Eco-Friendly Accessories

Central Saint Martins Student Wins Swarovski Sustainability Award

For twice the shine, just add water. That’s the tagline behind Lucie Davis’s winning concept: a pair of Swarovski crystal–studded rings, made from 100 percent compressed…

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Sony Upcycles Headphone Wires Into Chic Travel Accessories

AURAL PLEASURE Sony said that the accessories are inspired by travel scenarios “synonymous with losing yourself in music—whether it be the daily commute or simply relaxing at…

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Hamilton Perkins Makes Bags Entirely From Recycled Plastic Bottles

CARRY ON Rather than looking at philanthropy as “an afterthought,” Hamilton Perkins decided to make it an intrinsic part of its business model. The company has hooked up…

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United by Blue's Iron-on Patches Help Clean Up the Oceans

What’s summer without a spot of adventuring? Whether you’re a camper, “glamper,” or armchair explorer, United by Blue has you covered—literally. The…

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Rewilder Makes Vegan Bags From Upcycled Beer Filter Cloth

HOME BREWED Rewilder sews all of its bags to order in its atelier in Hollywood, where it uses cutting techniques that maximize material yields and reduce waste. Each carryall features…

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Mosevic Makes Sunglasses From Recycled Denim Jeans

TRUE BLUE Like all of Mosevic’s wares, every one of the new pieces is hand-made in the company’s workshop in Cornwall, England. Layers of denim are infused with a…

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Michigan-Based Floral Designer Turns Succulents Into Living Jewelry

Susan McLeary is no ordinary floral designer. As principal of Passionflower in Anne Arbor, Mich., McLeary creates lush living jewelry from miniature succulents. Meant for short-term,…

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Norton Point Makes Sunglasses From Upcycled Ocean Plastic

Norton Point wants you to “sea” ocean pollution a little differently. Based in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., the burgeoning eyewear company has created a line of…

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Solo Eyewear Makes Sunglasses From Recycled Plastic

Four years after Solo Eyewear crowdfunded a line of bamboo sunglasses with a philanthropic bent, the San Diego–based label has returned to Kickstarter to pre-launch eight new designs,…

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American Apparel Turns to Crowdsourcing for Product Ideas

Photo by Saul Loeb for AFP/Getty Images Can crowdsourcing prop up a flagging brand? American Apparel sure hopes so. The beleaguered Los Angeles retailer, which recently suggested that…

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Project 1127 Scarves Honor Victims of Rana Plaza Collapse

New York-based designer Laura Siegel has partnered with Bangladesh’s Sreepur Village Organization to sell 1,127 scarves, one for every garment worker killed in the wake of the…

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Slow Factory's Key Necklace Supports Training for Refugees in Lebanon

Viewed from space, the Earth is a glistening, opalescent marble flecked with highlights of white, ultramarine, emerald, and gold. Unmarked by visible borders or ideological boundaries,…

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The "Lunar" Watch is a Timepiece Made From Genuine Moon Rock

The “Lunar” watch by the Analog Watch Co. is one small step for a timepiece, one giant leap for time-keeping. Developed in collaboration with the Russian Federal Space…

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"Lifepack" is a Solar-Powered, Anti-Theft Backpack for Mobile Workers

HOLD EVERYTHING Certainly Solgaard, himself an avid backpacker, has found his niche. With more than a month left on its Kickstarter campaign, the Lifepack has already achieved its…

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Shwood's "Badlands" Eyewear Incorporates Plants, Feathers

Take a piece of America’s untamed beauty with you, wherever you may roam, with Shwood’s latest line of stylish and sustainable eyewear. Inspired by the striking geologic…

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Tripty Project Makes Zero-Waste Bags, Clothing Out of Discarded Pineapples

Luke Swanson and Brooke McEver were working in Bangladesh at the time of the incredible garment industry tragedy at Rana Plaza. In reaction, they decided to found a company to train…

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Greek Volunteers Recycle Inflatable Boats, Life Vests Into Bags for Refugees

For the thousands of migrants arriving daily by boat to the Greek island of Lesbos, setting foot on land is only the beginning. A nascent design collective known as the Embassy for the…

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31 Bits: Exquisite Recycled Paper Jewelry, Made by Ugandan Artisans

PAPER CHASERS The artisans behind 31 Bits repurpose paper from posters, advertisements, and even textbook pages, which they tear into long strips, roll into tight beads, and then coat…

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