Meet the Winners of the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award

by , 01/26/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Shows, Features

 

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Greenpeace Finds Toxic Chemicals in Products of Leading Outdoor Brands

by , 01/25/16   filed under: Toxic Pollution

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Greenpeace is calling into question the sustainability credentials of leading outdoor-apparel brands like The North Face, Patagonia, and Mammut after an investigation confirmed the continued and widespread use of hazardous per- and polyfluorinated chemicals in their products. In its latest report, released today at Europe’s biggest outdoor trade show, the environmental nonprofit affirmed the presence of PFCs not only in clothing and footwear but also camping and hiking equipment such as backpacks, sleeping bags, and tents. The study arrives in the wake of recent revelations that PFCs contaminate some of the world’s most far-flung regions, from Lago di Pilato in the Apennines of central Italy to the Haba Snow Mountains in China.

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7 Cruelty-Free Down Alternatives to Cocoon Yourself In This Winter

by , 01/22/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Men's Eco-Fashion, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Fashion Designers Transform Ford’s Recycled Upholstery Fabrics into Couture

by , 01/22/16   filed under: Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Delikate Rayne's Vegan Leather, Cruelty-Free Garments Are Made in L.A.

by , 01/21/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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A sister duo with East Indian roots is lighting up the ethical fashion scene with their collection that includes PETA-approved vegan leather shorts, and sustainably sourced satin racer backs. Meg and Komie Vora say that they started their brand Delikate Rayne because they, “wanted to fuse our love of animals and fashion into something more concrete and tangible.” Their animal love is shows through their use of high quality, PVC-free, and cruelty free leather alternatives use to produce their sleek separates in Los Angeles.

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Ethical Fashion Initiative to Train Asylum Seekers for Italy's Textile Trade

by , 01/21/16   filed under: Fall/Winter 2016, Fashion Philanthropy, Men's Eco-Fashion

 

Vaute's Recycled-Cotton Aran Sweaters Are an Animal Lover's Dream

by , 01/20/16   filed under: Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Can’t or won’t wear wool? Vaute’s vintage-inspired fisherman’s sweaters are the non-sheep treat you seek. Composed of 80 percent recycled cotton, derived from industrial waste, each Aran-style topper is completely animal-free. Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, the label’s founder and designer, was hard-pressed to find a vegan-friendly sweater she could live in. She wasn’t alone. “It’s just really hard to find big chunky vegan sweaters,” she told Ecouterre. “So after many requests I figured out how to make them both vegan, sustainable, chunky, made in NYC, and warm.”

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Lesbos Volunteers Turn Abandoned Life Vests Into Mattresses for Refugees

by , 01/19/16   filed under: Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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The beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos are littered with bright orange life jackets, left behind by the thousands of refugees who arrive daily in the hope of finding sanctuary from war, poverty, and oppression in the Middle East and North Africa. Greenpeace has already tried to make something of them, working with groups such as Sea-Watch and the Boat Refugee Foundation to turn about 3,000 of the discarded garments into a massive peace sign on New Year’s Day—a “message of hope,” the environmental nonprofit said. More practical, however, are the efforts of a group of United Nations volunteers, who are refashioning the jackets into insulated mattresses for migrants seeking some—any—form of shelter.

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Pollution-Fighting "Plant Backpack" Provides Instant Fresh Air

by , 01/19/16   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Fresh air on demand? That’s the idea behind the “plant backpack,” an out-of-the-box concept that could replace flimsy paper masks in the fight against air pollution. The brainchild of five Dutch students, the “Plant Bag” uses fan to draw in outside air through the roots of a shrub housed within. A HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter gives the sifted air a second pass before the wearer breathes it in though an attached collar. It’s early days yet, but the design has already won a “Battle of Concepts” challenge commissioned by Stichting Innovatie Glastuinbouw Nederland, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering socially valuable innovation in greenhouse horticulture. The next step, according to team leader Marnix de Kroon, is developing a working prototype.

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Save the Duck Wins PETA Award for Cruelty-Free Plumtech Insulation

Save the Duck Wins PETA Award for Cruelty-Free Plumtech Insulation

Save the Duck’s fantastic Plumtech synthetic insulating fiber has just nabbed the Innovator for Animals Award, presented by PETA. Made from recycled polyester, the sustainable,…

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H&M Debuts "Conscious Beauty" Line of Eco-Friendly Skincare

H&M Debuts "Conscious Beauty" Line of Eco-Friendly Skincare

CONSCIOUS BEAUTY All packaging is recyclable, according to H&M. In addition, the plastics in the primary containers are made of recycled material. Conscious Beauty is certified by…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: We Must Shift From a "Thing-Oriented" Society

Martin Luther King, Jr.: We Must Shift From a "Thing-Oriented" Society

Photo by BokehStock/Shutterstock “We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and…

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Why Rachelle Carson-Begley is Taking Part in the "Shop Drop Challenge"

Why Rachelle Carson-Begley is Taking Part in the "Shop Drop Challenge"

You know her as the skeptical wife of uber-environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. on Discovery’s Living with Ed and the BiteSizeTV web series Our Green House. But did you know that Rachelle…

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Coming Soon: Clothes That Convert Solar Energy Into Heat

Coming Soon: Clothes That Convert Solar Energy Into Heat

Photo by Shutterstock A new material developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be used for self-warming clothing that hones heat from the sun. Made…

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"Willfully Ignorant" Consumers See Ethical Shoppers as Boring, Unfashionable

"Willfully Ignorant" Consumers See Ethical Shoppers as Boring, Unfashionable

Photo by Tupungato/Shutterstock Those who can, do; those who can’t, mock? That’s the conclusion a team of Ohio State University researchers drew after questioning consumers…

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Selfridges Spotlights "Bright New Things" of Sustainable British Fashion

Selfridges Spotlights "Bright New Things" of Sustainable British Fashion

SHINY AND BRIGHT Besides receiving mentorship from both Selfridges and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, one Bright New Thing will receive a bursary to further develop its sustainable…

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Virginia Tech Student Creates Backpack From Recycled Plastic Bags

Virginia Tech Student Creates Backpack From Recycled Plastic Bags

If Gabriella Jacobsen’s design education is indeed, as she says, her “secret superpower,” then it’s a good thing for the rest of us that she’s harnessing…

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6 Eco-Friendly Exfoliants That Are More Effective Than Microbeads

6 Eco-Friendly Exfoliants That Are More Effective Than Microbeads

Photo by Shutterstock SUGAR Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home (2002, Henry Holt and Company) swears by a simple raw-sugar scrub that sloughs off dead surface cells while…

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