Kairos "T-Band" Turns Even the Dumbest Watch Into a Smartwatch

by , 01/16/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

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For those of us who already wear a regular watch, Kairos T-Band can turn that favorite accessory into a smart watch. The smart band can do everything the new smart watches can do including activity tracking, phone notifications, music, navigation and more. This way you can keep your watch, express your personality, and get all the high tech features you want to keep you connected.

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Phoebe Dahl: Sex Traffickers "Tend Not to Target" Girls in Uniforms

by , 01/16/15   filed under: Kids' Eco-Fashion, Quotes

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“On my first trip to Nepal, I visited the schools and girls groups supported by GWP, General Welfare Pratisthan, which is a nonprofit working for social welfare in Nepal. …

“Young girls, no older than five years old, were sitting beside their mothers and were elbows deep in fieldwork—and obviously not in school like their male counterparts. Unfortunately, the girls not in school are also the ones being taken by traffickers.

Sex trafficking is one of the bigger issues that girls face in Nepal. I asked if girls in uniform were ever approached by traffickers, and they explained how the uniform protects them from traffickers—traffickers tend not to target girls in uniforms as they know that these girls possess a strong will and confidence, largely due to their education.”

Phoebe Dahl, granddaughter of legendary British author Roald Dahl, explaining why her fashion label, Faircloth & Supply, donates a school uniform and school supplies with every purchase.

 

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Could Super-Insulated Clothes Eliminate Need for Indoor Heat?

by , 01/15/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Wearable Technology

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The cold winter months are upon us in the northern hemisphere and with it comes escalating energy bills as we struggle to keep snug. But imagine if ourclothes could radiate heat and help us stay warm. A team of researchers have been working towards this very concept by investigating how clothes coated in a chemical solution (silver nanowire or AgNW) could keep us insulated. This would mean that instead of having to heat our homes, where most of our energy consumption goes, we could all be comfortably heated by the clothes we wear.

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Actor Colin Firth Wears Bespoke Eco-Suit to "Kingsman" Premiere

by , 01/15/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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As the husband of the reigning “queen of sustainable fashion,” Colin Firth has a lot to live up to, British national treasure or not. At the world premiere of Kingsman: The Secret Service in London on Wednesday, the Oscar-winning actor didn’t disappoint. Stomping for the missus’s Green Carpet Challenge, Firth wore a bespoke suit by Martin Nicholls London, the same Savile Row tailor that produced all the suiting for the action-spy film. Firth’s attire—a “very British affair,” according to a press release—was very apt. Clothing, specifically the “classic British gentleman’s wardrobe,” plays a key role in the movie, which has already spun off a ready-to-wear collection online at Mr. Porter.

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Repurpose's Solar-Powered Schoolbags Do More Than Carry Stuff

by , 01/14/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Bags, Kids' Eco-Fashion, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Solar Fashion

 

"Dolfi" is a Palm-Sized Washing Machine That Cleans With Ultrasound

by , 01/14/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Meet “Dolfi”, a next-generation ultrasonic “washing machine” that fits in the palm of your hand. Designed by Switzerland’s MPI Ultrasonics, the smartphone-sized gadget conveniently fits in any bathroom, suitcase, or purse. No need to splash out for your hotel’s laundry service, rack up dry-cleaning bills, or labor over a sink: The Dolfi promises to clean even delicate fabrics, such as silk or cashmere, with minimal water, energy, and fuss. Harnessing the “power of ultrasound” is easy. Simply place your garments in some water, add a squeeze of detergent, plop in the device, and turn it on. In 30 to 40 minutes, your clothes will be fresh and clean, ready for rinsing and hanging up to dry.

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NuDown's Inflatable Jackets Let You Create Your Ideal Temperature

by , 01/13/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Men's Eco-Fashion, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Uniqlo Under Fire for Promoting Sweatshop Conditions in China

by , 01/13/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Uniqlo has come under fire after labor activists claimed to have uncovered sweatshop-like conditions at its Chinese factories. In a damning report released on Sunday, Hong Kong’s Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour called out the Japanese clothing chain for using suppliers that routinely endanger workers’ lives. The nonprofit, which conducted investigations between July and November 2014, fingered, in particular, Pacific Textiles in Guangzhou City and Luen Thai Garment Co. in Dongguan. Not only did the companies force workers to clock up to 134 hours of overtime on top of their 12-hour shifts, investigators said, but they also failed to provide protective gear against dyes and other chemicals. Equally disgraceful: the lack of adequate ventilation, even during summer, when factory-floor temperatures rose as much as 42 degrees Celsius (107 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Surfer Kelly Slater Launches Outerknown, a Sustainable Fashion Line

by , 01/12/15   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Men's Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Professional surfer Kelly Slater wasn’t kidding when he said he was splitting from longtime sponsor Quiksilver after 23 years. The world champion is preparing to launch his own ready-to-wear line for men and women. Poised for release sometime this fall, Outerknown, as the label is called, has already struck a partnership with Kering, the luxury-goods conglomerate behind brands like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Gucci, Puma, Saint Laurent, and Stella McCartney. With GQ Best New Menswear Designer John Moore as creative director, and an advisory board that includes former Barneys New York fashion director Julie Gilhart, Outerknown will endeavor to bridge the gap between sports and luxury, while building “better, more sustainable products.”

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Vigour: A Rehabilitative "Smart" Cardigan for Geriatric Patients

Vigour: A Rehabilitative "Smart" Cardigan for Geriatric Patients

INVISIBLE TECH The Vigour’s unassuming appearance is key to making it palatable to a wider audience, since its familiar look and feel comforts rather than intimidates. (Thanks to…

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Livia Firth Wears Eco-Friendly Erdem to 2015 Golden Globes

Livia Firth Wears Eco-Friendly Erdem to 2015 Golden Globes

Livia Firth kicked off “green carpet” season at the Golden Globes on Sunday when she accompanied her husband, Colin, in an sustainable silk gown. Designed by Canadian label…

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Fittersift's Dress Shirt Turns Body Heat Into Therapeutic Infrared Energy

Fittersift's Dress Shirt Turns Body Heat Into Therapeutic Infrared Energy

Fittersift wants to optimize your body’s inefficiencies. The nascent firm has developed a men’s dress shirt that uses “responsive textile technology” to turn waste body heat…

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Injured Koalas Need Your DIY Mittens to Treat Their Burned Paws

Injured Koalas Need Your DIY Mittens to Treat Their Burned Paws

Know your way around a sewing needle? The koalas of South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales need your help. After recent bushfires ravaged acres of the marsupials’…

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PETA is Sending the Duchess of Cambridge an Eco-Chic Birthday Gift

PETA is Sending the Duchess of Cambridge an Eco-Chic Birthday Gift

Photo by Shaun Jeffers/Shutterstock People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is giving Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (née Kate Middleton) a birthday present, with an ethical…

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Misfit, Swarovski Unveil World's First Solar-Powered Activity Tracker

Misfit, Swarovski Unveil World's First Solar-Powered Activity Tracker

SHINY For extra glamour, the Swarovski Shine collection includes nine interchangeable accessories, including the “Slake” bracelet and the “Vio” pendant, designed…

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All These Couture Looks Were Made From Recycled Textiles

All These Couture Looks Were Made From Recycled Textiles

ECO-LUXE Supermodel and competition ambassador Bonnie Chen cuts a fine figure in the photoshoot, which features garments constructed from repurposed textiles such as discarded clothing,…

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Lepow's Convertible "HiSmart" Bag Will Take Your Calls for You

Lepow's Convertible "HiSmart" Bag Will Take Your Calls for You

Move over, smartwatches. 2015 just might be the year of the smartbag. Firing the year’s opening salvo? Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company Lepow, which unveiled its “HiSmart…

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Whip Up Actress Cate Blanchett's DIY Grapefruit–Sea Salt Body Scrub

Whip Up Actress Cate Blanchett's DIY Grapefruit–Sea Salt Body Scrub

Photo by Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock We don’t know what to envy more: Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-winning acting chops or her alabaster complexion. Although the actress swears by…

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