U.S. Army Developing 3D-Printed Garments, Gear for Soldiers

by , 08/05/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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While a lot of thought, design and technology goes into creating soldiers’ uniforms, they still might not fit perfectly and could have an impact on mission success. Now that 3D printing has gone mainstream, the Army could soon make completely custom and tailored uniforms for their soldiers. 3D printing would allow designers to integrate critical elements like armor, wicking materials, waterproof elements, as well as bespoke sizes based upon a solider’s dimensions. 3D printing has been a game changer in almost every sector, and before too long it could revolutionize the way military uniforms are made.

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H&M Reclaims Title of World's No. 1 User of Organic Cotton

by , 08/04/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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H&M has reclaimed its position as world’s biggest user of organic cotton, according to Textile Exchange’s annual organic-cotton market report. The Swedish retailer, which held the title in 2010 and 2011 but was outstripped by the Dutch-owned C&A in 2012, is back at No. 1 for 2013. Nearly 11 percent of the cotton H&M used in 2013 was certified organic, up from 7.8 percent in 2012. Other top buyers include C&A in second place, followed by Puma, Nike, and new contenders Decathlon and Tchibo.

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Neil Young Calls for Boycott of Non-Organic Cotton

by , 08/04/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Fashion News

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On his last tour of Europe, Neil Young gave the audience free organic-cotton T-shirts as a token of his appreciation. There was one catch, however. “I’m hoping that when you wear your PROTECT/EARTH T-shirt, you will vow to PROTECT EARTH and to take a stand for EARTH in the ways that you can,” the classic rocker wrote on his website on Friday. Young announced that he is removing all conventional cotton T-shirts, along with other planet-damaging merchandise, from his concerts and online stores. “I vow to speak up and to do what I can to PROTECT EARTH,” he added, urging his fans to follow suit.

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Could This Silk Vest Have Prevented the First World War?

by , 08/04/14   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

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It was the shot that rang around the world. On 28 June 1914, 19-year-old Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired a gun at Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife, Sophie, on a civic visit in Sarajevo at near point-blank range. Their deaths ignited a chain of events that culminated in the Great War, better known today as World War I. Ferdinand was well-aware of simmering political tensions in the Balkans, as well as the risk of an attempt on his life. (His uncle had survived an assassination bid of his own a few years earlier.) Before he died, Ferdinand reportedly owned but neglected to wear an early form body armor, which Polish inventor Casimir Zeglen devised from silk and other textiles But could the rumored vest have stopped the bullet, and possibly saved the world from one of the deadliest conflicts in history?

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The "Snaptrax" Baseball Cap is Wearable Technology for Bros

by , 08/01/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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The ladies are raking it in on wearable technology with bras, rings and bracelets leaving the bros behind without any fun accessories. But fear not men, there is a wearable just for you now – the Snaptrax is a Bluetooth enabled hat that will let you make calls, sends texts and control your smartphone. Most of you boys already wear a baseball cap everyday anyways, so you might as well integrate voice controls and a speaker into the brim.

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Studio Naenna Produces Stunning Handwoven Eco-Textiles in Thailand

by , 08/01/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Textiles, Fair Trade, Features, Interviews

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Located in the rural outskirts of central Chiang Mai, Thailand, Studio Naenna work with local female artisans to make some truly beautiful fabrics. As well as offering a socially responsible exchange of labor, the eco textile brand use all natural materials and dyes to make their fabrics, scarves, and garments. Ecouterre was fortunate enough to visit the studio – which in itself is stunning – and watch the women at work using indigo dyes and weaving on looms. What followed was an interesting interview about the background of the brand and Patricia Cheesman, founder of the studio, with her daughter Lamorna Cheesman. Read on for an in-depth look at the work of these incredible artisans and the philosophy behind the brand.

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"FRDM" Software Helps Businesses Tackle Slavery In Their Supply Chains

by , 07/31/14   filed under: Online Tools, Site Seeing, Worker Rights

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The same organization that measured your “slavery footprint” wants to help businesses eliminate forced and child labor from their supply chains. Made in a Free World, together with the U.S. Department of State, have created a new software product that identifies “hotspots” of risk for a range of industries. Forced Labor Risk Determination & Mitigation, or FRDM for short, also suggests ways to mitigate potential exploitation, including improving policies, strengthening vendor agreements, adopting industry best practices, and working with vetted suppliers.

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Vans Introduces "Prelow" Sneaker Made From Cork

by , 07/31/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Vegan Fashion

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Vans wants you to put a cork in it this summer. The skatewear brand’s “Prelow” sneaker, part of its premium OTW collection, now includes a cork-clad option. Cork hails from the western Mediterranean, where it’s stripped from the trunk of the self-renewing cork-oak tree. Commercial exploitation of the material is environmentally friendly, according to the World Wildlife Fund, not only because no trees are cut down, but also because cork-oak landscapes support one of the world’s highest concentrations of forest biodiversity, including endangered species such as the Iberian Lynx. Combined with black eyelets, a fabric lining, and a squishy vulcanized-foam footbed, this is one shoe that’s all bark and no bite.

+ Prelow Cork $100

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Detroit Company Repurposes Peeling Street Graffiti Into Gritty Jewelry

by , 07/30/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

These Sneakers are 100 Percent Rubbish—And It's All Our Fault

These Sneakers are 100 Percent Rubbish—And It's All Our Fault

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Actress Maisie Williams Wears Dress Made of Recycled Comic Books

Actress Maisie Williams Wears Dress Made of Recycled Comic Books

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What is the fashion industry—and we humans, by extension—doing to the planet? There’s been a lot of talk about “fast fashion” in blogs and in the popular press and its impact…

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Moto X Owners Can Unlock Their Phones With a Digital Tattoo

Moto X Owners Can Unlock Their Phones With a Digital Tattoo

Digital tattoos will soon be de rigueur to improve our calls, WiFi signals and now to unlock our phones. Silicon Valley firm, Vivalnk has partnered with Motorola to offer up temporary…

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TRMTAB Weaves Leather Waste Into Upcycled Laptop, Tablet Sleeves

TRMTAB Weaves Leather Waste Into Upcycled Laptop, Tablet Sleeves

LEAVE NOTHING BEHIND True to TRMTAB’s name, all pieces include an extra-wide tab that makes pulling out your gadget a cinch. TRMTAB’s work with Prachi Leathers, a factory…

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River in China Mysteriously Turns Blood Red Overnight

River in China Mysteriously Turns Blood Red Overnight

Residents of a city in eastern China are baffled after a river turned blood red, seemingly overnight. Locals from Wenzhou, a prefecture in the Zhejiang province, said the river looked…

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Esprit Debuts PETA-Approved Vegan Sneakers for Women

Esprit Debuts PETA-Approved Vegan Sneakers for Women

Esprit’s new collection of women’s sneakers isn’t just vegan-friendly, it’s also endorsed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Available online and at…

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P&G, Whirlpool's "Swash" System Freshens Clothing in Minutes

P&G, Whirlpool's "Swash" System Freshens Clothing in Minutes

MIRACLE MACHINE P&G and Whirlpool say that many of the people they’ve polled are reluctant to launder high-maintenance or embellished items, resorting to “unique”…

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Alchemist Creations Upcycles Soda Cans, Leather Scraps Into Watches

Alchemist Creations Upcycles Soda Cans, Leather Scraps Into Watches

What is once trash becomes treasure. Hong Kong-based manufacturer, Alchemist Creations takes this saying to heart with their collections of sustainable, upcycled products all crafted…

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