Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

Japan Airlines to Turn Clothing into Jet Fuel

Japan Airlines wants to turn used clothing into jet fuel. Japan’s flag carrier—and the nation’s second-largest airplane company after All Nippon Airways—is working with…

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Macklemore, Columbia Join Forces to Raise Awareness of Toxic PFCs

Columbia has found an unlikely ally in its quest to stem the use of perfluorinated compounds in outerwear: hip-hop artist Macklemore. The Portland, Ore.–based sportswear company,…

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Cooper Hewitt's "Scraps" Exhibit Makes Do, Mends With Leftover Textiles

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, currently on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, is something of a Rorschach test for our relationship…

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Patagonia's Latest Collection Contains Its Highest Recycled Content Yet

REMIXED The “cornerstone” of the collection, according to Patagonia, is its use of 100 percent recycled down. Salvaged from used products, the combination of 600-fill-power…

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Adidas to Make 1 Million Pairs of Sneakers Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic by 2017

The world’s first sneaker made from recycled ocean plastic is headed for the production line. First teased in 2015, the Adidas x Parley for the Oceans Ultra Boost Uncaged is…

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Patrycja Guzik's "Heavenly" Upcycled Garments Are Shelters You Can Wear

HEAVEN-SENT Texture and color played key roles in Guzik’s pieces, which she assembled from secondhand wool sweaters, damaged garments, and other unwanted textiles from fabric…

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Volcom Creates Eco-Friendly Swimsuits From Recycled Ocean Trash

Volcom is getting caught up in a good thing. With a little assist from Aquafil, an Italian company that recycles waste materials into good-as-virgin fiber, the sportswear brand has…

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Cheap Monday Debuts Upcycled Fashion Line Made From Customer Castoffs

Everything old is new again at Cheap Monday, the latest high-street retailer to try to take the ecological sting out of “fast fashion.” To ring in October, the Swedish brand…

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Preview "Scraps," a Cooper Hewitt Exhibit About Using Up Leftover Textiles

SCRAP WORK “Telling the inspiring and empowering stories of three women designers and entrepreneurs who hail from three continents, Scraps brings critical focus to the human and…

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Muji Releases Line of Reclaimed Wool Clothing, Accessories

The Japanese have a term that describes their sense of thrift: mottainai, “don’t let anything go to waste.” It’s a philosophy that Tokyo-based Muji, a clothing…

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Shanghai Tang Fetes Its First Upcycled Eco-Fashion Collection

CHINA CHIC Germanier distilled elements of Mongolian patchwork, the traditional Chinese qipao, and Shanghai Tang’s own history to create the assertive, modernist pieces, which he…

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H&M, London College of Fashion Upcycle Used Clothes Into Stunning New Looks

CIRCULAR FASHION Touting “circularity,” a concept that is increasingly driving the fashion conversation, the displays featured capsules such as “Dissimulation and…

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FIRST LOOK: Timberland's New Shoes, Bags Made With Recycled Plastic Bottles

PLASTIC FANTASTIC This “unprecedented transparency,” Rosenberger said, will allow Timberland customers to learn about the people, the stories, and the impact behind each…

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Volunteers Recycle Over 52,000 Plastic Bags Into Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

Photo by Bob Donaldson for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A group of women in Tennessee have transformed more than 52,000 used plastic bags into waterproof sleeping mats for the local…

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The Renewal Workshop Wants to Keep Repairable Garments Out of the Landfill

It’s no secret that the fashion industry generates a lot of waste, and not just on the cutting-room floor. From customer returns to overstock, the world’s apparel brands and…

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Aeon Row: American-Made, Zero-Waste Clothing You Can Actually Afford

FASHION REVIVAL “I started researching eco-fabrics [and] became captivated by how affordable revived fabric was in relation to other eco-fabrics,” he told Ecouterre. “I…

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Michelle Pajak-Reynolds Crafts One-of-a-Kind Jewelry With a Mythic Bent

Tell us more about your brand and what inspired you to start it? My eponymous brand is a couture jewelry company that specializes in extraordinary jewelry for extraordinary women. In…

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H&M Will Pay $1 Million for Your World-Changing Ideas

Have an “aha” concept that will revolutionize the fashion industry? H&M is willing to pay you big bucks for it. The Swedish retailer has opened applications for a…

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