We are already familiar with bamboo as a building material, clothing textile, and food. Versatile and attractive, the grain and texture of the plant makes for beautiful jewelry with a natural feel. The Harbinger Co. uses bamboo for their special and sustainable line of accessories. Crafted by laser cutter, the earrings, necklaces, and pendants are all inspired by the shapes of flower petals, honeycombs, and crystals.
Your body exhibits signs of stress far before you may even realize you’re anxious, angry or upset. A new wrist-worn device by Boston-based Neumitra monitors your vital signs and alerts you when you’re stressed out. The Bandu measures your autonomic nervous system by tracking your perspiration, respiration, and heart beats with the help of a mobile device. When these vitals get out of whack, Bandu offers suggestions, like “take 5 deep breaths”, “play a song” or calling a loved one to help you calm down. The inventors of the device hope to help those with psychological disorders like PTSD as well as people who cope with everyday stressors like traffic, work, and family.
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 smaller impact on the environment than conventionally grown cotton, according to an independent study commissioned by Cotton Made in Africa, an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation to help African smallholder farmers improve their lives through trade rather than handouts. Compared with Pakistan-grown cotton, Systain, an independent consulting firm based in Hamburg, found that cotton cultivated on the continent emits 70 percent less carbon. It also saves around 18,000 liters of water per kilogram of cotton lint.
Our readers have spoken! Make way for the most awe-inspiring, heart-rending, ground-breaking, game-changing, mind-boggling, and future-forward eco-fashion stories of 2012, as selected by you. As for the year ahead, don’t miss what 27 sartorial soothsayers, including journalist Lucy Siegle, eco-model Summer Rayne Oakes, and Coco Eco’s Anna Griffin, had to predict. Here’s to you, 2013.
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With 2012 almost behind us and a brand new decade looming, we took the opportunity to look back on a year’s worth of eco-fashion and beauty stories. Peruse our end-of-year roundups below and vote for your favorite posts. We’ll announce the winners of the Readers’ Choice Awards in the new year—see you on the flip side!
Two of the most expensive sweaters sold in Myanmar (also called Burma) were not made by a hot designer– but instead by National League for Democracy chairperson and former political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi. In a fundraiser for the opposition party, Suu Kyi’s sweaters were auctioned for a total of $123,000, which will be used to incite change in the former military-ruled country. The politician hand made the sweaters twenty five years ago when juggling work, school and raising two children.
Not everyone is disappointed by socks on Christmas. For homeless people living on the streets, a fresh pair of socks can mean all the difference between healthy feet and infections, blisters, or frostbite. Charles Mark & Sons, for one, wants the oft-maligned coverup to be the gift that keeps on giving. Fresh off a successful crowd-funding campaign, the Texas startup aims to create high-quality, stylish men’s socks that benefit those in need. Cribbing a page from TOMS’ playbook, for every pair of socks you buy, Charles Mark & Sons will donate another to The Joy of Sox, a charity that distributes clean socks to homeless shelters across the country.
Which was your favorite eco-fashion story of 2012?
- 9 Votes Camouflage technology helps soldiers vanish
- 8 Votes World's largest garment made from golden spider silk goes on display
- 4 Votes Medieval "lingerie" from 15th century stuns historians
- 3 Votes This guys owns only 15 things (not counting undies or socks)
- 1 Votes TOMS launches ballet flats for spring
- 1 Votes "Invisible" bike helmet deploys only on impact
- 0 Votes U.K. mechanic builds "Iron Man" costume from scratch
Total Voters: 26
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