Watch Veja Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Eco-Hip Sneakers

by , 12/22/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Men's Eco-Fashion, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Veja doesn’t just make shoes; it makes statements. The French company employs some of the greenest footwear materials on the planet, including wild Amazonian rubber, organic and fair-trade cotton, vegetable-tanned leather, and tilapia-skin waste. The sneakers are plenty cool to look at, too, with modern, minimalist lines and an understated aesthetic that travels well even in rarified fashion circles. Launched in 2004 by a pair of then-25-year-olds, Veja is also keen to innovate. The newest addition to its stable is B-Mesh (for “bottle mesh”), a textile made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. It takes about three plastic bottles to create a single pair of shoes, according to Veja.

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Rabbit: A Simple, Functional, California-Made Apparel Line for Runners

by , 12/22/15   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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The newly launched rabbit performance running apparel brand lets dedicated runners “run free.” The affordable line was designed without all the bells and whistles, created after rigorous study to actually fit properly in full movement. The anti-fuss running apparel line is also completely sustainable, made entirely in Los Angeles, California in a shop paying a fair wage.

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Bangladeshi Workers Struggle Against Climate of Fear, Intimidation

by , 12/21/15   filed under: Worker Rights

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The deadly collapse of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza factory building may have sparked a flurry of fire and building-safety reforms, but garment workers continue to struggle to be heard, according to a new report by the International Labor Rights Forum, a nonprofit advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Drawing from interviews with more than 70 people, Our Voices, Our Safety: Bangladeshi Garment Workers Speak Out depicts a “chilling web” of intimidation and violence that spans the South Asian country’s billion-dollar apparel industry. “We set out to talk with workers about fire, electrical, and structural safety issues,” said Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, whose staff conducted most of the worker interviews for the report. “But almost all workers wanted to talk to us about more than the necessary technical repairs and renovations in their factories.”

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Fashion Students Turn Cotton Muslin Into Compost, Apply It to Natural Dye Garden

by , 12/21/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

 

Russell Simmons Wants Lululemon to Stop Using Down Feathers

by , 12/18/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities

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Hip-hop entrepreneur and yoga fanatic Russell Simmons has written an open letter to yoga clothing retailer Lululemon on behalf of PETA. In his plea, Simmons asks the popular company to curb their usage of goose and duck down. Simmons urges Lululemon’s Chief Executive Officer, Laurent Potdevin, to switch to cruelty-free synthetics, which will keep their customers equally toasty warm.

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10 DIY Gifts You Can Make With Leftover Nail Polish

by , 12/17/15   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

 

Knit a Pair of Netflix Socks That Pause Your Show If You Fall Asleep

by , 12/17/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

 

Kin-Tsugi Goods Upcycles Vintage Garments Into Wearable Art

by , 12/16/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Interviews, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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For stylist-turned-designer Mai-Lei Pecorari, “make do and mend” isn’t just an exhortation, it’s a way of life. Her clothing line, Kin-tsugi Goods, revels in reinvention. Inspired—and named after—an ancient Japanese art form that that mends broken pieces of pottery with seams of lacquer and gold, creating something even more valuable than its original form, Kin-tsugi uses gold paint and thread to rework vintage and gently worn clothing into wearable works of art. Available exclusively at Eden & Eden in San Francisco, where each shipment is quick to sell out, Kin-tsugi offers a conscientious and considered alternative to throwaway fashion on the high street. Ecouterre caught up with Percorari to talk more about her brand of bespoke, her thoughts on “fast fashion,” and the larger role her label plays in promoting social and environmental consciousness.

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Actress Amy Smart Leads Animal-Testing Support Group in New PSA

by , 12/15/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Finding cruelty-free and ethical cosmetics and household items is even easier now, thanks to Leaping Bunny’s new mobile app and extensive website relaunch. Kicked off with a PSA by actress Amy Smart, Leaping Bunny’s new app features free tools that gives consumers access to 650 cruelty-free companies. Now it is even easier to shop for cruelty-free cosmetics, household and personal care items, with information right at your fingertips.

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ShiftWear Lets You Customize Your Sneakers Via Smartphone

ShiftWear Lets You Customize Your Sneakers Via Smartphone

An incredible feat of wearable technology could be your new, customizable kicks. The amazing new sneaker company, ShiftWear, fuses a digital screen and wearable fabric, enabling fashion…

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Ecoalf Wants to Upcycle Ocean-Trawled Plastic Into Textiles, Clothing

Ecoalf Wants to Upcycle Ocean-Trawled Plastic Into Textiles, Clothing

Ecoalf sees opportunity in waste. Based in Madrid, the urban-minimalist apparel brand—think Uniqlo for the conscious set—has recycled everything from decommissioned fishing nets,…

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Budapest's Only Eco-Fashion Line Upcycles Castoffs Into Clothing

Budapest's Only Eco-Fashion Line Upcycles Castoffs Into Clothing

Adding to the buzz of creativity in Budapest is a cafe, pop-up, and design studio called Printa. The on-site silkscreen and fashion workshop produces garments that are displayed in…

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Annalisa Natali Murri's Photographs Reveal Rana Plaza's Emotional Aftermath

Annalisa Natali Murri's Photographs Reveal Rana Plaza's Emotional Aftermath

In April 2013, Rana Plaza, a multi-storey facility in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories, collapsed into a pile of rubble. The event would go down in history as the South…

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Mammoth Outerwear Gives Canadian-Made Parkas a Cruelty-Free Twist

Mammoth Outerwear Gives Canadian-Made Parkas a Cruelty-Free Twist

Mammoth Outerwear is launching a campaign to take the fur out of winter wear. In a new Kickstarter campaign, the clothing company is offering up super-warm jackets that buck the trend…

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Leona Lewis Speaks Out About Child Labor, Animal Cruelty in Bangladesh Tanning Industry

Leona Lewis Speaks Out About Child Labor, Animal Cruelty in Bangladesh Tanning Industry

Photo by LaCameraChiara/Shutterstock Singer Leona Lewis has signed on with PETA, in an attempt to expose the horrors behind the leather industry based in Bangladesh. In a new video…

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Adidas, Parley Create 3D-Printed Sneaker From Ocean Trash

Adidas, Parley Create 3D-Printed Sneaker From Ocean Trash

Six months after unveiling a sneaker made almost entirely from recycled ocean trash, Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have done themselves one better. In addition to an upper made from…

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Livia Firth Honors Eco-Activism With Green Carpet Challenge Awards

Livia Firth Honors Eco-Activism With Green Carpet Challenge Awards

As the world’s nations hammered out a new climate-change deal in Paris on Monday, a more intimate gathering of minds was taking place on rue Saint-Honoré. At a dinner for 20 at…

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Finalists of 2015 EcoChic Design Award Turn Upcycling Into an Art Form

Finalists of 2015 EcoChic Design Award Turn Upcycling Into an Art Form

Sara Kiani from the United Kingdom created this dress and pleated jacket from secondhand hotel linens. “I became deeply shocked at having followed the big environmental and social…

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