EcoChic Design Award Launches Alumni Network

by , 10/22/15   filed under: Featured

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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 increasingly working to cut waste out of fashion. And now, many of these designers’ efforts, which are creatively labored from studios dotted from the worlds’ cities to its countryside’s, are now consolidated in our new The EcoChic Design Award Alumni Network. Our alumni network counts over 100 emerging sustainable designers as members. These designers qualify for the network through becoming our alumni, a notable achievement that marks their previous participation in our sustainable design competition, the EcoChic Design Award.

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Bebe Bans Exotic-Animal Skins After Talks With PETA

by , 10/22/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Retail giant Bebe has vowed to permanently ban exotic-skin animals in all of their clothing collections. Influenced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ shocking investigation uncovering alligator and crocodile farms in the United States and Africa, the company has agreed to a ban on these materials. Bebe joins a roster of leading retailers in a step toward ethical and cruelty-free fashion.

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Fire Retardants Might Be Entering Your Body Through Your Nail Polish

by , 10/21/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, The Big Idea

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A new study from Duke University and the Environmental Working Group has revealed the presence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in popular nail polishes. Published in Environment International, the study looked regular brands like Sally Hansen, OPI, and Wet N Wild. What’s more, the chemicals were not only found in the nail polish, but in the bodies of the women who had painted their nails just 10 to 14 hours before being tested.

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Study 34: Ethical, Minimal-Waste Knitwear Made With Deadstock Yarns

by , 10/20/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Fighting “fast fashion” while making fashion-forward garments from recycled materials, England’s Study 34 is taking the fashion world by storm. Founded by Eleanor O’Neill, the tiny sustainable brand prides itself on creating original and ethically made knitwear. Made from a mix of recycled and leftover yarns, Study 34 has just celebrated the launch another line, just in time for Autumn/Winter.

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Chopard Debuts Diffusion Line of Jewelry Made With Fairly Mined Gold

by , 10/20/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Livia Firth

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Chopard held a mini-soiree at its Bond Street boutique in London Sunday night to toast the launch of its latest diffusion jewelry line—its first to incorporate fairly mined gold. Doubling as a 60th anniversary tribute to the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, the “Palme Verte” collection comprises a ring, earrings, a necklace and a bracelet, all made from 18-carat yellow gold extracted by artisanal and small-scale miners according to the Alliance for Responsible Mining’s Fairmined standard for social and environmental responsibility.

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Help Fund Sequel to Norwegian "Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion" Reality Show

by , 10/19/15   filed under: Worker Rights

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More than a year after their online reality series became a viral phenomenon, Norwegian fashionistas Frida Ottesen and Anniken Jørgensen are ready to head back to Cambodia—this time, not as wide-eyed naifs but as advocates of the garment workers they labored alongside in April 2014. Underwritten by Aftenposten,Norway’s largest newspaper, Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion, has racked up over 7.5 million views worldwide, attention from international media (plus one Ashton Kutcher), along with the Norwegian equivalent of an Emmy. Not bad for a show that featured only subtitles in English.

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"Worldbeing" is a Wearable That Helps You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

by , 10/19/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Wearable Technology

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Most of us breeze through our chaotic lives without complete awareness of just what affect we each have on the earth. Britain’s Layer Design Studio has created a wearable device that logs and explains each out of personal carbon footprints. The bracelet device brings the Worldbeing app to life, a system co-created by Carbon Trust that not only explains our wear and tear on the earth, but also offers suggestions for a more eco-sensitive behavior.

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Fashion Revolution's Carry Somers: Stop Treating Clothes Like They're Something to Get Rid Of

by , 10/19/15   filed under: Quotes

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“Clothing is so cheap now—so much cheaper than it was 20 years ago. People do just go out, buy a new outfit, and then dispose of it.

“We’ve lost touch with the people who make our clothes. When I was at school my mother would make my uniform, I had a gran who knitted my jumper. Even now I get clothes made to measure. It might be £250 but there’s all the pleasure of going and having a fitting and waiting to receive something really special that nobody else has.

“I also buy as an investment, something I know I’m going to keep in my wardrobe for years, then it’s not fast fashion. However much you pay for it, if you know you’re going to keep it, cherish it, and mend it, that stops that ‘fast fashion’ cycle.

“Then there’s buying vintage where you might know a garment’s story. … You get a richer story if you buy vintage. You can appreciate your clothes more if you don’t look at them like something disposable you’re going to get rid of.”

—Carry Somers, designer of Pachacuti and co-founder of Fashion Revolution, speaking to the Sentinel about countering today’s disposable-clothing trend.

 

American Eagle Infuses "Café" Line of Jeans With Coffee Grounds

by , 10/16/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Men's Eco-Fashion, Organic Denim, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Coffee addicts, get pumped: American Eagle’s latest line of jeans comes with a side of java—recycled java, that is. The retailer’s “Denim x Café” and “Flex/Café” collections, which debuted Thursday, feature 2.25 grams of spent coffee grounds per pant. Stripped of fragrant compounds, such as phenols, oils, and esters—so you don’t smell like a fresh pot—the fabric is said to wick away moisture while protecting against ultraviolet rays. Another plus: Because coffee grounds are naturally deodorizing, American Eagle claims you can squeeze a few extra wears between washes.

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India's Doodlage Upcycles Textile Waste Into Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Garments

India's Doodlage Upcycles Textile Waste Into Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Garments

The concept of upcycling has only just begun to gain traction in the couture fashion industry in India, and Kriti Tula is leading the way. Every piece from her label ‘Doodlage’ is…

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Your Favorite Wrinkle Cream Might be Raising Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Your Favorite Wrinkle Cream Might be Raising Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Photo by Shutterstock America’s obsession with youth has consumers crazed for anti-aging products, but new studies reveal what could be slowing down your wrinkles, could be linked to…

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Ethical Fashion Forum Launches "Match.com" for Sustainable Fashion Businesses

Ethical Fashion Forum Launches "Match.com" for Sustainable Fashion Businesses

The Ethical Fashion Forum wants to “do fashion better.” To achieve that, the London-based industry body is shoring up its arsenal of tools and services to help fashion…

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Knit Aid: An Initiative to Help Knitters Help People in Need

Knit Aid: An Initiative to Help Knitters Help People in Need

Knitters are making a difference in the lives of refugees in Europe, thanks to London’s Knit Aid. Headed by pro-knitter Shahnaz Ahmed, Knit Aid utilizes the talent of fingers and…

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10 Ways H&M Is Spinning the Facts on Worker Safety in Bangladesh

10 Ways H&M Is Spinning the Facts on Worker Safety in Bangladesh

Photo by pio3/Shutterstock 1. “[W]e are only producing in factories that meet the accord requirements for operation and we have taken the required measurements.” Meeting the accord…

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LAST CHANCE: Win a Pair of 3-in-1 Vegan Boots by Bhava (Worth $299!)

LAST CHANCE: Win a Pair of 3-in-1 Vegan Boots by Bhava (Worth $299!)

If you’ve just spent hours oohing and ahhing over Bhava’s 3-in-1 “Editor” boot but don’t have two dimes to rub together, you’re in luck. We’re…

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Angela Mathis Turns Shredded Banknotes Into Textiles, Upholstery

Angela Mathis Turns Shredded Banknotes Into Textiles, Upholstery

BIG SPENDER As if in anticipation of pearl-clutchers who may regard her choice of medium a tad sacrilegious, Mathis points out that banknotes generally circulate for a period of 18…

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Actress Nikki Reed, Freedom of Animals Collaborate on Vegan Bag Line

Actress Nikki Reed, Freedom of Animals Collaborate on Vegan Bag Line

STAR POWER Each bag is made in the United States from vegetable-dyed post-consumer recycled faux leather or suede, plus organic cotton for the lining. All zippers comprise recycled…

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Adidas Introduces Running Shoe With 3D-Printed Materials

Adidas Introduces Running Shoe With 3D-Printed Materials

Unlike collaborator Kanye West, who voiced his concern in September about three-dimensional printing “destroying” the fashion industry, Adidas isn’t threatened by the…

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