Topshop Launches Third Upcycled "Reclaim to Wear" Collection

by , 08/19/14   filed under: Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion, Women's Eco-Fashion

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Upcycling must be paying off for Topshop. The British high-street retailer is launching its third “Reclaim to Wear” capsule collection, derived from production offcuts and surplus stock from previous seasons. Comprising strappy dresses, camisoles, and culottes in ditsy floral prints, as well as distressed denim jeans, skirts, and jackets, the line breathes new life into formerly landfill-bound textiles.

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Cambodian Garment Workers Are Working Themselves to Death

by , 08/18/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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Photo by Luc Forsyth for IndustriAll Global Union

Cambodia’s garment workers are working themselves to death—literally, according to IndustriAll Global Union, a labor-rights group that supports 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy, and manufacturing sectors. Unrelenting hours, close quarters, and chronic malnutrition as a result of “poverty pay,” have contributed to a near-epidemic of mass faintings in factories across the Southeast Asian nation. Now, workers are actually dying at work, says Sokny Say, a member of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia, an IndustriAll affiliate.

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The SexFit is a "Sexual Fitness" Tracker for Your Penis

by , 08/15/14   filed under: Wearable Technology

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SexFit – because men need to know how well they’re performing in the sack. This latest in wearable health trackers isn’t about making sure your heart is in good shape, instead it is used to monitor and enhance your sexual fitness. We’re pretty sure this device came about when someone over at UK-based sex shop, Bondara wrapped a Jawbone Up around his dick and tried to see if it would track his sex life. While just a prototype now, the SexFit is a cock ring that measures calories burned, thrusts per minute, and has vibration modes to you know, enhance performance. And dear god help us, there is even a custom mobile app that allows the user to upload their performance specs to boast how fit their dick is to their friends.

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Ma'mitons Makes Bags, Shoes Using Leaves From Cameroon's Forests

by , 08/15/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Friendly Accessories, Eco-Friendly Bags, Eco-Textiles, Fair Trade

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Already a favorite among many celebrities, Ma’mitons bags and sandals are eco-friendly and ethically made by artisans in Cameroon. Founded by Priscilla Njankou, Ma’mitons works with local artisans to create wearables from raffia leaves from tropical forests, and the proceeds from every bag sold help to feed a family for a month. Njankou, an American citizen with Cameroonian roots, launched the brand with the aim of connecting her culture to the rest of the world through fashion, crafting these natural yet stylish accessories using eco textiles.

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Quiksilver Debuts Board Shorts Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

by , 08/14/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Underwear, Eco-Textiles, Men's Eco-Fashion

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Quiksilver has launched a line of board shorts derived from post-consumer plastic bottles. Made from Repreve, a recycled-polyester yarn by textile manufacturer Unifi, each “AG47″ short saves roughly 11 bottles from the landfill. Other features include laser-cut, heat-welded panels; stitch-free seams to prevent chafing; a heat-welded back pocket with waterproof zipper and zipper tape; reflective branding; and a cinch-lock drawcord closure with rubberized eyelets. We’re iffy on the water-resistant Scotchgard protection, however; Quiksilver and Unifi would do well to borrow a page from the likes of N2R and opt for a chemical-free solution.

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Self-Cleaning Cashmere Uses Sunlight to Save Money, Environment

by , 08/14/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Eco-Textiles

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If you’ve ever wished your stained-up clothes could clean themselves, researchers at the Hong Kong City University may just have granted that wish. The team has invented a coated cashmere textile that self-cleans when exposed to light for 24 hours. If perfected the super sweater could mean longer lasting fabrics that avoid the wear and tear that ages clothing through washing machines and dry cleaning.

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"Myth" is the World's First 3D-Printed Ready-to-Wear Shoe Collection

by , 08/13/14   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Wearable Technology, Women's Eco-Fashion

 

Upcycled Gear for the Dog on the Go

by , 08/13/14   filed under: Retrend Alert, Reused / Recycled Eco-Fashion

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We can’t decide what’s more impressive: the ingenuity of the designers behind this MacGyvered “doggie pack,” or the fact that they came up with a prototype in less than 24 hours. Kathryn Klebenow, Ricardo Rico, Elaine Boone, and Marek Moffett, students at Auburn University’s department of industrial design, snagged first place in the “Designing Green” competition in February. Since the waste-reducers at TerraCycle co-sponsored the event, participants were charged with creating a product from an assortment of recycled materials: tents, scrap leather, and cork.

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Re:newcell is a Fabric Derived From Recycled Cellulosic, Cotton Fibers

by , 08/12/14   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary

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RE:NEWCELL \ri-ˈnü-ˈsel\

n. 1 a: A breakthrough method of “regenerating” high-quality textiles from used cotton and cellulosic fibers (such as viscose and lyocell). b: Involves shredding old clothing, then dissolving it into a pulp that can be spun into new viscose threads. 2: Developed by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in partnership with Swedish companies like SKS Textile, Borås, and Wargön Innovation, all of which helped create the world’s first Re:newcell dress seen above. 3: Will be scaled up for commercial production at the first Re:newcell fabric-recycling fabric, capable of processing 2,000 tons of textiles per year, when it opens in the next year and a half.

 

It's Official: New York State Enacts Law to Combat Illegal Ivory Trade

It's Official: New York State Enacts Law to Combat Illegal Ivory Trade

Photo by lev radin/Shutterstock New York State is commemorating World Elephant Day by enacting a law that toughens criminal and civil sanctions for parties involved in the illegal ivory…

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Green Embassy: Artisanal Eco-Fashion, 100 Percent Made in Australia

Green Embassy: Artisanal Eco-Fashion, 100 Percent Made in Australia

Organic label Green Embassy bring together ecological and ethical issues through fashion, insuring that the cloth is responsibly produced, using only organic Alpaca fibre and Merino…

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Faraday-Cage Dress Lets You Get "Fashionably" Zapped by Lightning

Faraday-Cage Dress Lets You Get "Fashionably" Zapped by Lightning

FULL-METAL ALCHEMIST “The first time that the arcs hit me fully on stage was very scary, but incredibly interesting being in contact with such a free and pure form of…

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Naomi Kizhner's Invasive Jewelry Turns Body Movement Into Electricity

Naomi Kizhner's Invasive Jewelry Turns Body Movement Into Electricity

OUR BODIES, OURSELVES Kizhner’s jewelry isn’t for wimps. The “Blood Bridge,” for instance, features spikes on each end for insertion into a vein on the lower…

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Bangladesh Police Fire Tear Gas at Garment Workers on Hunger Strike

Bangladesh Police Fire Tear Gas at Garment Workers on Hunger Strike

Photos by AFP Bangladesh police fired tear gas, rubber bullets, and water canons on Thursday to disperse hundreds of striking workers at a garment factory in the capital of Dhaka,…

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Maury Povich Wants to "Bring Back American Know-How"

Maury Povich Wants to "Bring Back American Know-How"

Photo by Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe “I’m not worried about the profit as much as the resurgence of American-made products that have quality. We have to take back what we are…

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Slow Factory Turns NASA Space Photography Into Breathtaking Scarves

Slow Factory Turns NASA Space Photography Into Breathtaking Scarves

STARSTRUCK “I learned a lot from working with the open-knowledge, open-source movement and how it allowed people to connect with one another,” Vernon says on her website.…

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Help Here Today Here Tomorrow Launch Fair-Trade Womenswear Line

Help Here Today Here Tomorrow Launch Fair-Trade Womenswear Line

Photos by Agnes Lloyd-Platt Sustainable fashion brand Here Today Here Tomorrow hope to revitalise a beautiful but dying craft with hand weavers in Nepal, and help set a new standard for…

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Lechal's Vibrating Smart Shoes Help the Blind Find Their Way

Lechal's Vibrating Smart Shoes Help the Blind Find Their Way

Lechal Footwear provides haptic feedback under your heel to point you in the right direction and could just be the ticket for the visually impaired to navigate on their own. Connected…

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