Eco-Friendly Accessories

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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"Grimm" Actress Claire Coffee, Looptworks Create Upcycled Backpack

BAG OF TRICKS Dubbed, for obvious reasons, the “Calvin,” the backpack is entirely composed of materials diverted from the landfill (vegan options are available). Because it…

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Bureo Debuts Sunglasses Made From 100 Percent Recycled Fishing Nets

SEA CHANGE Designed in collaboration with Karun, an eyewear company based in Chile, all three styles in the “Ocean Collection” comprise 100 percent traceable and recycled…

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Make a Tassel Necklace for Valentine's Day (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES String or yarn scraps One long necklace chain An embroidery needle A bead A washer STEP ONE Cut your scrap string to roughly the same length. This length will…

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Virginia Tech Student Creates Backpack From Recycled Plastic Bags

If Gabriella Jacobsen’s design education is indeed, as she says, her “secret superpower,” then it’s a good thing for the rest of us that she’s harnessing…

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McDonalds Turns Redesigned Packaging Into Trash-tastic Accessories

OUTSIDE THE BOX Machado and Hardouin ended up using 50 bags, 72 straws, 22 cups, and eight sandwich boxes, along with a handful of rhinestones and pearls for embellishment.…

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Charmant Launches Awear, an Eco-Friendly Eyewear Brand

Environmentally conscious types will be able to see a little more clearly now thank to Awear, an upcoming line of eco-friendly eyeglasses from Charmant. Composed of recyclable bio-based…

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Süga: Yoga Mats Made From 100 Percent Recycled Wetsuits

If you want to feel that you are investing in sustainability as you practice your sun salutations, you need to know about Süga. This California based company offers ultra durable yoga…

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