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PackH2O: A Collapsible Backpack for Transporting Water in the Third World

WATER-BEARERS Greif claims that WaterWear is the world’s first purposed-designed water-transport product that is economically viable for both developing economies and… …

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Whip Up Wool and the Gang's Knitted Bracelets in Less Than Five Minutes

Now that school’s out for summer, relive your misspent youth by turning leftover bits and bobs—remnant yarn, strips from an old T-shirt, odd lengths of ribbon—into grownup…

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Soft Gold Studio Recycles Wooden Puzzle Pieces Into Geometric Pendants

Search for your missing piece no longer. Dianna Gedron of Soft Gold Studio turns vintage wooden puzzles into bold, tangram-styled pendants. Sanded, drilled, and given fresh coats of…

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World's Oldest Purse Unearthed—And It's Studded With Dog Teeth!

German archaeologists have unearthed what may be the remains of the world’s oldest handbag. Although the purse itself, which was likely made of leather or linen, has long…

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Olsen Twins Draw PETA's Fire Over $16,900 Fur Backpack

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have drawn the ire of animal activists for releasing a $16,900 backpack made from a motley array of animal fur. The former child actors, who received the 2012…

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Ale Bremer Upcycles Castoff Materials to Create Mexican-Flavored Jewelry

LOST AND FOUND Even from a young age, Bremer found inspiration in art. While she intended to study graphic design, a stint in metals at the University of Texas at El Paso convinced her…

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Olivia Wilde, Alternative Apparel's Recycled "Message" Bag Supports Haiti

Olivia Wilde is wild about many things, but chief among them is Haiti, which the actress is helping rebuild after 2010′s devastating earthquake. Wilde, who co-founded Campaign…

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Fair-Trade, Fair-Mined Gold Jewelry Hits U.K. Mass Market

Fair-trade and fair-mined gold jewelry has finally arrived on Britain’s high street. Ernest Jones and Beaverbrooks are the latest jewelers to offer rings bearing the Fairtrade and…

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Nervous System Uses 3D Printing to Make Its Bio-Inspired Jewelry

Nervous System offers the perfect fusion of art and technology. The Massachusetts company uses pattern-generating computer algorithms to design its nature-inspired jewelry, emulating…

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9 Emerging Eco-Fashion Designers at Designers & Agents Los Angeles

CABOCLO Hand made in the north of Brazil, each pair of Caboclo shoes is made from reclaimed tire soles and naturally-treated leather. + Caboclo PIECE x PIECE Recognizing the waste…

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Gross or Glorious? Kerry Howley Turns Human Hair into Intricate Necklaces

ATTRACTION/AVERSION Piqued by these dueling emotions, Howley wanted to see if she could make discarded follicles attractive again. Each of the five resulting necklaces, inspired by…

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"Hacked" Virtual-Reality Goggles Helps Visually Impaired Avoid Obstacles

A nondescript head-mounted display could soon spell fewer bumps and bruises for people with moderate visual impairment, thanks to researchers from the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.…

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14 Eco-Friendly Sunglasses to Protect Your Peepers

SEE THE CHANGE Solo is helping the world see, one pair of sunglasses at a time. For every pair of bamboo-and-plastic sunglasses you purchase, the San Diego label will donate a pair of…

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Coach Turns Vintage Leather Baseball Gloves Into Billfold Wallets

Batter up for Father’s Day with the ultimate gift for the baseball fanatic—well, next to season tickets at Wrigley or Fenway, anyway. In honor of the sport that inspired its…

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Tommy Hilfiger Adds Eyewear to Philanthropic "Millennium Promise" Line

Tom Cruise should ditch his Ray-Bans for sunnies that do more than keep out the glare. After all, his missus is the international brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger’s “The…

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Gucci Unveils Bamboo Sunglasses Made of Biodegradable "Liquid Wood"

Looks like Gucci’s foray into sustainable eyewear was more than a passing fancy. Less than a year after it debuted a line of bio-based frames synthesized from castor seeds, the…

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Bernhard Burkard's Fabric Hanger Marries Swiss, Ukrainian Traditions

Who decreed that hangers had to limited to plastic, metal, or wood? Swiss design studio Bernhard Burkard went against the grain—so to speak—when they devised a lightweight,…

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Tori Spelling Launches DIY Jewelry Collection at Jo-Ann, Michaels Stores

NEW TERRI-TORI Spelling designed the individual components herself, but it’s up to you to mix and match the assortment of necklace tops, bottoms, and pendant accents using…

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