"Wearables For Good" Challenges Designers To Help People in Need

by , 06/15/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Wearable technology can help you get more exercise, track your sleep, alert you to new text messages, but frankly those are all first world problems. How about using wearable technology to save lives, stop hunger, protect against disease and send alerts about disasters? That’s what UNICEF is hoping talented designers can do with their new contest – Wearables for Good. Partnering with processor manufacturer, ARM and do-gooder design firm FROG, UNICEF is looking for the best and brightest to design wearable technology that can really make a difference. If you’re a technology designer, here’s your chance to do some good for the world.

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Man Turns Bone From Amputated Leg Into Engagement Ring

by , 06/12/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Eco-Friendly Weddings

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When Mike Perrett proposed to his then-girlfriend, Melita, in 2011, he offered her more than a piece of his heart. He also gave her part of his shinbone. The Guernsey man, who had his right leg amputated after he fell off a mountain in India in 2006—a year after the couple first met—convinced his surgeons to let him keep a section of the bone that was removed. Working with ethical jeweler Ingel & Rhode five years later, Perrett incorporated two pieces of the bone, plus a quarter-carat diamond, into a platinum engagement ring.

So tell us, is the ring's extra-personal touch haute or not?

  • 4 Votes HELL NO! I'd rather my jewelry didn't include someone's DNA.
  • 5 Votes HELL YES! Now she'll always have a part of him with her.

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Honest By Offers First Downloadable Fashion Collection for 3D Printers

by , 06/11/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Wearable Technology

 

H&M Launches "Unicoin," a Charitable Currency in Support of UNICEF

by , 06/11/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Fashion Philanthropy, Kids' Eco-Fashion

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Meet the “Unicoin,” the world’s first currency dedicated to doing good. Launched by the H&M Conscious Foundation on behalf of the United Nations Children’s Fund, the virtual lucre enables children to use art to support their peers in the developing world. Kids earn a single Unicoin whenever they upload a picture illustrating their grown-up aspirations to www.unicoins.org. H&M then matches each Unicoin with educational supplies, including a notebook and pencil, for UNICEF to distribute to child in need. This initiative, according to the Swedish retailer, aims not only to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood development but also provides an opportunity for people to help.

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Birce Özkan's Biomimetic Dress Sheds "Leaves" With Seasons

by , 06/10/15   filed under: Eco-Art, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Wearable Technology

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In the fall, less light and cooler temperatures signals trees its time to shed leaves to prepare for winter. Inspired by the annual defoliation, Birce Özkan designed a brilliant dress that mimics that phenomenon using wearable technology. Fall is sexy little dress outfitted with arduino controls that release leaves of fabric when the dress is exposed to less light. Fall foliage colored fabric bits gracefully fall to the floor when ‘winter’ arrives.

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"Earth Focus: Illicit Ivory" Reveals Devastating Effects of Ivory Trade

by , 06/09/15   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Interviews

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The ivory trade is among the most complex, brutal, and increasing dire problems facing the planet today. In 1980, there were 1.2 million African elephants. Now, there are fewer than 420,000. Illicit Ivory, the latest installment in the long-running Earth Focus television series, frames the issue in the starkest of terms. Unraveling the tangled web that spans from Somalia to China and beyond, the investigative report comes at a time when an elephant is killed by poachers every 20 minutes. Because of the insatiable desire for ivory, African elephants may face extinction in as little as 10 years. Ecouterre caught up with producer Raisa Scriabine to learn about ivory’s ties to militia groups and insurgents, why China drives the bulk of its trade, and what we can do to stop the killing.

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Ix Style's Ethical Sandals Provide Clean Drinking Water in Guatemala

by , 06/09/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Fair Trade, Fashion Philanthropy, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Guatemalan-based Ix Style is an ethical shoe brand with one foot in water rights and another in artisan production. Their proceeds help provide clean drinking water to children who would otherwise have to walk huge distances each day to access uncontaminated water. Founded by Francesca Kennedy – whose family originates from the country – the brand supports the creation of water filtration systems, rain collection units and wells. Shocked by the levels of contamination in Lake Atitlan, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Francesca became inspired by TOMS founder’s story (which she read on route to visit her grandfather). She decided to start working on designs inspired by local Mayan textiles and historical craftsmanship, and designed this collection of simple yet interesting footware. She sources the fabric locally and has built up a connection with the local community, aiming to empower artisans through commerce and production.

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Marks & Spencer Debuts Street Style–Inspired Eco-Clothing Line

by , 06/08/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Project Jacquard: Google, Levi's to Turn Clothing Into Touchscreens

by , 06/08/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Textiles, Wearable Technology

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Jacquard is a “smart fabric” developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group that could conceivably turn your sleeve into a touch screen. The team of digital and textile experts developing this conductive woven yarn want it to look and feel like any traditional garment. But this seemingly normal fashion will interact with digital devices. This is not meant as a tiny initiative either. Their vision is about scale, and allowing interactive fabric to be manufactured with existing processes. To make it all real, Google is partnering with designers, textile mills, and iconic brands like Levi’s.

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G-Star Raw Commits to Sourcing Deforestation-Free Fabrics

G-Star Raw Commits to Sourcing Deforestation-Free Fabrics

G-Star Raw is making like a tree and leaving—deforestation-promoting fabrics, that is. The Dutch denim brand, which previously collaborated with “Happy” hitmaker Pharrell…

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Paula Ortega Uses Milk Proteins to Make Biodegradable Jewelry

Paula Ortega Uses Milk Proteins to Make Biodegradable Jewelry

Innovative jewelry designer Paula Ortega’s new line is as fleeting as beauty itself. Made from an impossible-sounding mix of metals and milk proteins, the “wearable sculptures”…

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Yeast-Engineered Silk Could Result in "Stronger Than Steel" Clothes

Yeast-Engineered Silk Could Result in "Stronger Than Steel" Clothes

A Bay Area startup is giving spiders and silkworms a run…

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Electroloom Builds the World's First Desktop 3D-Printer for Clothes

Electroloom Builds the World's First Desktop 3D-Printer for Clothes

Photos by Daniel Morris The idea behind the Electroloom is to make it even easier for anyone to become a designer, which would in turn mean less waste in clothes production and items…

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Activists Target Ralph Lauren for Allegedly Promoting Deforestation

Activists Target Ralph Lauren for Allegedly Promoting Deforestation

Protestors hijacked one of fashion’s biggest events on Monday to call out Ralph Lauren for allegedly contributing to deforestation, human-rights abuses, and climate pollution.…

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Rana Plaza Factory Owners Charged With Murder

Rana Plaza Factory Owners Charged With Murder

Photos by Andrew Biraj for Reuters Bangladesh authorities have filed formal murder charges against 41 people implicated in one of the worst disasters in the history of the garment…

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LAST CHANCE: Win Shadowplay NYC's "Galaxy" Tee, Inspired by Space

LAST CHANCE: Win Shadowplay NYC's "Galaxy" Tee, Inspired by Space

We’ll announce the winner in our newsletter on…

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Faircloth & Supply's Summer 2015 Line Offers Breezy Minimalism

Faircloth & Supply's Summer 2015 Line Offers Breezy Minimalism

FASHIONING HOPE Dahl has worked with General Welfare Pratisthan—or GWP, for short—since she founded Faircloth & Supply in 2013. The social-welfare nonprofit works at a…

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Eileen Fisher on Sustainability: "We're All in This Together"

Eileen Fisher on Sustainability: "We're All in This Together"

“I have always thought of the company as being about more than the clothes. Creating meaningful impact in the world is at the heart of it. Business has the power to make a…

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