Small Jewelers Now Able to Use "Fairtrade"-Certified Gold, Silver

by , 04/29/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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Small jewelers, goldsmiths, silversmiths and artists in the UK can now rest easy about their materials, thanks to the Fairtrade Foundation. Newly launched, The Goldsmiths Registration Scheme gives smaller artisans easy access to ethically sourced gold and silver for their wares. This accessibility is a huge step to ensure the transparency of ethically sourced jewelry in the United Kingdom.

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Knit Wool and the Gang's "Sansa" Choker, "Khaleesi" Bracelet

by , 04/28/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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You know what they say about playing the game of thrones: you knit or you die. Okay, probably not quite what G.R.R. Martin had in mind, but you can pay homage to two of the HBO’s hit drama’s heroines with Wool and the Gang’s “Sansa + Khaleesi” jewelry knit kit. Each do-it-yourself bundle includes enough cotton-jersey yarn—derived from fabric roll offcuts from clothing factories in Turkey—to create a choker (a nod to a certain necklace-facilitated assassination, perhaps?) and a bracelet. “We like the idea of powerful and delicate at the same time,” Anna Martinou, PR manager at Wool and the Gang, tells Ecouterre. “Sansa [Stark] and [Daenerys Targaryen], the Khaleesi, are both strong but look quite fragile.” Now how do you say “all men must knit” in High Valerian?

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This Interview Will Change the Way You Think of "Fast Fashion"

by , 04/28/14   filed under: Interviews, Worker Rights

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Khanam (left), protesting outside The Children’s Place in April.

Aklima Khanam may have survived the deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013, but you’d hardly call her one of the lucky ones. Once the breadwinner of her family, the 20-year-old sewed loops onto pants seven days a week, 120 hours a week, for $125 a month, until that fateful day left her with multiple head, chest, and leg injuries—not to mention untreated post-traumatic anxiety—that prevent her from finding work. Liana Foxvog of the International Labor Rights Forum spoke to Khanam on April 6, while she was on a speaking tour of the United States organized by United Students Against Sweatshops. This is her story.

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IDEO's "Pill Necklace" Makes It Easier to Keep Track of Meds

by , 04/28/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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For those who have a pile of pills to take every day, it can get overwhelming to remember it all. The Pill Necklace, designed by Stina Jonsson and Ross Lockwood at IDEO for their annual Designs On review, aims to help those with manage their daily medication regime. Dividers separate out morning, lunch and dinner pills, and the easy visibility of the necklace allows friends and family to keep track of the meds too.

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H&M Launches "Clevercare" Label at Copenhagen Fashion Summit

by , 04/25/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Stella McCartney wants you to back away from the washing machine. The British designer made a video cameo at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit on Thursday to introduce “Clevercare,” a new garment-labeling system created by Ginetex—the Swiss company behind those ubiquitous clothing-care symbols—and previous McCartney collaborator H&M. “The less you wash your clothes, the better,” McCartney said. “I was told that by the tailors on Savile Row when I worked there and it’s true, clothes last longer if you wash them less and care for them more. And less washing saves water and energy.”

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Kering Aims to be the "World's Most Sustainable" Luxury-Goods Conglomerate

by , 04/25/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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The name change was only the beginning. Kering—formerly known as the PPR Group—plans to become the world’s most sustainable luxury-goods conglomerate, Marie-Claire Daveu, the company’s chief sustainability officer, announced at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in Denmark on Thursday. Daveu said that the firm, which operates high-end labels like Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, and Puma, aims to achieve 100 percent sustainable sourcing of its gold, diamonds, leather, skins and furs, as well as paper and packaging across all its brands by 2016. “Staying silent and doing nothing is no longer acceptable,” Daveu said.

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Win One of Two Sets of Ethically Crafted Punjammies (Worth Up to $65!)

by , 04/25/14   filed under: Contests, Eco-Fashion Brands

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The International Princess Project doesn’t just make great loungewear. The California-based nonprofit also helps rebuild lives torn apart by sexual slavery. Handmade in an after-care facility in India, its “Punjammies” offer formerly trafficked women and girls a fresh start, a place to heal, and a new trade. Each woman receives a higher-than-fair wage, housing options, medical care, and where applicable, education for her children. Even better: 100 percent of the company’s proceeds are reinvested in the program, allowing more women and girls a chance at a new life. Want to be part of this narrative of hope? We’ve partnered with the International Princess Project to give away a full set of Punjammies—that is, a top and bottom of your choosing—to not one, but two lucky readers. Enter now to win!

TO ENTER THIS FABULOUS GIVEAWAY

1. SIGN UP FOR THE ECOUTERRE NEWSLETTER. (This is important because we’ll be announcing our winners there.)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BY APRIL 28 and tell us how you’re ringing in spring. Although it doesn’t hurt to get fancy, we’ll be picking two winners at random.

Note: This contest is only open only to residents of the United States and Canada.

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12 Ways to Stand Up for Workers' Rights on Fashion Revolution Day

by , 04/24/14   filed under: Features

 

Flexible "Glass Fabric" Arm Band Converts Body Heat Into Electricity

by , 04/23/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Your body is full of an underutilized energy potential that can be harnessed to power wearable technology and smart watches. A flexible arm band, developed by Korean researchers at KAIST, soaks up wasted heat from your body and transforms it into electricity. While still in the works, the lightweight and flexible glass fabric-based thermoelectric (TE) generator could eventually be used to create self-powered mobile devices.

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Levi's Debuts Trucker Jacket Made in the U.S.A. From Recycled Parachutes

Levi's Debuts Trucker Jacket Made in the U.S.A. From Recycled Parachutes

Levi Strauss is moving its “Waste&ltLess” line of apparel beyond recycled plastic bottles. The jean juggernaut unveiled Wednesday a version of its classic trucker…

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Patagonia Invests in Waterless Textile-Processing Firm CO2Nexus

Patagonia Invests in Waterless Textile-Processing Firm CO2Nexus

Patagonia has thrown in its lot with CO2Nexus, a Colorado-based startup that specializes in cleaning, disinfecting, and coating textiles and garments using liquid carbon dioxide in…

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Find a Fashion Revolution Day Event Near You on April 24

Find a Fashion Revolution Day Event Near You on April 24

Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of Fashion Revolution Day. Ready to make a stand against poverty pay and deathtrap-like work conditions? Join your fellow revolutionaries in…

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Stella McCartney Pledges to Use Only Forest-Friendly Cellulose Fibers

Stella McCartney Pledges to Use Only Forest-Friendly Cellulose Fibers

Stella McCartney is looking out for the Lorax. Shortly after declaring its intention seek “Wildlife Friendly” certification, the British firm announced Tuesday its…

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Timbuk2 Launches "Life Cycle" Program to Reduce, Repair, Recycle

Timbuk2 Launches "Life Cycle" Program to Reduce, Repair, Recycle

Timbuk2 is going beyond the three R’s of sustainable design. The California-based company announced Tuesday the launch of a new environmental responsibility initiative to not only…

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Local Buttons: Upcycled Clothing, Ethically Made in Haiti With Dignity

Local Buttons: Upcycled Clothing, Ethically Made in Haiti With Dignity

Local Buttons have evolved a collection of professional accessories and garments ethically in Haiti to help the local community. The design team launched three years ago with the aim of…

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Fashion Revolution Day's "Who Made Your Clothes?" T-Shirts for Sale

Fashion Revolution Day's "Who Made Your Clothes?" T-Shirts for Sale

Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of Fashion Revolution Day. Make the right kind of fashion statement with one of Fashion Revolution Day’s official “Who Made Your…

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Olivia Wilde, A.K.A. "Princess Layers," Wants You to Recycle Your Clothes

Olivia Wilde, A.K.A. "Princess Layers," Wants You to Recycle Your Clothes

You don’t have to leap over tall buildings in a single bound to be a superhero. Actress Olivia Wilde, in her crime-fighting guise of Princess Layers, has teamed up with H&M…

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Stella McCartney Commits to Becoming "Wildlife Friendly" Certified

Stella McCartney Commits to Becoming "Wildlife Friendly" Certified

Stella McCartney is about to become even more animal-friendly. The British firm is the first global fashion brand to join the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, an international…

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