Returnity: A Cradle-to-Cradle Polyester With a Tiny Carbon Footprint

by , 02/04/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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RETURNITY rəˈtərnədē

n. 1: A 100 percent recyclable polyester fabric licensed by Dutch Awearness, a textile company guided by the principles of “circular economy.” 2: Said to reduce carbon-dioxide impact by 73 percent, waste management by 100 percent, and water use by 95 percent compared with cotton. 3: Used primarily in the workwear and interior-furnishing industries, where corporate-run take-back programs are more easily implemented, with the potential for incorporation into fashion markets such as sports and outerwear. 4: Recycled in compliance with to Cradle to Cradle guidelines, according to textile firm Backhausen.

 

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Can Norton Security's RFID-Proof Jeans Prevent Digital Pickpocketing?

by , 02/03/15   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Symantec wants to protect more than just your computer. Best known for its Norton line of antivirus and spyware products, the PC security firm has teamed up with online retailer Betabrand to create a pair of jeans designed to stop “digital pickpockets” from skimming personal data—your personal data. Made in San Francisco from American-milled denim, the “Ready” features a silver-based shielding material that blocks signals given off by credit cards, passports, and other radio-frequency identification-tagged products.

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Watch "The Next Black," a Film About the Future of Clothing

by , 02/02/15   filed under: Features, Interviews

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Don’t start off your month with a case of cabin fever. Bundle up and head out to Brooklyn tomorrow for a screening of The Next Black, a documentary that explores how out-of-the-box thinking is shaping the future of our clothes. Got questions? Be sure to linger for a post-film discussion with Lovisa Sunnerholm from AEG, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman of RPF Industrial Design, Henry Yoo of Pratt Institute’s Digital Arts Lab, and Francis Bitonti of Francis Bitonti Studio. Part of Ecouterre and the Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s winter film series, the event kicks off a weeklong exhibit about the growing intimacy between technology and fashion. (Geek alert: You’ll even get to see some real-life spacesuits!) To whet your appetite, we caught up with Sunnerholm, one of the film’s producers, to learn more about the innovators behind the film, the evolution of “smarter” clothing, and the questions she hopes viewers will ponder long after the credits roll.

The Next Black
Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
630 Flushing Ave, 7th Flr.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

February 3, 2015
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET

$10 suggested donation; includes wine, popcorn, and a post-film panel.

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Kristen Bell Designs a Tote Bag That Helps Kids With Malaria

by , 01/30/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Eco-Friendly Bags, Fashion Philanthropy

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Kristen Bell wants to save lives—and your cold brew. In a move worthy of a princess of Arendelle, the Frozen actress has teamed up with This Bar Saves Lives, a one-for-one firm that delivers food to children in need, to create a jute tote that distributes malaria treatments with every purchase. Designed by socially conscious label Apolis—and ethically made in Bangladesh—“This Bag Saves Lives” supports the work of the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, which works to improve access to healthcare for children in underserved communities. Still not sold? The bag is also 100 percent vegan-friendly, made with recycled materials, and features a waterproof lining to “protect your fresh veggies and cold vino,” according to the company.

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Meet the Winners of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Award

by , 01/29/15   filed under: Features, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

 

11 Eco-Friendly Winter Coats to Fend Off the Deep Freeze

by , 01/28/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Outerwear, Features, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Ford Design Challenge Turns Sustainable Seat Fabrics Into Couture

by , 01/27/15   filed under: Featured, Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Award

What does fashion have to do with automobiles? Plenty, if you ask Ford. In the run-up to the finals of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Award on Thursday, the car company challenged 10 emerging designers to create garments from a mix of textile waste and its own eco-friendly upholstery. Held in collaboration with Redress, the Hong Kong-based textile nonprofit behind the annual competition, the inaugural Redress Forum: Ford Design Challenge sought to highlight the importance of sustainable thinking in both the fashion and automotive industries.

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Jenny Wu's 3D-Printed "Lace" Jewelry is Architecture You Can Wear

by , 01/27/15   filed under: Eco-Friendly Jewelry, Wearable Technology

 

Piñatex: A Leather-Like Textile Made From Pineapple Leaves

by , 01/26/15   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary, Submitted Story

Piñatex, Pinatex, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, faux leather, plant-based leather, pineapple leather, Carmen Hijosa, Ananas Anam, Royal College of Arts, Philippines, eco-textiles, eco-friendly textiles, sustainable textiles, renewable textiles, eco-fabrics, sustainable fabrics, eco-friendly fabrics

PIÑATEX \ˈpēnyə teks\

n. 1 a: A non-woven, leather-like textile derived from the fibers of the pineapple leaf, which is typically discarded after the fruit is harvested. b: Prepared using a process that creates biomass as a byproduct. b: Breathable, pliable, and easily dyed for applications in the fashion, accessory, and upholstery markets. d: Available in different thicknesses and finishes, all biodegradable. 2: Developed in the Philippines by Ananas Anam, a London- and Barcelona-based company founded by Royal College of Art graduate Carmen Hijosa, who has significant experience in the leather industry. 3: The focus of a recent Royal College of Art presentation that showcased sample products by Camper, Puma, and designer Ally Capellino. 4: Not to be confused with piña, a silky yarn also obtained from pineapple leaves.

 

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