sustainable textiles

Sealtech: A Fabric That Repairs Itself With Just a Touch

SEALTECH \sē(ə)lˈtek\ n. 1: A lightweight, water-resistant nylon ripstop that heals itself of minor punctures with the application of heat and friction. 2 a: Developed by…

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Felder Felder Eco-Friendly Dress is Basically 97 Percent Car

DRIVEWAY TO RUNWAY The “fully sustainable” textile, which is not yet available to fashion designers in significant quantities, was created in the same…

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Cotton Incorporated, Archroma Create Natural Dye From Cotton Waste

Cotton Incorporated, the folks behind those “fabric of our lives” commercials, has joined forces with Swiss dye specialist Archroma to synthesize what they are calling the…

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Squid-Inspired Fabrics Repair Themselves, Neutralize Toxins

Photo by Scubagirl85/Wikimedia Commons Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a way for fabrics to repair themselves with just a little pressure and warm water. The…

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Mushroom-Infused Burial Suit Helps the Body Naturally Decompose

For the human body, death is only the beginning. These meat sacks of ours are hothouses of chemicals, and not just the good kind. Pesticides, flame retardants, heavy metals, and other…

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FIT Students Turn Algae, Fungi Into Biodegradable Textiles

BIOMATERIAL But alginate is typically used in sheets, a form that doesn’t lend itself well to fashion designers. Deciding to change the form factor into something more familiar,…

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Dutch Designer Turns Cow Manure Into Clothing (It's Not as Gross as You Might Think)

POO POWER She dubs the material Mestic, from mest, the Dutch word for manure. While people have sought to manage No. 2 before, Essaïdi says this is the first time “manure is…

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Inditex, Zara's Owner, Announces Plan to "Close the Loop" on Fashion

The world’s largest apparel retailer wants to close the loop on fashion. Cribbing a page from H&M’s playbook, Inditex is teaming up with Lenzing, the Austrian textile…

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Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

Photo by Shutterstock America has come a long way since its birth as a nation in 1776. But just as the country has evolved throughout the years, so has Old Glory. From the arrangement…

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MuSkin: A Vegan "Leather" Made Entirely From Mushrooms

MUSKIN \məsˈkin\ n. 1 a: A 100 percent biodegradable vegetal leather, extracted from mushroom caps and “tanned” using chemical-free methods. b: Resembles suede but is…

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World's Leading Brands Score Poorly on Use of Sustainable Cotton

Photo by Wikimedia Commons Organic cotton. Better cotton. Fair-trade cotton. Recycled cotton. Cotton made in Africa. You’d think with all the labels and initiatives brands like to…

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Wool and the Gang Launches Yarn Made From Upcycled Denim

DENIM DARLING “At Wool and the Gang, our ultimate aim is to produce the best yarns out there, while always sourcing with care and so we are always on the lookout for upcycling or…

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Timberland to Make Shoes, Bags From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Timberland is partnering with Thread, a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, to create a collection of footwear and bags crafted from post-consumer recycled…

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Could Programmable, 3D-Printed "Fur" Become a Thing?

Scientists from MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group have devised a way to three-dimensionally print hair-like structures on both flat and curved surfaces. The technique, dubbed…

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Watch "Harvesting Liberty," a Short Film About America's Hemp Problem

BATTLE FOR HEMP Directed by surfer-environmentalist Dan Malloy, the documentary follows Lewis as he explains how he and Growing Warriors, the nonprofit he founded to help veteran…

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Your Next Patagonia Jacket Could Comprise Yeast-Engineered Silk

Looks like The North Face isn’t the only outdoor-apparel brand toying with the idea of synthetic spider silk. Patagonia has just inked a deal with Bay Area startup Bolt Threads to…

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Agave Silk: A Cruelty-Free Vegetable Silk Made From Cactus

Photos by Maven Collection AGAVE SILK \ə-ˈgä-vē ˈsilk\ n. 1 a: A cruelty-free textile composed of filaments derived from the crushed leaves of the Saharan aloe vera cactus, part of…

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Faux "Leather" Made From Fermented Tea Could Revolutionize Fashion

TEA TIME These “green-tea based cellulose fiber mats” could soon be a viable alternative to materials derived from nonrenewable sources, Lee said. And because the fibers are…

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