank L. Baum in the source material were actually…

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Preview "Scraps," a Cooper Hewitt Exhibit About Using Up Leftover Textiles

Preview "Scraps," a Cooper Hewitt Exhibit About Using Up Leftover Textiles

SCRAP WORK “Telling the inspiring and empowering stories of three women designers and entrepreneurs who hail from three continents, Scraps brings critical focus to the human and…

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Made in Kenya, I am I's Eclectic Jewelry Doubles as Wearable Sculpture

Made in Kenya, I am I's Eclectic Jewelry Doubles as Wearable Sculpture

Tell us more about your brand and what inspired you to start it? I have a bachelor’s degree in jewelry and silversmithing from the Birmingham School of Jewellery and, after 13…

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Levi's Worker Well-Being Program to Target More Than 300,000 People

Levi's Worker Well-Being Program to Target More Than 300,000 People

Levi Strauss & Co. is marking the 25th anniversary of the publication of “Terms of Engagement,” its industry-defining supplier code of conduct, by pledging to expand…

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Muji Releases Line of Reclaimed Wool Clothing, Accessories

Muji Releases Line of Reclaimed Wool Clothing, Accessories

The Japanese have a term that describes their sense of thrift: mottainai, “don’t let anything go to waste.” It’s a philosophy that Tokyo-based Muji, a clothing…

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"Fend" Bicycle Helmet Collapses to One-Third Its Original Size

"Fend" Bicycle Helmet Collapses to One-Third Its Original Size

Hate lugging around a bicycle helmet around town? Consider yourself officially out of excuses. Protecting your noggin couldn’t be more convenient with the “Fend,” a…

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Ivanka Trump's Shoe Line Allegedly Made Under Sweatshop Conditions

Ivanka Trump's Shoe Line Allegedly Made Under Sweatshop Conditions

The Trump family just might be the clearest example of the adage “do as I say, not as I do.” After advocating for better conditions for working mothers on behalf of her…

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