Cambodia's Tonlé Makes Clothing That's Fair Trade, Zero Waste

by , 10/24/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fair Trade, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Cambodia-based eco-fashion brand Tonlé are all about zero-waste production. They are currently the largest ethical apparel brand in the country, offering fair wages and a secure working environment since 2013. Their motivations stem from what they refer to on their website as the “enormous global problem” of excess waste material when factories value profit over the environment. From the get-go Tonlé decided to make this waste fabric their main component in their designs. Around 90% of their materials are recycled from factories and 10% are from sustainable suppliers with the aim of having a minuscule environmental footprint and maximum social benefit. They say that through their production methods they save 22,046 pounds of materials from ending up in landfills, in comparison to the average manufacturer. Having recently launched a hugely successful new kickstarter campaign they are getting their beautiful and eco-friendly garments out to a wider audience.

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Recycle an Old Sweater Into a Pair of Cozy Slipper-Socks (DIY Tutorial)

by , 10/24/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

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Store-Bought Halloween Costumes Are Full of Toxic Chemicals

by , 10/23/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Toxic Pollution

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Halloween may be the spookiest time of the year for all the wrong reasons, according to a study released Thursday by Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org. The Michigan-based environmental watchdog, which tested 106 popular Halloween costumes, accessories, and party supplies from retailers such as CVS, Party City, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens, found “elevated levels” of toxic chemicals that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity, and cancer.

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This Marker Ink Changes Color When Your Sunscreen Stops Working

by , 10/23/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, Wearable Technology

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Piling on the sunscreen is a great habit to get into to protect yourself against harmful ultraviolet rays, but what happens when your sunscreen stops working? The innovative new Suncayr marker is an add on that easily lets you know when it is time to reapply. The color changing marker lets users know when a layer of sunscreen has expired, helping to prevent sunburns and skin cancer.

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Every Cotton T-Shirt Costs the Environment $3.40, Says Study

by , 10/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Ma Earth is paying through its nose for the clothing we produce, according to a study that quantifies, for the first time, the price we exact from the ecosystem for our clothing. Case in point? Factoring in the use of water, fertilizer, and energy along the entire supply chain, a single cotton T-shirt can cost the planet more than 20 Danish kroner, or $3.40, in financial terms. Extrapolated across the industry, clothing consumption in Denmark alone plunders the environment of more than DKK 3 billion ($510 million) every year. This toll is much too high, says Kirsten Brosbøl, head of Denmark’s Ministry of the Environment, which partnered with the IC Group, operator of brands like Tiger of Sweden and Peak Performance, to commission the report.

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Best Dad Ever Makes a Giggle-Activated LED Minnie Mouse Costume

by , 10/22/14   filed under: Kids' Eco-Fashion, Wearable Technology

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Royce Hutain sure knows how to light up a little girl’s Halloween. Not only did the California dad ring in the spookiest season the year with his family at Disneyland, but he also dressed his toddler daughter, Zoey, as a light-up stick figure of Minnie Mouse. Even cooler? The costume changes color every time Zoey squeals or giggles. Hutain, a photographer who found himself in the LED costume business after a video went viral last year, created the outfit by hooking LED strips up to an Arduino microcontroller. To make it responsive to sound, Hutain included a button and two potentiometers on the back of the “ears,” plus a microphone concealed upfront.

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Pure Waste Textiles Aims to Save 100M Liters of Water by Year's End

by , 10/21/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Pure Waste Textiles has launched a new Save Water Challenge to get companies to participate in reducing their water consumption. As its T-shirts are made from 100 percent recycled textile waste, no new cotton needs to be grown. This translates as a saving of 2,700 liters of water for every Pure Waste T-shirt produced, according to the team. So far the company has saved over 23 million liters by producing its eco-friendly shirts as opposed to typical manufacturing processes. Now Pure Waste is encouraging forward-thinking companies to buy their T-shirts and help be part of the solution. “This is a perfect water saving story for your company to share,” the firm says. “It is your [chance] to look good and make a difference.”

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Will.i.am's "Puls" Smartphone-Watch Features Designs by Zaha Hadid

by , 10/21/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Don’t confuse Will.i.am’s PULS with all the other smartwatches on the market. The PULS is not a watch, it’s a mobile device that operates completely on its own without being paired to a smartphone. In fact, the PULS is meant to replace your hand held phone, take all your calls, send emails, update your status, navigate through maps, track your fitness, and act as your personal assistant. The simple cuff design goes with you everywhere, and is the next step to merge wearable technology into high fashion – even Zaha Hadid is backing the new device.

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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

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

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…

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

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

“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…

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Plastex: A Novel Fabric Woven From Discarded Plastic Bags

Plastex: A Novel Fabric Woven From Discarded Plastic Bags

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…

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10 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Woolen Sweaters Looking Like New

10 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Woolen Sweaters Looking Like New

SWEATER COMB No need to invest in a battery-powered sweater shaver. For less than $3—and a little elbow grease—a basic sweater comb is all you need to strip pills, fluff, and lint…

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

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

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES A blanket or throw you already own Scissors Pencil, fabric chalk, or vanishing-ink marker Sewing machine or needle and thread Embellishments like fringe, pom…

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This Machine Lets You Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Clothes at Home

This Machine Lets You Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Clothes at Home

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…

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

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

Photo by Shutterstock 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:…

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Fire-Resistant "Thunderwear" Protects Steelworkers' Privates

Fire-Resistant "Thunderwear" Protects Steelworkers' Privates

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…

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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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