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  • Material Matter: Wild Silk from Madagascar

    By Brittany DiBenedetto | Material Matter

    Silk is a strong, flexible fiber greatly desired for its luxuriousness and beauty. Among consumers there is a stereotypical expectation that all silk is to be soft and something you might want to wear as underwear. This is not alwa...


  • FDA Bans Triclosan and 18 Other Chemicals Used In Antibacterial Soaps

    By Staff | Beauty

    In a surprising ruling, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a rule banning the use of triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other chemicals in hand and body washes deciding that consumers don't need to use antibacterial soaps. And in fact, some...


  • Working with Artisans Requires a New Business Model

    By Hedvig Alexander | News

    I’ve just returned from rural Kenya, after spending time working with a remarkable group of women. They are poor and many of them are illiterate, but let me explain why I think they also represent one of the most promising hopes for their country...


  • Material Matter: Pirarucu Fish Leather from Brazil

    By Brittany DiBenedetto | Material Matter

    We have seen many variations of leather over time, including the use of fish skin. Now these fish are becoming multi-purposed, contributing not only to the surrounding ecosystem but the communities as well. As technology advances, many alternative...


  • eBay, Etsy, Yahoo Join in Fight Against Illegal Wildlife Trade

    By Staff | News

    Finally, the world's elephants and other endangered species are getting some much needed support, albeit from unlikely places. Yesterday marked World Elephant Day and seven major social media and e-commerce companies joined forces to adopt standards...


  • What We're Reading: Radical Remission

    By Dana McIntyre | Book Review

    The following review is a Guest Post from Dana McIntyre, founder of The Crushing Cancer Kitchen -- a fresh and colorful food blog created to inspire you to embrace your vegetables and take control of your health. The recipes are created based on the...


  • Material Matter: The Fashionable Future of Leather, Cruelty-free

    By Brittany DiBenedetto | Material Matter

    For thousands of years, before we could even stand up straight, humans have been covering themselves with animal skins. Leather is a beautiful, highly demanded material now used in many different sectors including interior, automotive, and luxury. Un...


  • Ask Kate: What Makes Something 'Ethical'?

    By Kate | News

    Dear Kate - I'm careful about what I eat and really care about the environment (I'm trying to be as zero-waste as possible) but I can't figure out what brands mean when they say 'ethical fashion'. It seems like it means different things to each bran...


  • What We Are Reading: Why Fashion Matters

    By Kate | Book Review

    I read so many amazing books leading up to the writing of Magnifeco (most are listed in the bibliography) that I loved, and I continue to find great reads about ethical fashion, sustainable living, or life in general that I want to share. So welcome...