Sotela Promises That Its Eco-Friendly Dresses Are the Last You'll Need

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From puberty to pregnancy, women’s bodies change all the time. But who says our clothes have to? That question is both the cri de coeur and the promise behind Sotela, a line of eco-friendly dresses for the “everyday ever-changing woman.” Currently available for preorder on Kickstarter, the three-piece collection is designed to be minimal, comfortable and, best of all, forgiving. “Like most women, I’ve struggled with weight fluctuations that have made fitting into my regular clothing a chore,” Hanna Baror-Padilla, founder of Sotela, said in a statement. “I know firsthand how insecure you can feel when your clothes don’t fit the way the way you remembered.”

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Parsons, Tide Educate Next Generation on How to "Design for Care"

by , 05/10/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

 

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American Apparel Turns to Crowdsourcing for Product Ideas

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Can crowdsourcing prop up a flagging brand? American Apparel sure hopes so. The beleaguered Los Angeles retailer, which recently suggested that it may outsource some of its garment production to another U.S. manufacturer, is asking vendors to submit proposals for domestically made products that can retail for $100 or less. American Apparel says it is looking for items such as leather, canvas and paper goods, footwear, jewelry, fragrances, and small home furnishings that can be delivered in units of 500 within a period of 30 days. “We are hoping to select as many as 15 submissions for further discussions,” it said on its website.

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Philadelphia Library Loans Out Neckties to Job Seekers

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

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A library in southwest Philadelphia is doling out more than books. In an effort to help job seekers make a good impression on their would-be employers, the Paschalville Branch Library has been loaning out ties for three weeks at a time, at no cost whatsoever. Nate Eddy, strategy coordinator for the Philadelphia Free Library, came up with the so-called “tiebrary” after spying a similar setup during a tour of the Queens Public Library in New York City last year. “I’m not a tie aficionado,” Eddy told Billy Penn, “but I do know wearing a nice tie can add a lot of confidence.”

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It's No Longer Enough for Emma Watson to Wear Beautiful Clothes

by , 05/05/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Emma Watson, Quotes

“I made a choice last year that I would only wear sustainable fashion on the red carpet. The fashion industry is the second-biggest pollutant of fresh water on the planet. It has such a huge environmental impact and such a big human impact. And it’s just not enough for me anymore that it’s a beautiful item or a beautiful piece.

“I want to know that it’s not leaving a negative mark. … Fashion is something that touches us every single day. We get dressed every single day. I want to look good and feel good and do good, and that, to me, is luxury.”

—Actress-activist Emma Watson speaking to CNN Style’s Derek Blasberg about why she’s incorporating sustainable fashion into her red-carpet appearances.

 

Activists Worldwide Protest Unsafe H&M Factories

by , 05/04/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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On the day of H&M’s annual shareholder meeting, activists from cities worldwide poured into the streets to demand that the Swedish retailer live up to its promise to keep Bangladesh garment workers safe. Three years after H&M led the signing of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, forged in the aftermath of Rana Plaza’s deadly collapse, a new report claims that the majority of its supplier factories in Bangladesh are still death traps. Despite some modicum of progress, such as the removal of lockable doors and most collapsible gates, the Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Worker Rights Consortium say that almost all of the retailer’s factories remain behind schedule in carrying out mandated—and life-saving—renovations. According to a new analysis from the labor groups, 69 percent of H&M’s strategic suppliers have yet to complete the installation of all fire-rated doors, which would provide safe egress for workers in the factories.

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Can the Resale Economy Make Fashion More Sustainable?

by , 05/04/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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If the success of Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo is anything to go by, overstuffed wardrobes are the new gauche. But where are those items that no longer “spark joy” going? If you’re virtuous about selling your castoffs on consignment, eBay, or another of the myriad online marketplaces that have emerged of late, there’s a high chance they’re inducing joy somewhere else. In fact, the resale market is among the fastest-growing segments in retail, according to the re-commerce experts at ThredUp, which released its latest Resale Report last week. The secondhand e-tailer credits the rise of online and mobile marketplaces for resale’s thriving trade. With a projected market share of $25 billion by 2025, it’s even expected to surpass all e-commerce and retail sectors.

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This New Podcast Has Its Ear on Ethical Fashion

by , 05/03/16   filed under: Site Seeing

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Call us a teensy bit biased, but “Conscious Chatter” is one of the best podcasts ever to grace the virtual airwaves. The brainchild of former Ecouterre writer Kestrel Jenkins, who now challenges people to consider the ethics of their clothing at Awear World, “Conscious Chatter” offers an insider’s look at the global garment supply chain through interviews with some of the industry’s canniest minds, such as Fashion Revolution co-founder Orsola de Castro, designer Gretchen Jones, and Overdressed author Elizabeth Cline. A born environmentalist with a yen for social activism—her family created the Walnut Burger line of organic, meatless patties—Jenkins had exploited all mediums for her message save one: audio. Whether the oversight was intentional or not is hard to say—Jenkins simply never considered it. A chance conversation with a friend, however, soon remedied that.

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Michelle Monaghan Wears Recycled Cans, Vegan Leather to Met Gala

Michelle Monaghan Wears Recycled Cans, Vegan Leather to Met Gala

Photo by Getty Images Emma Watson and Livia Firth weren’t the only ones stumping for sustainable fashion at the Met Gala in New York City on Sunday. In a sartorial nod to Manus x…

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Emma Watson Attends Met Gala in Gown Made From Recycled Bottles

Emma Watson Attends Met Gala in Gown Made From Recycled Bottles

BELLE OF THE BALL Every element of Watson’s gown was considered from an “ethical and aesthetic perspective,” according to Firth and company, from the garment’s…

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This is What 105 Tons of Ivory Going Up in Flames Looks Like

This is What 105 Tons of Ivory Going Up in Flames Looks Like

Photos by Ben Curtis for Associated Press Kenya just made a statement on illegal poaching that the world won’t soon forget. At a ceremony in Nairobi National Park on Saturday,…

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Can the "World's Best" Hoodie Revitalize American Manufacturing?

Can the "World's Best" Hoodie Revitalize American Manufacturing?

American Giant sells direct to consumer using an online-only model, which cuts out the middle person. How did the brand take off with little to no marketing? Our initial product, the…

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PETA's Latest Role? Prada Shareholder

PETA's Latest Role? Prada Shareholder

Prada has a new shareholder: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Following a recent exposé that showed juvenile ostriches being stunned and slaughtered for their skins, which…

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G-Star Raw, Plastic Soup Foundation Team Up Against Microfiber Pollution in Oceans

G-Star Raw, Plastic Soup Foundation Team Up Against Microfiber Pollution in Oceans

Photo by Caleb George/Unsplash G-Star Raw, the Dutch fashion label co-owned by “Happy” hitmaker Pharrell Williams, has teamed up with the Plastic Soup Foundation to…

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Ralph Lauren Unveils U.S.-Made Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniforms

Ralph Lauren Unveils U.S.-Made Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniforms

Ralph Lauren just previewed what U.S. athletes will be wearing during the Olympic Games in Rio later this year, and the uniforms are, as kids today would say, NAGL. (That’s…

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Help Raise Awareness of Modern Slavery in the Fashion Industry

Help Raise Awareness of Modern Slavery in the Fashion Industry

Safia Minney, founder and CEO of ethical fashion label People Tree, wants to shed a light on modern-day slavery in the fashion industry. Fresh off the publication of her second book,…

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Timberland Aims to Use 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton by 2020

Timberland Aims to Use 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton by 2020

Timberland has pledged to transition to 100 percent organic, U.S.-grown, or Better Cotton Initiative-certified cotton by 2020, according to a fresh slate of sustainability commitments…

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