- 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
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 Future of Pre- and Post-Consumer Denim Leans on Innovation
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.
- Can Footwear Ever Give Waste the Boot?
- Argentina Adopts Responsible Wool Standard to Rehabilitate Reputation
- Report: Fewer Risks, More Rewards for Socially Responsible Apparel
- Amazon Boosts Whole Foods. Could Another Acquisition Be Next?
- Should Performance Outweigh PFC Concerns in Outerwear?
- Apparel’s Response to the U.S. Paris Agreement Exit
- Responsible Sourcing Gets Buttoned up With Sustainable Findings
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.
For fashion companies that have operated with unbridled freedom over the years, the trend of social responsibility can feel like a millstone around the neck. Today, more are finding that profitability and sustainability are not incompatible.
Amazon’s world-domination tour continues apace, and the company’s invasion into the brick-and-mortar landscape may not be over yet.
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.
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.
- 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.
- ‘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
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.