- Why Ugly Christmas Sweaters Aren’t Very Sustainable
They might not make or break the climate crisis, but they’re a microcosm of a larger problem.
- Why Fashion Needs Chief Diversity Officers
The role of the chief diversity officer is new to fashion—and potentially fleeting.
- Why Nonprofits Give Away So Much Crap
- Food Delivery and Takeout are Creating Mountains of Trash
- Halloween Costumes Have a Size Problem
- Plastic Waste is Everywhere in Grocery Stores. Can They Cut Down?
- The Environment and Economy are Paying the Price for Fast Fashion—But There’s Hope
- Royal Baby Archie Will Be a Kidfluencer Whether He Wants to or Not
- Air Travel Has a Plastic Packaging Problem
Donor gifts, like tote bags and water bottles, might do more harm than good.
Here’s how some companies are trying to reduce the packaging waste that comes with ordering in.
Mainstream retailers like Target and Party City only offer extremely limited options.
Stores like Aldi and Trader Joe’s are trying to decrease excess plastic, but experts say it’s not enough.
Companies like Zara, Forever 21, H&M, and Boohoo make cheap, disposable clothing, but the cost is higher than we think.
Meghan Markle has had a big effect on the fashion economy—and her infant son is poised to do the same.
Air travel generates millions of tons of waste every year. Some airlines are trying to change that
- Why The Asian-American Food Movement Complicates What We Think About Authenticity
The rise of Asian fusion food coincides with a growing and maturing Asian-American demographic. What can we learn about authenticity via this movement?
- The Bizarre Cult of Meghan Markle Pregnancy Truthers
Like Beyoncé before her, the Duchess of Sussex has been targeted by online conspiracy theorists over her pregnancy, with those questioning it calling themselves “Megxiteers.”
- Is It Even Possible to be a Sustainable Influencer?
- Is Your Greta Thunberg T-Shirt Contributing to Climate Change?
- Does the Ethical Fashion Community Have a Diversity Problem?
A number of Instagram personalities in the ethical fashion space are pivoting away from pushing product, even as sustainability becomes buzzier than ever.
The teen climate activist is a powerful figure to rally behind—but it’s worth thinking twice before buying merch with her face on it.
Recent controversies on Instagram and beyond have highlighted issues in the rapidly growing space.
- Plastic Hangers Are Fashion’s Plastic Straws
- Circularity: Sustainable Fashion’s Holy Grail or Greenwashing?
They’re ubiquitous and most are discarded after a single use. Now, hangers in a host of materials are being touted as alternatives to the billions of plastic ones thrown away each year.
For many fashion brands, circularity begins and ends with marketing campaigns or capsule collections featuring recycled materials, an approach some activists liken to greenwashing.
- The Girdle-Inspired History of the Very First Spacesuits
- What Will We Wear on Mars?
- The Story Behind ‘Wild Wild Country’s’ Red Rajneeshee Outfits
- Why Is It So Hard for Clothing Manufacturers to Pay a Living Wage?
- If HSN and QVC Merge, Will It Save TV Shopping?
- Fast Fashion’s Surprising Origins
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are known for many things; being fashion plates isn’t one of them. When the Apollo 11 astronauts made their giant leap for mankind in 1969, however, they were wearing a type of “space couture” that shared a history with what was essentially the Spanx of the time.
Elon Musk and President Trump are both determined to send humans to Mars. But do we have the spacesuits to get us there?
The most striking thing about Wild Wild Country, a six-part documentary on a religious community in 1980s Oregon, isn’t the fact that Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s followers were largely forgotten by American history. Nor is it the animalistic ferocity of the cultists, who resorted to mass poisoning and attempted murder to achieve their nebulous means. It’s the fashion.
Who is, ultimately, responsible for making sure garment workers earn what they deserve? Is it the brands, the consumers, the factory owners, or the governments whose countries have become flashpoints in discussions about financial inequality, human rights, and consumerism?
The world of home shopping can feel like a relic from a bygone era, a place for faded celebrities, reality-show stars, and overexuberant pitchwomen. But television commerce isn’t going the way of the mail-order catalogue, at least not without a fight.
The so-called “democratization of fashion” is neither a recent phenomena nor the paean to unbridled consumption we perceive it to be today. Its surprising roots lie in wartime Britain, which by early 1942, was in the grips of austerity.
- The North Face is the Eco-Friendly Brand You Didn’t Know Was Eco-Friendly
- What an ‘Impact Index’ Says About This Organic Brand’s Bras, Socks and Undies
- Behind One Gap Alum’s Quest to Build a Circular, Sustainable Travel Wear Brand
- How Important are Partnerships to Moving Sustainability Forward?
- How Much Did Closing for the Climate Strike Cost Businesses?
- Why Tackling ‘Audit Fatigue’ Can Lead to More Sustainable Factories
- Can a Business Case Be Made for the Circular Economy?
- Greening the Last Mile of E-commerce: Pipe Dream or Possibility?
- Despite Animal-Welfare Concerns, Down’s Popularity Still Up
- Promising or Problematic? Agri-Waste Fibers Emerge as an Eco-Alternative
- What Will It Take to Scale Up US Hemp Production?
- Kenya Wants to Revive Its Cotton Industry, But It Won’t be Easy
- Dead White Men’s Clothes Alludes to Africa’s Secondhand Import Problem
- How Traditional Retailers Are Adapting to the ‘No Ownership’ Trend
- What is the Fashion Industry Doing About Microplastic Pollution?
- Brave GentleMan’s Bamboo Suits Are Redefining Luxury Men’s Wear
- Did the Circular Economy Find Its Groove in 2018?
- Petite Women Still Need a Leg Up on Clothes That Fit
- Is Animal Fur Losing Its Luxury Luster?
- Asos is Banning Silk—Should Other Retailers Follow Suit?
- Why Hong Kong Wants to be the World’s Center of Sustainable Innovation
- To Survive the ‘Apocalypse,’ Retail Must Think Global, Act Hyper-Local
- Meet the ‘Invisible Workforce’ Brands Aren’t Talking About
- Is Banning Mohair the Answer to Animal Cruelty?
- Studio 189 is Betting on African Artisans as the Future of Manufacturing
- Is H&M Ethical? It Depends on Whom You Ask
- How a Cult Ski Brand Became a Leading Voice of Sustainable Fashion
- Does Sustainability Have a Millennial Problem?
- Are Biomaterials Hype or Hope for the Apparel Industry?
- Can Big Data Make Supply Chains More Sustainable?
- The Garment Label Needs a Makeover—Here’s How to Do It
- Is #MeToo Hurting Victoria’s Secret’s Sales?
- Can Footwear Ever Give Waste the Boot?
- Argentina Adopts Responsible Wool Standard to Rehabilitate Reputation
- Should Performance Outweigh PFC Concerns in Outerwear?
- Apparel’s Response to the U.S. Paris Agreement Exit
- From Marketing Ploy to Mainstream Players, Sustainable Fabrics Come Into Their Own
- Responsible Sourcing Gets Buttoned up With Sustainable Findings
The North Face is sharpening its focus on sustainability, but don’t call it a pivot.
Organic Basics’s Impact Index measures the environmental footprint of its garments against those derived from more conventional materials.
Veteran designer Patrick Robinson was tired of supporting an unsustainable fashion industry, so he created Paskho to change the narrative.
The fashion industry loves a good initiative, but are we approaching initiative fatigue or can partnerships help promote sustainability?
Brands such as Allbirds and Patagonia temporarily shut their doors during the climate strike in a show of solidarity—did they lose or gain?
Suppliers, faced with a proliferation of standards for measuring performance, frequently complain of “audit fatigue” because brands and retailers don’t always agree on the best framework.
Transitioning to a circular economy is clearly an environmental imperative. But can it benefit business bottom lines, too?
E-commerce is a trillion-dollar business; how can logistics companies whittle their environmental footprint while fulfilling the last mile?
Growing animal-rights concerns aside, down’s popularity as an insulation shows no sign of waning.
The latest innovations in recycling agricultural waste into fibers have the industry wondering if fashion is barking up the wrong tree.
Federal legislation of hemp may have finally made its long-awaited arrival in the United States, but obstacles still abound before the hippie-approved agricultural crop lives up to its hype.
In its heyday, Kenya produced 200,000 bales of cotton lint annually. Today it’s down to merely a tenth of that.
Ghanaians refer to secondhand garment imports from the West as “obroni wawu,” a term that roughly translates into “clothes of a dead white man.” German-Ghanaian designer Jojo Gronostay decided to work with that.
Is access the new ownership? Even traditional retailers are bracing themselves for the day when leasing clothing becomes as natural as as hailing an Lyft or cueing up a song on Spotify.
As many as 51 trillion microplastic particles—“500 times more than stars in our galaxy”–litter the seas, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme.
For Joshua Katcher, proprietor of Brave GentleMan, a nearly decade-old luxury men’s wear brand that traffics in sustainable, animal-friendly materials, the search for the perfect vegan suiting might finally—mercifully—be at an end.
Once an entirely novel concept, the idea of keeping clothing, textiles and fibers in use for as long as possible—through strategies like reuse, repair, remanufacture, and, as a last resort, recycling—is finally percolating through the mainstream fashion industry despite its flagrant resistance to change.
Size inclusiveness may be trending in the fashion industry, but petite women are still falling short of options.
Once seen as the height of opulence, fur is falling out of favor with the foremost purveyors of glitz and glamor.
In the grand hierarchy of animal fibers to ban—foremost of which would be fur, obviously—silk doesn’t seem to warrant as much attention. Animal-rights crusader Stella McCartney deploys silk “from traditional sources in Como, Italy,” regularly at her luxury house, so how heinous can it be?
Despite Hong Kong’s return to China, a country often pilloried for the glut of cheap products flooding Western markets, the territory has taken pains of late to position itself as a hub for sustainable apparel innovation.
If the spate of department store and mall closings across the country has taught retailers one thing, it’s that brick-and-mortar business cannot continue as usual.
There’s a good reason why home workers are known as the “invisible workforce” or the “shadow economy” of the garment industry.
After PETA revealed gruesome video of cruelty to Angora goats, some of the world’s biggest brands, including Asos, Gap, and H&M, declared mohair immediately verboten.
Whatever you do, don’t call Studio 189 a celebrity brand. It’s a small company with a big idea: to reshape Africa’s existing narrative.
H&M has fielded its share of support and criticism over its sustainability and fair-wage efforts.
With a major award up its sleeve and a collaboration with Woolmark on its way, Erin Snow is ready to step out of its niche and into the limelight.
Are millennials actually willing to spend more money on clothing and accessories that align with the values? It depends.
Leather derived from mushrooms. Knitwear cultured from algae. Yoga pants blended with crab shells. Are biomaterials the future of fashion?
Data analytics can help brands and retailers curtail unsold clothing and, in so doing, boost the sustainability of their supply chains.
As calls for supply-chain transparency grow, brands are finding a single “made in” country of origin too constraining.
Victoria’s Secret is struggling with slumping sales—is the #MeToo movement, as one online research firm posits, to blame?
The scientists of the world are close to cracking the code of spinning new clothing from old, but finding circular solutions for footwear is proving to be a greater cipher.
Argentina decided to adopt best practices that will promote the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on. The landmark decision didn’t have the most auspicious of beginnings, however.
All that tactical-grade reinforcement doesn’t come without a cost. In the outdoor industry, chemicals are typically applied liberally to weatherproof fabrics, sometimes to the detriment of the environment they’re designed for.
For the fashion industry, one of the leading sources of pollution, the implications of President Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Accord are especially knotty.
Feel free to leave your quips about hemp-clad hippies at the door: If sustainable fashion is still viewed as a niche product, it won’t be for much longer.
Even in the sustainable sector, where provenance is king, findings and notions are rarely spoken of in the same rapt tones as, say, cruelty-free organic silk or regenerated fishnet nylon. But times, as they say, may be a-changing.
- Denim’s Resale Revolution
- Eternal Life: How the Denim Industry is Pushing Circularity
- For Denim, Progress Makes Perfect
- Are Denim-Recycling Initiatives Green or Greenwashing?
- Waste Not, Want Not
- Hemp or Hype?
- How Levi’s and Outerknown Reclaimed Hemp from the Hippies
- Axing Aniline? Not so Fast.
- Denim Manufacturing Plots Comeback to NYC’s Garment District
- This Fall, Blue Jeans are Going Green
- The Future of Pre- and Post-Consumer Denim Leans on Innovation
How the denim market is capitalizing on re-commerce for revenue gains and environmental rewards.
The denim industry continues to push toward a circular economy to eliminate waste and overconsumption.
In a race to preserve and replenish natural resources, where does the denim sector stack up against other pockets of the fashion industry?
Should shredding denim into housing insulation be the route for unwanted jeans? Not everyone agrees.
Should the denim industry rely on Mother Nature to take care of its waste problem?
With commercial production of hemp now legalized in the United States, experts discuss if hemp is a sustainable alternative to virgin cotton.
Rare is the San Francisco party where Paul Dillinger, head of global product innovation at Levi Strauss, isn’t accosted by “some hippie” extolling the wonders of industrial hemp and demanding to know why the denim giant isn’t doing more with it.
Banning the chemical aniline from the denim-dyeing process could turn the world’s favorite fabric into its most expensive.
One style of jean—just one. That’s all Christine Rucci wants brands to commit to making in New York City.
No, your eyes don’t deceive you. Blue jeans are getting greener—figuratively speaking, anyway. It was only a matter of time before the humble workwear staple-turned-fashion essential reinvented itself.
Everything old is new again, at least where the denim industry is concerned. Even mainstream brands and retailers such as Asos, Bestseller, H&M, Lindex, and Target are relishing these so-called “recycled” jeans as they move from niche to norm.
- Five Years After Rana Plaza, What Has Changed?
- Global Garment Safety is Still Misunderstood
- How Nordic Brands are Shifting the Status Quo
- No Excuses for Coasting on Sustainable Cotton Sourcing
- Brands United Around Sustainable Development Goals
Rana Plaza was a singular event. Although the collapse was by no means the first industrial accident to cast a pall on Bangladesh’s $19 billion garment industry, it claimed attention on unprecedented scale.
Preventing another disaster like Rana Plaza is vital, but a new book argues that the highest stakes are far from the only stakes.
Nordic designers want to create a new paradigm for making apparel that promotes the environment, rather than diminishes it.
The vast majority of the world’s cotton buyers are doing next to nothing to promote the uptake of sustainable cotton in their supply chains.
All the best parties have a theme, and Textile Exchange’s annual industry event—which doubled as a celebration of the global fibre-sustainability coalition’s 15th anniversary—was no different.
- How Companies ‘Seeing Goldmines in Landfills’ Are Refashioning Textiles
Want to subvert the traditional apparel supply chain? You must possess a “little bit of craziness,” according to the CEO of Aquafil, an Italian company that transforms abandoned fishing nets and castoff bits of carpet into good-as-new nylon fibers.
- ‘The Girl Who Named Pluto’ Stars in New Picture Book
- ESA Seeks New Spacesuit Material for Lunar Astronauts. But It Has to Be the Right Stuff.
- Astronauts Could Be Growing Beans in Space in 2021
- ‘Once Upon a Star’ Is a Poetic Exploration of the Cosmos
- ‘Starstruck’ Tells Kids the Story of Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
- ‘Max Goes to Jupiter’ Is an Updated Science-Filled Adventure
- ‘A is for Astronaut’ Is a Fun Space Book for All Ages (and It’s Written by an Astronaut!)
- Kids Have a Blast Exploring Space in ‘Ready Jet Go!’
- ‘Here We Are’ Is a Baby’s Primer on the Universe
- New Kids’ Book Puts the Mind-Bogglingly Numbers of the Universe into Perspective
- Margaret and the Moon: New Kids’ Book Profiles Pioneering Apollo Programmer
- Don’t Let an Old Myth Prevent Your Child From Seeing the Solar Eclipse
- Meet the Time Lords: The Many Faces of Doctor Who
A new picture book tells the story of Venetia Burney, the 11-year-old girl who named Pluto.
The European Space Agency is searching for potential spacesuit materials that would best protect future lunar astronauts from the inhospitable conditions of the moon.
For freshly grown produce, space is truly the final frontier. But even astronauts will soon be able to abide by their mothers’ exhortations to eat more veggies.
A lively, rhapsodic exploration of the cosmos from the “mighty boom, a huge kerang” of the Big Bang to the coalescence of elements that created our “skies so wide and oceans blue.”
What do you do when you’re a self-described “fierce fan” of famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson? Write a children’s book about him, of course.
What does it take to land a Rottweiler on one of Jupiter’s moons? Quite a lot, actually.
Retired astronaut Clay Anderson was literally strong-armed into writing his children’s book about space exploration, from from A is for astronaut, “the bravest of souls,” to Z is for Zulu, “which represents time.”
Young Amy Mainzer was one of the few children who looked forward to a trip to the dentist. In those pre-internet times, the waiting room was one of the few places she could read about NASA’s Voyager missions.
Writer and illustrator Oliver Jeffers decided to give his infant son, Harland, a primer on his strange new world.
The tricky thing about statistics, however, is that they rarely stay put. From one moment to the next, populations grow and shrink, empires rise and fall, and even stars wink in and out of existence.
Margaret Hamilton, the pioneering software engineer who helped land the first men on the moon, gets her own picture book.
Meteorologist and Space.com skywatching columnist Joe Rao was 7 years old when Charles M. Schulz, to use Rao’s own words, “really blew it.”
In the 54 years since the titular Doctor of “Doctor Who” made his debut on British television, the renegade alien has regenerated a new body—tics, temperament and all—more than a dozen times.
- Frozen Sharks Washing Up on Cape Cod
- This Tiny Sea Monster Had Creepy Mouth Appendages
- Cave of the ‘Mayan Underworld’ Filled with Methane-Eating Creatures
- ‘Octlantis’: Bustling Octopus Community Discovered Off Australia
As the Arctic blast continues to roil the Eastern Seaboard with gusty winds and frigid temperatures, at least four thresher sharks have been found frozen off the coast of Cape Cod.
When Habelia optata first skittered into public consciousness more than a century ago, scientists didn’t know what to make of it.
In the subterranean rivers and flooded caverns of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula — once thought to hold the path to Xibalba, the mythical Mayan underworld — scientists have uncovered a liminal world where methane is the unlikely driving force for life.
In the briny waters of Jervis Bay on Australia’s east coast, where three rocky outcrops jut out from piles of broken scallop shells, beer bottles and lead fishing lures, a clutch of octopuses gambol among a warren of nearly two dozen dens. Welcome to Octlantis.