Eco-Textiles

Squid-Inspired Fabrics Repair Themselves, Neutralize Toxins

Photo by Scubagirl85/Wikimedia Commons Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a way for fabrics to repair themselves with just a little pressure and warm water. The…

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Mushroom-Infused Burial Suit Helps the Body Naturally Decompose

For the human body, death is only the beginning. These meat sacks of ours are hothouses of chemicals, and not just the good kind. Pesticides, flame retardants, heavy metals, and other…

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FIT Students Turn Algae, Fungi Into Biodegradable Textiles

BIOMATERIAL But alginate is typically used in sheets, a form that doesn’t lend itself well to fashion designers. Deciding to change the form factor into something more familiar,…

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Dutch Designer Turns Cow Manure Into Clothing (It's Not as Gross as You Might Think)

POO POWER She dubs the material Mestic, from mest, the Dutch word for manure. While people have sought to manage No. 2 before, Essaïdi says this is the first time “manure is…

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How to Refresh Your Clothes Without Throwing Them in the Wash

We get it; people like clean clothes. But tossing your togs into the washing machine isn’t always necessary. To combat that “not so fresh” feeling sans water, the…

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Mosevic Makes Sunglasses From Recycled Denim Jeans

TRUE BLUE Like all of Mosevic’s wares, every one of the new pieces is hand-made in the company’s workshop in Cornwall, England. Layers of denim are infused with a…

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MuSkin: A Vegan "Leather" Made Entirely From Mushrooms

MUSKIN \məsˈkin\ n. 1 a: A 100 percent biodegradable vegetal leather, extracted from mushroom caps and “tanned” using chemical-free methods. b: Resembles suede but is…

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World's Leading Brands Score Poorly on Use of Sustainable Cotton

Photo by Wikimedia Commons Organic cotton. Better cotton. Fair-trade cotton. Recycled cotton. Cotton made in Africa. You’d think with all the labels and initiatives brands like to…

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Wool and the Gang Launches Yarn Made From Upcycled Denim

DENIM DARLING “At Wool and the Gang, our ultimate aim is to produce the best yarns out there, while always sourcing with care and so we are always on the lookout for upcycling or…

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Timberland to Make Shoes, Bags From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Timberland is partnering with Thread, a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, to create a collection of footwear and bags crafted from post-consumer recycled…

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Could Programmable, 3D-Printed "Fur" Become a Thing?

Scientists from MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group have devised a way to three-dimensionally print hair-like structures on both flat and curved surfaces. The technique, dubbed…

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Growing Warrior's Michael Lewis: We Need to Get Over Hemp's "Crunchiness"

“Maybe we need to realize that caring about the Earth and taking care of things doesn’t necessarily mean ‘crunchy’; it’s just what we all have to do to…

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Watch "Harvesting Liberty," a Short Film About America's Hemp Problem

BATTLE FOR HEMP Directed by surfer-environmentalist Dan Malloy, the documentary follows Lewis as he explains how he and Growing Warriors, the nonprofit he founded to help veteran…

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Agave Silk: A Cruelty-Free Vegetable Silk Made From Cactus

Photos by Maven Collection AGAVE SILK \ə-ˈgä-vē ˈsilk\ n. 1 a: A cruelty-free textile composed of filaments derived from the crushed leaves of the Saharan aloe vera cactus, part of…

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Faux "Leather" Made From Fermented Tea Could Revolutionize Fashion

TEA TIME These “green-tea based cellulose fiber mats” could soon be a viable alternative to materials derived from nonrenewable sources, Lee said. And because the fibers are…

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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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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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MIT's New Manufacturing Hub to Lead U.S. in Textile Innovation

Photos by M. Scott Brauer for MIT The U.S. Department of Defense has tapped a broad coalition of manufacturers, universities, and nonprofits to spearhead an ambitious new project to…

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