Detroit Company Repurposes Peeling Street Graffiti Into Gritty Jewelry

by , 07/30/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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These Sneakers are 100 Percent Rubbish—And It's All Our Fault

by , 07/30/14   filed under: Eco-Art, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

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Actress Maisie Williams Wears Dress Made of Recycled Comic Books

by , 07/29/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Actress Maisie Williams knows how to pander to her audience. The English ingenue, who plays the scrappy Arya Stark in the HBO hit Game of Thrones, arrived at Entertainment Weekly’s annual San Diego Comic-Con party on Sunday wearing a gown made out of recycled comic books. Created by Ryan Novelline, a mixed-media artist who once sculpted a dress from discarded Golden Books, the appropriately titled “Zam” gown combines graphics from Marvel’s X-Men, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, and Takeuchi Naoko’s Sailor Moon, along with hemp satin, velvet ribbon, glass beads, and other repurposed fabrics.

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"RiverBlue" is an Upcoming Film That Explores the Dark Side of Denim

by , 07/29/14   filed under: Interviews, Submitted Story, Toxic Pollution

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Blue jeans are arguably the most iconic and versatile garment human beings have ever created. Both fashionable and functional, these simple denim pants have graduated from miners’ work wear with origins dating back to the San Francisco gold rush to modern haute couture pieces. As chameleons of the closet, they can be worn with just about anything to create looks ranging from casual to classy. Few other articles of clothing can claim such worldwide popularity. Their presence in wardrobes across the globe not only speaks to the appeal of their design, but allows them to act as symbols of how fast fashion, mass production, and globalization are harming the environment.

Tracing the supply chain and manufacturing history of a pair of pants reveals a number of appalling abuses of the planet. In addition to endangering landscapes by stripping the soil and introducing pesticides during cotton cultivation, the chemicals associated with altering the fabric’s appearance contaminate watersheds with heavy metals and  toxic chemicals. These agents have been proven to cause cancer, disrupt vital bodily systems, and poison wildlife yet are still in use due to consumer demand for particular “washes” or fabric textures.

Ecouterre sat down with David McIlvride, director of the upcoming documentary RiverBlue to discuss his film’s investigation into the dark side of denim.

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Moto X Owners Can Unlock Their Phones With a Digital Tattoo

by , 07/28/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Digital tattoos will soon be de rigueur to improve our calls, WiFi signals and now to unlock our phones. Silicon Valley firm, Vivalnk has partnered with Motorola to offer up temporary tattoos that enable you to unlock your phone with a simple tap. The stick on Digital Tattoo offers a unique signature synced with your phone so you no longer have to fumble with your unlock code. But don’t get too excited about this new wave of temporary body adornment – the Vivalnk Digital Tattoos only work with Moto X phones as of now.

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TRMTAB Weaves Leather Waste Into Upcycled Laptop, Tablet Sleeves

by , 07/28/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

River in China Mysteriously Turns Blood Red Overnight

by , 07/25/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

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Residents of a city in eastern China are baffled after a river turned blood red, seemingly overnight. Locals from Wenzhou, a prefecture in the Zhejiang province, said the river looked normal at 5 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday but then turned a deep crimson within the hour. Residents also complained of a strange smell that wafted through the air. Inspectors from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau say haven’t found the cause of the incident, although industrial contamination has been ruled out because there are no chemical plants along the waterway.

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Esprit Debuts PETA-Approved Vegan Sneakers for Women

by , 07/25/14   filed under: Vegan Fashion

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Esprit’s new collection of women’s sneakers isn’t just vegan-friendly, it’s also endorsed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Available online and at Esprit retailers in more than 40 countries, the faux-leather and canvas kicks feature “PETA-Approved Vegan” hang tags that proclaim in English, French, and German, “This product has been designed to be kind to animals. It is vegan-approved by PETA, meaning that no animal has been involved in the production of this product.”

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P&G, Whirlpool's "Swash" System Freshens Clothing in Minutes

by , 07/24/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

 

Alchemist Creations Upcycles Soda Cans, Leather Scraps Into Watches

Alchemist Creations Upcycles Soda Cans, Leather Scraps Into Watches

What is once trash becomes treasure. Hong Kong-based manufacturer, Alchemist Creations takes this saying to heart with their collections of sustainable, upcycled products all crafted…

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Inspired by Nature, Iridescent Cellulose Films Could Replace Toxic Dyes

Inspired by Nature, Iridescent Cellulose Films Could Replace Toxic Dyes

Taking cues from hyper-pigmented reality, scientists are developing a coloration technique that produces vivid iridescent colors using wood pulp – the same stuff that is used to…

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Pikkpack's Flat-Pack Shoes Require Only Three Pieces of Material

Pikkpack's Flat-Pack Shoes Require Only Three Pieces of Material

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own shoes, now is your chance with the super-easy Pikkpack shoe. Designed by Sarah Gulyas, the slip-on shoes can be woven together at home with just…

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PACT Unveils Fair-Trade-Certified, Organic-Cotton Clothing Line

PACT Unveils Fair-Trade-Certified, Organic-Cotton Clothing Line

PACT is taking fair trade to places it’s never been before: your everyday wardrobe. The Boulder, Colo.-based apparel-basics purveyor announced that it’s releasing one of the…

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"Pavlok" Wristband Shocks You Into Forming Better Habits

"Pavlok" Wristband Shocks You Into Forming Better Habits

Some are motivated by tempting carrots, others are motivated by a stick, or in the case of the Pavlok wristband, an electric shock. The Pavlok is the latest in a string of activity…

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"Zoo Jeans" Are Fashionably Ripped by Lions, Tigers, Bears (Oh My!)

"Zoo Jeans" Are Fashionably Ripped by Lions, Tigers, Bears (Oh My!)

A zoo in Japan has enlisted some of its fiercest inhabitants to bring “distressed jeans” to a wild, new level. The one-of-kind “Zoo Jeans”, fashionably mauled by…

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Ethnotek's Bags Combine Indigenous Textiles, Technical Functionality

Ethnotek's Bags Combine Indigenous Textiles, Technical Functionality

Ethnotek are the design team behind these high quality bags that incorporate ethically sourced handmade textiles from across the planet. As they launch their new summer travel…

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Celia B's Colorful, Globally Inspired Fashion is Fairly Made in Shanghai

Celia B's Colorful, Globally Inspired Fashion is Fairly Made in Shanghai

Independent design brand Celia B brings color, fun, and incredible craftsmanship together in these vibrant collections of garments. Founder and designer Celia Bernardo has travelled…

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Able Made, Pamela Love Create Necklace for Brooklyn Animal Shelter

Able Made, Pamela Love Create Necklace for Brooklyn Animal Shelter

Shopping at Able Made is always a two-fer. Known for its collaborative spirit, the conscious e-tailer has worked with likes of Public School, Melissa Joy Manning, Loomstate’s…

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