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HANDMADE. Photos Gisela Torres The resurgence of Hand-Made design in today’s world of mass produced products is a welcome alternative for those seeking a distinctive and original product handcrafted by an artisan.


You can own a machine-made, digitally crafted replica or a one of a kind that is imperfect, tactile and unique. The eclectic stylist Emma Freemantle a curator and collector at heart is a lover of anything hand- made. Her label 'worn with love' established in 2007 expresses her passion for creating one of a kind pieces from treasures she finds at charity shops, car boot sales, flea markets and house clearances. Sheltersuit coat doubles as a sleeping bag for the homeless. Dutch Design Week 2015: fashion designer Bas Timmer has used abandoned tents to create jackets that turn into waterproof sleeping bags for homeless people.

Sheltersuit coat doubles as a sleeping bag for the homeless

Sheltersuit was created by Timmer in collaboration with business parter Alexander de Groot, and was prompted by the death of a friend's father who had been living on the street. The coat can be zipped together with a bottom half to form a sleeping bag. This detachable section can be stored in an accompanying backpack – solving the issue of carrying around a non-waterproof sleeping bag when not in use. MUJI Hut Micro-Homes Inspire Sustainable Living. MUJI Huts are tiny, cozy, simple homes that offer escape from hustle and bustle of city life MUJI, the Japanese home goods and furniture brand that prides itself on minimalism and simplicity, has built a cult-like following for its products around the world.

MUJI Hut Micro-Homes Inspire Sustainable Living

Expanding its retail business globally, and producing a line of prefab “Vertical Houses” in Japan, MUJI recently announced it will be offering a series of tiny homes called MUJI Hut. Unveiled at Tokyo’s annual Design Touch event, the collection of micro-homes are designed to explore sustainable living through minimalism. The idea behind the huts is to offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to a place where you feel at home and instantly at ease. Deadly Fast Fashion  This blog is part of a month-long focus around sustainable fashion across HuffPost UK Style and Lifestyle.

Deadly Fast Fashion 

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. Fast fashion, the business model that dominates our high streets, relies on a simple premise: selling more for less. Shops shift large quantities of clothes at very cheap prices with high turnover rates as new trends hit the stores every few weeks. Hermes PETA Birkin Bag Update. 14 September 2015 Scarlett Conlon JANE BIRKIN "is satisfied by the measures taken by Hermès", according to the brand, following an investigation by the fashion house into claims made by PETA that its famous Birkin bags were being "constructed from the skins of factory-farmed and cruelly slaughtered crocodiles".

Hermes PETA Birkin Bag Update

"Following the heartfelt emotion expressed by Jane Birkin and her request for explanation, Hermès, in agreement with her, reiterates its firm commitment in the ethical treatment of crocodiles in its partner farms," read a statement from the brand, which went on to explain that it had demanded that all of its suppliers comply with the Best Management Practices for Louisiana Alligator Farming document. It also stated that it continues to ensure "good practices for farming, procedures for slaughter, environmental management, social conditions of employees and the security of work conditions and infrastructures. " Modesty Solutions: A/W 16/17 Macro Trends. Casa Ximim Tulum: Luxury, Design, and Sustainability. Treelife. We are excited to announce that our first offline event, TreeLife by TCH, will be unveiled in a major city in 2013.


This event will showcase innovative and creative sustainable architecture, and illustrate that green can co-exist with urban city life. The world's first major public exhibition of 'green design' treehouses, TreeLife will bring the biggest names in international architecture, design and art into the one public place for the first time, showcasing cutting edge green and sustainable design. Life in the trees Treehouses have become creative eco-statements in the design world. They allow people to literally be "in" nature and peace above the stressful street level of life.

The Cool Hunter will invite top local and international architects, artists and designers to design for the event a modern treehouse, created from sustainable and recycled materials Art-life: Green-themed, organic art installations placed around treehouses including topiary. H&M on Conscious Materials. 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

DIY Life: Urban Homesteaders at Kitchen Table Talks. At the most recent Kitchen Table Talks in San Francisco close to 100 City dwellers came out in the pouring rain to hear stories from local urban homesteaders, who shared their experiences and insights on ways to become more self-sufficient.

DIY Life: Urban Homesteaders at Kitchen Table Talks

Kevin Bayuk, Heidi Kooy, and Davin Wentworth-Thrasher discussed growing and preserving your own food; keeping worms; composting (including the art of the compost toilet); greywater and rainwater catchment systems; and raising goats and chickens (Heidi’s chicken, Sweet Pea, graced us with her beautiful feathers). In case you were wondering, “urban homesteading” has been defined as: 1.

Growing your own FOOD on your city lot. 2. Using alternative ENERGY sources. 3. Our three homesteaders employ almost all of these ideals and inspired us with their stories and ideas. Davin Wentworth-Thrasher, the co-founder of the Ecology Center of San Francisco, offered the crowd information on how to do it yourself and more. Scrapbook for This Old Thing: The Vintage Clothes Show from Channel 4. Where do your old clothes go? 11 February 2015Last updated at 10:01 ET By Lucy Rodgers BBC News Every year, thousands of us across the UK donate our used clothing to charity - many in the belief that it will be given to those in need or sold in High Street charity shops to raise funds.

Where do your old clothes go?

But a new book has revealed that most of what we hand over actually ends up getting shipped abroad - part of a £2.8bn ($4.3bn) second-hand garment trade that spans the globe. We investigate the journey of our cast-offs and begin to follow one set of garments from donation to their eventual destination. Continue reading the main story How charity clothing donations end up traded abroad. Continue reading the main storyContinue reading the main storyContinue reading the main story UK consumers ditch more than a million tonnes of clothing every year. Continue reading the main story. 5 things fashion students need to know about sustainability. Our recent live chat provided some wisdom for fashion students, faculty members and consumers alike looking to embed sustainability into education and design practises.

5 things fashion students need to know about sustainability

Here are the top five things we learned. 1. Learning how to tell the sustainability story behind an item or collection is key. The Sustainable Fashion Handbook. The definitive sourcebook on all aspects of sustainable fashion – not only the environmental issues presented by fast-moving fashion, but also the social impact of the industry. Packed with authoritative facts and inspiring images and ideas, this is an indispensable reference for professionals, students and anyone with an interest in fashion, sustainability and innovation ‘A huge range of examples and perspectives on sustainable fashion … it isn’t just pretty pictures, with plenty of essays debating the materials and morality of contemporary fashion’ – Crafts ‘From Katherine Hamnett printed T-shirt, to Vivienne Westwood’s stance against global warming, the author questions the sustainability of fashion and its key players’– AnOther Magazine.

Eco-Fashion Brand Made in Spain. Pure Waste Textiles Aims to Save 100 Million Liters of Water by Year's End. Pure Waste Textiles has launched a new Save Water Challenge to get companies to participate in reducing their water consumption. As its T-shirts are made from 100 percent recycled textile waste, no new cotton needs to be grown. This translates as a saving of 2,700 liters of water for every Pure Waste T-shirt produced, according to the team. So far the company has saved over 23 million liters by producing its eco-friendly shirts as opposed to typical manufacturing processes. Sustainable Spray-On Clothing Technology Turns Into Fabric Instantly. Advertisement Over the past few years, spray-on body paint that looks like clothing has gotten popular.

It’s even starting to show up in television ads and other marketing endeavors. This is the first time though that I’ve seen actual spray-on clothing.