Stabilimentum: A Couture Face Mask That Uses Spiderwebs to Filter Air

by , 08/01/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Accessories

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How far would you go for clean air? If you’re an arachnophobe, perhaps not very. At the Biodesign Summit in New York City last month, students from the University of Pennsylvania proposed a “couture” air mask that uses live spiders and their webs to filter out pollutants. Scientists have noted before the electrostatic properties of the glue that coats spiderwebs. The sticky stuff could even rival industrial sensors in efficiency, they said. “We figured that if spider webs are capable of catching pollutants that are present in the air, we could propose them as a natural and biodegradable alternative to wearable air filters, while at the same time creating a new symbiotic relationship between humans and spiders,” the team told Science Friday.

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FIT Students Turn Algae, Fungi Into Biodegradable Textiles

by , 08/01/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles

 

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Archaeologists Just Found a 3,000-Year-Old Ball of Yarn

by , 07/29/16   filed under: Fashion Artifacts

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True story: Archaeologists in England just unearthed a 3,000-year-old—and extremely fragile—ball of yarn. Buried in the waterlogged depths of the Must Farm Bronze Age settlement, a site in Cambridgeshire that has been described as the “Pompeii of the fens,” the artifact is one of a rich cache of finds that includes textiles, beads, and domestic tools. Like other fibers discovered at the location, the yarn is probably plant-based in origin. “All the textiles appear to have been made from plant fibers,” said Margarita Gleba, an archaeologist specializing in textiles. “The people at Must Farm used cultivated species, such as flax, as well as wild plants, such as nettle and perhaps trees, to obtain raw materials.” Not to mention folks back then really knew their stuff, too. “The linen textiles found at Must Farm are among the finest from Bronze Age Europe,” Gleba added. “Wild fibers appear to have been used for coarser fabrics made in a different technique, known as twining.”

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Could Tobacco Be the Next Big Sustainable Dye?

by , 07/29/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Men's Eco-Fashion

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Tobacco doesn’t have to be a drag, according to Elise Comrie, a Fashion Futures graduate student at the London College of Fashion. One of 10 finalists for the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion, a joint effort between the luxury and lifestyle conglomerate and the university’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Comrie suggests using the plant as a natural dye. More specifically, the Canadian native proposes that Brioni, an Italian menswear couture house and one of the competition’s partner brands, develop a line of smoking jackets using materials dyed with tobacco.

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Berlin Artists Use Manhole Covers, Utility Grates to Relief-Print Textiles

by , 07/28/16   filed under: Eco-Art

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To the Berlin-based art collective Raubdruckerin, city streets are literally their artistic inspiration. Translating to “pirate printer,” the group uses city infrastructure as printing elements to create truly unique tote bags, t-shirts and backpacks. Decorative and utilitarian manhole covers, grates, and other metal pieces affixed to the street are slathered up with printing ink on the spot before being imprinted with fresh clothing, making true street pieces that honor the cities they are made in.

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Conscei Budapest Offers Fair-Trade, Organic-Cotton Men's Dress Shirts

by , 07/28/16   filed under: Fair Trade, Men's Eco-Fashion

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Hungarian company Conscei is taking on the concept of truly sustainable fashion, through menswear. Conscei’s goal is to create a fashion model that focuses on protecting the environment, through responsible farming, chemical-free production and ethical sourcing. Using certified organic and Fair Trade materials, the company is using a crowdfunding platform to grow their professional line of classic men’s shirts that will last the test of time, while being kind to the earth.

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"Funny or Die"-Produced Video Roasts Donald Trump's Foreign-Made Products

by , 07/27/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Video

Donald Trump is overdue for a dressing down, and the Democratic National Convention has tapped comedian Ken Jeong to be the one to do it. In one of a series of comedy videos produced by Funny or Die, Jeong and former White House economist Austan Goolsbee rip into the Republican presidential candidate for calling for a return to American manufacturing on the one hand, but outsourcing the production of just about every Trump-branded item on the other. Jeong is Team Trump at first. “Yeah, you make stuff right here!” he applauds after rolling a clip of the man himself at a rally, saying “Remember when we used to have, ‘Made in the U.S.A.,’ right? When was the last time you’ve seen it?” Goolsbee, however, encourages Jeong to take a closer look.

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9-Year-Old Child Worker Dies in Textile Mill in Bangladesh

by , 07/26/16   filed under: The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Police in Bangladesh have arrested a textile-mill supervisor for allegedly torturing a 9-year-old worker to death over the weekend. The boy, Sagar Barman, had been working alongside his parents at the mill for seven months, according to the New York Times. His family have accused Nazmul Huda, an assistant administrative officer at the Zobeda Textile Mill, and seven others of killing Sagar by pumping air from a compressor machine into his rectum. Sagar’s father, Ratan Barman, said he and his son arrived at work at 6 a.m. on Sunday. At noon, a female colleague informed him that Sagar was lying on the floor. The boy was unable to speak and his abdomen was swollen, Barman said. Sagar was transported to a neighboring hospital, then later to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

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Dutch Designer Turns Cow Manure Into Clothing (It's Not as Gross as You Might Think)

by , 07/26/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles

 

Dries Van Noten: Fashion Has "Become Such an Industry, Such a Business"

Dries Van Noten: Fashion Has "Become Such an Industry, Such a Business"

“Fashion has become such an industry, such a business, that we lost a little bit of the beauty of fashion, and a little bit of the skill. … “We started to work in…

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Greenpeace Slams Mammut, The North Face for Toxic Chemical Use

Greenpeace Slams Mammut, The North Face for Toxic Chemical Use

Greenpeace wants outdoor-apparel companies to clear the air, stat. A recent investigation by the environmental nonprofit found high concentration of hazardous per- and polyfluorinated…

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ASOS, Topshop, Primark Are Nixing Down Feathers From Their Products

ASOS, Topshop, Primark Are Nixing Down Feathers From Their Products

Photos by Topshop The British high street just got a lot more bird-friendly, thanks to a commitment by brands such as ASOS, Boohoo, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Primark, Oasis, and Whistles…

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Greenpeace Reveals the Most—And Least—Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands

Greenpeace Reveals the Most—And Least—Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands

Even seasoned models have been known to take a spill or two on the runway. We’re only human, after all. For the fashion brands behind them, however, the onus not to stumble weighs…

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Inditex, Zara's Owner, Announces Plan to "Close the Loop" on Fashion

Inditex, Zara's Owner, Announces Plan to "Close the Loop" on Fashion

The world’s largest apparel retailer wants to close the loop on fashion. Cribbing a page from H&M’s playbook, Inditex is teaming up with Lenzing, the Austrian textile…

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Which Personal-Care Brands Are Still Polluting the Oceans With Microbeads?

Which Personal-Care Brands Are Still Polluting the Oceans With Microbeads?

Are you polluting the oceans every time you exfoliate? If you’re sloughing off with a product from one of the world’s largest personal-care companies, chances are…

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Central Saint Martins Student Wins Swarovski Sustainability Award

Central Saint Martins Student Wins Swarovski Sustainability Award

For twice the shine, just add water. That’s the tagline behind Lucie Davis’s winning concept: a pair of Swarovski crystal–studded rings, made from 100 percent compressed…

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Sony Upcycles Headphone Wires Into Chic Travel Accessories

Sony Upcycles Headphone Wires Into Chic Travel Accessories

AURAL PLEASURE Sony said that the accessories are inspired by travel scenarios “synonymous with losing yourself in music—whether it be the daily commute or simply relaxing at…

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Everlane Snagged a Coppola for Its Latest Collaboration (And It's Perfect)

Everlane Snagged a Coppola for Its Latest Collaboration (And It's Perfect)

Everlane snagged a Coppola for its summer capsule collection, and the result is as effortlessly ethereal as you’d expect. “I like to be comfortable and wanted something my…

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