recycled clothes

The Renewal Workshop Wants to Keep Repairable Garments Out of the Landfill

It’s no secret that the fashion industry generates a lot of waste, and not just on the cutting-room floor. From customer returns to overstock, the world’s apparel brands and…

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"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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Inspired by Mulan, Esther Lui's Upcycled Garments Embody Gentle Strength

Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the EcoChic Design Award Clothing, like people, can contain multitudes. Take Esther Lui’s upcycled looks, for instance. Inspired by Hua Mulan, the…

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Aarli: Upcycled Streetwear That Promotes Australia's Indigenous People

LOCAL COLOR Besides nurturing Aboriginal talent, Aarli also uses only indigenous models in its campaigns. By doing this, Cowlishaw says she hopes to not only preserve and promote the…

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Is This the Most Sustainable T-Shirt on the Planet?

CLEAN CLOTHES “The Clean Tee is made from the world’s finest, softest, strongest recycled cotton yarns,” Nomadix said in a statement. “It’s also the lowest impact…

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Levi's is Making Jeans From Discarded Fishing Nets, Used Carpets

Levi’s and Aquafil, an Italian company that recycles waste materials into good-as-virgin nylon fiber, are making beautiful jeans together. First up: A version of Levi’s 522…

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Scottish Designers Turn Thrift-Store Rags Into Couture Riches

A pair of Scottish designers have transformed used clothing from one of the United Kingdom’s top clothing recyclers into a couture collection that challenges our ideas of waste.…

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Millennials More Likely Than Older Adults to Donate Unwanted Clothes

Photo by Shutterstock Millennials may have no idea how to sew on a button, but they’re also less likely than older adults to throw old clothes and other unwanted textiles into the…

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5 Ideas That Could Transform the Fashion Industry

CLOSING THE LOOP “The response of the first Global Change Award is overwhelming,” Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M and a board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation,…

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Meet the Winners of the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award

MODERN CHINA CHIC As soon as she comes down from cloud nine, Guzik will be re-packing her bags and moving back to Hong Kong, which is emerging as a big influencer in sustainable fashion…

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Fashion Designers Transform Ford’s Recycled Upholstery Fabrics into Couture

PEDAL POWER “With visible construction and hidden details, we wanted to create something that forces the wearer to dig a little deeper and to get to know the garment,” Ward…

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Top 7 Recycled Fashion Designs of 2015 (Vote for the Most Creative!)

We couldn’t include all of our upcycled faves. Drop by our archives for more creative goodness…

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India's Doodlage Upcycles Textile Waste Into Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Garments

The concept of upcycling has only just begun to gain traction in the couture fashion industry in India, and Kriti Tula is leading the way. Every piece from her label ‘Doodlage’ is…

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Iggy Pop and H&M Want You to Recycle Your Clothes

Iggy Pop wants you to recycle your clothes. The American singer-songwriter has teamed up with H&M to highlight the retailer’s garment-collecting initiative. In a video…

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Taiwan's Youth Are Wearing Plastic Bags as Clothing

Taiwan’s millennials might be taking the idea of “recycled fashion” a bit too literally. The Asian country’s latest trend? Wearing plastic bags—and only…

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H&M is Offering $1 Million for Best Textile-Recycling Innovations

H&M is looking to close the loop on textiles, and it’s willing to pay $1 million to anyone who can achieve it. Announced by the H&M Conscious Foundation, the Swedish…

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Bon George Upcycles Vintage Textiles Into Chic Ethical Fashion

It’s hard not to feel instantly more stylish even just browsing the online collections from Bon George. Your admiration will grow even stronger when you learn that every piece is…

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Formication Upcycles Scottish Mill Remnants Into Colorful Ethical Menswear

Who says recycled fabrics don’t make for cool clothes? Scotland-based fashion designer KellyDawn Riot’s new sustainable menswear collection, Formication, utilizes recycled fabrics…

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