"Fast Fashion" Made These Men Some of the Planet's Richest

by , 08/04/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, The Big Idea

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Want to get rich? Build a clothing empire based on aggressive expansion, breakneck turnarounds, cheap materials, and even cheaper labor. “Fast fashion,” as Quartz reported on Tuesday, has established the fortunes of some of the planet’s richest people at the expense of its poorest. Chief among the billionaires is Amancio Ortega, founder of Inditex, whose position as the world’s largest apparel business stems largely from its ownership of the high-street behemoth Zara. Valued at $74.4 billion as of press time, Ortega is not only the richest person in Spain but also all of Europe. For one brief, shining moment last year, Ortega surpassed Bill Gates to become the richest man on Earth, though he quite comfortably holds court today at second place.

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Mushroom-Infused Burial Suit Helps the Body Naturally Decompose

by , 08/03/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles

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For the human body, death is only the beginning. These meat sacks of ours are hothouses of chemicals, and not just the good kind. Pesticides, flame retardants, heavy metals, and other environmental toxins we’ve picked up in life continue to leach into the mortal coil long after we’ve shuffled off. Current cremation techniques don’t help, either. Fumes expelled during incineration are chock-full of carcinogens such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur oxide, not to mention mercury from dental fillings. And let’s not even talk about the ingredients found in embalming fluid. The solution? Mushrooms, or more specifically, a mushroom-infused burial suit that accelerates decomposition of the body while neutralizing the pollutants within. In short, it turns corpses into compost.

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After PETA Exposé, Patagonia Reboots Sustainable Wool Standard

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When People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused one of Patagonia’s wool suppliers last August of abusing its lambs and sheep, the outdoor-apparel firm moved swiftly to cut all ties. By all accounts this was a difficult decision. Ovis 21, the Argentinean farming collective under scrutiny, had been working with Nature Conservancy to develop holistic grazing practices that would help restore more than 15 million acres of degraded Patagonian grasslands. Meanwhile, Patagonia, together with Textile Exchange and others, was in the midst of forging a Responsible Wool Standard that would do for sheep what the Responsible Down Standard does for ducks and geese. Expressing her dismay—and acknowledging the shortfalls of what they were drafting—Rose Marcario, Patagonia’s CEO, pledged to suspend the brand’s wool purchasing until it could implement a verifiable process that not only ensured the humane treatment of animals but also promoted healthy grasslands.

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"Remade in the U.S.A." Brings Eileen Fisher Closer to a Closed-Loop Economy

 

Stabilimentum: A Couture Face Mask That Uses Spiderwebs to Filter Air

by , 08/01/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories

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How far would you go for clean air? If you’re an arachnophobe, perhaps not very. At the Biodesign Summit in New York City last month, students from the University of Pennsylvania proposed a “couture” air mask that uses live spiders and their webs to filter out pollutants. Scientists have noted before the electrostatic properties of the glue that coats spiderwebs. The sticky stuff could even rival industrial sensors in efficiency, they said. “We figured that if spider webs are capable of catching pollutants that are present in the air, we could propose them as a natural and biodegradable alternative to wearable air filters, while at the same time creating a new symbiotic relationship between humans and spiders,” the team told Science Friday.

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FIT Students Turn Algae, Fungi Into Biodegradable Textiles

by , 08/01/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles

 

Archaeologists Just Found a 3,000-Year-Old Ball of Yarn

by , 07/29/16   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

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True story: Archaeologists in England just unearthed a 3,000-year-old—and extremely fragile—ball of yarn. Buried in the waterlogged depths of the Must Farm Bronze Age settlement, a site in Cambridgeshire that has been described as the “Pompeii of the fens,” the artifact is one of a rich cache of finds that includes textiles, beads, and domestic tools. Like other fibers discovered at the location, the yarn is probably plant-based in origin. “All the textiles appear to have been made from plant fibers,” said Margarita Gleba, an archaeologist specializing in textiles. “The people at Must Farm used cultivated species, such as flax, as well as wild plants, such as nettle and perhaps trees, to obtain raw materials.” Not to mention folks back then really knew their stuff, too. “The linen textiles found at Must Farm are among the finest from Bronze Age Europe,” Gleba added. “Wild fibers appear to have been used for coarser fabrics made in a different technique, known as twining.”

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[Via Atlas Obscura]

 

Berlin Artists Use Manhole Covers, Utility Grates to Relief-Print Textiles

by , 07/28/16   filed under: Eco-Art

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To the Berlin-based art collective Raubdruckerin, city streets are literally their artistic inspiration. Translating to “pirate printer,” the group uses city infrastructure as printing elements to create truly unique tote bags, t-shirts and backpacks. Decorative and utilitarian manhole covers, grates, and other metal pieces affixed to the street are slathered up with printing ink on the spot before being imprinted with fresh clothing, making true street pieces that honor the cities they are made in.

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Conscei Budapest Offers Fair-Trade, Organic-Cotton Men's Dress Shirts

by , 07/28/16   filed under: Fair Trade, Men's Eco-Fashion

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Hungarian company Conscei is taking on the concept of truly sustainable fashion, through menswear. Conscei’s goal is to create a fashion model that focuses on protecting the environment, through responsible farming, chemical-free production and ethical sourcing. Using certified organic and Fair Trade materials, the company is using a crowdfunding platform to grow their professional line of classic men’s shirts that will last the test of time, while being kind to the earth.

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"Funny or Die"-Produced Video Roasts Donald Trump's Foreign-Made Products

"Funny or Die"-Produced Video Roasts Donald Trump's Foreign-Made Products

Donald Trump is overdue for a dressing down, and the Democratic National Convention has tapped comedian Ken Jeong to be the one to do it. In one of a series of comedy videos produced by…

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9-Year-Old Child Worker Dies in Textile Mill in Bangladesh

9-Year-Old Child Worker Dies in Textile Mill in Bangladesh

Photo by Varshesh Joshi/Unsplash Police in Bangladesh have arrested a textile-mill supervisor for allegedly torturing a 9-year-old worker to death over the weekend. The boy, Sagar…

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Dutch Designer Turns Cow Manure Into Clothing (It's Not as Gross as You Might Think)

Dutch Designer Turns Cow Manure Into Clothing (It's Not as Gross as You Might Think)

POO POWER She dubs the material Mestic, from mest, the Dutch word for manure. While people have sought to manage No. 2 before, Essaïdi says this is the first time “manure is…

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Dries Van Noten: Fashion Has "Become Such an Industry, Such a Business"

Dries Van Noten: Fashion Has "Become Such an Industry, Such a Business"

“Fashion has become such an industry, such a business, that we lost a little bit of the beauty of fashion, and a little bit of the skill. … “We started to work in…

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Greenpeace Slams Mammut, The North Face for Toxic Chemical Use

Greenpeace Slams Mammut, The North Face for Toxic Chemical Use

Greenpeace wants outdoor-apparel companies to clear the air, stat. A recent investigation by the environmental nonprofit found high concentration of hazardous per- and polyfluorinated…

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ASOS, Topshop, Primark Are Nixing Down Feathers From Their Products

ASOS, Topshop, Primark Are Nixing Down Feathers From Their Products

Photos by Topshop The British high street just got a lot more bird-friendly, thanks to a commitment by brands such as ASOS, Boohoo, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Primark, Oasis, and Whistles…

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

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

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

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…

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