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How 'smart fashion' could transform the mobile workforce

How 'smart fashion' could transform the mobile workforce
The future of wearables could be in 'smart clothes' that blend fashion with tech Picture this: A customer service representative is helping an irate customer on the phone and becoming flustered and frustrated. Rather than hearing about the incident after the interaction has escalated, customer service managers are able to step in and offer assistance because they have access to the rep’s vital signs and health signals. Or, imagine one of your fleet drivers becoming tired and falling asleep at the wheel and a fleet manager having the ability to talk him through getting to a rest area safely, thanks to having access to his health signals. All of this, and more, is possible, thanks to wearable technology and smart clothes. The rise of wearable rechnology Wearable technology is nothing new, but its applications to the enterprise and customer service are just now being realised in a major way. As reported for RealBusiness by Shane Schutte, lead researcher Dr. Smart clothes as a tool for business

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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

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 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. The Helsinki based textile company is pushing boundaries on what being green is, they are not compromising quality as their fabric made out of recycled materials can easily compete with virgin textiles in quality. Hannes and Anders Bengs along with partners Lauri Köngäs-Eskandari and Jukka Pesola have not only started a sustainable phenomenon in the Finnish fashion scene but have made waves in the tech industry as they make merchandise for tech giants such as Supercell, Rovio and F-Secure.

Goodbye Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook... Ed Sheeran is taking a break from social media Singer Ed Sheeran is taking a break from social media to get back to normality. The 24-year-old Brit is known for his regular Twitter and Instagram posts, landing him over 20 million followers online. With his busy agenda at the moment including promoting his documentary movie Jumpers for Goalposts, Ed has decided he needs a relaxation period and has a well-deserved timeout from technology coming up. “I’ll put a post out saying, ‘I’m with friends and family - if you love me you’ll allow me to disappear for a few months and I’ll speak to you in a bit,'" he told Britain's The Sun newspaper. 8 Reasons to Rethink Fast Fashion Not too long ago, fast fashion megastore Forever 21 announced plans to launch a new brand called F21 Red. Already known for low prices, these stores would offer clothing at costs that make Goodwill seem pricey — jeans for $7.80, tanks from $1.80 to $3.80. How can a retailer sell jeans for $7.80 and still make money? You don’t want to know, but it’s vital that you find out. All of those inexpensive finds might seem easy on your budget, but the world is paying a high price for fast fashion. 1.

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. This is the idea behind F-ABRIC, a range of materials developed by Swiss company Freitag. Kim Kardashian poses next to rusty tractor as more snaps from THAT photo shoot By Zoe Nauman For Published: 15:08 GMT, 10 July 2015 | Updated: 17:04 GMT, 10 July 2015 Kim Kardashian has clearly become a fan of the great outdoors thanks to her latest photo shoot.

Can a hashtag change the fashion industry? Now in its second year, Fashion Revolution Day (FRD) is a hashtag campaign designed to keep the most vulnerable in the fashion supply chain in the public eye. Held on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, participants are encouraged to take a selfie showing the label on their clothes and ask the designer or brand #whomademyclothes. It’s an important cause, but can a hashtag campaign really bring meaningful change to the fashion industry? Ruth Stokes, author of The Armchair Activist’s Handbook, says if a campaign is able to raise awareness and reach people otherwise not engaged, then it has provided something of value. The challenge is translating that increased awareness into real-world practical actions, whether that means changing individual behaviors or the laws made by politicians. FRD has changed the hashtag this year to #whomademyclothes after Pixar took over #insideout in anticipation of the Disney animation film Inside Out.

How Intel infiltrated New York Fashion Week - Fortune © Time Inc. All rights reserved. is a part of the network of sites. Powered by VIP Are man-made gems the key to a sustainable diamond trade? Long a staple of the industrial diamond industry, laboratory-created diamonds only represent about 2% of the jewelry market. Increasingly, however, they are becoming a force to be reckoned with: some producers have achieved "type IIa" quality, the purest form produced in nature. Only 2% of the global production of mined diamonds qualify for this rating. These jewels, which are created when a small diamond seed is placed in an carbon-rich environment, grow atom-by-atom, layer-by-layer. Because of the conditions under which they're produced, the companies making these "cultured" diamonds can market them as "100% conflict free", and can claim that they are significantly better for the environment than naturally mined diamonds. Quantifying this, however, is difficult: because synthetic type IIa diamonds have only been achievable in the last few years, there is limited data available to directly compare them with mined diamonds.