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œ Making one cotton T-shirt requires 10 table spoons of hazardous chemicals

œIn Japan, per person, 10 kg of clothes are bought, and 9 kg is wasted annually.

œA baseball cap is sold $17 in the states. Merely 1.6 cents of the share goes to the producer in Bangladesh.

iSustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first centuryj

While clothing is not typically thought of as a "dirty" product, like plastics or meat, a closer look reveals that this clean image is undeserved. From raw material production through dyeing and finishing, to transport and disposal, the apparel, footwear, and accessories industries are responsible for significant environmental degradation and social injustice.

Although cotton accounts for less than 3% of the world's farmed land, it consumes almost a quarter of insecticides harming the soil and the workers health. In the developing countries, garment workers often have to work under poor conditions with a low standard of health and safety. The problem with clothing production does not stop in the field. During the conversion of conventional cotton into clothing, numerous toxic chemicals are added at each stage - silicone waxes, harsh petroleum scours, softeners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, and ammonia - to name just a few.

Environmental impact does not end at the point of production. The globalization of the industry has led to increased pollution through long-distance transport. And eventually, the products enter the waste stream. Clothing footwear, and accessories are a staple of municipal landfills. In 2000 alone in the United States, 47.7 pieces of clothing items per person was consumed. In Japan, 1,117,000 tons of shoes and clothes are consumed each year, and 1,060,000 tons of them are thrown away.....

It's clear we need to get our relationship to clothes under control. And Yes! Ethical fashion (natural fashion or organic fashion, however you call it) is happening everywhere now from NY to Paris to London to Sao Paulo. So what is this all about? Ethical fashion corresponds to a modern, holistic, and ethical way of thinking. It is a manifesto by all the alternative people caring for the earth community and for the real "cool" and appealing future fashion. Ethical fashion is remodeling or remaking clothes to reduce excessive consumption, choosing products and fashion brands that uses natural fiber and less chemicals, and also recycling, in which we take responsibility for seeing each garment thorough its natural life.

Find out more...
Ethical fashion show in Paris

Article on Fashion Swap Party

No Sweat - Union-made sweatshop-free apparel

Sustainable Style Fundation
look fabulous, live well, do good

koko (Junko Niwa)


koko's vision of the near future is a place where human beings have regained connection with the natural world, a world where all the living forms exist in harmony creating a caring earth community.

Diving deep into the techno party/festival subculture, koko has experienced a free nomadic lifestyle based on travel, music, and spiritual awakening.

In 2005, she completed a masters course in sustainable design at "Forum For The Future" in the UK. With her immense network of like-minded people throughout the world, she has been working on various projects on different levels to spread the word creating harmony in life through a conscious and responsible approach where we place earth, society, and spirituality in the center of our lives.

For the last 5 years Koko has been resident MC on the Fuji Rock Festival eco-conscious stage "Avalon". She is also active in video production and translation for environmental broadband media "" ( She also worked on the production of sustainable consumption booklet with UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) (, creative communication support for various NGOs, production of internet streaming site "cosmosmile" (, and production of personal interviewing method ecoranger.

JayaJaya (Para Impacto/YogaJaya)


JayaJaya events combine a fusion of ideas with performance, art installations, alternative lifestyles and club culture to bring people together in an open and evolving environment, breaking open the doors to connectivity, coexistence, and peace.


xChange @ a-bridge
September 29, 2007 From late afternoon to 2am
produced by jayajaya and koko niwa
Entrance ¥1000

The future of fashion, connectivity, and sustainable culture starts here!! xChange is a series of actions to accelerate progressive change within ourselves and in the society by exchanging experiences, ideas, and energy.

Funky environment with art and light installations, dj, performance and more!

At this particular event, xChange will experiment "fashion swap party," the first one to be held in Tokyo on such a big scale! By asking everybody to participate in "exchanging" clothes, the idea is to increase consciousness about the environmental and social problems in the area of fashion - while having lots of fun and create a sustainable harmonious vibe! Please do not forget to bring at least one article of clothing to swap at xChange!

Advanced hatha yoga performance by Matej Jurenka


Matej Jurenka is a young Yoga teacher born in Slovakia, Eastern Europe. At the age of twenty he got deeply inspired by the book "Light on Yoga" written by B.K.S.Iyengar. Very Inspired, He began practicing Yoga incorporating Yogic and Tantric techniques into his own daily sadhana practice, as well as adopting the eight limbs derived from Ashtanga Yoga written by the sage Patanjali.

He has studied Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga in Mysore with Shree Jayakumar Swamishree and Shree Bharath Shetty. Matej practices the advanced Hatha Yoga. He teaches all levels with much dedication and passion, promoting the spiritual self in order to cultivate physical confidence while practicing asanas. He is deeply devoted to Mother Earth, believing in enviromental and ecological solutions, peace and social justice. He is greatly inspired by the Hindu mythology system and the power of bhakti. Matej conducts Yoga workshops and classes around the world in countries including India, Spain, Nepal, Africa, Slovakia and China.

Light, visuals, decorations by Interstella

Interstella are Richie and Mari. Interstella started when they met in 2002 and is an collage of analogue visuals made using macro lenses, prisms and crystals. Interstella's unique vj style includes live analogue visual interaction without the use of computers and real time refraction and projections. This is where the magic happens, as sounds waves create light waves from the micro to the macro cosmos, fusing colors and melting textures in synch with the music.

Dj Patrick Oancia (JayaJaya, Para Impacto)


Patrick Oancia comes from a long history of music and has been producing and Djing for over 20 years. His music influences range from downtempo grooves, classic rock, punk rock, jazz and funk to all genre electronica. Patrick has held residencies and played at night clubs and monthly events in Tokyo and abroad, performing at clubs including The Ritz New York, Foufoune Electrique, Yellow, Womb, Fai, Loop, On Air West, Club Citta, and Seco. Patrick is active in multi-level art/creation collaborations, and is the director of YogaJaya. He sees yoga as a lifestyle that is a vehicle to complete individual transformation.

Dj Richie (Interstella)


Richie came to Japan as Dj R1 in 1993 and played at some of the most colorful parties when the trance/techno scene was just beginning. Those early parties include The Twilight Zone, Key Energy, Odyssey, Horizon, Geoid, Vitamin-Q, Dakini and Anoyo. Nowadays Richie works as a freelance carpenter / furniture maker and builds huge kaleidoscopes and other objects in his spare time.

Dj John Connell (Grain Records)


John began djing house and techno in the UK in 1996, moving to Tokyo in 2000. Since then he has held residencies at Womb, Air and now Real Grooves @ Yellow. He has played with the likes of Richie Hawtin (Minus), Ricardo Villalobos (Cocoon, Playhouse), Matthew Dear (Spectral), Mathew Jonson (Wagon Repair) and Sven Vath (Cocoon) among many others. Grain Records is a project he started in 2006 with Niklas Niemenen and Jason Hopfner, on which he also produces. Tracks on the label have been supported by Magda (Minus), Audio Werner (Perlon) and Vincent Lemieux (Musique Risque, MUTEK). Tracks available on


Please bring as many items as you wish, but please remember, they should be clean (recently washed) and pretty nice looking so that other people might want them. The main purpose of the swapping is NOT to get rid of your old tired clothes, but to become creative, reduce consumption, become more conscious about fashion, find a lovely home to your precious garment, and have fun at the same time! Also don't forget to secretly bring an extra bag, so that you can bring home as many new items as you wish!

Any left over items will be donated to Fiber Recycle Network (FRN) in Kanagawa. ( FRN selects useful items and send them to the needed people in asian countries. The rest will be used either for clothes to clean up machineries or recycled for sponges in car trunks. So none of the items you bring in will be wasted!

< Contributing Designers for Fashion Swap >


Made in Bali, Hikarifs clothes are inspired by music, travel and nature. Their recent creations include a clothing line using organic cotton and natural dying agents, by which they are further expanding their domain of activities.


Using recycled-leather and manipulating it with painstaking work, InaRio is synonymous for its one-of-a-kind single piece skirts and other piece of clothing. In todayfs world where the bond between the world of mankind and the world of nature has become weak, their aim is to make clothes which evoke animalistic instincts and traditional way of life.


Designer, Keiko Tamura is responsible for LunatiCanapa, a brand whose clothes are made in her Hayama studio surrounded by mountains and the ocean. Most of her clothes are custom-made, employing hemp while establishing in her own style, divorced from the current fashion trends.


Nebulavo is a womenfs clothing brand designed by Megumi Oda. Her motto is to make a new type of clothing where she gremakesh clothes with the aim of recycling. Moreover, she employs natural materials through the incorporation of pre-existing hand-crafted objects and materials, which she encountered during her numerous trips. In todayfs world where we have a flux of excessive amount of clothing, Nebulavo respects every single item and makes a conscious effort not to increase the amount of unnecessary clothes by avoiding mass production.

Punk Drunkers

Punk Drunkers are a unique group of creators who pursues originality and differentiates themselves from not belonging to any other generic categorization of fashion styles. Inspired by Severn Suzukifs speech held at the 1990 Earth Summit, they are signified for their Eco-chan T-shirts, a hall-mark of their eco-conscious creations.


Renature is involved in every aspects of their clothing from harvesting organic hemp cotton, deriving from their own hemp-farm in China, to making the final products. Its hemp is widely appreciated for its natural tones, softness and durability. Renature is also known for its extensive collaborations with out-door festivals, notably Fuji Rock Festival.


A new clothing brand catered for babies which uses organic cotton from India and natural dying agents. Made in Japan of colorful colors, their e-shopping site on the web is very informative and useful. Check out their blog on their website where you can find updated information on organic clothing production and slow-life child bearing.



A-bridge First opened in 2001in Nakano-shinbashi.
In 2004 the lounge relocated to a rooftop in Sangen-jaya transforming into an evolving gallery and cafe lounge bar on the dramatic rooftop amongst the skyline of Sangen-jaya.

The A-Bridge concept instills that there's no such thing as a passive observer. "Just take Action" and advocate PUBLIC RULE or interconnectedness that expands from it!

The Lounge hosts Infinitely expanding events organized and created through interaction among people. A-Bridge promotes everything from Interior and graphic design, and fashion to publishing a free magazine "MUKU MAGAZINE" that connects diverse people and places.


RF, Sangen-Bld, 2-14-12, Sangenjaya, Setagaya, Tokyo, JP

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