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The "X & C" is a Portable, Affordable Clothes Dryer for Wet Climates

by , 03/19/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories

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Throughout China, many people rely on hanging clean clothes outside to dry as a simple, cost-efficient way to do laundry. In areas of Southern China where the climate is often damp, there is the domestic challenge of keeping clothes free of moisture. The X&C Quick Assembly Dry Machine, a simple clothes drying rack that incorporates a heated dryer designed by Chinese companies, Beijing Trueheart Culture Development Co. and Ningbo Wanai Electric Appliance Co. provides an innovative solution to the problem while still being economical for many low and medium income families in China.

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"Spacetex" Project Experiments With Clothing Physiology in Space

by , 03/19/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles, Wearable Technology

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Alexander Gerst is about to have a very busy six months. When the German astronaut docks at the International Space Station later this month, he’ll be responsible for nearly 40 experiments, including “Spacetex”, the first clothing-physiology trials to be conducted in a weightless environment. Research partners from the Hohenstein Institute, Charité, the German Aerospace Center, and Switzerland’s Schoeller Textil AG say they hope to gather data, not only to optimize astronauts’ clothing for future space voyages and long-term missions, but also to aid in the development of new textile products for extreme climatic and physiological conditions on Earth.

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Knee Pad Uses Heat Generated From Exercise to Sooth Post-Workout Aches

by , 03/18/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Ming Chuan University has come up with a self-sustaining knee pad for exercise, that converts your hard work into soothing heat post-work out. A winner of the Red Dot Award, the Energy Storage Heating Knee Pad stores kinetic energy creating during your work out using an electro-thermal yarn. The healing knee pad can be switched into two modes- energy storage and heat release, letting you earn your own relief every time you’re active.

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Vivienne Westwood Hops Into Shower for Pro-Vegetarian PETA Video

by , 03/18/14   filed under: Vivienne Westwood

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Meat isn’t just murder, according to Dame Vivienne Westwood, it’s also depleting the world’s water supplies. Appearing in a new video for People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals, the legendary designer reveals the role the livestock trade plays in diverting the wet stuff from lakes, rivers, and aquifers, not just to slake the animals’ thirst, but also to grow the crops used to fatten them. It takes 16 pounds of grain—plus all the water and land that goes with it—to produce a single pound of meat, says Westwood in the spot, which is screening in advance of World Water Day on March 22. “By avoiding meat, you do more for the environment than recycling or driving a hybrid car combined,” she adds.

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Ergonomic "Easy Button" Helps Elderly, Disabled Button Own Shirts

by , 03/18/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories

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Easy Button is an ergonomic button that helps speed up the process of dressing oneself for those who have insensitivity and numbness in their hands. It takes longer for elderly citizens to button up their shirt, because they struggle with small buttons and buttonholes. Three Taiwanese designers, Han Jisook, Tang Wei-Hsiang, and Tsai Po-An created the ergonomic Easy Button to address difficulty in dressing and were recently awarded a 2013 Reddot Design Award.

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RESMO: A Portable Flat-Pack Shelter for Involuntary Airport Campers

by , 03/17/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories

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At first glance the RESMO design looks like a quirky modern chair. But if you have ever experienced a long delay at the airport, you will understand the beauty of this wearable shelter. This portable piece of furniture is by designer Ko Chien-Hui, and the winner of the Red Dot Design awards. The shelter is specifically designed for passengers waiting at an airport to make their stay a little more pleasant. So instead of having to curl up on a hard seat under the bright airport lights, RESMO’s users can fold out the shelter and enjoy their delay in contemporary style.

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StyleLend is the Airbnb of Women's Closets

by , 03/17/14   filed under: Site Seeing

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Just call StyleLend the “Airbnb of dresses.” Founded by model-turned-entrepreneur Lona Alia Duncan, the peer-to-peer marketplace enables women to access the “infinite dream closet” while monetizing the contents of their existing one. Duncan, who was born in Albania but now calls San Francisco home, arrived at the concept of StyleLend while traveling in Paris, where she wished she could trade her massive suitcase of clothing for the ease of borrowing from a chic Parisian. As someone with a brimming social calendar, Duncan often found herself in front of a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear, a problem exacerbated by her reluctance to be photographed in the same garment twice. “Having something different every time to wear makes me feel confident, beautiful, and powerful,” she writes on her website. “But wearing something new every time can get really expensive since I love designer brands and they can be $300-plus per dress.”

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Kolon Sport's Survival "Life Tech" Jacket Includes Wearable Wind Turbine

by , 03/17/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Wearable Technology

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Headed out on an extreme adventure, you’ll want to be outfitted with latest and greatest in jackets to protect you from the elements. The Life Tech Jacket designed by Seymourowell for Kolon Sports is the Swiss Army Knife of jackets and comes equipped with a slew of wearable technologies aimed at saving your life. Protection starts with the wind and waterproof outer Gore Pro Shell, a thermal inner layer with a body heating system, and a stretch fabric base layer that stores the electronic and battery. The jacket also comes with a personal wind turbine that can be used to power up the jacket’s heating system and other auxiliary systems like GPS.

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"Divergent" Actress Shailene Woodley "Exclusively" Buys Used Clothes

by , 03/14/14   filed under: Eco-Celebrities

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“Kitson? Yeah, that’ll never happen. I exclusively buy used clothes. I’m going to be a citizen of this planet, and I’m going to do my responsibility and live in stride with nature instead of constantly fighting against her… When I go on a red carpet, [however], I’m Shailene, but I’m also Shailene representing a movie. I’m there for my boss, for my employer, so part of that comes with wearing the uniform.”"

Divergent actress Shailene Woodley, speaking about the Beverly Hills boutique—and well-known celebrity-spotting locale—in the March 14, 2013 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

 

LED-Embellished "Supaheroe" Jacket Helps Cyclists Stay Visible at Night

LED-Embellished "Supaheroe" Jacket Helps Cyclists Stay Visible at Night

Innovative wearables firm, Utope has recently developed a waterproof jacket with integrated electronics and lighting to make you more visible at night. The Sporty Supaheroe Jacket…

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Lady Gaga Wears "Upcycled" Coffee-Filter Dress to Jimmy Kimmel Live

Lady Gaga Wears "Upcycled" Coffee-Filter Dress to Jimmy Kimmel Live

For a woman who has worn everything from a flying dress to slabs of meat, coffee filters must seem positively quotidian. Yet there Lady Gaga was at Jimmy Kimmel Live at SXSW in Austin,…

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Is Procter & Gamble Bringing Rainforest Destruction Into Your Bathroom?

Is Procter & Gamble Bringing Rainforest Destruction Into Your Bathroom?

You and your family may count on Head and Shoulders shampoo to get your scalps flake-free, but a new study by Greenpeace has shown that the dandruff shampoo is linked to massive…

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Francis Bitonti's "Bristle" Dress is Couture You Can 3D-Print at Home

Francis Bitonti's "Bristle" Dress is Couture You Can 3D-Print at Home

Francis Bitonti didn’t just envision a future where everyone can print their own clothes, he created it. Together with students from his “New Skins: Computational Design for…

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Nike Unveils Waste-Reducing "Magista" Knitted Football Boot

Nike Unveils Waste-Reducing "Magista" Knitted Football Boot

GAME ON The shoe also marks the first time Nike engineered its virtually seamless “Flyknit” technology for football. Four years in the making, the Magista takes into account…

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Recreus's 3D-Printed Sneaker is Flexible Enough to Fold Up Into a Pocket

Recreus's 3D-Printed Sneaker is Flexible Enough to Fold Up Into a Pocket

Three-dimensional printing has come a long way. Compared with its rigid, unpliable forebears, the Sneakerbot II by Recreus is flexible—so flexible, in fact, that you can crumple it…

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Renaissance Women Removed Body Hair With Lotions of Arsenic, Cat Dung

Renaissance Women Removed Body Hair With Lotions of Arsenic, Cat Dung

Photo by Shutterstock Ever think of putting cat poop, arsenic or vinegar on your skin to get rid of pesky body hair? Women in the Renaissance didn’t have our modern waxes, razors and…

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A.P.C., Jessica Ogden Upcycle Fabric Remnants Into Quilts, Cat Cushions

A.P.C., Jessica Ogden Upcycle Fabric Remnants Into Quilts, Cat Cushions

GRANNY CHIC “No fabrics are developed for this, which proves difficult because if you only have one meter of the surplus material, you can only use just a bit of it on an…

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LUSH to Remove Mica From Products Over Child-Labor Concerns

LUSH to Remove Mica From Products Over Child-Labor Concerns

All that glitters is not gold. Such is the case with mica, a shimmery mineral that gives bronzers, eye shadows, lipsticks, foundations, and nail polishes their lit-from-within luster.…

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