Eco-Textiles

"Spacetex" Project Experiments With Clothing Physiology in Space

Alexander Gerst is about to have a very busy six months. When the German astronaut docks at the International Space Station later this month, he’ll be responsible for nearly 40…

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The Wool Runners: "No Sock, No Smell" Sneakers Made From Wool

For all eco-conscious runners out there here is a fantastic invention that will help keep your hard-worn sneakers odor-free. Introducing Wool Runners, strong shoe upper designs created…

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Edoheart's Lingerie Collection Preserves African Textile Culture

Eseohe Arhebamen-Yamasaki, better known as Edoheart, has a vision. It’s one of rediscovering, rebuilding, and replenishing local traditions and communities in Africa through art. She…

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Apoccas Makes Cruelty-Free Silk Scarves No Caterpillar Died For

Photos by Marisa Martchitelli Apoccas is a luxury fashion label that introduces artisanal peace silk scarves. “In Thailand, it is traded as ‘eri silk’,” says founder Alexandra…

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Could Mohair Supplant Cashmere's Place in the Luxury Industry?

Photo by Shutterstock MOHAIR \ˈmōˌhe(ə)r\ n 1: A luxurious, all-natural fiber made from the curly locks of the angora goat. 2: The focus of a recent summit in the town of…

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Cotton Incorporated Teams Up With Maker's Row to Promote U.S. Cotton

Cotton Incorporated, the American trade group responsible for making Zooey Deschanel and Hayden Panettiere warble about the “fabric of our lives” on television, has linked…

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Max Mara Adds Recycled Polyester to Its "Weekend" Clothing Line

Weekend Max Mara and Saluzzo Yarns recently collaborated on a Spring-Summer 2014 collection with a curated selection of garments made of a special high-tech yarn called Newlife.…

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"Eco-Leather" Made From Plant Oils is a Fashion Game-Changer

Tanning leather is a toxic endeavor and also quite fatal for animals, but a new alternative bio-based leather promises to be more environmentally friendly. Richard Wool, a professor of…

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Ioncell-F: A Wood-Cellulose Textile Fiber Derived From Ionic Liquids

IONCELL-F \’īən sel-f’\ n 1 a:  A sticky material made from a mixture of plant material and ionic liquid, known for its strong bonds, that is transformed through a…

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Hand & Cloth's Recycled Quilts Offer Bangladeshi Women a Fair Living

These beautiful quilts are not only exquisite fabrics, but they have a social conscience. Hand & Cloth is a fantastic social enterprise that helps local women in Bangladesh who…

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Silkworms Fed on "Green" Dyed-Leaf Diet Spin Naturally Colored Silk

Photo by Shutterstock Scientists have discovered a better way to obtain colored silk from silkworms. By feeding silkworm larvae a modified diet of spray-dyed mulberry leaves,…

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C.L.A.S.S.'s Textile Library is Sustainable Fashion's Secret Weapon

Photos by Domenica Peterson for Ecouterre I first met Giusy Bettoni of C.L.A.S.S. two years ago at White Milan, a fashion tradeshow attended by over 16,000 buyers. She had curated a…

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Eileen Fisher, Patagonia Pledge to Protect Endangered Forests

Did a tree die for your yoga pants? If you’re a fan of asana-friendly cellulosics such as rayon, viscose, and modal, chances are high that someone logged an endangered forest so…

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Appalatch Launches Custom-Fit Sweaters, Ethically Made in the U.S.A.

3D printing is all the rage in the tech and design world, making everything from jewelry, sunglasses, furniture, buildings and even food, but has only barely been used to make clothes.…

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Shreddies' Flatulence-Neutralizing Undies Let You "Fart With Confidence"

While farting in public is considered a serious social faux pas, sometimes you just have to let her rip no matter how many people you may harm in the process. But fear not, now…

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Cool Wool: A Lightweight Merino for Sunnier Climates

COOL WOOL \’ko͞ol wul’\ n 1 a: A natural, lightweight fabric created from Australian merino sheep wool using advanced processing techniques. b. A fine-gauge wool that…

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Sylvia Heisel Turns Eco-Technical Fabrics Into Street-Chic Clothing

Does recycling plastic sometimes feel like a chore? Heisel’s Tyvek mini-dress makes plastic’s life cycle fun. With its short hemline and geometric print, the dress is a stretch from…

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Textile Recycling Significantly Reduces Greenhouse Gases, Says EPA

Photo by Shutterstock In the effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, a great deal of energy has been directed towards recycling, driving less, and reducing power plant pollution. In a…

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