Film release about the Rana Plaza collapse delayed by India court

August 29, 2015 by  
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In 2013, over 1000 people were killed in the Raza Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. Now, a movie about the disaster is being banned in India for at least six months for being unfit for theaters. The film follows one of the victims of the disaster, who was trapped for 17 days under the rubble, and filmmaker Nazrul Islam Khan is arguing against the ban, saying that the film brings hope and knowledge to the public. READ MORE >

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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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Researchers Find Disturbing Link Between BPA Exposure and Liver Cancer in Mice

February 8, 2014 by  
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You might think that Bisphenol A (BPA) is a worry of the past, especially since those BPA-free label has popped up on everything from water bottles to tupperware. But unfortunately, this dangerous synthetic compound hasn’t been completely eradicated from our everyday products and exists in items from cash register receipts to canned food linings. Even worse? A recent study shows a disturbing link between BPA exposure and liver tumors. The research, which was carried out on rodents, found that mice exposed to large doses of BPA were 7 times more likely to have liver tumors than the control group. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bisphenol A , bpa exposure , BPA health risks , BPA research , BPA risks , BPA study , liver cancer , liver tumor , mice , mice liver cancer        

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Infographic: The True Cost of that $14 Shirt

July 20, 2013 by  
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There are hidden costs to buying cheap clothing. And if there’s one meager silver lining to the horrific Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh earlier this year, it’s that consumers around the world are beginning to understand that fast fashion is often born from unsafe work conditions. A 2011 report by  O’Rourke Group Partners  found that labor costs just 12 cents for a typical shirt that retails for $14. Visit Ecouterre to view a new infographic that shows a complete breakdown of how much a $14 shirt really costs. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $14 t-shirt , cheap clothes , eco-fashion , ecouterre , fast fashion , Rana Plaza , shirt , t-shirt , unfair labor , unsafe work conditions        

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Infographic: The True Cost of that $14 Shirt

July 20, 2013 by  
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There are hidden costs to buying cheap clothing. And if there’s one meager silver lining to the horrific Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh earlier this year, it’s that consumers around the world are beginning to understand that fast fashion is often born from unsafe work conditions. A 2011 report by  O’Rourke Group Partners  found that labor costs just 12 cents for a typical shirt that retails for $14. Visit Ecouterre to view a new infographic that shows a complete breakdown of how much a $14 shirt really costs. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $14 t-shirt , cheap clothes , eco-fashion , ecouterre , fast fashion , Rana Plaza , shirt , t-shirt , unfair labor , unsafe work conditions        

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Children and Teens Exhibit Signs of Technology Addiction

July 20, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock “Addiction” is a word that’s casually thrown around to describe the increasing attachment to digital technology among children, but new research shows that it may actually be a very apt describer. The majority of teens and younger children spend as much as 75 percent of their waking lives staring into some sort of screen, and they exhibit symptoms of withdrawal and depression when deprived of their gadgets. Head over to Inhabitots to learn why technology addiction is real, and how it may be affecting your kids. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: addicted to computers , Children , digital technology , Inhabitots , parenting , Screen addiction , technology addiction        

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15 Apparel Brands Who Have Not Signed the Bangladesh Safety Accord

June 1, 2013 by  
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Following the deaths of 1,127 garment workers in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh on April 24, more than 40 of the world’s leading apparel brands have signed the Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh . This accord holds the clothing companies legally accountable for safety and labor conditions in the factories they employ in the South Asian nation. Yet dozens of apparel brands have failed to sign the accord, including a number of major US labels. Read on to see 15 of the most egregious holdouts. READY MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh , apparel workers , bangladesh safety accord , garment industry , labor rights , Rana Plaza , worker safety , workers rights        

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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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Over 300 People Dead in Bangladesh Factory Collapse

April 26, 2013 by  
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Photo by Andrew Biraj for  Reuters The death toll at the horrific garment factory collapse that occurred earlier this week has now risen to 300 . According to the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, 80% of the factory’s workers were young women aged between 18 and 20 . As upsetting as it’s been to watch, we’ve been following the news on Ecouterre , as well as investigating how consumers can express to the big name brands that make their clothes at the factory that the working conditions that led to the casualties is absolutely unacceptable. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , Benetton , CA , Dhaka , Dress Barn , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , forced labor , green fashion , human rights , Joe Fresh , KiK , Mango , Primark , Rana Plaza , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sweatshop labor , sweatshop workers , sweatshops , Tazreen Fashions , The Children’s Place , walmart , workers rights        

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New Lithium Reserve Discovered in Wyoming Could Meet All US Demand

April 26, 2013 by  
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As the clean tech and electric vehicle industries grow, there is an ever greater demand for lithium – the key ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries used to store energy in EVs, laptop computers and a host of other devices. At present the US imports around 80 percent of its lithium, but the University of Wyoming’s Carbon Management Institute just discovered a massive reserve that could transform the US from a “significant lithium importer to an independent lithium producer.” Read the rest of New Lithium Reserve Discovered in Wyoming Could Meet All US Demand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , carbon management institute , li batteries , li-ion , lithium , lithium batteries , lithium ion , lithium salt , natural resources , Rock Springs Uplift , unveristy of wyoming , wind energy , wyoming lithium        

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