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BASE Range Offers Sustainable Wardrobe Basics Sans Filter

Simple. Soft. Natural. Minimal. Organic. Feminine. Today, our world is filled with endless filters and editing – it’s nearly impossible to find anything that hasn’t been…

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Yeast-Engineered Silk Could Result in "Stronger Than Steel" Clothes

A Bay Area startup is giving spiders and silkworms a run for their money. Bolt Threads, which announced a new $40 million round funding on Thursday, has developed a synthetic,…

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Bacx: A Line of Traceable Eco-Silks Derived From Recycled, Scrap Fibers

BACX \ˈbaks\ n. 1: A line of sustainably produced, “next generation” silks made in Italy by Centro Seta. 2: Comprises three main collections—the full-textured…

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Could This Silk Vest Have Prevented the First World War?

It was the shot that rang around the world. On 28 June 1914, 19-year-old Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired a gun at Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and…

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Way It Should Be: Glamorous Organic Clothing, Made in the U.S.A.

The latest collection from Way It Should Be was launched with an elaborate installation in New York last week when floating mannequins presented the sustainable designs. Behind the new…

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Apoccas Makes Cruelty-Free Silk Scarves No Caterpillar Died For

Photos by Marisa Martchitelli Apoccas is a luxury fashion label that introduces artisanal peace silk scarves. “In Thailand, it is traded as ‘eri silk’,” says founder Alexandra…

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Silkworms Fed on "Green" Dyed-Leaf Diet Spin Naturally Colored Silk

Photo by Shutterstock Scientists have discovered a better way to obtain colored silk from silkworms. By feeding silkworm larvae a modified diet of spray-dyed mulberry leaves,…

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Biodegradable "Garments for the Grave" Let You Enter the Afterlife in Style

DRESSING THE DEAD “The body is a gift,” Interlandi explains in the October 2013 issue Wired. “It’s a bag of nutrients and water and protein. When you place it…

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Svilu's NYC-Made Eco-Fashion Gives Tomboy Style a Sophisticated Twist

Both with backgrounds in design and fashion, Cosgrove and Polo wanted to create a brand that reflected their own ethical values. “We’ve always lived a sustainable…

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Transgenic Silkworms Spin Fluorescent Fibers for Glow-in-the-Dark Wedding Dress

One Japanese lab is hard at work producing glow in the dark silk. But the soft skeins aren’t treated after the silk worms have spun their lot, but instead are being produced directly…

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Varanasi Silk: A Hand-Loomed Jacquard That Revives an Ancient Tradition

VARANASI SILK \ˈväranasi ˈsilk\ n 1 a: An intricate jacquard fabric woven by artisans in Varanasi, India, using foot-powered looms. b: Based on a 500-year-old tradition that has…

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"Killer" Silk Destroys Anthrax, Other Microbes in Minutes

U.S. defense scientists have developed a way to turn ordinary silk into a bacteria-killing machine, according to a new report in Applied Materials & Interfaces, a journal of the…

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Most Luxurious Necktie Ever? Scientists Weave Fabric From 24-Karat Gold

Need a gift for the man who has everything? Give him a tie woven from pure gold! Scientists from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, also known as EMPA,…

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Holly McQuillan's Zero-Waste Dresses Incorporate "War" and "Peace" in Their Design, Literally

Cut from forms that spell out “war” and “peace,” Holly McQuillan’s breezy twin dresses are as much a critique on society as they are high fashion. The…

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New Silkworm Diet Naturally Dyes Silk, Reduces Water Consumption

Scientists are putting silkworms on a diet, but it isn’t because the little critters are packing on the pounds. Rather, researchers from the Institute of Materials Research and…

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Royal Silk Conundrum, H&M x Swedish Hasbeens, Chaco Repairs Sandals

Photo by Mario Testino Put aside whom Kate Middleton should wear for a sec and consider the what. Asks writer Liz Jones: “You can’t have a bridal gown without silk, but…

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DreamSkin Offers Hydrating Silk Garments That Relieve Eczema Symptoms

Sufferers of dry skin, rejoice! DreamSkin Health has invented a special hydrating silk garment designed to protect your skin, increase moisture retention, and keep it free from…

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Scientists Create Harry Potter-Like Invisibility Cloak From Gold-Coated Silk

We’ll believe it when we see it—or rather, don’t see it—but scientists from Tufts and Boston University claim to have invented the world’s first pliable…

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