Advanced Ocean Textiles

Advanced Ocean Textiles

The options for fabrics and textiles are increasing in range. There are more choices than ever before for purchasing sustainable cloth materials. When combined with research and technology, some interesting findings have made it possible to recycle items into versatile fashions, furnishings and other useful objects. One place many companies are turning to for their material sourcing are the oceans, which are increasingly polluted with a circle of never-ending garbage. Several organizations exist that work with manufacturers to collect ocean debris and reprocess it for retail merchandise. One such effort is the Healthy Seas Initiative which tries to rid the waters… read more

Natural Dyes For Fabrics and Interior Furnishings

Natural Dyes For Fabrics and Interior Furnishings

  Long before mass marketing and manufacturing surfaced, people used what they had on hand. Resourcefulness wasn’t a lifestyle choice, but a necessity. Natural dying processes are one example of an organic route to a chemical method. Earth based tints and hues have been employed to add pigment to textiles, wearable fabrics and furniture long before you could pick up a can of color at the store. There are many free helpful resources regarding homemade dyes. Pioneer Thinking has an inclusive guide for naturally derived plant dyes. Plant information and color combinations for attaining specific naturally processed hues are provided,… read more

Jewelry With A Conscious

Jewelry With A Conscious

Jewelry has been worn for self-expression, as statement pieces and to pay cultural homage for as long as people could resourcefully craft and adorn them. Though still a popular accessory, the way some present day pieces are made is much different than previous, more natural based designs. Many items from centuries ago were handmade with natural, locally derived objects. Shells, nuts, seeds, sturdy wheats, grasses and woods are only some examples of organic materials popular for fashioning jewelry. It seems there is always a report surfacing somewhere about toxins found in jewelry like cadmium and lead, or items manufactured in unethical conditions…. read more

Simple To Make Shoe Racks

Simple To Make Shoe Racks

Ever bought a plastic or cheaply made shoe rack, only to have it fall apart not long after? You don’t have to be an expert in construction to make your own design for holding shoes. Below are 4 easy and durable projects that will neatly contain shoes that are so super easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t already think of it. Got a wooden pallet? Then you have an instant shoe rack. Painted, decorated or left natural, pallets can hold tons of shoes. They can be mounted to a wall or stacked and used for nearly any kind of shoe holding… read more

Would You Wear Your Charger?

Would You Wear Your Charger?

Will solar fashions ever become mainstream? That is the question many designers are playing with. Though there are becoming many available options for solar gear, clothing  that incorporates portable, wearable charging by way of the sun hasn’t taken off as readily as real world equipment pieces. Many style inclined are trying to find the balance between function and fashion, but are they succeeding? One example of a presumably practical concept is the solar necktie and jacket. A concept model for the tie was developed by researchers at Iowa State University. The necktie design was made by adhering small solar panels with special… read more

The Unique Sounding Seaweed and Silk Dress

The Unique Sounding Seaweed and Silk Dressdetail

The Masai dress from Studio 5050 is more than a pretty dress. It is also an unexpected poetic symphony. Inspired by a collar that makes slight swinging sounds when worn due to its silver beaded design, this dress applies the same structure and vocal principles. The designer stated that the dress was an “a-ha! moment” that struck while wearing the collar and doing a little cleaning up in the studio. Though most of us may not get that inspired during cleaning time and would have only been entertained by the sound the collar made, probably also appreciating the feel and… read more

Can Your Shirt Do This?

Can Your Shirt Do This?

Probably not. The shirt that is capable of detecting air pollution levels is not for sale, but it is an interesting concept design. Created by inventive graduate students, Sue Ngo and Nien Lam, the pollution sensing shirt named “Warning Signs” is a prototype, but one that is begging to grow out of its sample shell and onto the shelf. Complete with little lung or heart replicas on the facing of the shirt, it reacts to carbon monoxide levels in the surrounding air. Initially, the “healthy organs” are a vigorous pink hue, however when an air pollution culprit creeps near it,… read more

Clothing Concept With a Twist of Citrus

Clothing Concept With a Twist of Citrus

Could future fashions be made from oranges? This is a question that a team of creative designers asked in a concept project. Adriana Santanocito and a small squad of visionaries who are passionate about bringing sustainable clothing  more mainstream have thought of a new material for making it, the orange. What started as a university dissertation project led to a stint in partnership with the chemistry research and development laboratory at the Polytechnic University of Milan. The creative idea matured into the successful formulation of using the cellulose fibers to produce clothing textiles. The founder of Orange Fiber, Santanocito, discussed the… read more

Eco-Friendly Sunglasses Leaving Plastic Behind

Eco-Friendly Sunglasses Leaving Plastic Behind

Sunny days have many reaching for eyewear to block out the sun. However, many sunglasses that are made of cheaper materials like low grade plastics may not last long and sometimes are not recyclable, causing them to be tossed out and replaced, continuing the cycle. Some companies are listening closely to the call of the consumer to offer more choices that are made sustainably and made to last. Anytime science is in the mix somebody is behind the scenes working to find solutions, and that in combination with an industry made for the shade can produce some pretty neat options…. read more

Clothes Made From the Ocean

Clothes Made From the Ocean

Tras(h)umanity. It’s a sustainable way of processing clothing coined from the company ECOALF. In collaboration with UpGyreS (Upcycle the Gyres Society), which is an organization that seeks to reduce marine pollution by using it in resourceful and ecologically minded ways, they have established an eco-approach to doing business that more should model after. With the goal of not being a contributor to further trashing the environment they have found an industrious source for their materials – the ocean. Tras(h)umanity is their recognition that man-made ocean pollution will not go away any time soon. But further than just dealing with this… read more