Prym Fashion unveils eco-friendly clothing snaps made from plants and recycled bottles

July 1, 2019 by  
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The fashion industry is well-known for wasteful practices in manufacturing, including excessive water consumption and chemical run-off. The fast fashion trend has lead to massive amounts of clothing waste that are not worthy of donating or recycling. In many cases, sourcing materials is a matter of finding what is cheap regardless of the effect on the planet. However, Prym Fashion takes materials seriously with a laser focus on every detail, right down to the snap on your favorite shirt. While we are seeing a trend toward incorporating more sustainable fabrics into clothing, the smaller details such as snaps can have just as large of a manufacturing and waste impact as larger fashion components. But sustainable materials can sometimes be difficult to find. The Prym Fashion L.I.F.E (Low Impact Fastener Ensemble)-certified snaps offer clothing manufacturers a solution to this problem. Related: This backpack is made from locally sourced cork and recycled materials “We understand that today’s consumers expect brands to offer products that are completely sustainable, including the fabric and the trim,” said Brian Moore, chief executive officer of Prym Fashion. “These eco-friendly snaps allow our customers to consider every detail and increase the overall sustainability of their products.” The snaps, available in EcoWhite or EcoGreen, offer earth-friendly solutions for sportswear, outdoor performance apparel and children’s and babies’ wear manufacturers. The EcoWhite snaps are made from recycled water bottles to eliminate the use of crude oil used in the production of virgin products, a process that also diverts single-use plastic from the waste stream. A single water bottle can produce 13 snaps. The EcoGreen snap is green in color but also green because it is sourced from plant materials, such as potato starch. As a result, this snap is both biodegradable and recyclable. An EcoBlue snap is on the horizon, which will source recycled ocean plastic for production. “As brands and retailers in the textile industry continue to raise their sustainability goals, details like trim will become increasingly important,” added Moore. “Prym Fashion is committed to making snaps that make a difference.” + Prym Fashion Images via Prym Fashion

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Palm Beach, Florida bans single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers

July 1, 2019 by  
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Palm Beach, Florida has become the first town in Palm Beach County to officially ban single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers (also known as Styrofoam containers). The ban on these items will go into effect on December 12, 2019 in order to allow businesses and vendors to use up their current inventory and start switching to more sustainable options. The town council voted to pass the ban in June and will enforce the regulations in restaurants, gas stations, drug stores and grocery stores. Private events and caterers will also have to abide by the restrictions. Town manager Kirk Blouin told the local paper, “The research has shown us these items are bad for the environment, particularly marine life , and it just makes sense to regulate it.” Related: Pacific Island Vanuatu is the first to ban disposable diapers Blouin also noted that although people are very dependent on these convenient plastic items, it is just out of habit and not necessity — and habits can change. “We are all creatures of habit,” he said. “Once we get used to a good habit, it becomes second nature to us.” Many local businesses were already on board with the measure and had ceased offering customers single-use bags as well as other items such as plastic straws and stirrers. Especially for a coastal town, these plastic items do not biodegrade and often end up on beaches and in the ocean, where they break down into microplastic particles. Microplastics are known to cause problems for marine life, and debris is unsightly on beaches. According to the Friends of Palm Beach, a clean-up group in the area, they have already cleared away 120,000 pounds of trash in their clean-ups since 2013. Over 75 percent of all trash collected from the beaches has been plastic waste that ends up in landfills or washes out to sea. Via The Hill and Palm Beach Post Image via Shutterstock

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A guide to the best eco-friendly holiday gifts for children

December 14, 2018 by  
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While it’s obvious that we want the children in our lives to have only the most natural, clean, organic clothes and toys , it’s also important to our planet that we introduce sustainable goods from the start. As children grow up with eco-friendly items at their side, they will naturally grow up to respect the Earth, seeking out these types of green products for the rest of their lives. To get them started on the right foot, here are some of our favorite sustainable gifts for kids and babies. Veggie Crayons These crayons , which are made from organic herb and vegetable powders as well as food-grade soy wax, are safe for babies and children to use. While they shouldn’t be eaten, they are safe for hand to mouth transfer, and they do not contain toxic ingredients like petroleum. Plus, the square shape also makes them fun for stacking and playing. “Adopted” animals Support organizations like WWF , Oceana , The Nature Conservancy and more, and in return, your child will have an opportunity to learn more about our planet and the animals that roam it. Many organizations will allow you to symbolically adopt an animal , and for your donation your child will receive a plush animal, coloring books, educational materials and more. Related: 20 sensory table activities that offer creative ways to teach kids through play Plush toys Kids love their “stuffies,” so gift them their new favorite this year. These options from Ouistitine are adorable yet minimalist, so they’ll still look chic lying all over your living room floor. Plus, each toy is handmade from the scraps of natural, eco-textiles like wool, linen and cotton . Sustainable clothing Clothing is a gifting staple in many households, but conventional fashion often relies on unsafe fabrics and unethical production processes. If you’re looking to give the little ones clothing this year, be sure to choose options that are organic , non-toxic and responsibly made. Gardening kits Most kids love to get messy, so add in the benefits of growing their own food and teaching them the importance of gardening, and you have quite a gift! Surprise the kids with a gardening kit (like this one ), which is fun for children of all ages. You can also check out this website for educational resources to go along with the gift. Images via  Wee Can Too , WWF , Christopher Michel , Ouistitine ,  Phichit Wongsunthi and Shutterstock

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MetaWear wants to make textile manufacturing ethical and sustainable

May 2, 2015 by  
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Textile factories aren’t exactly known for their ethical manufacturing processes. Virginia-based MetaWear wants to change that by launching America’s first Global Organic Textile Standard-certified factory. Solar and geothermal powered using organic cotton, MetaWear wants you to ask: “who made your clothes?” READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecouterre , ethical clothing , Ethical Fashion , ethical manufacturing , ethical textiles , fast fashion , MetaWear , sustainable clothing , sustainable manufacturing , Sustainable Textiles

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London Fashion Week: Estethica Shows Green Fashion at it Best

September 19, 2011 by  
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Photo: B. Alter It’s London Fashion Week, where Estethica is the showcase for all that is wonderful in ecological and environmentally-sensitive fashion. In its fifth year, the show is a mix of old favourites and new comers. Such as Dr. Noki who designed this jacket for Lady Gaga (who else) out of cut up and recycled rugby scarves which are then crocheted. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Top 5 Green Fashion Designers Favored by the ‘Great American Apparel Diet’ Founder (Photos)

August 21, 2010 by  
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Credit: Hemera One year ago we covered the commencement of the Great American Apparel Diet ; participants have staved off clothing consumption for — gulp — 365 days. In a little over 10 days the anti-shopping experiment ends. To help dieters avoid a disposable fashion shopping binge, Sally Bjornsen, creator and founder of the Great American Apparel Diet, has curated “Conscious Shopping” , a new section to her blog, updated thrice weekly, which features eco-friendly app..

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An Organic Sports Bra that Holds Your iPod, Too

August 14, 2010 by  
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Image via Mi-Bra. For women who love to run with music: a sports bra that has a pocket up front for your iPod — and no, bouncing breasts do not charge your iPod while you run — MP3 player, credit card, or cash, and a small space to thread headphones through, too

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Can Great Design Redeem the Parking Garage?

August 13, 2010 by  
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Image Courtesy of: archdaily.com Parking garages are generally considered to be a necessary evil: necessary because everyone drives; evil because they are usually drab, ugly concrete structures that take up valuable urban space. Yet in recent years, architects and designers have been working to counter this view , by adding solar panels, giving preference to hybrid cars , and g…

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Sexy and Sustainable Lingerie with a Rusty Twist (Photos)

June 20, 2010 by  
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Credit: Jessica Watson; courtesy of Rio Wrenn When it comes to sexy, sustainable lingerie we’re all eyes. When we saw vintage-inspired and naturally-dyed undergarments by R.A.W. , recently featured on Eco-Chick , we were intrigued.

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In Chicago, A Fashion Show Satisfies Our Love for Recycled Textiles (and Our Sweet Tooth, Too) [Photos]

June 5, 2010 by  
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From afar it looks like just another golden hued evening gown but up close it’s hundreds of M&M wrappers–yum! Image courtesy of EarthShare Illinois We’re no strangers to green fashion in Chicago; Designers Vaute Couture , Frei Designs , and Mountains of the Moon

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