Rana Plaza Activists Remind New York Fashion Week Attendees About the Cost of Fashion

February 8, 2014 by  
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Last year’s horrifying Rana Plaza factory building collapse claimed over a thousand lives and left hundreds injured. Despite global outrage, only a third of the companies that used the Dhaka manufacturing facility have offered compensation to the Bangladeshi victims and families. To drum up attention to these unresolved problems and inspire reform, labor activists, including 99 Pickets and photojournalist Ismail Ferdous, set up a demonstration right outside of New York Fashion Week. Their moving installation projects the faces of the Rana Plaza victims onto the exterior of the Lincoln Center. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 99 pickets , bangladesh garment factory , cost of fashion , garment factory , ismail ferdous , lincoln center , nathan fitch , new york fashion week , Rana Plaza , the illuminator        

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Fashion Companies Refuse To Compensate Victims Of Bangladesh Factory Collapse

October 12, 2013 by  
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The mainstream media may have forgotten about the Rana Plaza disaster , which killed 1,127, and injured or maimed scores of others, but those working for workers rights have not. Labor non-profit War on Want is working hard to make sure the fashion companies that put Bangladeshi garment workers in danger are required to compensate victims of the factory collapse. Not surprisingly, the companies, some of the most successful clothing brands in the world, are trying to shirk their responsibility. Only a third of the companies that used the Dhaka manufacturing hub have offered compensation to the victims and their families. Some refuse to even respond to requests for negotiation. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , Fashion , fashion companies , fashion industry , garment factory , garment workers , minimum wage , Worker rights , worker safety        

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BREAKING NEWS: Team Austria’s LISI House Named Overall Winner of the 2013 Solar Decathlon!

October 12, 2013 by  
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The Green Grid’s next target: Data center e-waste

June 11, 2013 by  
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The IT trade association teams up with a U.N.-backed educational consortium to create new framework for responsible equipment disposal.

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How to avert disasters through responsible sourcing

June 11, 2013 by  
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How can companies avoid another calamity such as the industrial garment factory collapse in Bangladesh?

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Bad Buildings Kill – Rana Plaza and the Case For Stringent Building Practices

May 7, 2013 by  
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Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters We’ve been closely following the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, where over 700 people have lost their lives when an eight-story garment factory collapsed on April 24th. Rescue workers are still pulling victims from the wreckage and the death toll continues to rise. “ Fast Fashion ” and lack of corporate social responsibility certainly contributed to the disaster, but there’s also another issue at hand that is even more important – building practices. Bad buildings kill people. Without proper building codes , appropriate architecture & engineering, safe building practices and government oversight, inadequate building practices put people at risk. This incident makes it plainly obvious that the construction industry in Bangladesh is broken – and everyone involved, from the owners to the architects, engineers, planning commission, inspectors and even the municipality is to blame. Read the rest of Bad Buildings Kill – Rana Plaza and the Case For Stringent Building Practices Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Bangladesh , building codes , building collapse , building practices , Dhaka , eco design , fast fashion , garment factory , garment factory disaster , government oversight , green architecture , Green Building , green design , inadequate building codes , Rana Plaza , rana plaza tragedy , safe building practices , Sustainable Building , sustainable design        

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Check Out Dog Tag Designs’ Hilarious Darth Vader Lamps at BKLYN Designs 2013

May 7, 2013 by  
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We never realized that lamps could go to the dark side , but apparently they can if they’re made by Brooklyn-based Dog Tag Designs . The furniture design studio has a penchant for taking unique objects (like this Darth Vader bust ) and turning them into tables, light fixtures and more. Dog Tag will be at BKLYN Designs 2013 this Friday – but if you can’t wait until then, here’s a little preview of what they’ll be bringing to the show. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artsy fartsy , BKLYN Designs , Brooklyn , Dog Tag Designs , DUMBO , eco design , green design , lamps , NYC , Recycled Materials , steampunk , sustainable design , Tables , Tyagi Schwartz , upcycled design        

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How to Buy Clothes That Don’t Harm Third World Workers

April 28, 2013 by  
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Last week’s collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh has shone a bright light on working conditions that we have known for years are not sustainable. More than 300 people have died so that we can purchase cheap clothing, and families are mourning their devastating loss. What can we do to ensure that we are no longer supporting businesses that fail to pay their workers a decent wage or provide a healthy working environment? For an answer to this question, we turned to Amanda Judge, a designer from The Andean Collection . Hit the jump to find out what we can do to ensure the people who make our clothing are living and working in the same conditions we expect for ourselves. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amanda Judge , Bangladesh , clothing , eco design , eco-fashion , ecouterre , Fair Trade , fair wage , garment factory , green design , responsible clothing , sustainable design , The Andean Collection        

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Last week’s collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh has shone a bright light on working conditions that we have known for years are not sustainable. More than 300 people have died so that we can purchase cheap clothing, and families are mourning their devastating loss. What can we do to ensure that we are no longer supporting businesses that fail to pay their workers a decent wage or provide a healthy working environment? For an answer to this question, we turned to Amanda Judge, a designer from The Andean Collection . Hit the jump to find out what we can do to ensure the people who make our clothing are living and working in the same conditions we expect for ourselves. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amanda Judge , Bangladesh , clothing , eco design , eco-fashion , ecouterre , Fair Trade , fair wage , garment factory , green design , responsible clothing , sustainable design , The Andean Collection        

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