Rattan: A Lightweight, Durable Cane Derived From Rainforest Palm

by , 11/23/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Bags, Fabrictionary

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RATTAN \rəˈtan\

n. 1 a: The collective name for about 600 species of palm native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australasia. b: Produces thin, pliable, and fast-growing stems, measuring up to 100 meters long, that can be woven into various lightweight, durable, and weather-resistant goods. 2: A profitable crop that provides an alternative to timber-logging without displacing trees, since the vine-like plant relies on forest architecture for support. 3: Used primarily for housing, furniture, and handicrafts. 4: The material of choice for Purse for the People, a startup enterprise that turns woven rattan from Borneo and Java into customizable, American-made handbags.

 

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Smartphone App Helps You Take the First Step Toward a Responsible Shoe Industry

by , 11/23/15   filed under: Online Tools, Worker Rights

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With global concerns for ethical fashions after tragedies such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza sweatshop in 2013, the “Change Your Shoes” campaign hopes to shed light on another facet of the fashion industry- shoe production. An effort by 18 human rights, workers’ rights and environmental organizations from Europe, India Indonesia and China, the campaign hopes to transform the global shoe industry, fighting unsafe conditions, toxic exposure and poverty pay. Supporters can download the #ChangeYourShoes app and join a virtual march to Brussels, calling on the EU to adopt clear regulations that ensure transparency in the shoe supply chain.

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Lemlem, Soludos's Ethical Espadrilles Are Bohemian-Chic

by , 11/20/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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While folks in the Northern Hemisphere are dusting off their snow boots, for the rest of us, there’s Soludos, a line of bohemian-chic espadrilles that pair soft cotton uppers with flexible, all-natural jute soles. The New York firm recently teamed up with Lemlem to create a capsule collection that incorporates the latter’s ethically sourced, hand-woven Ethiopian textiles. “Seeing our weavers at work on their looms is mesmerizing,” Lemlem founder, the supermodel Liya Kebede, has said. “The beauty of our products lie in the intricate weaving patterns and the incredible care taken by each of our weavers.”

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Livia Firth Compares Fast-Fashion Brands to Drug Pushers

by , 11/20/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Livia Firth, Quotes

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“In Bangladesh you see women who work 12 to 16 hours a day to produce our clothes in factories which have bars on the windows and guards at the doors. They are paid very little. Even if it’s the national minimum wage, it’s really a poverty wage.

“The ‘fast fashion’ companies are like drug pushers: they go to these countries promising to lift millions out of poverty, they get the business, and then once they start production in that country they start pushing prices down.

“They can always impose the lowest wages and local governments and entire countries are enslaved by that. Say you are in Bangladesh, if you are too expensive they’ll go to Vietnam or Myanmar, which they are doing.

“Twice a week they put a new collection in the store,” she says. “There’s a new thing that we can buy—’Oh my God! It’s only $12, €13, £20, I’ll buy it, who cares?’

“In the name of democratizing fashion they addicted us, like a sugar rush, to consume that. Who needs all these clothes? Who needs all this crap?”

Livia Firth, creative director of sustainable brand consultancy Eco-Age and co-founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, speaking to CNN on Thursday at the Trust Women conference in London, where she announced a “groundbreaking study to establish the legalities for a global standard on wages.”

 

Three Years Later, Victims of Bangladesh Factory Fire Still Await Walmart Compensation

by , 11/19/15   filed under: The Big Idea, Walmart, Worker Rights

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In November 2012, five months before Rana Plaza became a rallying cry for garment workers’ rights in Bangladesh, Tazreen Fashions was the site of the worst industrial disaster the country had ever seen. Although it would soon be surpassed both in scope and attention by the collapse that followed, the fire that set Tazreen aflame left a brutal mark on history, killing 112 people and injuring hundreds more just outside Dhaka. Fire officials at the time blamed the high death toll on the lack of exits; doors to the outside were locked, with the only means of escape through windows on the third and fourth floors. Documents recovered in the aftermath revealed that three apparel companies were using the factory to supply goods to Walmart—and its Sam’s Club subsidiary—around the time of the accident, occupying five of the facility’s 14 production lines. The world’s No. 1 retailer, however, denied culpability, claiming that a supplier, which it subsequently fired, had subcontracted Tazreen with neither its knowledge or authorization.

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Fashion Takes Action Teach Kids to Be Responsible Consumers

by , 11/18/15   filed under: Kids' Eco-Fashion

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Toronto’s Fashion Takes Action has made a name for itself promoting social and environmental sustainability in the fashion world. The non-profit is gearing up their educational program, My Clothes My World, which starts the importance of sustainability early- with kids. FTA has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund their innovative workshops, which engage kids in grades 4 to 12 in discussions about consumerism, human rights and environmental degradation in the fashion industry.

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Levi's, Goodwill Making It Easier to Donate Clothing This Holiday Season

by , 11/18/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Fashion Philanthropy

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Levi Strauss wants to make it easier for its customers to donate used clothing and shoes this holiday season. In collaboration with Give Back Box, the denim giant is supplying free shipping labels that will deliver any package of garments and shoes to the nearest participating Goodwill location in the United States. For every box shipped, Levi’s will contribute $5 to Goodwill, with a guaranteed minimum of $25,000 and up to $50,000. And on December 1, also known as Giving Tuesday, Levi’s will double its contribution to $10 for every label printed—and ultimately shipped—in support of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Day of Giving.

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Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger "Terminate" Ivory Tusk on Camera

by , 11/17/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News, Video

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is addressing ivory poaching in the only way he knows how: by blowing stuff up. The actor and former California governor recently “terminated” a piece of elephant tusk in support of the Wildlife Conservation Society and its “96 Elephants” campaign to end illegal poaching. “Stop killing 96 elephants every day just because of this ivory,” he said, before detonating an explosive that shatters the tusk, a donation from the Los Angeles Zoo, into a thousand fragments. “Let’s get rid of the demand once and for all.”

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Mysource Wants to Take Sustainable Fashion From Niche to Norm

by , 11/16/15   filed under: Interviews

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On Wednesday, Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey and Tamsin Lejeune, Ethical Fashion Forum CEO, gathered more than 30 fashion industry insiders, including Catarina Midby of H&M, the Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander, and designer Roland Mouret at the Houses of Parliament in London. The agenda? How to scale sustainable fashion so it becomes less of a niche product and more of the status quo. Despite the sea change in consumer attitudes in recent years, it’s an issue the industry continues to struggle with, and one that Lejeune says she hopes that the launch of her organization’s online “Mysource” platform (formerly known as the “Source”) will soon address. Ecouterre caught up with Lejeune to talk about the rebranded initiative, how she thinks Mysource can supply the tools fashion professionals need to “do business better,” and why collaboration and transparency are key to building successful brands.

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Hand-Cranked Sidewalk Cart Recycles Old Plastic Bags Into Stylish Totes

Hand-Cranked Sidewalk Cart Recycles Old Plastic Bags Into Stylish Totes

Few things are as emblematic of our throwaway culture as the humble plastic bag. Cheap to produce, easy to carry, and convenient to use, some 500 billion of the things are deployed…

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Leonardo DiCaprio Backs Foundry That Grows Real Diamonds

Leonardo DiCaprio Backs Foundry That Grows Real Diamonds

Photo by Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock Leonardo DiCaprio is splurging on some bling for his birthday. The actor and environmental activist, who turned 41 on Wednesday, announced on social…

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CuteCircuit Designs High-Tech LED Airline Uniforms for EasyJet

CuteCircuit Designs High-Tech LED Airline Uniforms for EasyJet

HEAVEN SENT Engineers will see similar uniform upgrades, such as LEDs in jacket hoods to provide hands-free illumination for aircraft inspections and maintenance. Other improvements…

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Dutch Designer Turns Festival Tents Into "Sheltersuits" for the Homeless

Dutch Designer Turns Festival Tents Into "Sheltersuits" for the Homeless

Abandoned tents, a post-revel scourge at music festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury, could soon find new life as weather-resistant coats that convert into sleeping bags for the…

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IKEA Reaches 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton Milestone

IKEA Reaches 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton Milestone

IKEA made history last month when it became the first major retailer to obtain 100 percent of its cotton from “more sustainable sources,” specifically farmers who “use…

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D'Lord: Raw-Denim Jeans Made in the U.S.A. From Organic Cotton, Hemp

D'Lord: Raw-Denim Jeans Made in the U.S.A. From Organic Cotton, Hemp

Newly launched D’lord Denim was made for men who want to change the world in style. Carefully sourced from a meticulously vetted supply chain and made by factories paying fair wages,…

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Win a Limited-Edition Pratt Institute/BF+DA Positive Impact Awards Scarf (Worth $250!)

Win a Limited-Edition Pratt Institute/BF+DA Positive Impact Awards Scarf (Worth $250!)

To celebrate its first anniversary, Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is hosting its inaugural Positive Impact Awards. The November 16 event, which is free…

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MIT is Turning Living Bacteria Into Self-Ventilating Activewear

MIT is Turning Living Bacteria Into Self-Ventilating Activewear

RESPONSIVE FASHION Yao and her “BioLogic” team refer to the natto cells as “living actuators”—motors that are grown rather than manufactured. In a later…

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Animal-Rights Activists Protests U.K.'s Continued Use of Bearskin Hats

Animal-Rights Activists Protests U.K.'s Continued Use of Bearskin Hats

Photo by ImageFlow/Shutterstock Buckingham Palace guardsmen are under ridicule, as animal rights activists implore the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense for turning bear skins into…

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