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Lars Hofsjö Recycles Swedish Rag Rugs Into Colorful Tables

Lars Hofsjö is giving leftover textiles a third lease on life by transforming traditional Swedish rag rugs into colorful sideboards. The Rumbler designer, who grew up listening to the…

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M&S Debuts Eco-Shoes Made With Coffee Grounds, Plastic Bottles

GREEN FEET Still, the collection is far from vegan-friendly. Footglove’s sandals, flats, pumps, sneakers, and boots feature “premium” leather uppers, albeit ones…

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Antiform's Upcycled Fashions Are 100 Percent Handmade in the U.K.

TRUE TO FORM Its love of English heritage and craft aside, Antiform is dedicated to creating modern, versatile styles that rebel against banality and have no “sell-by date,”…

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"Woolly Pedlar" Helps Grieving Families Create Quilts From Old Sweaters

Photo by Simon Greener Old jumpers are being transformed into memory blankets for grieving families by a sensitive seamstress in the north of England. Sue Reed goes by the name of the…

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Ford Design Challenge Turns Sustainable Seat Fabrics Into Couture

Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Award What does fashion have to do with automobiles? Plenty, if you ask Ford. In the run-up to the finals of the 2014/15…

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Skyebags Upcycles Delta Air Lines Upholstery Into Flight-Worthy Bags

FLYING HIGH Every Skyebag’s story begins in Atlanta, where Delta’s seat covers are first collected. The reclaimed leather then heads to Raleigh, where it’s cleaned…

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Repurpose's Solar-Powered Schoolbags Do More Than Carry Stuff

CARRY ON Another upside of using plastic? The bags are waterproof. (“There’s nothing worse than wet books,” notes the duo.) And since aesthetics played a huge role from…

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All These Couture Looks Were Made From Recycled Textiles

ECO-LUXE Supermodel and competition ambassador Bonnie Chen cuts a fine figure in the photoshoot, which features garments constructed from repurposed textiles such as discarded clothing,…

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Nike Unveils First Football Cleat Made With Recycled Bottles

Nike has unveiled what it considers its most innovative football cleat to date. Designed to commemorate the first College Football Playoff, the “Vapor Untouchable” is the…

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Riz Wants to Recycle Ocean Plastic Into Snazzy Board Shorts

For Riz Boardshorts, the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic choking up the world’s oceans is 5.25 trillion pieces too many. The British swimwear label wants to transform some of that…

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French Designer Creates Sexy Lingerie From Recycled Christmas Trees

If you are looking for eco-friendly lingerie this Christmas, look no further than the nearest pine tree. French designer Sophie Young is recycling used Christmas trees, turning the pine…

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Francli Craftwear: Rugged Workwear Made From Salvaged Materials

REMADE IN BRITAIN “We use salvaged and recycled materials because it makes sense to utilize the vast amounts of perfectly functional materials that are currently being thrown…

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Mayamiko Recycles Italian Fabric Offcuts Into Fair-Trade Clothing

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Most of us are familiar with the expression, but Paola Masperi of Mayamiko brought refreshing new meaning to an arguably tired…

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Nudie Jeans Upcycles Old Denim Into Camper Seats, Rag Rugs

Nudie Jeans knows that denim only gets better with age. Instead of letting them rot in a landfill, the Swedish brand turned 2,700 pairs of donated dungarees into a limited-edition…

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Levi's, SF 49ers Transform 12 Tons of Denim Into a "Field of Jeans"

GOOD SPORTS Creating the “Field of Jeans” was an ambitious endeavor. The entire process took 50 people more than 16 consecutive hours to complete. Collectively, the jeans…

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Zero Waste Scotland Announces Fund for Sustainable-Fashion Designers

Zero Waste Scotland has announced a new fund to encourage Scottish fashion designers to develop their own closed-loop clothing. Financed in part by the Scottish government, the Circular…

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Cambodia's Tonlé Makes Clothing That's Fair Trade, Zero Waste

Cambodia-based eco-fashion brand Tonlé are all about zero-waste production. They are currently the largest ethical apparel brand in the country, offering fair wages and a secure…

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This Machine Lets You Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Clothes at Home

Wish sorting your plastic empties was more…glamorous? Hungarian designer Kovács Apor imagines a future where we routinely transform plastic bottles into clothes, right in the…

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