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20 Inspiring Designs From Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseño 2014

20 Inspiring Designs From Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseño 2014

Tucumán designer Carolina Vera creates unique stools and coat stands made from old broomsticks, as showcased at the fairs' 14th edition this year. Matias Vinograd upcycles old tires into colorful

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The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

MaterialConnexion is a material library with the latest innovations for design schools, architects, and creatives to use for inspiration and exploration. It also includes a wide range of sustainable

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San Francisco’s Fancy New Clothing Donation Bins to Help Divert Waste from Landfills

San Francisco’s Fancy New Clothing Donation Bins to Help Divert Waste from Landfills

Clothing donation bins are nothing new but San Francisco wants to encourage more drop offs to eliminate unneeded waste in its landfills. In a mission to entice more residents to donate clothes the

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Tired of Your Granny Panties? DIY Some New Ones With This 3D Printer

Tired of Your Granny Panties? DIY Some New Ones With This 3D Printer

Ladies, let's talk. When it's "that time of the month", leaks can be an issue. Many of us reach for the old, worn underwear in the back of the drawer, because who wants to risk destroying those fancy

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Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Presented as part of the 2008's Casa Per Tutti (House for All) exhibition, Casa Umbrella can be used as a pop-up shelter, temporary house, or emergency room. Its 160 square feet were created from 15

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Sustainable Fabrics Spotlighted In John Patrick’s ‘L’Avventura’ Collection At New York Fashion Week

Sustainable Fabrics Spotlighted In John Patrick’s ‘L’Avventura’ Collection At New York Fashion Week

Big names and outlandish designs get all the attention at New York Fashion Week, but that doesn't mean they're the only styles worth noting. Inspired by the film L’Avventura, a 1960's Italian drama

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Afrique Authentique – Authentic Africa Brings the Green Textile Traditions of Africa to the World

Afrique Authentique – Authentic Africa Brings the Green Textile Traditions of Africa to the World

Afrique Authentique - Authentic Africa is an organization that aims to empower local craftspeople in Burkina Faso in Western Africa. The collective recently showcased its first 100% hand-woven African

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Bertjan Pot’s Rope Masks Are Both Beautiful and Terrifying

Bertjan Pot’s Rope Masks Are Both Beautiful and Terrifying

To make his masks, Bertjan Pot uses all sorts of ropes, combining colors and creating innovative textures. He stitches them together using a sewing machine, which in turn creates a waved surface. Each

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Nike Partners with Bluesign to Improve Sustainability of its Textiles

Nike Partners with Bluesign to Improve Sustainability of its Textiles

This week, Nike announced that it will be partnering with Bluesign, the Swiss standard bearer for sustainable textiles. According to the apparel giant, the partnership will “accelerate the supply of

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“Wooden” Jeans Could Provide a More Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Denim

“Wooden” Jeans Could Provide a More Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Denim

The denim industry has a phenomenal impact on the environment. Traditional cotton jeans carry a substantial carbon footprint with each single pair requiring 42 liters of water, along with up to 15 dyeing

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Stephen Kenn Repurposes WWII Fabrics Into Rugged Furniture

Stephen Kenn Repurposes WWII Fabrics Into Rugged Furniture

Soldiers who fought in WWII were supplied some of the toughest, heartiest, and longest-lasting textiles of the era. Now considered antiques, the fabrics have stood the test of time and have found their

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Recycled Materials and Innovative Low-Energy Designs Shine at Paris’ Maison & Objet

Recycled Materials and Innovative Low-Energy Designs Shine at Paris’ Maison & Objet

One of our favorite finds, COLORS' Chiba is a Japanese take on classic Danish LEGO bricks made from recycled coffee beans, tea and wood chips—and it smells great!. Ground coffee was pretty big at

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Maison & Objet’s Parcours Fil Vert Showcases Imaginative Eco Products at Paris Design Week

Maison & Objet’s Parcours Fil Vert Showcases Imaginative Eco Products at Paris Design Week

Swedish designer Iris Shantverk has been making functional brushes since 1884, crafted from unusual biodegradable materials including horse hair, cactus fibers and goat hair, paired with local wood to

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‘Smart’ Curtains Trigger an Alarm When they Detect Intruders

‘Smart’ Curtains Trigger an Alarm When they Detect Intruders

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin have developed an amazing new type of intruder-detecting 'smart' curtains that can sense when someone is trying

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Gabriel Dawe’s Dynamic Colored Thread Sculptures Imitate Prisms of Light

Gabriel Dawe’s Dynamic Colored Thread Sculptures Imitate Prisms of Light

Dawe has created dozens of these site-specific installations all over the world, including London, Denmark, Texas and Louisiana. Born in Mexico City, Dawe worked as a graphic designer before moving to

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Yet Matilde’s Continuous Function Furniture Line Is Made Entirely From Hardened Textiles

Yet Matilde’s Continuous Function Furniture Line Is Made Entirely From Hardened Textiles

Turin-based design studio Yet Matilde is walking a fine line between producing textiles and furniture. Their latest creation, Continuous Function, is a furniture line made from hardening a continuous

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“Recycling the Dead” Turns Cremated Remains Into Textiles for Products

“Recycling the Dead” Turns Cremated Remains Into Textiles for Products

So maybe your life lacks purpose at the moment, at least you can rest easy knowing your body could still serve a function well after your spirit has left the earth. Kerry Greville, a student

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10 Eco-Fashion Garments Inspired by Biomimicry and Nature

10 Eco-Fashion Garments Inspired by Biomimicry and Nature

Some of the greatest human innovations have been inspired by natural occurrences, so it only makes sense that what we wear would follow suit. From leaf-like tops to outerwear that transpires like trees,

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The Best Green Furnishings at Fiera Milano During the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair

The Best Green Furnishings at Fiera Milano During the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair

Gufram uses soft polyurethane, brightly coloured with washable, non-toxic dyes, to create the most unusual designs. Inspired by traditional car air fresheners, “Déjeuner sur l’arbre” can be used as

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“Killer” Silk Destroys Anthrax, Other Microbes in Minutes

“Killer” Silk Destroys Anthrax, Other Microbes in Minutes

Thanks to a groundbreaking discovery by Ohio’s Air Force Research Laboratory, ordinary silk is now good for a lot more than making pretty clothes. A group of researchers have developed a chemical

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Oh, the Irony: “Made in U.S.A” Goods Gain Popularity in China

Oh, the Irony: “Made in U.S.A” Goods Gain Popularity in China

Pick a product sold in the US, and chances are it's made in China. But now in an ironic twist of fate, American-made goods are becoming more popular in China. According to a report by Jing Daily, workwear

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Japanese Textile Mills Are Back in Action After Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

Japanese Textile Mills Are Back in Action After Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

Japan has suffered through 2011's devastating tsunami and earthquake and in the wake of the clean-up, the country wants to be clear - their legendary textile mills have made a comeback.  Fukushima

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Christien Meindertsma’s Delicate Yet Rough Designs Are Made From Flax

Christien Meindertsma’s Delicate Yet Rough Designs Are Made From Flax

Best known for her eye-opening research book PIG 05049, Christien Meindertsma has taken on a new endeavor, designing a series of rough and simple objects made from flax. Developed in collaboration with

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Argentine Brand Eco Lala Recycles Plastic Packaging into Funky Objects

Argentine Brand Eco Lala Recycles Plastic Packaging into Funky Objects

Eco Lala's recycled bags, clutches, bike accessories, dustbins and even seats will cheer up any person or abode in direct need of some color. Based in Buenos Aires, the brand by Agustina Rozenwasser

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World’s First Renewable, Bio-Based Polyester Developed by Japanese Scientist

World’s First Renewable, Bio-Based Polyester Developed by Japanese Scientist

The sun set on the disco era decades ago, but polyester is still just as prevalent as ever. Roughly 40 million tons of polyester fiber is produced worldwide each year, and studies have linked some of the

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Scientists Develop Nontoxic Flame-Resistant Fabric From Renewable Ingredients

Scientists Develop Nontoxic Flame-Resistant Fabric From Renewable Ingredients

Scientists from Texas A&M University have developed a new nontoxic fire-resistant fabric that could revolutionize clothing and fabric technology. The fabric is composed of renewable ingredients like

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iLoad: High-Tech Fabric That Delivers Drugs Through the Skin

iLoad: High-Tech Fabric That Delivers Drugs Through the Skin

Will single-use syringes or patches soon become a thing of the past? Schoeller Textil AG in Switzerland has produced a new high-tech fabric that administers medical treatments transdermally, or through

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Synthetic Clothing May Be Causing “Microplastic” Pollution in Our Oceans

Synthetic Clothing May Be Causing “Microplastic” Pollution in Our Oceans

Could your washing machine be polluting the world's oceans? If your clothes are made out of synthetic fibers such as acrylic, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyamide, or polyester, it could be.

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Scandinavian Scientists Develop Textile That Fixes Its Own Tears

Scandinavian Scientists Develop Textile That Fixes Its Own Tears

A self-healing raincoat? It sounds like something out of a comic book, a group of Scandinavian researchers working for the EU project Safe@Sea have been developing a new type of textile coating that

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