Make Your Own Natural Cosmetics With Herban Crafts' DIY Kits

by , 05/13/12   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Eco-Friendly Beauty, Featured

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If you’ve longed to make your own beauty products but don’t care for the hassle of hunting down pages of ingredients, Herban Crafts will do the legwork for you. The Washington, D.C.-based company plans to launch its inaugural range of DIY kits in June, but it still requires additional seed money to kick production into gear. Currently raising money through IndieGoGo, Herban Crafts is clear about its mission. Besides eschewing chemical-laden dyes, fragrances, and preservatives in favor of organic and fair-trade botanicals, the business will also employ undeserved women in the D.C. area, providing jobs training to help them reenter the work force at a later date.

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C&A's Digital Clothes Hangers Update With Facebook "Likes" in Real Time

by , 05/12/12   filed under: Featured, Wearable Technology

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Can’t decide which shirt to get? Let Facebook be the judge. Earlier this month, C&A introduced a high-tech hanger that tallies the number of Facebook “likes” an item of clothing on its racks receives. Powered by the Brazilian retailer’s website, where visitors can give their favorite pieces the thumbs-up, the device features a built-in digital display that gauges a garment’s popularity—or lack thereof.

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Keep Your Shoes in Tip-Top Shape, World War II-Style

by , 05/11/12   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Fashion Artifacts, Featured

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The original DIY doyenne, Mrs. Sew and Sew taught British civilians how to extend the lives of wardrobe staples at the height of clothes-rationing during World War II. Among the raft of leaflets produced by the Board of Trade was “Three Certain Shoe-Savers,” a series of tips on getting extra wear out of one’s shoes while looking smart. Below, an excerpt of the good missus’s “insider’s information,” which will keep footwear in fighting shape no matter the decade.

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Patagonia Boosts Corporate Transparency With Revamped "Footprint Chronicles" Website

by , 05/11/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Featured, Site Seeing

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The abundance of greenwashed claims can make even the least cynical among us wary—and weary—of so-called eco-friendly labels. Patagonia, on the other hand, wants you to see right through it. With the relaunch of its Footprint Chronicles website, the outdoor apparel brand lays bare the environmental and social footprint of 90 percent of its Spring 2012 product line. New features include an interactive world map that pinpoints every textile mill and factory in Patagonia’s supply chain, detailed profiles of key suppliers, and film and photo tours of how different products are made.

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African Scientist, Designer Create Anti-Malaria Clothing That Repels Mosquitos

by , 05/11/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles, Featured, Wearable Technology

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Who says you can’t fend off mosquitoes with style? A Cornell University scientist from Kenya and a Gambian designer have developed a purple-and-gold hooded bodysuit impregnated with insecticides at the nano level. Designed to repel mosquitoes infected with malaria, a disease the kills an estimated 655,000 people in Africa each year, the prototype does insecticide-treated nets one better because it can be be worn throughout the day. And unlike skin-based repellants that dissipate easily, the molecular bonds in the fabric are almost impossible to break.

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Under PETA's Guidance, China to Approve First Non-Animal Cosmetics Test

by , 05/10/12   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty

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Thanks to the efforts of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the scientists it funds, Chinese officials are in the final stages of approving the country’s first-ever non-animal test for cosmetics ingredients. China is poised to adopt the 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Assay, a cruelty-free method that measures the toxicity of an ingredient when it’s exposed to sunlight. Although the technique is widely practiced in the United States and European Union, the Chinese government has till now required skin- and eye-irritation tests before certain products can be marketed in the country.

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Bonobos Turns Recycled Plastic Beer Bottles into American-Made Jeans

by , 05/10/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Pants, Featured, Men's Eco-Fashion, Organic Denim, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

Copenhagen Fashion Summit Ends With a Sustainable Runway Show

by , 05/10/12   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Fashion Shows

 

VIDEO: Bryan Cera's 3D-Printed Glove Doubles as a Cellphone

by , 05/10/12   filed under: Featured, Wearable Technology

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When Bryan Cera tells you to talk to the hand, he means it literally. The Milwaukee native is the inventor behind Glove One, a 3D-printed gauntlet that doubles as a working cellphone. The prototype, which debuted at the Peck School of the Arts MA/MFA Thesis Exhibition in April, features touch keys on the underside of each finger, plus a speaker and mic on the thumb and pinkie. More than a newfangled way to mime “call me,” however, Glove One is also a thought experiment, one that explores the sacrifices we’re willing to make to integrate technology into our lives.

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Fair + True's Detachable Collars Add a Preppy Pop to Any Sweater

Fair + True's Detachable Collars Add a Preppy Pop to Any Sweater

Transform the drabbest of outfits into works of art with Fair + True’s detachable collars. Fairly made in an assortment of eye-popping prints, the colorful neckbands inject visual…

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Copenhagen Fashion Summit Hammers Out Industry "Code of Conduct"

Copenhagen Fashion Summit Hammers Out Industry "Code of Conduct"

When the Nordic fashion industry sought to devise a set of socio-environmental guidelines for apparel and textile businesses, it turned to the UN Global Compact for inspiration. Using…

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How Can We Educate Our Youth About Fast Fashion's Harmful Effects?

How Can We Educate Our Youth About Fast Fashion's Harmful Effects?

Photo by Shutterstock Thanks to a combination of technological innovation and developing global economies, “fast fashion” is now ubiquitous on the high street. A one-two…

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10 Emerging Eco-Designers at the Designers & Agents Green Room

10 Emerging Eco-Designers at the Designers & Agents Green Room

SUSAN WOO Made in New York City’s Garment District, Susan Woo’s eponymous womenswear comprises organic cotton dobby, cellulose-derived Tencel and Enka viscose, silk crepe de…

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Electricfoxy's High-Tech "Move" Tank Top Functions Like a Personal Trainer

Electricfoxy's High-Tech "Move" Tank Top Functions Like a Personal Trainer

THE RIGHT MOVES Move features four stretch-and-bend sensors in the front, back, and sides of the garment, along with haptic-feedback components located in the hips and shoulders. If…

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Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles in Sunscreen Could Increase Skin Cancer Risk

Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles in Sunscreen Could Increase Skin Cancer Risk

Photo by Shutterstock Lifeguards brandish their white-streaked noses like badges of honor, but the same sunscreen ingredient designed to protect us from skin cancer could in fact be…

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Cameron Diaz Wears Stella McCartney for Met Ball Green Carpet Challenge

Cameron Diaz Wears Stella McCartney for Met Ball Green Carpet Challenge

As one of Hollywood’s staunchest environmental advocates, Cameron Diaz probably needed little convincing to join Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge. The veteran actress…

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Elroy Klee Transforms Lego Bricks Into Fashion-Forward Wigs

Elroy Klee Transforms Lego Bricks Into Fashion-Forward Wigs

Don’t expect any flyaways when you wear one of Elroy Klee‘s crazy wigs. Designed for a high-fashion shoot, the Dutch artist’s “Mindplay” series consists of…

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Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga's Stylist, Plans Solar-Powered Fashion Line

Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga's Stylist, Plans Solar-Powered Fashion Line

Nicola Formichetti isn’t a stranger to flash or dash. He’s the man, after all, who dressed Lady Gaga in a dress made of meat and hired Rick “Zombie Boy” Genest…

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