Eco Textiles

DIY: How To Make a Beautiful Holiday Wreath in 5 Easy Steps

DIY: How To Make a Beautiful Holiday Wreath in 5 Easy Steps

To create your holiday wreath you will need: - Fabric shears. These will cut through fabric more easily than standard scissors. - A collection of small pieces of fabric swatches. We used table cloths,

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Carole Collet’s BioLace Project Reprograms Plants to Produce Food and Textiles

Carole Collet’s BioLace Project Reprograms Plants to Produce Food and Textiles

The BioLace project explores how cellular programming can affect the morphogenesis of plant systems and combines synthetic biology and design to revolutionize future fabrication of textiles. The new

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Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

The BFI has just named New York-based Ecovative Design as their top prize winner for the prestigious 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The company will receive $100,000 to further develop their

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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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Pia Interlandi’s Biodegradable “Garments for the Grave” Let You Rest in Peace, in Style

Pia Interlandi’s Biodegradable “Garments for the Grave” Let You Rest in Peace, in Style

When Pia Interlandi struggled to dress her grandfather in a suit for burial, she realized that the clothes we wear in life are not designed for death—those who have passed on have little use for

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Textile Recycling an Important Step to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, EPA Reports

Textile Recycling an Important Step to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, EPA Reports

Photo via Shutterstock Increasingly cities have become wise to the need for wide-scale recycling of plastics, glass, paper and even electronics and paints. In the meantime, in many areas,

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Meb-Rure’s Colorful Chairs and Ottomons Make the Best of Trashed Silk

Meb-Rure’s Colorful Chairs and Ottomons Make the Best of Trashed Silk

Fabric waste becomes an end material for handcrafted furniture by Meb-Rure. Featuring a chair and ottoman, this fun and funky furniture duo is made of oak and recycled silk reclaimed from Nepal. The

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Awaveawake Captures Thailand’s Wild Beauty at NY Fashion Week

Awaveawake Captures Thailand’s Wild Beauty at NY Fashion Week

Awaveawake designer and stylist Jaclyn Hodes is known for the stunning, feminine silhouettes she creates, and with her Spring/Summer 2014 presentation at New York Fashion Week, she has drawn upon the

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11 Amazing, Offbeat Wedding Dresses for the Eco-Friendly Bride

11 Amazing, Offbeat Wedding Dresses for the Eco-Friendly Bride

Any bride-to-be who has ever spent time poring over pictures of gowns knows how hard it can be to find that perfect, unique garment. But these 11 offbeat wedding dresses go above and beyond to create

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Designers Learn from the Hagfish About Spandex?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Designers Learn from the Hagfish About Spandex?

The Hagfish is a jawless, spineless horror, scavenging the ocean floor. Unchanged for the past 300 million years, this living fossil wields a fiendishly effective defense. When attacked, it exudes an ooze

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SDA Unveils Gorgeous Solar-Charging Canopy for the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

SDA Unveils Gorgeous Solar-Charging Canopy for the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

The basis of Pure Tension's design is that of a tension tent: stress applied equally from all angles of a structure helps to keep the canopy taut and standing erect. SDA's approach was to use the car’s

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Artist Kovaleva Anastasia Creates Van Gogh-Like Collages Using Natural Materials

Artist Kovaleva Anastasia Creates Van Gogh-Like Collages Using Natural Materials

Artist Kovaleva Anastasia uses found natural materials as a medium for her deeply imaginative and often very delicate artworks. To make her collages, she uses all sorts of natural and floral materials

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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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15 Apparel Brands Who Have Not Signed the Bangladesh Safety Accord

15 Apparel Brands Who Have Not Signed the Bangladesh Safety Accord

Following the deaths of 1,127 garment workers in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh on April 24, more than 40 of the world's leading apparel brands have signed the Accord on Fire &

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Shapeways Debuts a New Flexible 3D Printing Material

Shapeways Debuts a New Flexible 3D Printing Material

3D printing technology just added a little spring to its step with a new maker material called "Elasto Plastic," an off-white flexible polymer made by Shapeways. The substance sports a grainy texture

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Merel Karhof’s Windworks Furniture is Produced From Scratch Using 100% Wind Power!

Merel Karhof’s Windworks Furniture is Produced From Scratch Using 100% Wind Power!

Set against the backdrop of the world-famous windmills in Zaanse Schans, Netherlands, the Windworks project took place from May 15th-19th. Zaanse Schans is located on the Zaan River in North Holland and

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Clothing for Furniture: Sinje Ollen’s Cozy Knits Give Old, Damaged Furnishings a Fresh New Life

Clothing for Furniture: Sinje Ollen’s Cozy Knits Give Old, Damaged Furnishings a Fresh New Life

Sinje Ollen was first inspired to create Clothing for Furniture when a friend brought her a designer chair that was damaged by a spill. Rather than completely reupholstering the chair, Ollen decided to

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Raw, Unprocessed Cotton Can Be Used to Clean Up Oil Spills

Raw, Unprocessed Cotton Can Be Used to Clean Up Oil Spills

As long as industry and infrastructure relies on oil to function, there will be spills. Cleaning up such disasters, like the recent Mayflower, Arkansas rupture, can be costly and time consuming. Even the

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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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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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Pepe Heykoop’s Bamboo Lampshades Empower Mumbai Craftsmen

Pepe Heykoop’s Bamboo Lampshades Empower Mumbai Craftsmen

Assigning themselves the ambitious goal of pulling 700 people out of poverty by 2020, the group trains community members to make a series of high-end pieces for home decor. It is their hope that moving

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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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