Eco Textiles

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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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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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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MIO’s Adorable Softbowls are Made from 100% Wool Felt

MIO’s Adorable Softbowls are Made from 100% Wool Felt

We recently spotted these nifty wool bowls by MIO at ICFF during New York Design Week. Even though they're not new to the scene, we were so enamored by their cute design, we couldn't help but feature

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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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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Ecouterre Hits the Green Carpet at Christie’s “Runway to Green”

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Ecouterre Hits the Green Carpet at Christie’s “Runway to Green”

A few months back, Christie’s Green Auction raised a whopping $1.4 million for four very worthy environmental charities — Oceana, NRDC, Central Park Conservancy and Conservation International.

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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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World’s Largest Garment Made From Golden Spider Silk Now on Display

World’s Largest Garment Made From Golden Spider Silk Now on Display

We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw this glistening yellow cape made from spider silk. The un-dyed, untreated garment is the world’s largest piece of clothing made entirely from the durable natural

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Make a Pleated Top Hat From Office Waste Paper

Make a Pleated Top Hat From Office Waste Paper

Wondering how to celebrate the new year with a bit of eco-festivity?  Try out this awesome one-size-fits-all top hat, made from repurposed, office waste paper.  The staff of architectural

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