TAG: Fibers

Paper Waste and What We Can Do About It

Paper waste

With the influx of heightened technology, long gone are the days where you have to constantly tote around a pen and pencil to jot down important details. Almost everything you could possibly need to write down can be done on a device, whether on your phone or mobile invention of choice. From calendars to reminder notes, you can just enter information to look at later. Not to mention the availability of online books, magazine subscriptions and virtual offices, most things that were once on paper are now additionally, or exclusively, online. Despite these technological conveniences, paper still remains a mass… read more

Step Forward Paper: A Step In The Right Direction

Step Forward Paper: A Step In The Right Direction

Prairie Paper Ventures, Inc. is a privately owned establishment initiated by environmental advocate and actor Woody Harrelson over 15 years ago. The paper company makes its product by using a sustainable mix of wheat straw and recycled fibers, which they call Step Forward Paper. 80% of the paper is made from the blend, and it does not use any portion of the food supply, nor does it use trees. It is also Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance. For now it is made in India at an ecomill that has shown to have the ability to sustainably produce… read more

Winter Whites

Winter Whites

Wearing white in winter can celebrate the season, and some designers with an ecofriendly focus know how to do it right. These cold weather fashions were seen at the Vegan Eco Fashion Label Vaute Couture show this season. This dress was refashioned using recycled satin. An organic print shirt. From the founder of Vaute Couture designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, this vegan friendly coat is completely elegant. Vaute Couture, who partners with several animal rights and rescue organizations, uses low impact and ecologically conscious fabrics in their designs. Their Fair Trade and vegan selections use materials like bamboo jersey and organic cotton, moleskin and… read more

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