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Pope Francis urges shoppers to be socially responsible with their holiday purchases

Pope Francis urges shoppers to be socially responsible with their holiday purchases

Photo by Giulio Napolitano/Shutterstock It's mid-December, which means it is peak season for the holiday shopping frenzy. But before you finish checking off those gifts on your lists, there is one

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This lingerie used to be a Christmas tree

This lingerie used to be a Christmas tree

We've heard of a lot of ways to recycle old Christmas trees, but lingerie? French designer Sophie Young is turning pine needles from old trees into gorgeous underwear. The lingerie is described as being

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Levi’s Stadium Field of Jeans project saves 12 tons of denim from landfill

Levi’s Stadium Field of Jeans project saves 12 tons of denim from landfill

Back in November, Levi Strauss teamed up with the San Francisco 49ers to collect unwanted used jeans to donate to Goodwill. Before the jeans were donated, however, the partnership called in Bay Area

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Black Friday shopper numbers embarrassingly surpass voter turnout for the midterm elections

Black Friday shopper numbers embarrassingly surpass voter turnout for the midterm elections

Photo by Shutterstock It was a black day for American politics on November 2. Nearly twice as many people scrambled for Black Friday bargains than showed up to vote at the 2014 midterm elections. The

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Charge Your Smartphone On-the-Go with Tommy Hilfiger’s New Solar-Powered Jacket

Charge Your Smartphone On-the-Go with Tommy Hilfiger’s New Solar-Powered Jacket

Are you a busy person who constantly forgets to charge her phone? If yes, you may be interested in Tommy Hilfiger's new solar-powered field jacket. Designed to help give mobile electronics a boost of

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The World’s Largest T-Shirt is Raising Awareness for Fair Trade

The World’s Largest T-Shirt is Raising Awareness for Fair Trade

To help consumers remember the real impact that their clothing consumption has on the people who create it, a group of activists decided to make the world's largest t-shirt. The idea is to raise

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Sprout Watches: Eco-Friendly Timekeepers that are Big on Style

Sprout Watches: Eco-Friendly Timekeepers that are Big on Style

For those who still like to wear a classic timepiece instead of pulling out their phone every five minutes, Sprout Watches are fabulous, eco-friendly timekeepers. Each Sprout Watch is lead- and

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Enter to Win a Canopy Verde “Heights” Carry-All

Enter to Win a Canopy Verde “Heights” Carry-All

If your old bag is looking tired, you’re in luck: we are giving away a beautiful Canopy Verde “Heights” shoulder bag to help take your commute up a notch. Made out of organic cotton, low-impact dyes

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Artist David Catá Transforms His Own Hand into a Planter

Artist David Catá Transforms His Own Hand into a Planter

Spanish artist David Catá has a curious relationship with pain, saying he relishes the “emotional aspect” of it, rather than the physical aspect. After his earlier series of work that involved

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Get Away From it All With the Nutshell Cocoon-on-the-Go

Get Away From it All With the Nutshell Cocoon-on-the-Go

Wish you could take a moment to get away from it all even when you can’t actually get away? Design student Eden Lew has just the solution with the Nutshell. It’s a fold-out fabric shell that you can

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This Home Library Has a Built-In Slide to Make Reading Fun

This Home Library Has a Built-In Slide to Make Reading Fun

Instead of diving into a good book, how about sliding into one? This home in South Korea has its own library that comes complete with a multi-level slide. The idea behind the design is to encourage

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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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‘Monsieur Plant’ Grows Nike Sneakers using Flowers

‘Monsieur Plant’ Grows Nike Sneakers using Flowers

The French artist known as Monsieur Plant is living up to his name with a fashionable line of sneakers made out of flowers, moss, bark and dirt. Aptly named Just Grow It, the collection even features

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Meet Dorothy – An App and Device Combo that Can Call for Help with a Click of Your Heels

Meet Dorothy – An App and Device Combo that Can Call for Help with a Click of Your Heels

Whether you're on a bad date and silently wishing your phone would ring, or you find yourself in a more sinister setting, a new device and app pairing called Dorothy can help extract you from a sticky

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How Wearable Technology Could be Bad for Your Health

How Wearable Technology Could be Bad for Your Health

Wearable technology is blowing up, so with new smart watches and smart textiles popping up constantly, it might be past time to consider what all of those little electromagnetic signals are doing to our

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Suncayr Color-Charging Marker Lets You Know When Its Time to Reapply Sunscreen

Suncayr Color-Charging Marker Lets You Know When Its Time to Reapply Sunscreen

Sunscreen can be great protection against harmful ultraviolet rays--that is if you can remember to reapply it every couple of hours. Enter the Suncayr marker, a James Dyson Award-winning design that uses

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Thunderwear: Flame-Proof Underwear Protects Firefighters and Steelworkers From High Heat

Thunderwear: Flame-Proof Underwear Protects Firefighters and Steelworkers From High Heat

The fires outside aren't the only flames that firefighters and steelworkers must deal with everyday--the high heat can pass through their outer protective layers and burn through their cotton

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PETE Turns Plastic Bottles into Clothing Right at Home

PETE Turns Plastic Bottles into Clothing Right at Home

Want to reduce your plastic waste without it ever leaving your home? Meet PETE, one of the six finalists in the Electrolux Design Lab competition, which lets you recycle plastic bottles into clothing

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U.S. Government to Award $1 Million for Best Ebola Hazmat Suit Design

U.S. Government to Award $1 Million for Best Ebola Hazmat Suit Design

Photo by Shutterstock The White House has teamed up with USAID, the CDC, and the U.S. Department of Defense to offer a $1 million award for a superior and improved HAZMAT suit design in hopes of better

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Robotic Fabric Could Be Used to Create Moving Clothing

Robotic Fabric Could Be Used to Create Moving Clothing

We’ve all heard of electronic fabrics, but robotic fabrics? That’s a new one. Researchers are Purdue University are developing an electronic skin-like fabric that can move on its own, twisting and

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JetBlue Recycles 18.5 Tons of Used Uniforms, Gives Landfill-Bound Fabric New Life

JetBlue Recycles 18.5 Tons of Used Uniforms, Gives Landfill-Bound Fabric New Life

JetBlue's latest environmentally friendly PR move looks like it's going to make a sizable difference. Since June, the airline company has saved more than 18.5 tons of used uniforms, clothing, and fabric

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Washable, Stretchable Fabric Circuit Boards Could Be the Future of Wearable Tech

Washable, Stretchable Fabric Circuit Boards Could Be the Future of Wearable Tech

We love wearable technology, but not all of it is as durable as we like our clothing to be. Which is why researchers at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at Hong Hong Polytechnic decided to create

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Fast Fashion Retailers Agree to Raise Minimum Wage for Cambodian Garment Makers

Fast Fashion Retailers Agree to Raise Minimum Wage for Cambodian Garment Makers

Eight fast fashion retail giants, including H&M, New Look, Next, and Zara's parent company Inditex, have agreed to increase the minimum wage for their garment makers in Cambodia. Thousands of garment

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Drug Cartels are Laundering Money Using Fast Fashion

Drug Cartels are Laundering Money Using Fast Fashion

Fast fashion isn’t just terrible for the environment.; new evidence shows that it is also enabling drug cartels to launder money. Police recently seized $100 million from businesses in the LA Fashion

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Acer U.K. Presents Over-the-Top Tablet-Integrated Selfie Sombrero

Acer U.K. Presents Over-the-Top Tablet-Integrated Selfie Sombrero

We've recently featured many wearable tech products, but none are as ostentatious as this giant glittery, hot pink selfie-taking sombrero designed by Acer U.K. and Christian Cowan-Sanluis, a 20-year-old

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The 4MM Jetpack Could Give You the Boost You Need to Run a Four-Minute Mile

The 4MM Jetpack Could Give You the Boost You Need to Run a Four-Minute Mile

A four-minute mile is just a dream for most people, but not if the US Military has anything to do with it. DARPA (the Military’s research arm) is in the process of designing a jetpack that could help

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MICA: High-Tech, High Fashion “Smart” Bracelets Unveiled at New York Fashion Week

MICA: High-Tech, High Fashion “Smart” Bracelets Unveiled at New York Fashion Week

Wearable technology has yet to hit the mainstream, but that isn't stopping the fashion industry from trying to add a stylish twist to the high-tech novelties. Earlier this month, Intel, in partnership

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CuteCircuit Designs Clothing That Lights Up, Tweets and Changes Pattern When you Want

CuteCircuit Designs Clothing That Lights Up, Tweets and Changes Pattern When you Want

What if, when you got sick of the pattern on your favorite jacket, instead of donating it you could just change the pattern using an app on your phone? CuteCircuit is making it happen! The atelier

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Lascana Presents First 3D-Printed Lingerie in Russia

Lascana Presents First 3D-Printed Lingerie in Russia

Lascana has successfully created a set of 3D printed lingerie in Russia. Designed by Viktoria Anoka, the line of 3D-printed undergarments was inspired by Sandro Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus." Thus,

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Swiss Clothing Company Freitag Makes 100 Percent Compostable Clothing

Swiss Clothing Company Freitag Makes 100 Percent Compostable Clothing

Tired of fast fashion filling up the landfills? Freitag - the company known for repurposing truck tarps into bags - is making apparel that can be tossed into the compost when you are done with it. Made

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