Four Dudes Invented a Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

by , 08/25/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, Wearable Technology

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Could a manicure thwart the specter of sexual assault? A team of undergraduates from North Carolina State University have developed a nail polish that changes color when exposed to “drug-assisted assault” or “date rape” drugs such as gamma hydroxybutyrate and rohypnol, both of which are odorous, colorless, and can be slipped into a drink and ingested without the recipient’s knowledge. “In the U.S., 18 percent of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime,” write Ankesh Madan, Stephan Gray, Tasso Von Windheim, and Tyler Confrey-Maloney on their Facebook page. “That’s almost one out of every five women in our country. We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends.”

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Stitched Up: An Ethical Boutique That Doubles as a DIY Workshop

by , 08/22/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion, Interviews

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The brains behind creative hub Stitched Up describe themselves as “a one stop shop for sustainable fashion, fabrics and networking”. While their Manchester (UK)-based HQ is where their sewing, fashion and craft workshops converge, they try to encapsulate much more by incorporating their sewing café, ethical fashion and home wares shop and haberdashery. Since opening back in 2011 the team has expanded their cool workshop hub to offer clothing repairs, sewing machine servicing and educational events as well. In the following Q+A with Ecouterre Stitched Up discussed their feelings towards the future for grassroots organisations in fashion.

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Dear Kate's Leak-Proof Undies Help Ladies Navigate "That Time of Month"

by , 08/21/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Underwear

 

Artist Lacy Barry Crafts Extravagant Headpieces Out of Colorful Paper

by , 08/20/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories

 

"Shark-Deterrent" Wetsuits Promise to Keep Surfers, Divers Safe

by , 08/20/14   filed under: Eco-Swimsuits

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Want to live every day like it’s Shark Week? Scientists in Australia have created what they’re dubbing the world’s first shark-deterrent wetsuit. A collaboration between Hamish Jolly and Craig Anderson of Shark Attack Mitigation Systems and University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute, the suit comes in two versions—one for camouflage and one to repel. Both designs exploit the shark’s reliance on visual cues. The blue-and-white “Elude,” aimed at divers and snorkelers, uses patterns that allow its wearer to fade into the background. “Diverter,” mainly for surfers, presents a system of black-and-white bands that telegraph the wearer’s “unpalatability” as a food item to predators.

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Saigon Socialite Applies the Ancient Art of Pagoda Carving to Shoes

by , 08/19/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Fair Trade, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Topshop Launches Third Upcycled "Reclaim to Wear" Collection

by , 08/19/14   filed under: Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Upcycling must be paying off for Topshop. The British high-street retailer is launching its third “Reclaim to Wear” capsule collection, derived from production offcuts and surplus stock from previous seasons. Comprising strappy dresses, camisoles, and culottes in ditsy floral prints, as well as distressed denim jeans, skirts, and jackets, the line breathes new life into formerly landfill-bound textiles.

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Cambodian Garment Workers Are Working Themselves to Death

by , 08/18/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Cambodia’s garment workers are working themselves to death—literally, according to IndustriAll Global Union, a labor-rights group that supports 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy, and manufacturing sectors. Unrelenting hours, close quarters, and chronic malnutrition as a result of “poverty pay,” have contributed to a near-epidemic of mass faintings in factories across the Southeast Asian nation. Now, workers are actually dying at work, says Sokny Say, a member of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia, an IndustriAll affiliate.

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The SexFit is a "Sexual Fitness" Tracker for Your Penis

by , 08/15/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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SexFit – because men need to know how well they’re performing in the sack. This latest in wearable health trackers isn’t about making sure your heart is in good shape, instead it is used to monitor and enhance your sexual fitness. We’re pretty sure this device came about when someone over at UK-based sex shop, Bondara wrapped a Jawbone Up around his dick and tried to see if it would track his sex life. While just a prototype now, the SexFit is a cock ring that measures calories burned, thrusts per minute, and has vibration modes to you know, enhance performance. And dear god help us, there is even a custom mobile app that allows the user to upload their performance specs to boast how fit their dick is to their friends.

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

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

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…

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Quiksilver Debuts Board Shorts Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Quiksilver Debuts Board Shorts Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

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…

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Self-Cleaning Cashmere Uses Sunlight to Save Money, Environment

Self-Cleaning Cashmere Uses Sunlight to Save Money, Environment

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…

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

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

SHOES TO PRINT Made locally in New York City, each shoe comprises at least 90 percent components manufactured on a small desktop printer. To maintain the premise—and promise—of…

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Upcycled Gear for the Dog on the Go

Upcycled Gear for the Dog on the Go

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…

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

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

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:…

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

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

Photo by lev radin/Shutterstock 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…

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

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

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…

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

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

FULL-METAL ALCHEMIST “The first time that the arcs hit me fully on stage was very scary, but incredibly interesting being in contact with such a free and pure form of…

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