Smell Like a "Nasty Woman" With Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Fragrance

by , 11/11/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Be the “nasty woman” you wish to see—and smell—in the world with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s limited-edition fragrance. Aptly named after Donald Trump’s sneering perjorative for Hillary Clinton at the third presidential debate, the plant-based, cruelty-free essential-oil blend includes notes of black fig and patchouli, filthy bourbon vanilla, honeyed amber oud, and loukhoum. Even better? Proceeds from every sale will be split 50-50 between Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List. The first needs no introduction; the second helps pro-choice Democratic women get elected to office.

+ Nasty Woman $24

+ Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

 

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13 People Killed in Fire at Illegal Garment Factory in India

by , 11/11/16   filed under: The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Photo by Chandan Khanna for AFP

At least 13 workers have died after a fire broke out at a suspected illegal garment factory on the outskirts of Delhi in India on Friday morning. Local police spokesperson Bhagwat Singh told AFP that the workers were sleeping when the blaze took hold on the ground floor of the narrow residential building, which was being used to make faux-leather jackets in the suburb of Sahibabad. Authorities believe that the fire, which started at 4:30 a.m. local time, is the result of either faulty wiring or a unextinguished cigarette. Police superintendent Salman Taj said that three of the 13 were burned to death; the others succumbed to smoke inhalation. Another two to three workers, whom witnesses said survived by leaping from the building’s balcony, were rushed to the hospital, where they’re being treated for injuries.

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People Are Setting Fire to Their New Balance Shoes Because of Donald Trump

by , 11/10/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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As protests against President-elect Donald Trump ramp up in cities across America, the disconsolate have found a new target for their ire: New Balance. The Boston-based sneaker-maker found itself in the center of roiling anti-Trump sentiment after the Wall Street Journal’s Sara Germano quoted Matt LeBretton, New Balance’s vice president of public affairs, on Twitter saying that President Barack Obama’s administration had “turned a deaf ear” to the company and that things will “move in the right direction” once Trump takes over. Livid customers, who took LeBretton’s statement as an endorsement of the presumptive 45th president, took to social media to denounce the brand. Some even shared photos and videos of New Balance shoes thrown in the trash or being set on fire. “I made a little bonfire tonight,” one wrote. “I will not buy New Balance again ever. … The vile behavior of that man does not get normalized by you,” said another.

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Intermix Bans Fur, Making Gap Completely Fur-Free

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Gap is now officially fur-free, thanks to a move by its Intermix subsidiary to ban the sale of animal pelts from its stores. The decision by the multi-brand retailer, which operates more than 40 boutiques across the United States and Canada, falls in line with similar pronouncements by other Gap-operated brands, including Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta, as well as fellow high-street juggernauts Inditex, which owns Zara, and H&M. “Intermix’s compassionate and business-savvy decision to ban fur has made a world of difference for animals who are caged, shocked, beaten, and skinned alive for coats, collars, and cuffs,” Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said in a statement. “PETA is calling on any retailer that still sells the remains of abused animals to join Intermix in realizing that the future of fashion is kind, not cruel.”

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FIRST LOOK: Reformation's Eco-Friendly Partywear for Net-a-Porter

by , 11/09/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Artist Olek Crochets Billboard-Sized Blanket With Hillary Clinton's Face

by , 11/08/16   filed under: Eco-Art

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Olek is decidedly with her. The Poland-born, New York City-based artist, whose real name is Agata Oleksiak, has crocheted a 16-by-46-foot blanket that features a black-and-white rendering of Hillary Clinton’s face and the hashtag #ImWithHer against a neon-pink backdrop. Nailed on a billboard overlooking New Jersey’s Route 139 highway, the art piece is Oleksiak’s “uncommissioned [sic] letter to Hillary Clinton, a letter from a woman, an artist, and a naturalized U.S. citizen,” she wrote on Instagram. The entire piece, which consists of 94,880 stitches, required the assistance of 38 helpers over four weeks to create, according to the New Yorker.

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Liberti's Conflict-Free, U.S.-Cultured Diamond Jewelry Help Refugees Make a Living

by , 11/07/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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Liberti’s new line of conflict-free diamonds seem to sparkle a little brighter with sustainability. The Return to Love line is not only made from sustainable cultured diamonds, but each delicate pieces is also made ethically and responsibly. The nine pieces in the collection also support Liberti’s incredible paid refugee apprenticeship program, which encourages career building to refugees who have fled unrest in search for better lives.

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Can Fashion be a Force for Positive Change in the World?

by , 11/04/16   filed under: Ask a Designer

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Can fashion be a force for positive change in the world? If you’re attending the Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s second annual Positive Impact Awards in Brooklyn tonight—RSVP for free here if you haven’t—you already know the answer. A celebration of the ethical leading edge, the event will honor fashion’s agents of change, from pioneering retailers such as Eileen Fisher and Patagonia to textile innovators like Bolt Threads. But don’t take our word for it. Ecouterre asked three of the industry’s biggest movers and shakers—BF+DA founder Debera Johnson, former Barneys New York fashion director Julie Gilhart, and Patagonia’s Jill Dumain, who will be speaking at the event about the importance of voting for the environment on November 8—about the current state of fashion, and how we can leverage it as a platform for innovation, collaboration, and sustainability in today’s political climate.

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Mara Hoffman Made Her Fashion Label More Sustainable for a Touching Reason

by , 11/04/16   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

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“I think having a kid really shifted things for me. For so long, it was all about my own personal drive and making the business work, making sure I can actually pay my employees—every day was scrappy.

“Then I had my son, and it was like, ‘Wait. This goes far beyond me.’ Here I am as a manufacturer and I’m making things [every season], but my son and his generation are the ones who will have to deal with all this stuff.

“We’ve been making things too rapidly, and there’s too much of it. There’s this daunting feeling that you can’t change [an industry] that’s been in motion for so long, but I couldn’t keep showing up if we weren’t going to make some changes.”

—Designer Mara Hoffman, speaking to Vogue about her shift to sustainability, beginning with her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, which features better-for-the-planet textiles such as recycled spandex (for her signature swimsuits), Tencel, organic linen, and organic Japanese cotton jacquards.

 

"This is Not a Sweatshirt" Sweatshirt Helps Victims of Sex Trafficking

"This is Not a Sweatshirt" Sweatshirt Helps Victims of Sex Trafficking

It may look like a sweatshirt, feel like a sweatshirt, and wear like a sweatshirt, but Sudara’s “I Am Not a Sweatshirt” is so much more than a sweatshirt. Formerly…

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Gwyneth Paltrow Launches "Holistic" Fragrance With No Artificial Ingredients

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Gwyneth Paltrow showed us how to live. Now, the Oscar-winning actress-turned-lifestyle guru wants to teach us how to smell. “Fragrance which I’ve used up to this point is…

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Patrycja Guzik's "Heavenly" Upcycled Garments Are Shelters You Can Wear

Patrycja Guzik's "Heavenly" Upcycled Garments Are Shelters You Can Wear

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Volcom Creates Eco-Friendly Swimsuits From Recycled Ocean Trash

Volcom Creates Eco-Friendly Swimsuits From Recycled Ocean Trash

Volcom is getting caught up in a good thing. With a little assist from Aquafil, an Italian company that recycles waste materials into good-as-virgin fiber, the sportswear brand has…

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Olderbrother's L.A.-Made Clothing is Eco-Friendly, Gender-Neutral

Olderbrother's L.A.-Made Clothing is Eco-Friendly, Gender-Neutral

How did the two of you meet? Was it kismet at first sight? For a moment, close your eyes and envision a pleasant summer afternoon. A playful breeze tickles your neck and murmurs sweet…

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"Dozens" of Safety Violations Found at Bangladeshi Factory That Makes Donald J. Trump Shirts

"Dozens" of Safety Violations Found at Bangladeshi Factory That Makes Donald J. Trump Shirts

Photo by Andrew Neel/Unsplash The sweatshop that produces shirts for Donald Trump’s apparel brand has been cited for a laundry list of safety violations, making it an unsafe work…

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Tiny Featherless Penguin Gets Tiny Bespoke Wetsuit

Tiny Featherless Penguin Gets Tiny Bespoke Wetsuit

There are a number of problems with SeaWorld, but this little Adelie penguin isn’t one of them. Named Wonder Twin, the Orlando resident has trouble regulating her body temperature…

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Cheap Monday Debuts Upcycled Fashion Line Made From Customer Castoffs

Cheap Monday Debuts Upcycled Fashion Line Made From Customer Castoffs

Everything old is new again at Cheap Monday, the latest high-street retailer to try to take the ecological sting out of “fast fashion.” To ring in October, the Swedish brand…

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Kering Launches Free Environmental Calculator for Fashion Designers

Kering Launches Free Environmental Calculator for Fashion Designers

Photo by Milada Vigerova/Unsplash Kering has launched an environmental calculator that will serve as the backbone of a new fashion-design curriculum at Parsons School of Design at The…

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