Eco Textiles

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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Juan Soriano Blanco’s New Dimension Tiles Grace the Walls of The Milan Furniture Fair

Juan Soriano Blanco’s New Dimension Tiles Grace the Walls of The Milan Furniture Fair

The city of Milan, Italy is synonymous with high fashion and modern design. Adorning the walls of the this year's Milan Furniture Fair are Juan Soriano Blanco's New Dimension Tiles. These modular

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Re Rag Rug Creates Gorgeous Handmade Rugs From Recycled Thrift Store Sweaters

Re Rag Rug Creates Gorgeous Handmade Rugs From Recycled Thrift Store Sweaters

Re Rag Rug is an experimental design and crafts project initiated in August 2012 by designers Katarina Brieditis and Katarina Evans in Stockholm, Sweden. Their goal is to develop one unique rag rug each

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Jinja Designers Create Cool and Colorful New Housewares from Recycled Textile Waste

Jinja Designers Create Cool and Colorful New Housewares from Recycled Textile Waste

Jinja just launched a new line of sustainably designed products by Portuguese designer Norma Silva and Australian designer Tom Allen. Made to hold your most treasured objects, each design is fashioned

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Joshua Harris’ 3D Clothing Printer Recycles Old Garments to Create New Apparel

Joshua Harris’ 3D Clothing Printer Recycles Old Garments to Create New Apparel

Excited about that stylish top from J.Crew but wish you could have it for the party tonight? Why not just 3D print it right at home? That's the vision embodied in a Clothing Printer conceived by

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Jeffrey Allen Price Upcycles Old Sponges Into Soft Geographical Maps

Jeffrey Allen Price Upcycles Old Sponges Into Soft Geographical Maps

Every good artist needs a medium through which to absorb the world around them and wring out their ideas and emotions. Jeffrey Allen Price uses soft, springy sponges to create colorful large-scale

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Designer Niklas Roy Creates a Pen Plotter from Cardboard and Common Office Supplies

Designer Niklas Roy Creates a Pen Plotter from Cardboard and Common Office Supplies

Designer Niklas Roy has created an incredible miniature plotter made from Finnish cardboard, rubber bands, glue, tape, glue, and a welding rod. Roy designed the gadget while teaching a workshop at the

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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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Interface is Creating Recycled Carpet Using Discarded Fishing Nets

Interface is Creating Recycled Carpet Using Discarded Fishing Nets

Fishing net photo from Shutterstock The UN reports that about 10 percent of all marine trash is made up of discarded fishing gear, and while some programs have sought to clean up the waste, flooring

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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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Our Favorite Sustainable Home Furnishings at the 2013 Las Vegas Market!

Our Favorite Sustainable Home Furnishings at the 2013 Las Vegas Market!

The Phillips Collection The Phillips Collection is a North Carolina-based family-run company who makes impressive use of salvaged materials and sustainably-sourced wood. Their one-of-a-kind pieces make

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Incredible Scenes and Landscapes Made Entirely from Recycled Blue Jeans

Incredible Scenes and Landscapes Made Entirely from Recycled Blue Jeans

Berry, aka Denimu, first started his work with denim after being greeted by a pile of old jeans after a trip to his childhood home in Huddersfield, England. Where most people would see a heap of garbage

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Quantum Stealth Camouflage is a Hi-Tech Invisibility Cloak

Quantum Stealth Camouflage is a Hi-Tech Invisibility Cloak

British Columbia-based Hyperstealth Biotechnology claims to be working on an extraordinary “invisibility cloak” that would render its wearer virtually invisible. Citing security concerns, the

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StitchWorks Brings Together Artists and Designers to Create Prints to Raise Money for Rwanda

StitchWorks Brings Together Artists and Designers to Create Prints to Raise Money for Rwanda

StitchWorks is bringing together the non-profit design office GA Collaborative, Tiny Showcase Print Shop & Gallery along with 14 emerging visual artists together to create a series of fabric and

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Sandcastle Builder Calvin Seibert Creates Incredibly Precise Geometric Sculptures Out of Sand

Sandcastle Builder Calvin Seibert Creates Incredibly Precise Geometric Sculptures Out of Sand

Influenced by Gottfried Bohm and and Aldo Rossi, Calvin Seibert transforms particles of sand into strikingly precise geometric shapes. Each sandcastle emerges from the rough surrounding terrain as a

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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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New Report Finds Major US Clothing Brands Are Fueling Modern-Day Slavery Through Negligence

New Report Finds Major US Clothing Brands Are Fueling Modern-Day Slavery Through Negligence

Photo from Shutterstock A new report by the California-based non-profit organization Not for Sale has found that many major fashion retailers, including Abercrombie and Fitch, Carters, Quiksilver,

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Second Life Rugs Turns Factory Residue Wools Into Beautiful High-Pile Rugs

Second Life Rugs Turns Factory Residue Wools Into Beautiful High-Pile Rugs

Second Life Rugs converts wool production residues into beautifully patterned, thick, shag-pile rugs. Instead of being spun and dyed, the wool scraps are boiled, shredded and knotted. What results is a

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“Dirty White Gold’s” Leah Borromeo Talks About Farmer Suicides and GM Cotton

“Dirty White Gold’s” Leah Borromeo Talks About Farmer Suicides and GM Cotton

Cotton is at the heart of clothing manufacturing, but as most only see the material in its final, hanger-hugging form, few are aware of the incredible human and environmental costs associated with its

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The Twist DIY Mattress Kit Lets You Custom Build a Comfy Mattress Stuffed with Buckwheat Hulls

The Twist DIY Mattress Kit Lets You Custom Build a Comfy Mattress Stuffed with Buckwheat Hulls

New York based designer, Lynne Cimino, has designed The Twist DIY Mattress Kit, a new system that allows anyone to make their own mattress. Fabric chains are filled with organically grown buckwheat

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Naomi Paul’s Handcrafted OMI Pendant Lamps are Crocheted from Fashion Textile Scraps

Naomi Paul’s Handcrafted OMI Pendant Lamps are Crocheted from Fashion Textile Scraps

With their vibrant colors and gracious forms, these OMI pendant lamps prove that elegant design and sustainability can go hand-in-hand. Working with surplus material from the fashion industry (mostly

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The Yield Picnic Bag is a Sturdy US-Made Tote that Doubles as a Blanket

The Yield Picnic Bag is a Sturdy US-Made Tote that Doubles as a Blanket

San Francisco-based firm Yield Design has designed this simple and ingenious tote to serve as a multifunctional everyday carry-all, grocery tote, lunch bag, and more. The Yield Picnic bag is defined by

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GIVEAWAY: Win this Stylish Cruelty-Free Carryall from Matt and Nat (Worth $185!)

GIVEAWAY: Win this Stylish Cruelty-Free Carryall from Matt and Nat (Worth $185!)

The Raylan Sm by Matt and Nat is a chic vegan bag that can serve a multitude of purposes. Whether you're packing for a weekend getaway, seeking an attractive diaper bag, or looking for a secure way to

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Decorex Paints the Town Green with Showcase of Eco-Furnishings at London Design Festival

Decorex Paints the Town Green with Showcase of Eco-Furnishings at London Design Festival

Volga Linen is a family-run company that sells pure linen by the meter, table linen, bed linen and ready to hang curtains. Linen is a naturally environmentally friendly material; flax needs less

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FASHION MEETS TECHNOLOGY: 6 Examples of Groundbreaking High-Tech Fashion

FASHION MEETS TECHNOLOGY: 6 Examples of Groundbreaking High-Tech Fashion

From a dress that tweets to Google glasses coming down the runway at New York Fashion Week, we've been seeing a growing intersection between fashion and technology in the past few years. This

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Top Green Designs from Tent at the London Design Festival

Top Green Designs from Tent at the London Design Festival

Melanie Porter's showcased a warm and colorful mix of hand knit covered furniture that use found items for their bases. Her series features original cinema seats that have been given a new lease of life

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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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Pecas’ Fase#3 Stool Is Made From Textile Waste Reclaimed from Chilean Factories

Pecas’ Fase#3 Stool Is Made From Textile Waste Reclaimed from Chilean Factories

Bernardita Marambio B. Pecas has created a fantastic new seating option, utilizing salvaged textiles from factories in Santiago, Chile. Dubbed the Fase#3 Stool, the simple and clean form represents

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Nicolas Lespour’s Automated LEGO Loom Can Weave Fabric!

Nicolas Lespour’s Automated LEGO Loom Can Weave Fabric!

From a giant LEGO chair to a LEGO jet engine, we've profiled plenty of inventive LEGO creations here at Inhabitat, but this loom by Lego Technic expert builder Nicolas Lespour is one of the most

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