TAG: Clothing

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

Tips for a Greener Office

Greening Your Office

To begin, no green renovations, big or small, will make an environmental dent if the company who employs them manufactures unsustainable products or services. However, any personal change among employees, let alone the habits of an entire office are certainly worth the effort. Though it would help if the office wasn’t situated in the headquarters of an oil company. That said, there are numerous, often simply over-looked, altercations that will improve the productivity and efficiency of an office. On a personal level you can begin by using refillable pens. Over 5 billion pens are bought and tossed out by Americans… 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

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

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

Fashions Inspired By Nature

Fashions Inspired By Nature

Environmental artist, Anni Rapinoja, has created some attention-grabbing works. Among her collections are a series titled Wardrobe of Nature. This assemblage of art meets attire takes on clothing in a way that gently mocks the synthetic and commercially mass produced for profit frocks. The shapes of each piece are reminders that humans are part of the natural world, but also as a concept that has been lost due to modernization that focuses mostly on monetary goals. One of the intentions of this collection is to remind that we need a natural balance that should also be mimicked throughout, and not… read more

The Shopping Bag Bra!

It's Still Crazy Being Green

In an effort to save money and attract clientele with an environmentally friendly stance, a London nightclub has taken sustainability to the next level. It’s a fascinating concept that produces 60% of the electricity the nightclub needs. They have floors that consist of springs which, when compressed by dancers, produce electrical currents which are stored in batteries. Even on a small scale, innovation for sustainable products continues to inspire. A Canadian has invented a sink called the Zen Garden Sink. It is designed to use the wasted water from hand washing to water a plant that lives in the sink. There is… read more

Recyling Your Rags

Recyced Rags

We all have clothes we don’t wear. Either they are too big, too small or were an act of impulsivity that no longer lies within the confines of fashion. Whatever the reason these end up in the back of the closet or sitting in a box to be shipped to the Salvation Army. If they are still in decent condition, donating used clothes is the best option. However, if in a state of disrepair, clothes can be reused to create something new. Shirts are especially versatile. You can take old t-shirts, and by sewing of the bottom closed and some… read more

Looking Good for Less

Look Good For Less

It’s that time of the year again; the time when yours or your child’s clothes are just too small.  The time to make a good first impression. Or, maybe you are just the type of person that stands staring into your closet and can’t find a thing to wear. Do you want to look great without breaking the bank?  Allow me to tell you how you can do so. Start shopping at more flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, resale stores, or on Ebay. In a rough economy we all start to count pennies, but by shopping smart you can… read more

Repair and Reuse

Repair and reuse

Are you tired of breaking things and purchasing new replacements? Do you wish you had the skills to fix the item yourself? Do you live by the motto “Waste not, want not?” If so, then this article is perfect for you. Nobody likes shelling out money unnecessarily, especially if an easy solution lies within reach. Perhaps you didn’t think it was so simple to mend your sweater zipper, or unshrink your brand new t-shirt. Maybe your computer is so full of trash and garbage that you’d rather just wipe the thing and buy a new operating system. We’re here to… read more