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Evrnu Recycles Old Cotton Garments Into New Fibers

FUTURE OF APPAREL Evrnu’s patent-pending technology “purifies” post-consumer cotton waste first by shredding it, then by breaking it down at a molecular level. Next, a…

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VIDEO: Kelly Slater's Outerknown Label is Turning Used Fishing Nets Into Fashion

When you’re an 11-time world champion surfer, an affinity with the ocean is a given. But even as a child, Kelly Slater says he often wondered about the provenance of his clothing.…

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Is This the Most Sustainable T-Shirt on the Planet?

CLEAN CLOTHES “The Clean Tee is made from the world’s finest, softest, strongest recycled cotton yarns,” Nomadix said in a statement. “It’s also the lowest impact…

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Two Dutch Designers Are Hacking "Fast Fashion" Brands Like H&M, Zara

Photos by Johannes Schwartz A pair of Dutch designers are turning the tables on “fast fashion.” Tired of playing the role of “unpaid vendors of ideas” for…

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Levi's is Making Jeans From Discarded Fishing Nets, Used Carpets

Levi’s and Aquafil, an Italian company that recycles waste materials into good-as-virgin nylon fiber, are making beautiful jeans together. First up: A version of Levi’s 522…

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Scottish Designers Turn Thrift-Store Rags Into Couture Riches

A pair of Scottish designers have transformed used clothing from one of the United Kingdom’s top clothing recyclers into a couture collection that challenges our ideas of waste.…

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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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Nike Celebrates Four Years of Flyknit, Now Uses Recycled Polyester

Nike toasted the fourth anniversary of “Flyknit” with an infographic about its mold-breaking technology. What’s the big deal? Unlike conventional shoemaking…

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"Breadline" Clothing Line Highlights U.K.'s Hidden Hunger Crisis

Have you always tied together your passion for fashion and social causes? My family is very creative, caring, and concerned about people and the environment, which has had a massive…

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Wintervacht Upcycles Discarded Blankets Into Cozy Jackets

COATS OF MANY COLORS Sourcing-wise, Wintervacht is spoiled for choice. “The Netherlands used to have a very big industry of blanket-making,” van Oorsouw said.…

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Daniel Silverstein's David Bowie Sweatshirt is a "Zero Waste" Oddity

Get your Rebel Rebel on with Daniel Silverstein’s “zero waste” David Bowie sweatshirt—a tribute to our favorite Space Oddity. Part of Silverstein’s…

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Fashion Designers Transform Ford’s Recycled Upholstery Fabrics into Couture

PEDAL POWER “With visible construction and hidden details, we wanted to create something that forces the wearer to dig a little deeper and to get to know the garment,” Ward…

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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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Watch Veja Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Eco-Hip Sneakers

Veja doesn’t just make shoes; it makes statements. The French company employs some of the greenest footwear materials on the planet, including wild Amazonian rubber, organic and…

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