Parents who worry about toxic chemicals in nonflammable children’s clothing can soon breathe a sigh of relief. Using a technology that protects skyscrapers from fire, Texas A&M University scientist have developed a fire-resistant fabric composed of renewable ingredients such as garden-variety clay and chitosan, a natural compound extracted from shrimp and lobster shells. When heat is applied to the material, the coating bubbles out, creating a protective layer of foam that keeps the fabric from igniting. The first-of-its-kind polymer treatment could find applications in children’s pajamas, terry-cloth bathrobes, and car seats, according to Jaime C. Grunlan, the associate professor of mechanical engineering heading the research. The water-based ingredients are less toxic than the so-called ‘halogenated’ or ‘brominated’ flame-retardants typically used, he says, not to mention more environmentally friendly.
Prepare for a sight for sore eyes: The hotly anticipated collaboration between Suno and Warby Parker is finally available online and in stores. By merging Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty’s colorful, nonconformist prints with Warby Parker’s geek-chic frames, the two brands have created a collection fueled by their shared passions for design and social change. The limited edition features three classic silhouettes—an aviator, a cat’s eye, and a circle—in three geometric and floral “textile” designs inspired by travels to Kenya, India, and Peru. True to the companies’ shared ethos, the partnership has a philanthropic component. For every pair of sunglasses you buy, Warby Parker will donate a pair of eyeglasses to someone in need.
Timberland is getting a little help from its friends—ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, to be precise. The shoemaker has announced the launch of “Canvas That Cares,” a new program to raise funds for charity through the auction of custom-designed Earthkeepers boots. The inaugural edition of 75 shoes will feature original “peace sign” artwork by Starr, along with a rare, personal signature from the notorious autograph-refuser. Clad in leather and Bionic canvas, derived in part from recycled plastic bottles, the boots are destined to become instant collectibles, particularly because they’re available in a single size: Starr’s own men’s size 8.
Fashion as a democracy? With MUUSE, a new online marketplace that features the world’s leading design schools, you could launch the career of fashion’s next big thing simply by voting for the pieces you’d like to see enter production. The Copenhagen-based atelier believes in putting fashion in the hands of the people, without retailers, forecasters, or celebrity influencers running interference. Foremost on its site is a “concept lab” that houses sketches of designs in development. When a item garners enough interest in terms of votes, MUUSE makes a sample available for purchase in limited editions of 20. The concept isn’t for anyone who requires instant gratification, however. Because every item is made to order in a small studio in Vesterbro, be prepared to wait six to eight weeks before your few-of-a-kind garment finds its way to your doorstep.
Although Dr. Hauschka is better known for its holistic skincare products, it also carries foundations, blushes, eyeshadows, and lipsticks that are just as natural and effective. I’m partial to the good doctor’s volume mascara, which makes your lashes look lush and full without any harsh chemicals.
Perfect for folks with sensitive skin or allergies, Jane Iredale’s line of mineral makeup is non-comedogenic and oil-free, which keeps your pores from clogging. I love its variety of eyeshadows, blushes, and lipsticks, all of which come in myriad sumptuous shades.
Approved by one of Germany’s strictest natural-cosmetics certifiers, Lavera’s foundations, concealers, mascaras, eyeshadows, and lipsticks are not only 100 percent natural, but they’re also gluten-, paraben-, and cruelty-free.
Guided by the principle “minerals with a mission,” Mineral Fusion offers a wide selection of vegan-friendly cosmetics devoid of gluten, parabens, talc, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances. The lipsticks are one of my go-to products—they glide on smoothly and last for hours.
Suki doesn’t just source fair-trade, biodynamic ingredients; it’s also one of the few companies that makes it products entirely by hand, resulting in virtually zero carbon emissions. A particular favorite is the multitasking lip-and-cheek cream, which gives your skin—and pout—a dewy, natural flush.
Leave it to a brand inspired by European spa traditions to blend skin-coddling (and cruelty-free) ingredients such as herb extracts and essential oils with a fresh palette of sophisticated colors. Two products to put on top of your list? ZuZu Luxe’s non-irritating mascara and lead-free lip gloss.
Gearing up for fall? We’ve done the legwork for you so you can get your planet-friendly shopping done in no time flat.
“That’s not fur—I would never wear fur. It’s mohair…it was one of those things that nobody does anymore and people are like ‘look, she’s willing to…’ No I’m actually not, so let’s just clear that up.”
—Twilight actress (and tween role model) Kristen Stewart, setting the record straight on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno about a sweater she wore in W’s September issue. The topper in question, the “Scotia” by Theory is a blend of angora and synthetic polyamide.
[Via Hollywood Life]
Think that toxic chemicals are bad for you? It’s all part of a smear campaign, according to a new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based conservative think tank with documented ties to oil companies like Exxon and Texaco. The chief sources of misinformation, according to the nonprofit, are the Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, two “environmental extremist groups”—per CEI—that are inciting fear through “outrageous and bogus claims” about chemical-laden cosmetics and personal-care products.
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