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H&M is offering $1 Million for best textile-recycling innovations

H&M is offering $1 Million for best textile-recycling innovations

Clothing retailer H&M is sponsoring a $1 million challenge to anyone who can figure out a sustainable way to close the loop on textiles. A closed loop clothing manufacturing scenario involves

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Film release about the Rana Plaza collapse delayed by India court

Film release about the Rana Plaza collapse delayed by India court

In 2013, over 1000 people were killed in the Raza Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. Now, a movie about the disaster is being banned in India for at least six months for being unfit for theaters. The film

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Tom Cridland unveils a £25 t-shirt guaranteed to last 30 years

Tom Cridland unveils a £25 t-shirt guaranteed to last 30 years

Would you spend £25 ($39) on a t-shirt that’s guaranteed to last until 2045? British designer Tom Cridland’s 30-year t-shirt Indiegogo campaign promises just that. Cridland, who has designed clothing

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How to win a free pair of PETA-approved vegan espadrilles

How to win a free pair of PETA-approved vegan espadrilles

Want a pair of shoes that’ll feel good on your feet and your conscience? You’ll love these cruelty-free kicks created by PETA and “footwear with a purpose” brand M4D3—and we’re making it easy

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‘Flo’ is a washer dryer combo that lets women rewash and reuse feminine pads

‘Flo’ is a washer dryer combo that lets women rewash and reuse feminine pads

Too often, menstruation isn't just a biological issue, but a social one. In developing countries, the problem is even worse because lack of access to feminine hygiene products can create a social stigma

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Smog-containing jewelry supports the world’s largest air purifier

Smog-containing jewelry supports the world’s largest air purifier

If you're worried about air quality in your city, this might be your chance to do make a difference and have a beautiful piece of design to show for it! You can help fund an air-purifying tower project,

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Enter to win a pair of comfy cruelty-free faux leather shoes

Enter to win a pair of comfy cruelty-free faux leather shoes

Our sister site Ecouterre is giving away free and comfy, vegan-leather espadrilles—and winning a pair couldn’t be easier. Created by PETA and “footwear with a purpose’ brand M4D3, these

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Students in Rotterdam are turning wasted fruit into a leather alternative

Students in Rotterdam are turning wasted fruit into a leather alternative

Food waste is a major problem across the world, and while food sharing and conservation programs are making a dent in the issue, some students in Rotterdam decided that they wanted to tackle this issue in

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Monsanto may be to blame for soaring suicide rates among farmers in India

Monsanto may be to blame for soaring suicide rates among farmers in India

In India, the suicide rate among farmers is an alarming 47 percent higher than workers in other sectors, and the figures continue to rise year after year. Environmental activists are blaming the deaths on

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15-in-1 BauBax jacket is like the Swiss Army Knife of travel gear

15-in-1 BauBax jacket is like the Swiss Army Knife of travel gear

Wish you could ditch your bag and travel lighter? The BauBax jacket could be just what you’re looking for. The travel jacket includes 15 pockets specially designed for common items, from a passport

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This “smart” bikini detects UV rays and tells you when to apply more sunscreen

This “smart” bikini detects UV rays and tells you when to apply more sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of those necessary evils in life. Remembering to reapply it throughout the day can be a pain, though, especially if you're busy having fun in the sun! Enter this super smart (and totally

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Collapsable Closca Fuga makes it easy to bring your helmet everywhere you go

Collapsable Closca Fuga makes it easy to bring your helmet everywhere you go

If you bike often, you know what a pain it can be to figure out what to do with your helmet when you aren't using it. Well worry no longer, because the collapsable Closca Fuga is the perfect solution.

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Portland artist transforms vegetables into runway-worthy fashion

Portland artist transforms vegetables into runway-worthy fashion

Designer Jacinda Martinez takes ‘playing with your food’ to a whole new level, turning common vegetables into wearable works of art. For the last six years, the Portland-based artist has dabbled in

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Adidas unveils new sneaker prototype made from reclaimed ocean trash

Adidas unveils new sneaker prototype made from reclaimed ocean trash

Adidas has just partnered up with Parley for the Oceans to create the world's first sneaker made from reclaimed ocean trash. The prototype design features sneaker uppers made from yarns and filaments

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Energy-efficient dryer of the future swaps heat for ultrasonic waves

Energy-efficient dryer of the future swaps heat for ultrasonic waves

Clothes dryers are one of the biggest energy users in the home, but a new discovery made by scientists at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could change the home appliance’s energy-guzzling

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Mosevic makes fashionable eyewear using recycled denim

Mosevic makes fashionable eyewear using recycled denim

Mosevic is tapping into wasted denim with is new "Solid Denim" eyewear collection. Each pair is made out of resin-infused layers of the well-known fabric to create eyewear out of the fashion staple.

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This bindi delivers life-saving iodine supplements to India’s women

This bindi delivers life-saving iodine supplements to India’s women

In rural India, many women suffer from a deficiency of iodine. Iodine is a necessary part of nutrition, as it helps cells metabolize food into energy. A deficiency can cause a host of health problems,

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3 Ways to Improve Your Beauty Routine With Affordable DIY Baking Soda Recipes

3 Ways to Improve Your Beauty Routine With Affordable DIY Baking Soda Recipes

Baking soda is a kitchen pantry necessity, but did you know that this common household product could do wonders for your beauty regime as well? From restoring the luster of your hair to skin exfoliation,

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Honest By offers first downloadable 3D printing fashion designs

Honest By offers first downloadable 3D printing fashion designs

Honest By, makers of ethical clothing, are pushing the digital envelope in fashion. The company has released a line of downloadable designs for 3D-printed accessories which enable customers to print their

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Electroloom builds the world’s first desktop 3D printer for clothes

Electroloom builds the world’s first desktop 3D printer for clothes

Electroloom is the first company to make a desktop 3D printer for clothing... that uses biodegradable materials... to make sustainable, eco-friendly fabric... with little to no waste. These are just a few

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Actress Blake Lively tries her hand at eco-fashion design

Actress Blake Lively tries her hand at eco-fashion design

“Age of Adaline” star Blake Lively recently unveiled the first of 12 pieces in her new eco-friendly clothing line. Unveiled on her Instagram, the “Champagne” dress is made from 100 percent silk

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Crayola is asking people to stop using crayons as makeup

Crayola is asking people to stop using crayons as makeup

File this one under advice that you didn't know you needed. Some enterprising beauty bloggers are encouraging make-up lovers to ditch the pricey eyeliners and pick up a Crayola instead. And while many

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L’Oreal to begin 3D-printing human skin

L’Oreal to begin 3D-printing human skin

Cosmetics company L’Oreal has teamed up with Organovo, a bioengineering startup, to 3D-print human skin—a move that may at first sound unsettling, but actually comes as no big surprise. The French

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Philippines footwear factory fire leaves at least 72 dead

Philippines footwear factory fire leaves at least 72 dead

Outside of Manilla last Thursday, a slipper factory erupted in flames and trapped many workers inside in a thick cloud of smoke from burning rubber and chemicals. At least 72 people died and scores more

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Berlin T-shirt vending machine shows shoppers real cost of cheap fashion

Berlin T-shirt vending machine shows shoppers real cost of cheap fashion

Would you be tempted to buy a T-shirt from a flashy-looking urban vending machine for less than $3? Berliners recently had the opportunity and many pounced, unaware that their attempted purchase was part

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MetaWear wants to make textile manufacturing ethical and sustainable

MetaWear wants to make textile manufacturing ethical and sustainable

Textile factories aren't exactly known for their ethical manufacturing processes. Virginia-based MetaWear wants to change that by launching America's first Global Organic Textile Standard. Solar and

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Anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse prompts reflection over changes in garment industry safety

Anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse prompts reflection over changes in garment industry safety

Friday marked the second anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, the deadliest garment factory accident in history that claimed 1,129 lives and injured over 2,000 more in Dhaka, Bangladesh. And

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JetBlue and Manhattan Portage are turning uniforms into carryalls

JetBlue and Manhattan Portage are turning uniforms into carryalls

JetBlue is partnering with bag-makers Manhattan Portage to turn decommissioned uniforms into trendy bags. The airliner is taking its its unused flight gear and turning it into a collection of carryalls.

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Zsanett Szirmay weaves music into the fabric of traditional textiles

Zsanett Szirmay weaves music into the fabric of traditional textiles

Hungarian design student Zsanett Szirmay has introduced a new way to appreciate eastern European folk embroidery—with your ears. In her installation titled Soundweaving, Szirmay merges the technology of

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INTERVIEW: Linda Greer and Clean by Design are creating a cleaner fashion future

INTERVIEW: Linda Greer and Clean by Design are creating a cleaner fashion future

Natural Resource Defense Council's director Linda Greer is spearheading the way to a cleaner fashion future. Greer is leading fashion's "toxic avengers" in a bid to clean up the toxic fashion industry in

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