Armani Goes Fur-Free Across All Brands

by , 03/23/16   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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In a move that animal-rights groups are hailing as historic, the Armani Group has committed to eliminating the use of fur in its collections across all brands, including Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, and A/X Armani Exchange. “Technical progress made over the years allows us to have valid alternatives at our disposal that render the use of cruel practices unnecessary as regards animals,” Giorgio Armani, the Italian company’s namesake founder, said in a statement released by the Fur-Free Alliance. “Pursuing the positive process undertaken long ago, my company is now taking a major step ahead, reflecting our attention to the critical issues of protecting and caring for the environment and animals.”

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Scottish Designers Turn Thrift-Store Rags Into Couture Riches

by , 03/22/16   filed under: Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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A pair of Scottish designers have transformed used clothing from one of the United Kingdom’s top clothing recyclers into a couture collection that challenges our ideas of waste. The looks are the work of Aimee Kent and Black Cherry Studio, who spent 12 weeks rifling through the Salvation Army warehouse as part of a residency with Zero Waste Scotland, an initiative works with local businesses and communities to use resources sustainably, and Love Your Clothes, part of the Waste & Resources Action Programme. The twin ranges, which are estimated by experts to be worth at least an £4,000 ($5,684) each, made their debut last week at the charity’s flagship store in Dumbarton Road in Glasgow, where they were modeled by former Miss Scotland and Miss United Kingdom Nicola Mimnagh.

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7 Eco-Friendly Fabrics That Will Disrupt the Luxury Fashion Industry

by , 03/22/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Features

 

Shwood's "Badlands" Eyewear Incorporates Plants, Feathers

by , 03/21/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Eyewear

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Take a piece of America’s untamed beauty with you, wherever you may roam, with Shwood’s latest line of stylish and sustainable eyewear. Inspired by the striking geologic vistas of South Dakota, as well as the poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the “Badlands” collection features molted osprey feathers and shredded desert flowers suspended in resin, the result of a new casting technique pioneered by the Oregon firm. Emerson’s words—“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not”—lie at the heart of the designs, which use cellulose acetate (derived from cotton and wood pulp) and domestic walnut hardwood to capture a fleeting moment in nature.

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Hold the Phone, Matt & Nat Just Launched Vegan Shoes

by , 03/18/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Hold the phone and shut the door: Matt & Nat now sells shoes. (That squee of delight you heard was us, #sorrynotsorry) Featuring the same ethically sourced, animal-friendly materials as its signature bags (polyurethane uppers, rubber soles), as well as their clean, minimalist lines, the footwear collection comprises seven classic silhouettes: a wingtip brogue, two flatform Oxfords, a thick-soled sneaker, a high-top, an ankle-strap sandal, and a criss-cross-strap slingback. Inscribed beneath the logo on each insole is the promise that “no animals were hurt making this shoe.” P.S.: Although the shoes, which range from $85 to $115, are geared toward women, the Canadian company says that a men’s line is on its way.

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H&M Enlists M.I.A. to Collect 1,000 Tons of Used Clothing

by , 03/18/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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One of the best things to come out of H&M’s sustainability push is its garment take-back program. Despite spanning all 3,900 of its stores in 61 markets worldwide, however, the clothing-recycling scheme remains largely unfamiliar to an embarrassingly wide swath of consumers. It almost beggars belief just how many millions of pounds of textiles we cavalierly throw in the trash, though we can chalk most of this up to simple ignorance. Still, if Iggy Pop couldn’t convince you to drop off rather than dispose of your no-longer-desirable duds, perhaps M.I.A. can. The British recording artist has signed on to be the public face of World Recycle Week, an initiative by the Swedish retailer to collect 1,000 tons of castoff garments from its globe-spanning clientele.

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Watch "Designing Change," A Short Film About Suzy Amis Cameron's Red Carpet Green Dress Campaign

by , 03/16/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

Ecouterre presents an exclusive look at Designing Change, a short film that charts the evolution of Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress ethical-fashion initiative from its inception during Avatar’s awards-circuit victory lap in 2010 to its latest iteration at last month’s Oscars, where Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and supermodel-entrepreneur Lily Cole served as ambassadors. Directed by Brandon Hickman, and produced by Amis Cameron, Hickman, and Samata Pattinson, the video highlights the vast amount of behind-the-scenes elbow grease it takes to give sustainable style a red-carpet-ready sheen.

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Tripty Project Makes Zero-Waste Bags, Clothing Out of Discarded Pineapples

by , 03/15/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Bags, Eco-Textiles, Fair Trade

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Luke Swanson and Brooke McEver were working in Bangladesh at the time of the incredible garment industry tragedy at Rana Plaza. In reaction, they decided to found a company to train locals to create accessories and garments from pineapples. The Tripty Project sources the waste agricultural byproducts from the harvesting of these sweet fruits, to turn it into a woven fabric. Using indigo and natural bark dyes, and unique weave patterns, the Tripty line of clothing and backpacks can send you on your next day hike in style.

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PETA Gives TOMS "Compassionate Business" Award

by , 03/14/16   filed under: Vegan Fashion

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With its prodigal use of leather and suede, TOMS isn’t your typical People for Ethical Treatment of Animals–approved retailer. Yet the shoe—and bag, and sunglass, and coffee—purveyor managed to snag the animal-rights group’s annual Compassionate Business Award, thanks to the former’s ever-expanding selection of cruelty-free merchandise. “PETA is recognizing TOMS for creating beautiful cruelty-free items that demonstrate that a reliance on animal leather is becoming a thing of the past,” Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, said in a statement. “TOMS vegan shoes prove how easy it is to stay on trend while protecting animals and the environment.”

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Millennials More Likely Than Older Adults to Donate Unwanted Clothes

Millennials More Likely Than Older Adults to Donate Unwanted Clothes

Photo by Shutterstock Millennials may have no idea how to sew on a button, but they’re also less likely than older adults to throw old clothes and other unwanted textiles into the…

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Alice + Whittles Debut Fair-Trade Rain Boots in Time for April Showers

Alice + Whittles Debut Fair-Trade Rain Boots in Time for April Showers

PUDDLE JUMPERS The solution quickly presented itself: “We wanted to create rain boots that were well-made and -designed while being ethical on a social and environmental…

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Les Lunes: Parisian-Inspired Ethical Lingerie, Clothing That Smolders With Sex Appeal

Les Lunes: Parisian-Inspired Ethical Lingerie, Clothing That Smolders With Sex Appeal

As a busy, jet-setting business owner, Les Lunes creator Anna Lecat found it nearly impossible to find complementary fashion for her lifestyle that mirrored both elegance and comfort.…

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This Sprout-Covered Vest is a Chia Pet You Can Wear

This Sprout-Covered Vest is a Chia Pet You Can Wear

BETTER TOGETHER To create her vest, Esponette laid out cut pieces of muslin on a foam mannequin that she saturated with water. She then planted the chia seeds, which germinated into…

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Ethical Fashion Institute's Simone Cipriani: "Sustainable" Has to Care About People, Too

Ethical Fashion Institute's Simone Cipriani: "Sustainable" Has to Care About People, Too

“When an industry doesn’t care about how people are treated, no consideration of sustainability is possible. You can’t just care about the environment and forget about the…

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"Pure Human" Imagines a Future Where You Can Buy Nicole Kidman's Skin

"Pure Human" Imagines a Future Where You Can Buy Nicole Kidman's Skin

NEW SKIN “Major fashion and cosmetic companies have already signed research collaboration agreement with bioengineering institutes,” Gorjanc said. “Those…

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Greek Volunteers Recycle Inflatable Boats, Life Vests Into Bags for Refugees

Greek Volunteers Recycle Inflatable Boats, Life Vests Into Bags for Refugees

For the thousands of migrants arriving daily by boat to the Greek island of Lesbos, setting foot on land is only the beginning. A nascent design collective known as the Embassy for the…

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"Outlander's" Sam Heughan Urges Scots to Fill Up "Empty Shop" With Clothing Castoffs

"Outlander's" Sam Heughan Urges Scots to Fill Up "Empty Shop" With Clothing Castoffs

As Jacobite rebel Jamie Fraser on television’s Outlander, Sam Heughan is used to getting his kit off. Now the actor wants his fellow Scots to do the same with clothing they no…

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Juice Beauty Create Organic Skincare Line for Goop

Gwyneth Paltrow, Juice Beauty Create Organic Skincare Line for Goop

FACE GOOP “Our products deliver clinically-proven results that mirror exactly what you would find from the big guys with huge R&D budgets and no ingredient…

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