French Connection is Latest Apparel Retailer to Ban Angora Fur

by , 10/20/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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French Connection is the latest apparel retailer to suspend production of all angora-based items following reports of routine rabbit abuse in China. The U.K.-based firm joins the likes of ASOS, Esprit, H&M, and Zara in declaring an indefinite moratorium on the fiber, which has been plagued by accusations of worker misconduct since People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals first released footage of the alleged cruelty in November. “Plucking a rabbit without causing harm takes up to two weeks of gently removing the loosened hair, but here it takes only a few, violent minutes,” notes PETA in the video. “After this tortuous experience, which the rabbits endure every three months, many of them appeared to go into shock, lying motionless inside their tiny, filthy cages.”

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Dirtball's "The 50" is the First Jacket to Use Closed-Looped Manufacturing

by , 10/20/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Vegan Fashion

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Looking for the most eco-friendly jacket money can buy? Dirtball’s got you covered. The North Carolina-based apparel brand is soliciting preorders for “The 50,” an all-American topper derived entirely from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. But that’s not all the jacket has going for it. The 50 is also completely recyclable. At the end of its useful life, simply send it back to the factory and Dirtball will grind it up into feedstock for new fabrics. You’ll even receive a discount for a future Dirtball purchase.

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Eco-Fashion Still Not a "Phenomenon of the Masses," Says Esprit Head

by , 10/17/14   filed under: Quotes

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“Green fashion—be it recycled, organic, fair trade, vegan, or other movements—is not yet a phenomenon of the masses. To date, it is still a relatively small niche segment of the market, albeit a growing one with highly committed consumers. Over time, green fashion will increase in importance. As a large international brand that defines sustainability as an attitude across our entire value chain, Esprit is convinced that our efforts are an inspiration in the market.”

—Lary Brown, head of global sourcing compliance at Esprit, speaking to Fibre2Fashion on Friday after unveiling the latest “Recycled Collection by Esprit” apparel line.

 

Plastex: A Novel Fabric Woven From Discarded Plastic Bags

by , 10/17/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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PLASTEX \ˈplas-tek\

n. 1 a: A one-of-a-kind woven textile derived from discarded plastic bags. b: Made on traditional Egyptian hand looms. c: A pathway to reviving the endangered art of weaving in Egypt while increasing job opportunities and empowering local communities. 2: A durable, washable, and dirt-resistant material used in upholstery and housewares. 3: The brainchild of Cairo-based company Reform Studio, a 2014 laureate of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, an international business-plan competition created in 2006 to “identify, support, and encourage” projects by female entrepreneurs. 4: Available in four patterns: plain, stripes, “zebra,” and plaid.

 

10 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Woolen Sweaters Looking Like New

by , 10/17/14   filed under: Featured, Features

 

Refashion an Old Blanket Into a Stylish Poncho (DIY Tutorial)

by , 10/16/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

This Machine Lets You Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Clothes at Home

by , 10/16/14   filed under: Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Wish sorting your plastic empties was more…glamorous? Hungarian designer Kovács Apor imagines a future where we routinely transform plastic bottles into clothes, right in the comfort of our homes. “PETE,”, one of six finalists in this year’s Electrolux Design Lab is a wall-mounted household appliance that Apor conceived as a way to reduce plastic waste. The idea first struck him on a rainy-day excursion to Romania’s Danube Delta, whose churning waters left a mass of discarded plastic bottles in their wake.

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Millennials Have No Idea How to Care for Their Clothes, Says Study

by , 10/15/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Tumblr. Snapchat. Instagram. Emojis. Millennials are nothing if not quick studies. Still, there’s at least one thing Generation Y has been slow to embrace: caring for their clothing. As increasing numbers of schools across the Untied States abandon home-economics programs because of spending cuts or shifting priorities, many students are entering adulthood with a “significant gap” in their knowledge of garment care and repair, according to Pamela Norum, a textiles and apparel professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Norum, who surveyed more than 500 American baby boomers and millennials about their clothing consumption, found an overall diminishment in the ability to sew, hem, repair, and launder across generations.

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Fire-Resistant "Thunderwear" Protects Steelworkers' Privates

by , 10/15/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Steel workers and fire fighters are literally put in the hot seat for their jobs and need protective gear to keep them safe from burning. While their outer layers provide adequate protection, their undergarments, usually made of cotton, leave them vulnerable to burns from high heat or if a spark finds its way in. Urged on by Sweden’s Steel Producers’ Association, with the help of the European Space Agency, Swedish underwear maker, Björn Borg developed a line of fire-resistant undies for both men and women. Dubbed Thunderwear, the functional under garments are made from Nomex, which has been used in spacesuits, is flame-proof, and does not retain heat like most textiles.

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This 3D-Printed Headpiece Changes Color to Reflect Your Mood

This 3D-Printed Headpiece Changes Color to Reflect Your Mood

Sometimes body language just isn’t enough to express your feelings and Sensoree’s latest foray into the world of brain scanning and 3D printing lets you show your mood…

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Your "Human" Hair Extensions May Actually Contain Goat

Your "Human" Hair Extensions May Actually Contain Goat

Photo by Shutterstock Hair extensions are a big business in China, but a recent investigation by BBC News has revealed that what women think is pure human hair may be a laced with goat.…

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U.S. Navy Could Soon Use Sound Waves to "Weld" Its Uniforms

U.S. Navy Could Soon Use Sound Waves to "Weld" Its Uniforms

Photo by Glynnis Jones/Shutterstock The U.S. Navy could soon be welding more than ships. The Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility, together with Rhode Island-based firm Propel,…

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Hana Mitsui Uses Japanese Weaving to Recreate Fabric From Waste

Hana Mitsui Uses Japanese Weaving to Recreate Fabric From Waste

RAGS TO RICHES Japanese peasants employed sakiori from the mid-18th to 20th centuries at a time when resources were scarce and the cultivation of cotton difficult. Like the…

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Lose Your Head Over This Recycled "Queen of Hearts" Costume

Lose Your Head Over This Recycled "Queen of Hearts" Costume

If there’s one Halloween costume worth losing your head over, it’s this recycled Queen of Hearts getup by Keep Mesquite Beautiful. Constructed by the Texas-based…

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U.S. Offers $1 Million Prize for Better Anti-Ebola Contamination Suit

U.S. Offers $1 Million Prize for Better Anti-Ebola Contamination Suit

Photo by Shutterstock The U.S. government wants to provide health workers with better tools in their fight against ebola, and it’s crowdsourcing the Internet for help. The U.S.…

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Robotic Fabric Turns Any Surface—Even Clothing—Into an Automaton

Robotic Fabric Turns Any Surface—Even Clothing—Into an Automaton

Electronic fabrics are one thing, but robotic fabrics are a whole new field in wearable technology. New developments at Purdue University have led to a robotic fabric, an electronic…

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$3M Robotic "Trousers" Could Give You Superhuman Strength

$3M Robotic "Trousers" Could Give You Superhuman Strength

Exoskeleton suits currently under development promise mobility for parapalegics, but are bulky, heavy, and overkill for those who just need a little extra help. Harvard has developed a…

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Rahul Mishra Marries Buddhist Philosophy, Slow Fashion

Rahul Mishra Marries Buddhist Philosophy, Slow Fashion

Having won this year’s International Woolmark Prize and launched a new line at Harvey Nichols earlier this month, designer Rahul Mishra is a force to be reckoned with. His mission…

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