Scottish Designers Turn Thrift-Store Rags Into Couture Riches

Zero Waste Scotland, Aimee Kent, Black Cherry Studio, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, recycled fashion, upcycled fashion, recycled clothing, upcycled clothing, recycled clothes, upcycled clothes, Salvation Army, Love Your Clothes

A pair of Scottish designers have transformed used clothing from one of the United Kingdom’s top clothing recyclers into a couture collection that challenges our ideas of waste. The looks are the work of Aimee Kent and Black Cherry Studio, who spent 12 weeks rifling through the Salvation Army warehouse as part of a residency with Zero Waste Scotland, an initiative works with local businesses and communities to use resources sustainably, and Love Your Clothes, part of the Waste & Resources Action Programme. The twin ranges, which are estimated by experts to be worth at least an £4,000 ($5,684) each, made their debut last week at the charity’s flagship store in Dumbarton Road in Glasgow, where they were modeled by former Miss Scotland and Miss United Kingdom Nicola Mimnagh.

Read More >

Advertisement

Shwood's "Badlands" Eyewear Incorporates Plants, Feathers

Shwood, eco-friendly eyewear, sustainable eyewear, eco-friendly sunglasses, sustainable sunglasses, eco-friendly eyeglasses, sustainable eyeglasses, Badlands National Park, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, feathers, flowers

Take a piece of America’s untamed beauty with you, wherever you may roam, with Shwood’s latest line of stylish and sustainable eyewear. Inspired by the striking geologic vistas of South Dakota, as well as the poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the “Badlands” collection features molted osprey feathers and shredded desert flowers suspended in resin, the result of a new casting technique pioneered by the Oregon firm. Emerson’s words—“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not”—lie at the heart of the designs, which use cellulose acetate (derived from cotton and wood pulp) and domestic walnut hardwood to capture a fleeting moment in nature.

Read More >

Advertisement

Hold the Phone, Matt & Nat Just Launched Vegan Shoes

Matt & Nat, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, vegan style, vegan shoes, vegan fashion, eco-friendly shoes, sustainable shoes, vegan leather, faux leather, Canada

Hold the phone and shut the door: Matt & Nat now sells shoes. (That squee of delight you heard was us, #sorrynotsorry) Featuring the same ethically sourced, animal-friendly materials as its signature bags (polyurethane uppers, rubber soles), as well as their clean, minimalist lines, the footwear collection comprises seven classic silhouettes: a wingtip brogue, two flatform Oxfords, a thick-soled sneaker, a high-top, an ankle-strap sandal, and a criss-cross-strap slingback. Inscribed beneath the logo on each insole is the promise that “no animals were hurt making this shoe.” P.S.: Although the shoes, which range from $85 to $115, are geared toward women, the Canadian company says that a men’s line is on its way.

+ Shoes

+ Matt & Nat

 

H&M Enlists M.I.A. to Collect 1,000 Tons of Used Clothing

M.I.A., World Recycle Week, H&M, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, clothing take-back, take-back programs, clothing recycling, clothes recycling, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, eco-celebs, eco-friendly celebrities, sustainable celebrities, green celebrities

One of the best things to come out of H&M’s sustainability push is its garment take-back program. Despite spanning all 3,900 of its stores in 61 markets worldwide, however, the clothing-recycling scheme remains largely unfamiliar to an embarrassingly wide swath of consumers. It almost beggars belief just how many millions of pounds of textiles we cavalierly throw in the trash, though we can chalk most of this up to simple ignorance. Still, if Iggy Pop couldn’t convince you to drop off rather than dispose of your no-longer-desirable duds, perhaps M.I.A. can. The British recording artist has signed on to be the public face of World Recycle Week, an initiative by the Swedish retailer to collect 1,000 tons of castoff garments from its globe-spanning clientele.

Read More >

Watch "Designing Change," A Short Film About Suzy Amis Cameron's Red Carpet Green Dress Campaign

by , 03/16/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

Ecouterre presents an exclusive look at Designing Change, a short film that charts the evolution of Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress ethical-fashion initiative from its inception during Avatar’s awards-circuit victory lap in 2010 to its latest iteration at last month’s Oscars, where Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and supermodel-entrepreneur Lily Cole served as ambassadors. Directed by Brandon Hickman, and produced by Amis Cameron, Hickman, and Samata Pattinson, the video highlights the vast amount of behind-the-scenes elbow grease it takes to give sustainable style a red-carpet-ready sheen.

Read More >

Tripty Project Makes Zero-Waste Bags, Clothing Out of Discarded Pineapples

Tripty Project, Bangladesh, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, eco-friendly backpacks, sustainable backpacks, eco-friendly textiles, sustainable textiles, eco-textiles, eco-fabrics, eco-friendly fabrics, sustainable fabrics, pineapple fiber, zero-waste, natural dyes, eco-friendly dyes, sustainable dyes, Brooke McEver, Luke Swanson, recycled fashion, upcycled fashion, recycled bags, upcycled bags, fair-trade fashion, fair trade, fair-trade bags, fair-trade clothing, fair-trade clothes

Luke Swanson and Brooke McEver were working in Bangladesh at the time of the incredible garment industry tragedy at Rana Plaza. In reaction, they decided to found a company to train locals to create accessories and garments from pineapples. The Tripty Project sources the waste agricultural byproducts from the harvesting of these sweet fruits, to turn it into a woven fabric. Using indigo and natural bark dyes, and unique weave patterns, the Tripty line of clothing and backpacks can send you on your next day hike in style.

Read More >

PETA Gives TOMS "Compassionate Business" Award

by , 03/14/16   filed under: Vegan Fashion

TOMS, TOMS Shoes, PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, animal leather, vegan style, vegan fashion, vegan shoes, animal cruelty

With its prodigal use of leather and suede, TOMS isn’t your typical People for Ethical Treatment of Animals–approved retailer. Yet the shoe—and bag, and sunglass, and coffee—purveyor managed to snag the animal-rights group’s annual Compassionate Business Award, thanks to the former’s ever-expanding selection of cruelty-free merchandise. “PETA is recognizing TOMS for creating beautiful cruelty-free items that demonstrate that a reliance on animal leather is becoming a thing of the past,” Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, said in a statement. “TOMS vegan shoes prove how easy it is to stay on trend while protecting animals and the environment.”

Read More >

Millennials More Likely Than Older Adults to Donate Unwanted Clothes

by , 03/14/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

clothing donations, recycled clothing, upcycled clothing, recycled clothes, upcycled clothes, clothing recycling, clothes recycling, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, University of Missouri, Pamela Norum

Photo by Shutterstock

Millennials may have no idea how to sew on a button, but they’re also less likely than older adults to throw old clothes and other unwanted textiles into the garbage, according to Pamela Norum, a professor and interim department chair of textile and apparel management at the University of Missouri. Norum, who poured over data from a 2012 survey of more than 500 consumers in the United States, observed that younger adults aged between 18 and 34 were more apt to donate their castoffs to secondhand stores such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

Read More >

Alice + Whittles Debut Fair-Trade Rain Boots in Time for April Showers

by , 03/11/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes

 

Les Lunes: Parisian-Inspired Ethical Lingerie, Clothing That Smolders With Sex Appeal

Les Lunes: Parisian-Inspired Ethical Lingerie, Clothing That Smolders With Sex Appeal

As a busy, jet-setting business owner, Les Lunes creator Anna Lecat found it nearly impossible to find complementary fashion for her lifestyle that mirrored both elegance and comfort.…

Read More >

This Sprout-Covered Vest is a Chia Pet You Can Wear

This Sprout-Covered Vest is a Chia Pet You Can Wear

BETTER TOGETHER To create her vest, Esponette laid out cut pieces of muslin on a foam mannequin that she saturated with water. She then planted the chia seeds, which germinated into…

Read More >

Ethical Fashion Institute's Simone Cipriani: "Sustainable" Has to Care About People, Too

Ethical Fashion Institute's Simone Cipriani: "Sustainable" Has to Care About People, Too

“When an industry doesn’t care about how people are treated, no consideration of sustainability is possible. You can’t just care about the environment and forget about the…

Read More >

"Pure Human" Imagines a Future Where You Can Buy Nicole Kidman's Skin

"Pure Human" Imagines a Future Where You Can Buy Nicole Kidman's Skin

NEW SKIN “Major fashion and cosmetic companies have already signed research collaboration agreement with bioengineering institutes,” Gorjanc said. “Those…

Read More >

Greek Volunteers Recycle Inflatable Boats, Life Vests Into Bags for Refugees

Greek Volunteers Recycle Inflatable Boats, Life Vests Into Bags for Refugees

For the thousands of migrants arriving daily by boat to the Greek island of Lesbos, setting foot on land is only the beginning. A nascent design collective known as the Embassy for the…

Read More >

"Outlander's" Sam Heughan Urges Scots to Fill Up "Empty Shop" With Clothing Castoffs

"Outlander's" Sam Heughan Urges Scots to Fill Up "Empty Shop" With Clothing Castoffs

As Jacobite rebel Jamie Fraser on television’s Outlander, Sam Heughan is used to getting his kit off. Now the actor wants his fellow Scots to do the same—that is, with clothing…

Read More >

Gwyneth Paltrow, Juice Beauty Create Organic Skincare Line for Goop

Gwyneth Paltrow, Juice Beauty Create Organic Skincare Line for Goop

FACE GOOP “Our products deliver clinically-proven results that mirror exactly what you would find from the big guys with huge R&D budgets and no ingredient…

Read More >

Meet the Invisible Women Who Stitch Your Shoes

Meet the Invisible Women Who Stitch Your Shoes

Photos by Heather Stilwell The phrase “sweatshop labor” conjures up images of factory settings in faraway lands with row upon row of machines operated by young women, all…

Read More >

31 Bits: Exquisite Recycled Paper Jewelry, Made by Ugandan Artisans

31 Bits: Exquisite Recycled Paper Jewelry, Made by Ugandan Artisans

PAPER CHASERS The artisans behind 31 Bits repurpose paper from posters, advertisements, and even textbook pages, which they tear into long strips, roll into tight beads, and then coat…

Read More >

browse our archives