A Bangladeshi Sweatshop Emerges in the Heart of Amsterdam

by , 05/12/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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At first blush, “The Mad Rush” doesn’t appear unlike many of the trendy concept stores that litter the busy shopping street of Kalverstraat in Amsterdam. Ask to try something on, however, and an attendant will usher you into not a fitting room but a hidden nook made to resemble one of the thousands of sewing workshops that churn out clothing in low-wage countries like Bangladesh, India, and Cambodia. You can credit—or blame—Schone Kleren Campagne, the Dutch arm of the Clean Clothes Campaign, for the subterfuge. Created in collaboration with Mama Cash, an international fund dedicated to women’s causes, the pop-up store and its transition from boutique to backroom are designed to unsettle. “The place is stuffy and musty, you hear the loud rattling of machines,” the campaign said of the tableau that greets unsuspecting shoppers. “And there are far too many people working the sewing machines for the space there is available.”

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Suzy Menkes: The Way People Buy Clothes Today is "Shameful"

by , 05/11/16   filed under: Quotes

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“I am sorry to say that the fashion world has gone full circle over the last 100 years, if not perhaps 50 years.

“Workplaces with tough conditions in developed countries have disappeared, but not really. They have been moved to Bangladesh or Vietnam, where fashion is created under deplorable conditions.

“It is shameful that people buy these clothes at extremely cheap prices, without asking about their origins.”

—British fashion journalist and Vogue international editor Suzy Menkes, speaking to the Copenhagen Fashion Summit about the evolution of fashion over the past half-century.

 

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Levi's, Evrnu Create First Jeans Made From Regenerated Post-Consumer Cotton

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Levi Strauss has teamed up with Evrnu, a Seattle-based startup that reconstitutes old fibers into new, to create the world’s first jeans made up of more than 50 percent post-consumer cotton waste. The two companies created the prototype, a pair of Levi’s 511s, using five used cotton T-shirts and a technique that Evrnu says consumes 98 percent less water than those associated with virgin-cotton products. The jeans, according to Evrnu CEO Stacy Flynn, provide a glimpse of a future where textiles are regenerated not just once but multiple times, paring down waste. From its Water<Less finishing techniques to its Wellthread design process, Levi’s has long pursued water conservation with a near-evangelical zeal, but the denim giant has also spoken at length about its desire to facilitate a circular economy, one where the products and byproduct waste serve as feedstock, not fodder for the landfill.

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Sotela Promises That Its Eco-Friendly Dresses Are the Last You'll Need

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From puberty to pregnancy, women’s bodies change all the time. But who says our clothes have to? That question is both the cri de coeur and the promise behind Sotela, a line of eco-friendly dresses for the “everyday ever-changing woman.” Currently available for preorder on Kickstarter, the three-piece collection is designed to be minimal, comfortable and, best of all, forgiving. “Like most women, I’ve struggled with weight fluctuations that have made fitting into my regular clothing a chore,” Hanna Baror-Padilla, founder of Sotela, said in a statement. “I know firsthand how insecure you can feel when your clothes don’t fit the way the way you remembered.”

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Parsons, Tide Educate Next Generation on How to "Design for Care"

by , 05/10/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

 

Skunkfunk Gives "Zero Waste" Fashion a Youthful, Hip Twist

 

American Apparel Turns to Crowdsourcing for Product Ideas

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Can crowdsourcing prop up a flagging brand? American Apparel sure hopes so. The beleaguered Los Angeles retailer, which recently suggested that it may outsource some of its garment production to another U.S. manufacturer, is asking vendors to submit proposals for domestically made products that can retail for $100 or less. American Apparel says it is looking for items such as leather, canvas and paper goods, footwear, jewelry, fragrances, and small home furnishings that can be delivered in units of 500 within a period of 30 days. “We are hoping to select as many as 15 submissions for further discussions,” it said on its website.

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Philadelphia Library Loans Out Neckties to Job Seekers

by , 05/05/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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A library in southwest Philadelphia is doling out more than books. In an effort to help job seekers make a good impression on their would-be employers, the Paschalville Branch Library has been loaning out ties for three weeks at a time, at no cost whatsoever. Nate Eddy, strategy coordinator for the Philadelphia Free Library, came up with the so-called “tiebrary” after spying a similar setup during a tour of the Queens Public Library in New York City last year. “I’m not a tie aficionado,” Eddy told Billy Penn, “but I do know wearing a nice tie can add a lot of confidence.”

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It's No Longer Enough for Emma Watson to Wear Beautiful Clothes

by , 05/05/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Emma Watson, Quotes

“I made a choice last year that I would only wear sustainable fashion on the red carpet. The fashion industry is the second-biggest pollutant of fresh water on the planet. It has such a huge environmental impact and such a big human impact. And it’s just not enough for me anymore that it’s a beautiful item or a beautiful piece.

“I want to know that it’s not leaving a negative mark. … Fashion is something that touches us every single day. We get dressed every single day. I want to look good and feel good and do good, and that, to me, is luxury.”

—Actress-activist Emma Watson speaking to CNN Style’s Derek Blasberg about why she’s incorporating sustainable fashion into her red-carpet appearances.

 

Activists Worldwide Protest Unsafe H&M Factories

Activists Worldwide Protest Unsafe H&M Factories

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Can the Resale Economy Make Fashion More Sustainable?

Can the Resale Economy Make Fashion More Sustainable?

If the success of Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo is anything to go by, overstuffed wardrobes are the new gauche. But where are those items that no longer “spark…

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This New Podcast Has Its Ear on Ethical Fashion

This New Podcast Has Its Ear on Ethical Fashion

Call us a teensy bit biased, but “Conscious Chatter” is one of the best podcasts ever to grace the virtual airwaves. The brainchild of former Ecouterre writer Kestrel…

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Michelle Monaghan Wears Recycled Cans, Vegan Leather to Met Gala

Michelle Monaghan Wears Recycled Cans, Vegan Leather to Met Gala

Photo by Getty Images Emma Watson and Livia Firth weren’t the only ones stumping for sustainable fashion at the Met Gala in New York City on Sunday. In a sartorial nod to Manus x…

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Emma Watson Attends Met Gala in Gown Made From Recycled Bottles

Emma Watson Attends Met Gala in Gown Made From Recycled Bottles

BELLE OF THE BALL Every element of Watson’s gown was considered from an “ethical and aesthetic perspective,” according to Firth and company, from the garment’s…

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Photos by Ben Curtis for Associated Press Kenya just made a statement on illegal poaching that the world won’t soon forget. At a ceremony in Nairobi National Park on Saturday,…

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Can the "World's Best" Hoodie Revitalize American Manufacturing?

Can the "World's Best" Hoodie Revitalize American Manufacturing?

American Giant sells direct to consumer using an online-only model, which cuts out the middle person. How did the brand take off with little to no marketing? Our initial product, the…

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PETA's Latest Role? Prada Shareholder

PETA's Latest Role? Prada Shareholder

Prada has a new shareholder: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Following a recent exposé that showed juvenile ostriches being stunned and slaughtered for their skins, which…

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G-Star Raw, Plastic Soup Foundation Team Up Against Microfiber Pollution in Oceans

G-Star Raw, Plastic Soup Foundation Team Up Against Microfiber Pollution in Oceans

Photo by Caleb George/Unsplash G-Star Raw, the Dutch fashion label co-owned by “Happy” hitmaker Pharrell Williams, has teamed up with the Plastic Soup Foundation to…

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