Do You Have What It Takes to Cut the Waste Out of Fashion?

by , 07/02/15   filed under: Featured, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award.

From East to West, the biggest competitive search in history is now on for emerging designers who have the talent and determination to not only cut waste out of fashion but to put waste back into fashion. Leading this search is the EcoChic Design Award, the sustainable fashion design competition that challenges designers to reduce and reuse textile waste. The 2015/16 competition cycle recently opened its doors and is celebrating its fifth anniversary and its rapid growth from inauguration in Hong Kong in 2011 to now calling for entries in over 100 countries in Asia and Europe.

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Tom Cridland's Organic Sweatshirt Will Last 30 Years—Guaranteed

by , 07/02/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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Adidas, Parley Create World's First Sneakers Made From Ocean Trash

by , 07/01/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

Walmart's Website Chock-Full of Deceptive "Made in U.S.A." Claims

by , 06/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Walmart

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Walmart has pledged billions of dollars in support of American manufacturing, yet it’s hawking foreign-produced products as U.S.A.-made, according to Truth in Advertising. The Madison, Conn.–based watchdog group says the retailer’s website contains more than 100 examples of “false and deceptive” “made in the U.S.A.” representations that contravened both the Federal Trade Commission’s specifications and Walmart’s own voluntary standards. Among the leading offenders, per TINA, are Walmart’s store-brand “Equate” makeup sponges, which TINA says were given a “made in the U.S.A.” label online despite product labels that state they were “made in China.”

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Susanna Bauer's Hand-Stitched Leaves Are Breathtakingly Surreal

by , 06/30/15   filed under: Eco-Art

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The beautiful crocheted sculptures of Susanna Bauer appear to be intricate leather work, but the detailed geometric pieces are expertly made from dried leaves! The artist defies the brittle fragility of the medium, manipulating the leaves to create geometric sculptural works. The incredible pieces are stitched together in three dimensional shapes, or with patterned needlework, sometimes left right on their branches to reveal their origin as dried leaves.

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Mass. Library Lets Patrons Borrow Knitting Needles, Crochet Hooks

by , 06/29/15   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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Curious about the needle arts? The Morse Institute Library in Natick, Mass., will not only lend you books on knitting and crocheting, but it’ll also spot you the implements you need. Patrons can check out needle and hook sets for up to nine weeks with two renewals—”plenty of time to complete an awesome scarf, hat, or pair of mittens,” according to the library. People with a Minuteman Library Network library card can also partake of the kits. “Libraries want to be centers of learning,” Anna Litten, the library’s community relations coordinator, told MetroWest Daily News.

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Gamer Dude Spends 6 Years Crocheting "Super Mario Bros." Blanket

by , 06/29/15   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

 

PETA Sends Victoria Beckham a Vegan "V"irkin Bag

by , 06/26/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Bags, Vegan Fashion

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Victoria Beckham to reconsider her love of exotic skins. Fresh off its indictment of the appalling conditions maintained by some of Hermés’s crocodile- and alligator-skin suppliers, the animal-rights group has sent the British fashion designer/erstwhile Spice Girl/noted Birkin bag enthusiast a cruelty-free version of the coveted carryall to call her own. Crafted in the United States by Freedom of Animals, a sustainable label that has been referred to as the “Céline of vegan fashion,” the one-of-a-kind “V”irkin (the “V” stands for “vegan,” natch) features “mock croc” faux leather in a rich burgundy hue.

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Jewelbots Are High-Tech Friendship Bracelets That Teach Girls to Code

by , 06/26/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Kids' Eco-Fashion, Wearable Technology

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What better way to teach preteens about coding than the beloved friendship bracelet. Jewlbots is a new line of smart friendship bracelets that hook up with a smartphone app to teach kids about if/then statements. Friends can pair their bracelets to light up or vibrate when they are close to each other, have sent a message or much more. For those who are more curious, then can go beyond the basic programming to create more intricate responses using Arduino IDE.

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Chubbies:  Bro-tastic Shorts That Support American Jobs, Veterans

Chubbies: Bro-tastic Shorts That Support American Jobs, Veterans

With a quirky name that induces a smile across anyone’s face, Chubbies shorts don’t just support pants-free living, but also support United States veterans. The Made in the USA…

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Clothes Dryer of the Future Uses Vibrations, Not Heat

Clothes Dryer of the Future Uses Vibrations, Not Heat

Scientists at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a “dryer of the future” that uses high-frequency vibrations instead of heat to extract moisture…

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Hermès Suppliers Caught Sawing Open Live Alligators for Their Skin

Hermès Suppliers Caught Sawing Open Live Alligators for Their Skin

Photo by 1stdibs Hermès is under fire after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals exposed the horrific conditions maintained by some of the French luxury house’s crocodile-…

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Too-Tight Skinny Jeans Could Cause Nerve Damage, Warn Doctors

Too-Tight Skinny Jeans Could Cause Nerve Damage, Warn Doctors

Photo by Shutterstock Skinny-jean lovers beware: Wearing too-tight trousers could make you fall head over heels—literally. A 35-year-old Australian woman was hospitalized for four…

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Made From Denim, Mosevic's "Solid Denim" Sunglasses Are True Blue

Made From Denim, Mosevic's "Solid Denim" Sunglasses Are True Blue

Mosevic dubs its eyewear the most exciting development in denim since blue jeans. Derived from resin-infused layers of the blue stuff, its “Solid Denim” collection puts a…

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Life-Saving Dot: A Bindi That Delivers Vital Nutrition to India's Women

Life-Saving Dot: A Bindi That Delivers Vital Nutrition to India's Women

The bindi, a common ornamental mark that many women in India wear, is now helping save lives. Women in rural India often suffer from many illnesses and nutritional deficiencies, one of…

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Knit, Crochet a "Wildlife Rescue Nest" for Abandoned Baby Animals

Knit, Crochet a "Wildlife Rescue Nest" for Abandoned Baby Animals

Katie Deline-Ray can’t tell you the number of “nests” she’s knitted or crocheted over the years, but she’s sure it’s a lot. “I stopped counting…

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Model Sues Kotex After Losing a Leg to Toxic Shock Syndrome

Model Sues Kotex After Losing a Leg to Toxic Shock Syndrome

A California model is suing Kotex for the loss of her leg after allegedly contracting toxic shock syndrome from one of its tampons. Lauren Wasser, 27, was using a Kotex Natural Balance…

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Stretchy Sensors Could Create Clothes That Detect Toxic Gases, UV Radiation

Stretchy Sensors Could Create Clothes That Detect Toxic Gases, UV Radiation

Early detection plays a critical role in saving lives, whether that is in industrial settings where workers could be exposed to toxic gases or even normal people out in the sun exposed…

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