This Short Film Reveals What Happens to the Clothes We Throw Away

by , 07/11/16   filed under: Video

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The women who work at a garment-recycling plant across the Indian border have little idea where all the clothes they’re tasked with ripping apart come from. They engineer their own explanations for the surfeit of garments that arrive from foreign climes by the truckload. “Everyone here says that the clothes come over because there’s a water shortage in the West,” one of them remark in Unravel, a 14-minute film that reveals how first-world consumption is viewed halfway across the world. “Water is just as expensive as clothes are for these people,” she says, before adding that most of the clothes look almost new. “That’s why they wear their clothes a couple of times and then throw them away.” Another woman wonders if Westerners just don’t like washing their clothes.

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Blue Loop, TenCate Create World's First Recycled-Denim Tent

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The maker of the world’s only 100 percent recycled-denim jeans can now claim bragging rights over the world’s first recycled-denim tent. Blue Loop Originals, a Dutch label that lives by the motto “born to reborn,” and TenCate, a manufacturer of outdoor fabrics, have embarked on a joint project to “shine a new light on sustainable camping.” The result is BlueCamp, a new fabric that combines the “Blue Loop denim look” with everything you want from a shelter textile, such as water repellency, breathability, and durability. Each tent comprises 25 percent discarded jeans, plus a ground cover made entirely from repurposed plastic. The companies eventually plan to “green” other components, such as replacing all polyester content with a recycled version.

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The "Human Sensor" is a Garment That Responds to Air Pollution

by , 07/07/16   filed under: Wearable Technology

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As illnesses and deaths due to air pollution is on the rise, scientists and designers are turning to wearable technology as a way to create cleaner air while waiting for governmental policies to catch up. One British artist, Kasia Molga, has challenged air quality head-on, with a series of pollution-detecting clothing. Called the Human Sensor, Molga’s outfits change colors and patterns in response to air pollutants, notifying both the wearer and those nearby of the presence of black carbon and poor air quality.

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Matter: Heritage-Inspired Garments That Honor Global Artisan Traditions

by , 07/06/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Hamilton Perkins Makes Bags Entirely From Recycled Plastic Bottles

 

Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

by , 07/04/16   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

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America has come a long way since its birth as a nation in 1776. But just as the country has evolved throughout the years, so has Old Glory. From the arrangement of those iconic stars and stripes to the materials and colorants used in its construction, the American flag has changed considerably since George Washington commissioned its creation (as legend has it, from Betsy Ross), according to Barbara Gatewood, professor emeritus of textile science at Kansas State University. Today’s flags are made with polyester and nylon, along with synthetic dyes and pigments manufactured primarily from petrochemicals, Gatewood says, but it wasn’t always so.

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Columbia Debuts "Ultimate" Sustainable Rain Jacket

 

Stella McCartney Explains How Fashion Impacts Endangered Forests

by , 06/30/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands

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What does fashion have to do with deforestation? Everything, if you ask Canopy. The British Columbia–based forestry nonprofit has been rallying designers, brands, and retailers such as Eileen Fisher, H&M, Marks & Spencer, and Zara to eliminate the use of endangered-forest fibers in their rayon, modal, and viscose clothing. “It was through Canopy that we found out the shocking figures that 100 million trees a year can be cut down solely for the use of fabric,” says designer Stella McCartney, an ambassador for the group’s Canopy Style campaign, says in a short film, which premiered at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York City last week. “When Canopy approached me, I didn’t hesitate for a moment to be part of the solution.”

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United by Blue's Iron-on Patches Help Clean Up the Oceans

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What’s summer without a spot of adventuring? Whether you’re a camper, “glamper,” or armchair explorer, United by Blue has you covered—literally. The Philadelphia-based has launched a line of patches that embody the spirit of sleeping under the stars. Made in the United States from embroidered twill, the two-inch doodads iron on easily onto your favorite jacket or backpack. Bonus: With every patch sold, United by Blue promises to remove one pound of trash from our world’s lakes, rivers, and oceans. Campaign promises, schcampaign schpromises; here’s to making the outdoors great again.

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Rewilder Makes Vegan Bags From Upcycled Beer Filter Cloth

Rewilder Makes Vegan Bags From Upcycled Beer Filter Cloth

HOME BREWED Rewilder sews all of its bags to order in its atelier in Hollywood, where it uses cutting techniques that maximize material yields and reduce waste. Each carryall features…

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Taylor, Who? These Gray Suede Boots Are Tom Hiddleston's True Love

Taylor, Who? These Gray Suede Boots Are Tom Hiddleston's True Love

Hiddleswift? Tiddleston? Swiddlestay? Whatever you choose to call Hollyweird’s celebrity coupling du jour, one thing’s clear: Tom Hiddleston’s main squeeze isn’t…

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Patagonia: Synthetic Fleece—Including Its Own—is Polluting the Oceans

Patagonia: Synthetic Fleece—Including Its Own—is Polluting the Oceans

Patagonia has a startling confession to make: Its popular synthetic fleeces are mucking up the oceans, perhaps even poisoning the food chain. In a study commissioned by the…

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Mosevic Makes Sunglasses From Recycled Denim Jeans

Mosevic Makes Sunglasses From Recycled Denim Jeans

TRUE BLUE Like all of Mosevic’s wares, every one of the new pieces is hand-made in the company’s workshop in Cornwall, England. Layers of denim are infused with a…

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Inspired by Mulan, Esther Lui's Upcycled Garments Embody Gentle Strength

Inspired by Mulan, Esther Lui's Upcycled Garments Embody Gentle Strength

HONOR TO US ALL One of the excursions Redress organized led to a garment factory in China that specializes in “zero waste,” a design technique that espouses creative methods…

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Matano is World's First Fair-Trade-Certified Sportswear Label

Matano is World's First Fair-Trade-Certified Sportswear Label

PLAY FAIR Kriwiel now had a mission: to “change the world through sports,” he said, and not just for professional athletes but for everyday people who like to be active.…

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Aarli: Upcycled Streetwear That Promotes Australia's Indigenous People

Aarli: Upcycled Streetwear That Promotes Australia's Indigenous People

LOCAL COLOR Besides nurturing Aboriginal talent, Aarli also uses only indigenous models in its campaigns. By doing this, Cowlishaw says she hopes to not only preserve and promote the…

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MuSkin: A Vegan "Leather" Made Entirely From Mushrooms

MuSkin: A Vegan "Leather" Made Entirely From Mushrooms

MUSKIN \məsˈkin\ n. 1 a: A 100 percent biodegradable vegetal leather, extracted from mushroom caps and “tanned” using chemical-free methods. b: Resembles suede but is…

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Can Fashion and Sustainability Coexist?

Can Fashion and Sustainability Coexist?

Fashion and sustainability, according to Clara Vuletich, are two fundamentally different things. “Fashion is sexy, addictive, exclusive, and very fast-moving,” began the…

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