Volunteers Recycle Over 52,000 Plastic Bags Into Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

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A group of women in Tennessee have transformed more than 52,000 used plastic bags into waterproof sleeping mats for the local homeless population. Hailing mostly from the Second Baptist Church in Union City, the self-described “Bag Ladies” came into being in January 2015 when a man told the congregation about homeless people sleeping along the Mississippi River. The process of making the mats can be addictive, said Janice Akin, a member of the group. “It gets to the point that you do two or three and you say, ‘Hey, I’m actually making a difference in someone’s life,’ and you want to do more,” she told WGNTV.com. The process of creating the beds is simple, if involved. It starts with cutting the bags into strips, then tying those strips together to make balls of plastic yarn—or “plarn,” as the ladies call them. The Bag Ladies then crochet the “plarn” into 3-by-6-foot beds.

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Emma Watson Teams Up With Eco-Retailer Zady on Sustainable UN Wardrobe

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Emma Watson did more than give an impassioned speech before the 71st United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. She also let her wardrobe do some of the talking. The effect was a subtle, if powerful, one. Wearing a “fully sustainable” black turtleneck and camel pencil skirt, the Harry Potter actress and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador telegraphed her passion for justice, integrity, and gender equality without, as it were, a single word. Watson had approached Zady, an ethical online retailer with its own private label, to create the outfit, which is part of a broader capsule collection to be unveiled over the coming months. Cut, sewn, and knit in California and New York City, the custom pieces feature silk from a cooperative in India, wool from a sixth-generation Oregonian ranch with sustainable roots, and woven goods from a family-run mill in Italy that runs on solar power.

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Tom Ford is "Repulsed" by Our Consumer Culture—And His Contributions to It

by , 09/21/16   filed under: Quotes

“I struggle with the fact that I helped create this contemporary consumer culture. And at the same time, I’m repulsed by it, disturbed by it. The reality is we are all actual humans, we live in a material world where material beauty brings us a certain level of enjoyment in our lives, but we can’t let it overtake that. …

You love pretty things, but the most important things in your life are not the pretty things, I would suspect, [but] the people. …

I think in our material culture—not to use the world ‘throwaway’ too much, but we do. This isn’t working, go get rid of it. That person isn’t working, you fire them. If it’s your husband or wife, divorce them. Because we’re told in our culture that if you have all of these material things, you’re going to be happy.”

—Designer Tom Ford speaking to Vanity Fair on September 13 about helping “create” consumer culture and why he’s repulsed and disturbed by it.

 

Wair: World's Scarf to Filter Pollution, Monitor Air Quality in Real Time

by , 09/20/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Wearable Technology

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What if a scarf could neutralize harmful emissions that you breath in on your commute to work? After a particularly polluted ride to work through Paris, Caroline van Renterghem founded Wair, an air-filtering scarf designed for cyclists. With designs for men, women, and children, the Wair scarf will protect lungs comfortably and fashionably.

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Cambridge Satchel Co., Melissa Launch Vegan-Friendly, Recyclable Bags

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Britain’s Cambridge Satchel Co. has teamed up with the good folks at Melissa to create a cruelty-free version of the former’s signature cross-body carryall, which is typically rendered in leather. Composed of Melissa’s PVC-esque Melflex material, which the Brazilian company says is weatherproof, hypoallergenic, and completely recyclable, the 11-inch satchel comes in black, fire-engine red, and a limited-edition “holographic” edition. Each bag also features Melissa’s distinctive bubblegum scent. “A collaboration needs two strong partners with unique design elements; taking our timeless shape and mixing it with Melissa’s iconic raw material makes perfect sense,” Julie Deane, CEO of the Cambridge Satchel Co., said in a statement. “We are also happy that this partnership offers a vegan alternative to our customers. Moreover, the PVC used is recyclable [and] 99 percent of the factory’s industrial waste is recycled.”

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Livia Firth Unveils World's First Biodegradable Mannequin, Derived From Sugarcane

by , 09/19/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Livia Firth

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On Sunday, as Hollywood’s finest strutted along the red carpet for the annual Emmy Awards, their counterparts across the pond cut a rug of a different hue. A joint endeavor between the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Livia Firth’s sustainability-centered Green Carpet Challenge, “A Night to Remember” rang in London Fashion Week with an exhibition of vintage couture gowns from designers such as Hubert de Givenchy, John Galliano, and Alexander McQueen. The kickoff party was co-hosted by Firth, Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet, and actress Keira Knightley, along with William Banks-Blaney, the vintage clothier who selected the pieces in the show. Celebrity guests such as Helena Bonham Carter, Joely Richardson, Victoria Beckham, Will.i.am, Daisy Lowe, Mario Testino, Bianca Jagger, and Firth’s husband, the Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth, gushed over the couture confections, which were displayed on biodegradable mannequins by Bonaveri.

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Sneaker Made With Carbon Emissions is a "Shoe Without a Footprint"

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We recycle metal, plastic, paper, so why not carbon dioxide? That’s the question that NRG Energy posed to the audience on Wednesday at New York Fashion Week, where the utility company hosted a panel that included Nina Garcia, creative director of Marie Claire; Paul Bunje, principal at XPrize; Marcel Botha, CEO of 10xBeta, Burak Cakmak, dean of fashion at Parsons The New School for Design; and model and fashion designer Coco Rocha. Addressing a room at Skylight Clarkson Sq in Lower Manhattan, NRG Energy vice president Gin Kinney unveiled a prototype sneaker that incorporates captured carbon dioxide in the foam of its sole. The “Shoe Without a Footprint” is symbolic of NRG Energy’s commitment to reducing and repurposing carbon emissions, Kinney said.

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Lightweight Wearable Tech Transforms Body Heat into Electricity

by , 09/15/16   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Imagine a future where working up a sweat not only does your body good, but it’ll also keep your favorite devices humming. That’s the goal of researchers at North Carolina State University, where Daryoosh Vashaee and his team have developed a way to harvest body heat and turn it into electricity. Although similar technologies have been around for years, NC State said that its prototypes are lightweight, flexes to the body, and generate “far more” electricity than their predecessors. “Wearable thermoelectric generators generate electricity by making use of the temperature differential between your body and the ambient air,” Vashaee, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and the corresponding author of a paper on the work, explained. “Previous approaches either made use of heat sinks—which are heavy, stiff and bulky—or were able to generate only one microwatt or less of power per centimeter squared.” The NC State version, he added, generates up to 20 µW/cm² and doesn’t use a heat sink, “making it lighter and much more comfortable.”

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Cotton Incorporated, Archroma Create Natural Dye From Cotton Waste

Cotton Incorporated, Archroma Create Natural Dye From Cotton Waste

Cotton Incorporated, the folks behind those “fabric of our lives” commercials, has joined forces with Swiss dye specialist Archroma to synthesize what they are calling the…

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Consumers Think Highly of Ethical Fashion, But Won't Pay More for It

Consumers Think Highly of Ethical Fashion, But Won't Pay More for It

Photo by Mike Petrucci/Unsplash Most people can appreciate the story behind an upcycled dress or a pair of fair-trade sneakers, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to pay…

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New "Hybrid Energy" Fabric Converts Sunlight, Movement Into Electricity

New "Hybrid Energy" Fabric Converts Sunlight, Movement Into Electricity

“Power dressing” no longer means what you think it means. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a fabric that will not only keep you clothed but…

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The Renewal Workshop Wants to Keep Repairable Garments Out of the Landfill

The Renewal Workshop Wants to Keep Repairable Garments Out of the Landfill

It’s no secret that the fashion industry generates a lot of waste, and not just on the cutting-room floor. From customer returns to overstock, the world’s apparel brands and…

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Is the World Bank Guilty of Supporting Forced Cotton Labor in Uzbekistan?

Is the World Bank Guilty of Supporting Forced Cotton Labor in Uzbekistan?

Photo by the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights Is the World Bank an enabler? A leading human-rights group certainly thinks so. Nearly 60 years after the International Labour…

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A Robot Just Made an Entire T-Shirt

A Robot Just Made an Entire T-Shirt

The robotic revolution isn’t coming; it’s already here. For that you can thank—or blame—Sewbo, a Seattle-based startup that claims to have created the first industrial…

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Aeon Row: American-Made, Zero-Waste Clothing You Can Actually  Afford

Aeon Row: American-Made, Zero-Waste Clothing You Can Actually Afford

FASHION REVIVAL “I started researching eco-fabrics [and] became captivated by how affordable revived fabric was in relation to other eco-fabrics,” he told Ecouterre. “I…

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Gap, VF Corp. Publish List of Supplier Factories

Gap, VF Corp. Publish List of Supplier Factories

Photo by Fufu Wolf Gap and VF Corp. have become the latest global apparel firms to publish a list of the factories that makes their shoes and clothing. The move, which follows the lead…

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Barbara Segal's Stone-Carved "Birkin Bag" Weighs 100 Pounds

Barbara Segal's Stone-Carved "Birkin Bag" Weighs 100 Pounds

Photo by Angel Chevrestt for the New York Post When prices for a Hermès’s Birkin handbag can soar up to $300,000 for a diamond-studded, Himalayan crocodile–clad number, Barbara…

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