The stereotype of the entrepreneur or startup founder as someone who lives in jeans and flip-flops might be enticing to those who have to dress up all the time, but the truth of the matter is, if you show up to a dressy event clothed too casually, you might come across as someone who’s not […]
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We’re probably fairly aware of at least some of the issues that people in the developing world face, including limited (or no) access to clean water, as well as lack of sanitary facilities for going to the bathroom or washing up afterward. But unless you’re a woman, chances are you aren’t aware of another pressing […]
Underwear is probably one of the most underrated articles of clothing, considering it’s in contact with some of the most sensitive parts of our bodies all day long. And it might also be one of the most tedious items to purchase, as every man will need to get new undies on a regular basis (unless […]
Many times, the clothes we wear (and pay top dollar for) are made by people that are just barely able to get by financially. And because many of those people are women supporting themselves and their families, buying clothing from companies that choose to pay a livable wage can have a big impact in the […]
Patagonia has been leading the way in responsible business practices, from encouraging their customers to buy less to increasing the transparency of their supply chain, and now they’re taking it a step further by also directly supporting fair trade in their clothing lines. Beginning in the fall of 2014, Patagonia will be offering Fair Trade […]
With the cooler weather of fall upon us, it sure feels like sweater season. If you’re like many of us, out of all of those sweaters you own, there’s probably only a few that fit just right, and the rest only make the grade because they’re warm. But if you could get a sweater knitted […]
We love t-shirts. We get them free as swag, we buy them as souvenirs or to proclaim our allegiance to a band, a team, or a movement, and just about anywhere on the planet, we can find people wearing, buying, and selling them. But the humble t-shirt, so simple and so universal, has issues. It’s […]
There are many reasons why you might weed out items from your wardrobe. Perhaps you have gained or lost weight so that much of your clothing no longer fits. Or maybe several items are starting to show their age with staining, holes, or general wear and tear. It could be that there are several items you simply never wear that are taking up space. Whatever your reasons for wanting to remove garments from your wardrobe, you are likely aware that the eco-friendly option when it comes to disposing of them is to donate rather than tossing them in the trash.
The EILEEN FISHER Women’s Business Grant program seeks applicants from women-owned businesses that combine the key principles of social consciousness, sustainability, and innovation.
This year, Eileen Fisher Inc. will award up to 5 grants of $12,500 each. On-line applications will be posted on March 1st, 2012 on the Eileen Fisher, Inc. web site. The deadline is May 15th 2012 at 11:59 EST. To apply for this grant, your business must be: innovative, 100% women owned and produce products that foster environmental and economic health in the community.
At the recently concluded NY fashion week, Patagonia introduced its radical “Common Threads Initiative” that aims to reduce unwanted consumption and give the planet’s vital systems a rest from pollution, resource depletion and greenhouse gases.
They invite customers to take a pledge that is two-fold,
Patagonia on its end agrees to build useful things that last, to repair what breaks and recycle what comes to the end of its useful life.
Consumers, fulfilling their part of the pledge agree to buy only what they need (that will last), repair what breaks, reuse (share) what they no longer need and recycle everything else.
With all the talk of green clothing these days, one thing seems to be missing from the conversations: Sustainability. The old fashioned kind. As in how long it lasts. Yes, you can make clothing last by repurposing it into something else, but what if you’re just not that crafty, or don’t want to spend the time doing it?
This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of ProformaGreen, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry. SanMar, one of the largest shirt manufacturers in the US, just got into the eco-friendly apparel game in a big way. The SanMar […]
This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of ProformaGreen, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry. A funny thing happened on the way to this blog. I wanted to write about the new line of e.c.o fleece items from […]
This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of ProformaGreen, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry. The Verve line of organic cotton promotional t-shirts from Vantage Apparel seems to be going for the title of most green t-shirt available. […]
This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of ProformaGreen, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry. I now understand that my attempt at blogging from our convention was a little bit of a pipe dream. There were simply so […]
Macy’s recent turn to the green side, highlights an underserved niche in the natural products arena – clothing. Macy’s newest campaign called “Turn Over A New Leaf,” kicking off April 20 and running through April 27, is “designed to support, educate and inspire sustainability and eco-friendly practices in everyday life,” says the retailer. This spells […]
Although Portland-based Sameunderneath is a sustainable clothing line, the Company has a broader social-enterprise mission beyond a concern for the environment. On the website, founder Ryan Christensen says, “Sameunderneath’s mission is to change the way people look at each other.” Over eight years ago, he started the Company by selling t-shirts, and now sells a […]