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Introducing Study 34, The Knitwear Brand Using Recycled Materials To Create High-End Sustainable Fashion. Two years ago, Eleanor O'Neill was working as a junior designer at a well-established Italian knitwear brand.

Introducing Study 34, The Knitwear Brand Using Recycled Materials To Create High-End Sustainable Fashion

At first, it seemed like the perfect job for the fashion-lover, who'd completed a degree in knitwear at Nottingham Trent University just a few years before. But O'Neill, from Yorkshire, soon found herself becoming dissatisfied with certain elements of the industry. "I felt like there was a lack of creativity everywhere, and on top of that, these massive companies didn't seem to know where their products were coming from," she tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle. "There was also so much waste that I started to get a little bit frustrated. " Can Fashion Save the World? Meet the Famous Designers Campaigning for Change...  This blog is part of a month-long focus around sustainable fashion across HuffPost UK Style and Lifestyle.

Can Fashion Save the World? Meet the Famous Designers Campaigning for Change... 

Here we aim to champion some of the emerging names in fashion and shine a light on the truth about the impact our appetite for fast fashion has around the world. I've largely hung up my runway stilettos - once I hit 20, no amount of Bikram and green juice were ever going to shrink my hips back down to catwalk sample sizes. For a few years, I saw Fashion Week as an opportunity to put my feet up and enjoy a cuppa whilst watching harried 16 year olds run around the outskirts of London for castings, then stomping down the runway wearing nothing but two left clogs four sizes too big and a huge hat hiding their entire face.

Wolfgang Schattling On The Mercedes-Benz Partnership Putting Sustainability At The Heart Of Fashion And Cars. This feature is part of a month-long focus around sustainable fashion across HuffPost UK Style and Lifestyle.

Wolfgang Schattling On The Mercedes-Benz Partnership Putting Sustainability At The Heart Of Fashion And Cars

Here we aim to champion some of the emerging names in fashion and shine a light on the truth about the impact our appetite for fast fashion has around the world. Sustainable, green and ecologically friendly are words that get thrown around a lot these days. Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion. Truth to Materials. Is Fashion a Credible Platform for Protest? LONDON, United Kingdom — Last week in Paris, Chanel appropriated the visual signifiers of feminist protest for its seasonal runway show.

Is Fashion a Credible Platform for Protest?

In a finale led by Karl Lagerfeld, a bevy of supermodels took to a catwalk christened “Boulevard Chanel” holding signs with slogans such as “History is Her Story,” “Make Fashion Not War,” and “Tweed Is Better Than Tweet.” On the same day in Hong Kong, a genuine protest was underway. Protesting for the right to democratically elect a candidate of their own choosing, tens of thousands of Hong Kongers formed crowds that throbbed and swelled in the city’s streets. Playing out against this backdrop, the “faux-test” staged on Boulevard Chanel rang especially hollow, repackaging political riot as a light-hearted, Instagram-savvy performance.

The show did, however, demonstrate the power of high profile runway events to attract enormous media attention. Seeing a sustainable future - Alex Steffen. Why be resource efficient. H&M on Conscious Materials. Introducing Study 34, The Knitwear Brand Using Recycled Materials To Create High-End Sustainable Fashion. Wearable pineapple fibres could prove sustainable alternative to leather. At weddings and formal events in the Philippines, men can often be seen wearing the Barong Tagalog, a thin and transparent embroidered garment worn over a shirt.

Wearable pineapple fibres could prove sustainable alternative to leather

One of the more surprising materials used in its manufacture are fibres from pineapple leaves – and long strands of the leaves could soon also be used to make a host of other products, from trainers and clothes to bags and car upholstery. Called Piñatex - piña is Spanish for pineapple - the new material was created by Carmen Hijosa, who worked as a consultant in the Philippines leather goods industry in the 1990s. She was unimpressed with the standard of goods produced and started to look for alternatives.

It was the strength and the fineness of the pineapple leaf fibres used in the Barong Tagalog that first alerted her that there was another option: “I was looking for an alternative to leather. That was the beginning of my thinking. “We can make shoes, we can make bags. Pure Waste Textiles - Sustainable Fashion Evolution - Nordic Style Magazine. Sustainability is more than just avoiding waste, it is about creating from it, this is the premise behind Pure Waste Textiles a young Green Company from Helsinki, Finland founded in 2013.

Pure Waste Textiles - Sustainable Fashion Evolution - Nordic Style Magazine

Pure Waste creates its fabrics in its own factory recently opened in India and they are at the forefront of the Sustainable Evolution as they produce textiles out of 100% recycled materials, yes over 100,000 products made of 100% recycled materials up to date. ZUG, Switzerland and WASHINGTON, D.C., September 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Cotton and textile worker Photo credit: International Labour Organization (PRNewsFoto/C&A Foundation) Facebook Twitter Pinterest Cotton and textile worker Photo credit: International Labour Organization (PRNewsFoto/C&A Foundation) ZUG, Switzerland and WASHINGTON, D.C., September 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

ZUG, Switzerland and WASHINGTON, D.C., September 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/

Sustainable fashion reporting, organic beauty tips, DIY projects + tutorials, + natural product reviews. Emma Watson is a gal we love for many reasons, and she recently announced she’s embracing a cause near and dear to our hearts, and that’s eco-friendly fashion!

Sustainable fashion reporting, organic beauty tips, DIY projects + tutorials, + natural product reviews.

We’ve written about our love of eco-conscious fashionistas in the past, but Watson has definitely come out on top of the sustainable fashion game. She recently announced on her Instagram account that she’ll be wearing clothes from designers who consider artisans’ skills, the environment, and sustainability.The “challenge” will go on while she’s on her most recent press tour for the film Regression. €1m for ideas to 'close the fashion loop' Five innovative ideas of how to close the fashion loop will share funding of €1 million (£726,000) as part of fashion retailer H&M’s first Global Change Award.

€1m for ideas to 'close the fashion loop'

The award, launched on Tuesday (25 August), is looking for ‘great, disruptive ideas that can shape the future of how fashion is designed and produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled’ to contribute to a more sustainable fashion cycle. According to H&M, circularity in fashion can be embraced in several ways including creating a circular supply chain with renewable or recyclable material, providing a sharing platform to drive up utilisation of products, extending product life through repairs, maintenance and donations, or offering product access rather than ownership, meaning it can be redistributed when finished with.

A jury made up of figures from the fashion industry specialising in design, publicity and sustainability will pick the five winning ideas, each receiving €100,000 (£73,000). The (Sustainable) Future of London Fashion Week  This blog is part of a month-long focus around sustainable fashion across HuffPost UK Style and Lifestyle.

The (Sustainable) Future of London Fashion Week 

Here we aim to champion some of the emerging names in fashion and shine a light on the truth about the impact our appetite for fast fashion has around the world. Dahhlings! It's that time of the season again, when we don our (vegan) high heels, make sure every hair is perfectly in place, apply an extra layer of (organic) slap and head over to the crazy world that is London Fashion Week. Oh and what a world it is, this season to be held in the Brewer Street Car Park, in the heart of Soho. A spectacle like no other; London Fashion Week will offer the fashion world thousands of new designs, in a week of hedonistic apparel-voyeurism encouraging consumers to buy into the world of "more more more" with little or no thought into how and where clothes are made.

How Can We Know Which Companies Are Serious About Sustainability? - Forbes. Warby Parker has distributed over a million pairs of glasses to people in need. Luxottica – the Italian firm behind about 80 percent of the eyewear business – has “provided vision care access to 8.5 million people worldwide.” If you’re a conscious consumer looking for glasses, which provider do you prefer? The question is not unique to eyewear. H&M's $1m recycling prize is clever but no solution to fast fashion. H&M, one of the world’s largest fast fashion brands, has launched a €1m ($1.16m) recycling prize in an effort to engage innovators, technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs to find a solution to a growing problem in the clothing industry: waste and pollution.

The Swedish brand’s foundation, the H&M Conscious Foundation, announced the Global Challenge Award to “catalyse green, truly groundbreaking ideas” that will “protect the earth’s natural resources by closing the loop for fashion”. It’s a clever move from the fashion giant. The challenge has public appeal (it’s open to anyone with an early stage idea) and it will bring attention to an important issue for the fashion industry. New Zealand Fashion Week - Sustainability. New Zealand Fashion Week - Sustainability- #NZFW #SNZFW #sustainablefashion With New Zealand fashion week 2015 in full swing this week, Space Between and Sustainable Fashion have joined forces to incite change in the industry by raising awareness for the true cost of ethical sustainable fashion. They will do this by facilitating NZ brands to share information about their supply chain during NZ Fashion Week.

Jennifer Whitty is the project lead at Space Between, a new social enterprise for fashion situated at Massey University's College of Creative Arts, which is about exploring alternatives to mass-produced high-waste clothing, and creating ethical business opportunities for new designers. Zandra Rhodes On London Fashion Week And Sustainable Fashion: 'Soon We Won't Have People Or A Planet' Can sustainability become fashionable? That's the question clothing brands ponder when deciding whether to overhaul their production techniques. In other words, will demand for ethically produced clothing grow? Zandra Rhodes is unequivocal in her answer. Fashion Week hits New York, but what about the industry's toll on workers and the environment? A few years ago I was sitting at a meeting discussing the state of “ethical fashion” with a group of very influential fashionistas.

One of them scornfully commented, scrunching up her Botox-injected face, “Oh, but this saving the planet thing is so worthy.” It was as if, on Planet Fashion, “worthy” meant dull. Today, “worthy” is the new “decadent”, and we’re beginning to reimagine aspirational fashion in a completely new way, taking into consideration garment workers and environmental issues throughout the supply chain. We still want to look good, but we are also looking for a sense of meaningfulness that goes beyond our mirror. The power of a carefully chosen, sustainably made garment has never been more relevant. Fashion future: Eco-couture, smart clothes and sustainability. The Silver Lining Beneath Fashion's Dirty Supply Chains: Three Innovative Solutions to the Industry's Sustainability Problem  MillwardBrown_POV_Brand_Sustainabiliy.pdf. Defining a Sustainable Brand.

54e220930cf2c3e7d2d20e21.pdf. From Sustainable Luxury to Luxurious Sustainability  The definition of 'eco' - ecofriendly-fashion.com. Sustainable clothing the only way forward. The final frontier in the eco battle, clothing is now in the spotlight with Australian company Gondwana introducing their third eco-friendly fabric range. Gondwana Managing Director, Stephen Nowak, believes this is the only way forward for clothing manufacturers. “With the introduction of Recycled Fleece we are cementing our commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices. It is no longer good enough to just have a token range of eco clothing, sustainable manufacturing needs to be addressed now.

Renewable and recycled fabrics are the way of the future, and it is our hope to one day have our entire range created from eco-friendly fabric resources”. Having long been interested in sustainable manufacturing, Gondwana has utilised a range of sustainable fibres with natural performance properties as an alternative to traditional synthetic performance fabrics. Sustainability And The Role Of A Fashion Designer. Brands that support organic cotton : Have you cottoned on yet? Fairtrade is committed to transforming the lives of cotton farmers and supports organic farming as a means of protecting the environment. More than 70% of People Tree clothing is made with 100% Organic Certified Cotton.

Organic soil is sexy too: it's healthy, and holds the rainwater like a sponge, protecting the crops and farmers from climate change. Usually cotton is grown on soil as hard as tarmac, but our farmers' soil is springy underfoot. Organic cotton farming has brought some of the control back to farmers and their village. They have their own organic seed banks, they have clean water, and their children go to school. The mission of Textile Exchange is to inspire and equip people to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile value chain. PAN has supported organic cotton for more than two decades, during that time we have trained thousands of small farmers and seen it transform their lives for the better.

The Future Fabrics Expo shows many organic cotton textiles. Can big brands catch up on sustainable fashion? Imagine a pair of trousers you could throw on the compost. After years of use, they could decompose among the eggshells and tea bags to leave behind nothing but some fertile soil to help grow new raw materials. It takes the circular economy to a whole new level. Sustainable fashion. Ethical fashion directory: UK clothing brands. 100 Examples of Ethical Fashion. Ethereal Ethical Fashion : Beulah London. 26 Ethically Made Clothing Lines.