upcycled clothing

Evrnu Recycles Old Cotton Garments Into New Fibers

FUTURE OF APPAREL Evrnu’s patent-pending technology “purifies” post-consumer cotton waste first by shredding it, then by breaking it down at a molecular level. Next, a…

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VIDEO: Kelly Slater's Outerknown Label is Turning Used Fishing Nets Into Fashion

When you’re an 11-time world champion surfer, an affinity with the ocean is a given. But even as a child, Kelly Slater says he often wondered about the provenance of his clothing.…

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Is This the Most Sustainable T-Shirt on the Planet?

CLEAN CLOTHES “The Clean Tee is made from the world’s finest, softest, strongest recycled cotton yarns,” Nomadix said in a statement. “It’s also the lowest impact…

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Two Dutch Designers Are Hacking "Fast Fashion" Brands Like H&M, Zara

Photos by Johannes Schwartz A pair of Dutch designers are turning the tables on “fast fashion.” Tired of playing the role of “unpaid vendors of ideas” for…

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Levi's is Making Jeans From Discarded Fishing Nets, Used Carpets

Levi’s and Aquafil, an Italian company that recycles waste materials into good-as-virgin nylon fiber, are making beautiful jeans together. First up: A version of Levi’s 522…

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7 Things to Know About H&M's 2016 Conscious Exclusive Collection

TWO SIDES Of course, Gedda is telling us all this in Paris, capital of fashion and l’amour. At a gilded, frieze-adorned ballroom at the Westin, where H&M is hosting members…

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Scottish Designers Turn Thrift-Store Rags Into Couture Riches

A pair of Scottish designers have transformed used clothing from one of the United Kingdom’s top clothing recyclers into a couture collection that challenges our ideas of waste.…

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Millennials More Likely Than Older Adults to Donate Unwanted Clothes

Photo by Shutterstock Millennials may have no idea how to sew on a button, but they’re also less likely than older adults to throw old clothes and other unwanted textiles into the…

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Minan Wong Brings Recycled Fabrics, Feminine Designs to NY Fashion Week

During a snowy, bitter-cold New York Fashion Week, the Nolcha Shows “Ones to Watch” heated up the runway, spotlighting a selection of Made in the USA fashion brands and student work…

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"Breadline" Clothing Line Highlights U.K.'s Hidden Hunger Crisis

Have you always tied together your passion for fashion and social causes? My family is very creative, caring, and concerned about people and the environment, which has had a massive…

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Livia Firth Turns Eco-Fashion Designer for Marks & Spencer

GREENER MATERIALS Inspired by Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, two icons known for their elegance and simplicity, every piece has been “made with integrity and [will] live in…

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Daniel Silverstein's David Bowie Sweatshirt is a "Zero Waste" Oddity

Get your Rebel Rebel on with Daniel Silverstein’s “zero waste” David Bowie sweatshirt—a tribute to our favorite Space Oddity. Part of Silverstein’s…

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5 Ideas That Could Transform the Fashion Industry

CLOSING THE LOOP “The response of the first Global Change Award is overwhelming,” Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M and a board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation,…

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Meet the Winners of the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award

MODERN CHINA CHIC As soon as she comes down from cloud nine, Guzik will be re-packing her bags and moving back to Hong Kong, which is emerging as a big influencer in sustainable fashion…

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Fashion Designers Transform Ford’s Recycled Upholstery Fabrics into Couture

PEDAL POWER “With visible construction and hidden details, we wanted to create something that forces the wearer to dig a little deeper and to get to know the garment,” Ward…

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Vaute's Recycled-Cotton Aran Sweaters Are an Animal Lover's Dream

Can’t or won’t wear wool? Vaute’s vintage-inspired fisherman’s sweaters are the non-sheep treat you seek. Composed of 80 percent recycled cotton, derived from…

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Top 7 Recycled Fashion Designs of 2015 (Vote for the Most Creative!)

We couldn’t include all of our upcycled faves. Drop by our archives for more creative goodness…

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Kin-Tsugi Goods Upcycles Vintage Garments Into Wearable Art

For stylist-turned-designer Mai-Lei Pecorari, “make do and mend” isn’t just an exhortation, it’s a way of life. Her clothing line, Kin-tsugi Goods, revels in…

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