Greenpeace "Red Cards" Adidas, Nike for Toxic World Cup Merchandise

by , 05/27/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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Greenpeace is calling foul on Adidas, Nike, and Puma ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the first study to hone in on football kits, the environmental nonprofit uncovered high levels of hazardous substances in 33 brand-produced items for the Brazil-hosted tournament, including football jerseys, goalkeeper gloves, and the official “Brazuca” ball. The results are just cause for a time-out. Tests by independent laboratories uncovered toxic, potentially cancer-causing chemicals like perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), nonylphenolethoxylates (NPEs), phthalates, and dimethylformamide (DMF) in products from all three sportswear firms.

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Nail Salons of the Future Will Offer Wearable-Tech Manicures

by , 05/23/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, Wearable Technology

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No need to strap a smart watch on your wrist to track activity when you can embed all the necessary sensors on your nails. Integrated into you body, wearable tech nail devices could easily be the future of wearable technology. Kristina Ortega and Jenny Rodenhouse, two MFA student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California came up with the concept of attaching sensors and devices to their nails as a way to explore new options in wearable technology. As they see it, nail salons of the future will be capable of outfitting you with customized devices on your nails whether you want to track your activity or health, modify behavior or just trip out dancing with LEDs on your fingers.

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Kahoko Brings Fair-Trade, Handmade Kenyan Textiles Into the Home

by , 05/23/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fair Trade

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Eco-textile brand Kahoko offers beautiful woven textiles with a conscience, all of which use renewable natural fibers. The team brings sustainable knitted fabrics from Kenya into the home, designing simple yet decorative interior products from hangings to cushions. Every piece of their items are handmade by some 250 knitters located in the country’s Rift Valley, whose slow craft is an essential part of Kahoko’s ethos of fair trade work and timeless design. Their collection is a seasonless yet constantly evolving range, every element of which is created meticulously by hand. Even the name Kahoko symbolizes sustainability, inspired by the name of a weed indigenous to the region and suggesting that even a weed can have a function.

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Plastic "Microbeads" From Beauty Products Are Polluting Waterways

by , 05/23/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty, Toxic Pollution

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Your face scrub may be great for your skin, but the plastic beads found in many products are causing serious damage in our nation’s waterways. The tiny plastic pieces are small enough to slip through water treatment plants, and get directly deposited into rivers and lakes. Earlier this month, New York went as far as to begin the process to ban products containing the beads from consumer shelves.

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Watch "The Next Black," A Documentary About the Future of Fashion

by , 05/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Video

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Fire up your monitors for The New Black, a 45-minute documentary about the future of the clothing we wear. Produced by home-appliance manufacturer AEG, the film introduces the viewer to some of the world’s leading fashion innovators, including Rick Ridgeway, vice president of sustainable manufacturing at Patagonia; Nancy Tilbury from wearable-tech firm Studio XO; Suzanne Lee of BioCouture, a line of garments grown using cellulose-producing bacteria; Sophie Mather from Yeh Group, a company that pioneered a way to dye clothes using zero water; and Matt Hymers and Klaus Rolshoven, who head up smart clothing at Adidas.

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DIY Expandable Dress Protects Your Personal Space in Close Quarters

by , 05/22/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Dresses, Wearable Technology

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Some people have zero concept of personal space and get far too close for comfort. Which is why Kathleen McDermott crafted the Personal Space Dress that inflates when it detects a person standing in your zone. The dress features proximity sensors, an old umbrella, and an Arduino controller to sense when a person is near and then actuate the umbrella parts to expand. McDermott’s dress won’t be available for purchase any time soon – the dress is part of her work in the Urban Armor series that explores wearable technology and how women experience public space. But if you’re desperate to get your own, there’s a DIY tutorial so you can build one for yourself.

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JUST: An Online Platform That Traces Your Clothing's Journey

by , 05/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Site Seeing

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Ethical production in the fashion industry may be more common than ever before, but for a long time there has been a missing link in the supply chain. New start up JUST, co-founded by Shahd Al-Shehail and Natalie Grillon, is hoping to fill that link by connecting suppliers with designers and consumers, trying to make the supply chain more transparent. It finds, vets and partners with fashion suppliers that have positive social missions. Next it brings these suppliers together with designers and consumers through an online database and consumer platform, so that the journey of JUST garments is traceable to all involved. While there are a growing number of fashion startups finding innovative ways to develop and promote ethical products, JUST is taking a unique approach as the first concept of its kind to offer a fashion supply chain that any clothing brand can source from. Ecouterre were lucky enough to talk with Al-Shehail and wanted to share her enlightening hopes and aims with our readers.

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Analog Watch Co.'s Wooden Watches Are Perfectly In Sync With Nature

by , 05/21/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Show your love of nature on by wearing it on your sleeve, or in this case since it’s an all-wood watch, on your wrist. Philly-based Analog Watch Co.’s line of mostly biodegradable wooden watches is a perfect compliment to your au natural side and will keep you in sync with nature. Both the watch face and even the strap are made from wood and for every watch bought, the company will in turn plant a new tree.

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Student Self-Administers Temporary Tattoo...Using 1,000 Bed Bugs

by , 05/21/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Colorado State University Student Matt Camper has a new temporary tattoo- made entirely from bed bug bites! The creepy tat was made with a homemade jar contraption that gave the bugs access to Camper’s arm in a specific pattern. The adventurous student first chose a rabbit shape, then a stylized fish, letting the bugs chomp onto his skin for a few hours before the bunny emerged from his flesh.

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Levi's CEO: Save the Planet, Stop Washing Your Jeans

Levi's CEO: Save the Planet, Stop Washing Your Jeans

Photo by Stuart Isett for Fortune Brainstorm Green Chip Bergh wants you to stop washing your jeans. Speaking at Fortune Brainstorm Green conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif., on Tuesday,…

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Hoax Email Claims That Gap Signed Bangladesh Safety Accord

Hoax Email Claims That Gap Signed Bangladesh Safety Accord

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"Precious Skin" Turns Cow Ears, Snouts Into Zero-Waste Accessories

"Precious Skin" Turns Cow Ears, Snouts Into Zero-Waste Accessories

Precious Skin by Victoria Ledig is a unique collection of handbags made from unusual cow body parts that not only shows how much of each animal is wasted, but also how well-disguised…

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Livia Firth Says Eco-Fashion is "Just Common Sense"

Livia Firth Says Eco-Fashion is "Just Common Sense"

Photo by Featureflash/Shutterstock “Carlo Petrini [founder of the… …

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Naja: Sexy, Affordable Lingerie That Empowers Disadvantaged Women

Naja: Sexy, Affordable Lingerie That Empowers Disadvantaged Women

Social enterprise meets delicate lingerie with Naja, an underwear brand who train and employ Colombian women to sew under their non-profit Underwear for Hope. These women then receive a…

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Solar-Powered Sunglasses Alert You When You've Left Them Behind

Solar-Powered Sunglasses Alert You When You've Left Them Behind

Australian company Tzukuri understands that it sucks to loose an expensive pair of sunglasses. That’s why they’ve embedded a chip and a solar cell in every pair that…

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EcoChic Design Award Wants China to Change How It Dresses the World

EcoChic Design Award Wants China to Change How It Dresses the World

Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of the 2014 EcoChic Design Award. It’s not everyday that the world’s biggest clothing factory, China, steps into the sustainable fashion…

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Actor Ashton Kutcher Shutters U.S.-Made Pickwick & Weller Label

Actor Ashton Kutcher Shutters U.S.-Made Pickwick & Weller Label

Photo by Jaguar PS/Shutterstock R.I.P., Pickwick and Weller; we hardly knew ye. PandoDaily reports that the Los Angeles–based luxury T-shirt label, which featured actor Ashton Kutcher…

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Win Your Choice of Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Talisman Necklaces!

Win Your Choice of Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Talisman Necklaces!

Brace yourselves, Game of Thrones fans: A winner is coming. We’ve forged an alliance with Pyrrha to give away one of its officially licensed necklaces based on the hit HBO TV…

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