11 Eco-Friendly Winter Coats to Fend Off the Deep Freeze

by , 01/28/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Features, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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Ford Design Challenge Turns Sustainable Seat Fabrics Into Couture

by , 01/27/15   filed under: Featured, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Award

What does fashion have to do with automobiles? Plenty, if you ask Ford. In the run-up to the finals of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Award on Thursday, the car company challenged 10 emerging designers to create garments from a mix of textile waste and its own eco-friendly upholstery. Held in collaboration with Redress, the Hong Kong-based textile nonprofit behind the annual competition, the inaugural Redress Forum: Ford Design Challenge sought to highlight the importance of sustainable thinking in both the fashion and automotive industries.

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Jenny Wu's 3D-Printed "Lace" Jewelry is Architecture You Can Wear

by , 01/27/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Wearable Technology

 

Piñatex: A Leather-Like Textile Made From Pineapple Leaves

by , 01/26/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary, Submitted Story

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PIÑATEX \ˈpēnyə teks\

n. 1 a: A non-woven, leather-like textile derived from the fibers of the pineapple leaf, which is typically discarded after the fruit is harvested. b: Prepared using a process that creates biomass as a byproduct. b: Breathable, pliable, and easily dyed for applications in the fashion, accessory, and upholstery markets. d: Available in different thicknesses and finishes, all biodegradable. 2: Developed in the Philippines by Ananas Anam, a London- and Barcelona-based company founded by Royal College of Art graduate Carmen Hijosa, who has significant experience in the leather industry. 3: The focus of a recent Royal College of Art presentation that showcased sample products by Camper, Puma, and designer Ally Capellino. 4: Not to be confused with piña, a silky yarn also obtained from pineapple leaves.

 

SFMade Supports Local Manufacturing in San Francisco

by , 01/26/15   filed under: Features, Interviews

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It’s hard to believe, but San Francisco used to be a thriving manufacturing hub that employed tens of thousands of workers as late as 1969. As businesses migrated production to more attractive (read: more affordable) pastures overseas, the number of sites that churn out apparel and other textiles has steadily declined to just 136 this past year. But SFMade thinks it’s time fabrication returned home to the Bay Area. The five-year-old nonprofit makes it its mission to regrow “made in San Francisco,” albeit with a difference. Local manufacturers can’t compete with their offshore counterparts on price points, according to Janet Lees, the advocacy group’s senior director. What gives them an edge, however, is quality over quantity, or “artisanal manufacturing.”

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Reality Show Sends Fashion Bloggers to Work in Cambodian Sweatshop

by , 01/23/15   filed under: Worker Rights

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A young blonde woman weeps openly on camera, her manicured fingers perched wanly against her cheekbones. “I can’t take it any more,” she sobs in Norwegian. “What sort of life is this?” Her name is Anniken Jørgensen, one of three 17-year-old fashion bloggers who “star” in a five-part online reality series about the horrors of sweatshop labor in Cambodia. Tapped by Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper, for the social experiment, Jørgensen, along with Frida Ottesen and Ludvig Hambro, flew to the Southeast Asian country’s capital of Phnom Penh, where they experienced a modicum of a Cambodian textile worker’s life for a month in 2014.

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Vivienne Westwood Likes Prince Charles's Ancient, Moth-Eaten Jackets

by , 01/23/15   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

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Photo by Michael Sims

“I’ve been a big fan of Prince Charles for a long time and I have spoken to him and even tried to help him sometimes with getting support for his project to save the rainforests.

“He’s a visionary. Right back in the 1970s as a young man, he realized we have to live in harmony with the earth.

“And all his charities have made such a difference, they’ve really helped people, they’re very practical and solid things, they build communities, support people. It really works on a very human way all his charities. We would have a wonderful world if he had ruled it in all that time. …

“He’d wear jackets with holes in them, that are moth-eaten and that are sometimes 20 or 30 years old; he gets his stuff mended…I really like that a lot. …

“The message overall is what we’ve been promoting for years: buy less, choose well, make it last.”

—Legendary British designer Vivienne Westwood and her husband, Andreas Kronthaler, speaking to AFP-TV explaining their use of the Prince of Wales’ image in their Autumn/Winter 2015 collection at Milan’s Men’s Fashion Week on Monday.

 

Adidas, Nau, REI, Timberland Commit to Responsible Down Standard

by , 01/22/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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Adidas, Nau, REI, Timberland are among the latest outdoor-apparel brands to rally around the Responsible Down Standard, according to an announcement at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Originally developed by The North Face, but now managed by the the nonprofit Textile Exchange, the global animal-welfare and traceability standard uses an established chain-of-custody process to help companies source down from ducks and geese that haven’t been forced-fed (a common practice in foie-gras production) or live-plucked for their feathers.

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Insulated Sleeping Bag Expands Into a Mobile Shelter for the Homeless

by , 01/22/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Wearable Technology

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Last October, Carnegie Mellon University charged its students to devise temporary, economically viable shelters for housing some of the 578,424 homeless people living in the United States. Winters are particularly brutal for the homeless, many of whom face overcrowded shelters, long nights in the street, and the looming threat of death from hypothermia. With less than a week to develop an effective prototype, an interdisciplinary student team from the school’s created “Satellite Shelter,” an insulated sleeping bag that transforms into a tent for staying warm.

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Inspired by Africa, Talented's Ethical Totes Help Fight Ebola Threat

Inspired by Africa, Talented's Ethical Totes Help Fight Ebola Threat

It’s easy to fall into stereotypes regarding Africa. A new line of totes by British label Talented, however, seeks to remind the West of the continent’s richness, diversity,…

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Textile Waste Could Help Reinforce Earthquake-Damaged Buildings

Textile Waste Could Help Reinforce Earthquake-Damaged Buildings

Photo by Shutterstock Textile waste may have many cool possibilities, but most of them revolve around turning old garments into new. A civil engineer from California State University,…

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Skyebags Upcycles Delta Air Lines Upholstery Into Flight-Worthy Bags

Skyebags Upcycles Delta Air Lines Upholstery Into Flight-Worthy Bags

What if you could bring the comfort and durability of furniture to your accessories? Raleigh-based brand, Skyebags allows you to do just that with their line of luxury leather handbags…

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Google Glass is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

Google Glass is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

Still scrounging pennies for Google Glass? Today’s the last day you can buy one; in its present form, anyway. After nearly three years of hype, hubris, and near-constant derision,…

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Heidi & Adèle Turns Discarded Salmon, Eel Skins Into Chic Accessories

Heidi & Adèle Turns Discarded Salmon, Eel Skins Into Chic Accessories

How would you describe your designs? Our designs are a combination of classic shapes and vibrant colors and textures. Our collection is created with professional women in mind and, as…

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Another Use for Your Kid's Lego: Wacky Face Masks

Another Use for Your Kid's Lego: Wacky Face Masks

CHILD’S PLAY Despite the rigid nature of the materials, Ffrench’s masks have an organic feel. Rather than interlock the bricks like they’re designed to, Ffrench used…

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London Designer Dyes Silk Scarves With Living Soil Bacteria

London Designer Dyes Silk Scarves With Living Soil Bacteria

TO DYE FOR Her unusual process aside, Chieza takes a time-honored tack to achieve her designs: resistance dyeing. There are a few key differences, however. Instead of dye vats, petri…

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Kairos "T-Band" Turns Even the Dumbest Watch Into a Smartwatch

Kairos "T-Band" Turns Even the Dumbest Watch Into a Smartwatch

For those of us who already wear a regular watch, Kairos T-Band can turn that favorite accessory into a smart watch. The smart band can do everything the new smart watches can do…

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Phoebe Dahl: Sex Traffickers "Tend Not to Target" Girls in Uniforms

Phoebe Dahl: Sex Traffickers "Tend Not to Target" Girls in Uniforms

“On my first trip to Nepal, I visited the schools and girls groups supported by GWP, General Welfare Pratisthan, which is a nonprofit working for social welfare in Nepal.…

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