Olivia Wilde’s Used Clothing Line Is About Our ‘Fashion Waste Crisis’ | HuffPost Life
thredUP Olivia Wilde wants you to buy used clothes from her new clothing collection.
In part of an effort to rail against fast-fashion culture, Wilde and her company Conscious Commerce have partnered with the secondhand clothing experts at ThredUP to create a one-of-a-kind line made entirely of used clothes . Called “ Choose Used, ” the collection aims to dispel the stigma around wearing used clothing, while fighting against the culture of fast fashion.
“We’re in the midst of a fashion waste crisis, and buying secondhand can make a real difference,” Wilde told HuffPost exclusively. “I’ve always loved vintage and I’m proud to wear used clothes, so I was drawn to thredUP’s mission to keep great clothing in use and out of landfills. I hope this collaboration inspires others to embrace secondhand to lighten our collective fashion footprint.”
ThredUP Each piece in the collection is screenprinted with a retro-inspired design that proudly labels the garment as used, including phrases like “ Used Goods ” and “ I Wear Used Clothes. ” And 10% of the net proceeds from the collection go to ThredUP’s Circular Fashion Foundation , a charitable group that supports sustainable fashion efforts across the globe.
Fast fashion is big business. Around 32 billion garments are created for the U.S. fashion market each year, but nearly 65 percent of them end up in a landfill. All of that textile waste makes fashion the second-most polluting industry in the world. That said, secondhand is now a $20 billion industry that’s expected to double in the next five years.
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If you’re unfamiliar with ThredUP , it’s an online thrift store where you can buy and sell secondhand clothing and accessories. ThredUP is now the world’s largest secondhand clothing marketplace. In October, the brand launched its very own size-inclusive clothing line that was designed to eventually be resold , fulfilling its mission to support circular fashion.
Perhaps what I love most about ThredUP are the brand’s “ Clean Out Kits .” When you order a Clean Out Kit , you’re either sent a super durable bag with prepaid shipping for $1 or a label to send your own boxes for free. You use that postage to then mail ThredUP your old clothes. You can choose to get paid for the items when they resell, or the company will take on the task of donating and responsibly recycling your used clothing for you. It’s pretty much the easiest way to clean out your closet and make some cash in the process. I’ve also purchased one-of-a-kind vintage pieces from ThredUP for a fraction of the price they’d be in a boutique secondhand shop.
If you’re looking to ditch fast-fashion brands like Forever21 and instead support more ethical and sustainable fashion labels , you’re in good company. B rowse Wilde’s “Choose Used” collection below, and if you want more of our editor-sourced products and reviews, sign up for HuffPost’s sales and deals newsletter .
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Kit Harington Says ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Critics Can ‘Go F**k Themselves’
Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (en français) South Africa United Kingdom United States ENTERTAINMENT 16/04/2019 16:10 BST Kit Harington Says Game Of Thrones Season 8 Critics Can ‘Go F**k Themselves’ Well, tell us how you REALLY feel. By Cole Delbyck, HuffPost US Kit Harington ’s signature beard may be gone, but his distaste for Game of Thrones critics remains as strong as Valyrian steel.
The British actor explained that he is “quite defiant” about the show in a Q&A for Esquire published on Monday amid mixed reviews from fans disappointed by the show’s final season premiere.
The HBO fantasy juggernaut was watched by a record 17.4 million viewers on Sunday night, including some who felt the episode was tonally inconsistent while being light on the action and heavy on the scene setting.
“I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season — and I don’t mean to sound mean about critics here — but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgment on it, in my head they can go fuck themselves,” said Kit, who portrays Jon Snow.
Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images Kit Harrington arrives at the Game of Thrones Season Finale Premiere at the Waterfront Hall on April 12, 2019 in Belfast, UK. ″’Cause I know how much work was put into this. I know how much people cared about this. I know how much pressure people put on themselves and I know how many sleepless nights working or otherwise people had on this show,” he continued. “Because they cared about it so much. Because they cared about the characters. Because they cared about the story. Because they cared about not letting people down.”
Other Game of Thrones cast members have already described the pains that went into filming the final season , especially the 55-day shoot to capture an epic battle.
Actors recalled harsh weather and exhausting days on set. Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the series, revealed there were moments when “you’re just broken as a human and just want to cry.”
Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images That’s why Kit said he doesn’t “give a fuck” about the show’s reception.
“In the end, no one’s bigger fans of the show than we are, and we’re kind of doing it for ourselves,” he said. “That’s all we could do, really. And I was just happy we got to the end.”
And the actor admitted that he, too, was critical when he first saw the script for the pilot episode back in 2009.
“I remember thinking, What is this crock of shit? I don’t understand this. I’m going to have to read this again,” Kit recalled. “And I read it again. And I’m like, I still don’t get this shit at all. I think it’s kind of weird, but it’s HBO and alright, let’s do it. I would love to get this. And I think that’s what people feel when they start watching it. Or when they hear about it. Like, “No. Fantasy— weird .”
He added: “But you watch it, you invest in it, and you go, “Okay, I’ll buy into this world. Fine. I’m in.”
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Love Island’s Georgia Harrison forced to block married Premier League footballer after he bombards her with naked pics and begs her to meet up
Sun Bingo blocked baller Love Island’s Georgia Harrison forced to block married Premier League footballer after he bombards her with naked pics and begs her to meet up
The reality star had to block the sports star online after he sent rude pics and kept asking her out on dates. By Lucy Murgatroyd 16th April 2019, 12:17 pm Updated: 16th April 2019, 12:17 pm LOVE Island star Georgia Harrison has blocked a married Premier League footballer after he sent her numerous messages asking her to go on dates.
The married footballer, who has a huge following, slid into Georgia’s DM’s on Instagram and has sent the 24-year-old naked pictures of himself, claims OK! online. Instagram 2 The Love Island star has blocked a married Premiere League footballer after being asked out on a date numerous times
A source exclusively told OK! online : “Georgia has been asked out on loads of dates by a Premier League footballer, who is married.
“She thinks it’s disgusting and she’s blocked him, after he sent some really naughty pictures of himself. She has no interest in getting involved with someone who is taken and this footballer is a pretty big deal with a huge following.
“Georgia doesn’t want to be involved in any of the drama that is sure to follow if she entertains him.”
An insider added to The Sun Online: “He’s in a top eight team and he’s an international footballer. He’s huge – but very publicly married.” Rex Features Georgia does not want to get involved with the married footballer Spoiler Emmerdale paedophile Maya caught abusing Jacob by one of David’s ex-lovers game of bones GoT’s Bronn romps with 3 naked prostitutes in steamy scenes in season opener PERFECT ANN-SWER Anne Hegerty’s brilliant comebacks when compared to topless footie fan pricey stuff Katie Price offered £50k for ‘sexual favours’ but Kris says she isn’t worth it Exclusive Stacey Dooley dumped boyfriend as Kevin was ‘better for her image’ EVERYBODY LOVED HER! Everybody Loves Raymond actress Georgia Engel passes away at 70
The blonde beauty was linked to ex-boyfriend Stephen Bear last month after they were pictured cosying up together on a trip to Thailand for a fitness retreat.
Fans of the pair were quick to speculate after the Celebrity Big Brother star, 29 posted a snap of them together.
The reality stars previously dated last year, but thought that they were better off as friends. Friends close to Bear insisted there was no truth in their claims and said he was just pals with Georgia. Love Island’s Georgia Harrison and Stephen Bear are back together as he calls her ‘the girl for me’
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‘This has been fantastic revenge’: metal musician Lingua Ignota on surviving abuse | Music | The Guardian
Kristin Hayter believes extreme music is overdue a reckoning with misogyny and violence – and uses her own ‘survivor anthems’ to spread the word. Lingua Ignota is swinging a pair of bright-white lights from her arms and screaming on the floor of the London venue Electrowerkz. Her intense industrial electronics and guttural growls startle the crowd; when she breaks into her haunted cover of Jolene, they are stunned into silence. “I want people to have to deal with me in a way that they don’t usually have to deal with someone on a stage,” she says later. “Nobody really expects to be the subject of someone else’s concert.”
Lingua Ignota, AKA Kristin Hayter, is a survivor of abuse who calls her hybrids of folk, spiritual, industrial and metal music “survivor anthems”. Two years ago, the Rhode-Island-based musician self-released an album called All Bitches Die. Its emotional rawness – all anguished howling and spitting fury – paired with moments of melodic beauty give it an extraordinary power. She is unflinching in her descriptions of violence (“He beat me till my teeth were scattered / Like pearls across the red, red ground”) and her hunger for revenge (“I repay evil with evil”).
Extreme music is overdue a reckoning with misogyny and violence – Hayter says one of her abusers was “a very powerful noise musician in the Providence community” – making her use of heavy music as a tool for catharsis even more remarkable. “A lot of my work comes out of extreme music and heavy music that’s in a misogynist context,” she says. “I’m trying to re-contextualise that phallocentric format for people who need it.”
Hayter says she wants to challenge the idea of “civilised femininity” and survivorhood: “Most things I read about surviving espouse socially acceptable self-care.” While Hayter doesn’t want to undermine individual responses to abuse, she is attempting to expand what it looks like to be a survivor. “There’s so many layers to survivorhood,” she says. “There’s rage and despair and we don’t really talk about that.”
On the track All Bitches Die (All Bitches Die Here), she sings: “Sinner, you’d better get ready” – borrowed from the spiritual of that name – a sentiment she sharpens into a violent threat: “You can’t run, I’ll find you / I’ll bind your feet to hell and drag you down … I’ll snap your legs in two.” Recently, Hayter has found herself renouncing her teenage atheism and becoming obsessed with Roman Catholic iconography, its good-versus-evil dichotomy and teachings of divine vengeance. “It is all-powerful and there’s a finality to it, a stoneness, an unquestionableness, that I like a lot.”
She admits that regularly performing her harrowing material can get “a little suffocating”, but like the mystic Hildegard of Bingen , who claimed to divinely channel an unknown language – known as lingua ignota – Hayter says that when other survivors tell her how deeply her work resonates with them, she feels like a conduit for something bigger. “It becomes less about me. People tell me it’s the work they needed to hear, and that helps me as well.”
Classically trained in piano and voice, Hayter studied interdisciplinary creative arts in Chicago before doing a master’s at Brown in Providence. As she started performing in the city, word of mouth spread. A friend shared All Bitches Die with Chris Bruni, of the influential extreme label Profound Lore, who reissued it in 2018 to acclaim from the experimental music community.
Hayter considers her success a rebuke to her abusers, especially because “bad people are inescapable” in extreme music circles. “I was lucky to be welcomed into the scene by [the avant-metal band] The Body , because they surround themselves mostly with good people and are always like: ‘Don’t play with this person, they suck’ … I just played a metal fest in Denmark and I was frantically Googling all the bands on the lineup, because you don’t know. It’s such a minefield.”
Although Hayter says it is impossible to control a narrative once it has been made public, she feels as though people are starting to listen to what she has to say. “But how much will they listen I don’t know,” she says. Her next album, forthcoming on Profound Lore, was “a lot rougher” to make than All Bitches Die. “It’s about my experience in Providence, speaking out about abuse and feeling invalidated, and people who I thought were my friends no longer being my friends, and the crushing experience of how that feels,” she says.
Hayter adds that Lingua Ignota is not just about catharsis, but also transformation and retribution. “Because I don’t get to enact violence or murder my abusers; I get to make music instead, and this has been fantastic revenge,” she says. “If everything ends tomorrow, I already won.”
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Global Auditor EY Unveils Ambitious Bid to Bring Businesses to Ethereum
Apr 16, 2019 at 17:10 UTC Updated Apr 16, 2019 at 18:59 UTC news
Big Four professional services firm EY is rolling out free software designed to help corporate clients use the ethereum blockchain – and it’s taken an unusual step to encourage adoption.
Announced Tuesday, EY’s protocol, internally code-named Nightfall, has been developed over the last year by the consulting firm’s team of over 200 blockchain developers and will be published in May . The protocol was created for such use cases as supply chains, food tracing, transactions between branches of a company and public finance.
Like other enterprise blockchain platforms , Nightfall takes advantage of a technology called zero-knowledge proofs to allow private transactions on a shared ledger. But unlike most such endeavors, EY’s software is intended to run on top of the public ethereum network, not a private variant.
Further setting the project apart is the unusual approach EY is taking to intellectual property. The firm said it will not merely open-source the code – that is, release it with a permissive copyright license – but put it in the public domain , with no license at all.
“We want to maximize adoption and community involvement, we want people to adopt it, and adapt it, and improve it. If we retain ownership, people may not invest that much time and energy in something they might not control,” EY’s global innovation leader for blockchain, Paul Brody, explained at a press briefing. “The cleanest way to make everybody use it is just to give it away with no strings attached.”
Nevertheless, Brody suggested this was a difficult decision, telling reporters:
“A year of coding work. This is a million dollars worth of stuff we’re giving away.” A fine distinction
Stepping back, “open source” and “public domain” are not synonymous .
“The terms are often used interchangeably. Legally, however, they mean different things,” said Preston Byrne, a partner at the law firm of Byrne & Storm.
Open-source, while it allows software to be used without paying royalties, means the author retains copyright and can, in theory, revoke or change the license, although “I haven’t seen this happen in crypto even once, given that the ability to inspect the code and play around with it is a key selling proposition for protocol adoption,” Byrne said.
Public domain, on the other hand, involves a waiver of copyright. This is rarer in software, Byrne said, since “it doesn’t provide a clear licensing framework for later contributions to the codebase,” creating the potential for disputes if, say, copyrighted code is added to a copyright-waived codebase.
But if a company “simply wants to give away its work, without more, there isn’t a ton of risk in releasing to the public domain,” he said. SAP, Microsoft, Carrefour
According to Brody, EY’s solutions for Nightfall will run in the Microsoft Azure cloud environment and are integrated with enterprise software from SAP, to give clients “a comfort that this is not new and scary. This is a mature technology backed by the world’s leading technology companies.”
One of the solutions already in testing is a system for tracking software license transactions for Microsoft’s XBox video games platform, EY said. Using the solution, Microsoft can monitor its interactions with multiple game vendors and avoid litigation related to royalty payments.
Other important partners include European grocery chain Carrefour, which is using EY’s blockchain solution to trace oranges, eggs, and chickens (it’s also a participant in IBM’s Food Trust blockchain ); pharmaceutical producer Merck; Italian winery Placido Volpone; and an “Italian buffalo mozzarella maker” and “a big Japanese car maker,” Brody said.
“People are very undisciplined in the supply chain industry,” he said, explaining blockchain’s appeal in this area. “The beauty of non-double spending on the blockchain is that if a vaccine from a distribution center goes to a farm, it has to come out of a distribution center.” Tokenize this
One of the most important principles EY is advocating with Nightfall is that an enterprise blockchain should deal not with hashes of digitized PDF documents, but with tokens bound to physical goods.
In pursuing this, EY took advantage of the ERC-721 standard for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on ethereum, the most famous example of which is the collectibles known as CryptoKitties. (EY’s advisers included William Entriken, the main author of the standard, and the cryptography scholar Mary Maller, one of the leading researchers of zero-knowledge proofs.)
“We have made a big investment in the token technology,” Brody said. “We built a special kind of token, which is ERC 721-compatible, to separate a physical asset from the legal ownership of that asset.” For example, while a car is on a ship on its way to a buyer, the shipping company doesn’t own that car.
Further down that road, Brody said, it will be possible to distinguish and tokenize different components of traded goods. “We can envision a future where a power company owns a battery in your car and you can use it whenever you plug it in.” Into the great wide open
For more than a year, Brody has been evangelizing the benefits of public blockchains for enterprises, which made EY stand out among an enterprise crowd more favorably disposed to private or permissioned ledgers.
“Imagine every car maker and any shipment company runs their own private blockchain. A bunch of silos doesn’t scale too well,” Brody said. “While private blockchains are useful, they don’t solve the problem of a massive, scalable transformation.”
Just as enterprises grew comfortable using public cloud storage, they will also come to embrace public blockchains, Brody believes. And the blockchain they choose, in EY’s vision, will most likely be ethereum.
The reason is the vast majority of the money raised in the space has been for companies that built on ethereum, and the vast majority of blockchain developers code on Solidity, the smart contract language written for ethereum.
“That’s a kind of developer momentum that makes me believe that, imperfect or not, unless they really screw up, ethereum is the choice,” Brody said.
Marc Hochstein contributed reporting.
Image of Paul Brody by Marc Hochstein for CoinDesk