Eco-Textiles

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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The North Face Wins PETA Award for Down-Free "Thermoball" Line

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is down with The North Face’s synthetic down. On Tuesday, PETA2, the animal-rights group’s youth division awarded the outdoor…

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Re.Verso: An Italian Luxury Textile Made From Recycled Wool Waste

RE.VERSO \ri-ˈvərs-ō\ n. 1: A traceable, Italian-made luxury textile derived from pre-consumer recycled fibers, primarily wool, and other factory surplus. 2: Part of a collaborative…

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Bacx: A Line of Traceable Eco-Silks Derived From Recycled, Scrap Fibers

BACX \ˈbaks\ n. 1: A line of sustainably produced, “next generation” silks made in Italy by Centro Seta. 2: Comprises three main collections—the full-textured…

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Life-Cycle Analysis of Organic Cotton "Overwhelming Supports" Benefits

Photo by Shutterstock As if eco-fashion enthusiasts didn’t already know, Textile Exchange has just released a new study proving that organic cotton causes less environmental damage…

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Botanicaldye by Color Ball: Water-Saving Textiles Dyed With 3,000 Plants

BOTANICALDYE BY COLOR BALL \bə-ˈta-ni-kəl-ˈdī ˈbī ˈkə-lər ˈbȯl\ n 1 a: A line of “environmentally sensitive” lyocell, organic cotton, and organic bamboo yarns…

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Freitag's Compostable "F-abric" Clothing Line Combines Form, Function

FINE FABRIC All the resources that go into F-abric are grown on European soil without harming it or demanding excessive amounts of water, according to the firm. Looks like Freitag…

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Cambodia's Tonlé Makes Clothing That's Fair Trade, Zero Waste

Cambodia-based eco-fashion brand Tonlé are all about zero-waste production. They are currently the largest ethical apparel brand in the country, offering fair wages and a secure…

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