Germany

"Sound Shirt" Helps Deaf People "Feel" Classical Music

The hearing-impaired and even the deaf can now experience music, in a new collaboration between the Junge Symphoniker Hamburg Orchestra in Germany and wearable tech company CuteCircuit.…

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Adidas Debuts First Shoe Made Almost Completely by Robots

FUTURE SHOE Adidas also harnessed a motion-capture technology called “Aramis” to map the natural movement of the foot and create a more supportive and flexible…

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Hand-Cranked Sidewalk Cart Recycles Old Plastic Bags Into Stylish Totes

Few things are as emblematic of our throwaway culture as the humble plastic bag. Cheap to produce, easy to carry, and convenient to use, some 500 billion of the things are deployed…

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T-Shirt Vending Machine Shows Shoppers Real Cost of Cheap Fashion

A vending machine in Berlin offering up 2 euro t-shirts turned out to not be exactly what shoppers bargained for. The machine, set in place in busy Alexanderplatz to mark Fashion…

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Blond & Bieber's "Algaemy" Uses Microalgae to Dye Textiles

GREEN GOLD To take the concept further, Blond and Bieber created its so-called “analog printer”: an all-in-one microalgae farm, laboratory, and cylinder roller for wheeling…

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Elise Ballegeer's Ethical Slow Fashion Offers Timeless Minimalism

Faultlines is the stunning new collection from eco-fashion designer Elise Ballegeer who has produced her stylish range using responsibly sourced organic and sustainable fabrics. To make…

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Umasan: Sustainable, Vegan Fashion for the Avant-Garde Androgyne

How did you form Umasan? Where did the concept come from? Our demand, and at the same time our motivation, was to create a line that transcends the production of clothing and…

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Germany's Karen Jessen Wins the 2013 EcoChic Design Award

Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of the 2013 EcoChic Design Award. Fashion NGO Redress injected Hong Kong Fashion Week with a creative dose of high-appeal and low-textile waste…

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Upcycling Fashion Store Showcases Europe's Finest Sustainable Designs

Photos by Chiara Bonetti From DIY trendsetters to high-end designers, upcycling has become a sustainable new trend within the fashion industry. The Upcycling Fashion Store in Berlin has…

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Announcing the Finalists of the 2013 EcoChic Design Award!

Ecouterre is an official media sponsor of the 2013 EcoChic Design Award. Eight shocked and excited gasps rang through Redress’ Hong Kong office this week as eight emerging fashion…

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Greenpeace Detects Toxic Chemicals in Popular Outerwear Brands

Photo by Shutterstock Wide-open vistas are frequently used to advertise outdoor clothing, yet the toxins many weather-resistant fabrics contain may actually be detrimental to nature and…

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Ad:Acta Upcycles Discarded Ring Binders Into Into One-of-a-Kind Bags

Pity the ring binder. Once a mainstay of offices everywhere, the archival tool is quickly headed the way of the Rolodex. Ad:Acta wants to press them into service again. The German…

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Qmilk: A Silk-Like Fiber Derived From Spoiled Milk

QMILK \ˈkyo͞o milk \ n 1 a: A trademarked name for milk fiber, a silky textile derived from an odorless protein found in mammalian milk. b: The brainchild of Qmilch, a company…

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World's Oldest Purse Unearthed—And It's Studded With Dog Teeth!

German archaeologists have unearthed what may be the remains of the world’s oldest handbag. Although the purse itself, which was likely made of leather or linen, has long…

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Puma Launches "Bring Me Back" Product-Recycling Program in Germany

Puma wants the shirt off your back, along with those toe-pinching high heels and last season’s too-tight skinny jeans. To reduce waste and keep discarded products out of the…

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The Internet Got It Wrong: German Biologist Didn't Claim to Invent Milk Fiber

The Internet is like a child’s game of telephone—facts become garbled, errors perpetuate, and misinformation reigns. One recent case involves German biologist and fashion…

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8 Sustainable Designers at Berlin Fashion Week's GREENshowroom

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Win a $200 Hessnatur Eco-Shopping Spree (Featuring Miguel Adrover)!

With summer in full bloom—unofficially, anyway—’tis the season for second chances. If you didn’t win a $200 Hessnatur gift certificate the first time around, we’re…

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