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Detroit Company Repurposes Peeling Street Graffiti Into Gritty Jewelry

WEARABLE ART Peterson and Russell say that their primary goal is to restore confidence in the women they hire. Many of them left their jobs when they entered the shelter seeking refuge…

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These Sneakers are 100 Percent Rubbish—And It's All Our Fault

COMPLETE GARBAGE “We made these shoes out of 100 percent rubbish found on U.K. shoes,” one poster proclaims. “And we could make a whole lot more.” Another…

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Actress Maisie Williams Wears Dress Made of Recycled Comic Books

Actress Maisie Williams knows how to pander to her audience. The English ingenue, who plays the scrappy Arya Stark in the HBO hit Game of Thrones, arrived at Entertainment…

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TRMTAB Weaves Leather Waste Into Upcycled Laptop, Tablet Sleeves

LEAVE NOTHING BEHIND True to TRMTAB’s name, all pieces include an extra-wide tab that makes pulling out your gadget a cinch. TRMTAB’s work with Prachi Leathers, a factory…

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Alchemist Creations Upcycles Soda Cans, Leather Scraps Into Watches

What is once trash becomes treasure. Hong Kong-based manufacturer, Alchemist Creations takes this saying to heart with their collections of sustainable, upcycled products all crafted…

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Ethiopian Jeweler Entoto Beth Artisan Employs HIV-Affected Women

Entoto Beth Artisan bring together recycled materials and fair trade practices to create elegant jewellery designs. Based on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the social business…

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Pharrell, G-Star Raw Unveil Recycled-Plastic "Raw for the Oceans" Line

GET RAW Bionic Yarn estimates that the full collection employs an estimated 10 tons of recycled marine debris. The line, which includes T-shirts, hoodies, boilersuits, trench coats,…

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House Martell Joins Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Jewelry Collection

Still mourning the death of a certain swarthy Dornishman? Hold on to your hankies because Pyrrha has added the sigil of House Martell to its line of jewelry based on HBO’s…

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Fielder's Choice Goods Turns Vintage Baseball Gloves Into Wallets, Belts

The sumptuous accessories in Fielder’s Choice Goods’ line channel America’s favorite past time- baseball. The line of leather goods are upcycled from vintage baseball gloves,…

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Wear a Piece of the Robben Island Fence That Imprisoned Nelson Mandela

The 10-foot-tall wire fence that once confined Nelson Mandela for 18 years is getting a do-over. Capetown designer Charmaine Taylor is salvaging pieces of barbed wire from the infamous…

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Regenesi, Dainese Upcycle Old Motorcycle Racing Suits Into Accessories

Feeling a need for speed? Get a danger-free rush from Regenesi’s recent collaboration with Dainese, an Italian firm that specializes in protective motorcycling gear. Unveiled at…

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Narciso Rodriguez's Bottletop Collab is Green Carpet Challenge–Approved

Looks like Livia Firth ♥ Narciso Rodriguez as much as he ♥ social enterprise. Firth awarded the New York City designer with the “Green Carpet Challenge” brand mark on…

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Sloggi Launches Eco-Friendly Lingerie Made From Recycled Coffee

HOT STUFF Sloggi claims that the chemical-free fabric, which it developed in partnership with Taiwanese firm Singtex Industries, not only wicks away moisture and absorbs odors, but it…

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Adidas, Pharrell to Turn Ocean Plastic, Recycled Bottles Into Sneakers

G-Star Raw isn’t the only fashion firm clapping along to Pharrell Williams’s beat. The award-winning musician-songwriter-producer has inked a long-term deal with…

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7 Bags Made From Recycled Denim Jeans

ANN FRYE Laptop case or old lady’s knitting bag? Ann Frye’s deftly constructed stuff sack, woven from recycled denim on a Leclerc Nilus “Medico” loom, is a…

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7 Designer Looks Made From Recycled Denim Jeans

DENIM COUTURE Few articles of clothing are as egalitarian as the humble blue jean. It’s come a long way from its working-stiff roots, rising in status to become not only a luxe…

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Eco-Designers Turn Yesterday’s News into Headline-Making Paper Couture

HEAR YE, HEAR YE At the Yesterday’s News Green Catwalk Event and Workshop in New York City on Tuesday, four leading sustainable designers—Samantha Pleet, Bahar Shahpar, Lara Miller,…

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7 Unexpected Ways To Recycle Old Denim Jeans

JEAN GENIES Used, abused, shredded, and worn down to the threads, our favorite jeans have stuck around longer than most significant others. Is it any wonder, then, that we’re…

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