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Greenpeace Fashion Detox Manifesto Campaign
Written by Lindsay Bloom - Sunday, 01 June 2014
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The ‘Fashion Detox Manifesto’ was started by Greenpeace back in 2011. The campaign came into fruition after a year long investigation, which the organization culminated into their ‘Dirty Laundry: Unraveling the Corporate Connections to Toxic Water Pollution in China ’ report. This report brings attention to hidden links between textile manufacturing facilities in China that emit hazardous chemicals into the water, and international brands like Adidas and Nike. Those two popular brands were the first to be challenged by Greenpeace to sign their detox manifesto and urge their suppliers to eliminate all toxic, persistent and hormone-disrupting chemicals from their products and production processes. It’s estimated that 17-20% of the world’s industrial water pollution comes from the dyeing and treatment of textiles.

 
Bags with a Mission
Written by Laura Molteni - Thursday, 29 May 2014
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There are many ways in which fashion can be sustainable: simplifying, it can be produced using eco-materials (organic, recycled, vegan..) and/or be ethically produced, with respect for the people and the environment. But there's another dimension that some brands go through, and that entails for the product or line to have a philanthropic purpose. This means that collections are made following the principles just explained, but then a part of profits goes to fund humanitarian projects. I discovered many small objects are involved in this cause, like bags. These items are mostly sold online and for this reason a bag is generally easier to manage than garments, because you don't need to size it, it is easier to incorporate into your wardrobe and, above all, «every woman wants and "needs" more than one» as confessed to me by Megan Reilly Cayten, co-founder of the Catrinka Project, together with Sumana Setty and Amisha Patel.

 

 
Swapdom: Reducing Textile Waste
Written by Swapdom - Wednesday, 21 May 2014
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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a whopping 13.1 million tons of textile waste are sent by Americans to landfills every year (and that’s a stat from 2011!). While some of this waste is recovered for recycling and export, rescued and reused material only totals about 14% of clothes and shoes sent to the trash. Textile waste is a big problem. If this is news to you, you’re in good company, as almost 80% of Americans have no idea clothing waste is a problem in such dire need of addressing.  

 

 
Copenhagen Fashion Summit: The Anatomy of Sustainable Fashion
Written by Nora Locskai - Thursday, 08 May 2014
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What makes fashion sustainable? At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, with Actress Connie Nielsen at his side, Stefan Siegel, the Founder of the contemporary designer community, NOT JUST A LABEL unveiled plans to start a platform that helps young designers solve the challenges of the industry through sustainable design. 

 

 
Final Day of Eco Fashion Week Edition 8
Written by Jordan Krahn - Wednesday, 30 April 2014
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There is that expression that we have all heard before, “go big or go home,” it is a phrase that describes the code for champions. It appears Eco Fashion Week took this to heart finishing off for the second season in a row at luxury retailer Holt Renfrew, hosting an in-store event in collaboration with Obakki alongside H Project’s new venture “Uncrate India.”    

 

 
Day 2 of Eco Fashion Week Edition 8
Written by Jordan Krahn - Tuesday, 29 April 2014
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With a new venue this year, Eco Fashion Week turns up the elegance factor by displaying at the lavish Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Coal Harbour, Vancouver. Day two brought us a much more exciting aspect of the whole event – backstage mayhem, the glitz, the glamour, models scrambling to get into their final look, as well cocktails and canapés. 

 

 
Day 1 of Eco Fashion Week Edition 8
Written by Jordan Krahn - Monday, 28 April 2014
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And so it began: day one of Eco Fashion Week fired off with informative seminars at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Woodwards building in Gastown. The seminars were presented by Bullfrog Power and Ecowaste Ltd., in partnership with Projecting Change Film Festival.  

 

 
A Sustainable Epiphany
Written by Debora Pokallus - Monday, 28 April 2014
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In the past decade, more and more designers are discovering that they can create a fashion collection with respect for the environment and workers, without sacrificing quality and design. The greatest encouragement for the movement is seeing designers who have tremendous mainstream opportunities, and choose to change their direction to sustainable fashion. So, what does a designer do after completing a demanding fashion design program in Bogotá, heading off to Milan, Italy to learn haute couture patternmaking and sewing techniques, and landing a prestigious internship at the atelier of Christian Lacroix?   

 

 
Edition 8 of Eco Fashion Week
Written by Jordan Krahn - Monday, 21 April 2014
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The 8th edition of Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver, taking place April 27-29, is trimming its final edges and shaping up to be one of the most unique seasons yet. Change is good, it is your ally and Eco Fashion Week is settling into a new way to showcase eco-fashion and the diversity of the garment industry. The event is focusing on exploring new opportunities, forming new partnerships, new venues and living off the motto “Fashion For Life, Not For Waste.” Eco Fashion Week once again will instill change and provoke a collective desire to thrive in an eco-friendly world.

 

 
Brand Profile: Chilpa
Written by Eco Fashion World - Saturday, 19 April 2014
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Chilpa offers more than just (Mexican) scarves and shawls...Chilpa was born in 2013 in Nunhead, London with Mexican roots. At Chilpa they believe in quality design made by people who get a fair price for their work. The founders of Chilpa fell in love with rebozos (this type of scarves and shawls) because they combine centuries’ old techniques with contemporary design. Chilpa's rebozos are 100% cotton, handwoven with skill and love in Tenancingo, a town 90km outside of Mexico City and one of the last places where rebozos are still made by hand.

 

 
Meet Kathryn Hilderbrand
Written by Magaly Fuentes-Sagan - Friday, 18 April 2014
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If you are up to speed with the slow fashion community, chances are you have heard of Kathryn Hilderbrand or at least one of the projects she is currently spearheading. Hilderbrand is a radiant soul who devotes an innate and positive intensity to everything she does. Her staunch dedication to the slow fashion movement is evident. Hilderbrand perfectly melds her passion for conscious fashion with her tremendous talents, while pursuing her childhood dream to create beautiful things.  

 

 
Texture Blends by Renli Su
Written by Lupe Castro - Monday, 14 April 2014
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Renli Su may very well be one of the first Chinese designers (if not the first) on the international arena who is clearly committed to sustainable fashion. The Renli Su installation or tableau at Fashion Scout would probably be relevant as an image of peasant China, or a musing of a Pre-Raphaelite or John Millais painting. Pastoral completely. I think it's about time we have a pastoral comeback on the fashion front; the last really huge one must have been at the time of the 'Laura Ashley' era. Renli Su's inspiration for the collection, however, is derived from the textures of Brazilian artist Mira Schendal.

 
Brand Profile: dikokore designs
Written by Eco Fashion World - Thursday, 10 April 2014
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dikokore designs brings colorful grass bracelets from Benin in West Africa to the US. They work with a cooperative of over 30 women who hand weave these bracelets in a tradition that is several centuries old. The bracelets are strong, light and unique, and the little quirks and intricacies of each bracelet are an important part of this hand-crafted work: they show the intimacy and uniqueness of each woman.

 

 
Themis and Thread Committed to Creating Change
Written by Eco Fashion World - Monday, 07 April 2014
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Themis and Thread has joined many other ethical brands in maintaining attention on the Rana Plaza disaster and bringing awareness to the events that took place to cause it. Of the 1,129 dead as a result of the Rana Plaza collapse on April 24, 2013, most were women; many were the only breadwinners of the household. The consequences of the Rana Plaza disaster are far reaching - hundreds of children orphaned and older family members who relied on this source of income are now struggling to survive with no time to grieve and their own lives on the line.

 

 
Factory45: A New Accelerator for Fashion Startups
Written by Oceana Lott - Wednesday, 02 April 2014
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Sustainable fashion consultant and entrepreneur, Shannon Whitehead, is launching an exciting new program for fashion startups that want to accelerate their path to success.  This month Factory45 opens its virtual doors to a select group of people who will spend six months together in 2-month long modules from June 2 to December 2, 2014. The program is entirely online with weekly group calls and bi-monthly one-on-one consulting sessions. There will also be videos, worksheets, scripts, templates and recorded expert interviews available with each new module. I had a chance to speak with Shannon about the program. 

 

 
5 Lessons Learned Through The Journey of Ethical Entrepreneurship
Written by Katie Schmidt - Sunday, 30 March 2014
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The journey from concept to creation is challenging, especially when coordinating with artisans from a different country. For example, during monsoon season and during cold damp days, we are forced to put our production process on hold, because our fabrics rely heavily on good weather. After many sleepless nights and feeling like I am literally putting my sweat and tears into my work, I have learned some valuable lessons.

 
Lastbutnotleast, An Eco-Manifesto on Your Big Day
Written by Ren Wan - Tuesday, 25 March 2014
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It’s a question asked by many eco-conscious women, myself included… What would I wear? You want to look your best on your wedding day, but you just don’t feel right about buying a fancy Vera Wang gown and then letting it sink into your wardrobe. Mum’s or Gran’s vintage gown contains special meanings, but not contemporary aesthetic and perfect fit. Gown rentals don’t always promise individuality. The bold upcycled bridal collection by emerging Hong Kong-based upcycling design studio, Lastbutnotleast is a daring experiment with an environmental conscience and distinctive style.   

 

 
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