Eco Textiles

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 inexpensive material was

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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, beat-up blue

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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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Eco-Friendly Wall Treatments Give an Edge to Any Room

Eco-Friendly Wall Treatments Give an Edge to Any Room

Whether you are redecorating your home or office, or moving into a new place, what you choose to put on your walls is going to have a huge impact on the look and feel of your space. To keep the mood fresh

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“Morphotex” Fabric Mimics Butterfly Wing Shimmer Without Dyes

“Morphotex” Fabric Mimics Butterfly Wing Shimmer Without Dyes

It's the season for summery dresses, and here’s a beautiful design from Sydney based Donna Sgro that will add a lot a shimmer to your already sunny days! A trick of the light played on your unassuming

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Chop-Flops Made From Recycled Chopsticks up for Auction on eBay!

Chop-Flops Made From Recycled Chopsticks up for Auction on eBay!

Our Chop Flops auction ends tomorrow - bid now! There’s nothing better than slipping your tired toes into a comfy pair of flip-flops, and this savvy creation by designer Joseph Palmer takes this

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Beautiful Recycled Soda Bottle Lamps Up for Auction on eBay!

Beautiful Recycled Soda Bottle Lamps Up for Auction on eBay!

Transform your living space with this dazzling Recycled Soda-Bottle Lamp designed by Sarah Turner. A stunning piece created with intricate cuts and careful assemblage, Sarah took some unwanted plastic

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Brilliant Paper Chair Transforms With the Turn of a Page

Brilliant Paper Chair Transforms With the Turn of a Page

Designboom tipped us off to Droog's recently released "Darwin Chair" designed by new york-based graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister. The chair consists of a cantilever base topped with a pad of 200

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Awesome Area Rug Woven from Recycled Bicycle Tires

Awesome Area Rug Woven from Recycled Bicycle Tires

Danish designer Annemette Beck takes a creative new approach to textile design by utilizing an extremely inventive array of recycled materials. Her line of woven products include rugs, upholstery,

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The Top 12 Brands and Retailers Scooping Up Organic Cotton

The Top 12 Brands and Retailers Scooping Up Organic Cotton

With the latest release of Organic Exchange’s annual ranking of the top purchasers of organic cotton, we were more than pleased to hear that even in the face of a troubled economy, the global retail

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New Eco-Friendly Modern Mobiles by Rogan Objects

New Eco-Friendly Modern Mobiles by Rogan Objects

We've always loved Rogan for their ethical fashion forwardness, but now we’ve become enamored with their uber-stylish collection of sustainable modern furniture and accessories! One of the latest

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Temporary Dutch Parking Garage Is as Green As It Looks

Temporary Dutch Parking Garage Is as Green As It Looks

Here in the United States, we're only starting to kick the habit of designing cities around cars. But in Leiden, Netherlands, designers were asked to build a parking garage that would last between 10 and

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Wind-Powered Knitting Machine Lets Nature Knit Scarves!

Wind-Powered Knitting Machine Lets Nature Knit Scarves!

Image courtesy of Designboom Perusing Designboom this morning we saw this super rad wind-powered knitting machine by Merel Karhof. We had to share this amazing device that beautifully knits tubes using

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Tokujin Yoshioka Debuts Shape-Shifting, Recycled Aluminum Chair at Milan

Tokujin Yoshioka Debuts Shape-Shifting, Recycled Aluminum Chair at Milan

The international design community has been buzzing about Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka's new shape-shifting chair, due to debut in Milan Design Fair this week.  Made of recycled aluminum, the

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Linda Filley’s Upcycled Paper Gowns Offer Artful Answer to Everyday Waste

Linda Filley’s Upcycled Paper Gowns Offer Artful Answer to Everyday Waste

Just in time for spring we've spotted some fanciful three-dimensional paper designs in the form of colorful frocks. Crafted from paper piles ranging from seed packets to computer paper to newsprint,

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“Newsworthy” Wall-Covering is Made Entirely of Newspaper

“Newsworthy” Wall-Covering is Made Entirely of Newspaper

Textile and product designer Lori Weitzner makes breaking news with this textural wall-covering made up of 100% up-cycled newspapers. Cleverly titled "Newsworthy", the design is created by taking strips

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Gary Harvey Brings “Dumpster-Chic” Couture to New York Fashion Week

Gary Harvey Brings “Dumpster-Chic” Couture to New York Fashion Week

  Gary Harvey is redefining haute-couture with his impressive use of unconventional materials. With the expert craft, Harvey assembled 22 stunning gowns by recycling all sorts of common junk materials

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H&M, Other Brands Guilty of “Organic Cotton Fraud”?

H&M, Other Brands Guilty of “Organic Cotton Fraud”?

Photo by span112 As if H&M wasn't already having a hell of a time trying to do some 'splaining after their clothing-trashing fiasco, now they're catching even more heat. According to the German edition

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Interface’s Ray Anderson Discusses Radical Industrialism and More in LA

Interface’s Ray Anderson Discusses Radical Industrialism and More in LA

In a charming Southern lilt, Interface founder and chairman Ray Anderson addressed a private gathering last night in Los Angeles, hosted at the LEED Platinum rated home of LivingHomes founder, Steve

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Eco Clothing Origami Sculptures by Bela Borsodi

Eco Clothing Origami Sculptures by Bela Borsodi

Bela Borsodi proves that fashion is an art form by creating faces and animals out of clothing, origami-style. In his 'Wild Life' spread in Italian Vogue he brought creatures including a frog and a swan to

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