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H&M - now its clothes are forest-friendly. Photo: Elvert Barnes via Flickr.com.

World's two biggest clothiers go deforestation-free

The Ecologist

4th April 2014

The world's two largest clothing brands are among those that have just commited to eliminate pulp from ancient and endangered forests from all of their rayon and viscose clothing. more...
Fashion can be forest friendly. Image: Canopy Style.

Forest-friendly fashion

Nicole Rycroft

3rd December 2013

Could your fashion style be destroying forests and driving orang-utans towards extinction? Nicole Rycroft shows how cellulose fibres used in textiles are a major cause of biodiversity loss worldwide. But your choices can make all the difference ... more...

Conscience Clothing

Ethical Consumer

Ethical Consumer, a bi-monthly publication which helps purchasers make ethical choices, explains why we should care about where and how our clothes are made more...

Snow leopard survival threatened by our love of Cashmere

18 September 2013

Dr Charudutt Mishra

As London Fashion Week concludes, Dr Charudutt Mishra explains how demand for cashmere is affecting Central Asian wildlife, and how enlisting the support of local people will be essential for the future of snow leopard conservation....... more...

Building Momentum for Sustainability in Fashion

Sarah Ditty

Sarah Ditty explains why she believes manufacturers and consumers should join the increasing numbers of us who are voting with our wallets and choose fashion that doesn't harm people or planet....... more...
Cattle in a deforested area of the Amazon

Revealed: how our shoes are linked to deforestation and slavery in the Amazon

Ida Dalgaard Steffensen, DanWatch

26th October, 2012

Europe is the world's largest importer of leather shoes but much of the leather itself comes from cattle farms deep in the Brazilian Amazon, where farms use slave labourers and where slaughterhouses do not respect workers' safety. Ida Dalgaard Steffensen reports more...

Toxic chemicals used for leather production poisoning India’s tannery workers

Pter Bengsten,Danwatch

26th October, 2012

India’s tanning industry has started tackling environmental issues but its progress on worker safety is woeful. As Peter Bengtsen found out, illness and deaths linked to toxic tanning chemicals appear worryingly common
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Cruelty and animal suffering blight India’s booming leather industry

Peter Bengtsen, DanWatch

26th October, 2012

Cattle crammed into trucks, calves hurled on their backs and other serious animal welfare abuses happen daily in India. Despite ambitious legislation, animal welfare is a concept the leather industry are yet to embrace. Peter Bengtsen reports more...
Nudie jeans

Green jeans: Sweden's Nudie goes organic

Grace Philip

29th May, 2012

It might have taken 11 years but Nudie – purveyors of green jeans for the super stylish – has finally taken the plunge and gone entirely organic. Are you paying attention, H&M? more...
Goodone

Claire Farrell: ‘There’s no reason for Primark to ever go on the cover of a magazine’

Grace Philip

22nd May, 2012

The duo behind eco label Goodone, Nin Castle and Claire Farrell, aren’t afraid of taking on new challenges. Next up: showing the big boys that green is good and persuading the press to say goodbye to Primark and co more...
Five of the best…eco-friendly kidswear

Five of the best…eco-friendly fashion brands for kids

Lisa Stephens

1st May, 2012

First women, then men: now children and babies are the latest to join the conscious clothing revolution. Lisa Stephens rounds up five of the best eco-friendly kids clothing brands more...
ethical jewellery

Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...

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Is fur the ultimate sustainable material?

Cruel or eco-friendly: is fur the ultimate sustainable material?

Ruth Stokes

10th April, 2012

Renewable, natural and long-lasting, some claim that it’s time for us to take another look at real fur - or maybe even embrace it. But as Ruth Stokes found out, not everyone is convinced more...
How to give your wardrobe an eco-friendly spring update

How to give your wardrobe an eco-friendly spring update

Ruth Styles

10th April, 2012

Spring might have sprung but that doesn’t mean you have to rush out and buy a whole new wardrobe. Our experts explain how to get a new look without harming the planet more...
vegan shoes

Ethical shoes: what's out there for vegans and vegetarians?

Rachael Stubbins

3rd April, 2012

Leather is no longer the only option out there for footwear but do the eco credentials of leather-free alternatives stand up to scrutiny? more...
How to…make recycling pay

How to… make recycling pay

Bethany Hubbard

30th March, 2012

From turning old clothes into bags to making plastic cups into fabulous pencils, spring-cleaning just got lucrative more...
tribal trend

How to… make tribal jewellery

Priyanka Mogul

27th March, 2012

You don’t need to go to Africa to nail this season’s tribal trend. Priyanka Mogul explains how to wear it the eco-friendly way more...
Jeans and ethical fashion

Why jeans buck the fast-fashion phenomenon

Sophie Woodward

28th March, 2012

Denim has been in fashion since the early 19th century, which is why it is in the ultimate 'slow fashion' statement. Wear yours worn and ragged, and the older the better argues Sophie Woodward more...
TOMS

One for One: how TOMS started a fashion revolution

Ruth Styles

20th March, 2012

Instead of ‘buy one, get one free’, as TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie told Ruth Styles, it’s all about ‘buy one, give one away’ starting with shoes and glasses more...
katharine hamnett

The Ecologist meets…Katherine Hamnett

Ruth Styles

13th March, 2012

It’s 27 years since fashion’s enfant terrible made headlines by arriving at Downing Street in a protest t-shirt but, as she tells Ruth Styles, Katharine Hamnett is as ready to stand up for the planet as ever more...
british fashion

Made in Britain: why UK craftsmanship is good news for the environment

Yanar Alkayat

13th March, 2012

With high street giant Topshop bringing manufacturing back to the UK and Labour leader Ed Milliband calling for a return to ‘Made in Britain’, could 2012 be the year that fashion came home? more...
The Ecologist meets... Safia Minney

The Ecologist meets… Safia Minney and Santo Haque

Ruth Styles

6th March, 2012

With Fairtrade Fortnight in full swing, Ruth Styles caught up with People Tree founder, Safia Minney, and Swallows director, Santo Haque, to find out why hand weaving is set to be fashion's next big scandal more...
The Ecologist meets… Alice Asquith

The Ecologist meets… eco designer Alice Asquith

Ruth Styles

28th February, 2012

The queen of green yoga wear talks to Ruth Styles about the brilliance of bamboo textiles and explains why it’s time to give your iron a break more...
Is Paris on course for a greener future?

The future's vert: why green is the new black in Paris

Lida Hujić

21st February, 2012

Paris is famous for its chic spin on glamour but also for its fur, its waste and its excess. But with green designers slowly making inroads, things could be about to change, says Lida Hujić more...
PHOTO GALLERY: Reclaim to Wear

PHOTO GALLERY: Reclaim to Wear and Central St Martins

Ben Martin

21st February, 2012

As London Fashion week draws to a close, don’t miss the chance to see the work of a talented band of up-and-coming young designers who are helping to make upcycling this season’s hottest new trend more...

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