Alice: A Modular, Zero-Waste Shoe Grown From Fungus

by , 04/25/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Green Designers

 

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Project 1127 Scarves Honor Victims of Rana Plaza Collapse

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New York-based designer Laura Siegel has partnered with Bangladesh’s Sreepur Village Organization to sell 1,127 scarves, one for every garment worker killed in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse on April 24, 2013. Handwoven by artisans Siegel works with in rural India, the scarves comprise a blend of cotton and silk derived, in part, from recycled saris. Proceeds from the scarves go toward assisting the families of the tragedy’s victims, but Siegel also wants to jump-start a larger conversation about the supply chains and worker safety. I think the more you get people talking about this, the more likely you are to find a solution,” she told Vogue. “That’s the hardest part. When something like this happens, you want to feel like there’s a solution so it won’t happen again. But in this case, it’s hard to figure out what those solutions might be.”

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Massive "Clothing Spill" Illustrates Importance of Reusing, Recycling

by , 04/22/16   filed under: Eco-Art, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

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VIDEO: L.L. Bean Takes Aim at "Fast Fashion" With New Ad Campaign

by , 04/21/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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L.L. Bean is doubling down on its 104-year-old heritage. In a 30-second spot that aired during the Boston Red Sox game on Wednesday, the Freeport, Maine–based company touts its dedication to making things that last. “When did we stop valuing things that become better over time?” a voiceover asks in the ad, its first under new CEO Stephen Smith. “When did disposable become the default?” L.L. Bean is a rare breed of fashion business that stands by its claims. It’s best known, perhaps, for its legendary guarantee. Besides offering repairs on just about anything it sells, L.L. Bean will also take back any item that doesn’t meet its customer’s satisfaction for whatever reason, no questions asked.

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3D-Printing Breakthrough Could Change the Way We Consume Clothing

by , 04/21/16   filed under: Video, Wearable Technology

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The term “fast fashion” is poised to take on a whole new meaning, thanks to a breakthrough in three-dimensional printing that could revolutionize the way clothing and shoes are made. Researchers at Loughborough University in London, in collaboration with Thailand’s Yeh Group and an unnamed “major fashion house,” are embarking on an 18-month project to create customized garments in under 24 hours. Advances in so-called “additive manufacturing,” the industrial form of 3D printing, have made it possible to produce 3D-printed garments from polymers in a single manufacturing operation, according to Guy Bingham, senior lecturer in product and industrial design at Loughborough University. Not only does this technology have the potential to reduce waste, water, labor, and carbon emissions, he says, but it can also make bespoke apparel an affordable reality.

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VIDEO: Kelly Slater's Outerknown Label is Turning Used Fishing Nets Into Fashion

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When you’re an 11-time world champion surfer, an affinity with the ocean is a given. But even as a child, Kelly Slater says he often wondered about the provenance of his clothing. Although the questions that consume him as an adult today are a little more sophisticated, as the face and founder of his own menswear label, Slater is finally able to get some answers. “What if there was a better way to create clothing?” he asks in a video for Outerknown, which launched as part of the Kering luxury conglomerate in 2015. “What if there was a way to use fewer resources in manufacturing?” The responses to both, Slater discovered, lay with Aquafil, an Italian company that creates a regenerated fiber known as Econyl from recovered fishing nets and other bits of nylon waste.

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Stella McCartney: The Fashion Industry is "Getting Away With Murder"

by , 04/19/16   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

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“I think the fashion industry can get away with a lot, and it’s getting away with murder. Fur is the most unnecessary thing in the world. Those animals aren’t eaten. [The people in the fur industry] try and pretend that the animals are a byproduct, but they are not. They are bred to be killed, to be made into bags.

“The fashion industry is supposed to be modern and I think that working with the same material, for thousands and thousands of years, when it’s not environmentally friendly, and it’s not needed, I think, it’s really old-fashioned.”

—British designer Stella McCartney speaking to Broadly about why fur needs to be phased out of fashion.

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Fashion Revolution Ranks 40 Apparel Brands by Supply-Chain Transparency

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When the eight-story Rana Plaza building fell apart at its seams on the morning of April 24, 2013, it took but a moment for the disaster to seal its place as one of worst in Bangladesh’s history. It would be weeks, however, before some of the world’s biggest apparel retailers and brands could determine their relationship, if any, to one or more of the garment factories housed there. The problem, it turned out, was transparency, or rather, the fashion industry’s lack thereof. Clothing supply chains, according to Fashion Revolution, a grassroots movement that rose from the tragedy’s aftermath, are notoriously complex, to the point of being opaque. Contrary to what you might expect, most fashion companies don’t own the factories where their clothes are produced, making it difficult to direct or monitor labor conditions. Complicating matters, a brand can place an order with a single supplier, only to ave parts of it meted out among a number of small, unregulated “shadow” facilities, frequently without its knowledge.

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Is This the Most Sustainable T-Shirt on the Planet?

Is This the Most Sustainable T-Shirt on the Planet?

CLEAN CLOTHES “The Clean Tee is made from the world’s finest, softest, strongest recycled cotton yarns,” Nomadix said in a statement. “It’s also the lowest impact…

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"Smart" Tampon System Could Help Women Monitor Health, Fertility

"Smart" Tampon System Could Help Women Monitor Health, Fertility

Photo by Getty Images Few women enjoy getting a visit from Aunt Flo. But what if your period could prove more help than hindrance? A pair of Harvard-trained researchers are working on a…

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Americans Prefer Cheap Goods Over "Made in U.S.A."

Americans Prefer Cheap Goods Over "Made in U.S.A."

Photo by Markus Spiske/Unsplash Can’t pass up a bargain? You’re not alone. Most Americans say they’d rather buy a lower-price product than shell out a premium for…

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Two Dutch Designers Are Hacking "Fast Fashion" Brands Like H&M, Zara

Two Dutch Designers Are Hacking "Fast Fashion" Brands Like H&M, Zara

Photos by Johannes Schwartz A pair of Dutch designers are turning the tables on “fast fashion.” Tired of playing the role of “unpaid vendors of ideas” for…

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Demestiks New York is Sticking to Manhattan's Garment District

Demestiks New York is Sticking to Manhattan's Garment District

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jul 13, 2014 at 4:50pm PDT How did you become interesting in creating clothes for women? I just love the diverse range of styles and beauty in…

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American Apparel May Not Stay "American" Much Longer

American Apparel May Not Stay "American" Much Longer

After a turbulent couple of years that saw the ouster of founder Dov Charney, bankruptcy filings, multiple store closures, and at least 500 layoffs, American Apparel may start…

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Slow Factory's Key Necklace Supports Training for Refugees in Lebanon

Slow Factory's Key Necklace Supports Training for Refugees in Lebanon

Viewed from space, the Earth is a glistening, opalescent marble flecked with highlights of white, ultramarine, emerald, and gold. Unmarked by visible borders or ideological boundaries,…

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The Fashion Revolution Will Be Hashtagged on Social Media

The Fashion Revolution Will Be Hashtagged on Social Media

MY REVOLUTION Carry Somers, who co-founded Fashion Revolution with fellow designer Orsola de Castro, thinks it’s time for some straight talk from the fashion industry. “We want…

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Amber Valletta: Sustainable Fashion Needs to Expand Toward "Responsibly Made"

Amber Valletta: Sustainable Fashion Needs to Expand Toward "Responsibly Made"

“I believe it’s time for the sustainable fashion movement to expand and move toward ‘responsibly made’ fashion. “Sustainability has focused on the…

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