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Is Eco-Fashion an Oxymoron?

Is Eco-Fashion an Oxymoron?

Eco-fashion is a trend that is slowly catching fire as consumers realize they don’t have to dress in nonorganics made for sweatshop wages and hurt the environment. Is this a real fashion change, or conjured out of whole cloth?

September 17, 2007

GAP (Not) For Kids

GAP (Not) For Kids

John J. Fisher, son of the Gap Inc. founder and Gap’s heir apparent, took Gap into new ethically troublesome waters by helping to defeat California’s Proposition 82. The proposition, which appeared on the June 2006 ballot, would have guaranteed all 4-year-olds the opportunity to voluntarily attend pre-school. 80 percent of children from high income families attend preschool—compared to less than half of kids from low income homes. The measure received less than 40 percent of the vote. Why would the Gap heir oppose this opportunity? It comes down to the issue of taxes.

September 8, 2007

Victoria's Dirty Secret

Victoria's Dirty Secret

In 2004, folks from ForestEthics, an environmental group based in San Francisco, alerted Limited Brands, the parent company behind Victoria’s Secret about the environmental devastation wrought by the company’s use of paper pulp from endangered forests. Suddenly, Victoria's Secret—the lingerie brand known for the skimpily clad models adorning mail order catalogs—didn't seem so alluring. When Limited Brands failed to adequately address the problem, ForestEthics took action.

September 8, 2007

Green Weddings

Green Weddings

It's your big day, and it's your chance to set the direction of your life-long journey as a couple. By putting a little thought into the ethical implications of the event, the beauty of the ceremony will take on an even deeper meaning for the bride and groom, and all the guests.

September 8, 2007

The Paradox of American Apparel

The Paradox of American Apparel

American Apparel is rapidly becoming a force in the casual clothing and undergarments trade. Fifty-three stores are seeded in five countries and the company pulls in $250 million a year in sales. While it’s a large retailing operation, American Apparel has worked hard to fashion exemplary policies in environmental and social impact.

September 6, 2007

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