Bio-Based Lycra: Only Commercial Spandex Derived From Plants

by , 05/29/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

bio-based Lycra, spandex, Lycra, eco-textiles, eco-friendly textiles, sustainable textiles, Fabrictionary, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, eco-fabrics, eco-friendly fabrics, sustainable fabrics, Invista

Photo by Shutterstock

BIO-BASED LYCRA \’bī-(ˌ)ō-’bāst-’līkrô’\

n 1 a: Developed by Invista, a version of Lycra composed of at least 70 percent corn-derived dextrose. b: The only plant-based spandex commercially available for use in apparel fabrics and garments, including jeans, swimwear, lingerie, pantyhose, and leggings. 2 a: Generates fewer greenhouse gases because it replaces petroleum-based materials with a renewable feedstock. b: Part of Invista’s sustainability program, known as “Planet Agenda,” to reduce its environmental footprint by conserving resources, reducing emissions, and eliminating waste at its manufacturing plants. 3: Otherwise indistinguishable from conventionally manufactured Lycra, which means existing finishing processes can remain unchanged. 4: Rolling out in commercial quantities in time for the Fall/Winter 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016 collections.

 

Advertisement

Reformation Debuts Eco-Friendly Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids' Dresses

by , 05/28/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Weddings, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

Advertisement

Bangladesh Garment-Factory Owners Threaten to Sue Inspection Agencies

by , 05/28/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Worker Rights

Bangladesh, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Rana Plaza, workers rights, human rights, sweatshops, sweatshop workers, sweatshop labor, forced labor, Accord on Fire and Building Safety, Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement

Photo by Shutterstock

The owners of Bangladesh’s garment factories are threatening the Accord on Fire and Building Safety with legal action after claiming that closures for safety checks and repair work are costing them money. With some overhauls expected to take months, factory owners say they cannot shoulder the expense of both workers’ salaries and major repairs while their facilities are suspended from production. Forged in the wake of April 2013′s Rana Plaza disaster, and backed by over 170 international brands, retailers, and trade unions, the accord has committed inspecting the South Asian country’s 3,500-plus garment factories for fire, electrical, and structural safety at a rate of roughly 250 per month. Although inspection reports have yet to uncover problems as severe as those behind the Rana Plaza building’s collapse, almost every inspected factory so far has presented issues, including inadequate fire-suppression equipment, locked or absent fire exits, poor electrical wiring, and weak foundations.

Read More >

Greenpeace "Red Cards" Adidas, Nike for Toxic World Cup Merchandise

by , 05/27/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Toxic Pollution

Greenpeace, World Cup, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, Detox, toxic chemicals, toxic pollution, football, Adidas, Puma, Nike, eco-friendly sportswear, sustainable sportswear, eco-friendly sports, sustainable sports, green sports, Brazil

Greenpeace is calling foul on Adidas, Nike, and Puma ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the first study to hone in on football kits, the environmental nonprofit uncovered high levels of hazardous substances in 33 brand-produced items for the Brazil-hosted tournament, including football jerseys, goalkeeper gloves, and the official “Brazuca” ball. The results are just cause for a time-out. Tests by independent laboratories uncovered toxic, potentially cancer-causing chemicals like perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), nonylphenolethoxylates (NPEs), phthalates, and dimethylformamide (DMF) in products from all three sportswear firms.

Read More >

Nail Salons of the Future Will Offer Wearable-Tech Manicures

by , 05/23/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, Wearable Technology

eco-friendly nail art, sustainable nail art, wearable technology, high-tech manicures, eco-friendly manicures, sustainable manicures, Jenny Rodenhouse, Kristina Ortega,  Art Center College of Design, California, wearable sensors, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

No need to strap a smart watch on your wrist to track activity when you can embed all the necessary sensors on your nails. Integrated into you body, wearable tech nail devices could easily be the future of wearable technology. Kristina Ortega and Jenny Rodenhouse, two MFA student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California came up with the concept of attaching sensors and devices to their nails as a way to explore new options in wearable technology. As they see it, nail salons of the future will be capable of outfitting you with customized devices on your nails whether you want to track your activity or health, modify behavior or just trip out dancing with LEDs on your fingers.

Read More >

Kahoko Brings Fair-Trade, Handmade Kenyan Textiles Into the Home

by , 05/23/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fair Trade

Kahoko, Kenya, fair-trade fashion, fair-trade textiles, eco-textiles, sustainable textiles, Africa, fair trade, natural textiles, eco-fabrics, eco-friendly fabrics, sustainable fabrics, eco-friendly knits, sustainable knits, eco-friendly knitwear, sustainable knitwear, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style

Photos by Luke Casey

Eco-textile brand Kahoko offers beautiful woven textiles with a conscience, all of which use renewable natural fibers. The team brings sustainable knitted fabrics from Kenya into the home, designing simple yet decorative interior products from hangings to cushions. Every piece of their items are handmade by some 250 knitters located in the country’s Rift Valley, whose slow craft is an essential part of Kahoko’s ethos of fair trade work and timeless design. Their collection is a seasonless yet constantly evolving range, every element of which is created meticulously by hand. Even the name Kahoko symbolizes sustainability, inspired by the name of a weed indigenous to the region and suggesting that even a weed can have a function.

Read More >

Plastic "Microbeads" From Beauty Products Are Polluting Waterways

by , 05/23/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Friendly Beauty, Toxic Pollution

microplastic pollution, microbeads, eco-friendly beauty, eco-beauty, green beauty, sustainable beauty, 5 Gyres, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, toxic pollution, plastic pollution, water pollution, wildlife conservation, fishes

Your face scrub may be great for your skin, but the plastic beads found in many products are causing serious damage in our nation’s waterways. The tiny plastic pieces are small enough to slip through water treatment plants, and get directly deposited into rivers and lakes. Earlier this month, New York went as far as to begin the process to ban products containing the beads from consumer shelves.

Read More >

Watch "The Next Black," A Documentary About the Future of Fashion

by , 05/22/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Video

The Next Black, Biocouture, Patagonia, Yeh Group, Studio XO, Adidas, eco-fashion films, eco-fashion documentaries, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, AEG

Fire up your monitors for The New Black, a 45-minute documentary about the future of the clothing we wear. Produced by home-appliance manufacturer AEG, the film introduces the viewer to some of the world’s leading fashion innovators, including Rick Ridgeway, vice president of sustainable manufacturing at Patagonia; Nancy Tilbury from wearable-tech firm Studio XO; Suzanne Lee of BioCouture, a line of garments grown using cellulose-producing bacteria; Sophie Mather from Yeh Group, a company that pioneered a way to dye clothes using zero water; and Matt Hymers and Klaus Rolshoven, who head up smart clothing at Adidas.

Read More >

DIY Expandable Dress Protects Your Personal Space in Close Quarters

by , 05/22/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Dresses, Wearable Technology

Personal Space Dress, Urban Armor, Kathleen McDermott, wearable technology, DIY fashion, DIY clothing, DIY tutorials, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, design for safety, DIY dresses, eco-friendly dresses, sustainable dresses

Some people have zero concept of personal space and get far too close for comfort. Which is why Kathleen McDermott crafted the Personal Space Dress that inflates when it detects a person standing in your zone. The dress features proximity sensors, an old umbrella, and an Arduino controller to sense when a person is near and then actuate the umbrella parts to expand. McDermott’s dress won’t be available for purchase any time soon – the dress is part of her work in the Urban Armor series that explores wearable technology and how women experience public space. But if you’re desperate to get your own, there’s a DIY tutorial so you can build one for yourself.

Read More >

JUST: An Online Platform That Traces Your Clothing's Journey

JUST: An Online Platform That Traces Your Clothing's Journey

Ethical production in the fashion industry may be more common than ever before, but for a long time there has been a missing link in the supply chain. New start up JUST, co-founded by…

Read More >

Analog Watch Co.'s Wooden Watches Are Perfectly In Sync With Nature

Analog Watch Co.'s Wooden Watches Are Perfectly In Sync With Nature

Show your love of nature on by wearing it on your sleeve, or in this case since it’s an all-wood watch, on your wrist. Philly-based Analog Watch Co.’s line of mostly…

Read More >

Student Self-Administers Temporary Tattoo...Using 1,000 Bed Bugs

Student Self-Administers Temporary Tattoo...Using 1,000 Bed Bugs

Photo by the Coloradoan Colorado State University Student Matt Camper has a new temporary tattoo- made entirely from bed bug bites! The creepy tat was made with a homemade jar…

Read More >

Levi's CEO: Save the Planet, Stop Washing Your Jeans

Levi's CEO: Save the Planet, Stop Washing Your Jeans

Photo by Stuart Isett for Fortune Brainstorm Green Chip Bergh wants you to stop washing your jeans. Speaking at Fortune Brainstorm Green conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif., on Tuesday,…

Read More >

Hoax Email Claims That Gap Signed Bangladesh Safety Accord

Hoax Email Claims That Gap Signed Bangladesh Safety Accord

Photo by…

Read More >

"Precious Skin" Turns Cow Ears, Snouts Into Zero-Waste Accessories

"Precious Skin" Turns Cow Ears, Snouts Into Zero-Waste Accessories

Precious Skin by Victoria Ledig is a unique collection of handbags made from unusual cow body parts that not only shows how much of each animal is wasted, but also how well-disguised…

Read More >

Livia Firth Says Eco-Fashion is "Just Common Sense"

Livia Firth Says Eco-Fashion is "Just Common Sense"

Photo by Featureflash/Shutterstock “Carlo Petrini [founder of the… …

Read More >

Naja: Sexy, Affordable Lingerie That Empowers Disadvantaged Women

Naja: Sexy, Affordable Lingerie That Empowers Disadvantaged Women

Social enterprise meets delicate lingerie with Naja, an underwear brand who train and employ Colombian women to sew under their non-profit Underwear for Hope. These women then receive a…

Read More >

Solar-Powered Sunglasses Alert You When You've Left Them Behind

Solar-Powered Sunglasses Alert You When You've Left Them Behind

Australian company Tzukuri understands that it sucks to loose an expensive pair of sunglasses. That’s why they’ve embedded a chip and a solar cell in every pair that…

Read More >

browse our archives