Eco-Textiles

Swedish Scientists Create "Eco-Safe" Antibacterial Fiber

Photo by Shutterstock Bacteria is a problem, but antibiotic resistant bacteria is an even bigger problem. Now researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have…

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Could "Wooden" Jeans Reduce the Denim Industry's Carbon Footprint?

Denim made from sustainable wood pulp, rather than cotton, could be the key to reducing the jeans industry’s sizable environmental footprint, according to a fashion student at…

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New Biomimetic Fiber, Inspired by Pine Cones, Keeps You Dryer, Longer

Photo by Shutterstock A new textile developed in the UK can make your workout a little less sweaty. Called Inotek, the process amps up textiles’ ability to absorb sweat, in effect…

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Harvard Scientists Create Smart Fiber That Changes Color When Stretched

Fruit of the “bastard hogberry” plant. Inspiration can strike from the unlikeliest of places. Take the amusingly named bastard hogberry plant, for instance. Indigenous to South…

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Water-Harvesting Cotton Could Help Sustain Agriculture in Arid Places

Photo by Shutterstock In arid areas, clean flowing water is always in short supply. However, once temperatures cool at night, mists and fogs nourish plant and animal life. Inspired by…

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Campaign for Wool to Host World’s Largest Showcase of Wool

Great Britain is revving up for the biggest celebration of wool the world has ever seen. Come March, the Campaign for Wool, with the help of veteran interior-stylist Arabella McNie,…

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Australian Designer Turns Salvaged Paintings Into Sci-Fi-Inspired Jackets

SALVAGED CHIC Appropriately, Pezzano named his collection “Apparition.” “I like that the fabric was found and has a unique history, that [the jackets] are one-off,…

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Zpagetti: A Super-Bulky Yarn Made From Recycled Fabric Remnants

ZPAGETTI \zpə-ˈge-tē\ n. 1 a: A super-bulky yarn, comprising 92 percent cotton and 8 percent elastane, made from the remnants of garment manufacturing. b: Produced by Lion Brand Yarn…

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Kuba: A Congolese Fabric Handwoven From Raffia Leaves

KUBA \kü-bä\ n 1 a: Geometrically patterned cloth traditionally woven from raffia-tree leaves by the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. b: Naturally colored fabric…

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FTC Fines Amazon, Macy's, Sears $1.26M for Mislabeling Bamboo Textiles

Photo by Shutterstock Amazon.com, Leon Max, Macy’s, and Sears have agreed to pay a combined $1.26 million in fines after the Federal Trade Commission charged them with marketing…

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African-Made Cotton Has Smaller Ecological Footprint, Says New Study

Your car and home aren’t the only sources of greenhouse-gas emissions. Clothing has an ecological footprint of its own, as well. But African-grown cotton might have a considerably…

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Patagonia Unveils World's First Renewable, Plant-Based Wetsuit

Did you ever think you’d be wearing plants while hanging ten? Outdoor adventurist brand Patagonia has been making strides with their experimentation with eco-friendly wetsuits.…

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M&S Uses Enzyme Technology to Keep Uniforms Looking Like New Longer

Affordable clothing doesn’t just mean price, but also durability. UK retailer, Marks & Spencer understand the value of a buck, and are turning to technology to make their school…

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Pedal-Powered "Un-knitting" Machine Unravels Sweaters to Recycle Yarn

Make do and unmend? Meet the “un-knitting” machine, a pedal-powered apparatus designed to recycle unwanted knitwear. The curious contraption is the brainchild of Imogen…

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Ploughboy Organics Turns Tobacco Waste Into Nontoxic Textiles, Dyes

Tobacco, as it turns out, is good for more than a smoke. According to one North Carolina company, the plant can also be harnessed as a sustainable, cost-effective resource for the…

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H&M Still World's No. 1 Buyer of Organic Cotton

Controvery, schcontroversy. As the biggest global user of certified-organic cotton for the second year running, H&M has plenty to crow about. The revelation comes courtesy of…

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Hagfish Slime Thread: An Unlikely Natural Fiber That Rivals Spider Silk

HAGFISH SLIME THREAD \ˈhag-ˌfish ˈslīm ˈthred \ n 1: The fibrous protein component of the defensive slime of the hagfish (also known as Hyperotreti), an eel-shaped bottom-dwelling…

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The Monster Challenges of Cheap, Low-Maintenance "Frankenfabrics"

Thanks to a fast-fashion based industry model, coupled with consumer desire to pay the least possible price for product, we have been left to deal with over-consumption, waste, and a…

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