Greenpeace Reveals the Most—And Least—Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands

Even seasoned models have been known to take a spill or two on the runway. We’re only human, after all. For the fashion brands behind them, however, the onus not to stumble weighs a little heavier. With Greenpeace’s 2020 “Detox” deadline fast approaching, the environmental group decided to check in on 19 of the companies…

European Firms Eye Artificial Island for North Sea Wind and Solar Farm

Of all the opponents of wind turbines, few are as vociferous as the loose collective that planners and developers deride as “Nimby,” a term that derives from the acronym for “not in my backyard.” Driven to stake out real estate further offshore, a group of European companies have devised a plan almost breathtaking in its…

Pavilion on Governors Island will be Made from 300,000 Recycled Cans

Every summer, Figment NYC selects a team to design and erect a temporary “City of Dreams” pavilion for its annual arts festival on Governors Island, a 172-acre plot of land in New York Harbor, just below Manhattan’s southernmost tip. Co-hosted by the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Structural Engineers…

Statue of Liberty Goes Dark Before a “Day Without a Woman”

Hours before a “Day Without a Woman,” Lady Liberty went on strike, though not, as it were, on purpose. Around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, the spotlights that usually illuminate the Statue of Liberty suddenly snuffed out, leaving only the New York City icon’s torch and crown gleaming in the darkness. Social media immediately lit…

5 Pieces, 30 Outfits: Vetta Offers The Ultimate Eco-Capsule Collection

Consider Vetta your Marie Kondo–approved antidote to “fast fashion.” Composed of five closet staples that can be mixed and matched to produce a month’s worth of outfits, the brand just might be the ultimate capsule collection. “We realized that most women had a closet full of clothes and ‘nothing to wear,’ and we wanted to…

5 Ways Fashion Can Save the World: Thoughts From COP15 Fashion Summit

While delegates from 192 nations honed in on Copenhagen to iron out a new climate-change treaty, the fashion industry had a group huddle of its own on Dec. 9 about the state of the planet. Held at the Danish capital’s renowned opera house, the Fashion Summit (the “most important fashion event of the year,” according…

Is H&M’s New Lower-Priced Clothing Encouraging Disposable Fashion?

Call it the $4.95 frock that rocked the fashion world. It costs less than a Grande Caramel Frappuccino at Starbucks, and it’s cheaper than a six-piece Chicken McNuggets Value Meal at McDonalds. You could take that money to your neighborhood CVS and still come up short on a $5.99 tube of Wet N’ Wild Shade…

Are Green Holiday Gift Guides Ruining the Planet?

Green gift guides are destroying the environment. Or at least that’s what PSFK editor-in-chief Piers Fawkes would have you believe. In an editorial titled “Tis the Season to Avoid Green Gift Guides,” Fawkes blazes with the fervor of the recently converted—a result, he admits, of working with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project on ways to…

7 Eco-Friendly Fabrics That Will Disrupt the Luxury Fashion Industry

As buzzy as sustainability may seem today, the term still conjures up (for the most part) images of grass-fed beef, off-the-grid yurts, and thick-buckled Birkenstocks. Small wonder, then, that fashion brands—those peddlers of dreams and artificers of cool—might be loathe to embrace something that might make them appear gauche by association. “Sustainability is a lot…

Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things

Like the shadows that flicker in the corner of your eye, Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things doesn’t fill you with outright terror—at least, not at first. Far more frightening is its creeping sense of dread, the nagging feeling that something is unutterably, irretrievably wrong. Courtney’s tale, like most cracking ghost stories, begins with a…

Giants Beware!

Set against the rolling hills of pseudo-medieval France, Giants Beware! is the story of Claudette, a pint-size rapscallion who wears her hair short and her temper shorter. The daughter of the village blacksmith, Claudette has a singular ambition: to snuff out the neighborhood baby-feet-eating giant and destroy it. There are a few kinks in the…