Reese Witherspoon Hawks (Mostly) U.S.-Made "Draper James" Line

by , 05/06/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Add Reese Witherspoon to the burgeoning sisterhood of actresses-turned-lifestyle-curators. Following on the stiletto-clad heels of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and Blake Lively’s Preserve, the Oscar winner is the proud proprietor of Draper James, an clothing and housewares retailer that promises to bring “contemporary, yet timeless Southern style to your wardrobe and your home, no matter where you live.” While it’s tempting to dismiss the endeavor as yet another celebrity-backed vanity project, the brand comes bundled with an intriguing twist: Seventy percent of Draper James’s inventory is manufactured in the United States, according to CEO Andrea Hyde. The company’s eventual aim, Hyde told WWD, is to produce everything domestically, and, whenever possible, south of the Mason-Dixon line.

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Livia Firth Dresses in Recycled Plastic Bottles at 2015 Met Ball

by , 05/05/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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While other Hollywood players jostled for the cameras at Metropolitan of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in over-the-top couture on Monday night, Livia Firth made a different kind of red-carpet statement. Arriving on the arm of her husband, award-winning thespian Colin Firth, the “Queen of the Green Carpet” wore an Antonio Berardi gown composed of “Newlife” fabric, which is woven from yarns spun from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. According to WWD, the dress is a rerun of an outfit Berardi designed for Firth’s “Green Carpet Challenge” in 2012, albeit with a “Chinese twist” in honor of the Met Ball’s Eastern theme.

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Celebrate "Star Wars" Day With a DIY Princess Leia Headband

by , 05/04/15   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion

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Celebrate Star Wars Day, a.k.a. May the 4th, by recreating Princess Leia’s iconic hairdo. It couldn’t be easier: Simply create two braids with brown yarn, roll them into “buns,” then hot-glue them to a headband using craft felt for support. Pair your coif with an oversized white T-shirt, a silver duct-tape belt, and visible disdain for big walking carpets, and boom—instant costume. Need more guidance? Check out the full tutorial, plus step-by-step pictures, at Disney Family.

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MetaWear is U.S.'s First Solar-, Geothermal-Powered Garment Factory

by , 05/01/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade

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More often than not, ethical manufacturing practices and the textile industry seem to be somewhat of an oxymoronic thought. MetaWear, a screen-printing apparel company based in Fairfax, Virginia has launched the first and only American-based Global Organic Textile Standard– certified factory of its kind. Powered by solar and geothermal processes, MetaWear’s factory is setting the standard for ethical, eco-friendly textile production and manufacturing in the U.S. MetaWear creates customized screen-printing apparel using seaweed-based inks and fair trade–certified organic cotton.

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"Star Wars Epic Yarns" Recreates Original Trilogy With Needle-Felting

by , 05/01/15   filed under: Book Reviews, Eco-Art

 

300,000 College Students Will Be Graduating in Eco-Friendly Gowns

by , 04/30/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Unifi has linked arms with Oak Hall Cap & Gown to clothe more than 300,000 college students in eco-friendly regalia this spring. Composed entirely of Unifi’s “Repreve” material, each “GreenWeaver” gown contains the equivalent of 27 recycled plastic bottles. Over 1,100 colleges and universities, including Columbia University, Louisiana State University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be flaunting the garment in the upcoming months, diverting an estimated 8 million plastic bottles from landfills this graduation season alone, according to the companies.

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Even Hipsters Employ an Average of 27 Slaves Every Day

by , 04/30/15   filed under: Worker Rights

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Even the most conscious try-hards among us have a hard time avoiding forced labor in our daily transactions. In fact, the average “hipster” can employ up to 27 slaves each day, according to Made in a Free World, a San Francisco–based nonprofit that works to mitigate the business of human exploitation. The group arrived at the number by examining purchases typically associated with members of the trendy-millennial subculture, say, flannel shirts, skinny jeans, or chukka boots. Actual figures will vary from individual to individual, of course, but Made in a Free World says the estimate serves to illustrate the myriad ways savvy consumers can support unethical business practices, however inadvertently.

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T-Shirt Vending Machine Shows Shoppers Real Cost of Cheap Fashion

by , 04/29/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

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A vending machine in Berlin offering up 2 euro t-shirts turned out to not be exactly what shoppers bargained for. The machine, set in place in busy Alexanderplatz to mark Fashion Revolution Day, asked shoppers to deposit just 2 euros (around $2.23 USD) for its wares. Before the t-shirts popped out, shoppers were shown images of the shirt’s production at sweatshops around the world, before being offered the chance to donate their 2 euros to help incite change.

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Zady's U.S.-Made Organic T-Shirt is the Epitome of Slow Fashion

by , 04/29/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

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When is a T-shirt more than just another T-shirt? For ethical e-tailer Zady, the perfect topper is one that is as beautiful as the journey it took to create it. The latest in its in-house “Essentials” collection, Zady’s .02 T-Shirt is as defined by its rolled-and-tacked sleeve, slightly oversized pocket, and curved hem as it is by its product story. For one thing, it’s completely transparent—supply-chain-wise, that is. Zady partnered with American suppliers at every step of the process, from organic cotton farmers in Lubbock, Tex., to low-impact dyers in Burlington, N.C.

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Nordic Countries Launch Action Plan for Sustainable Fashion

Nordic Countries Launch Action Plan for Sustainable Fashion

TRUE NORTH The textile industry is one of the most resource-consuming sectors in the world, Brosbøl said, noting that a Nordic citizen’s annual consumption of textiles uses more…

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BeGood Wants to be the World's First Zero-Waste Clothing Retailer

BeGood Wants to be the World's First Zero-Waste Clothing Retailer

With the “lofty ambitions” of becoming an entirely waste-free retailer, BeGood certainly have their work cut out for them. But they are managing to tackle to issue of waste in the…

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Kim Kardashian's Fur Bikini Might Have Been Historical Cosplay

Kim Kardashian's Fur Bikini Might Have Been Historical Cosplay

The ridiculousness that is Kim Kardashian came to a head in January, when the reality-show star hit the slopes in Utah wearing a fur bikini—or “furkini,” as she dubbed it…

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John Oliver Skewered Fast Fashion on HBO—And It Was Glorious

John Oliver Skewered Fast Fashion on HBO—And It Was Glorious

Photo by Debby Wong/Shutterstock Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver took to his HBO pulpit Sunday night to fire a blistering denunciation of fashion retailers that sell trendy…

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Zady's Maxine Bédat: If a Cheap Garment Falls Apart, It's Not a Deal

Zady's Maxine Bédat: If a Cheap Garment Falls Apart, It's Not a Deal

“When you go to make a purchase, take a look at the product and ask yourself: ‘am I being cheated?’ If a product from a ‘fast fashion’ chain is falling apart before…

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Has the Rana Plaza Disaster Really Changed the Garment Industry?

Has the Rana Plaza Disaster Really Changed the Garment Industry?

On second anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza, a disaster that killed 1,138 garment workers and injured thousands more in Bangladesh, one question appears to be on the mind of…

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Reformation Debuts Low-Carbon Clothing, "RefScale" Eco-Index

Reformation Debuts Low-Carbon Clothing, "RefScale" Eco-Index

In celebration of Earth Month, eco-chic fashion brand Reformation launched RefScale, a detailed “eco-gauge” feature on every product page informing customers how much of an impact…

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The North Face Wants to Recycle 100,000 Pounds of Textiles

The North Face Wants to Recycle 100,000 Pounds of Textiles

Clothing recycling just got a whole lot easier, thanks to a nationwide roll-out of “Clothes the Loop,” a take-back/recycling program designed by The North Face to divert…

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Take a Selfie, Help Garment Workers' Rights Go Viral

Take a Selfie, Help Garment Workers' Rights Go Viral

A selfie can be more than an exercise in narcissism. Help garment workers’ rights go viral on Friday by posting a picture of yourself with your clothing inside out and asking…

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