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

 

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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

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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

by , 10/09/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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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 ‘soft’ exoskeleton suit that works to assist people in walking rather than do the walking for them. The soft materials strap around the hips and legs and work in conjunction with a person’s normal walking gait. The DARPA-funded Soft Exosuit could be of major benefit to those who walk unsteadily, the elderly or even soldiers carrying heavy packs long distances as a way to increase endurance.

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Rahul Mishra Marries Buddhist Philosophy, Slow Fashion

by , 10/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Dresses, Fair Trade, Interviews

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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 is to encourage slow ethical fashion that celebrates imperfection, and to achieve a form of fashion democracy. The Mumbai-based designer is a stickler for hand-made fashion, and currently works with over 500 families who have participated in the creation of his award-winning sustainable collection. Ecouterre had the pleasure of asking Mishra about how he hopes this philosophy will change the fashion industry and how he hopes to see designers around him follow suit. Read on for the full interview and for a look at Mishra’s stunning new collection.

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Could This Jacket Keep You From Catching a Cold?

by , 10/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Men's Eco-Fashion, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

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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 block that can effectively help commuters avoid their neighbor’s colds and other sicknesses. Designed by gravitytank, the hooded jacket is lined with antimicrobial fabric that traps germs before they can reach your skin.

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

by , 10/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Fall/Winter 2014, Men's Eco-Fashion, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

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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Closet Cleanse: How to Unclutter Your Wardrobe With Panache

Closet Cleanse: How to Unclutter Your Wardrobe With Panache

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…

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Feelgoodz Introduces Hand-Loomed Slippers, Fairly Made in Guatemala

Feelgoodz Introduces Hand-Loomed Slippers, Fairly Made in Guatemala

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…

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Pure Waste Textiles: Why Fabric Waste Will Never Make Sense

Pure Waste Textiles: Why Fabric Waste Will Never Make Sense

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…

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

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

Photos by Ye Rin Mok 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…

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