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YOU Can Help NASA Decide What Future Astronauts Will Wear To Mars

YOU Can Help NASA Decide What Future Astronauts Will Wear To Mars

NASA is building a new class of space suit, and it's has turned to you, the people of the Internet, to help it decide which design is best. Dubbed the "Z-2", the new suit must be able to protect

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Video Shows How “Cheap” Expensive Designer Sweaters Really Are

Video Shows How “Cheap” Expensive Designer Sweaters Really Are

What's the most you'd ever pay for a sweater? $50? $150? What if it was made by a big name designer like Prada, Jill Sander, or Celine and Chloe? Last season, these and other designers sent sweaters with

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Electro-Thermal Knee Brace Provides Stability During Workout, Comfort After

Electro-Thermal Knee Brace Provides Stability During Workout, Comfort After

What if your knee brace could not only comfort you during your workout, but also after? That's the problem solved by a recent Red Dot Design Award winner. Designers at Ming Chuan University the Energy

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Lady Gaga’s Coffee Filter Dress Reveals Confusion Over ‘Upcycling’

Lady Gaga’s Coffee Filter Dress Reveals Confusion Over ‘Upcycling’

By now, we're no longer surprised when Lady Gaga makes an appearance in an outlandish outfit. Dresses made of meat, or suits that are more helicopter than clothing--we expect these things from the pop

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Your Favorite Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Linked to Rainforest Destruction

Your Favorite Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Linked to Rainforest Destruction

For decades Proctor & Gamble's 'Head and Shoulders' shampoo has been synonymous with the fight against dandruff. Now, thanks to an investigation by Greenpeace, the popular brand has been linked to

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New U.S. Federal Bill Proposes Ban on Animal Testing for Cosmetics

New U.S. Federal Bill Proposes Ban on Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Image via Shutterstock Great news animal lovers--a new federal bill introduced last week could finally put an end to cruel cosmetics testing on animals in the United States. Endorsed by The Humane

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How’d You Like To Spend The Afterlife As A Diamond?

How’d You Like To Spend The Afterlife As A Diamond?

What are your aspirations for the afterlife? These days there are more options than just traditional burial or cremation. We've explored many different options for green burial, like planters that turn

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Meet An Inspiring Teen Who Survived Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Collapse

Meet An Inspiring Teen Who Survived Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Collapse

At age 18, most American kids are looking forward to college or scouting out summer job opportunities. Few have seen the human rights violations and traumatic loss of life that haunt Reba Sikder on a

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‘Cuff’ GPS-Enabled Jewelry Is Next Gen Life Alert For Women With Style

‘Cuff’ GPS-Enabled Jewelry Is Next Gen Life Alert For Women With Style

If you're a senior who lives alone, or a woman working second shift, it's important to be concerned about safety. As anyone who watches the ID channel knows, danger can be lurking in plain sight. This

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Watch These High-Tech Goggles Help Surgeons Spot Cancer

Watch These High-Tech Goggles Help Surgeons Spot Cancer

Dr. Samuel Achilefu, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Washington University, things special goggles could help surgeons eradicate cancer cells. Under normal circumstances, these

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The OpenKnit Printer by Gerard Rubio ‘Prints’ Sweaters In Under An Hour!

The OpenKnit Printer by Gerard Rubio ‘Prints’ Sweaters In Under An Hour!

Has "learn to knit" been on your to-do list for years? Are you envious of the scarves, sweaters, and cowls knitted by your DIY-minded friends? A new invention from Gerard Rubio could make homemade clothes

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Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Retail giant Nike is developing a version of Marty McFly's futuristic self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II. Formerly a fictional concept, the autonomous fastening system either loosens or tightens

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Activists Put Rana Plaza Victims On Display at New York Fashion Week

Activists Put Rana Plaza Victims On Display at New York Fashion Week

The glitz and glamour of New York Fashion week was interrupted by grim images depicting the reality of the fast fashion industry this week. Labor activists forced designers and fans to acknowledge their

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Dollhouse Mom Built Inside A Guitar Is Music To Daughter’s Ears

Dollhouse Mom Built Inside A Guitar Is Music To Daughter’s Ears

Lots of little girl's have dollhouses, but few have miniature creations as unique and wonderful as the one Lorraine Robinson built for her daughter. The crafty mom and owner of Fairy Meadow Miniatures

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Designer John Patrick Looks to the Moon for Inspiration for Fall 2014 NY Fashion Week

Designer John Patrick Looks to the Moon for Inspiration for Fall 2014 NY Fashion Week

Modern fashion designer, John Patrick looks to the heavens for inspiration in his latest line for New York Fashion Week. His ethereal and elegant ensembles draw upon NASA photographs of the Apollo and

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Modu’s Gender-Bending Clothing Line Samples The Best of Both Worlds

Modu’s Gender-Bending Clothing Line Samples The Best of Both Worlds

Women's clothes are designed for beauty while men's clothes are designed for function and comfort. But why? Designer Modu decided there's no reason fashion for both genders can't share the best aspects of

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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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Rana Plaza Activists Remind New York Fashion Week Attendees About the Cost of Fashion

Rana Plaza Activists Remind New York Fashion Week Attendees About the Cost of Fashion

Last year's horrifying Rana Plaza factory building collapse claimed over a thousand lives and left hundreds injured. Despite global outrage, only a third of the companies that used the Dhaka manufacturing

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How Your Eye-Shadow Puts Indian Children At Risk For Death

How Your Eye-Shadow Puts Indian Children At Risk For Death

Do you love shimmery lip gloss, eye shadow, nail polish? That extra sparkle comes from a mineral called mica, a glittery silicate mineral that's used in many different types of cosmetics. While the

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How Figure-Hugging Jeans Nearly Created a Crisis With US Currency

How Figure-Hugging Jeans Nearly Created a Crisis With US Currency

Image via Shutterstock If you own a pair of jeans that fit so snugly that they can be confused for colored cling-wrap, chances are they contain a hefty amount of spandex. For the past twenty-odd years,

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Clever Pop-Up Store Lets Homeless South Africans ‘Shop’ For Used Clothing

Clever Pop-Up Store Lets Homeless South Africans ‘Shop’ For Used Clothing

Most of us can't imagine the stress and shame that come along with being homeless. Services that are meant to help those without a place to live mean well, but often they treat homeless individuals like

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Ralph Lauren’s 2014 Winter Olympic Team Outfits Scream “Made In The USA”

Ralph Lauren’s 2014 Winter Olympic Team Outfits Scream “Made In The USA”

During the last Winter Olympics millions were astonished to learn that the uniforms worn as the U.S. Olympic Team entered the carnival-like Opening Ceremonies had not actually been made in the United

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Walmart Pledges $10 Million To Support “Made In The USA” Products

Walmart Pledges $10 Million To Support “Made In The USA” Products

At the recent United States Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting in Washington, D.C., Walmart executives announced a new plan to invest in American businesses. Long criticized for importing the vast

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H&M’s New Line Of Eco-Friendly Denim Closes The Loop On Textile Recycling

H&M’s New Line Of Eco-Friendly Denim Closes The Loop On Textile Recycling

We recycle our bottles, cans, and newspapers, but what about clothes that are past their prime? Last year, Swedish apparel chain H&M made headlines by launching the world's first global clothes

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Meet The T-Shirt That Could Make Stain Remover Obsolete

Meet The T-Shirt That Could Make Stain Remover Obsolete

We've all been there: halfway through dinner and you drop a big dollop of sauce right in the middle of your new shirt. Stain removers may eradicate some of the mark, but you know the fabric will never

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Stop Slouching! This T-Shirt Will Teach You How To Stand Up Straight

Stop Slouching! This T-Shirt Will Teach You How To Stand Up Straight

When you were a kid, did adults always tell you to stop slouching? I had a piano teacher who would poke me in the back if I didn't sit up straight at the keyboard. Good posture is an important part of

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Terrarium Backpack: Essential For Life In A Polluted World?

Terrarium Backpack: Essential For Life In A Polluted World?

Global levels of carbon emissions and greenhouse gases are a threat to human and environmental health. In China, there are days when smog levels are so high that people can't go to work or school, and

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Presenting the Winners of the 2013 Ecouterre Readers’ Choice Awards!

Presenting the Winners of the 2013 Ecouterre Readers’ Choice Awards!

Another year of inspiring, bizarre, and truly emotional fashion stories has come and gone. You cast your ballot for the most popular Ecouterre articles of 2013, and the votes have been counted! See what

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Where Will Eco-Fashion Take Us In 2014? 36 Industry Professionals Weigh In!

Where Will Eco-Fashion Take Us In 2014? 36 Industry Professionals Weigh In!

It's the beginning of a New Year, and for fashionistas, that means discovering new trends in the world of clothing and accessories. What textiles, cuts, and materials will be discovered or surge to

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The 7 Most Deplorable Fashion Stories of the Year (Vote for the Most Horrifying)

The 7 Most Deplorable Fashion Stories of the Year (Vote for the Most Horrifying)

While the trend towards sustainable fashion is gathering steam, there still remains a gigantic industry that encourages some incredibly devastating practices. From major building collapses in Bangladesh

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