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Burberry Commits to Eliminating Hazardous Chemicals by 2020

by , 01/28/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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Score another one for Team Planet. Burberry announced on Tuesday its decision to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its global supply chain products by 2020. The luxury house’s move comes after two weeks of vociferous campaigning—from a three-day “social media storm” on Twitter and Facebook to live demonstrations outside stores in Beijing, Jakarta, the Netherlands, and Mexico—by Greenpeace’s “Detox” initiative. The news also follows recent Greenpeace investigations that revealed the presence of toxic hormone-disrupting substances in an alarming number of children’s clothing and footwear products, including a metallic purple shirt modeled by David and Victoria Beckham’s 11-year-old son, Romeo, in Burberry’s Spring 2013 campaign.

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Google Glass Adds Prescription Lenses, Stylish Frames

by , 01/28/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Eyewear, Wearable Technology

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Google Glass is getting a major facelift. On Tuesday, Google announced that the latest iteration of its Internet-connected eyewear will include four new options for prescription-friendly frames, along with three new shapes for detachable sunglasses. In addition, the technology giant has struck a deal with optical-health insurer VSP to subsidize the corrective lenses, which will cost an additional $225 on top of Google Glass’s $1,500 base price. The shades are available for an extra $150. “This marks the next phase in the evolution of Glass as we move towards a wider consumer launch later in 2014,” Google says in a statement.

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Parker Dusseau's "Commuter Suit" Lets You Cycle to Work in Style

by , 01/28/14   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion

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Cycling to work and suits don’t really go that well together, unless of course you’re wearing a Commuter Suit. Designed by San Fran-based Parker Dusseau, the Commuter Suit combines the best of your lycra with your business suit. Flexible, anti-microbial wool, crotch gussets, secret underarm zipper vents and discrete reflective tape under the collar make it perfect to bike in, but the fabric, cut and style make the suit perfect to look good at work.

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Mohop's Interchangeable Eco-Shoes Are Made by Artisans, Robots

by , 01/27/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Here at Ecouterre we love these Mohop sandals, crafted from sustainably harvested cherry wood made locally in Pennsylvania. Regular readers may remember Mohop from the Ecouterre feature on awesome eco-friendly vegan shoes. But we delved a bit further and had a closer look at the green fashion brand that has eco-friendly and socially responsible principles at the heart of their designs. With their Kickstarter campaign in its final week (currently one of the highest-funded fashion Kickstarters ever!) Mohop are certainly set to show the fashion industry how possible it is to create cool designs while keeping a focus on the planet.

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Is Gap the Worst Corporation of 2013?

by , 01/27/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Wearable Technology

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Is Gap one of the worst corporations of 2013? The Public Eye Awards certainly thinks so. At a press conference during the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday, the Berne Declaration and Greenpeace Switzerland bestowed the American apparel retailer with the dubious Jury Award for its “steadfast [refusal] to contribute to effective reforms in the textile industry.” Gap, which was nominated by the International Labor Rights Forum, SumOfUs, and United Students Against Sweatshops, tallied a total of 44,342 votes, ranking it just below Russia’s Gazprom, which received the ignoble People’s Award for violating federal safety and environmental regulations while drilling for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea.

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Khmer-American Artist Sews Dollar Bills Outside NYC H&M in Protest

by , 01/27/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

 

Edoheart's Lingerie Collection Preserves African Textile Culture

by , 01/24/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Underwear, Eco-Textiles

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Eseohe Arhebamen-Yamasaki, better known as Edoheart, has a vision. It’s one of rediscovering, rebuilding, and replenishing local traditions and communities in Africa through art. She hopes that by starting small, but dreaming big, her debut lingerie collection will improve the massive problem of poverty throughout Africa through the encouragement of local African textile art traditions. Edoheart’s first collection of three patterned fair trade silk bralette-and-brief lingerie sets are made by small-scale artisans and craftspeople in sub-Saharan Africa. Production of the collection enables local artisans to make a living by bringing money into communities and protecting an ancient art. Although it’s a small step, Edoheart is hopeful that this collection is just the beginning for real change.

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Walmart Announces $10 Million Fund to Support U.S. Manufacturing

by , 01/24/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Walmart

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Walmart isn’t exactly synonymous with “made in the U.S.A,” but the world’s largest retailer may be looking to temper its reputation. Walmart president Bill Simon revealed Thursday that the company has created a $10 million fund to bolster manufacturing in the United States. Simon, who outlined some of the details of the fund at the United States Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting in Washington, D.C., explained that Walmart and its philanthropic arm, the Walmart Foundation, will provide funds for the five-year program in the form of grants to American innovators. “If we want to grow manufacturing and help rebuild America’s middle class, we need the brightest minds in our universities, in our think tanks, and in our towns to tackle obstacles to U.S. manufacturing,” said Simon. “The $10 million fund will identify and award leaders in manufacturing innovation and help us all work together to create opportunity.”

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Ralph Lauren Unveils U.S.-Made Opening Ceremony Outfits for Sochi

by , 01/23/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

 

The North Face Creates Responsible Down Standard for Industry Use

The North Face Creates Responsible Down Standard for Industry Use

The North Face is going down, and it wants to take the rest of the industry with it. In an announcement at Outdoor Retailer show on Wednesday, the outdoor-apparel retailer unveiled a…

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"Two Guys" Recycles Furniture Offcuts Into Wooden Lapel Flowers

"Two Guys" Recycles Furniture Offcuts Into Wooden Lapel Flowers

Looks like Two Guys is branching out. The same Oklahoma-based company that transforms flooring and furniture offcuts into dapper wooden bow ties has twigged onto a line of lapel flowers…

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Corr Blimey Creates Low-Waste Clothing, Designed to be Repurposed

Corr Blimey Creates Low-Waste Clothing, Designed to be Repurposed

Canberra, Australia is a city fortunate to claim designers Lousia de Smet and Steven Wright as its own. As the founders of Corr Blimey, the duo have been electrifying the fashion scene…

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Way It Should Be: Glamorous Organic Clothing, Made in the U.S.A.

Way It Should Be: Glamorous Organic Clothing, Made in the U.S.A.

The latest collection from Way It Should Be was launched with an elaborate installation in New York last week when floating mannequins presented the sustainable designs. Behind the new…

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Sebastian Errazuriz Immortalizes Ex-Girlfriends With 3D-Printed Shoes

Sebastian Errazuriz Immortalizes Ex-Girlfriends With 3D-Printed Shoes

SHOE LOVERS At first, Errazuriz tried to exorcize his exes by painting their portraits, but obtaining their permissions proved difficult. He then toyed with the idea of shoes because…

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Remedios Vincent Recycles Antique Tools Into Cunning Accessories

Remedios Vincent Recycles Antique Tools Into Cunning Accessories

There once was a time before the appearance of big box stores when tools were crafted as both objects of utility and beauty. With not a speck in plastic in sight, these objects shone in…

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Apoccas Makes Cruelty-Free Silk Scarves No Caterpillar Died For

Apoccas Makes Cruelty-Free Silk Scarves No Caterpillar Died For

Photos by Marisa Martchitelli Apoccas is a luxury fashion label that introduces artisanal peace silk scarves. “In Thailand, it is traded as ‘eri silk’,” says founder Alexandra…

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David Catá Embroiders Portraits of Loved Ones Into Palms of His Hands

David Catá Embroiders Portraits of Loved Ones Into Palms of His Hands

SKIN AS CANVAS “Every person we meet marks us in some way. Their image projects onto us, reminding us where we come from,” says Catá, who has sewn the faces of his…

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"Shine" is an Elegant Activity Tracker You Can Wear Nearly Anywhere

"Shine" is an Elegant Activity Tracker You Can Wear Nearly Anywhere

Activity trackers are a dime a dozen now, and they all look have a sporty look that goes well with your workout clothes, but not necessarily a dress or a suit. Enter Shine, a stylish…

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