Squid-Inspired Fabrics Repair Themselves, Neutralize Toxins

by , 08/17/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Toxic Pollution, Wearable Technology

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Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a way for fabrics to repair themselves with just a little pressure and warm water. The secret lies in a biodegradable liquid, which can be applied to conventional textiles such as cotton, wool, and polyester as a multilayered coating. Derived from a mix of bacteria and yeast, the as-yet-unnamed liquid shares similarities with a protein found in squid tentacles, specifically the rings of sharp teeth that line their suction cups. “We currently dip the whole garment to create the advanced material,” Melik C. Demirel, the professor of engineering science and mechanics in charge of the project, said in a statement. “But we could do the threads first, before manufacturing if we wanted to.”

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Vetements Designer Made Art From 17 Tons of Used Clothing

by , 08/16/16   filed under: Eco-Art, Retrend Alert

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If you’ve ever wondered what 17 tons of used clothing looks like, Maja Weiss has got you covered. The Vetements designer recently held court at the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, where she presented an installation inspired by the industrial decay of her native Yugoslavia after the fall of the Eastern Bloc. “Second Fashion Cycle,” as the project was named, is also an observation—and perhaps indictment—of the small consideration we give to our garments after they’re baled up and dispatched to foreign climes. “It’s kind of about diving into it in an opposite way,” Weiss told Vogue. “Everybody is looking at how clothes are made, from zero to the catwalk, and for me, this was about going in the opposite direction: looking at what happens to clothes when they’re discharged.”

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Australian Artist Creates Tidal-Wave Sculpture From Discarded Flip-Flops

by , 08/16/16   filed under: Eco-Art, Retrend Alert

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David Day, an artist from North Queensland, has transformed thousands of discarded flip-flops into a life-size tidal wave. The sculpture, which Day describes as a testament to the importance of ocean conservation, took six months to create. “I’ve caught many a wave in my day, and I’ve been smashed into the sand plenty of times too,” Day, who has been incorporating marine debris into his work for the past four years, told ABC Australia. “Ultimately, I would just like people to think about our marine creatures and the ocean, and try and make a cleaner environment for everyone to enjoy so it can keep living long after we’re gone.”

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Garment Repurposes Secondhand Clothing to Combat Overproduction

 

Fjällräven Debuts Eco-Backpacks Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Schlep back to school, back to the cubicle, or anywhere life takes you with Fjällräven’s new line of 100 percent recycled-polyester backpacks. Available in 12 monochromatic colors, each carryall comprises materials derived from 11 post-consumer plastic bottles (nine for the mini). Fjällräven has encountered flak before for its use of perfluorooctanoic acid in its outerwear, but the “Re-Kånke” bags, while still weather-resistant, are described as mercifully PFC-free. The Swedish firm says it was able to create three types of textile—the backpacks’ main fabric, their webbing, and the lining—from a single yarn. To give them their vibrant hues, Fjällräven turned to SpinDye, a coloring process that claims to use far less water, chemicals, and energy than conventional dyeing techniques.

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Annaborgia's Vegan Wedding Dresses Are Meant to be Reworn

 

India's Children Are Dying for Your Sparkly Eye Shadow

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India has a “blood mica” problem. Deep within the South Asian nation’s off-the-books “ghost” mines, children as young as 5 toil alongside adults to pick and sort the mineral that gives makeup and car paint their coveted shimmer. A three-month investigation by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, however, found that children were risking more than superficial injuries or respiratory infections; they were also dying. In the major mica-producing states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Andhra Pradesh, where child labor is rampant, seven were killed in the past two months alone. Fewer than 10 percent of these deaths are reported, according to Bachpan Bachao Andolan, a child-welfare organization founded by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, whose name means “Save the Childhood Movement” in Hindi.

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Ystr Minimizes Fashion Waste With Its "Cut to Order" Clothing

by , 08/08/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

New York City's Jussara Lee Turns "Zero Waste" Into an Art Form

by , 08/05/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Features, Interviews, Q&A

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Life doesn’t always go the way you expected. Born to Korean parents and raised in Brazil, Jussara Lee embraced her love of tailored clothing from a young age. After a transitory period that saw her shipping her designs to the likes of Barneys, Berdorf Goodman, and boutiques as far away as Hong Kong and Japan, Lee decided to refocus on craftsmanship. Her bespoke business in New York City’s West Village values simple lines over ostentation. Believing that too many possessions can weigh you down, Lee creates bespoke, no-fuss staples that are made to last. Increasingly, her tack has been to “preserve and conserve,” whether it’s through the use of vintage mother-of-pearl buttons or by turning cutting-floor scrap from one garment into ruffles on another. We caught up with the veteran designer to learn more about her pivot into “zero waste,” her yen for collaboration, and why she chooses to keep her label small.

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"Fast Fashion" Made These Men Some of the Planet's Richest

"Fast Fashion" Made These Men Some of the Planet's Richest

Want to get rich? Build a clothing empire based on aggressive expansion, breakneck turnarounds, cheap materials, and even cheaper labor. “Fast fashion,” as Quartz reported…

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Mushroom-Infused Burial Suit Helps the Body Naturally Decompose

Mushroom-Infused Burial Suit Helps the Body Naturally Decompose

For the human body, death is only the beginning. These meat sacks of ours are hothouses of chemicals, and not just the good kind. Pesticides, flame retardants, heavy metals, and other…

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After PETA Exposé, Patagonia Reboots Sustainable Wool Standard

After PETA Exposé, Patagonia Reboots Sustainable Wool Standard

Photo by Davide Ragusa/Unsplash When People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused one of Patagonia’s wool suppliers last August of abusing its lambs and sheep, the…

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"Remade in the U.S.A." Brings Eileen Fisher Closer to a Closed-Loop Economy

"Remade in the U.S.A." Brings Eileen Fisher Closer to a Closed-Loop Economy

REMADE FOR THE BETTER “In their year working with us as Social Innovators, Teslin, Lucy, and Carmen supplied both a galvanizing enthusiasm and attainable ideas for a new model of…

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

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

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…

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FIT Students Turn Algae, Fungi Into Biodegradable Textiles

FIT Students Turn Algae, Fungi Into Biodegradable Textiles

BIOMATERIAL But alginate is typically used in sheets, a form that doesn’t lend itself well to fashion designers. Deciding to change the form factor into something more familiar,…

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

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

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…

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Could Tobacco Be the Next Big Sustainable Dye?

Could Tobacco Be the Next Big Sustainable Dye?

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…

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

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

To the Berlin-based art collective Raubdruckerin, city streets are literally their artistic inspiration. Translating to “pirate printer,” the group uses city infrastructure as…

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