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Trim the Waste of Fashion

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Competition pushes sustainable change in the fashion industry

We all love denim. But did you know that it takes 1,800 gallons of water to produce a single pair of jeans? True story. That, along with the other innumerable environmental sins of the fashion industry, is why "Trim the Waste of Fashion" is such a good idea. Created by Yoxi, a web platform that challenges startups to solve pressing problems (kind of like a Kickstarter for social good), Trim the......read more

The Dire State of US Garment Manufacturing

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What the hell happened?

It's no secret that, as a whole, the U.S. manufacturing industry is in a bad state. And when it comes to garments, the scene is particularly grim. Since its peak just after World War II, apparel manufacturing in America has experienced a long, steady decline. In 1980, one in ten American manufacturing jobs were held in the clothing industry. By 2007, 95 percent of apparel bought in this country......read more

45rpm Goes Organic

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Revered Japanese label introduces organic winter collection to its North American offerings. More hot than warm.

With Dash, the all-organic winter collection from R by 45rpm, the Japanese brand gives lovingly detailed denim, sweaters, knitted caps, button-ups and totes the eco-treatment. Needless to say, organic clothing made in Japan brings a hefty price tag, so don’t be shocked when they ring in your purchase. ...read more

Alter Eco: Vogue Fashion Shoot

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Model and activist Angela Lindvall takes on a sustainable fashion shoot.

For those that aren't aware, prior to founding SHFT, we produced a TV show called ALTER ECO that aired on Discovery's Planet Green. In this episode we tried to show one of the typically more wasteful industries things it can do to clean up its act. With some help from Angela Lindvall, we did a sustainable fashion shoot for VOGUE. Some of the fashionistas involved were skeptical, but......read more

High Tech Green Garments

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Eco-fashion computer technology eliminates fabric waste.

Siddhartha Upadhyaya, designer of the eco-fashion label August Fashion, has created a new form of garment design and production called Direct Panel on Loom (DPOL). The process connects a computer to a loom that weaves sections of a garment, which are made to fit into the garment as a whole. By creating a garment in pieces, fabric waste is completely eliminated since there is no cutting. The......read more

FIGS: Threads for Threads

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Stylish ties and bowties help facilitate children's education. $80.00

In much the same spirit as the massively popular TOMS Shoes project, with every purchase of FIGS Ties, the organization gives a uniform to a child in order for them to attend school. So the social angle is well-covered. Equally important, the range of silk and woolen ties and bow ties look amazing. We're particularly feeling the Italian Silk Woven bow tie with the bicycle print. Definitely......read more

SHFT Sampler 8-19-10

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Weekly links: Oceanic garbage patches, green universities, and zero-waste fashion.

And so on, and so on, and so on: Zoom in on National Geographic's infinite National Parks photo, which reveals hundreds of pics making up each original. The magic box: Trunz Water Systems' portable, solar/wind-powered water filtration unit is the next level of disaster relief. (via Core77) Oh, super. Wired tells us about new research showing that the plastic garbage patch in the North......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-29-10

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Weekly links: Volt vs. Leaf, a bottled water ban, and the Fridgecouch.

New York Times auto writer Christopher Jensen took the all-electric Nissan Leaf and the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt for a spin. Read his review at NYT Wheels Blog. Principles of sustainability are gaining traction in the fashion world. The new issue of JC Report has a nice feature on trends in sustainable fashion design, covering eco-minded brands like Chistopher Raeburn and Bodkin. Graphic......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-5-10

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Weekly links: A Mark Ronson bike contest, Ryan McGinley's new book, and longhairs in the wild.

Ryan McGinley's latest exhibition Life Adjustment Center features the photographer's trademark nudes posing with live, wild animals. Flavorwire has a slideshow of the strangeness. The book is available from Dashwood. We know you love the "The Bike Song" by Mark Ronson because how can you not? Now, the nice people at The Fader are giving you the chance to win a custom Republic......read more

Kazu Makino for Bodkin

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Blonde Redhead singer stars in eco-label's new lookbook.

Last year, it was Lykke Li. This year, it's Kazu Makino. The Blonde Redhead singer, long admired for her eclectic fashion looks, is the newest musician-muse for Bodkin designer Eviana Hartman. For the multifaceted designer, an admitted fetishist of 90s minimalism, Makino was the perfect fit. “[Makino] worked at the Comme des Garcons boutique in the 90s — it sounds like a fashion fantasy......read more

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