It’s all about getting consumers to care about what they wear. Today’s eco-designers are not only rigorous about the ethical issues, they’re making fashion-forward clothes using cutting-edge design and textiles.
Seven steps to thinking globally and acting locally. We think of greens rallying to protect rainforests, but many activists are now working close to home, joining up with neighbors to restore and preserve their own communities.
Fashion Victims Conventional Cotton is Taking a Heavy Toll on the Planet, but the Organic Market is Growing
In countries like Uzbekistan, kids as young as seven are toiling away in pesticide-laden cotton fields, and entire bodies of water have been lost to irrigate the crop. Can demand for organic cotton make a difference?
Turning billboard vinyl (and other oddities) into fashionable fashion accessories.
Throwing the cuffs on the fashion industry.
The 100-mile diet has taken hold of the American consciousness: but is it doable in New York City?
In just two decades, Freiburg, Germany, a sleepy 12th century village, has transformed into a progressive 21st century city that’s being called the world’s first eco-municipality.
The school lunch menu is under serious revision to include healthier options with the help of angry moms and nutritionists.
The green market is growing at a record pace, and green marketers are guiding consumer dollars to the companies that really care.
Gas mowers are wreaking havoc on summer air quality (one hour of mowing is the equivalent of driving 350 miles in terms of volatile organic compounds). Fortunately, the electric models have been upgraded, with more power and better cutting.
Hospitals are incorporating Japanese gardens, waterfalls and other natural elements into their designs to encourage healing.
Last June, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive directive phasing out the city’s bottled water use, citing environmental concerns and the excellent quality of municipal tap water
Sprawling light pollution is blotting out the night sky’s majestic stars and planets (see <a href="http://www.emagazine.com/view/?3860">"Finding the Stars," Tools, January/February 2007</a>). But concerned light activists get big results when they think globally, but act locally.
The largest private game reserve in California is banning lead bullets, part of a comprehensive plan to keep condors soaring.
The Tipitina’s Music Co-op is rescuing instruments from closets, basements and landfills for musicians in need.
Eighty-five-year-old Liz Moore challenges oil-sands mining operations with her activist website.
Tiger populations are nearing extinction levels in India, despite their popularity with tourists.
The nonprofit Reverb is greening rock concerts with biofuel buses and on-site eco-villages.
Nuclear waste is seeping through loopholes in U.S. disposal policies and could be recycled into material for roads, schools and playgrounds, according to a report released by the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS.)
Beverage distributors like Coca-Cola and retailers like Stop & Shop have resisted adding bottled water to the deposit-based system, and the mountain of bottled water litter continues to grow.
The National Organics Standards Board decided to defer recommendations for organic status for fish citing concerns about controlling fish environment and food supply.
Focus the Nation, an ambitious organizing project, is coordinating teachers and students at more than 1,000 schools to find solutions to global warming.