Philippines

At Least 72 Dead in Footwear-Factory Fire in the Philippines

Photos by Bullit Marquez for Associated Press At least 72 people are dead after a fire ripped through a rubber-slipper factory just north of Manilla in the Philippines, authorities said…

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Piñatex: A Leather-Like Textile Made From Pineapple Leaves

PIÑATEX \ˈpēnyə teks\ n. 1 a: A non-woven, leather-like textile derived from the fibers of the pineapple leaf, which is typically discarded after the fruit is harvested. b:…

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Floreia Transforms Fallen Twigs, Bark Into Stunning Jewelry

Photos by Beatrice Puertollano Floreia’s beautiful line of  jewelry and accessories are made from “Mother earth’s natural scrap materials”- like fallen bark, dead shrubs, and…

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Anthropologie Partners With Rags2Riches on Eco-Ethical Bag Collection

CINDERELLA STORY Nearly 300 women now work for Rags2Riches. Most of them mothers, the women receive a 40 percent cut of the retail price of each item they make, along with training in…

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Lumago Designs Turns Landfill Trash Into Wearable Treasures

Photos by Steve De Neef Would you be surprised to find jewelry designers living off a city dump?  Well, meet the women of Lumago Designs, a jewelry company that turns trash to…

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Suzanne Rae is a Minimalist Dream at Spring 2013 NY Fashion Week

Photos by Amanda Coen for Ecouterre A chance encounter with the work of photographer Francesca Woodman provided the kernel of inspiration that led to Suzanne Rae’s Spring/Summer…

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Ann & Arayata: Philanthropic Handbags Handcrafted in the Philippines

MADE BY HAND AND HEART It was Stephenson’s mother, Honorata, and her generosity of spirit that that inspired Ann & Arayata. (“Ann” is Stephenson’s middle…

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Rags2Riches Empowers Filipino Women by Turning Scraps into Chic Bags

TURNING RAGS INTO RICHES Reese Fernandez’s work with Rags2Riches, the ethical fashion label she helped found, has not gone unnoticed. In April, the 25-year-old entrepreneur was…

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