At Least 72 Dead in Footwear-Factory Fire in the Philippines

by , 05/14/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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Photos by Bullit Marquez for Associated Press

At least 72 people are dead after a fire ripped through a rubber-slipper factory just north of Manilla in the Philippines, authorities said on Thursday. Firefighters battling the blaze, which raged for five hours at Kentex Manufacturing factory on Wednesday, found no survivors after bringing it under control. Most of the victims are believed to have succumbed to the thick smoke from burning rubber and chemicals, which produced flames so intense that the jewelry the victims wore had melted or fallen off, Eduardo Nazar, village council chief of Ugong, told the Associated Press. “The [police forensic officers] will do all they can to identify the victims because they are totally burned,” he added.

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Sophie Carnell Creates Haunting Jewelry From Salvaged Ocean Trash

by , 05/14/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

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Shwood Recycles Newspaper Into Woodgrain-Like Eyewear

by , 05/13/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Eyewear, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

Eileen Fisher Wants to Achieve "100 Percent Sustainability" by 2020

by , 05/13/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Features, Interviews

 

H&M Breaks Into the Beauty Market With (Fast) "Fashion for the Face"

by , 05/12/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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H&M is making over its beauty aisle. The Swedish retailer announced Tuesday the pending arrival of a new 700-piece collection of cosmetics, body products, and hairstyling tools, with prices ranging from $2.99 to $24.99. “We are very excited to have ‘fashion for the face’ on offer at H&M,” Sara Wallander, concept designer at H&M Beauty, says in a statement. “It’s an opportunity to be inventive, creative and to have fun with colors.” Ripping a page from its own subsidiary playbook, H&M will also introduce two spinoff collections: a premium beauty line for luxury junkies and a “Conscious Beauty” range of Ecocert-approved organic products.

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Can Modular Design Teach Us to Love Our Clothes Longer?

by , 05/11/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Rhiannon Hunt is one of a new breed of designer who wants to stem the epidemic of “fast fashion.” The winner of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan’s inaugural “Extending the Life of Clothes” award, Hunt suggests modular design as a way to improve people’s emotional attachment to their garments. The Chelsea College of Arts graduate, who cribbed her inspiration from the built environment, proposes clothing with “apparent” methods of construction, such as box pleats, panels, waistbands, and hemlines that are joined with detachable fastenings.

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Everything You Need to Know About Microbeads in 2 Minutes

by , 05/08/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, Toxic Pollution, Video

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Microbeads seem to be in everything- face wash, makeup and soaps, but did you know they are also clogging our waterways? The teeny tiny bits of plastic appear in many of our personal hygiene products, but they end up getting flushed down our drains into our water system. Because they are smaller than a grain of sand, they glide right through local water treatment plants, ending up in lakes, rivers and oceans by the billions.

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Block Shop Textiles Revitalizes Traditional Indian Block-Printing

by , 05/08/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Textiles, Interviews

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In Bagru, a city in Rajistan, India, hand printed textiles have followed the same tradition for over 350 years. Block Shop are trying to help keep this historic method alive by carving wooden blocks and mixing natural dyes by hand, and simultaneously ensuring ethical and environmental standards stay at the heart of their textiles. The team behind the designs are sisters Lily and Hopie Stockman, who respect the process wholeheartedly, honouring the subtle imperfections that come with hand printed fabrics. The sisters struck up a partnership with a cooperative printing workshop several years ago and work with talented block carvers, dye mixers and seamstresses. The result is growing collection of unique scarves, ethically made using natural materials whose sales go to support the talented community: 5% of the proceeds are invested back into local projects. Hopie discussed the ethical objectives behind the brand and the spirit of the ancient textile tradition in this interview with Ecouterre.

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World Wildlife Fund U.K. Wants You to "Wear It Wild" on June 5

by , 05/07/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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The World Wildlife Fund wants you to take a walk on the wild side. The British arm of the environmental nonprofit is challenging individuals, schools, businesses, and communities across the United Kingdom to “wear it wild” on June 5 and raise money for the group’s vital conservation work. “This is especially important because in the last forty years we’ve seen wildlife populations decline by more than half,” it says in a statement. “The number of tigers in the wild, for example, has reduced by 95 percent in the last century. Thousands of other species are also threatened, and we need your support to show you care.”

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Urban Kraft Puts a Chic, Urban Twist on the Brown Paper Bag

Urban Kraft Puts a Chic, Urban Twist on the Brown Paper Bag

PAPER FASHION Aesthetics aside, Urban Kraft underscores the bags’ “indestructibility” as their defining feature. Despite the lightweight construction, each carryall is…

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Author James Baldwin in 1970: "People Are Drowning in Things"

Author James Baldwin in 1970: "People Are Drowning in Things"

“I have never accepted the notion that you keep a…

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Reese Witherspoon Hawks (Mostly) U.S.-Made "Draper James" Line

Reese Witherspoon Hawks (Mostly) U.S.-Made "Draper James" Line

Add Reese Witherspoon to the burgeoning sisterhood of actresses-turned-lifestyle-curators. Following on the stiletto-clad heels of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and Blake Lively’s…

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Livia Firth Dresses in Recycled Plastic Bottles at 2015 Met Ball

Livia Firth Dresses in Recycled Plastic Bottles at 2015 Met Ball

While other Hollywood players jostled for the cameras at Metropolitan of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in over-the-top couture on Monday night, Livia Firth made a different kind of…

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Celebrate "Star Wars" Day With a DIY Princess Leia Headband

Celebrate "Star Wars" Day With a DIY Princess Leia Headband

Celebrate Star Wars Day, a.k.a. May the 4th, by recreating Princess Leia’s iconic hairdo. It couldn’t be easier: Simply create two braids with brown yarn, roll them into…

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MetaWear is U.S.'s First Solar-, Geothermal-Powered Garment Factory

MetaWear is U.S.'s First Solar-, Geothermal-Powered Garment Factory

More often than not, ethical manufacturing practices and the textile industry seem to be somewhat of an oxymoronic thought. MetaWear, a screen-printing apparel company based in Fairfax,…

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"Star Wars Epic Yarns" Recreates Original Trilogy With Needle-Felting

"Star Wars Epic Yarns" Recreates Original Trilogy With Needle-Felting

USE THE FELT, LUKE The brothers were adamant about not relying on computer-assisted imagery. Striving to accomplish as many scenes as possible “in camera,” Jack and Holman…

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300,000 College Students Will Be Graduating in Eco-Friendly Gowns

300,000 College Students Will Be Graduating in Eco-Friendly Gowns

Unifi has linked arms with Oak Hall Cap & Gown to clothe more than 300,000 college students in eco-friendly regalia this spring. Composed entirely of Unifi’s…

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Even Hipsters Employ an Average of 27 Slaves Every Day

Even Hipsters Employ an Average of 27 Slaves Every Day

Photo by Shutterstock Even the most conscious try-hards among us have a hard time avoiding forced labor in our daily transactions. In fact, the average “hipster” can employ…

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