Smart Designs From Squid, Zebrafish and Fruit

Smart Designs From Squid, Zebrafish and Fruit

Unlikely combinations not normally associated with fibers, these unusual substances have been examined for their rich color enhancing capabilities. Able to change the color of their outer appearance, squid and zebrafish can appear lighter or darker. Researchers from the University of Bristol (U.K.) have discovered a process for simulating the muscles and cells of squid that can produce the colorful effects. They looked at these specific animals since they are inherently capable of reactively controlling their skin’s color. The cells in color changing animals that hold pigments are called chromatophores. When the muscles are contracted they expand and look larger. The… read more

You won’t believe what these T’s are made of

T-shirts made from bottles

Earthspun Apparel are turning trash into modern stylish T-shirts in a solar powered factory in Charlotte, North Carolina

Upscale Refashions From 2 Designers Who Deliver

Upscale Refashions From 2 Designers Who Deliver

Mixing the art of upcycling with the world of fashion allows a never ending supply of inspiration. The following 2 designers are instances of where a heightened talent for spinning fresh life into the old makes their sustainable fashions stand out. In the hands of crafty designer Tawny Holt from Amour Sans Anguish, recycled clothing has been given a style upgrade. Reusing fabrics and materials, she cuts, sews, dyes and recreates them. Giving refashioned clothing a kick, these exclusive wears beg to be slipped on. Her upcycled fashions have a vintage feel, are certainly unique and are dripping with a… read more

Far Out Fashions Offer Environmental Statements

Far Out Fashions Offer Environmental Statements

  Eco focused Elena Gregusova has mixed fashion design with textile art, and the outcome has produced some interesting, and somewhat unusual, pieces. Her artwork signifies environmental issues and has a multicultural facet. Using recycled content she creatively forms clothing sculptures that are presented as statement pieces. Using mediums like newspapers, tossed out textiles and other discarded materials she turns them into one of a kind wearable displays. One take on an organically produced fabric structure is her Global Wearing gown. Made from 100% recycled products like old clothing and umbrellas it shows a glacial, imaginative design. Her Wear The… read more

Just A Normal Day Wearing Chicken Feathers

Just A Normal Day Wearing Chicken Feathers

Referred to as the urban chicken craze, the recent upsurge in popularity of keeping chickens has invaded many cities. Fresh eggs, natural insect control around the yard and the urge to bring a bit of the farm to the city are all reasons to own chickens. However, scientist Yiqi Yang has found another way in which chickens are naturally useful, and it involves their feathers. Turns out, Yang has actually developed a way to make yarn from a combination of chicken feathers and rice straw, which are normally discarded leftovers from the farming trade. He came up with this textile… read more

Upcycled Fashions Becoming More Available

Upcycled Fashions Becoming More Available

Upcycled clothing designs are becoming mainstream. Once, one of a kind creations only existed formed from the hands of the crafty. Now however, upcycled designs can be purchased, boutique style, from several sellers. One designer offering handmade recycled clothing is Reet Aus. Her clothing line takes fabric remnants and cast off items and reforms them. Though depending on the specific piece, her production process reduces electricity use by 89% per item and drastically reduces emissions. Also, much less water is needed than it takes to make conventional fabric based designs, up to 85% less. Her website Trash To Trend features repurposed items… read more

Umbrellas – Not Just For The Rain

Umbrellas – Not Just For The Rain

Umbrellas come in handy during inclement weather, but their flimsy design can often cause them to fall apart. Some have found durable designs and upcycled uses for them that are creative, but are also weather ready and waterproof. Crafty Moods has a clever idea for less than perfect umbrellas. This do it yourself canopy costs much less than a purchased one and can be personalized. Just affix a sheet, curtain or favored fabric around it by sewing to the end of the umbrella. Or, for a no sew project use a grommet punch and run ribbon or string through the… read more

Recycled Newspapers Offer 3 Unique Designs

Recycled Newspapers Turned Into 3 Unique Designs

In 2010, the recycling rate of newspapers in the U.S. reached almost 72%. Newspapers can be reprocessed into many different objects, and some designers have turned to the medium as a resource for their works. Below are some creations that are definitely an upscale effort of what is possible with recycled newspapers. Ivano Vitali knows the capabilities of recycled resources. Creating sustainable art with them for decades, one development that used newspaper as fabrics produced a clothing line that looks more stylishly complicated than the papered headlines they came from. Uniquely colored and textured, the time consuming collection process and… read more

Spoiled Milk – Out Of The Glass And Onto The Racks

Spoiled Milk – Out Of The Glass And Onto The Racks

Eco friendly textiles are in demand, and conscientious designers always have one eye open looking for sustainable material sources. Designer and founder of Qmilk (also referred to as Qmilch), Anke Domaske formed her start-up venture with her father in mind who was diagnosed with cancer. Thinking about the enormous amounts of spoiled milk poured out in Europe alone, and wanting to find comfortable clothing that had not been chemically treated led her to look into milk proteins. Though this sounds like a brand new concept, milk proteins were actually used in textiles in the 1930’s. However, during that time they were… read more

Cigarette Butts Get A Makeover

Cigarette Butts Get A Makeover

Eco fashions are available in many varieties and from many materials. However, one source for sustainable design that might seem a little outlandish has been used to make a handful of inventive custom wear. Littered cigarette butts are not the most inspiring source, unless you are Alexandra Guerrero. Mantis, her design company, unusually integrated the discarded butts into a line of haute couture a few years back that doesn’t look anything like what would come out of an ashtray. According to an interview with GreenMuze the idea began with a thesis topic proposal for school. A focus on recycled materials… read more