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Patagonia Made a Small Fortune on Black Friday—And It's Donating All of It to Charity

by , 11/30/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Patagonia just raised $10 million for the environment, and all in one day, to boot. The outdoor-apparel retailer, which pledged to donate 100 percent of its global Black Friday sales to underfunded grassroots organizations working to “protect our air, water and soil for future generations,” shattered records last week when it raised five times the $2 million it had projected to make. Many of its customers dubbed Patagonia’s unique take on the post-Thanksgiving shopping-palooza as a “fundraiser for the Eath,” Rose Marcario, the company’s CEO, wrote in a blog post. “On behalf of these activists and every Patagonia employee, we extend a heartfelt thank you to our customers, friends and community worldwide who showed up to #loveourplanet,” she said.

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Fast Retailing, Uniqlo's Owner, Opens Denim Innovation Center in L.A.

by , 11/29/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Fast Retailing, the Japanese firm behind such brands as Uniqlo, Theory, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and J Brand has opened its first facility devoted to the research and development of denim fabric. Based in Los Angeles, the Denim Innovation Center seeks to bring together specialists from its various subsidiaries to advance technological and material innovations in the realm of jean creation. Fast Retailing says that Uniqlo and J Brand will be the first to benefit from the center’s work, which may manifest itself in products as early as next fall. “By establishing the Denim Retailing Center in Los Angeles, the global hub for information on denim, Fast Retailing will be able to quickly incorporate the essence of current trends in its designs,” the company said in a press release.

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Cooper Hewitt's "Scraps" Exhibit Makes Do, Mends With Leftover Textiles

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Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, currently on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, is something of a Rorschach test for our relationship with stuff. Taken at face value, the exhibit highlights the myriad ways we can artfully give leftover fabrics a second lease on life. Dig deeper, however, and you might strike an unexpected vein of criticism, one that casts a gimlet eye at the 310,000 truckloads of clothing that Americans throw away each year. Featuring the work of Milan’s Luisa Cevese, Los Angeles’s Christina Kim, and Tokyo’s Reiko Sudo, Scraps seeks not to hector but to educate, illuminate, and perhaps even inspire. Ecouterre caught up with Susan Brown, associate curator of textiles, and Matilda McQuaid, deputy curatorial director and head of textiles, to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the exhibit, their opinion of the “fast fashion” phenomenon, and just what America can do about its textile-waste—both pre- and post-consumer—problem.

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On Black Friday, Greenpeace Calls for a "Fast Fashion" Time-Out

by , 11/25/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Greenpeace wants to call a time-out on “fast fashion.” In a report published on the eve of Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving sales extravaganza that serves as the unofficial start of the holiday-shopping season, the environmental nonprofit revealed new research about the environmental consequences of compulsive overspending, particularly when it comes to trumped-up “bargains” designed to trigger a false sense of urgency over items we don’t need. Needless to say, clothing is one of the quickest-moving products. “Because it is so cheap, fast fashion is one of the highest selling product categories on Black Friday, with many major fashion brands and retail giants jumping on the bandwagon,” wrote Kirsten Brodde, head of Greenpeace’s Detox My Fashion campaign, in a blog post.

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Patagonia to Donate 100 Percent of Black Friday Sales to Eco-Causes

by , 11/23/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Patagonia is getting into the holiday spirit, with a twist. Instead of shuttering its stores the day after Thanksgiving, as it did last year, the outdoor-apparel retailer will do business on what is traditionally—and sometimes derisively—considered the start of the year-end shopping frenzy: Black Friday. But don’t mistake the decision for a shift in the company’s famously anti-consumerist stance. (This is the firm that placed a full-page ad in the New York Times imploring its customers not to buy its products, after all.) Patagonia says it will donate 100 percent of its global Black Friday proceeds to grassroots organizations working to “protect our air, water and soil for future generations.”

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PETA Video About "Ugly Truth" Behind UGGs Goes Viral

by , 11/22/16   filed under: Animal Cruelty

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“Ugh” is right. In a chilling video last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals revealed the “ugly truth” about UGG, a line of sheepskin-lined boots that people either hate to love or love to hate. “Sheep in the wool industry are abused, kicked, and often have violent wounds from shearing,” the 60-second spot notes over footage of sheep in various states of distress. “All of this before being killed.” The video, which was posted on Facebook, has been viewed over 37 million times. It has also attracted 61,000 comments—most of them expressing disgust at the footwear brand. “Omg this is one of the saddest things I’ve seen I can’t believe humans can be so cruel!!! There is just no need for this at all [sic],” one woman wrote. “Never ever buying them again, thanks for letting know [sic],” said another.

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Alicia Silverstone Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Wool

by , 11/22/16   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities

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Alicia Silverstone has publicly denounced leather, fur, and down Now, the actress, bestselling author, and veganism advocate wants shoppers to know why she’d rather go naked than wear wool. In a new campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Silverstone strips down in protest of the contentious fiber, which, despite its natural, minimally processed, biodegradable nature, has been pilloried in the past for contributing to widespread animal abuse on sheep farms. Shot by celebrity photographer Brian Bowen Smith, a billboard of Silverstone currently hangs just outside Times Square, at the intersection of 40th Street and Eighth Avenue, just before holiday-shopping season kicks into gear.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Only Buys Secondhand Clothes for Her Son

by , 11/21/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities

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Don’t confuse the actor for the role; Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t quite buy into consumer culture the way Carrie Bradshaw did on HBO’s Sex and the City. In fact, a recent viewing of The True Cost, a documentary about the fashion’s social and environmental impacts, served as a bit of an awakening for the multi-hyphenate performer, producer, and entrepreneur, particularly when it comes to shopping for her 14-year-old son. (She and her husband, fellow thespian Matthew Broderick, also have 7-year-old twin girls.) “I will only buy secondhand clothes for my son, James Wilkie; The True Cost really changed me,” Parker told The Edit, an digital magazine by luxury retailer Net-a-Porter. “The one area I’ve had a hard time with is pants, but I buy used T-shirts and sweaters for him. Track pants are hard—boys rip them; I don’t know how to get around that.”

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L.A. Factories That Made Clothes For Forever 21,  T.J. Maxx Paid Workers $4 an Hour

L.A. Factories That Made Clothes For Forever 21, T.J. Maxx Paid Workers $4 an Hour

Photo by Owen CL/Unsplash Los Angeles has a sweatshop problem, and bargain retailers like Forever 21, T.J. Maxx, and Ross are reaping the benefits. At a press conference on Wednesday,…

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Adidas Makes Biodegradable Sneaker From Artificial Spider Silk

Adidas Makes Biodegradable Sneaker From Artificial Spider Silk

Adidas has just unveiled the first performance shoe made from artificial spider silk. The Futurecraft Biofabric, which debuted at the Biofabricate conference in New York City on…

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For Aiayu, Aesthetics and Ethics Go Hand in Hand

For Aiayu, Aesthetics and Ethics Go Hand in Hand

Many often seek out items that they wear and use in their home to tell a story, but often the story is told through the purchaser – rather than through the product itself. For Aiayu,…

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"Back to the Future" Inspires Self-Charging Textiles, Clothing

"Back to the Future" Inspires Self-Charging Textiles, Clothing

One movie buff scientist from the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center has turned to the 80s cult classic Back to the Future II to inspire a new wearable…

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Forget Black Friday; Clean Up the Planet With "Blue Friday"

Forget Black Friday; Clean Up the Planet With "Blue Friday"

This year, the nation’s biggest shopping day, Black Friday, will get a green transformation. Responsible retailer United by Blue is asking consumers to rethink the mega-purchasing…

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These Students Are the Future of Sustainable Fashion

These Students Are the Future of Sustainable Fashion

Irene-Marie Seelig, Iciar Bravo Tomboly, Ana Pasalic, Agraj Jain, and Elise Comrie have plenty to wax triumphant about. On Monday evening, the five London College of Fashion students…

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Stella McCartney Says Fashion is "Getting Away With Murder"

Stella McCartney Says Fashion is "Getting Away With Murder"

“Fashion really is getting away with murder. … There needs to be more systems in place, more vigorous testing, and as a customer you can do that, you can challenge the people…

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Patagonia's Latest Collection Contains Its Highest Recycled Content Yet

Patagonia's Latest Collection Contains Its Highest Recycled Content Yet

REMIXED The “cornerstone” of the collection, according to Patagonia, is its use of 100 percent recycled down. Salvaged from used products, the combination of 600-fill-power…

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Adidas to Make 1 Million Pairs of Sneakers Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic by 2017

Adidas to Make 1 Million Pairs of Sneakers Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic by 2017

The world’s first sneaker made from recycled ocean plastic is headed for the production line. First teased in 2015, the Adidas x Parley for the Oceans Ultra Boost Uncaged is…

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