"Woolly Pedlar" Helps Grieving Families Create Quilts From Old Sweaters

by , 02/10/15   filed under: Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Photo by Simon Greener

Old jumpers are being transformed into memory blankets for grieving families by a sensitive seamstress in the north of England. Sue Reed goes by the name of the Woolly Pedlar and has a long history of recycling knitwear into all kinds of new garments. But over the last few years she has developed a way of turning the woolen clothing whose owner has passed away into a comforting blanket for their loved ones. These memory blankets, says Sue, are popular because they keep memories alive while recycling unwanted items at the same time.

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Gehrich's Aussie-Made Outerwear Flaunts Sustainability, Timeless Style

by , 02/10/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Engrained in Melbourne-based outerwear design house Gehrich’s ethos are two simple values: timeless style and quality over quantity. Focused on a “considered” design approach, Gehrich places great emphasis on form, function and materials in each piece of outerwear designed and created. Established by designer Samantha Gehrich and Chris Thomas in 2013, Gehrich’s mantra is refreshing against the backdrop of mass produced fashion houses. “We decided against the fast-fashion path and now we have the opportunity to decide the path for GEHRICH within the fashion world.”

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Pop-Up T-Shirt Factory Helps Consumers Reconnect With Their Clothes

by , 02/09/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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As one of the most basic items of clothing at our disposal, the T-shirt rarely generates attention. But what does it really take to make the humble garment? Central Leeds shoppers got a gander over the weekend when Trinity Leeds played host to the “Pop-Up T-shirt Factory,” an ad-hoc assembly line that demystified some of the clothes-manufacturing process. Organized by Transfer, a joint initiative between the London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion and the University of Sheffield, and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the event invited members of the public to describe their consumption habits, which a team of specialists then translated into a custom T-shirt.

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Zara Permanently Bans Angora, Donates Leftover Stock to Refugees

by , 02/09/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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To borrow from the words of Taylor Swift, the world’s largest clothing retailer and angora wool are never, ever getting back together. Like, ever. Following discussions with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Inditex, the Spanish operator of brands such as Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, and Bershka, has agreed to make its temporary ban on the fiber a permanent one. Inditex first suspended orders of angora in December 2013, after undercover footage obtained by PETA revealed horrifying scenes of rabbit abuse at farms across China. “Inditex will not place any further order with any supplier for products containing angora wool until each relevant facility has been previously inspected again and the findings reviewed, following the Inditex Audit protocol,” the company said in a statement at the time.

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EcoChic's Kévin Germanier: Sustainability, Fashion "Forever Linked"

by , 02/09/15   filed under: Quotes

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Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Awards.

“[The biggest misconception about sustainable fashion is] that it is a trend. In my opinion, sustainability is forever linked to fashion.

“As designers, it is our responsibility to respect this relationship and work with both of them at the same time. A fashion designer is a person who creates clothes; a good fashion designer is a person who creates beautiful clothes that sell well and are made in a conscious way.

“In a perfect world, fashion would not create any waste.”

—Switzerland-born, U.K.-based designer Kévin Germanier, winner of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Award, speaking to the South China Morning Post about sustainable-fashion tropes.

 

NSFW: "Niptons" Are Nipple Pasties Made From Recycled Records

by , 02/06/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Underwear, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

INTERVIEW: Norway's "Sweatshop Fashionistas," In Their Own Words

by , 02/06/15   filed under: Features, Interviews, Worker Rights

Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion, Aftenposten, sweatshops, sweatshop workers, sweatshop labor, forced labor, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, workers rights, human rights, Norway, eco-fashion documentaries, eco-fashion films, Anniken Jørgensen, Frida Ottesen, Ludvig Hambro

Picture this: Three young fashion enthusiasts from Norway, two of them still in their teens, travel to Cambodia, where they sample the life of a garment worker for a month. Not exactly the most universal of tales, but it’s one that has taken on a life of its own. In the two weeks since we published our original report, the story has gathered more than 124,000 Facebook likes, 29,000 Facebook shares, and nearly 3,000 tweets. Even the deadly collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh in April 2013 didn’t capture this much attention on our site. So what nerve did the lives of three Norwegians touch that the deaths of 1,133 Bangladeshis didn’t? We caught up with Anniken Jørgensen, Frida Ottesen, and Ludvig Hambro to find out.

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Everyday Chemical Exposures May Lead to Early Menopause, Says Study

by , 02/05/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, The Big Idea, Toxic Pollution

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Concerned about early menopause? Endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in everyday personal-care and household products, such as soap, nail polish, and perfume, could be a trigger, according to research from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study, whose findings were reported online on Jan. 8 in the journal PLOS ONE, found that women with higher levels of these chemicals in their bodies experienced menopause two to four years earlier than their peers. It’s a revelation that should raise alarms, says Amber Cooper, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, as well as the study’s lead author. “Chemicals linked to earlier menopause may lead to an early decline in ovarian function, and our results suggest we as a society should be concerned,” she says in a statement.

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Returnity: A Cradle-to-Cradle Polyester With a Tiny Carbon Footprint

by , 02/04/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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RETURNITY rəˈtərnədē

n. 1: A 100 percent recyclable polyester fabric licensed by Dutch Awearness, a textile company guided by the principles of “circular economy.” 2: Said to reduce carbon-dioxide impact by 73 percent, waste management by 100 percent, and water use by 95 percent compared with cotton. 3: Used primarily in the workwear and interior-furnishing industries, where corporate-run take-back programs are more easily implemented, with the potential for incorporation into fashion markets such as sports and outerwear. 4: Recycled in compliance with to Cradle to Cradle guidelines, according to textile firm Backhausen.

 

Can Norton Security's RFID-Proof  Jeans Prevent Digital Pickpocketing?

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Meet the Winners of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Award

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Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Award What does fashion have to do with automobiles? Plenty, if you ask Ford. In the run-up to the finals of the 2014/15…

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Jenny Wu's 3D-Printed "Lace" Jewelry is Architecture You Can Wear

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Piñatex: A Leather-Like Textile Made From Pineapple Leaves

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SFMade Supports Local Manufacturing in San Francisco

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It’s hard to believe, but San Francisco used to be a thriving manufacturing hub that employed tens of thousands of workers as late as 1969. As businesses migrated production to…

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