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Indigenous Fair Trade Fashion 

  Indigenous organic + fair trade fashion has been leading the way in stylish, handmade fashion since 1994. All Indigenous’ sustainable apparel is made with extreme care by artisans who are paid a Fair Wage. The founders, Scotty and Matt, have helped form a scalable artisan network through the Indigenous clothing line that reflects a commitment to sustainability and socially responsible actions. Indigenous clothes contain only organic and natural fibers as well as low-impact dyes. This keeps harmful chemicals away from your body. Purchasing organic clothing is also an important…

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Levi’s Field of Jeans To Promote Recycling

  In an effort to promote recycling, Levi Strauss & Co. started a drive that brought in 18,850 pairs of jeans. The event known as “Field of Dreams” is meant to show the impact of throwing clothes in a landfill versus recycling. The collected jeans weighted 24,000 pounds. They were put on display at the 49ers football stadium by a team of 50 people over 16 hours creation period. Levi’s emphasizes sustainability in its business practices in a number of different ways, in addition the Field of Jeans. It launched…

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Southwest Airlines Upcycles 80,000 Leather Seats Into Shoes, Bags, Balls

  Southwest Airlines will lighten its 737-700 aircrafts by over 600 pounds by replacing its leather covered seats with lighter material. The change was aimed at reducing weight – 600 lbs per plane – and thus fuel. The airline, having cracked the top 100 in Newsweek’s annual green company rankings this year didn’t want to throw away the 80,000 leather seat coverings in a landfill. To solve this problem, Southwest Airlines, launched LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose, a multi-phase sustainability program that partners with social enterprises in Nairobi, Kenya, the Republic of Malawi and the…

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Primark Dress Includes Worker’s Cry For Help

  Mysterious messages about working conditions discovered in a store remind us that textile industry standards have changed little since the Rana Plaza disaster. Two Swansea shoppers have come forward saying they found extra labels sewn into items bought last year. “Forced to work exhausting hours” read the first; “Degrading sweatshop conditions” says the latest, pictured in the 25 June edition of the paper. In part this is down to the sheer complexity of the fashion supply chain. Perhaps the most poignant and ironic thing about the message in a…

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Stella McCartney Uses Sustainable Wool for 2014 Pre-Fall Collection

  Stella McCartney’s 2014 Pre-Fall collection at the Harold Pratt House introduced McCartney’s sustainable wool partnership with the Nature Conservancy and Ovis XXI, through which her tailoring and knitwear will use wool from the sheep of Patagonia, South America produced in accordance with the conservancy’s new sustainability standards. Its aim to prevent overgrazing in a bid to preserve grasslands in the region. The collection included patterns drawn by British designer Gary Hume to soften McCartney’s edgy black and white punk look. The range is enhanced with jacquard motifs, thread work…

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June Bracelet Measure Sun Exposure

  The June bracelet — by French jewelry designer Camille Toupet — is feminine and flattering, while also practical. Camille has worked with brands such as Harry Winston and Louis Vuitton. She made the bracelet to help women prevent skin diseases due sun exposure. The bracelet ($99) made its debut at the International CES Show and will be available in the second quarter of 2014 at various fashion, beauty and consumer electronics stores. The jewel on the wristband collects data and syncs with an iOS device to provide advice based…

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Minimum Wage Increase In Bangladesh

  After many protests, the Bangladesh factory workers were successful at increasing their minimum wage. The September protests caused 400 of the 5,000 factories to close. The government responded with a minimum wage increase in daily salaries from 3,000 taka ($39) to 5,300 taka ($68), effective December 1. The increase in minimum wage is expected to increase retail costs by 5-15%. Bangladesh has the second largest garment industry and lowest wages in Asia after Myanmar. The garment industry accounts for over 2/3 of Bangladesh’s exports — a $20 billion industry…

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Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes

  Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes: 1. H&M has a new policy allowing shoppers to donate bags of clothing (which don’t have to be in good condition or carry an H&M label) in exchange for a 15 percent discount on an item of their choice. Puma and The North Face stores also accept worn clothing, and other retailers such as Levi’s, Gap, and Patagonia offer recycling sale events—inquire at local locations to see what’s planned. 2. Planet Aid’s yellow collection bins (popping up soon on a street corner near you) offer peace…

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Vegan Rubber Roma Rain Boots $84

  April showers are long gone, but that doesn’t mean the rains have stopped. Roma‘s vegan rubber rain boots are made from 100-percent natural latex rubber, and they’re lined with cotton to keep your feet warm and comfortable. Fairly made in China from 100 percent natural latex rubber, each boot includes a lining of quick-drying cotton to keep your toes nice and toasty, plus a multilayer cushioned insole for splashing around in comfort. Roma boots color choices include gloss plum, gloss navy, matte brown, matte gray, and matte taupe. Roma…

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Beyonce Partners with Rent The Runway Boutique

  Beyonce is pairing her Sasha Fierce style with affordable prices in her new partnership with Rent The Runway. The online boutique provides inexpensive, high fashion apparel from over 100 designers and will now offer selections from the Beyonce Boutique. Rent the runway members can rent items for either 4 or 8 days. The site allows users to dress nice for events without the need to buy an outfit that will end up sitting in a closet. By renting an item, the company is embracing collaborative consumption efforts. “Making women…

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H&M: 1st Fashion Company to Launch Global Clothes Recycling Program

  Swedish global fashion firm Hennes & Mauritz plans to start collecting old clothes from next year to hand over for recycling, it said on Thursday. H&M, the world’s second biggest fashion chain after Spanish group Inditex, said in a statement it will become the first fashion company to launch a clothing collection initiative worldwide. “From February 2013, customers will be able to hand in used garments in H&M stores in all 48 markets,” it said. Any items of clothing from any brand and in any condition would be accepted…

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China’s Shocking Textile Industry Facts

  The Textile Industry is a recognized national precious stone in China. There are cities, like Changshu City (Jiangsu province) and Dongguan City (Guangdong), which concentrate a high number of textile enterprises (2300 and 6500 textile companies respectively). The textile industry is highly labour intensive, thus it benefited greatly from lower labour costs. Usually a basic worker’s monthly wage is $393 (2,500 yuan). For experienced workers and managers, it is between $550 (3,500 yuan) and $787 (5,000 yuan). The world clothing and textile industry (clothing, textiles, footwear and luxury goods) reached almost $2,560 trillion in 2010. The world market for…

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Constrvct App to Design Organic Cotton Garments

  CONSTRVCT is truly interactive, user generated fashion. It uses U.S.-sourced double-knit organic cotton jersey and industrial digital textile inks to create its vibrant, photo-quality prints, which are then professionally stitched together in a garment facility in New York City. As a web-based collection, you can make your own designs. Turn photos into beautifully distinctive styles. They make your design with digital textile printing and sew it in your size in the highest quality. Every design is uniquely made to order. Constrvct  believes that the Future of Fashion is about redefining the entire process of design,…

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Why Fashion at the Rio+20 Summit?

  “Fashion is a highly visible industry that people can relate to and understand. The climate debate has a tendency to only deal with technical interventions such as turbines and heat pumps, but fashion can make everything more tangible for the individual. The fashion industry also affects social currents and thus other industries, which is why the fashion industry is unique when it comes to spreading sustainable change to the rest of society. Meanwhile, fashion is also great in terms of focusing on our consumption and its effect on the…

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Levis’ Commuter Line of Jeans for Bikers

  Levi’s®, a 150 years old company, has made another innovative move with the development of its Commuter line—jeans built specifically for the needs and demands of commuter cyclists and those who want to look fly while getting around by bike. The Commuter jeans are ultra-durable and both water and odor repellant, but also include features like reflective interior lining for safety, and even a back loop to hold your U-lock. Levi’s 511 Commuter Jeans ($80) comes in four versions — full length or cropped, in denim or non-denim —…

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Honestby Luxury Clothing offers 100% Product and Markup Transparency

  Bruno Pieters conceived Honestby during a sabbatical from the fashion industry in Southern India. An award-winning designer and art director, Pieters spent 2010 exploring the developing world, an experience that profoundly affected his personal philosophy and his thinking about fashion. Mixing his experience with the current environmental awareness in today’s world, Bruno Pieters’ Honestby line will help people make conscious lifestyle choices. While observing how native people wore clothes that were grown, woven and sewn from sources they could identify around them, he wondered if such transparency could be…

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Livia Firth Eco-Dress Golden Globes 2012

  What do the cream of the fashion design world’s crop and sustainability have in common? For most award shows, the answer would be a resounding “nothing,” but this year, Colin Firth’s wife, Livia is working with the fashion world’s biggest names to change that. The movement of eco-fashion from the sidelines to mainstream is gaining steam. As Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani put it on her blog, “The respect and care for the environment, sustainability and fair trade nowadays are features that cannot be separated from the fashion world,…

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RainTees: Saving Trees with Tees

   Rain Tees began by donating school supplies to children living in endangered rainforests and now works with children in need all over the world. Every Rain Tee is handmade in the USA with eco-friendly fabrics and features original artwork created by children living in countries facing environmental destruction, poverty, and little or no access to education. For every tee sold, a tree is planted in a critically endangered area of the world through our charity partner, Trees for the Future.Trees for the Future has planted nearly 65 million trees…

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Green Fashion Industry Halting

  For small businesses, the desire to go green isn’t always enough. Many fashion designers and retailers aspire to promote ethical clothing, and yet the difficulty often comes down to the fundamental economic principle of supply and demand. Organic baby clothes brand Little Esop, based in New York, uses 100 percent organic fabrics. Designer Judy Posey, who founded the brand more than two years ago, believes that the higher cost of organic fabrics is the biggest deterrent to companies across the fashion industry, especially since “it isn’t a big enough…

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Dry Cleaning

  Contrary to what its name implies, dry cleaning involves washing clothes in a liquid solvent to remove stains. In about 85 percent of dry cleaning shops this solvent is perchloroethylene (or “perc”), a chemical that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers both a health and environmental hazard. Dry cleaning is not always necessary; clothing makers often place the “dry clean only” label on tags because they can list no more than one cleaning method and can be held liable if an item is damaged when the owner follows the…

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Puma Re-Suede

  Sportlifestyle brand PUMA recently introduced the new PUMA Re-Suede. Taking one of their most well-known shoes, the Suede, they recreated each component with 100% recycled materials, delivering sustainability whilst retaining the style. The Re-Suede will be sold in PUMA’s Clever Little Bag, their new sustainable packaging that has replaced the traditional shoeboxes. The Re-Suede‘s synthetic suede material is comprised of 100% recycled polyester fibers and produced using a chemical recycling process that reduces the energy consumption and the CO2 emission by 80% compared to the production of virgin materials….

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eGreen Shopping

  eGreen Attire Websites for Shopping: www.4march.com -Boston based organic clothing www.Charmoneshoes.com -Green Manolo PVC-free shoes www.shopenvi.com -Boston based boutique www.gominyc.com -NY based boutique www.thegreenloop.com- Green Denim www.StewartBrown.com- sustainability gear

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