Energy-Efficient Clothes Dryers Could Save Americans $4 Billion Per Year

by , 06/16/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Energy-inefficient clothes dryers are causing American households to waste up to $4 billion each year, according to a new report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council on Thursday. Because energy standards for the common appliance have failed to receive significant updates for the past 30 years, a typical electric tumble dryer can consume as much energy as a new, energy-efficient refrigerator, clothes washer, and dishwasher combined. “Updating our home dryers to the level of the most efficient ones sold overseas could save Americans $4 billion a year on their utility bills,” says senior scientist Noah Horowitz, director of the environmental nonprofit’s Center for Energy Efficiency Standards, in a statement. “It’s time to bring U.S. clothes dryers into the modern era and achieve some of the massive efficiency gains all the other major home appliances have seen.”

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This High-Tech Hoodie Sends Text Messages Using Simple Gestures

by , 06/13/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Roll up your sleeve to send a message that you’re busy or touch your hood to let someone know you’re thinking about them. While discreet, these movements convey real meaning and are the premise behind the Smart Hoodie, a project by Alina Balean and Rucha Patwardhan, both students in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Outfitted with Arduino controllers, the Smart Hoodie is responds to pre-programmed touches and is capable of sending messages through the wearers smart phone.

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Karlie Kloss, Warby Parker Collaborate on Eyeglasses for a Yummy Cause

by , 06/12/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Eyewear, Fashion Philanthropy

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American supermodel Karlie Kloss is hooking up with Warby Parker for a delicious cause: a trio of sunglasses in support of the Edible Schoolyard, a New York City-based nonprofit that helps local grade schools integrate kitchen education into their curriculum. More specifically, sales from the “Clara,” “Marple,” and “Julia” styles will benefit two community farm stands in Brooklyn and East Harlem, where kids learn about food preparation in their own neighborhoods. Like always, for every pair of eyeglasses sold, Warby Parker will donate a pair to a person in need. Win-win.

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"Made in Europe" Doesn't Mean Better Wages for Workers, Says Report

by , 06/12/14   filed under: Featured, Worker Rights

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The belief that “made in Europe” equals “fairly made” is a myth that needs to be shattered, according to a report from the Clean Clothes Campaign, an alliance of organizations in 15 European countries dedicated to improving working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries. Published Tuesday, Stitched Up: Poverty Wages for Garment Workers in Eastern Europe and Turkey writes that worker exploitation, poverty wages, forced overtime, and life-threatening conditions aren’t problems endemic not only to Asia, but the garment industry as whole. Even countries in the European Union can function as “cheap labor sewing backyard[s]” for the high street, says Bettina Musiolek, one of the authors of the report. “We have come to expect that garment workers in Asia are being exploited with low wages and poor working conditions but what this report shows is that there are no good guys,” she adds.

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House Martell Joins Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Jewelry Collection

by , 06/11/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Still mourning the death of a certain swarthy Dornishman? Hold on to your hankies because Pyrrha has added the sigil of House Martell to its line of jewelry based on HBO’s massively popular Game of Thrones. Handcrafted in Vancouver from reclaimed sterling silver and bronze, the talisman features a golden spear piercing a red sun, along with the clan’s motto, “Unbowed, unbent, unbroken.” Sob.

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Honest By Launches Scholarship for Socially Responsible Designers

by , 06/11/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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The world’s first 100 percent transparent fashion label is launching a first-of-its-kind scholarship for aspiring designers who desire to work in a progressive, socially and environmentally responsible way. The Future Fashion Designer Scholarship, sponsored by Belgium’s Honest By, will award €10,000 in cash to one “exceptional” student who wishes develop his or her Master of Arts collection with sustainability and transparency as cornerstones. Plus, the scholarship recipient will receive mentoring from Bruno Pieters, Honest By’s founder and creative director.

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Adidas Announces New Roadmap to Detox Supply Chain by 2020

by , 06/11/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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Adidas is returning onside. Two weeks after the FIFA World Cup sponsor received a a red card from Greenpeace for lagging behind on its commitments toward creating a toxic-free supply chain, the sportswear giant announced on Wednesday key milestones that will steer its efforts back on course. As part of the new agreement, Adidas will phase out 99 percent of all polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)—a class of environmentally persistent, hormone-disrupting chemicals used primarily to repel dirt and water in shoes and outerwear—by the end of 2017, leading up to full elimination by 2020.

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Fielder's Choice Goods Turns Vintage Baseball Gloves Into Wallets, Belts

by , 06/10/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Men's Eco-Fashion, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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The sumptuous accessories in Fielder’s Choice Goods’ line channel America’s favorite past time- baseball. The line of leather goods are upcycled from vintage baseball gloves, giving the disused leather a new life. The custom belts, wallets, keychains and hats bear all of the details of their former sporty lives, carrying on the traditional past time into modern fashion, while upcycling materials that would be bound for the landfill.

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Wear a Piece of the Robben Island Fence That Imprisoned Nelson Mandela

by , 06/10/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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The 10-foot-tall wire fence that once confined Nelson Mandela for 18 years is getting a do-over. Capetown designer Charmaine Taylor is salvaging pieces of barbed wire from the infamous Robben Island jail, which held political prisoners captive before the fall of apartheid, and transforming them into gold- and silver-plated necklaces, earrings, and cufflinks. The jewelry, born from a former symbol of oppression, is a reminder that freedom is a “gift to be protected and cherished,” says Taylor, who donates a portion of all sales to the Nelson Mandela Foundation and organic-farming nonprofit Abalimi Bezekhaya (“We Are Farmers”).

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OMSignal's Biometric-Sensing Workout Clothes Keep Your Vitals in Check

OMSignal's Biometric-Sensing Workout Clothes Keep Your Vitals in Check

Forget your activity tracker band – just integrate the sensors right into your workout shirt for no-fuss and accurate biometrics monitoring. That’s the principle behind…

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15 Emerging Eco-Fashion Designers at the Los Angeles D&A Green Room

15 Emerging Eco-Fashion Designers at the Los Angeles D&A Green Room

MOR & DOTTER Hand-crafted in the City of Angels, Mor & Dotter’s “designs for the sweet rebel” balances the wholesome charm of knitwear with edgy…

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Wearable-Tech Market for Pets Expected to Reach $2.6 Billion by 2025

Wearable-Tech Market for Pets Expected to Reach $2.6 Billion by 2025

Photo by Whistle GPS Humans aren’t the only ones that can wear activity trackers. In fact they’re now being made for Fido and the market for wearable tech for pets and…

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Dame Vivienne Westwood Says That "Fashion is a Terrible Thing"

Dame Vivienne Westwood Says That "Fashion is a Terrible Thing"

“There are signs in my shops that say ‘buy less, choose well, make it last.’ I agree, fashion is a terrible thing, it’s all about tempting to buy. But [consumers] should buy…

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Supermodel Lily Cole, Veja Collaborate on Rainforest-Friendly Sneakers

Supermodel Lily Cole, Veja Collaborate on Rainforest-Friendly Sneakers

If anyone knows how to walk the walk, it’s Lily Cole. The British supermodel, actress, and environmentalist has crossed ankles with French ethical footwear label Veja to create a…

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NASA's "ForceShoe" Helps Astronauts Maintain Bone, Muscle Health

NASA's "ForceShoe" Helps Astronauts Maintain Bone, Muscle Health

Let’s first agree that there is no need to worry about fashion while you’re in space. With that said, NASA has come up with a pair of high-tech, but ugly sandals that can…

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The Hague's Humanity House Hosts "Fair Fashion Lab"

The Hague's Humanity House Hosts "Fair Fashion Lab"

A UNIVERSAL SYMBOL To frame the show—as well as create six “pockets” for each of the individual artists—Space & Matter constructed a massive curtain made of 665…

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Jazz Up an Old Tank Top With These Easy Embellishments (DIY Tutorial)

Jazz Up an Old Tank Top With These Easy Embellishments (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Old tank tops Small pieces of stretch- or knit-jersey fabric Small pieces of felt Lace Sewing machine or needle and thread VERSION ONE: LACY ACCENTS Measure a…

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Archaeologists Discover World's Oldest Pants, Worn 3,300 Years Ago

Archaeologists Discover World's Oldest Pants, Worn 3,300 Years Ago

The excavated remains of two trouser-clad men from the primeval Yanghai tombs in western China suggests that ancient nomadic herders put their pants on just like the rest of us: one leg…

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