Vermont Designer Creates "Ethical Fur" From Roadkill

by , 12/08/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Outerwear

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Luxurious fur couture seem to be as far removed from ethical fashion as could be. But one designer has managed to combine the two by recycling roadkill, creating some truly sustainable and ethically-conscious fur garments. Pamela Paquin, founder of Petite Mort, decided to take on the huge number of animal casualties that end up on our roads each year. With the help of hunters, highway patrol people, and wildlife officers, Paquin transforms the pelts of animals found on the streets in her nearby area of Massachusetts into striking eco and animal friendly accessories.

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Nudie Jeans Upcycles Old Denim Into Camper Seats, Rag Rugs

by , 12/05/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Organic Denim, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Nudie Jeans knows that denim only gets better with age. Instead of letting them rot in a landfill, the Swedish brand turned 2,700 pairs of donated dungarees into a limited-edition collection of braided camper seats and rugs. Each foldable stool comprises the in- and outseams of nine pairs of jeans. The company then shredded the remaining denim to create the Scandinavian-inspired mats, which are available in two sizes. All in all all, Nudie Jeans managed to repurpose 90 percent of each pair of pants. Any leftover components, such as back pockets, rivets, buttons, and waistbands, will be used “somewhere else, for another project,” it says.

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Cotton Tops List of Industries Most Likely to Abuse Child Labor

by , 12/05/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Textiles from Cambodia, garments from Bangladesh, and cotton from India share at least one thing in common: they’ve all been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor for employing child or forced labor. As the latest inductees in the updated List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor, now in its sixth edition, the items share a dubious honor with a total of 136 goods across 74 countries. Bangladesh was already on the list for jute textiles, leather and footwear, while India previously made the cut for carpets, embellished textiles, and silk. Other fashion-related offenders include shoes from Brazil, gold from Ecuador, and diamonds from Liberia.

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Gap Partners With Equity Firm to Improve Factory Conditions in Asia

by , 12/04/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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It’s been a year since The Public Eye Awards named Gap the worst corporation of 2013 for its “steadfast [refusal] to contribute to effective reforms in the textile industry,” but you can bet the apparel retailer isn’t sitting around licking its wounds. In a move that appears calculated to refute the universal drubbing, Gap has announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with Tau Investment Management, a New York-based asset management firm that aspires to use capitalist solutions to address “capitalism’s worst failures,” particularly in the global garment industry. Backed by high-powered investors like Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and the Soros family, Tau says it plans to raise $1 billion in funds, out of which it’ll invest between $20 million to $50 million to promote more sustainable, efficient, and improved garment factories and mills in emerging markets such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, and Turkey.

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Ralph Lauren's $5,000 "Ricky" Bag Comes With Built-in Phone Charger

by , 12/04/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Bags, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Ralph Lauren’s latest foray into wearable technology is an update on their coveted Ricky Bag to include phone-charging capabilities and integrated LED lights. That way you can actually find your keys hiding at the bottom of the bag. The Ricky Bag is handcrafted in Italy and comes in any color you want, as long as that color is black.

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Bacx: A Line of Traceable Eco-Silks Derived From Recycled, Scrap Fibers

by , 12/03/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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BACX \ˈbaks\

n. 1: A line of sustainably produced, “next generation” silks made in Italy by Centro Seta. 2: Comprises three main collections—the full-textured “GreenFiber,” derived from silk waste; “Newlife,” spun from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles using mechanical, rather than chemical, means; and an unnamed range of 100 percent traceable, Global Organic Textile Standard-certified silks. 3: An example of innovation without sacrifice, according to Roberto Bacci, managing director at Centro Seta. “The key word here is ‘integration,’” he tells Ecouterre. “The transparent traceability of Bacx begins at the source—the raw materials—and crosses all the production process all the way to the finished product.”

 

Twice as Many People Showed Up on Black Friday Than Midterm Elections

by , 12/03/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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November was a win for American retail. For American democracy? Not so much. Only half the number of people who stormed brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday voted at the 2014 midterm elections. Although 7 percent fewer shoppers wrestled one another for bargains Hunger Games-style, according to the National Retail Federation, the 133.7 million-strong turnout kept tills ringing to the tune of some $50.9 billion. By comparison, only 76.9 million people, or 36.4 percent of eligible voters, cast their ballots on November 2. The last time participation was so low during a midterm cycle was in 1942—smack dab in the middle of World War II—when 33.9 percent of the electorate exercised the privilege.

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The North Face's "Hyper-Local" Hoodie Keeps Carbon Footprint Petite

by , 12/03/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Outerwear

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There’s local and there’s hyper-local. The North Face’s “Backyard Project” hoodie lies firmly in the latter category. Made collaboratively with California artist Rebecca Burgess, whose Fibershed initiative stemmed from a desire to wear clothing produced within 150 miles of her front door, the topper is the first bioregional garment from a major apparel label. While The North Face didn’t quite meet Burgess’s bar, the firm came pretty close. Apart from the cotton, which had to be spun and knitted in the Carolinas due to the dearth of Northern Californian cotton mills, all of the hoodie’s components were grown and sewn within 150 miles of The North Face’s Alameda headquarters.

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Levi's, SF 49ers Transform 12 Tons of Denim Into a "Field of Jeans"

by , 12/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

LAST CHANCE: Win an Eco-Vegan Shoulder Bag From Canopy Verde (Worth $139!)

LAST CHANCE: Win an Eco-Vegan Shoulder Bag From Canopy Verde (Worth $139!)

Crunchy leaves. Pumpkin Pie. Friends and family. Fall is definitely our bag. Another thing we’re thankful for? Makers like Canopy Verde, which create functional products that are…

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14 Eco-Friendly Knit Gifts to Warm Hearts and Hands

14 Eco-Friendly Knit Gifts to Warm Hearts and Hands

Share the warmth this holiday with an eco-friendly knit gift that will bring comfort and joy to hearts, hands, and Mother Earth alike. Keep someone’s noggin warm with a…

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14 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts to Make Spirits Bright

14 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts to Make Spirits Bright

Make spirits bright this holiday with gifts of jewelry that pander the planet as much as their recipients. Add some polish to a loved one’s attire with a pair of hand-hewn cuff…

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Tommy Hilfiger's Solar-Powered Jacket Charges Your Phone on the Go

Tommy Hilfiger's Solar-Powered Jacket Charges Your Phone on the Go

Tommy Hilfiger is testing the wearables market with their new solar powered field jacket. In both a men’s and women’s fit, the jacket generates energy on the go with its…

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Alicia Silverstone Urges Fans to Take PETA's #WoolFreeWinter Pledge

Alicia Silverstone Urges Fans to Take PETA's #WoolFreeWinter Pledge

Photo by Sean Verchick Sustainable darling Alicia Silverstone’s popular blog The Kind Life is asking for readers to boycott wool this-and every- winter. Supported by a revealing video…

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World's Largest Fair-Trade, Organic T-Shirt Spotlights India's Farmers

World's Largest Fair-Trade, Organic T-Shirt Spotlights India's Farmers

To raise awareness of fair trade in India and jump-start an ethical consumption initiative, a giant organic cotton T-shirt broke records today. The idea, conjured up by Fairtrade India,…

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Sprout Watches' Eco-Timepieces Have a Small Footprint, Big Impact

Sprout Watches' Eco-Timepieces Have a Small Footprint, Big Impact

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Life-Cycle Analysis of Organic Cotton "Overwhelming Supports" Benefits

Life-Cycle Analysis of Organic Cotton "Overwhelming Supports" Benefits

Photo by Shutterstock As if eco-fashion enthusiasts didn’t already know, Textile Exchange has just released a new study proving that organic cotton causes less environmental damage…

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Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario: "Profit Isn't the Only Measure of Success"

Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario: "Profit Isn't the Only Measure of Success"

“Most businesses make decisions in the vacuum of profit. Having grown up in finance, I say this with some gravity because I’ve experienced it. “If you’re making…

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