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Get Actress Frieda Pinto's Red Carpet Look, Naturally

by , 08/13/11   filed under: Eco-Beautiful With Lina Hanson, Eco-Friendly Beauty, Featured

 

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AO Textiles, Debbi Little Turn Silk Remnants, Parachute Netting Into Stunning Camouflage Garments

by , 08/12/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Dresses, Eco-Textiles, Featured, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, it’s a parachute. If you don’t believe us, ask British designer Debbi Little, who teamed up with AO textiles in London to create gorgeous pieces of “ecouture”—not a typo, that’s what AO calls their fabrics—by sewing silk remnants onto discarded Ministry of Defense parachute netting. Through the use of organic silk thread and haute-couture techniques, whimsical military-camouflage patterns spring to life on lighter-than-air fibers. Little and AO may have named their collaboration “Little AO,” but there’s nothing meager about their product.

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Russy Valenki Makes Luxury Sneakers From Vintage Italian Scarves

by , 08/12/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Featured, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

Stick Your iPad Down Bernie Madoff's (Recycled) Pants

by , 08/12/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Bags, Featured

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If disgraced financier Bernie Madoff stole the shirt off your back, you may derive a sense of schadenfreude from sticking your iPad down his pants, which were auctioned off with the rest of his personal property in November. Refashioned into iPad cases by John Vaccaro of Frederick James, Madoff’s shanghaied slacks are an unorthodox memento from one of Wall Street’s darkest days. “There are a lot of collectors out there who would like to own a quirky piece of history, even the worst kind,” says Vaccaro in a press release. “I would have been first in line to own a piece from the Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde era.”

So tell us, are the Bernie Madoff iPad cases haute or not?

  • 9 Votes HELL NO! Tasteless and utterly repugnant!
  • 23 Votes HELL YES! One convicted felon's castoffs is another's Christmas gag gift.

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Brave GentleMan Offers Organic-Cotton Ties for the Discerning Vegan

by , 08/11/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Men's Eco-Fashion, Vegan Fashion

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For neckwear-lovers who want to cut the world’s sheep a much-needed break, Brave GentleMan’s new range of 100 percent vegan ties is is the boon you seek. Despite their speckled, tweedy texture, each neck- and bow tie is constructed from a blend of organic cotton and recycled hemp, then stiffened with interfacing derived from recycled plastic bottles—a manufacturing first for ties. All eight designs are crafted in New York City’s historic Garment District under fair-labor conditions, with options that include a 2.5-inch tie, a narrow bow tie, and a broad bow tie, depending on what style of “dappery” is most appropriate for the occasion. One thing’s for certain: You won’t be able to fend off admirers fast enough.

+ Ties $100

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Snoozer Loser Offers Brightly Hand-Printed Linen Frocks in Natural Dyes

by , 08/11/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Fall/Winter 2011, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Fancy meets function this fall with Snoozer Loser’s charming lineup of dresses, tunics, and trapeze tops, which the New York label hand-screens on 100 percent eco-linen using water-based inks. Inspired by designer Sonia Tay’s recent travels in Shanghai, the collection is a spirited pastiche of paper fans, mini-birdcages, Nordic deer, and wooly mammoths. More than whimsy? The pieces are also cut to “free-size,” a flattering fit for all shapes and sizes. “These pieces are meant to be worn to death,” Tay tells Ecoutere. “They can be worn to Sunday brunches, as well as walks in the farmers’ market. That is what I feel is the most green to me. Clothing that you can really live in.”

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Electronic Stick-on Tattoos Track Body Functions Without Bulky Equipment

by , 08/11/11   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Temporary tattoos may soon be more than simple novelties. Equipped with ultrathin, self-adhesive electronics, an interim tramp stamp could also monitor heart rates, brain waves, and muscle activity without bulky equipment, conductive fluids, or messy glues, according to research published in the August 12, 2011 issue of Science. A collaboration among scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, Tufts University, the Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore, and Dalian University of Technology in China, the “epidermal electronic system” (EES) incorporates miniature sensors, LEDs, teeny transmitters and receivers, and networks of wire filaments to create a new class of microelectronics that is not only virtually weightless but also requires little to no power.

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Sonic Fabric Bag Made From Recycled Audio Tape Plays Music on Demand

by , 08/11/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Bags, Eco-Textiles, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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For over a decade, interdisciplinary artist Alyce Santoro has spun recycled cassette tape into “audible textiles” that play back under a tape head. Woven on antique looms in a family-run textile mill in New England, her Sonic Fabric has graced everything from neckties to red-carpet-ready bustiers. Now, for a limited time, Santoro is offering purses made from sound collages based on life in New York City—a way to raise money for a new batch of Sonic Fabric she plans to produce with community weavers in Mexico.

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Can the World's Most Expensive Flip-Flops Save the Rainforest?

by , 08/10/11   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Shoes

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At $18,000, Chipkos’ latest pair of flip-flops must surely be the world’s most expensive. Hand-painted by Los Angeles contemporary artist David Palmer, the one-of-a-kind, ashram-inspired sandals features the Chipkos emblem gilded in six grams of 18-carat recycled gold by Readers Fine Jewelers in Santa Monica. Despite the extreme price, there is a method behind the shoemaker’s madness: With every purchase, Chipkos will adopt 100,000 square feet of endangered rainforest in Costa Rica.

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10 Ways to Green Facebook Chief Mark Zuckerberg's Wardrobe

10 Ways to Green Facebook Chief Mark Zuckerberg's Wardrobe

BLAZER OF GLORY Somewhere between Zuckerberg’s college-slacker uniform and Gordon Gecko’s slickly conservative power suit lies a happy medium that telegraphs “creative…

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Zara's Way: How Fast Fashion Snared Us With Low Prices, Quick Changes

Zara's Way: How Fast Fashion Snared Us With Low Prices, Quick Changes

Legend has it that when the first Zara store opened in Britain, on Regent Street in London, shoppers were a little mystified. The prices seemed high, and I’m told (perhaps…

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"Smart" Orthopedic Cast Heals Fractures With Wearable Technology

"Smart" Orthopedic Cast Heals Fractures With Wearable Technology

Had an accident lately? The most interaction your broken bones can expect is a flurry of signatures and well-wishes on your cast—nice, but not exactly conducive to healing. Brazilian…

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7 Eco-Friendly One-Piece Swimsuits to Dive Into Summer

7 Eco-Friendly One-Piece Swimsuits to Dive Into Summer

SUNO LIKE IT HOT Stitched in New York City from Kenyan-made fabrics, Suno’s ruffled one-piece is certainly no wilting wallflower. Bright yellow stripes festooned with rosettes…

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Win a Fair-Trade Fedora From The Andean Collection (Worth $68!)

Win a Fair-Trade Fedora From The Andean Collection (Worth $68!)

Sun-kissed glow? Hot. Blistering scalp? Not so much. Shield your noggin from that mass of incandescent gas with The Andean Collection’s new Lola hat, made by fair-trade artisans…

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Recycled Dress-Shirt Robe Takes "Dress Casual" Literally

Recycled Dress-Shirt Robe Takes "Dress Casual" Literally

For the man who doesn’t know how to “suit down” after a long work week, there’s UncommonGoods’ recycled dress-shirt robe. Pieced together in the United…

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Walmart, Target, Hanes, Macy's Linked to Jordan "Rape Factory"

Walmart, Target, Hanes, Macy's Linked to Jordan "Rape Factory"

Photo by carool Some of the biggest names in American retail have been linked to a Jordanian garment factory that allegedly rapes, tortures, and abuses its female workers, according to…

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Tour de Fashion, A Greener CFDA, Timberland's New Environmental Goals

Tour de Fashion, A Greener CFDA, Timberland's New Environmental Goals

Come New York Fashion Week, anyone looking to for a ride between shows can borrow a custom-designed bicycle at the Fashion Center (née Garment District) for free—albeit with a small…

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Zeugma: High-Performance, Moisture-Wicking Organic Cotton For Activewear

Zeugma: High-Performance, Moisture-Wicking Organic Cotton For Activewear

ZEUGMA \ˈzo͞ogmə\ n 1 a: A 95 percent organic-cotton textile that mimics the qualities of petroleum-based technical fabrics without synthetic chemicals or additives. b: Wicks away…

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