upcycled fashion

Marks & Spencer Debuts Street Style–Inspired Eco-Clothing Line

LONDON CALLING The capsule arrives in stores just as Marks & Spencer announced additional commitments to improve transparency in its clothing supply chain. The retailer noted in…

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This Jewelry is Made of Recycled Coffee Grounds

Rosalie McMillan doesn’t have to look far for her coffee fix. The London designer creates jewelry from Çurface, an industrial composite derived from waste grounds and…

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Sophie Carnell Creates Haunting Jewelry From Salvaged Ocean Trash

MATERIAL HAZARDS Several of the pieces mimic silhouettes found in nature—Carnell’s way of echoing the plight of marine animals, from seabirds to bivalves, who mistake plastic…

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Shwood Recycles Newspaper Into Woodgrain-Like Eyewear

READ ALL ABOUT IT Shwood treated the reconstituted material like a type of veneer, layering it onto the temples of its signature “Canby” model—in both wooden and…

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Eileen Fisher Wants to Achieve "100 Percent Sustainability" by 2020

What is the inspiration behind Vision2020 and the motto,…

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300,000 College Students Will Be Graduating in Eco-Friendly Gowns

Unifi has linked arms with Oak Hall Cap & Gown to clothe more than 300,000 college students in eco-friendly regalia this spring. Composed entirely of Unifi’s…

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The North Face Wants to Recycle 100,000 Pounds of Textiles

Clothing recycling just got a whole lot easier, thanks to a nationwide roll-out of “Clothes the Loop,” a take-back/recycling program designed by The North Face to divert…

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JeBlue, Manhattan Portage Turn Old Airline Uniforms Into Bags

TRUE BLUE Each bag not only diverts textiles from landfills, according to Mendelsohn, but it also represents a piece of airline history “once worn by some of the most unique crew…

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Pyrrha Expands Line of Recycled-Metal "Game of Thrones" Jewelry

VALAR MORGHULIS But while the show—and the books on which it’s based—are fiction, the techniques Pyrrha employs are not. The company uses the traditional art of lost-wax…

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Parsons, Eileen Fisher Team Up to Recycle Old Clothing Into New

If the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in New York City has been looking a little disordered of late, rest assured, it’s for a good cause. From now through Sunday, the Arnold and…

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H&M, Kering, Worn Again Team Up to Close the Loop on Textiles

Photo by Shutterstock H&M and Kering are ready to close the loop on textiles. The world’s second-largest fashion retailer linked arms with the French luxury conglomerate on…

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Glass House's American-Crafted Dress Shirts Are Stylish, Sustainable

Photos by Quinn Wharton The name Glass House begins to make more sense when you delve further into the key values of this team of shirt makers: transparency and sustainability. Their…

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Vittel Will Turn Your Old Couch into Bespoke Running Shoes

Vittel bottled water company wants Europeans to get off their couch and get moving and to do that, they’ll turn your old couch into a new pair of custom running shoes. The French…

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Lars Hofsjö Recycles Swedish Rag Rugs Into Colorful Tables

Lars Hofsjö is giving leftover textiles a third lease on life by transforming traditional Swedish rag rugs into colorful sideboards. The Rumbler designer, who grew up listening to the…

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Antiform's Upcycled Fashions Are 100 Percent Handmade in the U.K.

TRUE TO FORM Its love of English heritage and craft aside, Antiform is dedicated to creating modern, versatile styles that rebel against banality and have no “sell-by date,”…

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"Woolly Pedlar" Helps Grieving Families Create Quilts From Old Sweaters

Photo by Simon Greener Old jumpers are being transformed into memory blankets for grieving families by a sensitive seamstress in the north of England. Sue Reed goes by the name of the…

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NSFW: "Niptons" Are Nipple Pasties Made From Recycled Records

GREEN IS SEXY Two years of prototyping—and one marriage to said girlfriend—later, Tipton’s “Niptons” require just a little more work on the packaging front before…

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Meet the Winners of the 2014/15 EcoChic Design Award

REPURPOSE FOR A PURPOSE Now in its fifth cycle, the EcoChic Design Award is the brainchild of Redress, a Hong Kong-based nonprofit that strives to demonstrate the potential of disused…

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