Your Knock-Off Designer Perfume Could Contain Antifreeze, Urine

by , 05/31/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, The Big Idea

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Buyer beware: Unscrupulous businesses are passing off urine, antifreeze, and other “unpleasant, flammable, or dangerous chemicals that burn when applied to the skin” as designer fragrances, according to ABC 7 New York. In the culmination of a two-year joint undercover operation in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday, the New York Police Department arrested five people for allegedly distributing throughout the United States knockoff fragrances designed to resemble popular brands such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabanna, Polo, Gucci, Christian Dior, and Juicy Couture. Federal agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security division seized more than 10,000 boxes of phony merchandise, which reportedly came through Port Elizabeth to a temporary warehouse in Elizabeth, N.J., before they were sent to Queens to be repackaged. Eventually—and, we’d imagine, heistily—they made their way to a storage facility by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

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London's Science Museum Hosts Space-Inspired Fashion Show

by , 05/30/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Shows, Wearable Technology

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A jumpsuit that converts human sweat into drinking water. A dress with climate-controlled pouches for storing food on the go. Garments studded with sensors or heating units. Those are just a few of the designs that made their way down the runway of London’s Science Museum last week. Part of “Couture in Orbit,” an event celebrating the European Space Agency’s five missions to the International Space Station over the past two years, the catwalk-cum-competition tasked fashion schools from the astronauts’ home countries to create looks inspired by space flight. (Cue the jokes about “out of this world” fashion.)

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Could Programmable, 3D-Printed "Fur" Become a Thing?

by , 05/27/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Wearable Technology

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Scientists from MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group have devised a way to three-dimensionally print hair-like structures on both flat and curved surfaces. The technique, dubbed “Cilllia,” after the cilia filaments that project from nearly all mammalian cells, involves a software platform that allows a user to design and fabricate 50-micron “hair geometries” based on predefined attributes such as angle, thickness, density, and height. Like the motile cilia and flagella found in eukaryotes, MIT’s Cilllia can be assigned sensory functions for the purpose of creating interactive textured surfaces.

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Zappos's Redesigned Shoe Box is #NotABox at All

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Looks like we haven’t been paying close enough attention. Turns out, Zappos’s signature shoe box isn’t a shoe box at all. From June 1, the online retailer will be shipping a number of shoes in a limited-edition white box that encourages recipients to reuse it in new, inventive ways. Don’t worry if you’re not feeling particularly inspired that day: Zappos emblazoned the inside of each box with pre-printed templates that can be cut, folded and assembled into myriad items, including a smartphone holder, a children’s shoe sizer, a geometric planter (or mini-storage bin), and a three-dimensional llama. Through its #ImNotaBox campaign, Zappos says it wants its customers to not only channel their creativity in unique ways but also “literally think outside the box.”

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Gap, H&M's Supply Chains Promote "Precarious Work," Says Report

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Another day, another searing indictment of the capitalist machine we call “fast fashion.” Ahead of the International Labour Conference in June, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, an international consortium of trade unions and labor-rights groups, has released a series of reports about human rights and labor abuses in the global supply chain. For the garment sector, the organization chose to highlight Gap and H&M, two of the world’s largest apparel retailers. And its conclusions, suffice to say, are less than flattering. Western brands like Gap and H&M, according to the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, “wield the potential to transform working conditions through their supply chains” in the developing world. Yet neither have produced the results to match their claims of social responsibility, supply-chain transparency, and respect for human rights.

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Continental Clothing's "Fair Share" Line Aims to Deliver a Living Wage

by , 05/25/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Worker Rights

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A living wage is a human right, and Continental Clothing, for one, wants its workers to get their deserved share. Together with BSD Consulting and Switzerland’s Fair Fashion Network, the London-based apparel manufacturer and wholesaler is launching “Fair Share,” a line of certified-organic T-shirts and hoodies with a built-in price premium. Much like a fair trade premium benefits farmers, this ring-fenced sum will go directly to garment workers in India. Mariusz Stochaj, head of product and sustainability at Continental Clothing, explained it thus: “The price premium of 10p (16 cents) per T-shirt and 54p (79 cents) per hoody is passed along the value chain, from the factory through to the retailer without being marked up, ensuring that the small additional cost at the point of sale is returned to the workers in its entirety,” he wrote in a post on LinkedIn.

Would you pay an extra 80 cents on a garment if it meant a living wage for workers?

  • 1 Votes HELL NO! Every penny counts; and besides, it's the clothing brand's responsibility, not mine.
  • 59 Votes HELL YES! It's small change for me, but a world of difference to someone else.

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Growing Warrior's Michael Lewis: We Need to Get Over Hemp's "Crunchiness"

by , 05/25/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Quotes

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“Maybe we need to realize that caring about the Earth and taking care of things doesn’t necessarily mean ‘crunchy’; it’s just what we all have to do to live. That definitely is a hurdle, but we’re doing it, you know. We’re trying to make the connection that things should have value. We shouldn’t just buy cheap shit.

“When we buy cheap stuff, we’re treating everything in and around us cheaply, including ourselves. I think we should just keep moving forward. I get frustrated about that all the time because I’m doing this and I’m always called a ‘hippie.’ And I may be and I get that, but I think people need to get over that and realize that we need to take care of what we have.

[To quote American horticulturist Liberty Bailey], if we can’t treat the land that provides for us with respect, how can we expect to treat each other with respect?”

—Kentucky farmer Michael Lewis, founder of Growing Warriors and the protagonist of Harvesting Liberty, a documentary by Patagonia about the fight for industrial hemp legalization, speaking to Ecouterre about the crop’s “hippie” image as an impediment to its acceptance.

 

Watch "Harvesting Liberty," a Short Film About America's Hemp Problem

by , 05/24/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Textiles, Video

 

Help The Body Shop Build a Rainforest Bio-Bridge, Find "Reggie" a Mate

Help The Body Shop Build a Rainforest Bio-Bridge, Find "Reggie" a Mate

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Solo Eyewear Makes Sunglasses From Recycled Plastic

Solo Eyewear Makes Sunglasses From Recycled Plastic

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Photos by Vairdy Photography When it comes to conquering the boardroom, clothes maketh the woman. Get your #cornerofficegoals started with Wallis Evera, an online-only collection of…

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Your Next Patagonia Jacket Could Comprise Yeast-Engineered Silk

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We’ve seen the future of leather and it doesn’t involve cows. Take Rombaut, for instance. Eschewing animal hide, the experimental Parisian label harnesses plant-based…

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Studio One Eighty Nine, Yoox Team Up on Ethical Fashion Line

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MADE IN GHANA Because of the handcrafted nature of the garments, no two are alike. Dawson and Erwiah said they challenged the artisans to move beyond the bounds of their experience…

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Amy Ward's Upcycled Knitwear is Big on Drama, Small on Footprint

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Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the EcoChic Design Award As one of 10 finalists for the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award, Amy Ward knows her way around textile waste. Born and raised in…

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Agave Silk: A Cruelty-Free Vegetable Silk Made From Cactus

Agave Silk: A Cruelty-Free Vegetable Silk Made From Cactus

Photos by Maven Collection AGAVE SILK \ə-ˈgä-vē ˈsilk\ n. 1 a: A cruelty-free textile composed of filaments derived from the crushed leaves of the Saharan aloe vera cactus, part of…

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