Orsola de Castro: Wearing a Garment Just Once "Misses the Point"

by , 06/17/15   filed under: Quotes

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“The concept of wearing something just once is sad. It indicates a lack of style, confidence, and it misses the point of what fashion is about.

“Fashion is about loving clothes, and style is the ability to be effortlessly comfortable in your own beautiful skin.

“Nothing beats a trusted old something, restyled to look fresh.”

—Ethical-fashion pioneer Orsola de Castro, co-founder of From Somewhere, Estethica, and Fashion Revolution, speaking to the Telegraph on Thursday about “wear-it-once-iritis.”

 

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Rana Plaza Victim Compensation Fund Finally Meets $30 Million Target

by , 06/16/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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Photos by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury for Zuma Press/Corbis

The Clean Clothes Campaign is celebrating this week as its quest to raise funds for victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh has come to fruition. Since the tragedy happened in April of 2013, the campaign has advocated to raise funds for lost wages for injured workers and to help families of those who died in the collapse. With the help of one million consumer advocators worldwide, the campaign has reached its $30 million goal to help these workers.

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Fashion Footprint Uses Tech to Let Clothing Tell Their Own Stories

by , 06/16/15   filed under: Fair Trade, Interviews, Wearable Technology

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Mariam Naqvi wants to give shoppers the story behind their clothing choices right at the point of sale. In order to do that, this visionary Norwegian diplomat turned social entrepreneur founded Fashion Footprint, with a mission to provide tools for transparency and support for social causes. Currently in beta testing , the Fashion Footprint app that can scan clothing tags and provide ratings information on everything from factory safety to worker health.  The idea of fashion traceability isn’t new, but Fashion Footprint takes a unique approach of story telling, rather than shaming, in order to encourage positive shopping behavior. We spoke Naqvi to learn more about the inspiration and purpose of her startup.

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Prince George Dons Same Romper Prince William Wore in 1984

by , 06/15/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities

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Even royalty isn’t above hand-me-downs. Chubby-cheeked Prince George attended great-granny Queen Elizabeth’s birthday parade in London on Saturday wearing a cream-frilled blue romper—the very same one the 23-month-old’s father, Prince William, wore at his Buckingham Palace balcony debut more than 30 years ago. This isn’t the first secondhand outfit we’ve spotted on the third in line to the throne. In 2013, George donned a gently used replica of a 174-year-old baptismal gown that clad more than 300 blue-blooded babies—including George’s forebears Prince William, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, and King George VI—until it became too fragile to wear.

[Via CBS News]

 

"Wearables For Good" Challenges Designers To Help People in Need

by , 06/15/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Wearable technology can help you get more exercise, track your sleep, alert you to new text messages, but frankly those are all first world problems. How about using wearable technology to save lives, stop hunger, protect against disease and send alerts about disasters? That’s what UNICEF is hoping talented designers can do with their new contest – Wearables for Good. Partnering with processor manufacturer, ARM and do-gooder design firm FROG, UNICEF is looking for the best and brightest to design wearable technology that can really make a difference. If you’re a technology designer, here’s your chance to do some good for the world.

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Man Turns Bone From Amputated Leg Into Engagement Ring

by , 06/12/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Eco-Friendly Weddings

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When Mike Perrett proposed to his then-girlfriend, Melita, in 2011, he offered her more than a piece of his heart. He also gave her part of his shinbone. The Guernsey man, who had his right leg amputated after he fell off a mountain in India in 2006—a year after the couple first met—convinced his surgeons to let him keep a section of the bone that was removed. Working with ethical jeweler Ingel & Rhode five years later, Perrett incorporated two pieces of the bone, plus a quarter-carat diamond, into a platinum engagement ring.

So tell us, is the ring's extra-personal touch haute or not?

  • 4 Votes HELL NO! I'd rather my jewelry didn't include someone's DNA.
  • 5 Votes HELL YES! Now she'll always have a part of him with her.

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Honest By Offers First Downloadable Fashion Collection for 3D Printers

by , 06/11/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Wearable Technology

 

H&M Launches "Unicoin," a Charitable Currency in Support of UNICEF

by , 06/11/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Fashion Philanthropy, Kids' Eco-Fashion

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Meet the “Unicoin,” the world’s first currency dedicated to doing good. Launched by the H&M Conscious Foundation on behalf of the United Nations Children’s Fund, the virtual lucre enables children to use art to support their peers in the developing world. Kids earn a single Unicoin whenever they upload a picture illustrating their grown-up aspirations to www.unicoins.org. H&M then matches each Unicoin with educational supplies, including a notebook and pencil, for UNICEF to distribute to child in need. This initiative, according to the Swedish retailer, aims not only to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood development but also provides an opportunity for people to help.

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Birce Özkan's Biomimetic Dress Sheds "Leaves" With Seasons

by , 06/10/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Wearable Technology

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In the fall, less light and cooler temperatures signals trees its time to shed leaves to prepare for winter. Inspired by the annual defoliation, Birce Özkan designed a brilliant dress that mimics that phenomenon using wearable technology. Fall is sexy little dress outfitted with arduino controls that release leaves of fabric when the dress is exposed to less light. Fall foliage colored fabric bits gracefully fall to the floor when ‘winter’ arrives.

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"Earth Focus: Illicit Ivory" Reveals Devastating Effects of Ivory Trade

"Earth Focus: Illicit Ivory" Reveals Devastating Effects of Ivory Trade

The ivory trade is among the most complex, brutal, and increasing dire problems facing the planet today. In 1980, there were 1.2 million African elephants. Now, there are fewer than…

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Ix Style's Ethical Sandals Provide Clean Drinking Water in Guatemala

Ix Style's Ethical Sandals Provide Clean Drinking Water in Guatemala

Guatemalan-based Ix Style is an ethical shoe brand with one foot in water rights and another in artisan production. Their proceeds help provide clean drinking water to children who…

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Marks & Spencer Debuts Street Style–Inspired Eco-Clothing Line

Marks & Spencer Debuts Street Style–Inspired Eco-Clothing Line

LONDON CALLING The capsule arrives in stores just as Marks & Spencer announced additional commitments to improve transparency in its clothing supply chain. The retailer noted in…

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Project Jacquard: Google, Levi's to Turn Clothing Into Touchscreens

Project Jacquard: Google, Levi's to Turn Clothing Into Touchscreens

Jacquard is a “smart fabric” developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group that could conceivably turn your sleeve into a touch…

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G-Star Raw Commits to Sourcing Deforestation-Free Fabrics

G-Star Raw Commits to Sourcing Deforestation-Free Fabrics

G-Star Raw is making like a tree and leaving—deforestation-promoting fabrics, that is. The Dutch denim brand, which previously collaborated with “Happy” hitmaker Pharrell…

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Paula Ortega Uses Milk Proteins to Make Biodegradable Jewelry

Paula Ortega Uses Milk Proteins to Make Biodegradable Jewelry

Innovative jewelry designer Paula Ortega’s new line is as fleeting as beauty itself. Made from an impossible-sounding mix of metals and milk proteins, the “wearable sculptures”…

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Yeast-Engineered Silk Could Result in "Stronger Than Steel" Clothes

Yeast-Engineered Silk Could Result in "Stronger Than Steel" Clothes

A Bay Area startup is giving spiders and silkworms a run for their money. Bolt Threads, which announced a new $40 million round funding on Thursday, has developed a synthetic,…

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Electroloom Builds the World's First Desktop 3D-Printer for Clothes

Electroloom Builds the World's First Desktop 3D-Printer for Clothes

Photos by Daniel Morris The idea behind the Electroloom is to make it even easier for anyone to become a designer, which would in turn mean less waste in clothes production and items…

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Activists Target Ralph Lauren for Allegedly Promoting Deforestation

Activists Target Ralph Lauren for Allegedly Promoting Deforestation

Protestors hijacked one of fashion’s biggest events on Monday to call out Ralph Lauren for allegedly contributing to deforestation, human-rights abuses, and climate pollution.…

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