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  • Material Matter: Clean, Regenerated Nylon

    By Brittany DiBenedetto | Material Matter

    Nylon is loved for its soft feel, light-weight manner and stretch. Unfortunately it is known as one of the most polluting textiles in the world with the release of hazardous chemicals during manufacturing and its inability to biodegrade. Meet Ec...


  • The Renewal Workshop: An Easy (and Fashionable) Way to Save the Planet

    By Staff | Crowdfunding Love

    We keep hearing about fashion waste as something we, as consumers, should be concerned about. And it's true; we buy too much and dispose of it too often. But what about the commercial side of fashion waste? What about all of those pieces in stores an...


  • 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...