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Chinese Woman Spends 11 Years Knitting Coat, Hair From Her Own Hair

by , 01/31/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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Instead of fretting when her beautiful hair started to fall out in her 30s, Xiang Renxian decided to transform it into a lasting gift- a hat and coat for her husband. The former schoolteacher in Chongqing, China began collecting her shiny black strands as it fell out over the years.  In 2003 she came up with the idea to preserve her hair, by weaving all 116,058 strands of hair into keepsake clothes for her husband.

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H&M's Helena Helmersson: Fashion Can Be Cheap and Ethical

by , 01/31/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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If there’s a disconnect between its mission to sell cheaply priced clothing and its quest to improve working conditions and the environment, H&M isn’t seeing it. The Swedish retail giant—the world’s second largest after Zara—wants to “make sustainable fashion more democratic,” Helena Helmersson, the company’s head of sustainability, told Reuters Wednesday. Sustainability, she added, doesn’t have to be a “luxury thing.” “There is a misconception that lower prices in the stores mean bad working conditions or less pay,” Helmersson said.

So tell us, can fashion be both cheap and ethically made?

  • 150 Votes HELL NO! There's no such thing as a free lunch. Someone ultimately pays for your "bargain."
  • 19 Votes HELL YES! Qualities of life are different overseas, so workers don't have to be paid as much.

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Made of Organic Cotton, N2R's Hydro Jacket is Water-, Wind-Resistant

by , 01/31/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Vegan Fashion

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Finding a good water-resistant jacket is a difficult prospect in itself, but finding one that is organic too is downright impossible. Which is why Luca Sburlati of N2R set out to make a completely organic coat that could withstand the elements. The Hydro Jacket is made of organic cotton that relies on the a special, tight knit weave to repel water rather than a synthetic coating. Made in Italy using locally-sourced textiles, the Hydro Jacket may just replace your Gortex.

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"The Street Store" is the First Pop-Up Clothing Store for the Homeless

by , 01/31/14   filed under: Fashion Philanthropy

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South Africa’s Street Store doesn’t just help to clothe the homeless, but also gives them the retail experience of choosing their own wares. With the idea to give the homeless the same dignity as customers who can pay, The Street Store sets up their pop up cardboard shops around Cape Town, inviting customers in need to peruse at their will. Customers in need are welcome to choose an outfit for themselves from the hundreds of donated items, giving the gift of self-assured style along with needed clothing.

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L'Oreal Commits to "Zero Deforestation" by 2020

by , 01/30/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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L’Oreal has its eye on the tiger. The world’s largest beauty and cosmetics company has pledged to obtain its renewable raw materials, including palm oil, soya oil, and wood-fiber-based products, from 100 percent “zero-deforestation” sources by 2020. In a statement on Thursday, Greenpeace named the palm-oil industry as the “greatest single cause” of deforestation in Indonesia, where as much as 620,000 hectares of rainforest—an area the size of Brunei—is lost to oil-palm plantations every year. As a result, demand for the ubiquitous ingredient, which can be found in everything from mascara to M&Ms, is driving the extinction of critically endangered species such as Sumatran tiger, of which fewer than 400 remain in the wild.

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Germany's Karen Jessen Wins the 2013 EcoChic Design Award

by , 01/30/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of the 2013 EcoChic Design Award.

Fashion NGO Redress injected Hong Kong Fashion Week with a creative dose of high-appeal and low-textile waste fashion, designed by emerging sustainable fashion designers, in last week’s The EcoChic Design Award 2013 Grand Final. Never before on the doorstep of the world’s largest clothes manufacturer has textile waste ever looked so appealing. The EcoChic Design Award is our sustainable fashion design competition that challenges emerging fashion designers to create mainstream-appeal clothing with minimal textile waste. We first dropped the competition’s roots in Hong Kong in 2011 before our cross-continent gigantic growth in this fourth cycle to shepherd designers from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, UK, France and Germany for the 2013’s culmination at Hong Kong Fashion Week.

PREVIOUSLY ON ECOUTERRE: 2013 EcoChic Design Award Finalists Bring Minimal-Waste Garments to Life

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Skinny Jeans Nearly Ruined America's Currency System

by , 01/29/14   filed under: Fashion Artifacts, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Dollar bills pass through our hands all the time, but we rarely stop to think about where the money comes from. In the late 1800s, when a single currency system was established, the bills were sustainably produced from waste fabric from the fashion industry. That’s right: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were printed on fibers processed from unwanted materials, entirely compiled from recycled scraps. But a recent article published over at the Washington Post last month sheds light on how the fashion world’s love of figure-hugging jeans since the ’90’s has wreaked havoc on currency production, tainting the waste scraps with spandex and rendering them useless.

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Agnes the Humanoid Knitting Robot Will Haunt Your Nightmares

by , 01/29/14   filed under: Featured

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Inventor Andy Noyes’ new creation brings the knitting machine to a new level. The Agnes Roboknit is part mannequin part robotic knitter, which knits on a circular loom with sporadic humanoid movements. Made from homemade gears, Noyes wanted to create a robot that appears to be human from afar, but shows off exposed mechanisms up close.

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Karen Walker Casts Kenyan Artisans in New Ethical Eyewear Campaign

by , 01/29/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Eyewear

 

Burberry Commits to Eliminating Hazardous Chemicals by 2020

Burberry Commits to Eliminating Hazardous Chemicals by 2020

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…

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Google Glass Adds Prescription Lenses, Stylish Frames

Google Glass Adds Prescription Lenses, Stylish Frames

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

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…

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Is Gap the Worst Corporation of 2013?

Is Gap the Worst Corporation of 2013?

Photo by Tupungato/Shutterstock 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…

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

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

LESS THAN THREE Two and two-thirds—the same amount of money a Cambodian garment worker makes in a day—is the sum that gave Eng’s “Less Than Three” campaign its…

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Edoheart's Lingerie Collection Preserves African Textile Culture

Edoheart's Lingerie Collection Preserves African Textile Culture

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

THE AMERICANS The patchwork-quilt quality of the uniform extends to its creators. The fashion house commissioned more than 40 partners across the country to create the look. The 650…

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