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Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion

Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion

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Flood Wall Street: Photos from the Front Lines Monday, after the historic 400,000 People's Climate March (PCM) the day previous, over 4,000 students, professors, scientists, activists, journalists, and others marched on Wall Street to demand an end to capitalism. With the hashtag "FloodWallStreet" the photos and stories from this march have trended Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites all week. The protestors and their demands were simple: end the capitalistic system that is not only vastly accelerating global climate change, but disproportionately affecting members communities on the front lines of extreme energy extraction.

Pure Waste Textiles - Sustainable Fashion Evolution - Nordic Style Magazine Sustainability is more than just avoiding waste, it is about creating from it, this is the premise behind Pure Waste Textiles a young Green Company from Helsinki, Finland founded in 2013. Pure Waste creates its fabrics in its own factory recently opened in India and they are at the forefront of the Sustainable Evolution as they produce textiles out of 100% recycled materials, yes over 100,000 products made of 100% recycled materials up to date. The Helsinki based textile company is pushing boundaries on what being green is, they are not compromising quality as their fabric made out of recycled materials can easily compete with virgin textiles in quality. Hannes and Anders Bengs along with partners Lauri Köngäs-Eskandari and Jukka Pesola have not only started a sustainable phenomenon in the Finnish fashion scene but have made waves in the tech industry as they make merchandise for tech giants such as Supercell, Rovio and F-Secure.

Wearable pineapple fibres could prove sustainable alternative to leather At weddings and formal events in the Philippines, men can often be seen wearing the Barong Tagalog, a thin and transparent embroidered garment worn over a shirt. One of the more surprising materials used in its manufacture are fibres from pineapple leaves – and long strands of the leaves could soon also be used to make a host of other products, from trainers and clothes to bags and car upholstery. Called Piñatex - piña is Spanish for pineapple - the new material was created by Carmen Hijosa, who worked as a consultant in the Philippines leather goods industry in the 1990s. She was unimpressed with the standard of goods produced and started to look for alternatives. It was the strength and the fineness of the pineapple leaf fibres used in the Barong Tagalog that first alerted her that there was another option: “I was looking for an alternative to leather.

World's wildlife population halved in just 40 years - life - 30 September 2014 Enjoy them while you can. Only half the world's animals are left compared with 40 years ago, mainly because of habitat destruction either by locals for farming or by the multinational mineral and timber trades. The biennial Living Planet Report, released this week by conservation charity WWF, tracked the fate of 10,000 vertebrate species around the world between 1970 and 2010. It found that the total population of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles has declined by 52 per cent in only two generations of humans. Fashion future: Eco-couture, smart clothes and sustainability Trend forecast analyst Harleen Sabharwal offers insights on why we're on the verge of the 'slow fashion era' People will own fewer but high-quality clothes Think metallic...think alien...think techno-chic!

Raw for the Oceans « Ecouterre Bionic Yarn estimates that the full collection employs an estimated 10 tons of recycled marine debris. The line, which includes T-shirts, hoodies, boilersuits, trench coats, bomber jackets, jeans, and baseball caps in dark blue and black, features subtle detailing, plus original motifs based on its “Otto the Octopus” logo. RELATED | Pharrell, G-Star Raw Create Denim Made From Recycled Ocean Plastic Pollution May Be Promoting Lethal Tumors In Turtles Pollution from urban areas and farms in Hawaii may be contributing to a tumor-forming disease in endangered sea turtles, a new study has found. According to the researchers, nitrogen in runoff gets stored in the turtles’ food and consequently gives sleepy herpesviruses the fuel they need to cause the often fatal tumors that have afflicted sea turtle populations for decades. The work has been published in PeerJ. Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is an often fatal tumor-forming disease that affects sea turtles across the globe. Previous work identified DNA from a group of viruses called alpha-herpesviruses in these tumors, but not in adjacent healthy tissues.

100 Examples of Ethical Fashion By: Malika Renee Butss - Published: Jun 4, 2015 These examples of ethical fashion prove that fashion can be cruelty-free. 100% sweatshop-free and environmentally safe, these fashion pieces allow the consumer to feel good while looking good. The North Circular is a supermodel-founded company specializing in stylish knitwear while the 'Forgotten Shirts' brand creates causal t-shirts for a good cause. Jewelry is also included in this range of fashion. Ethical engagement rings by Ingle & Rhode allow brides to promote conflict-free fashion while planning their big day. Young Entrepreneur Of The Week: Tom Cridland, Who's Making Sustainability Trendy With His 30-Year Jumper Tom Cridland isn't afraid of a challenge. The 24-year-old founded his eponymous menswear brand last year and set himself the mammoth task of making, quite literally, the perfect pair of pants. Now, the young entrepreneur has his sights on sustainability - and has created The 30 Year Sweatshirt, which, rather tellingly, comes with a 30 year guarantee. Designer Tom Cridland "I decided to create it as I firmly believe that built-in obsolescence in the 'fast fashion' industry is wrong and unnecessary," he tells The Huffington Post UK. "It's not fair on us as consumers and it wastes valuable natural resources.

Satellite images show Aral Sea basin 'completely dried' A large section of the Aral Sea has completely dried up for the first time in modern history, according to Nasa. Images from the US space agency’s Terra satellite released last week show that the eastern basin of the Central Asian inland sea – which stretched across Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and was once the fourth largest in the world – was totally parched in August. Images taken in 2000 show an extensive body of water covering the same area. “This is the first time the eastern basin has completely dried in modern times,” Philip Micklin, a geographer emeritus from Western Michigan University told Nasa. “And it is likely the first time it has completely dried in 600 years, since Medieval desiccation associated with diversion of Amu Darya to the Caspian Sea.” In the 1950s, two of the region’s major rivers – the Amu Darya and and the Syr Darya – were diverted by the Soviet government to provide irrigation for cotton production in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, starving the Aral.

ZUG, Switzerland and WASHINGTON, D.C., September 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Cotton and textile worker Photo credit: International Labour Organization (PRNewsFoto/C&A Foundation) Facebook Twitter fashion vs climate change "It's an information war," trailblazing writer Naomi Klein told journalists at a recent oil pipeline protest in her native Canada. "There's no doubt that it's an information war and we're up against the richest industry in history." Indeed. It's blindingly clear that Klein's new, illuminating book, the deeply researched yet accessible This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, neatly fills a massive information gap. It reveals the gulf between what's generally known about the environmental movement and man-made climate change, and the updated reality in which it's now a civil rights, anti-war, anti-austerity, fuel poverty and inter-generational justice movement, and the difference between the mainstream mindset on how to solve climate change — electric cars, eco lightbulbs and recycling — and the evolving views of top-level economists, scientists and super sharp thinkers like Klein, who are on the serious road to solutions.