Bangladesh Police Fire Tear Gas at Garment Workers on Hunger Strike

by , 08/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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Bangladesh police fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and water canons on Thursday to disperse hundreds of striking workers at a garment factory in the capital of Dhaka, according to Reuters. Authorities also detained union leaders, as well as agitating workers who vandalized vehicles in retaliation. The raid effectively brought to an end the 11-day hunger strike, staged by about 1,600 workers from five factories of the Tuba Group to demand the payment of three months’ worth of owed salary, overtime, and a bonus for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Tuba Group, coincidentally, owned Tazreen Fashions, the same facility where 112 workers died in 2012 in Bangladesh’s worst industrial fire.

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Maury Povich Wants to "Bring Back American Know-How"

by , 08/08/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes

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“I’m not worried about the profit as much as the resurgence of American-made products that have quality. We have to take back what we are so good at and demonstrate that our products—like our country—are No. 1. Let’s bring back the American know-how. Why can’t we make a go of it?”

Maury host Maury Povich, speaking to The Boston Globe about his investment in Mother Freedom, a New Bedford, Mass.-based heritage-inspired apparel line that bears the tagline “Made in America, Without Compromise.”

 

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Slow Factory Turns NASA Space Photography Into Breathtaking Scarves

by , 08/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories

 

Help Here Today Here Tomorrow Launch Fair-Trade Womenswear Line

by , 08/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Textiles, Fair Trade

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Sustainable fashion brand Here Today Here Tomorrow hope to revitalise a beautiful but dying craft with hand weavers in Nepal, and help set a new standard for fair trade fashion. The London-based team began designing over three years ago with knitwear and accessories all formed from eco textiles. But a trip to Kathmandu last year began a serendipitous turn of events that lead the four female designers to start working with traditional dhaka, a striking handwoven fabric. “It was hidden away in a back cupboard due to a lack of demand,” says Julia Crew on behalf of the team. Together they realised the potential to bring about change for the tradition and for the community that produces it. Now they are on the case to set production in motion by firing up a kickstarter campaign to gather support and interest.

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Lechal's Vibrating Smart Shoes Help the Blind Find Their Way

by , 08/06/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Wearable Technology

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Lechal Footwear provides haptic feedback under your heel to point you in the right direction and could just be the ticket for the visually impaired to navigate on their own. Connected to an app via Bluetooth, the Lechel shoes feature smart insoles enabled with GPS tracking. Tell your phone where you want to go and the shoes vibrate to tell you in which direction o move. As a bonus, the shoes do more than navigate for the blind, and even people without visual impairment can enjoy their calorie and fitness tracking options as well.

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New Jersey Enacts Historic Ban on Ivory, Rhino Horn Trade

by , 08/06/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie signed into law on Tuesday a bill ending the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn. The legislation, the first statewide ban of its kind in the United States, “closes the loopholes in ivory commerce,” according to Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, who co-sponsored the bill with Senator Raymond Lesniak. Although federal law already prohibits commercial trade of ivory products, it doesn’t apply to intrastate trade. The new ban won’t just be a boon to threatened wildlife populations, it will also serve to cut off a source of terrorist funding.

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Detroit Lions, Repreve Launch First-of-Its-Kind Sustainability Initiative

by , 08/05/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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The Detroit Lions are bringing sustainable fashion to the field, in a new partnership with recycled fiber brand Repreve. For their #TurnItGreen campaign, the Lions will turn in their traditional red jerseys for recycled green ones made of Repreve in a special event at Ford Field. Made from recycled materials like plastic bottles, the campaign will also call for fans’ help, asking stadium goers to throw plastic bottles into recycled bins at games.

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U.S. Army Developing 3D-Printed Garments, Gear for Soldiers

by , 08/05/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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While a lot of thought, design and technology goes into creating soldiers’ uniforms, they still might not fit perfectly and could have an impact on mission success. Now that 3D printing has gone mainstream, the Army could soon make completely custom and tailored uniforms for their soldiers. 3D printing would allow designers to integrate critical elements like armor, wicking materials, waterproof elements, as well as bespoke sizes based upon a solider’s dimensions. 3D printing has been a game changer in almost every sector, and before too long it could revolutionize the way military uniforms are made.

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H&M Reclaims Title of World's No. 1 User of Organic Cotton

by , 08/04/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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H&M has reclaimed its position as world’s biggest user of organic cotton, according to Textile Exchange’s annual organic-cotton market report. The Swedish retailer, which held the title in 2010 and 2011 but was outstripped by the Dutch-owned C&A in 2012, is back at No. 1 for 2013. Nearly 11 percent of the cotton H&M used in 2013 was certified organic, up from 7.8 percent in 2012. Other top buyers include C&A in second place, followed by Puma, Nike, and new contenders Decathlon and Tchibo.

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Neil Young Calls for Boycott of Non-Organic Cotton

Neil Young Calls for Boycott of Non-Organic Cotton

Photo by DFree / Shutterstock On his last tour of Europe, Neil Young gave the audience free organic-cotton T-shirts as a token of his appreciation. There was one catch, however.…

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Could This Silk Vest Have Prevented the First World War?

Could This Silk Vest Have Prevented the First World War?

It was the shot that rang around the world. On 28 June 1914, 19-year-old Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired a gun at Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and…

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The "Snaptrax" Baseball Cap is Wearable Technology for Bros

The "Snaptrax" Baseball Cap is Wearable Technology for Bros

The ladies are raking it in on wearable technology with bras, rings and bracelets leaving the bros behind without any fun accessories. But fear not men, there is a wearable just for you…

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Studio Naenna Produces Stunning Handwoven Eco-Textiles in Thailand

Studio Naenna Produces Stunning Handwoven Eco-Textiles in Thailand

Photos by Helen Morgan for Ecouterre Located in the rural outskirts of central Chiang Mai, Thailand, Studio Naenna work with local female artisans to make some truly beautiful fabrics.…

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"FRDM" Software Helps Businesses Tackle Slavery In Their Supply Chains

"FRDM" Software Helps Businesses Tackle Slavery In Their Supply Chains

The same organization that measured your “slavery footprint” wants to help businesses eliminate forced and child labor from their supply chains. Made in a Free World,…

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Vans Introduces "Prelow" Sneaker Made From Cork

Vans Introduces "Prelow" Sneaker Made From Cork

Vans wants you to put a cork in it this summer. The skatewear brand’s “Prelow” sneaker, part of its premium OTW collection, now includes a cork-clad option. Cork hails…

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Detroit Company Repurposes Peeling Street Graffiti Into Gritty Jewelry

Detroit Company Repurposes Peeling Street Graffiti Into Gritty Jewelry

WEARABLE ART Peterson and Russell say that their primary goal is to restore confidence in the women they hire. Many of them left their jobs when they entered the shelter seeking refuge…

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These Sneakers are 100 Percent Rubbish—And It's All Our Fault

These Sneakers are 100 Percent Rubbish—And It's All Our Fault

COMPLETE GARBAGE “We made these shoes out of 100 percent rubbish found on U.K. shoes,” one poster proclaims. “And we could make a whole lot more.” Another…

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Actress Maisie Williams Wears Dress Made of Recycled Comic Books

Actress Maisie Williams Wears Dress Made of Recycled Comic Books

Actress Maisie Williams knows how to pander to her audience. The English ingenue, who plays the scrappy Arya Stark in the HBO hit Game of Thrones, arrived at Entertainment…

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