toxic pollution

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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Greenpeace Slams Mammut, The North Face for Toxic Chemical Use

Greenpeace wants outdoor-apparel companies to clear the air, stat. A recent investigation by the environmental nonprofit found high concentration of hazardous per- and polyfluorinated…

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Greenpeace Reveals the Most—And Least—Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands

Even seasoned models have been known to take a spill or two on the runway. We’re only human, after all. For the fashion brands behind them, however, the onus not to stumble weighs…

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Which Personal-Care Brands Are Still Polluting the Oceans With Microbeads?

Are you polluting the oceans every time you exfoliate? If you’re sloughing off with a product from one of the world’s largest personal-care companies, chances are…

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New Campaign Calls Out "Hypocrisy" of Toxic Yoga-Apparel Brands

In “Gandhi Does Yoga,” a tongue-in-cheek video by College Humor, ol’ Mahatma himself rises from the dead to visit the “world’s least Hindu gym.” The…

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Top 7 Wearable Technology Innovations of 2015 (Vote for the Coolest!)

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Leona Lewis Speaks Out About Child Labor, Animal Cruelty in Bangladesh Tanning Industry

Photo by LaCameraChiara/Shutterstock Singer Leona Lewis has signed on with PETA, in an attempt to expose the horrors behind the leather industry based in Bangladesh. In a new video…

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Toxic Chemicals Linger in Clothing—Even Organic-Cotton Ones

Photo by Shutterstock Our clothing is crawling with hinky chemicals. Some slough off in the wash, eventually entering—and later polluting—aquatic environments. Others, a new study…

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Haunting "Trashion" Gowns Illustrate Senegal's Pollution Problem

FUTURE IMPERFECT “When you travel in any region of Senegal, the first thing you notice is dumped plastic everywhere,” Monteiro says in a behind-the-scenes video. “And…

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Smog-Containing Jewelry Support World's Largest Air Purifier

Studio Daan Roosegaarde wants you to help fight air pollution and smog– by wearing it on your finger. With his proposed air-purifier called the Smog Free Tower, Roosegaarde is…

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European Union Bans Toxic Chemical NPE in Textile Imports

Photo by Shutterstock In what Greenpeace is hailing a “landmark decision,” European Union member states have unanimously agreed to ban a class of hormone-disrupting…

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Stretchy Sensors Could Create Clothes That Detect Toxic Gases, UV Radiation

Early detection plays a critical role in saving lives, whether that is in industrial settings where workers could be exposed to toxic gases or even normal people out in the sun exposed…

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NRDC's Linda Greer is Cleaning Up China's Toxic Fashion Industry

Linda Greer ranks among the fashion industry’s leading “toxic avengers.” As director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s five-year-old “Clean by…

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NRDC's "Clean by Design" Helps China's Garment Industry Turn a Corner

Photo by Shutterstock There’s a trick to knowing what colors will infuse next season’s trends, according to Linda Greer, senior scientist at Natural Resources Defense…

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Adidas Now a "Detox Leader," Nike Still a "Greenwasher"

Looks like Adidas has finally cleaned up its act. A year and a half after Greenpeace branded it a “Detox greenwasher,” the sportswear giant is now “back on…

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Stylish Smog Masks Are China's Hautest Fashion Trend

Photos by Reuters Fashion and politics have always been easy bedfellows. The latest issue to emerge on the catwalk? China’s pollution problem. Less than two weeks after Beijing…

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Italy's Largest Textile Suppliers Pledge to Detox Their Supply Chains

Photo by Shutterstock Attilio Imperiali, Berbrand, Besani, Italdenim, Miroglio, and Zip may not have the same name recognition as Dolce & Gabana, Prada, and Versace, but their…

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German Artist Tino Seubert Dyes Clothing With Airborne Pollution

SMOG COUTURE Seubert’s goal was two-fold: to imbue something harmful with a useful purpose, as well as generate awareness about our growing pollution problem. “Despite the…

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