Hamilton Perkins Makes Bags Entirely From Recycled Plastic Bottles

 

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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

 

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

by , 06/27/16   filed under: Eco-Celebrities

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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 Taylor “Shake It Off” Swift, as the tabloids would have it, but rather a pair of gray suede boots by Aquatalia. The British thespian has been spotted sporting the footwear on multiple occasions, including his tête-à-tête with Swift in Rhode Island a couple of weeks ago. Don’t believe us? Page Six has helpfully supplied a rundown of Hiddleston’s whirlwind affair with the $425 Italian-made shoes, which are apparently as well-suited to press junkets as they are rocky New England beaches. Perhaps he could form a club with Jaden Smith. The teenage son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith is also a one-shoe kind of dude. And in both their cases, less is definitely more.

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

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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 outdoor-apparel retailer, researchers from the University of California Santa Barbara found that polyester and nylon jackets, including Patagonia’s own, can shed as many as 250,000 synthetic fibers, or about 1.7 grams of plastic, in a single wash. Fewer than 5 millimeters in length, many of these so-called “microfibers” slip past washing-machine and wastewater-treatment filters into rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Depending on removal rates, anywhere between 8 to 35 percent can end up in oceans and beaches, or in the bellies of unsuspecting seabirds, fish, and other marine animals. To stretch a hypothetical, a city of 100,000 people laundering their fleeces in tandem could conceivably release up to 110 kilograms of microfibers into local waterways every day, or the equivalent of about 15,000 plastic bags.

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Mosevic Makes Sunglasses From Recycled Denim Jeans

 

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

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

Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the EcoChic Design Award Clothing, like people, can contain multitudes. Take Esther Lui’s upcycled looks, for instance. Inspired by Hua Mulan, the…

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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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How to be a Conscious Fashion Consumer: Advice From the Experts

How to be a Conscious Fashion Consumer: Advice From the Experts

Photo by Clark Street Mercantile/Unsplash Contrary to what Gwyneth Paltrow might have you think, you don’t need a bank account the size of Gringotts to be a conscious consumer.…

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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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Mods: Modular, Sustainable Footwear That Reduces Landfill Waste

Mods: Modular, Sustainable Footwear That Reduces Landfill Waste

DESIGN FOR DISASSEMBLY “Mods,” his submission, comprises better-for-the-planet fibers such as bamboo, for the toe box and elastic wires and bands; wool, for an insulated,…

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AwaytoMars: A Crowdsourcing Platform That Lets Anyone Play Fashion Designer

AwaytoMars: A Crowdsourcing Platform That Lets Anyone Play Fashion Designer

How did you get your start in the fashion industry? What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? I’ve always had a passion for fashion. My grandmother was a tailor and I used to spend…

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Michigan-Based Floral Designer Turns Succulents Into Living Jewelry

Michigan-Based Floral Designer Turns Succulents Into Living Jewelry

Susan McLeary is no ordinary floral designer. As principal of Passionflower in Anne Arbor, Mich., McLeary creates lush living jewelry from miniature succulents. Meant for short-term,…

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