Ma'mitons Makes Bags, Shoes Using Leaves From Cameroon's Forests

by , 08/15/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags, Eco-Textiles, Fair Trade

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Already a favorite among many celebrities, Ma’mitons bags and sandals are eco-friendly and ethically made by artisans in Cameroon. Founded by Priscilla Njankou, Ma’mitons works with local artisans to create wearables from raffia leaves from tropical forests, and the proceeds from every bag sold help to feed a family for a month. Njankou, an American citizen with Cameroonian roots, launched the brand with the aim of connecting her culture to the rest of the world through fashion, crafting these natural yet stylish accessories using eco textiles.

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Quiksilver Debuts Board Shorts Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

by , 08/14/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Underwear, Eco-Textiles, Men's Eco-Fashion

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Quiksilver has launched a line of board shorts derived from post-consumer plastic bottles. Made from Repreve, a recycled-polyester yarn by textile manufacturer Unifi, each “AG47″ short saves roughly 11 bottles from the landfill. Other features include laser-cut, heat-welded panels; stitch-free seams to prevent chafing; a heat-welded back pocket with waterproof zipper and zipper tape; reflective branding; and a cinch-lock drawcord closure with rubberized eyelets. We’re iffy on the water-resistant Scotchgard protection, however; Quiksilver and Unifi would do well to borrow a page from the likes of N2R and opt for a chemical-free solution.

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Self-Cleaning Cashmere Uses Sunlight to Save Money, Environment

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

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If you’ve ever wished your stained-up clothes could clean themselves, researchers at the Hong Kong City University may just have granted that wish. The team has invented a coated cashmere textile that self-cleans when exposed to light for 24 hours. If perfected the super sweater could mean longer lasting fabrics that avoid the wear and tear that ages clothing through washing machines and dry cleaning.

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"Myth" is the World's First 3D-Printed Ready-to-Wear Shoe Collection

by , 08/13/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Upcycled Gear for the Dog on the Go

by , 08/13/14   filed under: Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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We can’t decide what’s more impressive: the ingenuity of the designers behind this MacGyvered “doggie pack,” or the fact that they came up with a prototype in less than 24 hours. Kathryn Klebenow, Ricardo Rico, Elaine Boone, and Marek Moffett, students at Auburn University’s department of industrial design, snagged first place in the “Designing Green” competition in February. Since the waste-reducers at TerraCycle co-sponsored the event, participants were charged with creating a product from an assortment of recycled materials: tents, scrap leather, and cork.

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Re:newcell is a Fabric Derived From Recycled Cellulosic, Cotton Fibers

by , 08/12/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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RE:NEWCELL \ri-ˈnü-ˈsel\

n. 1 a: A breakthrough method of “regenerating” high-quality textiles from used cotton and cellulosic fibers (such as viscose and lyocell). b: Involves shredding old clothing, then dissolving it into a pulp that can be spun into new viscose threads. 2: Developed by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in partnership with Swedish companies like SKS Textile, Borås, and Wargön Innovation, all of which helped create the world’s first Re:newcell dress seen above. 3: Will be scaled up for commercial production at the first Re:newcell fabric-recycling fabric, capable of processing 2,000 tons of textiles per year, when it opens in the next year and a half.

 

It's Official: New York State Enacts Law to Combat Illegal Ivory Trade

by , 08/12/14   filed under: Animal Cruelty, Eco-Fashion News

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New York State is commemorating World Elephant Day by enacting a law that toughens criminal and civil sanctions for parties involved in the illegal ivory trade. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation on Tuesday legislation that bans the sale of elephant and mammoth ivory, as well as rhinoceros horn, with limited exceptions. “Today, New York State is taking a stand against a dangerous and cruel industry that is endangering animals across the world,” Cuomo says in a statement. “Restricting the market for ivory articles will help bring an end to the slaughtering of elephants and rhinoceroses and sends a clear message that we will not allow the illegal ivory trade to continue in New York. I urge other states and nations to join us in working to protect these endangered species for generations to come.”

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Green Embassy: Artisanal Eco-Fashion, 100 Percent Made in Australia

by , 08/11/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Textiles

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Organic label Green Embassy bring together ecological and ethical issues through fashion, insuring that the cloth is responsibly produced, using only organic Alpaca fibre and Merino Wool. Founded by Zuhal Kuvan-Mills the Australia-based brand takes inspiration from natural forms to create the simple, stylish and minimalist designs. This enables the collections to remain timeless and appealing to a wider a range of people.

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Faraday-Cage Dress Lets You Get "Fashionably" Zapped by Lightning

by , 08/11/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Dresses, Wearable Technology

 

Naomi Kizhner's Invasive Jewelry Turns Body Movement Into Electricity

Naomi Kizhner's Invasive Jewelry Turns Body Movement Into Electricity

OUR BODIES, OURSELVES Kizhner’s jewelry isn’t for wimps. The “Blood Bridge,” for instance, features spikes on each end for insertion into a vein on the lower…

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Bangladesh Police Fire Tear Gas at Garment Workers on Hunger Strike

Bangladesh Police Fire Tear Gas at Garment Workers on Hunger Strike

Photos by AFP Bangladesh police fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and water canons on Thursday to disperse hundreds of striking workers at a garment factory in the capital of Dhaka,…

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Maury Povich Wants to "Bring Back American Know-How"

Maury Povich Wants to "Bring Back American Know-How"

Photo by Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe “I’m not worried about the profit as much as the resurgence of American-made products that have quality. We have to take back what we are…

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Slow Factory Turns NASA Space Photography Into Breathtaking Scarves

Slow Factory Turns NASA Space Photography Into Breathtaking Scarves

STARSTRUCK “I learned a lot from working with the open-knowledge, open-source movement and how it allowed people to connect with one another,” Vernon says on her website.…

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Help Here Today Here Tomorrow Launch Fair-Trade Womenswear Line

Help Here Today Here Tomorrow Launch Fair-Trade Womenswear Line

Photos by Agnes Lloyd-Platt Sustainable fashion brand Here Today Here Tomorrow hope to revitalise a beautiful but dying craft with hand weavers in Nepal, and help set a new standard for…

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Lechal's Vibrating Smart Shoes Help the Blind Find Their Way

Lechal's Vibrating Smart Shoes Help the Blind Find Their Way

Lechal Footwear provides haptic feedback under your heel to point you in the right direction and could just be the ticket for the visually impaired to navigate on their own. Connected…

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New Jersey Enacts Historic Ban on Ivory, Rhino Horn Trade

New Jersey Enacts Historic Ban on Ivory, Rhino Horn Trade

Photo by Shuttestock New Jersey governor Chris Christie signed into law on Tuesday a bill ending the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn. The legislation, the first statewide ban of its…

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Detroit Lions, Repreve Launch First-of-Its-Kind Sustainability Initiative

Detroit Lions, Repreve Launch First-of-Its-Kind Sustainability Initiative

The Detroit Lions are bringing sustainable fashion to the field, in a new partnership with recycled fiber brand Repreve. For their #TurnItGreen campaign, the Lions will turn in their…

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

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

Photo by Shutterstock 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…

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