D&H Jewelers' Conflict-Free Wedding Rings Feature Reclaimed Metals

by , 09/05/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Eco-Friendly Weddings

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Tying the knot with a sparkling ring is many an environmentalist’s dream, but not its often-produced side effects of civil war, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation. San Francisco’s D&H Sustainable Jewelers is restoring this dream’s silver lining. Joining the growing cadre of conflict-free luxury jewelers, D&H marries ethics and sustainability with its stylish engagement rings and wedding bands made of conflict-free gems and reclaimed metals.

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Freitag Launches 100 Percent Compostable Clothing Made From Plants

by , 09/04/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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Freitag has made a name for themselves repurposing truck tarpaulins into stylish messenger bags and purses. Now, the Zurich-based company is coming out with a small apparel line, made from their newly developed biodegradable textile, F-abric. Made from fibers sourced in Europe, the F-abric clothing will begin to decompose within three months when thrown into compost, making a virtually footprint free line of clothes.

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Rebecca Minkoff, Case-Mate Launch Wearable-Tech Jewelery

by , 09/04/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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We all know that wearable tech won’t become pervasive until it not only works well but looks great too. Jewelry and hand bag designer, Rebecca Minkoff though might just have a solution. Working in collaboration with Case-Mate, Minkoff has come up with a couple of pieces that seem more like jewelry than a sophisticated piece of wearable technology. A gold link chain bracelet vibrates and blinks with important incoming phone calls, another serves as a backup battery source in a clinch. Looks like the perfect accessory for professionals on the go.

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Roland Mouret's Signature "Eugene" Top Gets an Ethical Makeover

by , 09/03/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Rouland Mouret is putting an ethical spin on one of his bestselling designs. Together with model and longtime friend Katherine Poulton, co-founder of The North Circular, Mouret has created a limited edition of his popular “Eugene” top in an arresting herringbone-and-plaid pattern. Like all of The North Circular’s garments, it’ll be hand-knitted by British grannies using locally sourced alpaca and Global Organic Textile-certified wool.

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H&M, Swedfund to Develop a "Responsible" Ethiopian Textile Industry

by , 09/03/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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H&M has its eye on Africa. It’s not the only one, either. Swedfund, a state-owned risk-capital firm that specializes in emerging company, is throwing its financial clout behind the Swedish retailer in a partnership designed to develop a “responsible” Ethiopian textile industry. Beginning this fall, the joint effort seeks to build a system of production that adheres to high social and environmental standards. A strong domestic industry is vital to job creation in the sub-Saharan nation, which ranks among the world’s poorest.

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Russians Use 3D-Printing to Subvert Lacy Lingerie Sanctions

by , 09/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Underwear, Wearable Technology

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A German lingerie company is using technology circumvent a controversial new law that bans the import, production, or sale of synthetic lace underwear. The Eurasian Union trade directive, which took effect in the post-Soviet bloc of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in July, requires next-to-skin garments to contain at least 6 percent cotton, ostensibly to protect consumers from irritation. Because fancier knickers typically comprise materials with less than 4 percent cotton, lingerie boutiques across Russia have reportedly jettisoned most of their stock. But Lascana, a Hamburg-based firm that operates in more than 10 territories, including Russia, discovered a loophole that permits the buying and selling of three-dimensionally printed goods.

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Angelina Jolie's Bespoke Wedding Gown Features Her Kids' Artwork

by , 09/02/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Friendly Weddings

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s wedding was a family affair to remember. Hollywood’s golden couple, who celebrated their nuptials in their French family estate on August 23, gave each of their six children key roles to play, according to People. Even Jolie’s antique-lace and silk bridal gown was an “expression of her kids’ creativity,” the magazine says. Atelier Versace’s Luigi Massi stitched dozens of designs from the brood’s drawings into the dress and veil. “It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter,” said Jolie and Pitt. “It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family.”

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Out of Print Goes Back to School With "Composition Book" Bags

by , 08/29/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags, Fashion Philanthropy

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Who’s got spirit? Out of Print Clothing does. Whether you’re battling back-to-school blahs or waxing nostalgic over the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, the literature-loving label’s “Composition Collection” will stand you in good stead. Designed to resemble ye olde classroom notebooks, each pouch and tote is proudly in the United States. Plus, with every purchase, Out of Print will send a book to a community in need.

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Amanda Henderson's Sculptural Knits Use Local, Natural Materials

by , 08/29/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Textiles, Sustainable Fashion

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Knitwear from Amanda Henderson is deeply rooted in nature, taking inspiration from organic textures and tones in order to celebrate the natural world through fashion. The pieces are all original, using natural fibres sourced by hand in New York state to create unique items, ranging from loose sweaters to a tightly woven strapless top. Henderson’s work then begins with the materials and is evolved through the process and tradition of knitwear. She aims to create pieces that are simple, timeless and durable, functional items of clothing that people can live in and that play a part in their lives. But as well as incorporating old traditional techniques from the world of knitwear, she introduces unexpected details that help to make each piece a one-off work of eco-textiles.

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Olek's Underwater "Yarn Bomb" May Have Killed Marine Life in Mexico

Olek's Underwater "Yarn Bomb" May Have Killed Marine Life in Mexico

BOMBS AWAY “Believe it or not, there is a lot of marine life growing, incrusted in the sculpture, and we gather that this has killed it,” he told the Associated Press. The…

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Beware of Toxic "Little Monsters" During Back-to-School Shopping

Beware of Toxic "Little Monsters" During Back-to-School Shopping

Unlike most parents, Helena Meresman doesn’t look forward to the start of the school year. Back-to-school shopping fills the environmental scientist and mother of two with an…

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Forever 21, H&M, Mango, Zara Frequently Fail Quality, Safety Tests

Forever 21, H&M, Mango, Zara Frequently Fail Quality, Safety Tests

Photo by Tupungato/Shutterstock Forever 21, H&M, Mango, and Zara top the list of fashion labels that regularly fail China’s quality and safety trials, say officials from the…

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Zady Turns 1, Launches "Farm-to-Closet" Knitwear Collection

Zady Turns 1, Launches "Farm-to-Closet" Knitwear Collection

Zady is moving from curator to maker. The ethical e-tailer, which celebrates its one-year anniversary today, is poised to launch its own private label, beginning with a knitted…

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This 99-Year Old Makes a New Dress Every Day for a Child in Need

This 99-Year Old Makes a New Dress Every Day for a Child in Need

Photo by Shutterstock Ninety-nine year old Lillian Weber is on a mission to make 1,000 dresses for impoverished children in Africa. The impressive senior citizen has been whipping up…

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At U.S. Open, Ralph Lauren's "Polo Tech" Shirt Monitors Wearer's Vitals

At U.S. Open, Ralph Lauren's "Polo Tech" Shirt Monitors Wearer's Vitals

TENNIS, ANYONE? The form-fitting shirt features Ralph Lauren’s distinctive polo player—in bright yellow, no less—on its chest. Less visible are the silver-coated conductive…

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Jane Goodall Asks You to Consider What You Buy, Eat

Jane Goodall Asks You to Consider What You Buy, Eat

Photo by Attila Jandi/Shutterstock “There are lists out there. I can’t tell you where they are, but generally if you are getting something very cheap—clothes or…

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Hong Kong's Interstoff Asia Trade Show to Feature Innovative, Sustainable Textiles in September

Hong Kong's Interstoff Asia Trade Show to Feature Innovative, Sustainable Textiles in September

TRENDY TEXTILES Arriving from Mainland China, Foshan King Wonder New Material Technology will unveil its EasyTex and VerBeq fabrics, both of which boast windproof, waterproof,…

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Coming Soon: "Knit Wit," a Biannual Magazine About Craft, Fiber, Textiles

Coming Soon: "Knit Wit," a Biannual Magazine About Craft, Fiber, Textiles

Celebrate the art of craft with Knit Wit, an upcoming magazine about the world of contemporary fibers and textiles, as well as the people who inhabit it. Currently raising subscriptions…

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