Eco Textiles

Bacteria “mini-factories” could someday replace consumer plastics

Bacteria “mini-factories” could someday replace consumer plastics

The developers envision their machines as, one day, being part of “mini-factories” which can mass produce needed products for today’s consumers. The Growduce machine holds a SCOBY which feeds on

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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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Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

Reliable Big Horn wall tent Tents Reliable Tent & Tipi Company has been making tents since 1945, using canvas and natural materials for a variety of different shelter styles. If you're looking for a

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Collaptes furniture is friendly on the eyes, the environment, and the assembler

Collaptes furniture is friendly on the eyes, the environment, and the assembler

The most captivating aspect of Collaptes’ furniture is in its engineering. For instance, the Macadamia chair’s assembly is much like completing a puzzle: utilizing only six cuts of wood, the chair

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10 Inventive designs from budding young artists at Milan Design Week’s Salone Satellite

10 Inventive designs from budding young artists at Milan Design Week’s Salone Satellite

Each year 700 young people exhibit and exchange ideas at Salone Satellite which has been a unique showcase of creativity since 1998. Gathering brilliant young minds from around the world, the Salone

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Max Lamb’s “Exercises in Seating” is a primitive investigation of materials at Milan Design Week

Max Lamb’s “Exercises in Seating” is a primitive investigation of materials at Milan Design Week

In the San Remo Garage hidden within the narrow streets of the historical heart of Milan, London-based designer Max Lamb has unveiled a collection of chairs. The exhibition “Exercises in sitting”

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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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Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

These aren't your grandmother's shag carpets - Alexandra Kehayoglou creates incredible rugs that look like miniature pastures and meadows. Each hand-tufted piece is a tribute to the landscape of the

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Researchers are making super-strong spider silk for regenerative medicine

Researchers are making super-strong spider silk for regenerative medicine

Researchers from UPM have used a technique that made popular the silk from Murcia in the 19th century. The new material can be used for regenerative medicine. Following the same procedure used to

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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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Yes, chicken diapers are actually a thing

Yes, chicken diapers are actually a thing

As backyard vegetable farming gains in popularity, many people are also choosing to raise chickens. These sweet birds aren't merely great for producing eggs--they eat unwanted insects like slugs, grubs,

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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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DIY: Learn how to make a beautiful braided rug from old fabric

DIY: Learn how to make a beautiful braided rug from old fabric

What You'll Need: Long strips of fabric (old sheets and curtains are ideal, and far easier to work with than t-shirt scraps sewn together to make them longer) Sewing scissors A

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Traditional cotton textile production is helping rural Indian artisans thrive

Traditional cotton textile production is helping rural Indian artisans thrive

Kala cotton is indigenous to the Kutch region of northwest India, and hand-weavers there have been working with that cotton for centuries to create all manner of textiles. Stitch by Stitch,

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Support this Kickstarter campaign and you’ll find a crop circle in your own bathroom

Support this Kickstarter campaign and you’ll find a crop circle in your own bathroom

Inspired by the magic of crop circles that appear around the world, designer Anatoliy Omelchenko has created a little bit of otherworldly wonder that everyone can revel in: patterned towels that "make

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VIDEO: Watch Sriracha and beer glide off the world’s first stain-proof shirt!

VIDEO: Watch Sriracha and beer glide off the world’s first stain-proof shirt!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLR9ZVxsowY Could this be the last white t-shirt you ever need? It's water-repellent, dirt-repellent… virtually everything-repellent - and once you see it you'll never

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

  For those who may be unaware, there is a common and saddening epidemic that exists in today’s textile industry, where impoverished textile workers labor in cotton fields and factories

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Booq Launches Stylish Cobra Slim Bag Made From Recycled Plastic Bottle Yarn

Booq Launches Stylish Cobra Slim Bag Made From Recycled Plastic Bottle Yarn

At Inhabitat, we're always amazed by the many surprising ways designers breathe new life into recycled plastic bottles, and Booq's recently launched Cobra slim bag is no exception. The chic and

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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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Trash-Made Sneakers Aim to Remind People About the “Plastic Legacy” of Consumerism

Trash-Made Sneakers Aim to Remind People About the “Plastic Legacy” of Consumerism

Too often the stuff we buy quickly ends up in the trash, where we forget about it. But our garbage doesn't just disappear once it leaves our homes, so what if we had a daily reminder of the impact of our

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Fabric Pen is a Tiny 3D Printer that Mends Clothing On-the-Go

Fabric Pen is a Tiny 3D Printer that Mends Clothing On-the-Go

Lots of people carry around sewing kits and stain-removal pens for those on-the-go clothing emergencies, but how about a 3D printer that could actually mend rips or damage right on the spot? The Fabric

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This Simple Laundry Additive Could Turn Your Shirt (or Pants, or Dress…) into a Mobile Air Purifier

This Simple Laundry Additive Could Turn Your Shirt (or Pants, or Dress…) into a Mobile Air Purifier

Air purifiers are great and everything, but what would it be like if you could take that air cleaning power everywhere you go, built right into your clothing? Catalytic Clothing wants to create a liquid

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How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

Here’s What You’ll Need: Potato, yam, sweet potato, jicama, or other firm, starchy veggies Paring knife and X-acto knife 100% cotton fabric Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Fabric Medium (which

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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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Studio Jon Male’s Colorful Trophy Rugs Are Made Without Hurting a Single Animal

Studio Jon Male’s Colorful Trophy Rugs Are Made Without Hurting a Single Animal

Why do people decorate their homes with dead animals? Studio Jon Male has created a line of clever oriental rugs that are both animal friendly and aesthetically pleasing. The colorful rugs were designed

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WWF Teams Up With Rapanui to Release Wildlife-Inspired Eco-Fashion Produced by Wind Power

WWF Teams Up With Rapanui to Release Wildlife-Inspired Eco-Fashion Produced by Wind Power

The World Wide Fund for Nature in the UK teamed up with eco-fashion brand Rapanui to release a range of wildlife-inspired t-shirts and sweatshirts. Founded by surfer brothers Rob and Mart Drake-Knight,

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From Bottle to Bag: Thread Collaborates with Moop to Create Responsible Bags Out of Haitian Trash

From Bottle to Bag: Thread Collaborates with Moop to Create Responsible Bags Out of Haitian Trash

Most of us have seen the islands of discarded plastic bottles that bob around in our oceans and create mountains in landfill sites, but there are a few companies out there that are harnessing all that

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Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Designer Justin Floyd has cooked up a durable new furniture material made from wool - right in his own oven. Called “Solidwool,” the hard yet warm material can be used to build chairs, countertops and

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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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