Student Self-Administers Temporary Tattoo...Using 1,000 Bed Bugs

by , 05/21/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Colorado State University Student Matt Camper has a new temporary tattoo- made entirely from bed bug bites! The creepy tat was made with a homemade jar contraption that gave the bugs access to Camper’s arm in a specific pattern. The adventurous student first chose a rabbit shape, then a stylized fish, letting the bugs chomp onto his skin for a few hours before the bunny emerged from his flesh.

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Levi's CEO: Save the Planet, Stop Washing Your Jeans

by , 05/20/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Chip Bergh wants you to stop washing your jeans. Speaking at Fortune Brainstorm Green conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif., on Tuesday, the Levi Strauss CEO said that while roughly half the water usage happens during jeans production, the other half is consumed at home. Bergh also billed the denim giant as the “ultimate in slow fashion.” “We have a pair of jeans in our archives that are 135 years old, so we are the ultimate in sustainable apparel,” he said. “We build our products to last; if you treat them right, they will last a long, long time—probably longer than most people’s waistlines.”

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Hoax Email Claims That Gap Signed Bangladesh Safety Accord

by , 05/20/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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After months of escalating protests, Gap has finally capitulated—or at least someone wants us to think it has. An email on Tuesday, alleging to be from the American apparel giant, claimed that Gap had decided to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a legally enforceable, first-of-its-kind contract that holds brands accountable for safety and labor conditions in the factories they employ in Bangladesh. Despite its convincing tone, the press release, its accompanying website, www.gapdoesmore.com, and the affiliated Twitter account, @gapdoesmore, are completely fraudulent, according to company officials.

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"Precious Skin" Turns Cow Ears, Snouts Into Zero-Waste Accessories

by , 05/20/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Precious Skin by Victoria Ledig is a unique collection of handbags made from unusual cow body parts that not only shows how much of each animal is wasted, but also how well-disguised leather products often are. Heads, tails, ears, and lower legs, all of which are unmistakable parts of a dead cow, were used to construct the bags. The upcycled materials help to create value from something that used to be considered waste, while the designs themselves force people to reevaluate their opinion.

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Livia Firth Says Eco-Fashion is "Just Common Sense"

by , 05/19/14   filed under: Livia Firth

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“Carlo Petrini [founder of the Slow Food movement] put it perfectly when he said: ‘How did we reach an era where we have to certify things that should be normal?’ I was born before fast fashion. When I was a student and when I started working, we didn’t have fast fashion and yet I managed to get dressed every day in a nice way. I just invested in pieces which were good quality and would last a long time in my wardrobe. Call it ‘eco-fashion’ if you like, but I think it’s just common sense.”

—Livia Firth, creative director of Eco Age and co-founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, speaking with Chopard’s blog Monday about what sustainable style means to her. Her dream Green Carpet Challenger? Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

 

Naja: Sexy, Affordable Lingerie That Empowers Disadvantaged Women

by , 05/19/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Underwear, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Social enterprise meets delicate lingerie with Naja, an underwear brand who train and employ Colombian women to sew under their non-profit Underwear for Hope. These women then receive a share of the proceeds. Naja was founded by Catalina Girald following a long and inspiring trip to some of Colombia’s remote regions. She decided to set up a luxury brand that is fair to both the women trained within the program – celebrating their artistry – and to those who wear it; they use beautiful fabrics to create well-made underwear that will not break the bank.

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Solar-Powered Sunglasses Alert You When You've Left Them Behind

by , 05/19/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Eyewear, Solar Fashion, Wearable Technology

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Australian company Tzukuri understands that it sucks to loose an expensive pair of sunglasses. That’s why they’ve embedded a chip and a solar cell in every pair that communicates with your iPhone in case you forget them. The chip communicates via Bluetooth Low Energy and charged by an integrated solar cell. Soon available in six styles and three different colors, the handmade Tzukuri sunglasses will never get lost.

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EcoChic Design Award Wants China to Change How It Dresses the World

by , 05/16/14   filed under: Events

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Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of the 2014 EcoChic Design Award.

It’s not everyday that the world’s biggest clothing factory, China, steps into the sustainable fashion scene. And what is one step for China is a giant leap for fashion. This month marks the opening of the fifth cycle of the EcoChic Design Award, sustainable fashion design competition, with whom Ecouterre has enjoyed a long media partnership. This cycle has gone into overdrive with the new prize partnership to create an upcycled collection for China’s leading luxury brand, Shanghai Tang, and new creative brief to design for “modern China chic,” two small steps that reflect a new pace for China.

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Actor Ashton Kutcher Shutters U.S.-Made Pickwick & Weller Label

by , 05/16/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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R.I.P., Pickwick and Weller; we hardly knew ye. PandoDaily reports that the Los Angeles–based luxury T-shirt label, which featured actor Ashton Kutcher as a “celebrity co-founder” is shuttering its online-only business—the “latest example of a company that found the task of building an online brand more than it bargained for,” according to the Silicon Valley-focused news site. Despite the suggestion that it’s only going on hiatus—“Pickwick & Weller is taking an extended staycation so we can come back with the best T-shirt. Ever,” reads a message on its homepage—CEO and creative director Ryan Donahue confirmed to PandoDaily that this was a “wind down, not a retooling.”

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Win Your Choice of Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Talisman Necklaces!

Win Your Choice of Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Talisman Necklaces!

Brace yourselves, Game of Thrones fans: A winner is coming. We’ve forged an alliance with Pyrrha to give away one of its officially licensed necklaces based on the hit HBO TV…

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Vans Collaborates With Della to Create Socially Conscious Batik Sneakers

Vans Collaborates With Della to Create Socially Conscious Batik Sneakers

Too hot for boots, too cool for sandals? Split the difference with a pair of batik-print sneakers from Vans. Produced in partnership with Della, a fair-trade label that employs artisans…

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Organic Cotton–Derived Battery Could Power Safer, Cheaper Electric Cars

Organic Cotton–Derived Battery Could Power Safer, Cheaper Electric Cars

Photo by Shutterstock A Japanese startup has developed a new battery technology that could one day make Teslas as common as Camrys. Designed to supplant lithium-ion, which currently…

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Supertex's Recycled-Cotton Socks Resist Bacteria, Odors

Supertex's Recycled-Cotton Socks Resist Bacteria, Odors

Here at Ecouterre we believe that eco-fashion is a must from the head to toe, so we were delighted to come across the environmentally-conscious sock brand Supertex. The company crafts…

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Hong Kong to Incinerate 30-Ton Stockpile of Contraband Ivory

Hong Kong to Incinerate 30-Ton Stockpile of Contraband Ivory

Photos by Kin Cheung for Associated Press Hong Kong’s 30-ton stash of illegal ivory is going up in smoke. The semi-autonomous Chinese region begins on Thursday the first of a…

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Colorful 3D-Printed "Sound Rings" Make Beautiful Music Together

Colorful 3D-Printed "Sound Rings" Make Beautiful Music Together

Designer Michiel Cornelissen’s new 3D-printed KXX” rings double as hand-held Brazilian instruments. The colorful bulbous rings are the designer’s version of caxixi…

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Brut Cake Upcycles Vintage Chinese Fabrics Into One-of-a-Kind Items

Brut Cake Upcycles Vintage Chinese Fabrics Into One-of-a-Kind Items

Brut Cake is the innovative brand behind these creative ceramics, textiles, and furniture pieces handmade in a Shanghai-based studio using a beautiful array of local and natural…

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Textile Arts Center Presents "Stained," an Exploration of Natural Dyes

Textile Arts Center Presents "Stained," an Exploration of Natural Dyes

All proceeds from the evening will benefit the center’s “Sewing Seeds” initiative, which includes an art residency, free educational programming, creation of natural…

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Able Made: A Collab-Friendly E-Boutique That Propels Social Change

Able Made: A Collab-Friendly E-Boutique That Propels Social Change

Suzanne McKenzie, Able Made’s Founder, CEO and Creative Director, describes her company as a retail platform where creative innovators and designers join forces to support causes…

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