While not quite silk purses out of sows’ ears, artist Josh Blackwell’s embroidered plastic bags come pretty damn close. Well done, pig. (Design Sponge)

New York-by-way-of-Chile designer Maria Cornejo says that the Wal-Marts and Kmarts of the world need to step up with making sustainable fashion affordable. (BlackBook)

The Federal Trade Commission is unfairly demonizing bamboo, says Adrian Desbarats, the president of Fashion and Earth. (Press release)

Outdoor apparel giant Timberland announced that it successfully reduced emissions by 36 percent in 2009 and are on track to reach its goal of a 50 percent emissions reduction by the end of 2010. (Earthkeepers)

Designers shouldn’t just focus on building their lifestyle brands, muses Jenni Avins of Closettour. What about creating communities for their workers that embody that lifestyle in a tangible way? (Huffington Post)