H&M's Anna Gedda: Fair Wages Are Something the Whole Industry Must Drive

by , 04/05/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Features, Interviews, Q&A

 

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MIT's New Manufacturing Hub to Lead U.S. in Textile Innovation

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The U.S. Department of Defense has tapped a broad coalition of manufacturers, universities, and nonprofits to spearhead an ambitious new project to accelerate textiles innovation in the United States. Led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Advanced Functional Fibers of America Institute will draw upon more than $250 million in public-private investments, plus $75 million in federal resources, over an initial five-year period. As the eighth Manufacturing Innovation Institute established to date, the hub will be headquartered in Cambridge, in close vicinity to the MIT campus and its U.S. Army-funded Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology, as well as the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center.

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The "Lunar" Watch is a Timepiece Made From Genuine Moon Rock

by , 04/01/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories

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The “Lunar” watch by the Analog Watch Co. is one small step for a timepiece, one giant leap for time-keeping. Developed in collaboration with the Russian Federal Space Agency, the watch is the world’s first made from genuine moon rock, as gathered by the Soviet Union’s “Luna” probe in 1974. Due to the rarity of the material, which scientists estimate to be 4.5 billion years old— “predating the very origin of life on Earth”—only 25 of the watches are available for sale. Each individually numbered chronograph is precision cut from olivine basalt stone and crafted by hand in Switzerland over many months. “We are excited to offer this limited edition timepiece, allowing you to own, not only a piece of history, but an ancient relic from our universe’s origin,” Analog writes on its website.

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WWF, H&M Ink Five-Year Sustainability Partnership

by , 03/31/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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H&M and the World Wildlife Fund are embarking on a five-year partnership to create a more responsible fashion industry. The new endeavor, which expands upon previous efforts to minimize the Swedish retailer’s water footprint, will include climate action, water stewardship, and a “strategic dialogue” that explores the broader sustainability challenges facing the industry. “Together, we are taking a holistic and science-based approach that aims to break new ground within sustainability and fashion,” Mariann Eriksson, marketing director at WWF, said in a statement. “After working closely together with H&M for the past three years, we know they are committed to being good stewards of shared resources, and eager to contribute to shifting the industry towards more sustainable models.”

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Dutch Government Seeks to Improve Garment Industry Conditions

by , 03/31/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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The Dutch government, along with a coalition of trade unions, non-governmental organizations, and industry groups, has pledged to address the myriad social and environmental issues endemic to garment- and textile-producing countries such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Turkey. An agreement, drafted under the eye of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands, lists child and forced labor, environmental pollution, living wages, better working conditions, and animal welfare among the key areas that require “practical improvements.” The covenant is still in its early stages. Not only does it need to secure funding, but it also has to secure the signatures of at least 35 brands and retailers—representing 30 percent of sales in the Netherlands—by June.

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5 Pieces, 30 Outfits: Vetta Offers The Ultimate Eco-Capsule Collection

by , 03/30/16   filed under: Women's Eco-Fashion

 

G-Star Raw, Ted Baker Make Sustainability Scores, Roadmaps Public

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G-Star Raw, Ted Baker, Haikure, and Vivobarefoot are going public—with their sustainability scores, that is. The four brands are part of a pilot program with Made-By, a European not-for-profit dedicated to improving environmental and social conditions within the fashion industry. After a year of working with “Mode Tracker,” a roadmap-progress tool designed to engage brands and retailers in a wide range of sustainability issues, the companies are ready to lay bare the successes and challenges of verifying—and ultimately improving—their supply chains. “Until now, fashion companies’ sustainability performances have not been independently verified, consumer-friendly, based on a common standard or often published,” Made-By said in a statement. “Today’s announcement changes all that.”

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"Netflix of Fashion" Wants You to "Stream" Your Everyday Clothes

"Netflix of Fashion" Wants You to "Stream" Your Everyday Clothes

Photo by Milada Vigerova/Unsplash Of all the clothes you own, how many end up gathering dust in your closet? If you’re anything like the average woman, it’s probably about…

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Reformation's Yael Aflalo: Sustainability Shouldn't be a Bonus

Reformation's Yael Aflalo: Sustainability Shouldn't be a Bonus

Photo by Celeste Sloman “Let’s get a few additional facts straight…I eat cheeseburgers, I wear leather, and I sleep on cotton sheets. As a consumer, I can rationalize…

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7 Things to Know About H&M's 2016 Conscious Exclusive Collection

7 Things to Know About H&M's 2016 Conscious Exclusive Collection

TWO SIDES Of course, Gedda is telling us all this in Paris, capital of fashion and l’amour. At a gilded, frieze-adorned ballroom at the Westin, where H&M is hosting members…

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Levi's is Open-Sourcing Its Water-Saving "Water<Less" Process

Levi's is Open-Sourcing Its Water-Saving "Water<Less" Process

On World Water Day, Levi’s made a bold move. Borrowing a page from the tech industry, the denim giant went public with its “Water<Less” process—the same…

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No More Laundry? These Textiles Clean Themselves With Sunlight

No More Laundry? These Textiles Clean Themselves With Sunlight

Photo by Caspar Rubin/Unsplash Could this be the end of washing? Scientists at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia have discovered a cheap and efficient new way to…

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New Campaign Calls Out "Hypocrisy" of Toxic Yoga-Apparel Brands

New Campaign Calls Out "Hypocrisy" of Toxic Yoga-Apparel Brands

In “Gandhi Does Yoga,” a tongue-in-cheek video by College Humor, ol’ Mahatma himself rises from the dead to visit the “world’s least Hindu gym.” The…

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Timo Weiland's Banana Republic Collection is Made in NYC

Timo Weiland's Banana Republic Collection is Made in NYC

MADE IN NYC “Since launching the brand, we have designed, cut, and sewn our core signature woven styles in New York with factory partners based in the Garment District,”…

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"Lifepack" is a Solar-Powered, Anti-Theft Backpack for Mobile Workers

"Lifepack" is a Solar-Powered, Anti-Theft Backpack for Mobile Workers

HOLD EVERYTHING Certainly Solgaard, himself an avid backpacker, has found his niche. With more than a month left on its Kickstarter campaign, the Lifepack has already achieved its…

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Armani Goes Fur-Free Across All Brands

Armani Goes Fur-Free Across All Brands

In a move that animal-rights groups are hailing as historic, the Armani Group has committed to eliminating the use of fur in its collections across all brands, including Giorgio Armani,…

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