Neanderthals Turned Eagle Claws Into Jewelry 130,000 Years Ago

by , 03/20/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Fashion Artifacts

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Neanderthals are stereotypically portrayed as thick-browed, imbecilic “cavemen,” but our distant relations may have been more intelligent than we give them credit for. A team of American and Croatian scientists have uncovered evidence that European Neanderthals were manipulating raptor talons to make jewelry at least 130,000 years ago, or about 80,000 years before the first Homo sapiens even stepped foot on the continent. In fact, a set of eight white-tailed eagle claws, all deriving from the same time period in present-day Krapina in Croatia, feature notches, markings, and polishing facets that suggest they were used as adornment, according to David Frayer, emeritus professor anthropology at the University of Kansas and one of the study’s lead authors.

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President Obama Launches $150 Million Textiles-Innovation Competition

by , 03/19/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Swimsuits

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President Barack Obama announced Wednesday a $500 million plan to strengthen American textile manufacturing and innovation. The U.S. Department of Defense is spearheading a competition for manufacturers, universities, and nonprofits to establish a new manufacturing hub for revolutionary fibers and textile technologies. Private-sector resources are expected to match the $75 million federal investment dollar for dollar. The proposed Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute, part of a planned National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, aims to “ensure that America remains at the leading edge of fiber science,” the White House says in a statement.

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TOMS's New Bag Collection Supports Safer Birth Experiences

by , 03/19/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags, Fashion Philanthropy

 

Levi's "Comes Clean" About the Environmental Impact of Its Jeans

by , 03/18/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Levi Strauss holds one truth to be self-evident: jeans are one heckuva thirsty animal. In a new report on Tuesday, the denim giant unveiled the results of its latest product life-cycle assessment, an update to its original, first-of-its-kind 2007 study. Despite expanding its scope to include other cotton-producing countries, including China, Brazil, Pakistan, and Australia, Levi’s found that cotton cultivation and consumer use have a near-universal claim on denim’s water footprint. The numbers speak for themselves. Even accounting for regional differences in washing habits, a single pair of jeans uses nearly 3,800 liters of water throughout its lifetime. Roughly 68 percent of that agua stems from fiber production, with consumer care accounting for an additional 23 percent.

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Pauline van Dongen's "Solar Shirt" is a Chic Phone Charger You Wear

by , 03/17/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Solar Fashion, Wearable Technology

 

H&M Unveils New "Conscious Exclusive" Line, Starring Olivia Wilde

by , 03/17/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Target Launches "Target Collective" Line of U.S.-Made Products for Men

by , 03/16/15   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion

 

Cambodia Fails to Protect Garment Workers, Says Human Rights Watch

by , 03/13/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Cambodia’s garment industry is under renewed scrutiny after Human Rights Watch accused the local government of failing to protect its workers from myriad labor-rights abuses. In a report released Wednesday, the international watchdog says it found evidence of forced overtime, inadequate rest breaks, use of child labor below the legally permissible age of 15, and anti-union practices at factories that produce clothing for brands such as Adidas, Gap, Marks & Spencer, and H&M. In addition, women workers faced pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and denial of maternity benefits.

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Ditto's "Endless Eyewear" Plan Lets You Rent, Swap Unlimited Frames

by , 03/13/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Eyewear

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Buying a new pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses is a big commitment that often involves the input of friends and family to make the right choice, plus it can get pricey. Enter “Endless Eyewear” by Ditto, a subscription eyewear service that lets you rent eyewear to your heart’s content. You tried out the hipster look for a month, now you’re ready for something a bit more classic and can swap them out for a wire frame. For people who love new glasses like they love accessories, this will be a great way to reduce costs and wear glasses you love.

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Glass House's American-Crafted Dress Shirts Are Stylish, Sustainable

Glass House's American-Crafted Dress Shirts Are Stylish, Sustainable

Photos by Quinn Wharton The name Glass House begins to make more sense when you delve further into the key values of this team of shirt makers: transparency and sustainability. Their…

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Prophetik's Jeff Garner Launches New Collection of Eco-Intimates

Prophetik's Jeff Garner Launches New Collection of Eco-Intimates

GREEN UNDIES Fairly made in Los Angeles, Prophetik Intimates regards itself as a healthier alternative to conventional drawers. All bras, for instance, are free from artificial dyes and…

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EDUN, J.Crew Crewcuts Collaborate on African-Made Childrenswear

EDUN, J.Crew Crewcuts Collaborate on African-Made Childrenswear

EDUN JR. Sherman credits St. Ann’s, which she describes as a “very special place,” for motivating the partnership in the first place. The orphanage abuts one of the…

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Tahaanga's Sustainable Dress Shirts Claim to be World's Fastest Drying

Tahaanga's Sustainable Dress Shirts Claim to be World's Fastest Drying

New apparel brand Tahaanga is dedicated to producing cool and functional garments for men with a commitment to sustainability. While the collection is designed in New York, all the…

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Quell is the World's First Wearable to Offer Drug-Free Pain Relief

Quell is the World's First Wearable to Offer Drug-Free Pain Relief

For the hundreds of millions of people who suffer from chronic pain, a new wearable device may provide relief. Quell is a new device that stimulates your nervous system to create a…

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Rebecca Minkoff, Nanette Lepore Turn Crayons Into Couture

Rebecca Minkoff, Nanette Lepore Turn Crayons Into Couture

OUTSIDE THE LINES The crayon creations are currently on display at Bloomingdale’s Manhattan locations, where shoppers will soon be able to buy ready-to-wear fabric versions.…

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This Biodegradable Wedding Gown Was Grown From Fungus, Compost

This Biodegradable Wedding Gown Was Grown From Fungus, Compost

“Grow your own” takes on a new meaning with scientific artist Erin Smith’s home-grown wedding gown. Made from tree mulch and white fungus mycelium, Smith decided to make a…

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U.K. Textile Workers Earning £3 Per Hour, Says New Study

U.K. Textile Workers Earning £3 Per Hour, Says New Study

Photo by Shutterstuck That “made in Britain” clothing tag may not be all that cracked up to be, according to new revelations about alleged human-rights abuses in…

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American Apparel's Workers Want It to Strip "Sweatshop-Free" From Advertising

American Apparel's Workers Want It to Strip "Sweatshop-Free" From Advertising

Photo by Tupungato/Shutterstock American Apparel needs to stop promoting itself as “sweatshop-free,” according to a coalition of workers who make clothes for Los…

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