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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. Her signature headdresses are inspired by her travels to South America and Asia and reference the twenties, sixties with some Navajo thrown in. Incorporating recycled and vintage textiles, brooches, geese, parrot, guineafowl feathers she creates headpiece tapestries by layering and combining various textures and details.

Willem Schenk Emilie Roche. 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 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. "The most challenging aspect of the design process was to put ourselves in the position of a homeless person," Timmer told Dezeen.

"We immediately said that whatever the design will be, it would have to be warm, strong, waterproof and simple to use. "For instance, when we had a jacket in mind we thought about our legs still being exposed to the cold, so we looked at what types of ways people keep their legs warm outside," he added. 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. 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.

MUJI collaborated with three designers to create MUJI Hut, Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison and Konstatin Grcic. The three different designs of the huts offer a range in building materials (cork, aluminum, wood), size, and livability. MUJI Hut. Deadly Fast Fashion | Ilana Winterstein. This blog is part of a month-long focus around sustainable fashion across HuffPost UK Style and Lifestyle. 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. It is a model built on exploitation that pushes a global race to the bottom on price. This competition puts factory owners under pressure to offer garments at the lowest cost possible, meaning corners are cut on health and safety and wages are kept at poverty levels.

One of the flawed messages of fast fashion is that clothes are disposable: wear a top once or twice, tire of it and throw it away in favour of the latest look. 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". "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 | Business. 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. 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. ‘What is going to be in these beautiful bags that is not leather?’ ,” the Spanish designer said. 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. 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. Organizations/Web Sites Berkeley Ecology Center. 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.

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 “Start Quote There's a moment of magic where a gift turns into a commodity” End QuoteDr Andrew BrooksKing's College London Continue reading the main story. 5 things fashion students need to know about sustainability | Sustainable-business. Our recent live chat provided some wisdom for fashion students, faculty members and consumers alike looking to embed sustainability into education and design practises.

Here are the top five things we learned. 1. Learning how to tell the sustainability story behind an item or collection is key If a consumer can engage and empathise with the path that an item took - from conceptual design to pattern making to crafting - the more they'll be intrigued. Ditty agreed building narratives is especially important in dealing with stereotypes about sustainable fashion. 2.

Some schools, like Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Colombia make sure retailers and local fashion industry players are included in its fashion design programme. 3. Anna Fitzpatrick, who has worked on sustainable fashion projects at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, felt it was important students were taught about labour and social issues in the wider supply chain. 4. 5. "Technology is going to be a powerful force!

" 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 ‘Packed with facts and inspiring images and ideas, this is a useful reference for professionals, students and anyone with an interest in fashion, sustainability and innovation’ – Textiles ‘Required reading … ultra-comprehensive’ – Shop Ethica.

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. Now Pure Waste is encouraging forward-thinking companies to buy their T-shirts and help be part of the solution. “This is a perfect water saving story for your company to share,” the firm says. . + Save Water Challenge + Pure Waste Textiles. 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. In other words, this isn’t body paint. It’s actual clothing that comes out of the can in spray format, but solidifies on the body in a techno-fabric kind of way.

This technology, called Fabrican, is based on 15 years of research by fashion designer Manel Torres and particle engineer Paul Luckham. When I think about using spray-on clothing in daily life, the roadblock that I hit in my mind is that we wouldn’t be able to spray our own clothing on our bodies. I wonder if in a few decades from now we’ll all either 3D print our clothes or make them in some other unusual way like this. Spray-On Clothing Technology Creates Non-Woven Fabric (Click Images To Enlarge) (Video Is Slightly NSFW) Via: [Design Rulz] [Designboom]