Uniqlo Just Launched "Made in the U.S.A." Jeans

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Whatever The North Face is doing, it might be catching. Just last week, Uniqlo debuted a line of American-made jeans for men and women (small print: with imported parts). The Japanese apparel brand, which was linked to sweatshop conditions in China as late as 2015, produced the capsule line in Los Angeles in collaboration with Cone Denim, owner of one of the few denim mills still operating in the United States. Retailing from $69.90 a pop, the slim- to skinny-fit jeans comprise the latter company’s “VaraBlue” fabrics, which Cone Denim says require less water and fewer chemicals than traditional denim.

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Your $8 Shirt is a Problem—This Video Explains Why

by , 03/01/16   filed under: Video

In the video primer above, Eve Andrews from Grist explains why bargain clothing is the root of fashion’s social and environmental ills. An $8 shirt may seem like chump change to most of us, but once you figure in the roughly 1,320 gallons of water and 9 pounds of carbon dioxide it takes to produce and transport, the cost to the planet becomes too high to contemplate. “That’s to say nothing of the terrible working conditions that the people who make most of our clothes endure, earning next to nothing in extremely unsafe factories [and] perpetuating a cycle of poverty in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world,” Andrews says. “Yeah, that’s a lot of resources for one shitty shirt.”

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Juvenile Ostriches "Butchered" for Hermès, Prada Bags, Says PETA

by , 02/29/16   filed under: Animal Cruelty, The Big Idea

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The secret side of luxury ostrich handbags has been revealed in a haunting new video by PETA. Shot in South African slaughterhouses, the film shows the grim lives of newly hatched ostriches, who are raised in feedlots for less than a year before they are slaughtered. The ostriches’ signature “goose bump” skin is ripped from their bodies, sold to become handbags, shoes and belts by luxury brands such as Hermès, LVMH and Prada.

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3 Celebrities Who Wore Eco-Fashion to the 2016 Oscars

by , 02/29/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

 

Minan Wong Brings Recycled Fabrics, Feminine Designs to NY Fashion Week

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During a snowy, bitter-cold New York Fashion Week, the Nolcha Shows “Ones to Watch” heated up the runway, spotlighting a selection of Made in the USA fashion brands and student work at Chelsea’s ArtBeam Gallery. Last week’s show highlighted sustainable rising stars of the industry, Cute Like Mad and Minan Wong, two New York City-based eco-fashion brands. Both brands demonstrated their expertise in stylish, wearable ethical designs on the runway.

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Rebecca Minkoff: Tech Can Reduce Fashion's Environmental Impact

by , 02/26/16   filed under: Quotes

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“I hope that with our new model #seebuywear, we will have less guesswork and waste going in to the process as we are making things that are actually sold and also by shortening time and supply chain, you will see more and more production going back to the U.S. and thus cutting down on our carbon footprint.

“I think the key here is that by cutting off ‘fast fashion’ at the knees with them not being able to see new collections ahead of time and knocking them off before my goods hit stores, my hope is that over time the consumer will buy the designers’ goods, and fast fashion becomes less relevant and less wasteful.”

—Designer Rebecca Minkoff, a pioneer of the “buy now, wear now” retail model, speaking in a Reddit AMA about how technology can reduce fashion’s ecological impact.

 

This is the World's Oldest-Known Garment Still in Existence

by , 02/25/16   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

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There’s vintage and then there’s vintage. The so-called “Tarkhan Dress,” a V-neck linen shirt currently on show at University College London’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, lies firmly in the latter category. Excavated in 1913 as part of a linen pile from a First Dynasty Egyptian tomb at Tarkhan, but discovered by textile conservators only in 1977, the dress was thought to be the world’s oldest surviving woven garment. For decades, its precise age remained uncertain because researchers feared that the sample previously needed for testing would have caused too much damage to the dress. Science has since improved, however, and recent radiocarbon testing by the University of Oxford can now confirm with 95 percent accuracy that the dress originated between 3482 and 3102 BC.

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Clothing Rental Could Become the Norm on British High Street, Says Report

by , 02/25/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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As clothing trends change as quickly as the seasons, British high street stores are considering going the way of Netflix- offering up high end clothing for rent to their fashionista customers. Like the American company Rent the Runway, retailers are hoping that rentals will be a sustainable answer to our increasing disposable fashion economy. Fashion analysts suggest that clothing subscriptions could keep the ever changing tastes of fashionable millennials, while cutting out the incredible waste that has come with fast fashion.

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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $72 Mil in Suit Claiming Baby Powder Caused Cancer

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $72 Mil in Suit Claiming Baby Powder Caused Cancer

Photo by Shutterstock A Missouri jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who claimed to have developed ovarian cancer after using…

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Bureo Debuts Sunglasses Made From 100 Percent Recycled Fishing Nets

Bureo Debuts Sunglasses Made From 100 Percent Recycled Fishing Nets

SEA CHANGE Designed in collaboration with Karun, an eyewear company based in Chile, all three styles in the “Ocean Collection” comprise 100 percent traceable and recycled…

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Oros Uses NASA Technology to Create Cruelty-Free Insulated Jackets

Oros Uses NASA Technology to Create Cruelty-Free Insulated Jackets

The team behind Oros will keep you warmer than ever this winter, using NASA-certified insulation! Aerogel, the same material used for NASA space suits and the Mars Rover is now being…

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Nike Celebrates Four Years of Flyknit, Now Uses Recycled Polyester

Nike Celebrates Four Years of Flyknit, Now Uses Recycled Polyester

Nike toasted the fourth anniversary of “Flyknit” with an infographic about its mold-breaking technology. What’s the big deal? Unlike conventional shoemaking…

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PETA Wants You to Trick Fur-Wearers on Pinterest

PETA Wants You to Trick Fur-Wearers on Pinterest

Photo by mrmohock/Shutterstock This London Fashion Week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Pinterest users to pull the wool over the eyes of fur- and leather-lovers—so…

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Naked & Famous Launches Vegan, Organic, Gluten-Free Selvedge Jeans

Naked & Famous Launches Vegan, Organic, Gluten-Free Selvedge Jeans

“Gluten-free denim?” we hear you scoff. “What a ridiculous notion!” Turns out, the label is a bit of a humbug—jeans aren’t made from wheat, after all.…

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The Body Shop Wants to be the World's Most Sustainable Business

The Body Shop Wants to be the World's Most Sustainable Business

To celebrate their 40th birthday, The Body Shop is launching a new commitment to become the world’s most ethical and sustainable business. The vigorous commitment will include…

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H&M, M&S Not Fulfilling "Living Wage" Promises, Says New Report

H&M, M&S Not Fulfilling "Living Wage" Promises, Says New Report

H&M and Marks & Spencer can ballyhoo their stances on ethical sourcing all they want, but not everyone is buying it. Among the skeptics? Labour Behind the Label, a…

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Supermodel Lily Cole's Three Rules for Shopping Ethically

Supermodel Lily Cole's Three Rules for Shopping Ethically

Photo by Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock “Livia Firth, a big cheerleader in the ethical fashion space, has challenged people to wear everything they own at least 30 times. So when…

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