Millennials Have No Idea How to Care for Their Clothes, Says Study

by , 10/15/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Tumblr. Snapchat. Instagram. Emojis. Millennials are nothing if not quick studies. Still, there’s at least one thing Generation Y has been slow to embrace: caring for their clothing. As increasing numbers of schools across the Untied States abandon home-economics programs because of spending cuts or shifting priorities, many students are entering adulthood with a “significant gap” in their knowledge of garment care and repair, according to Pamela Norum, a textiles and apparel professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Norum, who surveyed more than 500 American baby boomers and millennials about their clothing consumption, found an overall diminishment in the ability to sew, hem, repair, and launder across generations.

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Fire-Resistant "Thunderwear" Protects Steelworkers' Privates

by , 10/15/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Steel workers and fire fighters are literally put in the hot seat for their jobs and need protective gear to keep them safe from burning. While their outer layers provide adequate protection, their undergarments, usually made of cotton, leave them vulnerable to burns from high heat or if a spark finds its way in. Urged on by Sweden’s Steel Producers’ Association, with the help of the European Space Agency, Swedish underwear maker, Björn Borg developed a line of fire-resistant undies for both men and women. Dubbed Thunderwear, the functional under garments are made from Nomex, which has been used in spacesuits, is flame-proof, and does not retain heat like most textiles.

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This 3D-Printed Headpiece Changes Color to Reflect Your Mood

by , 10/14/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

Sensoree, Neurotiq, wearable technology, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, EEG, electroencephalography, brains, brainwaves, 3D printers, 3D printing, 3D-printed fashion, 3D-printed accessories, New York Design Week, Emotiv

Sometimes body language just isn’t enough to express your feelings and Sensoree’s latest foray into the world of brain scanning and 3D printing lets you show your mood through an illuminating cap. The Neurotiq brain cap uses brain scans from an EEG sensor to light up LED lights inside a 3D printed mesh. Different colors express varying brain states – from red when you’re sleepy to light blue when you’re relaxed and purple with you’re excited. The Neurotiq cap also made quite the splash at this year’s New York Design Week where viewers were wowed by the colorful light show.

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Your "Human" Hair Extensions May Actually Contain Goat

by , 10/14/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Friendly Beauty, The Big Idea

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Hair extensions are a big business in China, but a recent investigation by BBC News has revealed that what women think is pure human hair may be a laced with goat. Starting out in small villages in the Hunan province, human hair is collected and meshed with animal hair, then sent to larger cities where it is all treated with chemicals to fuse it together. The supply chain ends in the wig and extension shops, where shop owners continue the dilution of human hair by adding in goat hair in order to ensure the highest profit, leaving women wondering what they actually have on their heads.

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U.S. Navy Could Soon Use Sound Waves to "Weld" Its Uniforms

by , 10/14/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Wearable Technology

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The U.S. Navy could soon be welding more than ships. The Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility, together with Rhode Island-based firm Propel, is testing a new method of garment assembly that doesn’t require stitches. Welded seams, created when two pieces of fabric are fused together by sound waves, could even help return manufacturing jobs to American soil. Another plus? A single welded seam could save time and money by replacing several stitch types, not to mention the phalanx of sewing machines each one requires.

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Hana Mitsui Uses Japanese Weaving to Recreate Fabric From Waste

by , 10/13/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Lose Your Head Over This Recycled "Queen of Hearts" Costume

by , 10/13/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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If there’s one Halloween costume worth losing your head over, it’s this recycled Queen of Hearts getup by Keep Mesquite Beautiful. Constructed by the Texas-based initiative’s fashion committee to fete its annual recycled-fashion show, the Tim Burton-inspired gown comprises a dumpster’s worth of castoffs, including a soda-can crown, landscape-netting sleeves, a trash-bag bodice, and a billboard skirt and train. Dry-cleaning bags, crumpled and splashed with red paint, made do for a wig. Even computer components and drink cartons gained a second lease on life as embellishments.

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U.S. Offers $1 Million Prize for Better Anti-Ebola Contamination Suit

by , 10/10/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Wearable Technology

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The U.S. government wants to provide health workers with better tools in their fight against ebola, and it’s crowdsourcing the Internet for help. The U.S. Agency for International Development is partnering with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Defense to challenge innovators to construct a better contamination suit, one that protects against tropical heat and humidity as well as it does the virus.

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Robotic Fabric Turns Any Surface—Even Clothing—Into an Automaton

by , 10/10/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

Purdue University, Rebecca Kramer, robotic textiles, electronic textiles, wearable electronics, flexible electronics, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, robots, wearable technology

Electronic fabrics are one thing, but robotic fabrics are a whole new field in wearable technology. New developments at Purdue University have led to a robotic fabric, an electronic skin if you will, that can bend, twist and contract that could soon lead to a whole array of applications. These robotic fabrics could be used as a skin over objects to set them in motion, or could be used to create active clothing that could aid in sports, spacesuits, military uniforms and much more.

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$3M Robotic "Trousers" Could Give You Superhuman Strength

$3M Robotic "Trousers" Could Give You Superhuman Strength

Exoskeleton suits currently under development promise mobility for parapalegics, but are bulky, heavy, and overkill for those who just need a little extra help. Harvard has developed a…

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Rahul Mishra Marries Buddhist Philosophy, Slow Fashion

Rahul Mishra Marries Buddhist Philosophy, Slow Fashion

Having won this year’s International Woolmark Prize and launched a new line at Harvey Nichols earlier this month, designer Rahul Mishra is a force to be reckoned with. His mission…

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Could This Jacket Keep You From Catching a Cold?

Could This Jacket Keep You From Catching a Cold?

Whether you are a germaphobe or not, taking crowded public transit can expose commuters to a bevy of germs each day. The new Germinator Transit Jacket by Betabrand is a wearable germ…

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Fall Into Winter With Ecoalf's 100 Percent Upcycled Coats, Jackets

Fall Into Winter With Ecoalf's 100 Percent Upcycled Coats, Jackets

THE NEW NEW For Fall/Winter 2014, Ecoalf didn’t hold back. The firm has produced a line of 100 percent recycled coats and jackets for city slickers to navigate both uptown and…

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Pants to Poverty "Goes Fallow," Will Relaunch in 2015

Pants to Poverty "Goes Fallow," Will Relaunch in 2015

Pants to Poverty is doing some soul-searching. The London-based ethical underwear label say it’s moving to India, where it’ll embark upon a “fallow period” ahead…

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Esprit Fetes Third Recycled Clothing Collection

Esprit Fetes Third Recycled Clothing Collection

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM Esprit expects the pieces to become wardrobe mainstays. Denim items, which include a jumpsuit, a dress, a jacket and coat, a fitted shirt, skinny pants, and…

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Scottish Designer Launches World's First Hemp Sunglasses

Scottish Designer Launches World's First Hemp Sunglasses

HURRAY FOR HEMP But the plant’s value cannot be overstated. “Hemp can be grown and harvested every year, whereas a tree will generally take 15 to 20 years to grow until they…

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Iris Van Herpen's 3D-Printed "Ice" Dress is a "Frozen" Fan's Dream

Iris Van Herpen's 3D-Printed "Ice" Dress is a "Frozen" Fan's Dream

Iris van Herpen could teach Queen Elsa of Arendelle a thing or two about ice. The Dutch designer, who debuted her Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, used…

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Flint and Tinder's American-Made Jeans Are Changing the Denim Game

Flint and Tinder's American-Made Jeans Are Changing the Denim Game

Flint and Tinder are hoping to change the way clothes are manufactured, with affordable made to order jeans manufactured in the U.S.A.. By custom-making their classic jeans the company…

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