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Catalytic Clothing

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Air-filtering fashion from Helen Storey and Tony Ryan.

Imagine you're walking down a busy city street wearing a fashionable, comfortable dress, with cars and buses belching exhaust all around you. All appears normal, except your dress itself contains particles that can break down the vehicle pollution swirling in the air. You are literally a walking air filter.  That's the vision behind Catalytic Clothing, a conceptual fashion project between......read more

Common Threads

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Patagonia's garment recycling program turns worn-out clothes into fresh new wear.

Patagonia has never been one to follow the pack when it comes to greening business operations. The Ventura, CA company’s Common Threads Garment Recycling program, which transforms unusable garments into new clothing, is a great example. Launched in 2005, Common Threads accepts worn out fleece (from any manufacturer), as well as Patagonia cotton T-shirts and some additional polyester and nylon......read more

Footwear Fertilizer: OAT's Compostable Kicks

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Just bury 'em and watch 'em bloom.

Worn out sneakers are some fairly nasty business, and not just 'cause they stink. Rubber, leather, and ink aren't the most compostable things on the planet. There's not a ton of options for recycling shoes either. Enter Dutch footwear brand OAT Shoes, which recently dropped a 100% biodegradable series of kicks that rightfully won the company a green design award at Amsterdam Fashion Week. Called......read more

Suspended Shirt Installations by Kaarina Kaikkonen

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Finnish artist creates hanging environmental art from recycled clothing

Kaarina Kaikkonen, a leading environmental artist from Finland, uses second-hand clothing to create hanging installations in open spaces. Suspending the clothing above roadways, in parks, or in large warehouses, the works are often made to resemble certain shapes. For her most recent exhibition, called "Are We Still Going On?," Kaikkonen used hundreds of dress shirts donated by people from......read more

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