Eco-Friendly Accessories

Knit, Crochet a "Wildlife Rescue Nest" for Abandoned Baby Animals

Katie Deline-Ray can’t tell you the number of “nests” she’s knitted or crocheted over the years, but she’s sure it’s a lot. “I stopped counting…

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Man Turns Bone From Amputated Leg Into Engagement Ring

When Mike Perrett proposed to his then-girlfriend, Melita, in 2011, he offered her more than a piece of his heart. He also gave her part of his shinbone. The Guernsey man, who had his…

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Honest By Offers First Downloadable Fashion Collection for 3D Printers

FASHION ON DEMAND “When a customer prints out one of our designs there is immediate transparency as they are the only manufacturer,” Pieters tells Ecouterre. “Which…

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Paula Ortega Uses Milk Proteins to Make Biodegradable Jewelry

Innovative jewelry designer Paula Ortega’s new line is as fleeting as beauty itself. Made from an impossible-sounding mix of metals and milk proteins, the “wearable sculptures”…

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This Jewelry is Made of Recycled Coffee Grounds

Rosalie McMillan doesn’t have to look far for her coffee fix. The London designer creates jewelry from Çurface, an industrial composite derived from waste grounds and…

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Sophie Carnell Creates Haunting Jewelry From Salvaged Ocean Trash

MATERIAL HAZARDS Several of the pieces mimic silhouettes found in nature—Carnell’s way of echoing the plight of marine animals, from seabirds to bivalves, who mistake plastic…

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Shwood Recycles Newspaper Into Woodgrain-Like Eyewear

READ ALL ABOUT IT Shwood treated the reconstituted material like a type of veneer, layering it onto the temples of its signature “Canby” model—in both wooden and…

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Block Shop Textiles Revitalizes Traditional Indian Block-Printing

In Bagru, a city in Rajistan, India, hand printed textiles have followed the same tradition for over 350 years. Block Shop are trying to help keep this historic method alive by carving…

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Urban Kraft Puts a Chic, Urban Twist on the Brown Paper Bag

PAPER FASHION Aesthetics aside, Urban Kraft underscores the bags’ “indestructibility” as their defining feature. Despite the lightweight construction, each carryall is…

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JeBlue, Manhattan Portage Turn Old Airline Uniforms Into Bags

TRUE BLUE Each bag not only diverts textiles from landfills, according to Mendelsohn, but it also represents a piece of airline history “once worn by some of the most unique crew…

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Artist Merry Coor Turns Loved Ones' Ashes Into Memorial Pendants

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust? Not if you’re California glassmaker Merry Coor. The Eureka resident specializes in making “ash beads”: tangible mementos of the deceased…

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Cotopaxi's Outdoor Gear Inspires Adventure, Funds Poverty Relief

Outdoor gear company Cotopaxi is gaining major attention from consumers and investors for their superior product and unique approach to marrying business with social impact. Founder…

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Pyrrha Expands Line of Recycled-Metal "Game of Thrones" Jewelry

VALAR MORGHULIS But while the show—and the books on which it’s based—are fiction, the techniques Pyrrha employs are not. The company uses the traditional art of lost-wax…

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Proud Mary Global Textiles Focuses on Empowerment, Not Pity

Socially conscious lifestyle brand Proud Mary focuses on the mantra “Pride not Pity.” After volunteering in South America for Habitat for Humanity, owner Harper Poe was moved to…

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Actress Marion Cotillard Designs Ethical Jewelry for Chopard

Photo by Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock Marion Cotillard is trading the camera lens for a jeweler’s eyeglass, at least for the moment. The Oscar-winning actress is working with…

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Tilonia's Fair-Trade Bags, Scarves Benefit Sustainable Development

A new collection of bags and scarfs have been produced by female artisans from Tilonia, a small village in Rajastan, India, inspired by sustainable development programs underway in the…

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Neanderthals Turned Eagle Claws Into Jewelry 130,000 Years Ago

Neanderthals are stereotypically portrayed as thick-browed, imbecilic “cavemen,” but our distant relations may have been more intelligent than we give them credit for. A…

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TOMS's New Bag Collection Supports Safer Birth Experiences

BAGS THAT COUNT Part of the proceeds from the collection will go toward maternal and child health programs such as Ayzh and BRAC, which provide training for birth attendants, as well as…

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