EarthFix Reports
8:44 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Columbia Sportswear Fined For Failing To Label Clothes Treated With Pesticide

The downtown Portland Columbia Sportswear store. The Oregon-headquartered company was fined for not labeling clothes that have been treated with pesticides, as required by federal law.
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 4:37 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Portland-based Columbia Sportswear $100,800 for failing to label clothes treated with pesticides.

Between 2010 and 2013, the company sold socks and hats that were treated with a product called Insect Blocker but didn't have the label notifying consumers as required by federal pesticide labeling laws.

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Frugal Shoppers
11:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Retail Confession: Adults Who Wear Kids' Clothes To Save Money

Can you correctly guess if this pair of underwear is a Men's Small or a Boys' XL? Taylor Quimby is betting you can't. (Taylor Quimby/NHPR)

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

There are all sorts of ways people save money on clothes: comparing prices, using coupons and membership club discounts, shopping online, buying used. But there’s one cost-cutting strategy that doesn’t get a lot of attention even though a lot of people are doing it.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Taylor Quimby of New Hampshire Public Radio confesses he’s among the many adults buying kids XL-size clothing instead of adult size smalls.

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Fondue Slipper
7:33 am
Thu July 3, 2014

This Week's Innovation: Slippers That Fit Like A Second Skin

The slipper is made from thermosetting PVC material. Designer Satsuki Ohata claims that once it hardens to your foot's individual shape, the slippers can be worn inside and outside.
Satsuku Ohata

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:12 pm

If you've ever struggled with finding shoes that fit your feet perfectly, take heart. A Japanese designer has taken that universal need to a whole new level — and it all started with cheese.

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7:41 am
Thu June 19, 2014

American Apparel Ousts Its Controversial Founder, Dov Charney

American Apparel founder Dov Charney was ousted Wednesday by the company in the wake of allegations of misconduct against him.
Monika Graff UPI /Landov

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 8:38 am

The board of clothing chain American Apparel voted Wednesday to replace founder Dov Charney in the wake of allegations of misconduct against him.

In a statement on its website, the board said that it notified Charney of its intent to terminate his employment as president and CEO. He is expected to be fired following a 30-day period, the statement added.

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RadioActive Spring 2013
8:00 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" Changes Teens' Shopping Habits

Varun Dhananjaya speaking at the RadioActive Spring 2013 Listening Party.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Seattle-based Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' single "Thrift Shop" has topped the charts multiple times. But besides getting people humming along to its catchy melody, "Thrift Shop" is also creating a lot of interest in actual thrift shopping amongst Eastside teens.

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More from KUOW
11:54 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Can The Next Bangladesh Factory Disaster Be Prevented?

Workers bury unclaimed bodies from the garment factory building that collapsed in April in preparation for a mass burial on May 1, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

The death toll from last month's Bangladesh clothing factory collapse is now over 800 people. The scale of the disaster has prompted many people here in Washington to question our role as consumers.

Ross Reynolds talks with Morgan Currier, a senior at University of Washington and member of the coordinating committee of United Students Against Sweatshops, Paul Guppy, vice president for research at the Washington Policy Center, and Kristen Beifus, executive director of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition.