Rothy's Makes 3D-Knitted Ballet Flats From Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Rothy’s just might be the shoe of the summer. Produced using a three-dimensional knitting technique that generates little to no waste, each seamlessly constructed ballet flat comprises the equivalent of about three recycled plastic bottles that have been fused into filament, spun into yarn, and treated with a proprietary moisture-wicking agent. (WWD describes the shoe as “surprisingly soft.”) The rest of the footwear is equally mindful, consisting of carbon-free recyclable rubber outsoles and recyclable foam insoles. Available in round- and pointy-toed versions, which retail for $125 and $145 respectively, Rothy’s comes in a dazzling array of solid and camo-print colors, including stone, flax, and pale pink.

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U.S. Army Testing Body Armor Made With Genetically Engineered Silk

by , 07/14/16   filed under: Wearable Technology

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“Dragon Silk,” a form of spider silk spun by genetically engineered silkworms, may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it could hold a very real key to protecting U.S. troops. Created by Michigan’s Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the recombinant fiber is the company’s strongest and most flexible to date. It might even protect against bullets, a possibility that has led the Department of Defense to award Kraig Biocraft with a $100,000 grant. The goal: To test its Dragon Silk for anti-ballistic applications such as body armor for soldiers.

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This Common Cosmetic Ingredient May Be More Toxic Than We Thought

by , 07/13/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Beauty, The Big Idea

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Butylparaben, a common preservative found in cosmetics and skincare products, could have more severe effects on the body’s endocrine system than previously established, according to new research from the National Food Institute at the Technical University in Denmark. Part of a class of chemicals known as parabens, butylparaben is widely found in everything from shampoos and conditioners to body lotions and sunscreens. It’s even used as an additive in medicine or food. Although previous studies show that the chemical can reduce sperm count in male rats that were exposed to it in utero, recent findings from the National Food Institute suggest that the compound could have other hormone-disrupting effects, including changes in breast tissue and ovary weight in females.

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How to Refresh Your Clothes Without Throwing Them in the Wash

by , 07/12/16   filed under: Eco-Textiles

We get it; people like clean clothes. But tossing your togs into the washing machine isn’t always necessary. To combat that “not so fresh” feeling sans water, the United Kingdom’s Love Your Clothes campaign has a few suggestions—or “hacks,” if you will. Watch the video above to learn how you can rejuvenate your garments by airing them out on a washing line or steam-filled bathroom, spritzing them with a do-it-yourself deodorizer (secret ingredient: vodka), or even by sticking them in the freezer to stave off stink-causing bacteria, at least for a while.

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Massive 3D Embroidery Brings to Life Iconic Game of Thrones" Battle

by , 07/12/16   filed under: Eco-Art

 

Get Wed in Reformation's Largest Eco-Bridal Collection Yet

by , 07/11/16   filed under: Eco-Friendly Weddings

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For the iconoclastic bride who chafes at convention, there’s Reformation. The too-cool-for-school label, which favors natural, vintage, and surplus fabrics, has debuted its largest line of bridal dresses yet. Featuring head-turning silhouettes—plunging necklines, drop-shoulder sleeves, thigh-high slits, coordinating separates—in fall-festive colors like poinsettia, saffron, and blackberry, the collection includes “looser and a little more chill” après-nuptials options, as well. “Obviously there are also plenty of dresses for bridesmaids, and those just attending their 17th wedding this year,” Reformation said in a press release.

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This Short Film Reveals What Happens to the Clothes We Throw Away

by , 07/11/16   filed under: Video

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The women who work at a garment-recycling plant across the Indian border have little idea where all the clothes they’re tasked with ripping apart come from. They engineer their own explanations for the surfeit of garments that arrive from foreign climes by the truckload. “Everyone here says that the clothes come over because there’s a water shortage in the West,” one of them remark in Unravel, a 14-minute film that reveals how first-world consumption is viewed halfway across the world. “Water is just as expensive as clothes are for these people,” she says, before adding that most of the clothes look almost new. “That’s why they wear their clothes a couple of times and then throw them away.” Another woman wonders if Westerners just don’t like washing their clothes.

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Blue Loop, TenCate Create World's First Recycled-Denim Tent

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The maker of the world’s only 100 percent recycled-denim jeans can now claim bragging rights over the world’s first recycled-denim tent. Blue Loop Originals, a Dutch label that lives by the motto “born to reborn,” and TenCate, a manufacturer of outdoor fabrics, have embarked on a joint project to “shine a new light on sustainable camping.” The result is BlueCamp, a new fabric that combines the “Blue Loop denim look” with everything you want from a shelter textile, such as water repellency, breathability, and durability. Each tent comprises 25 percent discarded jeans, plus a ground cover made entirely from repurposed plastic. The companies eventually plan to “green” other components, such as replacing all polyester content with a recycled version.

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The "Human Sensor" is a Garment That Responds to Air Pollution

by , 07/07/16   filed under: Wearable Technology

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As illnesses and deaths due to air pollution is on the rise, scientists and designers are turning to wearable technology as a way to create cleaner air while waiting for governmental policies to catch up. One British artist, Kasia Molga, has challenged air quality head-on, with a series of pollution-detecting clothing. Called the Human Sensor, Molga’s outfits change colors and patterns in response to air pollutants, notifying both the wearer and those nearby of the presence of black carbon and poor air quality.

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Matter: Heritage-Inspired Garments That Honor Global Artisan Traditions

Matter: Heritage-Inspired Garments That Honor Global Artisan Traditions

HISTORY MATTERS In its two years of existence, the brand has since expanded from pants to include blouses, jumpsuits, rompers, and scarves. Yet its ethos has never wavered.…

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Hamilton Perkins Makes Bags Entirely From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Hamilton Perkins Makes Bags Entirely From Recycled Plastic Bottles

CARRY ON Rather than looking at philanthropy as “an afterthought,” Hamilton Perkins decided to make it an intrinsic part of its business model. The company has hooked up…

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Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

Photo by Shutterstock America has come a long way since its birth as a nation in 1776. But just as the country has evolved throughout the years, so has Old Glory. From the arrangement…

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Columbia Debuts "Ultimate" Sustainable Rain Jacket

Columbia Debuts "Ultimate" Sustainable Rain Jacket

H2NO The problem with PFCs has everything to do with its chemistry. “The carbon-fluorine bond as found in PFCs is one of the strongest bonds known to man,” Columbia said.…

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Stella McCartney Explains How Fashion Impacts Endangered Forests

Stella McCartney Explains How Fashion Impacts Endangered Forests

What does fashion have to do with deforestation? Everything, if you ask Canopy. The British Columbia–based forestry nonprofit has been rallying designers, brands, and retailers such…

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United by Blue's Iron-on Patches Help Clean Up the Oceans

United by Blue's Iron-on Patches Help Clean Up the Oceans

What’s summer without a spot of adventuring? Whether you’re a camper, “glamper,” or armchair explorer, United by Blue has you covered—literally. The…

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Rewilder Makes Vegan Bags From Upcycled Beer Filter Cloth

Rewilder Makes Vegan Bags From Upcycled Beer Filter Cloth

HOME BREWED Rewilder sews all of its bags to order in its atelier in Hollywood, where it uses cutting techniques that maximize material yields and reduce waste. Each carryall features…

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Taylor, Who? These Gray Suede Boots Are Tom Hiddleston's True Love

Taylor, Who? These Gray Suede Boots Are Tom Hiddleston's True Love

Hiddleswift? Tiddleston? Swiddlestay? Whatever you choose to call Hollyweird’s celebrity coupling du jour, one thing’s clear: Tom Hiddleston’s main squeeze isn’t…

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Patagonia: Synthetic Fleece—Including Its Own—is Polluting the Oceans

Patagonia: Synthetic Fleece—Including Its Own—is Polluting the Oceans

Patagonia has a startling confession to make: Its popular synthetic fleeces are mucking up the oceans, perhaps even poisoning the food chain. In a study commissioned by the…

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