"Sound Shirt" Helps Deaf People "Feel" Classical Music

by , 10/07/16   filed under: Wearable Technology

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The hearing-impaired and even the deaf can now experience music, in a new collaboration between the Junge Symphoniker Hamburg Orchestra in Germany and wearable tech company CuteCircuit. The pair have created the Sound Shirt, an incredible garment that translates sound into vibrations. When the Junge Symphoniker Hamburg Orchestra plays classical music, the wearers can feel the various instruments, each sound interpreted by a software linked to the wireless shirts.

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Puma Offers Financial Rewards to Improve Suppliers' Social, Environmental Standards

by , 10/06/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

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Puma knows that carrots often work better than sticks. The sportswear manufacturer has partnered with European bank BNP Paribas to create a “pioneering initiative” that offers financial incentives for Puma suppliers to improve their environmental, social, and health and safety standards. “The program launched with Puma highlights the growing importance of sustainability matters across industries and demonstrates BNP Paribas’s ability to implement such innovative financing solutions,” Jacques Levet, head of transaction banking in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said in a statement. “It is also a testimony of Puma’s strong innovation capacity as a leading mover in the industry.”

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H&M, London College of Fashion Upcycle Used Clothes Into Stunning New Looks

 

Stella McCartney Releases First Environmental Profit & Loss Account

by , 10/04/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

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“No leathers, feathers, or fur.” That’s the Stella McCartney promise. It’s also an ethos that helped make 2015 its most profitable year to date, according to the British fashion label, which published its first global Environmental Profit & Loss Account this week. Despite laggardly growth in the United Kingdom, plus a 35 percent reduction in overall environmental impact of its materials over the past three years, Stella McCartney said it’s experiencing its best performance to date. The house credits its ecological strides, and the financial successes they have engendered, to its adoption of a process known as “natural capital accounting,” which places a monetary value on the impact of a company’s supply-chain operations. Developed by its owner, the luxury conglomerate Kering, the methodology has allowed Stella McCartney to “better manage the impact of [its] activities through product design, informed sourcing decisions, and manufacturing research and development,” it said in a statement.

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FIRST LOOK: Timberland's New Shoes, Bags Made With Recycled Plastic Bottles

 

Garment Workers Use Cellphones to Report Labor Abuses

by , 10/03/16   filed under: Worker Rights

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Cellphones are good for more than sending emoji-riddled missives. With penetration rates approaching 90 percent in most developing countries, apparel brands are increasingly turning to mobile technology to get an unfiltered, real-time look at their supply chains. The two services currently on the market, Labor Link and LaborVoices, are similar in scope and execution. Workers only have to call toll-free numbers and answer simple prerecorded questions, using the digits on their keypads to indicate “yes” or “no.” They can also ring the same numbers to anonymously report child labor, harassment and abuse, safety violations, and other grievances. “The system gets around many of the limitations of traditional audits, which are slow, occasional, and may be inaccurate because workers are afraid,” Ayush Khanna, a LaborVoices director, told the Thomson-Reuters Foundation.

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Are We Overlooking Human Hair as a Raw Material?

by , 10/03/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles

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Designer Sanne Visser’s new recycling project repurposes an important resource most of us walk around with daily- the hair on our heads. Her new line, called the New Age of Trichology, utilizes the untapped resource of human hair waste, transforming our old locks into durable, flexible rope that can be applied to a variety of uses. As populations around the globe rise, Visser’s hair recycling system could help keep millions of pounds of human hair out of our landfills, and put to use.

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Labor Rights Group Slams H&M for WWF Children's Collection

by , 09/29/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Kids' Eco-Fashion

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The Clean Clothes Campaign has taken H&M to task for launching a new capsule collection for children in support of the World Wildlife Fund. In a statement on Thursday, the international labor-rights group denounced the line of certified-organic-cotton dresses, sweaters, T-shirts, leggings, and trousers, which feature endangered animal species such as the tiger, panda, snow leopard, and polar bear, as marketing chicanery that fails to address the central problems of “fast fashion.” While the garments are a byproduct of an ongoing partnership between the Swedish apparel retailer and the wildlife conservation group to tackle issues such as water pollution and climate change, the Clean Clothes Campaign called for context—and a dose of skepticism.

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Join Life: Zara Debuts First Sustainable Fashion Collection

by , 09/28/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Sarah Jessica Parker Teases U.S.A.-Made Little Black Dress Line

Sarah Jessica Parker Teases U.S.A.-Made Little Black Dress Line

All those years playing Carrie Bradshaw on television’s Sex and the City have clearly rubbed off on Sarah Jessica Parker. After launching a fall collection of shoes, plus a…

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Sealtech: A Fabric That Repairs Itself With Just a Touch

Sealtech: A Fabric That Repairs Itself With Just a Touch

SEALTECH \sē(ə)lˈtek\ n. 1: A lightweight, water-resistant nylon ripstop that heals itself of minor punctures with the application of heat and friction. 2 a: Developed by…

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Adidas Debuts First Shoe Made Almost Completely by Robots

Adidas Debuts First Shoe Made Almost Completely by Robots

FUTURE SHOE Adidas also harnessed a motion-capture technology called “Aramis” to map the natural movement of the foot and create a more supportive and flexible…

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Sweden Wants to Reduce Waste by Giving Tax Breaks for Repairs

Sweden Wants to Reduce Waste by Giving Tax Breaks for Repairs

Photo by Christopher Bulle Fix a faulty zipper? Or patch up a rip in a jacket? If you live in Sweden, these simple acts of repair could result in a lower tax bill. In a bid to reduce…

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Volunteers Recycle Over 52,000 Plastic Bags Into Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

Volunteers Recycle Over 52,000 Plastic Bags Into Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

Photo by Bob Donaldson for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A group of women in Tennessee have transformed more than 52,000 used plastic bags into waterproof sleeping mats for the local…

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Emma Watson Teams Up With Eco-Retailer Zady on Sustainable UN Wardrobe

Emma Watson Teams Up With Eco-Retailer Zady on Sustainable UN Wardrobe

Photo by Brendan McDremit for Reuters Emma Watson did more than give an impassioned speech before the 71st United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. She also let her wardrobe do…

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Tom Ford is "Repulsed" by Our Consumer Culture—And His Contributions to It

Tom Ford is "Repulsed" by Our Consumer Culture—And His Contributions to It

“I struggle with the fact that I helped create this contemporary consumer culture. And at the same time, I’m repulsed by it, disturbed by it. The reality is we are all…

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Wair: World's Scarf to Filter Pollution, Monitor Air Quality in Real Time

Wair: World's Scarf to Filter Pollution, Monitor Air Quality in Real Time

What if a scarf could neutralize harmful emissions that you breath in on your commute to work? After a particularly polluted ride to work through Paris, Caroline van Renterghem founded…

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Cambridge Satchel Co., Melissa Launch Vegan-Friendly, Recyclable Bags

Cambridge Satchel Co., Melissa Launch Vegan-Friendly, Recyclable Bags

Britain’s Cambridge Satchel Co. has teamed up with the good folks at Melissa to create a cruelty-free version of the former’s signature cross-body carryall, which is…

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