recycled clothing

Macklemore, Columbia Join Forces to Raise Awareness of Toxic PFCs

Columbia has found an unlikely ally in its quest to stem the use of perfluorinated compounds in outerwear: hip-hop artist Macklemore. The Portland, Ore.–based sportswear company,…

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Patagonia's Latest Collection Contains Its Highest Recycled Content Yet

REMIXED The “cornerstone” of the collection, according to Patagonia, is its use of 100 percent recycled down. Salvaged from used products, the combination of 600-fill-power…

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Patrycja Guzik's "Heavenly" Upcycled Garments Are Shelters You Can Wear

HEAVEN-SENT Texture and color played key roles in Guzik’s pieces, which she assembled from secondhand wool sweaters, damaged garments, and other unwanted textiles from fabric…

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Volcom Creates Eco-Friendly Swimsuits From Recycled Ocean Trash

Volcom is getting caught up in a good thing. With a little assist from Aquafil, an Italian company that recycles waste materials into good-as-virgin fiber, the sportswear brand has…

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Cheap Monday Debuts Upcycled Fashion Line Made From Customer Castoffs

Everything old is new again at Cheap Monday, the latest high-street retailer to try to take the ecological sting out of “fast fashion.” To ring in October, the Swedish brand…

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Preview "Scraps," a Cooper Hewitt Exhibit About Using Up Leftover Textiles

SCRAP WORK “Telling the inspiring and empowering stories of three women designers and entrepreneurs who hail from three continents, Scraps brings critical focus to the human and…

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Muji Releases Line of Reclaimed Wool Clothing, Accessories

The Japanese have a term that describes their sense of thrift: mottainai, “don’t let anything go to waste.” It’s a philosophy that Tokyo-based Muji, a clothing…

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Shanghai Tang Fetes Its First Upcycled Eco-Fashion Collection

CHINA CHIC Germanier distilled elements of Mongolian patchwork, the traditional Chinese qipao, and Shanghai Tang’s own history to create the assertive, modernist pieces, which he…

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H&M, London College of Fashion Upcycle Used Clothes Into Stunning New Looks

CIRCULAR FASHION Touting “circularity,” a concept that is increasingly driving the fashion conversation, the displays featured capsules such as “Dissimulation and…

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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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Aeon Row: American-Made, Zero-Waste Clothing You Can Actually Afford

FASHION REVIVAL “I started researching eco-fabrics [and] became captivated by how affordable revived fabric was in relation to other eco-fabrics,” he told Ecouterre. “I…

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Insecta Turns Vintage Clothes, Recycled Plastic Bottles Into Vegan Shoes

KIND KICKS Despite Brazil’s worst recession in more than two decades, Insecta made its first million reais ($300,000) just this past year, according to BBC News. Owner and…

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Vetements Designer Made Art From 17 Tons of Used Clothing

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…

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Garment Repurposes Secondhand Clothing to Combat Overproduction

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE By cutting out the middleman and offering direct-to-consumer pricing through its e-commerce shop, Garment said it hopes to “democratize avant-garde…

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

HONOR TO US ALL One of the excursions Redress organized led to a garment factory in China that specializes in “zero waste,” a design technique that espouses creative methods…

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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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