Book a Stay at London's First—and Only—Wool Bed & Breakfast

by , 10/26/16   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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Londoners, and those visiting the British capital, can check into the coziest AirBnb this season during London for Wool Week! The Campaign of Wool is taking over a rentable house for the week, to create the first ever WoolBnB. Guests can snuggle in all of the wool-clad rooms, which will be decked out in wool pillows, duvets, mattresses and one-of-a-kind wooly art!

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BBC Exposé Reveals Child Refugees Making Clothes for British High Street

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Factories in Turkey are employing Syrian refugee children as young as 10 to make clothes for the British high street, an undercover investigation by BBC’s Panorama has found. Broadcast Monday evening, the news program described the “very picture of Dickensian misery” as reporter Darragh MacIntyre described refugees earning barely more than a dollar an hour—well below the Turkish minimum wage—stitching, ironing, and folding garments for Marks & Spencer and the online retailer ASOS. Adult refugees were discovered working 12-hour days in a factory distressing jeans for Mango and Zara without adequate protection from the often toxic chemicals they were using. One of the factory workers told Panorama that refugees were so poorly treated that “if anything happens to a Syrian, they will throw him away like a piece of cloth.”

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"Organic" Cosmetics Industry Riddled With Bogus Claims, Says Report

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A new study has found that many cosmetics labeled as “organic” may also carry unsafe toxins. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database is an analysis of 5,000 personal care products, grading each for its safety for consumers to use as a resource. A recent study by EWG found that cosmetics with an “organic” label may not be what consumers think- a whopping 20 percent of the products that use the word “organic” in their name contain harmful ingredients that score low evaluations on Skin Deep.

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Win Freitag's Upcycled Convertible Backpack (Worth $340!)

by , 10/24/16   filed under: Contests

 

New Report Accuses Uniqlo of Hiding Human-Rights Abuses Behind Ethical Claims

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A new report from a London-based anti-poverty group has cast doubt on Uniqlo’s corporate-social-responsibility claims of “making the world a better place.” In This Way to Utopia, published Thursday, War on Want called out the Japanese apparel chain for driving a “race to the bottom” by working with supplier factories in China characterized by precarious working conditions, excessive overtime, pittance wages, and oppressive management.
According to a series of undercover investigations War on Want’s partner, Hong Kong’s Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour, or SACOM, at least four of Uniqlo’s so-called “ethical” factories consistently defied Chinese labor law and the retailer’s own code of conduct.

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America's "Nasty Women," "Bad Hombres" Can Get Their Own T-Shirt

by , 10/20/16   filed under: Fashion Philanthropy

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Proud to be one of America’s “nasty women”? Have we got a shirt for you. Inspired by last night’s presidential debate, Bob Bland, CEO of Manufacture NY, has launched a line of T-shirts and tote bags that transform one man’s epithet into a rallying cry. Made in the United States, each $25 topper benefits Planned Parenthood and its ongoing battle for reproductive rights. And don’t worry, gents, we haven’t forgotten about you. Tell the world what a “bad hombre” you are as you make your way to the voting booth in the complementary tee. Or donate directly to one of these equally excellent organizations for women and girls.

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Help the Smithsonian Save Dorothy's Ruby Slippers From "The Wizard of Oz"

by , 10/18/16   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

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Few cinematic artifacts are as iconic as Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Never mind that the shoes described by Frank L. Baum in the source material were actually silver. So indelibly has the 1939 MGM film inscribed them in the public consciousness that we can’t think about Judy Garland’s Kansas farm girl without seeing red, in a manner of speaking. But like most movie props, those slippers weren’t built to last beyond the end of filming, let alone eight decades. Currently housed at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., where they’ve lived since an anonymous donor presented them to the Smithsonian in 1979, the slippers are looking a little peaked.

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Preview "Scraps," a Cooper Hewitt Exhibit About Using Up Leftover Textiles

Preview "Scraps," a Cooper Hewitt Exhibit About Using Up Leftover Textiles

SCRAP WORK “Telling the inspiring and empowering stories of three women designers and entrepreneurs who hail from three continents, Scraps brings critical focus to the human and…

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Made in Kenya, I am I's Eclectic Jewelry Doubles as Wearable Sculpture

Made in Kenya, I am I's Eclectic Jewelry Doubles as Wearable Sculpture

Tell us more about your brand and what inspired you to start it? I have a bachelor’s degree in jewelry and silversmithing from the Birmingham School of Jewellery and, after 13…

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Levi's Worker Well-Being Program to Target More Than 300,000 People

Levi's Worker Well-Being Program to Target More Than 300,000 People

Levi Strauss & Co. is marking the 25th anniversary of the publication of “Terms of Engagement,” its industry-defining supplier code of conduct, by pledging to expand…

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Muji Releases Line of Reclaimed Wool Clothing, Accessories

Muji Releases Line of Reclaimed Wool Clothing, Accessories

The Japanese have a term that describes their sense of thrift: mottainai, “don’t let anything go to waste.” It’s a philosophy that Tokyo-based Muji, a clothing…

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"Fend" Bicycle Helmet Collapses to One-Third Its Original Size

"Fend" Bicycle Helmet Collapses to One-Third Its Original Size

Hate lugging around a bicycle helmet around town? Consider yourself officially out of excuses. Protecting your noggin couldn’t be more convenient with the “Fend,” a…

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Ivanka Trump's Shoe Line Allegedly Made Under Sweatshop Conditions

Ivanka Trump's Shoe Line Allegedly Made Under Sweatshop Conditions

The Trump family just might be the clearest example of the adage “do as I say, not as I do.” After advocating for better conditions for working mothers on behalf of her…

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Samantha Leibowitz: Architecturally Inspired Fashion, Made in NYC

Samantha Leibowitz: Architecturally Inspired Fashion, Made in NYC

Tell us more about your brand and what inspired you to start it? This brand has been a long time in the making, starting from around the age of 14. At a young age, I developed a strong…

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Shanghai Tang Fetes Its First Upcycled Eco-Fashion Collection

Shanghai Tang Fetes Its First Upcycled Eco-Fashion Collection

CHINA CHIC Germanier distilled elements of Mongolian patchwork, the traditional Chinese qipao, and Shanghai Tang’s own history to create the assertive, modernist pieces, which he…

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H&M, Labor Unions Solidify Workers' Rights Framework

H&M, Labor Unions Solidify Workers' Rights Framework

After a Global Framework Agreement signed a year ago was deemed a success, H&M, IndustriAll Global Union, and the Swedish trade union IF Metall have decided to permanently…

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