Fast Fashion is Making It Easier for Drug Cartels to Launder Money

by , 09/23/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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Once on the hook for fostering sweatshop-like conditions, Los Angeles’s Fashion District has become an “epicenter of narco-dollar money,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Nearly 1,000 law-enforcement agents swept through 75 locations in downtown L.A. in early September, arresting nine people and seizing an estimated $100 million that authorities say included ransom payments to the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico. Federal agents believe cartels are increasingly relying on the city’s 3,000-business fashion district to channel proceeds from drug sales, kidnappings, and other illicit activities because of its brisk trade with Mexico. “They produce cheap wares that can be sold down in Mexico,” Robert E. Dugdale, chief of the criminal division at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, told the Associated Press. “The Fashion District in particular seems to be where this is thriving at the moment.”

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Kohl’s is Caught Selling Real Fur as Faux...Again

by , 09/23/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty

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Discount superstore retailer Kohl’s has once again been peddling real fur as “faux.” Investigators from The Humane Society of the United States has uncovered the retailer to be selling a fur-trimmed jacket labeled as faux fur, but in fact made from raccoon dog. Although the sale of the jacket violates federal law, it was still found for sale today as of this afternoon.

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Italy's Largest Textile Suppliers Pledge to Detox Their Supply Chains

by , 09/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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Attilio Imperiali, Berbrand, Besani, Italdenim, Miroglio, and Zip may not have the same name recognition as Dolce & Gabana, Prada, and Versace, but their reach is far deeper than most might realize. As Italy’s biggest textile suppliers, the companies are directly or indirectly responsible for some 70 million garments produced by the world’s leading fashion and luxury brands every year. To mark the end of Milan Fashion Week, the suppliers have pledged to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their supply chains by 2020 according to Greenpeace’s “Detox” roadmap.

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Livia Firth: Fashion Should Be on the Climate-Change Agenda

by , 09/22/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Quotes

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“Why do I feel so strongly that fashion is a pivotal industry to get right? Firstly because it is a full spectrum industry. It extends from the farmers that grow cotton to the women beading in ateliers, it encompasses millions of people from agriculture to the creative marketing and selling. It is also dependent on the animal kingdom and some of the most fragile ecosystems on Earth. …

“Today, approximately 80 billion garments are produced new every year. Imagine all the resources that this requires. To make our clothes we need water (between 11,000 and 20,000 liters of water are needed to produce enough textile for one pair of jeans). From oil for synthetic fibers, to energy for textile production and dye for color; we are dependent on multifarious resources at a time when these resources are being degraded at unprecedented speed.

“Fast fashion has been a huge part of this, as we all became voracious consumers caught up in an unsustainable churn of clothes, micro-trends and disposability. … But where all these clothes go? As consumers, we seem to worship at the altar of ‘wear-it-today, chuck-it-tomorrow’ fast-fashion mentality. But short-term thinking inevitably has a later cost…”

—Livia Firth, co-founder of the Green Carpet Challenge and creative director of Eco Age, writing in the Huffington Post on why the fashion industry should be part of climate-change talks.

 

Organic by John Patrick Returns to the '90s at New York Fashion Week

by , 09/19/14   filed under: New York Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2015

 

Christopher Raeburn Soars at Spring 2014 London Fashion Week

by , 09/19/14   filed under: London Fashion Week, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Spring/Summer 2015

 

First U.S. Global Fashion Exchange Wants You to Swap Till You Drop

by , 09/18/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Get ready to swap till you drop, America, because the Global Fashion Exchange is in town. Founded in 2013 by the Danish Fashion Institute, whose inaugural event at Copenhagen Fashion Week saw 1,500 people bandying some seven tons of used clothes, the massive clothing meet now travels from city to city as an instrument of sustainable consumption. Monday was another one for the history books. The Global Fashion Exchange, together with H&M, Ford Motor Company, and InTandem Creatives, kicked off its U.S. tour at a mini-swap at NeueHouse in New York City.

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Acer U.K.'s "Selfie Hat" Represents Everything Wrong With Society

by , 09/18/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

 

German Artist Tino Seubert Dyes Clothing With Airborne Pollution

by , 09/18/14   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Textiles, Toxic Pollution

 

Announcing the Finalists of the 2014 EcoChic Design Award!

Announcing the Finalists of the 2014 EcoChic Design Award!

Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of the 2014 EcoChic Design Award. It was a big week here for us here in the Redress Hong Kong office as months of application processing and…

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Carrie Parry: Traditional Fashion Calendar "Fuels Overconsumption"

Carrie Parry: Traditional Fashion Calendar "Fuels Overconsumption"

Photo by Anton Oparin/Shutterstock “Today, Spring/Summer collections are debuted on the catwalk in September and October and delivered to stores between January and March while…

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Benedict Cumberbatch Wants You to Give Up Your Clothes for Charity

Benedict Cumberbatch Wants You to Give Up Your Clothes for Charity

Brace yourself, Cumberbabes and bitches: Benedict Cumberbatch just pulled a Mr. Darcy. No, the Sherlock actor isn’t angling for a part in another adaptation of Pride and…

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Richard Nicoll's "Tinkerbell" Gown Sets London Fashion Week Aglow

Richard Nicoll's "Tinkerbell" Gown Sets London Fashion Week Aglow

Richard Nicoll’s London Fashion Week outing had more than a smattering of faith, trust, and pixie dust. Sponsored by Disney, the Spring/Summer 2015 show featured five looks that…

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#MakeTheFutureHere With Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

#MakeTheFutureHere With Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion Throughout the month of September, the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is hoping you’ll be…

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PETA, Freedom of Animals Debut Luxury Vegan Backpack, Tote

PETA, Freedom of Animals Debut Luxury Vegan Backpack, Tote

Leather and exotic animal skins don’t have to be synonymous with luxury. Don’t believe us? Just take a gander at Freedom of Animals, whose elegant, cruelty-free bags have…

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H&M Debuts Eco-Friendlier "Conscious Denim" Collection

H&M Debuts Eco-Friendlier "Conscious Denim" Collection

GOOD JEANS Every item in the Conscious Denim collection will feature the “Clevercare” label, which includes planet-friendly laundering suggestions. Conscious Denim is part…

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This "Jetpack" Could Help You Run a Mile in 4 Minutes

This "Jetpack" Could Help You Run a Mile in 4 Minutes

The world record for running the mile is 3:43:13, but most people can’t even come close to running a mile under four minutes. DARPA, the US Military’s research arm, hopes to…

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Stella McCartney, Livia Firth Launch Inaugural "Green Carpet Collection"

Stella McCartney, Livia Firth Launch Inaugural "Green Carpet Collection"

GREEN CARPET COLLECTION The 13 evening looks, which boast “delicate femininity and bold graphic abstraction,” comprise materials that are either recycled or certified…

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