Eco-Textiles

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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Brave GentleMan's Unisex Fashion Features Vegan Wool, Faux Leather

HE FOR SHE Like it’s done in the past, Brave GentleMan partnered with Novacas, a cruelty-free label based in New York City and Portugal, to create its boots, loafers, sandals, and…

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7 Eco-Friendly Fabrics That Will Disrupt the Luxury Fashion Industry

THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE Bettoni’s audience included several finalists from the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative, among them Erin Isakov of Erin Snow, Britt Cosgrove and Marina…

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Tripty Project Makes Zero-Waste Bags, Clothing Out of Discarded Pineapples

Luke Swanson and Brooke McEver were working in Bangladesh at the time of the incredible garment industry tragedy at Rana Plaza. In reaction, they decided to found a company to train…

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Ecotec: A Traceable, Italian-Made Yarn Derived From Recycled Cotton

ECOTEC \ēkōˈtek\ n. 1 a: A Marchi & Fildi yarn derived from 100 percent pre-dyed cotton textile clippings. b: Made in Italy using an exclusive, traceable, and Oeko-Tex–…

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Süga: Yoga Mats Made From 100 Percent Recycled Wetsuits

If you want to feel that you are investing in sustainability as you practice your sun salutations, you need to know about Süga. This California based company offers ultra durable yoga…

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Fashion Students Turn Cotton Muslin Into Compost, Apply It to Natural Dye Garden

LOCAL COLOR The dye garden was started two years ago as a pilot project to demonstrate that fabric dyeing, which packs a heavy environmental punch, could be done with specific plants…

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Ecoalf Wants to Upcycle Ocean-Trawled Plastic Into Textiles, Clothing

Ecoalf sees opportunity in waste. Based in Madrid, the urban-minimalist apparel brand—think Uniqlo for the conscious set—has recycled everything from decommissioned fishing nets,…

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Rattan: A Lightweight, Durable Cane Derived From Rainforest Palm

RATTAN \rəˈtan\ n. 1 a: The collective name for about 600 species of palm native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australasia. b: Produces thin, pliable, and fast-growing…

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IKEA Reaches 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton Milestone

IKEA made history last month when it became the first major retailer to obtain 100 percent of its cotton from “more sustainable sources,” specifically farmers who “use…

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The North Face Made a Parka From Synthetic Spider Silk

Five times stronger than steel, three times tougher than nylon or Kevlar, yet a fraction of the width of human hair, spider silk is one of the planet’s most valuable, if tricky to…

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Toxic Chemicals Linger in Clothing—Even Organic-Cotton Ones

Photo by Shutterstock Our clothing is crawling with hinky chemicals. Some slough off in the wash, eventually entering—and later polluting—aquatic environments. Others, a new study…

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American Eagle Infuses "Café" Line of Jeans With Coffee Grounds

Coffee addicts, get pumped: American Eagle’s latest line of jeans comes with a side of java—recycled java, that is. The retailer’s “Denim x Café” and…

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Angela Mathis Turns Shredded Banknotes Into Textiles, Upholstery

BIG SPENDER As if in anticipation of pearl-clutchers who may regard her choice of medium a tad sacrilegious, Mathis points out that banknotes generally circulate for a period of 18…

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From Farm to Fabric: Exploring Natural Fibers, Fashion Sustainability With Manufacture NY

On the last weekend of September, Manufacture New York hosted a two-day weekend exploration into local textile production and sustainable fashion practices. This event included hands-on…

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