Nike Now Makes Most of Its Products From Recycled Waste

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Nike is doubling down on waste. In its annual sustainability report, issued on Wednesday, the sportswear giant revealed that 71 percent of its shoes and apparel today contains recycled materials, some of it derived from its own production leftovers. Writing in his “Letter from the CEO,” Mark Parker hailed “low-impact and regenerative materials” such as manufacturing scrap as the linchpin of closed-loop products that are big on performance yet lithe of footprint. “From an impact standpoint, materials matter the most,” Parker said, adding that materials account for 60 percent of a Nike shoe’s environmental impact. “One of the keys to our success will be to develop a new palette of sustainable materials. Coupled with smarter designs, we can create products that maximize performance, lighten our environmental impact, and can be disassembled and easily reused.”

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Organic-Cotton Undies Fight Odor, Bacteria With Silver Technology

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Organic Basics is fighting the funk in your trunk, one pair of undies at a time. The Danish apparel company has developed a line of organic-cotton boxer briefs that keeps your nether regions fresh by “fighting bacteria, regulating temperatures, and reducing sweat,” according to a Kickstarter campaign. Sound too good to be true? The secret lies with the garments’ infused silver fibers, which are 99.9 percent pure and are permanently bonded to the fabric, meaning they won’t slough off in the wash or get absorbed by sweaty skin. “We have actively chosen not to work with silver nanoparticles that will wash out after just a few washes,” Organic Basics said.

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Beyoncé's "Ivy Park" Sportswear Allegedly Made in Sweatshop

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Bad news for the Beyhive: Britain’s The Sun reports that the Sri Lankan seamstresses who make Beyoncé’s new line of high-end athletic wear earn just £4.30 ($6.19) a day. “It would cost them more than a month’s wages to buy a pair of Beyoncé’s £100 leggings,” the newspaper wryly observed of Ivy Park, a 50-50 business venture between the Lemonade singer and U.K. clothing chain Topshop. The workers, The Sun noted, are mostly young women from rural villages who live in cramped, overcrowded boarding houses and work more than 60 hours per week—Saturdays and overtime included. “All we do is work, sleep, work, sleep,” one 22-year-old sewing-machine operator said, before adding that she cannot survive on her salary of 18,500 rupees ($125.60) a month.

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MIT's Stretchy "Second Skin" Reduces Wrinkles, Banishes Eye Bags

by , 05/13/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, Wearable Technology

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An incredible new “face lift in a tube” could dramatically reshape the appearance of eye bags and wrinkles without surgery, Gizmodo reports. Developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs, the second-skin-like material comprises a network of cross-linked polymers that mimics the appearance, strength, and elasticity of healthy epidermis. But bolstering sagging jowls isn’t the only thing the wearable film, dubbed XPL, is good for. With further development, researchers say that it can deliver drugs to help treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

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Filippa K's Copenhagen Store Presents Fashion's Circular Future

 

Donald Trump is Wrong About "Made in the U.S.A." Fashion

by , 05/12/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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For all his bluster about the loss of American jobs to workers overseas, Donald Trump doesn’t appear be overly concerned about the example he’s setting. Or isn’t setting, as the case may be. Despite flogging U.S. companies like Apple and Ford for taking advantage of low-wage labor abroad, and, at one point, claiming that he would favor a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports to the United States, the presumptive G.O.P. presidential nominee fabricates many of the clothing products that bear his name outside the country he wants to “make great again.” Most of the merchandise in his eponymous Donald J. Trump Collection, which includes neckties, suits, dress shirts, cufflinks, and eyeglasses, hail from far-flung locales such as Bangladesh, China, and Honduras, or are listed under the vague, catchall term of “imported.”

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A Bangladeshi Sweatshop Emerges in the Heart of Amsterdam

by , 05/12/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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At first blush, “The Mad Rush” doesn’t appear unlike many of the trendy concept stores that litter the busy shopping street of Kalverstraat in Amsterdam. Ask to try something on, however, and an attendant will usher you into not a fitting room but a hidden nook made to resemble one of the thousands of sewing workshops that churn out clothing in low-wage countries like Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia. You can credit—or blame—Schone Kleren Campagne, the Dutch arm of the Clean Clothes Campaign, for the subterfuge. Created in collaboration with Mama Cash, an international fund dedicated to women’s causes, the pop-up store and its transition from boutique to backroom are designed to unsettle. “The place is stuffy and musty, you hear the loud rattling of machines,” the campaign said of the tableau that greets unsuspecting shoppers. “And there are far too many people working the sewing machines for the space there is available.”

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Suzy Menkes: The Way People Buy Clothes Today is "Shameful"

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“I am sorry to say that the fashion world has gone full circle over the last 100 years, if not perhaps 50 years.

“Workplaces with tough conditions in developed countries have disappeared, but not really. They have been moved to Bangladesh or Vietnam, where fashion is created under deplorable conditions.

“It is shameful that people buy these clothes at extremely cheap prices, without asking about their origins.”

—British fashion journalist and Vogue international editor Suzy Menkes, speaking to the Copenhagen Fashion Summit about the evolution of fashion over the past half-century.

 

Levi's, Evrnu Create First Jeans Made From Regenerated Post-Consumer Cotton

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Levi Strauss has teamed up with Evrnu, a Seattle-based startup that reconstitutes old fibers into new, to create the world’s first jeans made up of more than 50 percent post-consumer cotton waste. The two companies created the prototype, a pair of Levi’s 511s, using five used cotton T-shirts and a technique that Evrnu says consumes 98 percent less water than those associated with virgin-cotton products. The jeans, according to Evrnu CEO Stacy Flynn, provide a glimpse of a future where textiles are regenerated not just once but multiple times, paring down waste. From its Water<Less finishing techniques to its Wellthread design process, Levi’s has long pursued water conservation with a near-evangelical zeal, but the denim giant has also spoken at length about its desire to facilitate a circular economy, one where the products and byproduct waste serve as feedstock, not fodder for the landfill.

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Sotela Promises That Its Eco-Friendly Dresses Are the Last You'll Need

Sotela Promises That Its Eco-Friendly Dresses Are the Last You'll Need

From puberty to pregnancy, women’s bodies change all the time. But who says our clothes have to? That question is both the cri de coeur and the promise behind Sotela, a line of…

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Parsons, Tide Educate Next Generation on How to "Design for Care"

Parsons, Tide Educate Next Generation on How to "Design for Care"

DESIGN FOR CARE Part of the Parsons Festival, the garments are among a number of projects that the school says embody its “human­-centered approach to technology and commitment…

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Skunkfunk Gives "Zero Waste" Fashion a Youthful, Hip Twist

Skunkfunk Gives "Zero Waste" Fashion a Youthful, Hip Twist

What inspired Skunkfunk to create a zero-waste collection? We believe that fashion can and must be sustainable. We are constantly looking for innovative production methods that can…

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American Apparel Turns to Crowdsourcing for Product Ideas

American Apparel Turns to Crowdsourcing for Product Ideas

Photo by Saul Loeb for AFP/Getty Images Can crowdsourcing prop up a flagging brand? American Apparel sure hopes so. The beleaguered Los Angeles retailer, which recently suggested that…

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Philadelphia Library Loans Out Neckties to Job Seekers

Philadelphia Library Loans Out Neckties to Job Seekers

Photo by Pexels A library in southwest Philadelphia is doling out more than books. In an effort to help job seekers make a good impression on their would-be employers, the Paschalville…

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It's No Longer Enough for Emma Watson to Wear Beautiful Clothes

It's No Longer Enough for Emma Watson to Wear Beautiful Clothes

“I made a choice last year that I would only wear sustainable fashion on the red carpet. The fashion industry is the second-biggest pollutant of fresh water on the planet. It has…

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Activists Worldwide Protest Unsafe H&M Factories

Activists Worldwide Protest Unsafe H&M Factories

On the day of H&M’s annual shareholder meeting, activists from cities worldwide poured into the streets to demand that the Swedish retailer live up to its promise to keep…

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Can the Resale Economy Make Fashion More Sustainable?

Can the Resale Economy Make Fashion More Sustainable?

If the success of Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo is anything to go by, overstuffed wardrobes are the new gauche. But where are those items that no longer “spark…

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This New Podcast Has Its Ear on Ethical Fashion

This New Podcast Has Its Ear on Ethical Fashion

Call us a teensy bit biased, but “Conscious Chatter” is one of the best podcasts ever to grace the virtual airwaves. The brainchild of former Ecouterre writer Kestrel…

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