upcycled textiles

Japan Airlines to Turn Clothing into Jet Fuel

Japan Airlines wants to turn used clothing into jet fuel. Japan’s flag carrier—and the nation’s second-largest airplane company after All Nippon Airways—is working with…

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Cooper Hewitt's "Scraps" Exhibit Makes Do, Mends With Leftover Textiles

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, currently on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, is something of a Rorschach test for our relationship…

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Patagonia's Latest Collection Contains Its Highest Recycled Content Yet

REMIXED The “cornerstone” of the collection, according to Patagonia, is its use of 100 percent recycled down. Salvaged from used products, the combination of 600-fill-power…

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Preview "Scraps," a Cooper Hewitt Exhibit About Using Up Leftover Textiles

SCRAP WORK “Telling the inspiring and empowering stories of three women designers and entrepreneurs who hail from three continents, Scraps brings critical focus to the human and…

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Aeon Row: American-Made, Zero-Waste Clothing You Can Actually Afford

FASHION REVIVAL “I started researching eco-fabrics [and] became captivated by how affordable revived fabric was in relation to other eco-fabrics,” he told Ecouterre. “I…

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Inspired by Mulan, Esther Lui's Upcycled Garments Embody Gentle Strength

HONOR TO US ALL One of the excursions Redress organized led to a garment factory in China that specializes in “zero waste,” a design technique that espouses creative methods…

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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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Pratt Student Responds to "Fast Fashion" With Upcycled Thesis Collection

SLOWING DOWN FASHION Burton described an overseas trip as a turning point in her journey as a designer. “I had the opportunity to go to India and there I visited some factories…

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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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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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Ecoalf Wants to Upcycle Ocean-Trawled Plastic Into Textiles, Clothing

Ecoalf sees opportunity in waste. Based in Madrid, the urban-minimalist apparel brand—think Uniqlo for the conscious set—has recycled everything from decommissioned fishing nets,…

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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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Angela Mathis Turns Shredded Banknotes Into Textiles, Upholstery

BIG SPENDER As if in anticipation of pearl-clutchers who may regard her choice of medium a tad sacrilegious, Mathis points out that banknotes generally circulate for a period of 18…

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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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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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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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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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