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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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Australians love beer so much, they made a dress with it

Australians love beer so much, they made a dress with it

Talk about drunk on fashion. This aptly-named "Beer Dress" is made from little more than lager, and its fibers are remarkably similar to cotton. Unlike its wine-borne predecessors, this beer frock doesn't

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Patagonia offers free repairs on nationwide “Worn Wear” mobile tour

Patagonia offers free repairs on nationwide “Worn Wear” mobile tour

Patagonia, makers of outdoor and technical clothing with an eco-friendly heart, is making it easier than ever for consumers to get more life out of their gear. Much of Patagonia's clothing has long been

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MIT researchers 3D print superior bulletproof armor inspired by fish scales

MIT researchers 3D print superior bulletproof armor inspired by fish scales

We can learn a lot from the nature, if only we know where to look. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology used biomimicry of fish scales

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Temperature-regulating textiles take inspiration from polar bear fur

Temperature-regulating textiles take inspiration from polar bear fur

A thick coat of fur keeps polar bears warm in below-freezing temperatures, but did you know that the hairs on their pelts are hollow to provide extra insulation? Inspired by nature’s genius design, UK

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President Obama launches $150 million textiles-innovation competition

President Obama launches $150 million textiles-innovation competition

Last week, President Barack Obama rolled out a plan to reinvigorate textile manufacturing in America. Part of the new plan is a challenge issued by the Department of Defense worth $150 million, which will

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This gorgeous t-shirt is a glamorous way to charge your phone with solar power

This gorgeous t-shirt is a glamorous way to charge your phone with solar power

When you hear the term "photovoltaic" the first word that probably comes to mind isn't glamorous. But Pauline van Dongen is changing that with her Solar Shirt, a beautiful shirt that can also charge your

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NYC’s top fashion designers turn crayons into couture

NYC’s top fashion designers turn crayons into couture

An unlikely partnership between Bloomingdale's and Crayola has resulted in a collection of couture created by top New York fashion designers and featuring, you guessed it, crayons. The dresses, which each

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Quell provides the world’s first wearable pain relief

Quell provides the world’s first wearable pain relief

For those who suffer from chronic pain, finding relief can be difficult. Quell provides drug-free pain relief by stimulating a natural nervous-system response that blocks pain signals. The device connects

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87-year-old woman finishes knitting 1,000th sweater for kids in need

87-year-old woman finishes knitting 1,000th sweater for kids in need

Can we get a collective "awwww" for the amazing accomplishment of Anna Taylor? She's our 87-year-old hero who, for the past nine years, has been busy knitting sweaters for kids in need. She's recently

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One company will turn your old sofa into a pair of running shoes

One company will turn your old sofa into a pair of running shoes

You've heard it before: get off the couch and get moving because sitting is one of the worst things you can do for your body. Bottled water company Vittel is taking that to the next level by turning your

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These sensory-friendly clothes make it easier to keep autistic kids safe

These sensory-friendly clothes make it easier to keep autistic kids safe

Parents of autistic children have a lot to keep tabs on. One of the most frightening tendencies for some children with autism is the tendency to wander off, which can be dangerous or even

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These clever backpacks charge your devices with built-in solar power

These clever backpacks charge your devices with built-in solar power

Everyone has experienced the frustration of being on the go and needing to use your phone, only to find that it is completely dead. Project Solaire is changing that with these innovative solar backpacks.

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MIT designs innovative wearable tech that makes it easier to network

MIT designs innovative wearable tech that makes it easier to network

MIT students have designed Social Textiles, an innovative social network that helps you break the ice in the form of a t-shirt. Printed with thermochromatic ink letters, the wired t-shirts light up and

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Pink has a special message for people who wear fur

Pink has a special message for people who wear fur

Pink recently did a photo shoot for PETA admonishing New York Fashion Week attendees to forgo the fur. Posing in nothing but her tattoos, the singer urged people to "wear your own skin," and, for those

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Jill Adams’ Ebola protective suit to debut at New York Fashion Week

Jill Adams’ Ebola protective suit to debut at New York Fashion Week

Humanitarian design might not be the first thought that comes to mind when you think of New York Fashion Week, but that’s the angle that wedding dress designer Jill Adams is taking in her debut of an

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Will Smith says son “has refused to be a slave to money”

Will Smith says son “has refused to be a slave to money”

According to Will Smith, his son refuses to be a slave to money and it is part of a larger trend in values that he sees developing. “It’s such a strange thing. Jaden, my 16-year-old, he has one pair

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21 Ethical Lingerie Gifts for an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day

21 Ethical Lingerie Gifts for an Unforgettable Valentine’s Day

This Valentine's Day, there should be other things on your mind than the sustainable pedigree of your lingerie. Take a look at 21 guilt-free and incredibly sexy ideas for the holiday and show a little

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Can Norton Security’s RFID-proof jeans prevent digital pickpocketing?

Can Norton Security’s RFID-proof jeans prevent digital pickpocketing?

In news of the strange, but kind of cool, but still mostly strange, anti-virus software maker Symantec has expanded their product line beyond the familiar Norton Security to include jeans that promise to

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Adidas, Nau, REI, Timberland commit to Responsible Down Standard

Adidas, Nau, REI, Timberland commit to Responsible Down Standard

Outdoor outfitters have been under the gun for some time for sourcing down from birds who have been mistreated, according to animal welfare activists. Adidas, Nau, REI, and Timberland are some of the

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Brilliant sleeping bag transforms into a tent to provide shelter for homeless

Brilliant sleeping bag transforms into a tent to provide shelter for homeless

Winters for the homeless can be an incredibly challenging time, so Carnegie Mellon University challenged its students to create temporary, economically viable shelters for people living on the streets. A

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Google Glass is dead, long live Google Glass

Google Glass is dead, long live Google Glass

  The opportunity to buy Google Glass is now past. The test drive is over. The beta install has expired. The free trial membership has ended. The testing phase of the product development life

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Could super-insulated clothes eliminate need for indoor heat?

Could super-insulated clothes eliminate need for indoor heat?

When you complained about the cold as a kid, Dad used to say, "Put on a sweater." He might have be onto something. A research team at Stanford University has been working on textiles that actually radiate

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Dolfi is a washing machine that fits in your hand

Dolfi is a washing machine that fits in your hand

The future of washing on-the-go fits in the palm of your hand and uses ultrasound to get your garments clean. Called Dolfi and designed by MPI Ultrasonics, the little handheld clothes washer can tackle

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Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

In news of the painfully cute, injured koalas in and around South Australia are slowly recovering from burns they sustained as bushfires wreaked havoc on their habitat. Many of these adorable slow-moving

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