Eco Textiles

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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60% off Matt & Nat Handbags at Ethical Ocean – SALE ENDS TONIGHT!

60% off Matt & Nat Handbags at Ethical Ocean – SALE ENDS TONIGHT!

Yes, we are decidedly against the Black Friday craziness that has been sweeping the nation, but sometimes there's a deal you just can't ignore.  Matt & Nat's vegan leather bags are so loveable

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Pants to Poverty Crams 60 People Into a Pair of Briefs for Guinness World Records Day

Pants to Poverty Crams 60 People Into a Pair of Briefs for Guinness World Records Day

How can an underwear company raise awareness about world poverty? Cramming a bunch of half-dressed people into an oversize pair of purple underpants in the streets of London seems like a pretty good way

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CityFabric Prints Your Favorite Town on Tees to Promote Civic Responsibility

CityFabric Prints Your Favorite Town on Tees to Promote Civic Responsibility

Founder Matt Tomasulo was a city planning student in Raleigh, North Carolina who decided to create and sell shirts printed with his own town at local markets. The hand-screened, water based ink designs

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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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Ringo Starr Designs Earthkeepers Boot for Timberland to Benefit WaterAid

Ringo Starr Designs Earthkeepers Boot for Timberland to Benefit WaterAid

Timberland recently launched “Canvas That Cares,” a new program to raise funds for charity through the auction of custom-designed Earthkeepers boots.  The line includes 75 pairs adorned with Ringo

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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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Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Makes Snakeskin-Like Couture from Recycled Wood Chips

Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Makes Snakeskin-Like Couture from Recycled Wood Chips

You may not want to throw out the scraps from your latest home improvement project too quickly – you may find inspiration in the “trash”.  Stefanie Nieuwenhuys, inspired by seeing

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Japanese Manufacturer Recycles Old Bras Into Fuel!

Japanese Manufacturer Recycles Old Bras Into Fuel!

Because they're typically made of fabric and wire that's difficult to take apart and repurpose, used bras are among the hardest garments to recycle. But for women who are concerned about the environment

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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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X-Ray Umbrella Keeps You Dry as a Bone

X-Ray Umbrella Keeps You Dry as a Bone

Have you ever thought to yourself, “you know, I really dig x-rays from an aesthetic standpoint, but I only ever see them at the dentist or after some kind of injurious catastrophe. What a

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Swedish Student Discovers a New Way To Purify Textile Effluent

Swedish Student Discovers a New Way To Purify Textile Effluent

Dying is one of the most environmentally destructive parts of textile production, sending hormone-disrupting chemicals into waterways in big textile-producing countries like China, India and Bangladesh.

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Ecopink Unveils Gorgeous Green Designs for Women at the London Design Festival

Ecopink Unveils Gorgeous Green Designs for Women at the London Design Festival

Designs ranged from foot massaging floor mats to innovative takes on everyday accessories, like a line of brightly colored glowing handbags. By recycling colorful plastic containers, Micio Vinicio creates

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Natural Disaster Couture: Halston’s Glow-in-the-Dark Sequin Gown

Natural Disaster Couture: Halston’s Glow-in-the-Dark Sequin Gown

Worried about looking totally drab in the aftermath of Irene's fury? Although we recommend staying in until things have settled down, in the event of a blackout, perhaps you could adorn yourself in

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7 Vegan (and Eco-Friendly!) Alternatives to Animal Leather

7 Vegan (and Eco-Friendly!) Alternatives to Animal Leather

  If you're anything like us, you probably love the rockstar vibe of a leather jacket or the chic style of a great pair of leather heels, but feel guilty about the animal cruelty behind the

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Bio-Artist Jae Rhim Lee Invents Flesh-Eating Mushroom Death Suit

Bio-Artist Jae Rhim Lee Invents Flesh-Eating Mushroom Death Suit

After reading this, you may never look at your fungi friends the same again. In the spirit of REALLY thinking ahead, bio-artist Jae Rhim Lee has created a flesh-eating mushroom death suit, which is

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London-Based Sleeping Bags Turns Old Bed Linens Into Beautiful Tote Bags

London-Based Sleeping Bags Turns Old Bed Linens Into Beautiful Tote Bags

In London-based social-entrepreneur Andy Marks' world there are plenty of ways to recycle, reduce and reuse even the most unlikely materials. Focusing in on old bed linens from the most luxurious of

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16-Foot Clothing Mountain Illustrates Hong Kong’s Daily Textile Waste

16-Foot Clothing Mountain Illustrates Hong Kong’s Daily Textile Waste

A 16-foot mountain of used garments towered over Hong Kong's Central Star Ferry Pier last week, as part of the 'Get Redressed' exhibit -- an awareness building campaign to promote recycling in response to

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Odor Eating Fabric Made from Recycled Coffee Grounds is Perfect for Athletes

Odor Eating Fabric Made from Recycled Coffee Grounds is Perfect for Athletes

Wearing a cup of coffee sounds more like a morning disaster than a fashion statement. But Taiwanese company Singtex / S. Cafe is doing just that. Using their patented process, the company recycles used

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Fábrica Social Helps Indigenous Mexican Women Preserve & Promote Their Crafts

Fábrica Social Helps Indigenous Mexican Women Preserve & Promote Their Crafts

Fábrica Social (social factory) is a Mexican non-profit NGO focused on promoting creative and economic liberty for female textile artisans through the development of sustainable co-ops. Founded in 2006

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Fantastic Plastic Objects Made from Trash by Buenos Aires’ Cartoneros

Fantastic Plastic Objects Made from Trash by Buenos Aires’ Cartoneros

After the 2001 economic crisis that hit Argentina, thousands of people that had lost their jobs were pressed to learn how to survive by collecting and selling urban rubbish to local recycling centers.

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BCXSY Showcases Rugs Woven By Bedouin Women from Locally Sourced Wool

BCXSY Showcases Rugs Woven By Bedouin Women from Locally Sourced Wool

The Bedouin tribe have survived the harsh conditions of the Negev desert in Israel for hundreds of years. Recently, though, they have been displaced by encroaching development. BCXSY's project enables the

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Precious Waste: Plastic Shopping Bags Recycled Into a New Durable Textile

Precious Waste: Plastic Shopping Bags Recycled Into a New Durable Textile

Even if you bring your own fabric bag when picking up your weekly groceries, plastic shopping bags are difficult to avoid and are a huge environmental problem. They could be recycled to avoid using

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Silkworms Munch Mulberries & Dye to Produce Naturally Flourescent Silk

Silkworms Munch Mulberries & Dye to Produce Naturally Flourescent Silk

Researchers have discovered that a special diet of mulberry leaves and dye allows silkworms to produce brightly colored silk.

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Map Topography Organic Cotton Cushions Are Perfect for the Armchair Traveller

Map Topography Organic Cotton Cushions Are Perfect for the Armchair Traveller

What is it about map typography that beckons you to look a little closer? Is it the challenge of working out a location without the assistance of a GPS, or the sense of order and structure it conveys

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New Printable Armor is Hardest Organic Substance Ever Designed

New Printable Armor is Hardest Organic Substance Ever Designed

Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest of places. Case in point: scientists have just created a new super strong material based on the plaque found in Alzheimer's patients' brains. The new

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Inexpensive Activated Carbon Cloth Could Clean Up Toxic Waste

Inexpensive Activated Carbon Cloth Could Clean Up Toxic Waste

From shoulder pads to leg-warmers, there are a litany of ’80s “inventions” we hope never see the light of day again. Not so with activated carbon cloth, however. The flexible and

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DIY: Beautiful Woven Rug Made From Recycled Jeans

DIY: Beautiful Woven Rug Made From Recycled Jeans

Our Recycled Denim Challenge has given way to some beautiful designs. Handmade by Terry Dewal, this incredible woven rug gives new meaning to the term “from rags to riches.” Taking his old,

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3-D Printing Could Revolutionize Sustainable Textile Production

3-D Printing Could Revolutionize Sustainable Textile Production

Forget about trying to figure out whether you’re a small, medium or large. No longer reserved for architects and industrial designers, 3-D printers are making their way onto the fashion scene. Once

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