Cambridge Satchel Co., Melissa Launch Vegan-Friendly, Recyclable Bags

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Britain’s Cambridge Satchel Co. has teamed up with the good folks at Melissa to create a cruelty-free version of the former’s signature cross-body carryall, which is typically rendered in leather. Composed of Melissa’s PVC-esque Melflex material, which the Brazilian company says is weatherproof, hypoallergenic, and completely recyclable, the 11-inch satchel comes in black, fire-engine red, and a limited-edition “holographic” edition. Each bag also features Melissa’s distinctive bubblegum scent. “A collaboration needs two strong partners with unique design elements; taking our timeless shape and mixing it with Melissa’s iconic raw material makes perfect sense,” Julie Deane, CEO of the Cambridge Satchel Co., said in a statement. “We are also happy that this partnership offers a vegan alternative to our customers. Moreover, the PVC used is recyclable [and] 99 percent of the factory’s industrial waste is recycled.”

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Livia Firth Unveils World's First Biodegradable Mannequin, Derived From Sugarcane

by , 09/19/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Livia Firth

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On Sunday, as Hollywood’s finest strutted along the red carpet for the annual Emmy Awards, their counterparts across the pond cut a rug of a different hue. A joint endeavor between the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Livia Firth’s sustainability-centered Green Carpet Challenge, “A Night to Remember” rang in London Fashion Week with an exhibition of vintage couture gowns from designers such as Hubert de Givenchy, John Galliano, and Alexander McQueen. The kickoff party was co-hosted by Firth, Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet, and actress Keira Knightley, along with William Banks-Blaney, the vintage clothier who selected the pieces in the show. Celebrity guests such as Helena Bonham Carter, Joely Richardson, Victoria Beckham, Will.i.am, Daisy Lowe, Mario Testino, Bianca Jagger, and Firth’s husband, the Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth, gushed over the couture confections, which were displayed on biodegradable mannequins by Bonaveri.

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Felder Felder Eco-Friendly Dress is Basically 97 Percent Car

 

Sneaker Made With Carbon Emissions is a "Shoe Without a Footprint"

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We recycle metal, plastic, paper, so why not carbon dioxide? That’s the question that NRG Energy posed to the audience on Wednesday at New York Fashion Week, where the utility company hosted a panel that included Nina Garcia, creative director of Marie Claire; Paul Bunje, principal at XPrize; Marcel Botha, CEO of 10xBeta, Burak Cakmak, dean of fashion at Parsons The New School for Design; and model and fashion designer Coco Rocha. Addressing a room at Skylight Clarkson Sq in Lower Manhattan, NRG Energy vice president Gin Kinney unveiled a prototype sneaker that incorporates captured carbon dioxide in the foam of its sole. The “Shoe Without a Footprint” is symbolic of NRG Energy’s commitment to reducing and repurposing carbon emissions, Kinney said.

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Lightweight Wearable Tech Transforms Body Heat into Electricity

by , 09/15/16   filed under: Wearable Technology

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Imagine a future where working up a sweat not only does your body good, but it’ll also keep your favorite devices humming. That’s the goal of researchers at North Carolina State University, where Daryoosh Vashaee and his team have developed a way to harvest body heat and turn it into electricity. Although similar technologies have been around for years, NC State said that its prototypes are lightweight, flexes to the body, and generate “far more” electricity than their predecessors. “Wearable thermoelectric generators generate electricity by making use of the temperature differential between your body and the ambient air,” Vashaee, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and the corresponding author of a paper on the work, explained. “Previous approaches either made use of heat sinks—which are heavy, stiff and bulky—or were able to generate only one microwatt or less of power per centimeter squared.” The NC State version, he added, generates up to 20 µW/cm² and doesn’t use a heat sink, “making it lighter and much more comfortable.”

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Cotton Incorporated, Archroma Create Natural Dye From Cotton Waste

by , 09/15/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles

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Cotton Incorporated, the folks behind those “fabric of our lives” commercials, has joined forces with Swiss dye specialist Archroma to synthesize what they are calling the world’s first ever dye created from cotton plant residues. Available in variations of brown, the new dye is a product of Archroma’s patented “EarthColors” technology, which creates biosynthetic alternatives to petrochemical-based colorants using agricultural and other natural waste. “As soon as we heard about the EarthColors technology, we wanted to explore the possibilities of cotton as a natural dye source,” Mary Ankeny, senior director of textile chemistry research at Cotton Incorporated, said in a statement. “Byproducts of cotton harvesting and ginning have been utilized within the food and construction industries for decades, but we were intrigued by the idea of using cotton biomass to dye cotton fiber.”

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Consumers Think Highly of Ethical Fashion, But Won't Pay More for It

by , 09/14/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Most people can appreciate the story behind an upcycled dress or a pair of fair-trade sneakers, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to pay extra for it. They will, however, loosen their pursestrings, for style, quality, availability and choice, and value for money, according to Verdict, a retail analysis firm based in London. Verdict data reveals that while 60 percent of consumers say a retailer’s sustainability credentials contribute to their purchase decisions, only 15 percent say they would boycott a retailer for not being forthcoming about its policies. Furthermore, over 20 percent of consumers said they wouldn’t pay any more for an eco-friendly or sustainable product. Only 3 percent said they would pay more than 21 percent more than usual for clothing or shoes that were ethically made.

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New "Hybrid Energy" Fabric Converts Sunlight, Movement Into Electricity

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“Power dressing” no longer means what you think it means. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a fabric that will not only keep you clothed but will also glean electricity from sunlight and movement—simultaneously. “This hybrid power textile presents a novel solution to charging devices in the field from something as simple as the wind blowing on a sunny day,” said engineering professor Zhong Lin Wang of his research, which was published Monday in the journal Nature Energy. Tents, curtains, and garments are all possible applications for the technology, Wang said. “The fabric is highly flexible, breathable, lightweight and adaptable to a range of uses,” he added.

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The Renewal Workshop Wants to Keep Repairable Garments Out of the Landfill

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It’s no secret that the fashion industry generates a lot of waste, and not just on the cutting-room floor. From customer returns to overstock, the world’s apparel brands and retailers amass millions of garments every year. But not everything that’s relegated to the “toss” pile is damaged beyond recognition. Many of the items deemed unsellable possess only minor flaws: a broken zipper, perhaps, or a small rip in the fabric. Since most companies lack the infrastructure to repair these defects, anything that’s less-than-perfect is either donated overseas or condemned to the landfill. But Nicole Bassett and Jeff Denby, a pair of apparel-industry vets, knew there had to be a better way. To mitigate some of the 26 billion tons of textiles that Americans throw out annually, the duo founded The Renewal Workshop, a social enterprise that will sort, clean, and repair blemished merchandise to give it new life.

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Is the World Bank Guilty of Supporting Forced Cotton Labor in Uzbekistan?

Is the World Bank Guilty of Supporting Forced Cotton Labor in Uzbekistan?

Photo by the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights Is the World Bank an enabler? A leading human-rights group certainly thinks so. Nearly 60 years after the International Labour…

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A Robot Just Made an Entire T-Shirt

A Robot Just Made an Entire T-Shirt

The robotic revolution isn’t coming; it’s already here. For that you can thank—or blame—Sewbo, a Seattle-based startup that claims to have created the first industrial…

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Aeon Row: American-Made, Zero-Waste Clothing You Can Actually  Afford

Aeon Row: American-Made, Zero-Waste Clothing You Can Actually Afford

FASHION REVIVAL “I started researching eco-fabrics [and] became captivated by how affordable revived fabric was in relation to other eco-fabrics,” he told Ecouterre. “I…

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Gap, VF Corp. Publish List of Supplier Factories

Gap, VF Corp. Publish List of Supplier Factories

Photo by Fufu Wolf Gap and VF Corp. have become the latest global apparel firms to publish a list of the factories that makes their shoes and clothing. The move, which follows the lead…

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Barbara Segal's Stone-Carved "Birkin Bag" Weighs 100 Pounds

Barbara Segal's Stone-Carved "Birkin Bag" Weighs 100 Pounds

Photo by Angel Chevrestt for the New York Post When prices for a Hermès’s Birkin handbag can soar up to $300,000 for a diamond-studded, Himalayan crocodile–clad number, Barbara…

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Cast of "The Walking Dead" Speaks Out Against Illegal Wildlife Trade

Cast of "The Walking Dead" Speaks Out Against Illegal Wildlife Trade

Rick Grimes and his zombie SWAT team are back in front of the camera, only this time the “hordes of relentless killers” they’re facing are driven not by human flesh…

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Michelle Pajak-Reynolds Crafts One-of-a-Kind Jewelry With a Mythic Bent

Michelle Pajak-Reynolds Crafts One-of-a-Kind Jewelry With a Mythic Bent

Tell us more about your brand and what inspired you to start it? My eponymous brand is a couture jewelry company that specializes in extraordinary jewelry for extraordinary women. In…

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New Initiative Seeks to Eliminate Forced Labor From Cotton Production

New Initiative Seeks to Eliminate Forced Labor From Cotton Production

Photo by Lionel Abrial/Unsplash Think “forced labor” and the image of a bleary-eyed worker, hunched over a sewing machine in a crowded factory, stitching clothing for…

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H&M Will Pay $1 Million for Your World-Changing Ideas

H&M Will Pay $1 Million for Your World-Changing Ideas

Have an “aha” concept that will revolutionize the fashion industry? H&M is willing to pay you big bucks for it. The Swedish retailer has opened applications for a…

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