BeGirl's Menstrual Undies, Pads Could Help African Girls Stay in School

by , 11/05/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Underwear

 

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Is Vegan Wool Fashion's Next Big Thing?

by , 11/05/15   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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This winter, stay toasty with cruelty-free wool jackets by New York designer Vaute. The brainchild of Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, the Vaute winter coat line features plush vegan fabrics developed by Hilgart herself. The beautiful coats, and chunky sweaters, take animals out of the fashion equation, proving that style and warmth can be completely cruelty-free.

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The North Face Made a Parka From Synthetic Spider Silk

by , 11/04/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Eco-Textiles

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Five times stronger than steel, three times tougher than nylon or Kevlar, yet a fraction of the width of human hair, spider silk is one of the planet’s most valuable, if tricky to mass-produce, textiles. Spiber, a biomaterials firm from Japan, has spent the better part of a decade trying to crack its genetic code. Comparing its quest with President John F. Kennedy’s “moonshot,” Spiber finally discovered a way to reprogram bacteria to produce fibroin, the structural protein in spider silk. It named the resulting material—Qmonos—after kumonosu, or “spider web” in Japanese. Now ready for its “giant leap,” Spiber has partnered with The North Face to unveil the “Moon Parka,” a protective garment designed to protect its wearer from Antarctica’s inhospitable enivrons.

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Oscar De La Renta Denies Using Elephant Skin in Shoes

by , 11/04/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Oscar De La Renta has come out swinging after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals alleged on its website that the e-tailer Gilt was selling a style of the luxury brand’s shoes made with elephant skin. In a blog post that has since been removed, the animal-rights group accused both Oscar De La Renta and Gilt of being “complicit in the slaughter of these intelligent, social, and empathetic gentle giants” and “guilt[y] by association.”

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Lauren Bowker Creates Clothing That Reacts to Temperature, Motion

by , 11/03/15   filed under: Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Toxic Chemicals Linger in Clothing—Even Organic-Cotton Ones

by , 11/03/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, The Big Idea, Toxic Pollution

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Our clothing is crawling with hinky chemicals. Some slough off in the wash, eventually entering—and later polluting—aquatic environments. Others, a new study claims, persist to a “high degree,” serving as a potential source of long-term dermal exposure by penetrating skin. In a preliminary analysis, a team led by Giovanna Luongo, a PhD student in analytical chemistry at Stockholm University, found a hundred identifiable chemicals in a sample of 60 garments from Swedish and international retailers. Present among them were several substances that were not on producers’ lists but might have glommed as byproducts and residues during transport.

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Julie Gilhart and Simon Collins: People Want "Great Fashion"

by , 11/02/15   filed under: Quotes

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Julie Gilhart: “The customer is not asking for sustainable fashion, they want great fashion, and they want good product priced at a price they can afford.

“If you can add in that it’s made well, that’s great, but it’s added value.”

Simon Collins: “It’s got to be a really good compelling product that you want—it doesn’t matter how responsible it is. If it’s not nice and they don’t want it, they’re not going to want it just because it’s responsible.”

—Fashion insiders Julie Gilhart and Simon Collins, speaking Thursday night at the Glasgow Caledonian University New York.

[Via Vogue]

 

ReWrap: Biodegradable Designer Bags Made From Coconuts

by , 10/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Bags

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The beautiful ReWrap tree bag, which debuted at Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven, is not only chic, but also completely compostable. Made entirely from natural fibers, the savvy bag is also naturally waterproof. In addition to its overtly sustainable style, the bag is also ethically created, made in a small workshop which employs workers with disabilities with competitive wages.

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Meet the 10 Finalists of the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative

by , 10/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Cocktail hour began earlier than usual Wednesday morning when the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Lexus (yes, the auto-maker) announced the 10 inaugural finalists of the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative (née the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge at Le Turtle on Chrystie St. in New York City. Ready to embark on their 17-month virtual residency, during which they will hone their environmentally friendly business practices through workshops, mentoring, and field visits, are Aurora James of Brother Vellies, a line of handcrafted African shoes; Sara Beltran of the jewelry firm Dezso; Erin Isakov of Erin Snow, which traffics in activewear; Britt Cosgrove and Marina Polo of apparel label Svilu; Nicholas and Christopher Kunz of luxury brand Nicholas K; Katie DeGuzman and Michael Miller of K/ller, winner of the 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge; Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome, which traffics in womenswear; Wing Yin Yau of fine jeweler Wwake, and, despite appearing more mentor than mentee, Prabal Gurung and Maria Cornejo of Zero + Maria Cornejo.

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BASE Range Offers Sustainable Wardrobe Basics Sans Filter

BASE Range Offers Sustainable Wardrobe Basics Sans Filter

Simple. Soft. Natural. Minimal. Organic. Feminine. Today, our world is filled with endless filters and editing – it’s nearly impossible to find anything that hasn’t been…

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Zady Launches Private Label Eco-Clothing for Men

Zady Launches Private Label Eco-Clothing for Men

So the menfolk don’t feel left out, ethical e-tailer Zady has launched its first private-label clothing items for gents. Featuring an alpaca sweater and an organic-cotton…

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€3.6 Million Project to Tackle Clothing Waste Launches Across Europe

€3.6 Million Project to Tackle Clothing Waste Launches Across Europe

Photo by Shutterstock Last Wednesday saw the launch of the European Clothing Action Plan, a new initiative to reduce textile waste across the European Union. Helmed by the United…

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Don't Miss the "Hand of Fashion" Speaker Series at FIT

Don't Miss the "Hand of Fashion" Speaker Series at FIT

Illustration by Shutterstock Join the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Ethical Fashion Initiative as they launch “The Hand of Fashion,” a series of conversations…

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How California Could Have Saved 35 Billion Liters of Water, Per Levi's

How California Could Have Saved 35 Billion Liters of Water, Per Levi's

Photo by Shutterstock Cue the sad trombone. Following revelations that the California reservoir storage is at its “second lowest on record” for this time of year, Levi Strauss,…

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Space Between: Locavore Fashion Produced From Textile Waste

Space Between: Locavore Fashion Produced From Textile Waste

New Zealand fashion students at Massey University are leading a brand new kind of social enterprise producing local, recycled fashion. The initiative called Space Between is a…

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Walmart Removes "Made in U.S.A." Logos From Website

Walmart Removes "Made in U.S.A." Logos From Website

Photo by chrisdorney/Shutterstock An investigation by the Federal Trade Commission has forced mega-discount retailer Walmart to remove “Made in the USA” labels from its webstore.…

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Post-Couture Collective: Downloadable Garments for the DIY Generation

Post-Couture Collective: Downloadable Garments for the DIY Generation

MAKE YOUR OWN Although Post-Couture says you can bring just about any material to your local maker space or fab lab for laser-cutting, the company also offers its own range of…

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EcoChic Design Award Launches Alumni Network

EcoChic Design Award Launches Alumni Network

Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award There’s much refashioning happening in the area of textile-waste-reduction, with designers around the world…

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