"Morpher" Bicycle Helmet Folds Flat to Fit in Your Backpack

by , 05/08/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Wearable Technology

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A new folding helmet called the “Morpher” makes it safer and easier to ride your bike by letting you stow it in your bag while not using it. We all know that riding bikes is awesome and wearing a helmet is even better, but carrying your helmet around with you all day – well, that’s a pain in the but. Developed by an inventor in London, the Morpher is made from the same materials as your dome-shaped helmet and designed to be just as safe, but folds up to a thickness 1.4 inches. With a slim design that lets you slip it alongside your laptop, now there’s no excuse to not wear a helmet.

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Narciso Rodriguez's Bottletop Collab is Green Carpet Challenge–Approved

by , 05/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Bags, Livia Firth, Retrend Alert

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Looks like Livia FirthNarciso Rodriguez as much as he ♥ social enterprise. Firth awarded the New York City designer with the “Green Carpet Challenge” brand mark on Thursday for his work with Bottletop, a fair-trade label that employs artisans to create accessories using upcycled materials. The Eco-Age creative director praised the Narciso Rodriguez ♥ Bottletop collection, which comprises a day bag (the “Candice,” named for model Candice Swanepoel) and a clutch (the “Jessica,” after actress Jessica Alba) made from deforestation-free Amazonian leather and recycled soda-can ring pulls, for its “marriage of ethics and aesthetics … connecting sustainable materials and design with real people in the supply chain.”

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Need to Focus? Trident's New Clothing Line "Disables" Your Technology

by , 05/08/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Trident Gum thinks distraction from our smartphones is a major problem, so they commissioned Kunihiko Morinaga of Anrealage to create a line of clothes that would block all incoming signals to your phone. Focus: Life Gear is made from a fabric that shields from all electromagnetic waves. Without any phone calls, notifications, or text messages coming in, you’ll be able to focus on the task at hand, your company, or your surroundings and not what’s going on in social media or the news.

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6 Up-And-Coming Eco-Fashion Designers to Watch

by , 05/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

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If the term “eco-fashion” makes you think “bland” or “boring,” just give us 36 seconds to change your mind. Here are six of the hottest up-and-coming green designers you’ve never heard of, curated and condensed into six mini-videos by Ecouterre editors Jill Fehrenbacher and Yuka Yoneda.

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Find Out How Your Favorite Brands "MeasureUp" With This Online Tool

by , 05/07/14   filed under: Online Tools, Site Seeing

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Does Topshop pay its workers enough to live on? Which is more ethical: Adidas or Nike? How often does Patagonia audit its factories? For answers, head to MeasureUp, a not-for-profit website that serves as a benchmarking tool to help consumers make informed decisions about where to buy their clothes. With a growing database of more than 60 high-street and luxury brands—mall faves such as Gap and Zara stand shoulder to shoulder with the rarified likes of Louis Vuitton and Givenchy—MeasureUp offers an at-a-glance look at how different fashion firms treat their workers based on 10 simple indicators, including living wages, factory audits, and transparency of information.

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Grandt Mason: Upcycled Vegan Shoes, Ethically Made in South Africa

by , 05/07/14   filed under: Fair Trade, Men's Eco-Fashion, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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On the cutting edge of vegan footwear, South African atelier, Grandt Mason Originals produces sustainable, unique, handmade designs that promote locally sourced and recycled materials. Each shoe is designed on-site at the Cape Town factory with simple, leftover materials recycled from South Africa’s leading upholstery distributors. Grandt Mason Originals strives to produce one-of-a-kind vegan shoes focusing on quality, comfort and durability while promoting sustainability and reestablishing the role of true, quality craftsmanship. Simple, durable, and colorful, Grandt Mason Originals plays along the lines of traditional shoe patterns mixed with local South African flare. Not only are these designs sustainable, they also serve to highlight the skills and craftsmen specialized in producing these shoes.

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Myrrhia Fine Knitwear, Sally Fox Collaborate on Locavore Organic Knits

by , 05/06/14   filed under: Spring/Summer 2014, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Each piece created for Myrrhia Resneck’s Spring and Summer 2014 line has a story woven into the fabric. Coming from a family dedicated to the fashion industry and having been raised in the eco-conscious town of Santa Cruz, Resneck imbues her collections with a sense of tradition and responsibility. This season’s collection features Lenzing Tencel as well as un-dyed, organic California cotton grown only 90 miles from the company’s base in Oakland. Supplied by Vreseis Limited’s Sally Fox, the entomologist-turned-farmer has been raising sustainable threads for decades.

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Livia Firth Challenges H&M's Claims of "Sustainability"

by , 05/05/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Livia Firth

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Livia Firth doesn’t call herself a “professional agitator” on Twitter for nothing. Faced with H&M’s Helena Helmmersson at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit on April 24, the Green Carpet Challenge founder was quick to take on not only “fast fashion” as a concept but also Helmersson’s positioning of H&M as a sustainable, ethical brand. “Why does H&M produce so many collections?” Firth grilled Helmersson. “You make them so cheap so that people feel rich because they can buy so much, you’re giving the consumer what they want. Well, my children want sugar every single day, but I don’t give it to them!”

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11 Eco-Fashion Designers to Watch For at Designers & Agents' Green Room

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Woman Finds Plea for Help From "Chinese Prison Slave" in Saks Bag

Woman Finds Plea for Help From "Chinese Prison Slave" in Saks Bag

One Saks Fifth Avenue shopper got more than she bargained for, when a hand written note fell out of her shopping bag. The note was written in 2012 by Tohnain Emmanuel Njong, a prisoner…

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Vanessa Friedman: "Driving Force of Fashion is Planned Obsolescence"

Vanessa Friedman: "Driving Force of Fashion is Planned Obsolescence"

The phrase “sustainable fashion” isn’t just a contradiction in terms, declared New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman last Thursday, it also doesn’t make…

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Celebrity Friends Hold "Super-Classy Yard Sale"

Gwyneth Paltrow, Celebrity Friends Hold "Super-Classy Yard Sale"

Gwyneth Paltrow is “consciously uncoupling” with some things in her closet, and she’s encouraged some of her famous friends to do the same. In a repeat of last…

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Christy Turlington: Sacrificing Humans for Profit "Completely Unethical"

Christy Turlington: Sacrificing Humans for Profit "Completely Unethical"

For Christy Turlington Burns, one preventable death is a death too many. The supermodel-philanthropist, whose nonprofit organization, Every Mother Counts, works to improve the safety of…

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Eileen Fisher Unveils Largest Eco-Fashion Collection Yet

Eileen Fisher Unveils Largest Eco-Fashion Collection Yet

C’MON EILEEN The new season represents a “huge, meaningful step” toward Eileen Fisher’s long-term goal of becoming a 70 percent sustainable company by 2020, says…

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Imogen Heap's Open-Source "Mi.Mu" Glove Turns Gestures Into Music

Imogen Heap's Open-Source "Mi.Mu" Glove Turns Gestures Into Music

Innovative musician, Imogen Heap has been working on a way to change the way music is created and now is sharing her tool with the world – an interactive glove that controls sound…

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Did Climate Change Play a Role in the Rana Plaza Building Disaster?

Did Climate Change Play a Role in the Rana Plaza Building Disaster?

Photos by Andrew Biraj for Reuters Could climate change have contributed to the Rana Plaza garment-factory disaster in Bangladesh last April? The concept may not be as outlandish as you…

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Cellphones Could Soon be Tiny Enough to be Printed on Clothing

Cellphones Could Soon be Tiny Enough to be Printed on Clothing

Photo by Shutterstock Rather than carry around your phone, you may soon wear it on your sleeve with nanolasers that are currently under development. A spaser, which is basically a laser…

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Sloggi Launches Eco-Friendly Lingerie Made From Recycled Coffee

Sloggi Launches Eco-Friendly Lingerie Made From Recycled Coffee

HOT STUFF Sloggi claims that the chemical-free fabric, which it developed in partnership with Taiwanese firm Singtex Industries, not only wicks away moisture and absorbs odors, but it…

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