Arden Reed's "Tailor Truck" Uses 3D Scanning to Create Bespoke Suits

by , 04/09/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Men's Eco-Fashion

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‘Get The Bond Look.’ Arden Reed’s eye catching tag line is bound to draw in the customers, but it is their mobile tailoring service doing the rounds in New York city that will keep them coming! Their sustainable wool suits are made via the ‘Tailor Truck’, kitted out with 3D scanning technology. These cut the eco-friendly fabric using surface sensors to create a perfect fit, which ensures no excess material will go to waste, making the suits a conscience-free alternative to many suits bought on the high street.

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Textile Arts Center to Launch Magazine Celebrating "All Things Textiles"

by , 04/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles, Featured

 

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103 Years After Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Garment Industry Still Costs Lives

by , 04/08/14   filed under: Features, Worker Rights

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On March 25, 1911, a large fire engulfed a clothing factory in New York City killing 146 workers, most of whom were immigrant women. While the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire became the impetus for the reform of building, fire, and safety codes around the United States, the event has continued to leave a haunting legacy and lesson to developing nations struggling towards similar reforms. In light of recent workplace tragedies specifically, the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, a group of leading human rights and labor reform scholars and activists gathered Tuesday, on the 103rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire to discuss the history and the potential reforms that can come out of the Fire’s legacy.

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Timbuk2, TerraCycle Upcycle Vintage Mail Sacks Into Messenger Bags

by , 04/08/14   filed under: Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Timbuk2 and TerraCycle are putting the “messenger” in “messenger bag.” The San Francisco-based carryall-maker has teamed up with the New Jersey upcycler to transform decommissioned U.S. Postal Service mail bags (circa 1960-1990) into tough-as-nails stuff-shleppers ready to take on rain, snow, sleet, and gloom of night—and not necessarily in that order.

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Will.i.am, Ekocycle, Global Citizen Declare "A Day Without Waste"

by , 04/07/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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Are you a cup culprit, a double bagger, a container retainer, or napkin nipper? Bail yourself out on Wednesday by joining musician Will.i.am, his Coca-Cola-backed “Ekocycle” initiative, and Global Citizen in declaring April 9 “A Day Without Waste.” Simply register at www.adaywithoutwaste.org and take the one-day pledge. You’ll even stand a chance to win free concert tickets to Kings of Leon, Edward Sharpe, and more through the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative and the Global Citizen Nights concert series.

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Singapore Scientists Spin Bio-Based Nylon Out of Sugar

by , 04/07/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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The future of clothing is about to get a whole lot sweeter. Scientists from Singapore’s A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have discovered how to create adipic acid, a key component of nylon, from sugar. The technology, according to the researchers, offers an eco-friendlier route to producing the chemical, which is typically derived from petroleum-based chemicals that create large emissions of environmentally damaging nitrous oxides. Bio-based adipic acid, on the other hand, can be synthesized using mucic acid, oxidized from sugar obtained from fruit peels.

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BB.Suit: A 3D-Knitted "Onesie" That Doubles as Wi-Fi Hotspot

by , 04/07/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Everybody loves a onesie, but a onesie outfitted with a WiFi hotspot, GPS tracking and a music library becomes the life of the party. The BB.Suit is a 3D knitted, high tech outfit designed by a consortium of designers and engineers from The Netherlands to showcase the latest and greatest in wearable technology. Borre Akkersdijk of ByBorre used advanced knitting technology to create the garment, while Eindhoven University of Technology, 22Tracks, CRISP, Daan Spangenberg Graphics and Want.nl all collaborated to make the suit an internet-connected, walking music library. While the suit isn’t particularly practical, it does highlight the future of where wearable technology is headed.

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WILBy's "Ethical Sweatshop" Pops Up in Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel

by , 04/04/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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What exactly does an “ethical sweatshop” look like? New Yorkers who are curious to know can now head over to the lobby of Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel to glimpse one in action at WILBy’s temporary pop-up shop. In addition to showcasing local artisans getting their stitch on, WILBy (which stands for “What I Live By”) challenges visitors to re-examine how they shop by identifying with locally and sustainably made goods. Shoppers will also be able to participate in a series of DIY workshops and hear from guest speakers and designers who will be stopping by daily.

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Elise Ballegeer's Ethical Slow Fashion Offers Timeless Minimalism

by , 04/03/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Fair Trade, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Faultlines is the stunning new collection from eco-fashion designer Elise Ballegeer who has produced her stylish range using responsibly sourced organic and sustainable fabrics. To make these sleek designs Ballegeer selects eco-textiles such as hemp and cotton from fair-trade projects in India. But her main ethical practice, she says, is working with local ateliers and production houses in Berlin, Germany. “I pay my tailors fair wages and support the local economy,” she says, “and I’ve made it a priority to invite them to the shows, so they too can enjoy and take pride in the finished product.” Her respectful attitude to local craftsmanship combined with her commitment to social responsibility is at the heart of her designs.

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Australia Revokes 18-Year-Old Anti-Sweatshop Program

Australia Revokes 18-Year-Old Anti-Sweatshop Program

Photo by Shutterstock Australia’s federal government is withdrawing its support from a longstanding program that protects the country’s garment workers from sweatshop…

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H&M, Zara Commit to Eliminate Deforestation From Their Clothing

H&M, Zara Commit to Eliminate Deforestation From Their Clothing

H&M and Zara are speaking for the trees. The world’s largest fashion retailers—the latter represented by its holding company, Inditex—have pledged to develop new sourcing…

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Umasan: Sustainable, Vegan Fashion for the Avant-Garde Androgyne

Umasan: Sustainable, Vegan Fashion for the Avant-Garde Androgyne

How did you form Umasan? Where did the concept come from? Our demand, and at the same time our motivation, was to create a line that transcends the production of clothing and…

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Avon to Phase Out Toxic Chemical Triclosan From Cosmetics

Avon to Phase Out Toxic Chemical Triclosan From Cosmetics

Avon announced this week  that it will begin to phase out triclosan from their roster of products. The antimicrobial agent can be fond in many health and beauty products, and has been…

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April Fool's! 7 Hilarious Clothing Spoofs We (Almost) Fell For

April Fool's! 7 Hilarious Clothing Spoofs We (Almost) Fell For

LULULEMON’S SPRAY-ON YOGA PANTS In a nod to 2013′s “Pantsgate,” where customers took Lululemon to task for its unintentionally see-through pants, the yogawear…

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JakToGo: Wearable Luggage That Helps You Avoid Baggage Fees

JakToGo: Wearable Luggage That Helps You Avoid Baggage Fees

The next wave in wearables may not be something to do with technology, but could be to help the transport of goods. The JakToGo combines your carry-on and your jacket to let you take 10…

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European Clothing Brands Have "Long Way to Go" Before Living Wages Become a Reality

European Clothing Brands Have "Long Way to Go" Before Living Wages Become a Reality

Photo by Munir Uz Zaman for AFP A “living wage” may be a human right, yet when it comes to facilitating lives of dignity for the workers who produce their clothes, most of…

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Artist Beili Liu Sits, Stitches Beneath 1,500 Suspended Scissors

Artist Beili Liu Sits, Stitches Beneath 1,500 Suspended Scissors

In 2011, Chinese-American artist Beili Liu held court in a gallery in Austin, TX, beneath a firmament of sharp, open-gaped scissors, 1,500 in total. Visitors to the space offered Liu…

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Beyond Skin Launches Vegan-Friendly Bridal Shoes After Popular Demand

Beyond Skin Launches Vegan-Friendly Bridal Shoes After Popular Demand

WEDDING BELLES Beyond Skin’s “do no harm” ethos extends beyond kindness to animals. The label frequently uses planet-pandering materials such as organic cotton, hemp,…

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