Eco-Textiles

Proud Mary Global Textiles Focuses on Empowerment, Not Pity

Socially conscious lifestyle brand Proud Mary focuses on the mantra “Pride not Pity.” After volunteering in South America for Habitat for Humanity, owner Harper Poe was moved to…

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Blond & Bieber's "Algaemy" Uses Microalgae to Dye Textiles

GREEN GOLD To take the concept further, Blond and Bieber created its so-called “analog printer”: an all-in-one microalgae farm, laboratory, and cylinder roller for wheeling…

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A London Community Grows Flax to Turn Into Clothing

In the spring of 2014, a dedicate lot of Londoners embarked on a mission to grow a garment. That meant starting from seeds, and using only hand labor techniques to turn a plant into…

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The North Face Aims to Improve Sustainability, Animal Welfare

The North Face has long been a household name in responsible and durable outdoor wear that appeals to the masses – from urban winter wear to hardcore extreme sports gear –…

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Tilonia's Fair-Trade Bags, Scarves Benefit Sustainable Development

A new collection of bags and scarfs have been produced by female artisans from Tilonia, a small village in Rajastan, India, inspired by sustainable development programs underway in the…

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Glass House's American-Crafted Dress Shirts Are Stylish, Sustainable

Photos by Quinn Wharton The name Glass House begins to make more sense when you delve further into the key values of this team of shirt makers: transparency and sustainability. Their…

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Tahaanga's Sustainable Dress Shirts Claim to be World's Fastest Drying

New apparel brand Tahaanga is dedicated to producing cool and functional garments for men with a commitment to sustainability. While the collection is designed in New York, all the…

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Grow Your Own Microbial "Leather" in Your Kitchen (DIY Tutorial)

Photos from The Next Black Growing your own clothing is easier than you think. BioCouture’s Suzanne Lee has been spinning whole garments with little more than bacteria, yeast, and…

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Trend Forecaster Li Edelkoort: Today's Fashion Designers Ignorant About Textiles

“Fashion schools and colleges continue to teach young students to become catwalk designers, divas. They keep on being led to believe that what awaits them is a life of fame…

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Epson Flaunts Digital Fabric Printer at Fall 2015 New York Fashion Week

PRINTABLE FASHION Dye sublimation (“dye sub” for short) refers to the process of using high heat to transfer dye onto a material, much like a giant iron-on transfer. Users…

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Returnity: A Cradle-to-Cradle Polyester With a Tiny Carbon Footprint

RETURNITY rəˈtərnədē n. 1: A 100 percent recyclable polyester fabric licensed by Dutch Awearness, a textile company guided by the principles of “circular economy.” 2:…

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Piñatex: A Leather-Like Textile Made From Pineapple Leaves

PIÑATEX \ˈpēnyə teks\ n. 1 a: A non-woven, leather-like textile derived from the fibers of the pineapple leaf, which is typically discarded after the fruit is harvested. b:…

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Adidas, Nau, REI, Timberland Commit to Responsible Down Standard

Adidas, Nau, REI, Timberland are among the latest outdoor-apparel brands to rally around the Responsible Down Standard, according to an announcement at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt…

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Textile Waste Could Help Reinforce Earthquake-Damaged Buildings

Photo by Shutterstock Textile waste may have many cool possibilities, but most of them revolve around turning old garments into new. A civil engineer from California State University,…

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Heidi & Adèle Turns Discarded Salmon, Eel Skins Into Chic Accessories

How would you describe your designs? Our designs are a combination of classic shapes and vibrant colors and textures. Our collection is created with professional women in mind and, as…

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London Designer Dyes Silk Scarves With Living Soil Bacteria

TO DYE FOR Her unusual process aside, Chieza takes a time-honored tack to achieve her designs: resistance dyeing. There are a few key differences, however. Instead of dye vats, petri…

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Could Super-Insulated Clothes Eliminate Need for Indoor Heat?

Photo by Shutterstock The cold winter months are upon us in the northern hemisphere and with it comes escalating energy bills as we struggle to keep snug. But imagine if ourclothes…

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Watch "Cotton Road," a Film About How Our Clothes Are Made

Live in or around New York City? You’re cordially invited to a Jan. 7, 2015 screening of Cotton Road, a documentary that explores the global cotton supply chain through the eyes…

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