March On! Kinetic Military Boots Generate Power With Each Step

by , 07/11/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Wearable Technology

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Hop, skip, jump, march, dance, run or hike – keep at it for an hour while wearing these kinetic boots and you’ll be able to generate enough power to charge up your smartphone 3 times. Developed by Lockheed Martin in collaboration with STC Footwear, the Kinetic Boots are meant for military personal to charge up their devices and radios while on the move. Adding only a few ounces of weight to each boot, this set up is much lighter than other solar and battery options soldiers are currently using. They also consolidate a piece of essential gear into boots that everyone already wears.

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Michael Kors: "We're Moving Away From a Time of Fast Fashion"

by , 07/11/14   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

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“I love fashion because it’s plugged into the zeitgeist, so it’s always changing. Thirty years ago, I could never have predicted I’d be where I am today, so I know I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next five years or the next 20 years. I have my predictions—I’m sure technology will continue to have an impact on fashion, particularly the way people shop. I think quality will be increasingly important—we’re moving away from a time of fast fashion. But really, the only constant in fashion is that you must keep moving forward, otherwise you’ll be left behind.”

—American fashion designer Michael Kors, writing about the future of fashion in the Wall Street Journal’s 125th Anniversary Report on July 7, 2014.

 

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3D-Printing "Fabric Pen" is the Clothing-Repair Kit of the Future

by , 07/10/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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A pocket-size three-dimensional printer that makes on-the-go clothing repairs a cinch is just one of 35 visionary concepts that could make for a greener “home of the future.” A semi-finalist in this year’s Electrolux Design Lab, an annual competition that solicited more than 1,700 submissions from student designers around the world in 2014 alone, the wand-like “Fabric Pen” offers a quick way to mend rips or repurpose tired threads in a waste-free way.

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Fake Clothing Drop-off Bins Are Making a Profit From Your Donations

by , 07/10/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Submitted Story, The Big Idea

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Generous clothing donors in New York City have been getting duped lately, mistakenly “donating” their gently used items into bins run by for-profit companies. The New York Times, as well as a bevy of local blogs, have been reporting more and more of these fraudulent donation bins that appear around the streets of the five boroughs. Rather than going to organizations like Good Will, the companies owning these donation bins make a profit, selling the “donated” goods to second hand clothing stores or foreign companies.

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PETA Exposé Shows Sheep Killed, Punched, Mutilated for Wool

by , 07/09/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has obtained graphic hidden-camera footage that indicates widespread animal abuse in sheep farms across Australia and the United States. A pair of videos, stitched from observations in 19 shearing sheds in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia, as well as 14 ranches in Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska, reveal farmhands violently kicking, stomping on, punching with clippers, mutilating, and even killing their charges. These so-called “attacks,” the animal-rights group notes, often leave petrified sheep “bleeding from their eyes, noses, and mouths.”

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Minna Life's "KGoal" is the World's First Fitness Tracker for Your Kegels

by , 07/07/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Your vagina needs a workout just as much as the rest of your body, but remembering to do your Kegels and doing them correctly is an entirely different matter. Enter the KGoal, a small device that measures the strength of your pelvic floor muscles and gives you real-time feedback on your workouts through tactile feedback, vibration and a smart phone app. Created by San Francisco-based Minna Life, who develops high quality sexual health products, the kGoal helps woman improve their pelvic floor strength for better bladder control, to recover from pregnancy, to help support the abdomen and pelvis and most importantly, to enhance your sex life.

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Pharrell, G-Star Raw Unveil Recycled-Plastic "Raw for the Oceans" Line

by , 07/04/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Fall/Winter 2014, Men's Eco-Fashion, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Studio Swine Turns Human Hair Into Decorative Objects

by , 07/03/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories

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If anyone knows how to turn a hairy situation on its head, it’s Studio Swine. The London-based design firm has created a series of decorative objects, from an Art Deco-inspired dressing table to tortoiseshell-like hair accessories, that appear like intarsia woodwork are actually made from resin-embedded strands of dip-dyed human hair. Hair Highway, which showed last week at the Design Miami/Basel fair in Switzerland, draws upon a technique the designers used to make eyeglasses in 2011.

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China Relaxes Animal-Testing Rule for Some Cosmetics

by , 07/01/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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More than 50 animal-rights campaigners, wearing bunny ears and carrying life-size rabbit cut-outs, took to the streets of Dailan, China, on Monday to celebrate the removal of a controversial animal-test mandate for certain types of cosmetics. Effective immediately, the China Food and Drug Administration will no longer require skin- and eye-irritation tests on so-called “ordinary” cosmetics, which include perfumes, shampoos, and makeup, that are produced and sold in the country. Although the new rule doesn’t cover imported or special-use products such as hair dyes, deodorants, sunscreens, and skin-whiteners, the move is still an “important first step,” says Peter Li, China policy adviser at Humane Society International, a co-sponsor of the Dailan event.

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Modern Meadows Raises $10 Million to Bioengineer Cow-Free Leather

Modern Meadows Raises $10 Million to Bioengineer Cow-Free Leather

Photo by Shutterstock Leather aficionados may soon be left to wonder “where’s the beef?” Modern Meadow, a startup specializing in novel biomaterials, has just secured…

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Two More Primark Shoppers Find "Cries for Help" in Their Clothes

Two More Primark Shoppers Find "Cries for Help" in Their Clothes

Looks like the third time isn’t the charm for British retailer Primark. After a Welsh woman discovered a “cry for help” stitched into the lining of a £10 dress she…

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The "Rag Bag" Encourages Shoppers to Donate Unwanted Clothes

The "Rag Bag" Encourages Shoppers to Donate Unwanted Clothes

Donate something old every time you buy something new—that’s the philosophy behind the “Rag Bag,” a dual-function shopping carrier designed to make it easy for…

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"Silent Scream" Mask Becomes Symbol of Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

"Silent Scream" Mask Becomes Symbol of Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

A mask designed to shield activists from airborne debris, gas attacks, and persecution has become a powerful symbol of Ukraine’s struggle for freedom of speech. Created by Ogilvy…

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Laundry Additive Could Turn Clothes into Mobile Air Purifiers

Laundry Additive Could Turn Clothes into Mobile Air Purifiers

You don’t need to wear the world’s first air-purifying dress to breathe a little easier Catalytic Clothing’s Helen Storey and Tony Ryan are proposing a liquid laundry…

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Primark Shopper Finds Worker's "Cry From Help" Sewn Into Dress

Primark Shopper Finds Worker's "Cry From Help" Sewn Into Dress

A Primark shopper got more than she bargained after discovering a “cry for help” sewn into the lining of her cut-price dress. Rebecca Gallagher from Swansea, Wales, was…

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Nokia's Wireless Charging Trousers Power Up Your Phone on the Go

Nokia's Wireless Charging Trousers Power Up Your Phone on the Go

Nokia, in collaboration with British designer A. Sauvage, just dreamed up a pair of wireless charging trousers that will juice up your phone when it’s in one of the pockets. The…

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This 3D-Printed Bustier Turns Transparent Every Time You Tweet

This 3D-Printed Bustier Turns Transparent Every Time You Tweet

What if every time you revealed personal information about yourself, a piece of your clothing was torn off, so that the more your share, the more you are exposed? That’s the…

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New Jersey Passes Historic Bill to Ban Sale of Elephant Ivory, Rhino Horn

New Jersey Passes Historic Bill to Ban Sale of Elephant Ivory, Rhino Horn

Photo by Shutterstock This week, New Jersey’s legislature took a brave step against elephant poaching, by passing a bill that eliminates the trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn.…

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