Fashion Project Turns Clothing Donations Into Force for Good

by , 03/26/15   filed under: Fashion Philanthropy, Features, Interviews

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Online clothing shopping is an endless world of opportunities. Nowadays, there are countless websites and even mobile apps where you can buy, sell, and even trade with others online. What if there was a place where you could shop used designer-brand clothes at affordable prices while benefitting global charities at the same time? Fashion Project is the industry’s leading clothing online donation service that sells like-new or gently-used clothing and accessories with up to 55% of net proceeds benefitting charities. Members of this online community can donate clothing and shop based on causes they care most about.

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Clad in E-Ink, the "Volvorii" Smart Shoe Changes Colors, Patterns

by , 03/25/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Wearable Technology

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New e-ink technology is could drastically decrease your shoe closet with instant color changes through smart shoes imbedded with wearable technology. The Volvorri smart shoe by iShüu Technologies features a electronic paper display panel on the high heel pump that can go from white to black and even to a pattern when controlled via a mobile app. No need to have both a black and white pump anymore, because now you can have both in one shoe.

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Adidas Now a "Detox Leader," Nike Still a "Greenwasher"

by , 03/25/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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Looks like Adidas has finally cleaned up its act. A year and a half after Greenpeace branded it a “Detox greenwasher,” the sportswear giant is now “back on track” as a leader in eliminating hazardous chemicals from its supply chain. Rival company Nike, on the other hand, has made scant progress since it committed to the Detox challenge in 2011, says the environmental group. “Despite putting considerable resources into its chemicals program over many years, Nike’s perpetual development of multiple tools has failed to deliver real changes on the key issues of the Detox campaign,” notes Greenpeace on its updated “Detox Catwalk” website, which lays bare how effectively major fashion brands are addressing toxic pollution. “Instead of working with urgency to eliminate hazardous chemicals, Nike is hiding behind weak commitments whilst portraying themselves to consumers as fashion-conscious industry leaders.”

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A London Community Grows Flax to Turn Into Clothing

by , 03/24/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Women's Eco-Fashion

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In the spring of 2014, a dedicate lot of Londoners embarked on a mission to grow a garment. That meant starting from seeds, and using only hand labor techniques to turn a plant into fashion. One year later, they have made a gorgeous woven top entirely from urban farmed flax crop. This exemplary slow fashion project brought together gardeners, weavers, fashion designers, neighbors, and even school children. When we first learned about the project, we had a lot of questions. You may also be thinking, “isn’t flax a weird plant to grow for textiles?” We dug in to find out more.

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"Ruff" is a 3D-Printed Responsive Collar With a Life of Its Own

by , 03/24/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Ruff is a new 3D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, who is pushing the forefront of wearables. Working with architect Behnaz Farahi, the two crafted flexible wearables that can move on their own with the help of nitinol and a small electric signal. Inspired by historic fashions of ruffled collars from 16th and 17th centuries, this 3D printed wearable is a look into how fashion can help us interact through movement.

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The North Face Aims to Improve Sustainability, Animal Welfare

by , 03/23/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Textiles, Features, Interviews

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The North Face has long been a household name in responsible and durable outdoor wear that appeals to the masses – from urban winter wear to hardcore extreme sports gear – with an impressive commitment to cruelty-free design for which it won the PETA award last year. The brand keeps going from strength to strength in terms of sustainable initiatives and has incorporated green design, local production and ethically-sourced materials into many elements of its work. Its focus on apparel has now been joined by bedding: as pioneers of the the Responsible Down Standard, the brand is committed to the humane treatment of animals in textile production. Ecouterre enjoyed a compelling interview with Director of Sustainability Adam Mott, who dished the dirt on the potential and challenges for local production, collaborations with environmental non-profits, and the impact of its Clothes the Loop project.

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Alice Hoffman Hauntingly Describes 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

by , 03/23/15   filed under: Quotes, Worker Rights

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"The stairway from the ninth floor had ended with no exit to the roof. There was only a shaky fire escape, which had melted in the heat. Those trying to make their escape via that exit, 25 in all, had fallen to their deaths in the alley below. Scores more followed, but found no way out.

"When they were unable to get through the flames, the only choice before them was the open air of the windowsills. The horse-drawn fire engines, with rolls of newly invented fire hoses onboard, had arrived, and firemen were unwinding their hoses, stretching them out on Greene Street. But it was too late for many as the fire billowed in cascades of flames.

"Girls had begun to leap from the windows of the ninth floor, some embracing so they might spend their last moments on Earth in each other's arms rather than face their fates alone. Some jumped with their eyes closed, others with their hair and clothes already burning.

"At first, the falling girls had seemed like birds. Bright cardinals, bone-white doves, swooping blackbirds in velvet-collared coats. But when they hit the cement, the terrible truth of the matter was revealed. Their bodies were broken, dashed to their deaths right before those who stood by helpless."

—Excerpted from The Museum of Extraordinary Things (2014, Scribner) where novelist Alice Hoffman describes the real-life Triangle Shirtwaist Fire that occured in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village on March 25, 1911. Nearly 150 garment workers, most of them young immigrant women, lost their lives because the locked exits impeded their evacuation.

 

Tilonia's Fair-Trade Bags, Scarves Benefit Sustainable Development

by , 03/20/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Textiles, Fair Trade

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A new collection of bags and scarfs have been produced by female artisans from Tilonia, a small village in Rajastan, India, inspired by sustainable development programs underway in the region. Designs created in block print represent rain water harvesting programs, education campaigns or solar power schemes and a portion the profit from every bag sold will go directly back to the programs that inspired them. This is all thanks to a social enterprise established through a partnership between US-based Friends of Tilonia and Barefoot College. To date over 1,000 rural artisans are a part of the scheme that celebrates their talent, in an industry which too often neglects to adequately support its workers.

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Neanderthals Turned Eagle Claws Into Jewelry 130,000 Years Ago

by , 03/20/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Fashion Artifacts

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Neanderthals are stereotypically portrayed as thick-browed, imbecilic “cavemen,” but our distant relations may have been more intelligent than we give them credit for. A team of American and Croatian scientists have uncovered evidence that European Neanderthals were manipulating raptor talons to make jewelry at least 130,000 years ago, or about 80,000 years before the first Homo sapiens even stepped foot on the continent. In fact, a set of eight white-tailed eagle claws, all deriving from the same time period in present-day Krapina in Croatia, feature notches, markings, and polishing facets that suggest they were used as adornment, according to David Frayer, emeritus professor anthropology at the University of Kansas and one of the study’s lead authors.

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President Obama Launches $150 Million Textiles-Innovation Competition

President Obama Launches $150 Million Textiles-Innovation Competition

Photo by American Spirit/Shutterstock President Barack Obama announced Wednesday a $500 million plan to strengthen American textile manufacturing and innovation. The U.S. Department of…

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TOMS's New Bag Collection Supports Safer Birth Experiences

TOMS's New Bag Collection Supports Safer Birth Experiences

BAGS THAT COUNT Part of the proceeds from the collection will go toward maternal and child health programs such as Ayzh and BRAC, which provide training for birth attendants, as well as…

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Levi's "Comes Clean" About the Environmental Impact of Its Jeans

Levi's "Comes Clean" About the Environmental Impact of Its Jeans

Levi Strauss holds one truth to be self-evident: jeans are one heckuva thirsty animal. In a new report on Tuesday, the denim giant unveiled the results of its latest product life-cycle…

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Pauline van Dongen's "Solar Shirt" is a Chic Phone Charger You Wear

Pauline van Dongen's "Solar Shirt" is a Chic Phone Charger You Wear

SOLAR FASHION But cellphones aren’t the only things the Solar Shirt can keep humming. Van Dongen’s garment can also juice up MP3 players, cameras, Global Positioning System…

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H&M Unveils New "Conscious Exclusive" Line, Starring Olivia Wilde

H&M Unveils New "Conscious Exclusive" Line, Starring Olivia Wilde

FROCK AND ROLL Other pieces include a bomber jacket in reversible jacquard, a tuxedo blazer with dramatic elbow-length slits, and a flapper-style dress embellished with recycled beads.…

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Target Launches "Target Collective" Line of U.S.-Made Products for Men

Target Launches "Target Collective" Line of U.S.-Made Products for Men

BULL’S EYE Target lauds its brands’ for their compelling “About Us” stories. Duluth Pack, the oldest leather-and-canvas bag-making company in the United States, boasts a…

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Cambodia Fails to Protect Garment Workers, Says Human Rights Watch

Cambodia Fails to Protect Garment Workers, Says Human Rights Watch

Cambodia’s garment industry is under renewed scrutiny after Human Rights Watch accused the local government of failing to protect its workers from myriad labor-rights abuses. In a…

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Ditto's "Endless Eyewear" Plan Lets You Rent, Swap Unlimited Frames

Ditto's "Endless Eyewear" Plan Lets You Rent, Swap Unlimited Frames

Buying a new pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses is a big commitment that often involves the input of friends and family to make the right choice, plus it can get pricey. Enter…

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Glass House's American-Crafted Dress Shirts Are Stylish, Sustainable

Glass House's American-Crafted Dress Shirts Are Stylish, Sustainable

Photos by Quinn Wharton The name Glass House begins to make more sense when you delve further into the key values of this team of shirt makers: transparency and sustainability. Their…

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