We're Sending 26 Billion Pounds of Reusable Textiles to the Landfill Every Year

by , 09/01/16   filed under: The Big Idea

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“Fast fashion” is defined by three cardinal traits: it’s cheap, it’s trendy, and it’s expendable. It’s a tack that has served retailers well; disposability locks consumers, often unknowingly, in a pain spiral of buying, tossing, and buying again. Junk in, junk out. But where do polyester “crêpe de chine” peasant blouses go to die? If you live in the developed world, it might be the landfill. The average American tosses more than eight trash bags worth of clothing and accessories every year, according to Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles, an international trade association for companies that grade and sort post-consumer textiles for recycling. For the entire United States, that works out to 26 billion pounds of trashed textiles, or 310,000 truckloads’ worth. Considering that we can reuse or recycle about 90 percent of fabric products, that’s an unforgivable amount of wasted resources.

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Olek Covers the Facade of Houses in Sweden, Finland With Pink Crochet

by , 09/01/16   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Fashion News

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A house in Sweden and its counterpart in Finland, once disparate entities, are now inextricably linked, thanks to the creative machinations of a “yarn bomber” named Olek. With the help of a team of Syrian and Ukrainian women, most of them refugees, the Polish artist managed to dress the facades of both manses—from the tops of their chimneys to the bases of their foundations—in vibrant pink crochet. #OurPinkHouse, parts one and two, is a symbol of a “bright future filled with hope,” along with the belief that everyone should have a home, she wrote on her Facebook page in August. Olek, whose real name is Agata Oleksiak, didn’t set out to make a political statement, at least not at first. “When I first came to Avesta [in Sweden] to install a work of art at the Verket Museum, I had originally intended to recreate a traditional home. And I did,” she said, referring to an earlier tableau, also constructed in crochet.

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Here's Kendall Jenner's DIY Acne Spot Treatment

by , 08/31/16   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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How does a Vogue cover girl deal with unexpected breakouts? If you’re Kendall Jenner, you head for the pantry. The model/ reality-TV star/honorary Kardashian, who has admitted to struggling with acne in the past, recently revealed on her website a do-it-yourself spot remedy she swears will banish any blemish. Jenner mixes up half a teaspoon of baking soda, half a teaspoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of honey, then dabs the resulting concoction on any problem areas for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. The baking soda and lemon juice, she said, help “dry out” the zit, while the honey “soothe[s] irritation.”

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Americans Are Drowning in "Stuff" (And It's Stressing Us Out)

by , 08/30/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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Americans are drowning in more unnecessary “stuff” than ever before, and it’s literally making us sick. So concludes Buried: The State of Stress and Stuff, a new study published on Monday that casts a gimlet eye at a nation caught in a state of chronic clutter and the unnecessary anxiety it provokes. Nothing in the research is particularly surprising. Conducted by ClearVoice Research and commissioned by OfferUp, a mobile marketplace that traffics in used goods, the poll of more than 1,300 adults reveals that most Americans consider themselves burdened with material objects they no longer want nor need. In fact, more than half of respondents described their homes as cluttered. One in seven even confessed to having a room so teeming with junk that it’s essentially dead space.

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Vivienne Westwood is Now an Environmental Rapper

by , 08/30/16   filed under: Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne Westwood, OG punk provocateur, just released a rap song about the environment. Because, why the hell not? A “featured rapper” on “Be There x Intellectuals Unite,” a track from Mic Righteous’s upcoming album, Dreamland, the grande dame of British fashion recites a self-penned incantation about her pet topic: climate change. “Everybody’s talking but only our map gives the complete picture,” she intones as drums beat and ivories tinkle. A woman warbles plaintively in the background. “The ice is melting. Fracking releases tonnes of methane. Water is more precious than oil. Plastic kills the albatross.” It’s your classic diss track, one aimed not at a single individual but the world at large. “Intellectuals tell the truth,” Westwood continues. “You, give us the picture. You know the past, the present and the future. Speak with one voice. Culture not consumption.”

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It's Time to Update Our 80-Year-Old Cosmetics, Personal-Care Safety Laws

by , 08/29/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Years in the making, the battle for cosmetics reform legislation is slowly making headway to make cosmetics safer for American consumers. New bills have been recently introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Susan Collins (R., Maine) and another by Rep. Pete Sessions (R., Tex.) in support of ingredient transparency and banning of harmful ingredients like formaldehyde, showing that legislation is ready to challenge outdated cosmetics policies. With the support of industry professionals, government advocates, healthcare specialists and environmentalists, movements like The Personal Care Products Safety Act have a real chance to see the light of day, and require the FDA to crack down and regulate ingredients in health and beauty aids in America.

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Designer Turns Late Grandmother's Necklace Into Handcrafted Earrings

by , 08/26/16   filed under: Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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A lifelong legacy takes on a romantic turn in a new series of special earrings by Swedish jewelry line, All Blues. Founder Jacob Skragge created Project Marianne to pay homage to his beloved late grandmother, while also honoring her wish to be “spread with the wind” and not forgotten in a box. Using an amber necklace Skragge’s grandmother bought in Israel in 1961, the designer separated each bead to make 37 handcrafted earrings, with one going to his sister, one to him, and the rest spread to All Blues fans around the globe.

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Ahead of Ban on Used Clothing Imports, Tanzania Trains Youths to Sew

by , 08/25/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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As East Africa braces itself for a looming ban on imported secondhand clothes and shoes, Tanzania’s government is kick-starting an initiative to equip the country’s youth with garment-making skills. The announcement, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua, was made on Saturday by Jenista Mhagama, minister of state in the prime minister’s office in charge of policy, parliamentary affairs, labor, employment, youth and disabled affairs. “We’re determined to end the importation of used clothes and shoes by 2018,” Mhagama said. “We have organized series of training for young Tanzanians so that they are well-equipped with tailoring skills, who will be employed in the current clothes-making factories and those which are coming in.”

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Donald Trump's "American-Made" Suits May Not Actually be Made in the U.S.A.

by , 08/24/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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In a plot twist that will surprise absolutely no one, Donald Trump’s allegedly “American-made” suits may not actually be as homegrown as they claim to be. After noticing that the two-piece suits Trump sold through Amazon were listed as both “imported” and “made in the U.S.A.,” the eagle-eyed sleuths at Buzzfeed ordered a couple in the name of scientific inquiry. Why does this even matter? “Bringing overseas manufacturing jobs back to America is a cornerstone of Trump’s presidential campaign,” reporter Daniel Wagner explained. “He even swore off Oreos after Nabisco moved some jobs to Mexico.” The TL;DR version: The suits were manufactured in Indonesia.

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World's Oldest Needle is 50,000 Years Old, But It Wasn't Made by Homo Sapiens

World's Oldest Needle is 50,000 Years Old, But It Wasn't Made by Homo Sapiens

World's oldest needle found in Siberian cave that stitches together human history https://t.co/rCXw1vM8Dr pic.twitter.com/Iqwtumz0Gr— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times)…

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American Colors: Philly-Made Eco-Fashion That's Meant to be Lived In

American Colors: Philly-Made Eco-Fashion That's Meant to be Lived In

FAMILY TIES Alex learned early on the damaging effects of conventional cotton. “We thought there must be a better way which would be more sustainable and looked for other resources in…

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Those Pricey "Made in Italy" Shoes Could Have Come From a Sweatshop

Those Pricey "Made in Italy" Shoes Could Have Come From a Sweatshop

Think that “made in Europe” corresponds with fair labor? You couldn’t be more mistaken. Slapdash working conditions and poverty wages are as endemic to the continent…

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New Book Accuses Cambodian H&M Factory of Hiring 14-Year-Old Workers

New Book Accuses Cambodian H&M Factory of Hiring 14-Year-Old Workers

H&M worked with factories in Myanmar where children as young as 14 stitched clothes for more than 12 hours a day, claims an upcoming book about “fast fashion’s seedy…

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Philippe Starck Designs Recycled—And Recyclable—Flip-Flops for Ipanema

Philippe Starck Designs Recycled—And Recyclable—Flip-Flops for Ipanema

Philippe Starck’s line of flip-flops for Ipanema may not make you taller, tanner, younger, or lovelier, but they’re bound to leave an “ahh” or two in their wake.…

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Insecta Turns Vintage Clothes, Recycled Plastic Bottles Into Vegan Shoes

Insecta Turns Vintage Clothes, Recycled Plastic Bottles Into Vegan Shoes

KIND KICKS Despite Brazil’s worst recession in more than two decades, Insecta made its first million reais ($300,000) just this past year, according to BBC News. Owner and…

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Someone is Leaving Crocheted Pokémon Dolls at Various Pokéstops

Someone is Leaving Crocheted Pokémon Dolls at Various Pokéstops

Hunting for Pokémon? If you’re really lucky, a virtual Pidgey or Zubat isn’t all you’ll snag. Nichole Dunigan, an artist from Lewisville, Texas, has been depositing…

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What Daisy Did: Fashion Brand Pilots Program to Employ Homeless

What Daisy Did: Fashion Brand Pilots Program to Employ Homeless

BREAKING THE CYCLE Designed for extra-durability, all of the carryalls have a three-year repair-or-replace guarantee, What Daisy Did said. The company has also teamed up with the…

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Freitag is a Feat of Brotherly Love That Flaunts Its European Roots

Freitag is a Feat of Brotherly Love That Flaunts Its European Roots

F-abric was developed because you couldn’t find sustainable workwear for your employees that was also biodegradable. What came first, the designs or the material? It was…

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