Closet Cleanse: How to Unclutter Your Wardrobe With Panache

by , 10/03/14   filed under: Book Reviews, Features

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The following is an excerpt from Wear No Evil: How to Change the World With Your Wardrobe (2014, Running Press) by Greta Eagan

Cleaning out your closet is so wonderfully cathartic, and many Feng Shui masters will tell you that creating organized spaces helps to open up the flow of energy and allow for new things to come into your life. William Spear, the author of Feng Shui Made Easy, once said to me, “if your drawers, closets, and shelves are stuffed and overflowing in a disheveled mess, how can you expect the Universe to deliver anything more? There is no space for more!” The goal of this game is to evaluate, store, and purge. (Tip: Choose a day when you have a good amount of free time (at least two or three uninterrupted hours) to dive into this exercise.)

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Feelgoodz Introduces Hand-Loomed Slippers, Fairly Made in Guatemala

by , 10/02/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Shoes, Vegan Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Known for its eco-friendly flip-flops, Feelgoodz is expanding its business into indoor ballet-style slippers. Fairly handwoven and loomed in Guatemala from vegetable-dyed natural fibers, the shoes are the brainchild of chief designer Lizzie Gonzales McTighe, who arrived at the concept while sifting through fabrics at an artisan studio in central Vietnam. Each Lizzieloom, according to Gonzales McTighe, is designed for “comfort, coziness, and consciousness,” whether you’re lounging at home, at the yoga studio, or in your hotel room on vacation. “Woven by hand, each unique piece tells their story,” she says. More important, you’ll “never want to go barefoot again,” she adds.

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Pure Waste Textiles: Why Fabric Waste Will Never Make Sense

by , 10/02/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Features, Interviews, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Helsinki-based Pure Waste Textiles was born out of a desire to halt the huge amount of fabric wasted in the production of fashion accessories. After beginning to use leftover material from manufacturers, the designers became more intent on actively avoiding waste. “Wasting so much valuable material is not just intolerable from ecological point of view,” says Kalle Määttä of the brand, but also from an economical point of view. In an interesting interview with Ecouterre, Määttä discussed the future of Pure Waste Textiles and how this proactive attitude to production is the only option.

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Botanica Workshop Makes Its Organic Cotton, Silk Lingerie in the U.S.A.

by , 10/01/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Underwear

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Launched at the beginning of this month, New York-based Botanica Workshop is a new organic and sustainable underwear brand for women. The line is a beautiful collection of luxurious, feminine, and vintage-inspired designs. Botanica Workshop was inspired by the need for refined, eco-friendly clothing and everyday items. All products are consciously sourced, designed and produced in the United States.

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Reformation Debuts Sustainable Alpaca Knitwear Collection

by , 10/01/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

 

JetBlue Recycles Used Uniforms, Saves 18.5 Tons of Fabric From Landfills

by , 10/01/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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JetBlue is going out with the old, in with the new. The airline, which overhauled its uniforms in June, announced Tuesday that it has donated more than 18.5 tons of used uniforms, clothing, and fabric to organizations such as Planet Aid, a nonprofit that recycles unwanted garments to fund sustainable development in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Loomstate, the label behind America’s “most transparent” T-shirt, helped JetBlue collect an average of eight clothing items per uniformed crew member in over 60 cities.

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Alabama Chanin Starts Natural Dye Facility, Relaunches Indigo Line

by , 09/30/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

New "Smart" Fabrics Can Be Washed, Stretched...Even Shot With Bullets

by , 09/30/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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As wearables become more integrated into our lives they will also get woven into our fabrics. But for electronic textiles to be realistic, they need to be really durable and most importantly washable. Researchers at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have come one step closer to making that a reality with their fabric circuit boards. Copper wire was woven along with yarn to create a highly stretchable fabric that when tested could withstand millions of stretches along with multiple washes and even bullet impacts without losing its electrical properties. This type of advancement could have major implications for not only wearable technology, but also huge life-saving advantages for those in the military and police.

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Gamine's "Honest" Denim Workwear for Women is Made in America

by , 09/29/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Interviews, Organic Denim, Women's Eco-Fashion

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For Taylor Johnston, a quote by Chuck Close sums up the inspiration behind Boston-based women’s workwear Gamine.: “Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.” As horticulturist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Johnston has never been afraid of getting down in the dirt. But when it came to finding jeans that were up for the challenge, she reached a crossroads. “Before I started Gamine, I saw there being two broad categories of women’s workwear: the high-end knockoffs that look like workwear but don’t stand up to the abuse and the industrial workwear options that fit terribly and are made of brown cotton duck.”

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BB.Suit 0.2 is a 3D-Knitted "Onesie" That Purifies the Air Around It

BB.Suit 0.2 is a 3D-Knitted "Onesie" That Purifies the Air Around It

The same three-dimensionally knitted “onesie” that doubles as a wireless hotspot, Global Positioning System tracker, and MP3 library can add another capability to its litany…

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Bombsheller's Customizable Leggings Are Printed on Demand in Seattle

Bombsheller's Customizable Leggings Are Printed on Demand in Seattle

Bombsheller is a Seattle-based clothing company that produces eye-catching, graphic leggings on-demand with designs created by anyone who has an artistic eye or knack for design.…

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Melissa Joy Manning's Handmade Jewelry Fuses Luxury, Sustainability

Melissa Joy Manning's Handmade Jewelry Fuses Luxury, Sustainability

Jewelry should be about self-expression, embellishment, and adornment that lets the individual shine as brightly as the pieces they are wearing . The last thing anyone should worry…

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Seattle Bride Crochets Her Wedding Dress on Her Daily Commute

Seattle Bride Crochets Her Wedding Dress on Her Daily Commute

DIY BRIDE Krnetagot, who said she just “winged” the pattern, learned to crochet as a child from her late grandmother. Crocheting her dress was a “nice way of…

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Yesler Makes High-Quality, Affordable Athletic Wear in the U.S.A.

Yesler Makes High-Quality, Affordable Athletic Wear in the U.S.A.

Athletic wear brand Yesler is encouraging social support with their Made in the USA stance to add jobs in North America back to the supply chain with every 500 units sold. The brand…

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Lumo Lift: A Wearable "Posture Coach" That Vibrates When You Slouch

Lumo Lift: A Wearable "Posture Coach" That Vibrates When You Slouch

Stand up straight! Years of admonishment from our mothers still can’t get us to have stand tall even though we know we should. It’s not that we don’t want good…

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Patagonia Debuts Upcycled "Truth to Materials" Capsule Line

Patagonia Debuts Upcycled "Truth to Materials" Capsule Line

TRUTH TELLING “Truth to Materials is about discovering the origin of a material and staying as true to that as possible during every step of design and manufacturing,” he…

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Nau, Snow Peak Launch Apparel That Marries Tokyo, Portland Design

Nau, Snow Peak Launch Apparel That Marries Tokyo, Portland Design

EXCHANGE PROGRAM Both Portland-based Nau and Japan-founded Snow Peak are driven by a spirit of adventure. Nate Borne, general manager at Snow Peak, describes his average customer as…

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H&M, Primark, Zara Agree to Raise Minimum Wage in Cambodia

H&M, Primark, Zara Agree to Raise Minimum Wage in Cambodia

After thousands of garment workers rallied across Phnom Penh last week to renew demands for higher wages, eight of the world’s leading fashion retailers said they are willing to…

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