Steal Livia Firth's Eco-Style With Her Reclaim-to-Wear Line for Yooxygen

by , 12/02/11   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Featured, Livia Firth, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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Laplam: A Recycled Plastic That Resembles Oversized Bubble Wrap

by , 12/01/11   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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LAPLAM \lä pläm\

n 1 a: A new material made from air-infused layers plastic—60 to 80 percent of which is recycled—with an appearance reminiscent of bubble wrap. b: Developed by a lab research team at Italian packaging manufacturer Tecnopack. c: Available in a range of saturated colors, the material is commonly used for furniture and women’s fashion accessories. d: Under the direction of Fabrizio Fattori, Laplam has been used for couture handbags, known as “Big Bubble Bags,” that are wildly popular in Italy’s metropolitan areas.

 

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VIDEO: The "Mesh" Dress is a Living, Growing, Wearable Garden

by , 12/01/11   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Dresses

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No space for a garden? Ali Seçkin Karayol and Mette Lyckegaard’s “Mesh” dress doesn’t just anchor seeds for planting, but it also composts kitchen scraps to nourish them. The result is a portable, wearable garden that changes color and form with each passing day. More than that, however, it’s a critique on the growing estrangement between urban dwellers and nature. “Our aim was to create a beautiful symbiosis between nature and citizens,” according to the Karayol, who developed the concept with Lyckegaard for the Performative Design course at the Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design. “It should be seen as citizens’ opportunity to give back to nature and to immerse themselves in it by wearing their own small ecosystem.”

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Lexus Fashion Workshop Turns Recyclable Hybrid Parts Into Haute Couture

by , 12/01/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Green Designers, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Announcing the 2011 Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide!

by , 12/01/11   filed under: Green Gift Guide

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Deck the halls a more verdant hue this holiday season with more than 200 eco-friendly gift suggestions from our parent site, Inhabitat. From ethically handcrafted knits to socially conscious jewelry, our carefully curated gift guide will have something for everyone.

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Fancy Wearing a Dress Made From 100,000 Dressmaker's Needles?

by , 11/30/11   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Dresses

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You haven’t really suffered for fashion until you’ve donned Susie MacMurray’s “Widow,” a gown hewn from black Napa leather and more than 94 pounds of adamantine dressmaker pins. Now on view at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Power of Making” exhibit in London, the prickly garment translates the grief of lost love into a shroud that inflicts physical pain and repels human contact and sympathy. Widow is the fourth in a series of garment sculptures that explore concepts of female identity—pins have strong associations with so-called “women’s work”—and vulnerability. Look if you will, but touch at your own peril.

+ Widow

+ Susie MacMurray

 

"Terminator"-Like Contact Lens Lets You Read Emails Before Your Eyes

by , 11/30/11   filed under: Featured, Wearable Technology

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Live data that streams directly before your eyes à la The Terminator sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers are thisclose to making it a reality. In a study published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, University of Washington researchers demonstrated the safety of such a device by testing it in the eye of a rabbit. Although the prototype contained only a pixel of information, which appears as a tiny dot of light, scientists say it’s a proof of concept that could lead to superimposed emails and other messages in your line of sight. Talk about hands-free communication.

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14 Eco-Chic Holiday Gifts That Give Back

by , 11/30/11   filed under: Fashion Philanthropy, Featured, Features, Green Gift Guide

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FIT TO BE TIED

Following the path forged by the likes of TOMS and FEED Projects comes FIGS, a hand-tailored line of neckties and bow ties that funds school uniforms in Africa with every purchase. The corporate nooses come in myriad patterns and fabrics, including Italian silk wovens, pure British woolens, and fine wool tartans.

+ George Silk Woven $75

+ FIGS Ties

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BAGS TO BACKPACKS

Based in San Francisco, Kayu aligns itself with indigenous craftsmen in China and the Philippines to create low-impact, handcrafted accessories that give back to the community. By purchasing this ethically handwoven straw clutch, Kayu will make a donation to Awareness Cambodia, a charity that provides backpacks and school supplies for children who can’t afford them.

+ Rachel Straw Clutch $155

+ Kayu Design

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WILDLIFE PROTECTOR

Wildlife Works’ patch-style “Almasi” jacket works hard for both people and planet without any need for middlemen. The organic-cotton fleece number hails from the label’s own carbon-neutral “eco-factory” in Kenya, situated just next door to its 80,000-acre Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary, which now employs 70 locally hired rangers, land managers, greenhouse workers, and other conservation aides.

+ Almasi Jacket $68

+ Wildlife Works

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FEEL GOOD AND CARRY ON

Wayuu Taya’s boldly patterned bags may cost more, but they’re well-worth the extra cash. The women of the Wayuu community in South America’s Guajira Peninsula use traditional tribal techniques to hand-weave and sew each one-of-a-kind piece, a process that takes 20 eight-hour days. Plus, a substantial 90 percent of proceeds goes back to the community.

+ Hand-woven Bag $160 at Community Collection

+ Wayuu Taya

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SPEAK FOR THE TREES

As the United Nations’ “Year of Forests” comes to a close, designer Vivienne Westwood has produced a line of organic-cotton T-shirts that supports reforestation efforts in Europe. All proceeds go to GreenUp, an initiative of the UN Environmental Programme that seeks to reduce deforestation around the world.

+ GreenUp by Vivienne Westwood $39 at Yoox

+ GreenUp

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ALL THAT GLITTERS

Aurea’s “Cascade” necklace isn’t literally gold, but it exudes quite the luster, nonetheless. The ersatz metal? Golden grass, which artisans in Jalapão, Brazil hand-weave using techniques passed down from the indigenous Xerente people. A stunning piece, whether dressed up or down.

+ Cascade Necklace $75 at Virtuarte

+ Aurea

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IN THEIR SHOES

Sseko (pronounced “say-ko”) does more than sell sandals. It’s also a not-for-profit enterprise that helps young Ugandan women earn, learn, and grow during the nine-month gap between secondary school and university. Its “Stocking Stuffer” package includes a pair of handmade soles and three interchangeable sets of organic-cotton straps in navy, gray, and gold—perfect for the person who can never make up her mind.

+ Stocking Stuffer Package $65

+ Sseko Designs

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SINGING IN THE RAIN

Made fairly in China from 100 percent natural latex rubber, a single pair of Roma boots won’t just keep your feet dry. Through the company’s one-for-one program, a less-fortunate child will also receive a pair to weather the damp and cold.

+ Rain Boots $84 at Fashioning Change

+ Roma Boots

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ALL IN THE WRIST

Mikuti, a social enterprise that means “dried leaf” in Kiswahili, paired banana bark with local Tanzania wax fabric to create a trio of bangles just begging to be stacked. More than wrist adornments, the accessories are also tools for sustainable economic success, creating jobs and income for artisans in East Africa.

+ Stacked Bangles (set of three) $50

+ Mikuti

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FASHION THAT EMPOWERS

Reusable totes are a great go-to gift, but why settle for the same-old when you can snag a bag that goes beyond schlepping stuff? Nicole Miller partnered with nonprofit Indego Africa on a range of accessories that empowers Rwandan women through fair-trade partnerships, access to global buyers, and skills training. And who can resist that eye-popping print?

+ Indego Africa Tote $60

+ Nicole Miller

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CASES FOR A CAUSE

From Della in Los Angeles comes a vibrantly hued iPad case that does more than coddle your tablet PC. The fair-trade label employs local seamstresses in Ghana, providing them with jobs, education, and skills training. “Most people do not realize that a majority of the African-style fabric sold in Ghana comes from China,” says founder Tina Tangalakis. “I wanted to find reliable sources to purchase authentic Ghanaian fabric from to keep in line with Della’s mission of helping stimulate the Ghanaian economy.”

+ Laguna Ipad Case $48 at Free People

+ Della

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CLEAN UP POLLUTION

The garment industry is a polluting beast, particularly in China, where rivers run blue, red, and yellow with dyes. Help the National Resources Defense Council green the global textile supply chain through its Clean by Design initiative, which works with factories to cut costs and reduce environmental degradation.

+ Clean Up the Textile Industry in China $25

+ NRDC Green Gifts

 

Community Collection: A Shopping Site That Matches Fashion Designers With Charitable Causes

by , 11/29/11   filed under: Fashion Philanthropy, Site Seeing

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Make that guilty splurge count for something by shopping at Community Collection, a new online marketplace that pairs fashion and accessory labels with do-gooding nonprofits of their choice. The retailer may be in its salad days, having launched in October, but it’s already attracted a bold-faced cast that includes Diane von Furstenberg (for Girls Inc.), Helmut Lang (Flying Kites), Clare Vivier (Surfrider Foundation), Inhabit (World Wildlife Fund), and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (Heal the Bay). For every product you purchase, 20 percent of the sale goes to the designer’s partner charity. You’ll also receive an email that measures your impact, demonstrating the tangible effect of your largesse.

+ Community Collection

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Slash-Resistant Clothing Protects Taxi Drivers From Violent Knife Attacks

Slash-Resistant Clothing Protects Taxi Drivers From Violent Knife Attacks

Following a spate of violent knife attacks on taxi drivers in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia, protective-apparel firm PPSS Group has developed a range of…

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Dame Vivienne Westwood Pledges £1 Million to Tackle Climate Change

Dame Vivienne Westwood Pledges £1 Million to Tackle Climate Change

Dame Vivienne Westwood has never been one to shy away from a sound byte, but the doyenne of British fashion is finally putting her money where her mouth is. After voicing frustration…

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Matt & Nat's Vegan Bags Are 60% off at Ethical Ocean Until Tonight!

Matt & Nat's Vegan Bags Are 60% off at Ethical Ocean Until Tonight!

The Faithless, on sale for $95 (originally $245) We’re not usually ones to give into Black Friday deal madness, but we couldn’t help but share an amazing discount we just…

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14 Eco-Chic Gifts $25 and Under That Don’t Look Cheap

14 Eco-Chic Gifts $25 and Under That Don’t Look Cheap

PUT A RING ON IT For a knuckle-buster with serious flair, pile on The Andean Collection’s “Mesa” ring, which features a geometric plateau derived from sustainably…

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14 Eco-Chic Vegan Accessories for Holiday Giving

14 Eco-Chic Vegan Accessories for Holiday Giving

TWO OF A KIND Some things just go better together, like Funchi’s glove-and-headband combo. Each set is knit from 100 percent certified-organic cotton, with a seamless…

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Small Biz Saturday, Alicia Silverstone’s New EcoTools, Li-Ning Detoxes

Small Biz Saturday, Alicia Silverstone’s New EcoTools, Li-Ning Detoxes

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you remember to shop small on Small Business Saturday? (Small Business Saturday) Actress and EcoTools spokeswoman Alicia…

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Valérie Pache Creates Whimsical Dresses From Recycled Paraglider Sails

Valérie Pache Creates Whimsical Dresses From Recycled Paraglider Sails

Valérie Pache is the wing beneath our wings…paraglider wings, that is. The French designer turns castoff parachutes, retired paraglider sails, and end-of-roll fabrics into…

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Polli Creates Decorative Jewelry Stand From Salvaged Timber

Polli Creates Decorative Jewelry Stand From Salvaged Timber

Why shouldn’t your jewelry organizer be as much of a work of art as the treasures that adorn it? Polli’s accessory stands feature silhouettes inspired by the Amsterdam…

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