Rana Plaza Factory Owners Charged With Murder

by , 06/02/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Bangladesh authorities have filed formal murder charges against 41 people implicated in one of the worst disasters in the history of the garment industry. The 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which housed several clothing factories just outside the capital of Dhaka, left 1,139 workers dead and injured thousands more. Among those charged are Sohel Rana, the building’s owner; his parents; the owners of several facilities inside the building; and more than a dozen government officials, according to the state prosecution. If found guilty, the accused could face the death penalty, Bijoy Krishna Kar, the investigating officer who filed the charges on Monday, told the New York Times.

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LAST CHANCE: Win Shadowplay NYC's "Galaxy" Tee, Inspired by Space

by , 06/02/15   filed under: Contests

 

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Faircloth & Supply's Summer 2015 Line Offers Breezy Minimalism

by , 06/01/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Spring/Summer 2015

 

Eileen Fisher on Sustainability: "We're All in This Together"

by , 06/01/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Quotes

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“I have always thought of the company as being about more than the clothes. Creating meaningful impact in the world is at the heart of it. Business has the power to make a difference, and can be a movement around social change. …

“[But] we are all in this together. We not only need the fashion companies to change; we need consumers to change their mind-set about clothing.

“It starts by stopping to think about what you are buying and how good it is. How long it might last. Does it belong to just this moment?

“For me, it is about simplicity. If it is simple, it can be worn in over time in multiple ways.”

—Designer Eileen Fisher, speaking to TakePart on Friday about the role everyone plays in creating a sustainable fashion industry.

 

Wool and the Gang Launches DIY Homewares, Crochet Collection

by , 05/29/15   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Fashion Brands

 

Blake Lively...Eco-Fashion Designer?

by , 05/28/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Blake Lively…eco-fashion designer? The Age of Adaline star took to her Instagram account on Tuesday to reveal the first of 12 pieces she created in collaboration with Amour Vert, a sustainable apparel firm based out of San Francisco. Composed of 100 percent silk and recycled polyester crepe, the “Champagne” dress is exclusive to Preserve, Lively’s Goop-esque lifestyle-cum-retail website. Lively’s time on the trendsetting Gossip Girl set has served her well, according to Christoph Frehsee, Amour Vert’s co-founder and CEO.

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Almay's "Simply American" Campaign Not so American, Says Watchdog

by , 05/27/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Drugstore cosmetics line Almay’s “Almay Simply American” campaign has advertising sleuths Truthinadverting.org (TINA.org) up in arms, as the line largely fails to be in fact produced in the United States of America. Produced by the Revlon cosmetics company, it has been revealed that over 95 percent of the Almay line does not meet the legal standard to be claimed “Made in the USA” on labels. This false advertising is being challenged by TINA.org, with a deceptive advertising complaint against Revlon that was filed last week.

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34 Worst Sunscreens to Have in Your Beach Bag

by , 05/27/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Like Batman and Robin or Thelma and Louise, skin cancer and sun exposure go hand in hand. Yet a full 80 percent of 1,700 sunscreens on the American market not only offer inadequate coverage but also contain “worrisome” ingredients, according to the Environmental Working Group, a research and public-health advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. Its 2015 Sunscreen Guide—the nonprofit’s ninth—reveals a preponderance of trumped-up claims (SPF 70+, anyone?), questionable delivery methods, and hinky additives such as oxybenzone, a hormone-disrupting sunscreen filter, and retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A that promotes skin damage.

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Timberland, Pharrell Create Bee-Inspired Boots With Recycled Plastic

by , 05/26/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Shoe enthusiasts have something to buzz about. Timberland has teamed up with music mogul Pharrell Williams to create a pair of boots inspired by nature—bees, to be exact. Composed of Bionic Canvas—a product derived by Bionic Yarn, Williams’s eco-textile firm, from a blend of organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles—the six-inch kicks feature photorealistic honeycomb cells on one iteration and blades of grass on the other. The limited edition has at least one celebrity fan: queen of the “Beyhive” herself, Beyoncé. The singer wears the boots in “Feeling Myself,” her latest music video with Nicki Minaj.

+ Timberland x Bee Line

 

Crayola Wants You to Stop Using Its Products as Makeup

Crayola Wants You to Stop Using Its Products as Makeup

Photo by Shutterstock An alarming trend of doubling Crayola colored pencils as face makeup could leave beauty mavens with irritation and infection. Popularized by DIY beauty bloggers…

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Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

Photo by Shutterstock America has come a long way since its birth as a nation in 1776. But just as the country has evolved throughout the years, so has Old Glory. From the arrangement…

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PACT Now Sells Fair-Trade, Organic Dresses (And They're Under $35)

PACT Now Sells Fair-Trade, Organic Dresses (And They're Under $35)

Looking for a breezy summer dress that won’t strain your conscience or your wallet? PACT’s got you covered. The Boulder, Colo.-based clothing brand is adding two dress…

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This Jewelry is Made of Recycled Coffee Grounds

This Jewelry is Made of Recycled Coffee Grounds

Rosalie McMillan doesn’t have to look far for her coffee fix. The London designer creates jewelry from Çurface, an industrial composite derived from waste grounds and…

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L'Oreal Plans to Start 3D-Printing Human Skin

L'Oreal Plans to Start 3D-Printing Human Skin

Photo by Shutterstock L’Oreal knows that the business of beauty is as much a science as it is an art. Since it nixed animal testing in 2003, the French cosmetic firm has relied on…

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Honest By's Bruno Pieters: "Change Your Mind, Your Shopping List"

Honest By's Bruno Pieters: "Change Your Mind, Your Shopping List"

“The fact that solutions, real solutions, exist today and they are not being used. People are still giving reasons for not acting more responsibly. But part of my job is to let…

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Watch the Trailer for "The True Cost," a Film About Fashion's Dark Side

Watch the Trailer for "The True Cost," a Film About Fashion's Dark Side

Think of The True Cost as the auteur equivalent of the glitter bomb. Set to launch simultaneously across multiple platforms on May 29, the Kickstarter-funded documentary is a bold and…

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These "High Fashion" Ads Contain a Grim Message About Child Labor

These "High Fashion" Ads Contain a Grim Message About Child Labor

HIDDEN MESSAGE On Facebook, the São Paulo agency says the project’s intent isn’t to criticize the fashion industry, but to “draw the attention of the people for a…

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This Fashion Library Lets You Check Out Clothing—Literally

This Fashion Library Lets You Check Out Clothing—Literally

LENA, the Amsterdam-based Fashion Library, was born out of a concern for excessive clothing consumption. LENA co-founder Suzanne Smulders notes that 240 million kilos of clothes are…

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