Actor Joaquin Phoenix Speaks Out Against Dog Leather in PETA Video

by , 02/25/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Celebrities

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Joaquin Phoenix has a bone to pick with the Chinese dog-leather industry. The actor-activist, who appears in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ latest public service announcement, calls the group’s undercover footage “one of the worst things [he's] ever seen.” As images of dogs being brutalized play across the screen, Phoenix’s voiceover provides some sobering context. “Terrified dogs watch as those ahead of them are kicked, beaten over the head, and then have their throats slit and the skin peeled right off their bodies,” he says. “Their skins are turned into leather gloves, belts, and other accessories.”

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At Sweden's Filippa K, Sustainability is the Guide to Fashion Growth

by , 02/25/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Swedish design brand Filippa K launched three new inspiring sustainability concepts last week that truly consider the environmental implications of their designs. These new concepts include garments made from 100% sustainable materials, reused garments for the designers to re-imagine, and a way for clients to hire garments for several days instead of buying a piece that they only wear once. These thoughtful ideas follow the brand’s core objectives, to create long-lasting pieces through a commitment to reusing, recycling, reducing and repairing.

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4 Celebrities Who Wore Eco-Fashion to the 2015 Oscars

by , 02/24/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Features

 

RPMWEST's "Quarter Century" Pant Has a 25-Year Guarantee

by , 02/24/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Pants, Men's Eco-Fashion

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Another year, another pair of new pants to buy or so it usually goes if you’re like any average individual. Durable, quality-made pants are hard to come by these days, and ones that last or are made in America? Add that to the list of rarities. Manuel Rappard, founder of the jeans company RPMWEST, is looking to revolutionize the industry with his recent project, The Quarter Century Pant, a Kickstarter campaign featuring durable, American-made chino pants for men guaranteed to last the wearer for 25 years.

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Grow Your Own Microbial "Leather" in Your Kitchen (DIY Tutorial)

by , 02/23/15   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Textiles

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Growing your own clothing is easier than you think. BioCouture’s Suzanne Lee has been spinning whole garments with little more than bacteria, yeast, and sweetened green tea. Originally from London, Lee recently crossed the Atlantic to serve as the creative director of Modern Meadow, a Brooklyn startup that pioneered a way coax animal tissue cells into a dense, cowhide-like material with varying strength, weight, texture, and elasticity. “Imagine leather that’s as lightweight and transparent as a butterfly wing or has the natural stretch of rubber,” Lee tells Popular Science in its March 2015 issue. “Or imagine a material with the dynamic responsiveness of the skin of a chameleon.”

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Trend Forecaster Li Edelkoort: Today's Fashion Designers Ignorant About Textiles

by , 02/23/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Quotes

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“Fashion schools and colleges continue to teach young students to become catwalk designers, divas. They keep on being led to believe that what awaits them is a life of fame outside of the rules. …

“Students are being taught to become little Karls, to create clothes, bags, all sorts of accessories for others, to arrange the show, brochures, communications, and photography—all in three years. And during these three years, little time ends up being dedicated to clothes, which are just one element among many.

“This now leads to fashion designers being trained who are not familiar with fabric, who do not know how textiles work or how fibers react. Soon we will only know poplin and the jersey for the rest of our lives. It’s terrifying.”

—Dutch trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, sharing her anti-fashion “manifesto” in Paris before she presents her predictions for the 2016/17 Autumn/Winter season.

 

PETA's Bunny Logo for Cruelty-Free Products Gets a Sleek Update

by , 02/20/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ has unveiled a new take on its “cruelty-free bunny” logo. The new “Beauty Without Bunnies” mark, which existing licensees can switch to at no extra cost, will still serve the same purpose: to assure consumers that the cosmetic, personal-care, or household products they’re holding hasn’t been party to animal abuse. “The logos tell consumers that the world’s largest animal rights organization has certified a company as cruelty-free,” says Amanda Nordstrom, company liaison for Beauty Without Bunnies at PETA. “When you use products from PETA-certified cruelty-free companies, you can be sure no animals suffered for your beauty.”

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Benetton—Finally!—Agrees to Contribute to Rana Plaza Victims' Fund

by , 02/20/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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Benetton is finally putting its money where its mouth is. Nearly two years after thousands of garment workers lost life and limb in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, the billion-dollar Italian apparel retailer has agreed to contribute an unspecified amount to a fund established by the International Labor Organization to compensate victims of the disaster. The move has been a long time coming. Benetton is the last major Western company with documented contractual ties to Rana Plaza to commit to the fund, which campaigners say is still $9 million short of its $30 million target.

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IStyleMyself: Smartphone App Helps You Create Outfits à la "Clueless"

by , 02/19/15   filed under: Online Tools, Site Seeing

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A closet full of clothes, and yet nothing to wear – a first world problem for sure, but one that could make you late for work. Now a new app called IStyleMyself will make up outfits for you just like in the movie Clueless, only this time it’s on your iPhone. The app takes your clothes, shoes and accessories and matches them up according to algorithms and your likes and dislikes. Not only will it make getting ready in the morning a breeze, but you’ll make better use of all your clothes and reduce the urge to go shopping.

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H&M CEO: Buying Less to Save the Planet Would Create "Social Catastrophe"

H&M CEO: Buying Less to Save the Planet Would Create "Social Catastrophe"

Karl-Johan Persson isn’t a fan of the “buy less” movement that’s beginning to take root. In fact, the H&M CEO warns that reducing consumer spending in the…

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MIT Invents a Wearable Social Network That Helps You Break the Ice

MIT Invents a Wearable Social Network That Helps You Break the Ice

Students from MIT are trying to create their own social network that relies less on virtual life and more on your personal connections. Social Textiles is way for people to connect…

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Red Carpet Green Dress, Reformation Debut Oscar-Inspired Eco-Gowns

Red Carpet Green Dress, Reformation Debut Oscar-Inspired Eco-Gowns

GREEN CARPET GLAM Reformation, a cult favorite with cool girls like Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss, and Rihanna, will donate 25 percent of sales to MUSE School CA, a Calabasas-based…

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Simple Shoes Readies for 2015 Relaunch

Simple Shoes Readies for 2015 Relaunch

Call it an early Easter miracle: Simple Shoes is returning from the dead. The ethical footwear firm, which shuttered in 2011, is poised to relaunch this fall with its first collection…

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Epson Flaunts Digital Fabric Printer at Fall 2015 New York Fashion Week

Epson Flaunts Digital Fabric Printer at Fall 2015 New York Fashion Week

PRINTABLE FASHION Dye sublimation (“dye sub” for short) refers to the process of using high heat to transfer dye onto a material, much like a giant iron-on transfer. Users…

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Designer Natalie Chanin: DIY "Imparts Love" in a Way Buying Can't

Designer Natalie Chanin: DIY "Imparts Love" in a Way Buying Can't

Photo by Olivia Rae James “To me, the beauty of a quilt or a dress lies within the stitches and the thought of the person who made them. When you spend time making something with…

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Does Jaden Smith Really Own Just One Pair of Shoes?

Does Jaden Smith Really Own Just One Pair of Shoes?

Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images At the Roc Nation And Three Six Zero Pre-Grammy Brunch on Feb. 7, 2015. Photo by AKM-GSI/Just Jared Out and about in Calabasas, Calif. on Jan. 4,…

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Wedding Dress Designer's Ebola Suit Makes NY Fashion Week Debut

Wedding Dress Designer's Ebola Suit Makes NY Fashion Week Debut

SUIT UP The John Hopkins suit improves on existing protection in several ways, according to its makers. A single-piece garment, the prototype has less than 10 potential points of…

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Actor Will Smith's Son Jaden Owns One Pair of Shoes, Five Shirts

Actor Will Smith's Son Jaden Owns One Pair of Shoes, Five Shirts

Photo by Debby Wong/Shutterstock “It’s such a strange thing. Jaden, my 16-year-old, he has one pair of shoes. He has three pairs of pants and he has five shirts. Total.…

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