textile waste

On Black Friday, Greenpeace Calls for a "Fast Fashion" Time-Out

Greenpeace wants to call a time-out on “fast fashion.” In a report published on the eve of Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving sales extravaganza that serves as the…

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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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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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H&M Will Pay $1 Million for Your World-Changing Ideas

Have an “aha” concept that will revolutionize the fashion industry? H&M is willing to pay you big bucks for it. The Swedish retailer has opened applications for a…

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We're Sending 26 Billion Pounds of Reusable Textiles to the Landfill Every Year

Photo by Celestine Ngulube/Unsplash “Fast fashion” is defined by three cardinal traits: it’s cheap, it’s trendy, and it’s expendable. It’s a tack…

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Ahead of Ban on Used Clothing Imports, Tanzania Trains Youths to Sew

Photo by Annie Spratt/Unsplash As East Africa braces itself for a looming ban on imported secondhand clothes and shoes, Tanzania’s government is kick-starting an initiative to…

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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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Ystr Minimizes Fashion Waste With Its "Cut to Order" Clothing

DOWN WITH EXCESS The fact that Ystr is online-only also means no retail markups, which typically factor in storefront overheads, wholesale loss, and inventory costs. Another defining…

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This Short Film Reveals What Happens to the Clothes We Throw Away

The women who work at a garment-recycling plant across the Indian border have little idea where all the clothes they’re tasked with ripping apart come from. They engineer their…

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Amy Ward's Upcycled Knitwear is Big on Drama, Small on Footprint

CUTTING THE WASTE Ward, who also holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion and textile design from the University of the West of England in Bristol, says she has always sought to keep…

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Massive "Clothing Spill" Illustrates Importance of Reusing, Recycling

SPILLING OVER Together with its nonprofit partners, Savers diverts more than 650 million pounds of reusable goods from North American landfills each year, according to the company,…

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Ecotec: A Traceable, Italian-Made Yarn Derived From Recycled Cotton

ECOTEC \ēkōˈtek\ n. 1 a: A Marchi & Fildi yarn derived from 100 percent pre-dyed cotton textile clippings. b: Made in Italy using an exclusive, traceable, and Oeko-Tex–…

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Finalists of 2015 EcoChic Design Award Turn Upcycling Into an Art Form

Sara Kiani from the United Kingdom created this dress and pleated jacket from secondhand hotel linens. “I became deeply shocked at having followed the big environmental and social…

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Looptworks Upcycles Alaska Airlines Seat Leather Into Eco-Chic Bags

CARRY ONS Like all Looptworks products, each Alaska Airlines item is handmade, hand-numbered, and backed by a lifetime guarantee. “Looptworks’ collaboration with Alaska Airlines is…

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€3.6 Million Project to Tackle Clothing Waste Launches Across Europe

Photo by Shutterstock Last Wednesday saw the launch of the European Clothing Action Plan, a new initiative to reduce textile waste across the European Union. Helmed by the United…

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EcoChic Design Award Launches Alumni Network

Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award There’s much refashioning happening in the area of textile-waste-reduction, with designers around the world…

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You Can Now Drop Off Your Unwanted Clothes at Any Levi's Store

Need to free up some closet space? With the expansion of Levi Strauss’s clothing-recycling scheme, you can now drop off your unwanted clothing and shoes—regardless of brand—at…

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"YWASTE" Sculpture Reveals Amount of Textiles Entering Landfills

WASTE NOT Consumption begets waste, which ushers in problems of its own, Dean adds. “When we consume so much, we tend to dispose of more,” she says. “this unpalatable…

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