Colorful 3D-Printed "Sound Rings" Make Beautiful Music Together

by , 05/14/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Jewelry

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Designer Michiel Cornelissen’s new 3D-printed KXX” rings double as hand-held Brazilian instruments. The colorful bulbous rings are the designer’s version of caxixi instruments, a popular percussion instrument in Brazil. The rings are 3D printed with the beads right inside of them, and ready to shake right out of the printer.

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Brut Cake Upcycles Vintage Chinese Fabrics Into One-of-a-Kind Items

by , 05/14/14   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Textiles

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Brut Cake is the innovative brand behind these creative ceramics, textiles, and furniture pieces handmade in a Shanghai-based studio using a beautiful array of local and natural materials. Founded by Taiwan-born Nicole Teng, Brut Cake has received accolades across the region and is expanding their reach internationally in contemporary design circles. While the brand remains focused on using locally sourced handmade materials, their designs remain playful and bring an element of fun to the products themselves. They are all made with home comfort and contemporary style in mind; the simple and modern design is paired with thoughtful craft to give Brut Cake’s pieces a great touch of cozy originality.

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Textile Arts Center Presents "Stained," an Exploration of Natural Dyes

by , 05/13/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Events, Green Designers

 

Able Made: A Collab-Friendly E-Boutique That Propels Social Change

by , 05/13/14   filed under: Fashion Philanthropy, Features, Site Seeing, Submitted Story, Sustainable Fashion

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Suzanne McKenzie, Able Made’s Founder, CEO and Creative Director, describes her company as a retail platform where creative innovators and designers join forces to support causes through beautifully designed products. “Whether we’re partnering with a national brand, an emerging designer, or artisans around the world, the impact of each Able Made exclusive product is as beautiful and powerful as its design,” says McKenzie. She also likes to make clear that she is a creator, not just a curator of socially, ethically and environmentally inspired products, with each product directly supporting a specific cause that the designer and the Able Made community cares most about.

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Serpent & Bow's Myth-Inspired Indigo-Dyed Garments Are Mesmerizing

by , 05/13/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags, Eco-Friendly Underwear, Eco-Textiles, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Serpent & Bow use sustainably sourced fabrics and natural dyes such as indigo to create these handcrafted textiles and fashion items that evoke mythical mer-people. Founded by Rachel Blodgett and Julian Farmar-Bowers, from Northern California, the pair studied at California College of the Arts. While Rachel studied textiles, Julian studied printmaking, and began developing this combined interest in creating beautiful, hand-painted garments that, according to them, honors nature, their source.

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Forever 21 Installs Solar Panels, Debuts $7.80 Jeans

by , 05/12/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea

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Forever 21 has had a busy weekend. Not only did the fast-fashion powerhouse announce plans to the largest single-rooftop solar-power system in Los Angeles County, it also unveiled a new 18,000-square-foot concept store that promises greater quantities and even deeper discounts on its already cut-price clothing. Based in South Gate, just 10 miles from the company’s Lincoln Heights headquarters, where the proposed SunPower system will roost, F21 Red boasts numbers that defy probability, with camisoles that start at $1.80, tees and tank tops at $3.80, leggings at $5, and jeans at a barrel-scraping, economics-defying $7.80.

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Parsons Announces Winner of Its First Faux-Fur Fashion Competition

by , 05/09/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Xuanxuan Li knows a little something about faking it till you make it. The Parsons The New School for Design student is the winner of the school’s first-ever faux-fur competition, which it launched in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States and Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs August. Li, who was selected by a panel of judges that included designer John Bartlett, will receive $1,500 in scholarship money for her designs, which juxtapose feathery pelts with open-knit fabric.

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Argentina's "Methane Backpacks" Turn Cow Farts into Green Energy

by , 05/09/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags

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Cows farts, albeit stinky, are rich in methane gas, a greenhouse gas and a fuel source. Trapping those cow farts though is like trying to catch a wave upon the sand, but now researchers in Argentina are tapping into this un-utilized potential and capturing the gas with methane collecting backpacks. A tube stuck right into the cow’s rumen collects the gases and stores them in an inflatable sack on their back. Later the methane is purified and compressed so it can be used to generate electricity, run a refrigerator, cook or even run a car, all while keeping the methane out of the atmosphere. While the concept still needs more testing and development, as well as a serious look at the ethics, this is the beginning of Cowpower, the newest form of renewable energy.

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"Morpher" Bicycle Helmet Folds Flat to Fit in Your Backpack

by , 05/08/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories, Wearable Technology

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A new folding helmet called the “Morpher” makes it safer and easier to ride your bike by letting you stow it in your bag while not using it. We all know that riding bikes is awesome and wearing a helmet is even better, but carrying your helmet around with you all day – well, that’s a pain in the but. Developed by an inventor in London, the Morpher is made from the same materials as your dome-shaped helmet and designed to be just as safe, but folds up to a thickness 1.4 inches. With a slim design that lets you slip it alongside your laptop, now there’s no excuse to not wear a helmet.

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Narciso Rodriguez's Bottletop Collab is Green Carpet Challenge–Approved

Narciso Rodriguez's Bottletop Collab is Green Carpet Challenge–Approved

Looks like Livia Firth ♥ Narciso Rodriguez as much as he ♥ social enterprise. Firth awarded the New York City designer with the “Green Carpet Challenge” brand mark on…

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Need to Focus? Trident's New Clothing Line "Disables" Your Technology

Need to Focus? Trident's New Clothing Line "Disables" Your Technology

Trident Gum thinks distraction from our smartphones is a major problem, so they commissioned Kunihiko Morinaga of Anrealage to create a line of clothes that would block all incoming…

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6 Up-And-Coming Eco-Fashion Designers to Watch

6 Up-And-Coming Eco-Fashion Designers to Watch

If the term “eco-fashion” makes you think “bland” or “boring,” just give us 36 seconds to change your mind. Here are six of the hottest up-and-coming…

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Find Out How Your Favorite Brands "MeasureUp" With This Online Tool

Find Out How Your Favorite Brands "MeasureUp" With This Online Tool

Does Topshop pay its workers enough to live on? Which is more ethical: Adidas or Nike? How often does Patagonia audit its factories? For answers, head to MeasureUp, a not-for-profit…

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Grandt Mason: Upcycled Vegan Shoes, Ethically Made in South Africa

Grandt Mason: Upcycled Vegan Shoes, Ethically Made in South Africa

On the cutting edge of vegan footwear, South African atelier, Grandt Mason Originals produces sustainable, unique, handmade designs that promote locally sourced and recycled materials.…

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Myrrhia Fine Knitwear, Sally Fox Collaborate on Locavore Organic Knits

Myrrhia Fine Knitwear, Sally Fox Collaborate on Locavore Organic Knits

Each piece created for Myrrhia Resneck’s Spring and Summer 2014 line has a story woven into the fabric. Coming from a family dedicated to the fashion industry and having been…

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Livia Firth Challenges H&M's Claims of "Sustainability"

Livia Firth Challenges H&M's Claims of "Sustainability"

Livia Firth doesn’t call herself a “professional agitator” on Twitter for nothing. Faced with H&M’s Helena Helmmersson at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit on…

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11 Eco-Fashion Designers to Watch For at Designers & Agents' Green Room

11 Eco-Fashion Designers to Watch For at Designers & Agents' Green Room

SUZANNE RAE A sustainably notioned women’s ready-to-wear label from Brooklyn, Suzanne Rae is both inspired by and made for the progressive, modern gentlewoman. As feminine as they…

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Woman Finds Plea for Help From "Chinese Prison Slave" in Saks Bag

Woman Finds Plea for Help From "Chinese Prison Slave" in Saks Bag

One Saks Fifth Avenue shopper got more than she bargained for, when a hand written note fell out of her shopping bag. The note was written in 2012 by Tohnain Emmanuel Njong, a prisoner…

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