C&A debuts world’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold T-shirts

May 12, 2017 by  
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A chain of clothing stories in Belgium has launched the world’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold T-shirts . Available in two styles for women in up to 17 different colors, C&A’s tees mark the company’s first foray into apparel for the so-called “circular economy,” where products are designed to be reused or recycled rather than thrown away. The shirts, which comprise 100 percent organic cotton , represent what C&A calls a “positive ecological and social level never before seen for a fashion garment.” California’s Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute , which manages the certification mark, defines C2C Certified products as items that have been optimized for human and environmental health, material reutilization, renewable energy use, carbon management, water stewardship, and social justice. Ratings are based on four levels: Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Related: First Cradle to Cradle Platinum certified product is reclaimed Bark House shingle C&A worked with McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry , the recently formed Fashion for Good initiative, and two India-based factories to develop the tees based on Cradle to Cradle Certified criteria. Both Cotton Blossom and Pratibha Syntex, C&A said, needed minimal improvement in those areas. “In nature, the ‘waste’ of one system becomes food for another,” Jay Bolus, president of certification services at MBDC, said in a statement. “The two new T-shirts illustrate the possibility by which we can transform what is currently a take-make-waste industry to one that is regenerative and closed loop to progress us toward a positive future. We worked closely with Cotton Blossom and Pratibha Syntex and throughout their supply chains to ensure the resulting apparel is not only attractive, accessible and affordable—but also a positive design.” C&A’s shirts, which will appear in stores in June, use only materials that have been deemed safe for cycling as biological nutrients, making them safe enough to compost at home at the end of their lives. Two additional styles, one for women and another for men, will debut in Brazil and Mexico in September. Related: Freitag announces that their 100% compostable denim is about to hit shelves “We are very proud to introduce our first Gold level Cradle to Cradle Certified T-shirts,” said You Nguyen, director of brands, womenswear collections, at C&A. “Taking inspiration from nature, these shirts were designed with their next life in mind. This means they can be reused recycled—or you can literally throw your shirts onto the compost pile.” Nguyen added, “We believe in fashion with a positive impact and are excited to provide our customers with stylish products and render sustainable fashion available at great value.” + C&A

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This Quilt Helps Save the Planet

March 14, 2017 by  
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I think everyone in the history of modern times has had a shirt that they keep because it has sentimental value. Whether your names are Ross and Rachel and the shirt says “Frankie Say Relax” or it’s a white tee filled with…

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Villagers in India knit sweaters to protect rescued elephants from the cold

January 26, 2017 by  
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The rescued elephants at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center in India get a second chance at life after being abused and exploited by their former owners and handlers. Along with finally having the freedom to take walks, bathe and play in water pools, and scratch themselves up against trees, several of the sanctuary’s elephants recently received a new winter wardrobe: giant sweaters lovingly hand-knit by the villagers of Mathura. As the nighttime temperatures dipped to freezing levels last year, the center’s staff issued a call to local women to help provide a little extra warmth to the giant pachyderms. The villagers responded enthusiastically, coming together to knit and crochet the brightly colored sweaters . The elephants quickly took to their new attire and, judging from the photos, seem pretty intrigued by the knitting process itself. In addition to looking cheerful and festive, the sweaters help protect the vulnerable animals from the cold and stave off their arthritic symptoms. Related: Cindy Chinn carves a tiny family of elephants into pencil tips The only downside to this giant knitting project is the length of time to make one sweater: each one takes about four weeks to complete. As a result, only three of the 20 elephants at the sanctuary have been fully outfitted so far, while the rest have been given blankets. Since the elephants suffered years of neglect and mistreatment, they are especially susceptible to infections and illnesses, so staying covered up in the poncho/sweater/long john combos is essential for keeping them healthy. The center is hoping for more volunteers to continue knitting in order to outfit every elephant with his or her own sweater by next winter. Considering that Wildlife SOS plans to rescue another 50 elephants this year , that’s a pretty tall order. If you want to get involved , including  volunteering on-site with the organization and preparing food or helping to bathe these gentle giants or donating funds, click here . Via Booooooom , Daily Mail , and My Modern Met All images © Roger Allen

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Elon Musk says new company will start drilling under LA next month

January 26, 2017 by  
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Never one to dally, Elon Musk has announced he’s about to dig into his ambitious project to build a tunnel under Los Angeles. The new tunnel is expected to tame the city’s massive traffic congestion problem . According to Motherboard , the mogul announced the news via Twitter on Wednesday morning with a tweet that said: “Exciting news on the tunnel front. Plan to start digging in a month or so.” It’s clear that Musk is not one to let an idea languish, as he only stated his goal to build a tunnel in mid-December 2016 while publicly complaining on Twitter about the traffic problems in Los Angeles. “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…” he wrote on Twitter in December. Related: Elon Musk says Trump administration may be “positive on renewables” “It shall be called ‘The Boring Company,’” he wrote, according to Motherboard . “Borings, it’s what we do.” And, a month later, after a meeting with then-President-Elect Trump , voila – it’s happening. Musk confirmed he’s soon going to begin work on a tunnel carved out by Tunnel Boring Machines that will start at some point next month. According to Motherboard, the tunnel will start across the road from the SpaceX office in Los Angeles, located in Crenshaw, near the 105 Freeway. Musk stated his interest in tunnels that would “alleviate congestion completely” as far back as 2015 in an interview with scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson . Via Motherboard Images via Maurizio Pesce and Minesweeper ,

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This stylish work shirt made from retroreflective fabric is twice as visible at night

December 7, 2016 by  
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Once the sun sets, commuting by bike or skateboard becomes a risky game. The newest gear for night riders is a stylish shirt with retroreflective stripes sewn directly into the fabric, increasing visibility twofold. Ravelin ’s RS01 shirt makes the days of fluorescent vests and cheaply made reflective tape a thing of the past. The RS01 shirt doesn’t rely on gummy tape strips or battery-operated devices – its reflective pattern is integrated right into the fabric. By partnering with a technical fabric mill, Ravelin was able to weave a durable retroreflective cloth that will not fade or peel over time. The best part is how the bright checker pattern becomes invisible during the day, making it a great fit for both biking to work and a full day at the office. Related: Award-winning paper bike helmet keeps cyclists safe anywhere they go Once night falls, the RS01 shirt provides pedestrian visibility from nearly 700 feet away from a car’s headlights – twice that of a regular old white shirt. The designers also made sure that the shirt’s cut would not chafe underarms during extended bike rides, and skaters can twist and stretch without constriction. They even included a long drop tail to avoid any, er, unwanted exposure in the midst of activity. The shirt is available for backers on Kickstarter , starting at $85. Other enticing features include a cell phone pocket located at the waist, and wind-blocking panels along the the ribs to keep the chill out. This two-in-one design will likely earn a top spot on many active adventurers’ gift lists this year. + Ravelin Images via Ravelin

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Ethically produced Not a Sweatshirt sweatshirt helps victims of sex trafficking

November 6, 2016 by  
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What if the clothing you buy could make a positive difference in the world? Sudara’s “Not a Sweatshirt” sweatshirt aims to help victims of sex trafficking by raising awareness and using funds to train and employ former victims in India. Every purchase supports Sudara’s initiatives to give women the confidence and skills they need for a fresh start on life. The ethically sourced and produced sweatshirt shows how we can have a collective and positive impact on the world through the everyday choices we make.

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Dozens of violations found at the factory that makes Trump shirts in Bangladesh

November 5, 2016 by  
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The sweatshop that produces Donald Trump -branded clothing has been cited for a “yuge” list of safety violations. The factory is an unsafe work environment for workers at the Elite Garment Industries factory in Bangladesh. Violations ranging from insufficient fire alarm systems, faulty wiring, lack of fire escapes and “highly stressed” support columns in the building’s infrastructure threaten the lives of employees every day. READ MORE > 

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Voting has begun in the Green Halloween Costume Contest

October 28, 2016 by  
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Attention all ghouls and goblins. With the spookiest of holidays just around the corner, crafty DIY costumes are beginning to pop up everywhere, and voting has officially begun for finalists in Inhabitots’ Green Halloween costume contest . Got a creatively handmade, recycled, and/or repurposed costume? We want to see it! There’s still time to enter your costume here , and you can also check out the other entrants and vote for your favorites here > VOTE HERE > ENTER THE CONTEST HERE >

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4 Brands Doing Clothes Recycling Right

October 18, 2016 by  
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Our love of looking good is quickly creating a very ugly problem. You see, the clothes we wear day in and day out are responsible for an absolutely staggering amount of pollution every year. Virtually every step of the fashion industry and clothing…

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Sound Shirt: smart clothing lets deaf people feel music

October 16, 2016 by  
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Wearable technology firm CuteCircuit teamed up with Germany’s Junge Symphoniker Hamburg Orchestra to develop the Sound Shirt, a smart top that wirelessly turns music into vibrations. The software embedded into the clothing uses 16 micro actuators to transform eight types of instrumental sound, from double bass to horns, into vibrations that vary depending on the music’s intensity.

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