Eco-Textiles

Levi's Launches New "Waste<Less" Jeans Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

The original blue-jean company is making efforts to turn its iconic garment green. On Tuesday, Levi Strauss announced the launch of “Waste<Less,” an upcoming collection…

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ReFleece Upcycles Patagonia Jackets Into Eco-Friendly iPad, Kindle Cases

Where some see a worn-out sweater destined for the dumpster, ReFleece founders Sam Palmer and Jennifer Feller see an excellent way to keep your electronics free from dust and scratches.…

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Fund "Dirty White Gold," a Film That Exposes Cotton Farming's Dark Side

Photo by Shutterstock Journalist Leah Borromeo’s documentary-in-the-making, “The Cotton Film: Dirty White Gold,” follows the life of cotton from seed to store, tracing who it…

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Soil Association, GOTS Launch First-Ever Global Organic Cotton Campaign

Have you cottoned on yet? That’s the question Peter Melchett, policy director of the Soil Association, asked textile-industry leaders at the Sustainable Textiles Conference in…

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Intruder-Detecting Smart "Curtains" Could Replace Your Anti-Theft System

Photo by Shutterstock A swathe of woven fabric could soon give pricey anti-burglary systems a run for their money. Don’t be fooled by its nondescript appearance, however.…

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Cancer Research Paves Way for Cheaper, Eco-Friendlier Nylon Production

Photo by Shutterstock A genetic mutation found in brain tumors could result in a cheaper, greener way of manufacturing nylon, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute.…

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TS Designs Makes T-Shirts From North Carolina's First Commercially Grown Certified-Organic Cotton

Photo by Shutterstock It’s taken years of plotting and planting, but Cotton of Carolinas is finally reaping the fruits of its labor: T-shirts spun with North Carolina’s…

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H&M Bans Toxic Perfluorinated Compounds From Clothing Line

H&M is putting the kibosh on perfluorinated compounds, a class of industrial chemicals used primarily to repel water and oil in outerwear. The Swedish apparel label says it has…

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Woolzies' Wool Dryer Balls Reduces Drying Time, Softens Laundry Naturally

Trouble weaning yourself off toxic dryer sheets or chemical-laced laundry softeners? Give Woolzies’ handmade dryer balls a shot, instead. Made from 100 percent all-natural New…

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The Art of Dyeing: Harvesting Color at Awamaki's Natural Dye Workshop

Rising before sunrise, I was accompanied by three other girls and Mieke Briejer, our Awamaki tour guide as we departed on the four-hour journey that would take us to Parobamba, a…

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Cortina: A "Cradle to Cradle" Solar Fabric Made From Recyclable Polyester

CORTINA \ˈkôr tēn ä \ n 1 a: A Cradle to Cradle-certified solar-protection textile used primarily for window shades. b: Made by Mermet from 100 percent PVC-free, recyclable…

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Studio Swine's Portable Dyer's Workshop is Brim-Full of Seasonal Plants

Studio Swine’s bamboo-derived “seed socks” aren’t just comfy foot coverings, they’re also a gateway product into the world of do-it-yourself natural dyes.…

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Qmilk: A Silk-Like Fiber Derived From Spoiled Milk

QMILK \ˈkyo͞o milk \ n 1 a: A trademarked name for milk fiber, a silky textile derived from an odorless protein found in mammalian milk. b: The brainchild of Qmilch, a company…

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An Ordinary Cotton T-Shirt Could Someday Charge Your Cellphone

Photo by Shutterstock That Hanes Beefy-T you’re wearing could someday power your mobile device—that is, if researchers at the University of South Carolina have anything to do…

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Uniqlo to Stop Buying Wool From "Mulesed" Sheep

Photo by TonyV3112/Shutterstock It took the retailer long enough, but Uniqlo is finally directing its suppliers to phase out wool from farms that “mules” their sheep,…

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Osklen, Italian Government Partner to Evolve Eco-Friendlier Textile Industry

Critics may have labeled Rio+20 negotiations a disappointment, but the United Nations conference resulted in at least one promising collaboration. Following the three-day event on…

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Dahea Sun's Cabbage-Dyed Dresses Change Color to Indicate Rain's pH

PURPLE RAIN Although clean air regulations have significantly reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide over the past 30 years, acid rain remains a threat to public health.…

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Urban Ladybug Kit Uses Textiles to Address Declining Insect Population

Bees receive most of the buzz for disappearing en masse, so it may come as a surprise that ladybugs are doing a vanishing act of their own, as well. Once a ubiquitous sight, the…

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