New Zealand Bans Animal Testing for Cosmetic Products

by , 04/01/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty

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Animal-rights advocates have gained a powerful new ally: Middle Earth. After two years of intense lobbying, New Zealand’s members of Parliament unanimously voted on Tuesday to ban animal trials for cosmetics products in the country—the first in the Australiasian region to do so. “We are thrilled that New Zealand’s politicians have taken this important step to vote out cosmetics cruelty,” says Claire Mansfield, global director for Humane Society International’s “Be Cruelty-Free” campaign to eradicate animal cosmetics testing. “This is a moment to be celebrated for animal welfare and compassionate consumers, and yet another achievement for the #BeCrueltyFree campaign.”

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Actress Marion Cotillard Designs Ethical Jewelry for Chopard

by , 04/01/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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Marion Cotillard is trading the camera lens for a jeweler’s eyeglass, at least for the moment. The Oscar-winning actress is working with Chopard to create its first-ever “green” collection derived from ethically sourced colored gemstones. A prominent supporter of Greenpeace, Cotillard first dallied with ethical fashion at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where she stepped out in Fairmined baubles from Chopard’s collaboration with Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Collection. Cannes will once again loom large in Cotillard’s future: It’s expected to be the site of her line’s unveiling in May.

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Blond & Bieber's "Algaemy" Uses Microalgae to Dye Textiles

by , 04/01/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles

 

VIDEO: Miz Mooz's Selfie-Taking Shoe Proves That the End is Nigh

by , 03/31/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Women's Eco-Fashion

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April Fool’s must have come early for Miz Mooz, a New York-based footwear retailer that wants to help you get a leg up—literally!—on your selfie game. Its so-called “Selfie Shoe,” an otherwise winsome cherry-red stacked-heel sandal, features an extended toe for docking a cameraphone. To take your “shoefie,” simply angle your leg in the air much like you would that other sign of the Apocalypse, the selfie stick, which music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza recently placed on their list of prohibited items.

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Vaute's "Chinese Zodiac" Tees Bring Out Your Inner Animal

by , 03/31/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Vaute wants to bring out your inner animal. The vegan-friendly brand has teamed up with illustrator Mia Mandela to create a series of tees, tanks, and crewneck sweatshirts inspired by the Chinese Zodiac. Printed in Brooklyn on organic-cotton and recycled-polyester fabric, the tops honor Vaute’s part-Chinese roots. “As an animal lover, I wanted to celebrate both my Taiwanese momma and all the animals that are represented by the Zodiac,” Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, the label’s founder, tells Ecouterre. “Mia did beautiful watercolors of each animal to represent the trials and strengths of each one.”

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Bolivian Knitters Are Saving the Lives of Children With Heart Defects

by , 03/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Bolivia’s indigenous Aymara women are mending broken hearts—and we don’t mean figuratively. The custodians of centuries-old knitting and weaving traditions, the women are applying their expertise to a decidedly modern cause: crafting minuscule plugs to fix the “holes in the heart” some babies are born with. “We are very happy; we are doing something for someone so they can live,” knitter Daniela Mendoza told BBC News on Sunday. Employing local knitters was a simple solution to a complex problem. Designed by La Paz–based cardiologist Franz Freudenthal, the top-hat-shaped “Nit Occlud” devices are too small and intricate to reproduce on an industrial scale.

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"Fair Trade" Clothing Labels Expose Truth About Sweatshops

by , 03/30/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Fashion News, Fair Trade, Worker Rights

 

Inspired by Polar Bears, HotSquash Clothing Keeps You Warm or Cool

by , 03/27/15   filed under: Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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The fur coat of a polar bear has inspired a whole new line of clothing intent on keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. UK brand, HotSquash has an impressive collection of clothes made from innovative textiles designed for personal climate control. When it’s hot outside, the clothes will wick away moisture and keep cool and when it’s hot the fabric has special insulating qualities to retain warmth. Plus the fabrics are super low maintenance, can go in your washer and dryer, they minimize odors, and they look great too.

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Stella McCartney: Fur Isn't Sexy, Fashionable, or Cool

by , 03/27/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Green Designers, Quotes

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“I think the reality is that, for me, real fur is extraordinarily old-fashioned. I think you look old. Even if you’re 20 and you’ve got a real fur coat, you just look like an old, unaware, unconscious being on the planet.

“It’s not relevant, it’s not sexy, it’s not fashionable, and it’s not cool.”

—British designer-activist Stella McCartney, speaking to CNN in London on Thursday about how she feels about animal fur.

 

Print All Over Me: An Ethical Approach to Print-on-Demand Clothing

Print All Over Me: An Ethical Approach to Print-on-Demand Clothing

Print All Over Me is a unique concept that has evolved into a fantastic creative platform, bringing artists and designers together to create inspired items of clothing. The title says…

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Fashion Project Turns Clothing Donations Into Force for Good

Fashion Project Turns Clothing Donations Into Force for Good

Online clothing shopping is an endless world of opportunities. Nowadays, there are countless websites and even mobile apps where you can buy, sell, and even trade with others online.…

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Clad in E-Ink, the "Volvorii" Smart Shoe Changes Colors, Patterns

Clad in E-Ink, the "Volvorii" Smart Shoe Changes Colors, Patterns

New e-ink technology is could drastically decrease your shoe closet with instant color changes through smart shoes imbedded with wearable technology. The Volvorri smart shoe by iShüu…

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Adidas Now a "Detox Leader," Nike Still a "Greenwasher"

Adidas Now a "Detox Leader," Nike Still a "Greenwasher"

Looks like Adidas has finally cleaned up its act. A year and a half after Greenpeace branded it a “Detox greenwasher,” the sportswear giant is now “back on…

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A London Community Grows Flax to Turn Into Clothing

A London Community Grows Flax to Turn Into Clothing

In the spring of 2014, a dedicate lot of Londoners embarked on a mission to grow a garment. That meant starting from seeds, and using only hand labor techniques to turn a plant into…

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"Ruff" is a 3D-Printed Responsive Collar With a Life of Its Own

"Ruff" is a 3D-Printed Responsive Collar With a Life of Its Own

Ruff is a new 3D printed responsive collar by Pauline van Dongen, who is pushing the forefront of wearables. Working with architect Behnaz Farahi, the two crafted flexible wearables…

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The North Face Aims to Improve Sustainability, Animal Welfare

The North Face Aims to Improve Sustainability, Animal Welfare

The North Face has long been a household name in responsible and durable outdoor wear that appeals to the masses – from urban winter wear to hardcore extreme sports gear –…

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Alice Hoffman Hauntingly Describes 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Alice Hoffman Hauntingly Describes 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

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Tilonia's Fair-Trade Bags, Scarves Benefit Sustainable Development

Tilonia's Fair-Trade Bags, Scarves Benefit Sustainable Development

A new collection of bags and scarfs have been produced by female artisans from Tilonia, a small village in Rajastan, India, inspired by sustainable development programs underway in the…

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