Unwasting in the Textile Industry

Eco Textiles To Watch For

We use textiles every day; from clothes to coverings, fabrics are important pieces. Several inventive and ecological choices are progressively springing up around the globe. It is nice to know that the numbers of environmentally responsible cloth options are continually growing, and some in places you might not expect. Organic materials, like the fibers from pineapples and bananas, can be successfully used for an assortment of textile products. What would normally be discarded from these natively grown plants is being considered for use as fabrics to make everything from clothing to home furnishings. The fibers from the plants are ideal… read more

Recycling Skateboards

Skateboarding Accessories

For Arizona based artists Devin and Lisa Kelley, skateboarding has been a life-long passion. They share that passion with the world through wearable artwork, one where every unique piece has stories to tell. The couple founded Recycled Skateboards International (RSI), a company dedicated to recycling some of the close to two million skateboards that are discarded each year by creating stunning necklaces, bracelets, and rings, to key chains, belt buckles and more. Skateboarders take pride in riding their boards especially when making every nick and notch. When skateboarders select a board in the store, they take notice of every nick and notch,… read more

100% Recyclable Sneakers

REKIXX and Reduce

Shark Tank is a television show that matches a panel of five potential investors who listen to pitches from budding American entrepreneurs. Gary Gagnon was one such entrepreneur who appeared last year and pitched his special sneaker. Previously named REMYXX, REKIXX aims to change an industry and the world. With more than 300 million pairs of shoes thrown away last year, in the U.S. alone, REKIXX is taking matters into their own feet. The sneakers properly named REKIXX are the only sneakers from laces to sole, that can go back into the recycling process for zero-landfill impact. REKIXX are unique sneakers that are 100% recyclable. REKIXX… read more

Make Your Own Moccasins

Make Your Own Moccasins

Moccasins were originally worn to shield the feet from the elements and were always made from available materials. Native American moccasins were constructed with outdoor wear and specific geographical areas in mind. Though similarly made with animal hides, different tribes wore diverse styles. Moccasins remain a popular shoe choice for their interesting history as well as their looks. Although you can buy a kit, they can be handcrafted by reusing fabric materials, making a pattern and sewing portions together. If using leather, it is recommended that a medium thickness be used for moccasin making. However, if you prefer not to use leather, any type… read more

Plastic Bag Solutions

Recycling plastic bags

Plastic bags, as horrible for the environment as they are, seem to still be everywhere. Many grocery and retail stores continue to use them, and even though they may get recycled once you bring them home they can also seem to multiply around the house. Efforts to keep them from ending up as part of the landscape are key, but if you have a hand for crafting there are also plentiful cool projects to do with surplus plastic bags. CraftingaGreenWorld has 10 splendid plastic bag conversions. Unexpected things like placemats, beads and even crinkle toys can be created using plastic… read more

Instagram Fashion

Instagram Fashion

I have noticed a few of my friends are using Instagram to sell their old clothes. Just how prevalent is this buying and selling of second-hand clothes using this popular cell phone app? Instagram might lead us to more responsible consumerism as second-hand shops are using the popular photography app. There is a fairly large group of parents that use Instagram as a way to buy and sell their kids’ clothes. These accounts are called “closet shops”. The accounts provide images of clothes up for sale in their up to the minute feed. Those parents who are clothes shopping can… read more

The Cost of Jewelry

Mining for diamonds

When you look at a piece of jewelry, say a diamond ring, you are struck first by its beauty – the precision of its angles, the way the light plays off its cut – its implications, and its cost. Rarely does the first impression invoke questions of the ring’s extensive environmental cost, of which often the debt cannot be repaid. Should you consider the past of a piece of jewelry, you are confronted with the baggage of each material. For every strand of man made pearls, a mussel has had foreign matter inserted into its valves through a human induced… read more

Japan: All Wrapped Up

gift_box

In Japan, wrapping is not a mere nicety reserved for gift giving. It is a custom steeped in tradition and remains ever present in Japanese culture as they continue to wrap their bodies in kimonos, their rice in seaweed, and their relics in decorative paper. In Japan, the wrapping of gifts is a heartfelt sign of respect, while wrapping personal items can be seen as a form of spiritual security. Not only does it enclose an item in a decorative exterior, it keeps it separate, safe even, from outside impurities. In this way it preserves an item’s sacredness and keeps it… read more

Eco-Friendly Watches

Next-Gen Wristwatch

In the past several years since smartphones first debuted, wristwatches, pocket watches, and other forms of time-telling devices have drifted further and further into obscurity. Nowadays, watches are a status symbol of tradition, or a statement of wealth. However, in 2013, wristwatches are making an epic comeback. The story of the next-generation wristwatch began in 2012, when a few enterprising individuals came up with several really neat concept ideas that merge traditional clock devices with the future of mobile technology. Some of them allow you to control your phone through your watch; others are aesthetically beautiful and ecologically conservative. The… read more

PUMA’s Sustainable Line

PUMA InCycle collection

Puma presents their newest concept of sustainable footwear, apparel and accessories for Spring/ Summer 2013. The product will be sold to help its consumers reduce waste and lessen their personal environmental footprints. PUMA will be launching a collection of shoes, apparel and accessories that are either biodegradable or recyclable. When consumers return the used goods to PUMA’s “Bring Me Back Program,” the work will be done for them. With the PUMA “InCycle” collection set to hit stores in Spring/ Summer 2013, PUMA will take the first step toward reducing the environmental footprint of its consumers’ disposal. By taking on the… read more