Michelle Monaghan Wears Recycled Cans, Vegan Leather to Met Gala

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Emma Watson and Livia Firth weren’t the only ones stumping for sustainable fashion at the Met Gala in New York City on Sunday. In a sartorial nod to Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s latest exhibit, Pixels star Michelle Monaghan wore a ruffled vegan-leather ensemble embellished with sequins made from recycled beer cans. “It’s a completely ethical, vegan look, and made in New York, made by hand,” Karla Welch, Monaghan’s stylist, told Vanity Fair. Custom-made by local designer Rosie Assoulin, the dress draws upon the show’s vision of the future for inspiration, albeit one based on hope rather than dystopian despair.

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Emma Watson Attends Met Gala in Gown Made From Recycled Bottles

 

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This is What 105 Tons of Ivory Going Up in Flames Looks Like

by , 05/02/16   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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Kenya just made a statement on illegal poaching that the world won’t soon forget. At a ceremony in Nairobi National Park on Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to 11 massive pyres of tusks and horns from nearly 7,000 elephants and 343 rhinos, or more than 105 tons worth. At roughly seven times the size of previous burns, the bonfire is believed to be the world’s largest destruction of illegal wildlife products to date. “The rising value of elephant ivory trade, illegally on the international market, has resulted in a massacre in the rainforest of Africa,” Kenyatta told the crowd. “In 10 years, in central Africa we have lost as many as 70 percent of the elephants. The elephant, as has been said, is an iconic symbol of our country. Unless we take action now we risk losing this magnificent animal.”

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PETA's Latest Role? Prada Shareholder

by , 04/29/16   filed under: Animal Cruelty

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Prada has a new shareholder: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Following a recent exposé that showed juvenile ostriches being stunned and slaughtered for their skins, which luxury houses such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton, and, yes, Prada, then turn into bags, wallets, and shoes, PETA has signed on to attend the company’s annual meetings and “officially call for an end to all exotic-skins sales,” according to the animal-rights group. The stock purchase, PETA added, will allow the organization to affect change from within.

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G-Star Raw, Plastic Soup Foundation Team Up Against Microfiber Pollution in Oceans

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G-Star Raw, the Dutch fashion label co-owned by “Happy” hitmaker Pharrell Williams, has teamed up with the Plastic Soup Foundation to challenge the appliance and textiles industries to help clean up fashion’s act. The washing machine’s toll on the environment, it would appear, is far greater than previously thought, although the problem has little to do with energy-efficiency standards and everything with “microplastic” pollution, a blanket term that refers to the millions of tiny filaments shed by synthetic garments every time they’re washed. Too small for wastewater filters to trap, the acrylic, polyester, and nylon fibers slip out to sea, eventually entering the food chain after fish and other marine animals mistake them for plankton. But that’s not even the worst of it. The World Economic Forum estimates that in just 35 years, the amount of plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh all the fish.

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Ralph Lauren Unveils U.S.-Made Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniforms

by , 04/28/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Ralph Lauren just previewed what U.S. athletes will be wearing during the Olympic Games in Rio later this year, and the uniforms are, as kids today would say, NAGL. (That’s “not a good look,” if you’re a fellow old.) On the upside, everything will be made in the United States. On the down? Team U.S.A. looks like a yachting party that lost its way en route to a game of lawn tennis with Muffy and Topper. At the Hamptons. On Fourth of July weekend. But let’s focus on the positives. As Rancourt & Co., one of Ralph Lauren’s 40-plus U.S. partners, notes in a behind-the-scenes video, the fashion house’s patronage has been a boon to domestic businesses like the Lewiston, Maine–based shoemaker, which was able to expand its staff from 20 to 65. “We have 40 years of experience out on the floor right there; I’m a fourth generation,” said Tina Charest, a footwear pattern specialist with the family-owned company. “We make great products, and the people really need to have that oomph behind them.”

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Help Raise Awareness of Modern Slavery in the Fashion Industry

by , 04/28/16   filed under: Green Designers

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Safia Minney, founder and CEO of ethical fashion label People Tree, wants to shed a light on modern-day slavery in the fashion industry. Fresh off the publication of her second book, Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics, Minney has launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund a new multimedia initiative that highlights the stories of the men, women, and children who are forced to make clothing for the high streets of the Western world. “This book and campaign, Slave to Fashion, is really important to me because it gives people an understanding of modern slavery in the garment industry and shows how we can eradicate slavery both from business and our day-to-day consumption,” Minney said in an accompanying video. “This project will give slavery a human face. How do we inadvertently support slavery in our day-to-day shopping choices? And what are the causes of slavery in the garment industry?”

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Timberland Aims to Use 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton by 2020

by , 04/27/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

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Timberland has pledged to transition to 100 percent organic, U.S.-grown, or Better Cotton Initiative-certified cotton by 2020, according to a fresh slate of sustainability commitments unveiled by the outdoor-lifestyle brand on Wednesday. Other four-year goals for Timberland’s Environmental Product Standards include phasing out PVC and perfluorinated chemicals from all its apparel and shoes, sourcing leather only from eco-friendlier tanneries rated Gold or Silver by the Leather Working Group, and ensuring that 100 percent of its footwear includes some element of recycled, organic, or renewable content.

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Faux "Leather" Made From Fermented Tea Could Revolutionize Fashion

Faux "Leather" Made From Fermented Tea Could Revolutionize Fashion

TEA TIME These “green-tea based cellulose fiber mats” could soon be a viable alternative to materials derived from nonrenewable sources, Lee said. And because the fibers are…

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Fair Trade U.S.A. Wants to Keep the Fashion Industry Honest

Fair Trade U.S.A. Wants to Keep the Fashion Industry Honest

As a vehicle for economic parity, “fair trade” is a designation that most people associate with coffee, chocolate, or bananas. Three years after a factory collapse in…

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Evrnu Recycles Old Cotton Garments Into New Fibers

Evrnu Recycles Old Cotton Garments Into New Fibers

FUTURE OF APPAREL Evrnu’s patent-pending technology “purifies” post-consumer cotton waste first by shredding it, then by breaking it down at a molecular level. Next, a…

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Alice: A Modular, Zero-Waste Shoe Grown From Fungus

Alice: A Modular, Zero-Waste Shoe Grown From Fungus

JE SUIS ALICE “As trendsetters, the high-fashion industry should be searching for solutions,” Peters, a 15-year industry veteran who has worked with the likes of Dries Van Noten…

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Project 1127 Scarves Honor Victims of Rana Plaza Collapse

Project 1127 Scarves Honor Victims of Rana Plaza Collapse

New York-based designer Laura Siegel has partnered with Bangladesh’s Sreepur Village Organization to sell 1,127 scarves, one for every garment worker killed in the wake of the…

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Massive "Clothing Spill" Illustrates Importance of Reusing, Recycling

Massive "Clothing Spill" Illustrates Importance of Reusing, Recycling

SPILLING OVER Together with its nonprofit partners, Savers diverts more than 650 million pounds of reusable goods from North American landfills each year, according to the company,…

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Camper, Ethical Fashion Initiative Collaborate on Ethiopian-Made Shoes

Camper, Ethical Fashion Initiative Collaborate on Ethiopian-Made Shoes

SHOES WITH SOUL “We are extremely pleased to work with Camper, a family-owned company with strong values and a long-term perspective on our collaboration,” Simone Cipriani, head…

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VIDEO: L.L. Bean Takes Aim at "Fast Fashion" With New Ad Campaign

VIDEO: L.L. Bean Takes Aim at "Fast Fashion" With New Ad Campaign

L.L. Bean is doubling down on its 104-year-old heritage. In a 30-second spot that aired during the Boston Red Sox game on Wednesday, the Freeport, Maine–based company touts its…

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3D-Printing Breakthrough Could Change the Way We Consume Clothing

3D-Printing Breakthrough Could Change the Way We Consume Clothing

The term “fast fashion” is poised to take on a whole new meaning, thanks to a breakthrough in three-dimensional printing that could revolutionize the way clothing and shoes…

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