Meridian Line launches ethically sourced, organic cotton jeans for the outdoors

April 2, 2018 by  
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Adventure calling? Gear up with Meridian Line, a range of eco-friendly denim designed for conquering the great outdoors. Available for pre-ordering through Kickstarter , the men’s and women’s jeans infuse ethically sourced organic cotton with two percent spandex to allow “freedom of movement without looking like you just stepped out of yoga class,” according to the Kansas City, Missouri–based firm. Meridian Line is the brainchild of artist Jeremy Collins, who launched the company with a series of graphic T-shirts and accessories in 2014. Two years later, Collins enlisted Benji Thrasher, formerly the lead designer at Prana , to kick Meridian Line’s offerings up a notch; the jeans emerged from the drawing board shortly after. But active performance isn’t the denim’s only twist. Each pair of pants also boasts artwork by Collins on the inner pockets, yoke, and turn-ups. The print is based on one of Collins’s signature pieces: a greenery-ringed compass inset with a salmon and an eagle at play (or perhaps prey?) in a yin-yang configuration. Meridian Line’s denim is “built for outdoor activities, travel, and a casual, dareful, or professional lifestyle,” Collins and Thrasher said. “Our jeans are made to go wherever you do: urban, mountain, or board meeting.” Prices for both men’s and women’s styles start at an accessible $79, or 20 percent less than what the jeans will cost when they hit retail outlets later this year. If you’re looking for the whole top-to-toe look, a pledge of $105 will snag you a pair of jeans, an exclusive tee, and a trucker hat. + Meridian Line at Kickstarter + Meridian Line

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These vegan "Star Wars" sneakers are made with discarded pineapple leaves

September 7, 2017 by  
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The pineapple is strong with these sneakers—literally. A collaboration between Star Wars and London-based shoemaker Po-Zu , the limited-edition “Silver Resistance” high-top combines silver woven linen and Piñatex , a leather alternative engineered from the fibers of discarded pineapple leaves. The sneaker, which is handcrafted in Portugal, also features a rubberized Rebel Alliance badge, a quilted rear panel, a removable memory foam insole, and a grippy natural-latex outsole. The result is a shoe that is as visually striking as it is environmentally friendly. “We go the extra mile to make our shoes ethically and sustainably so you can wear them with clear conscience from dawn till dusk,” Sven Segal, fouder of Po-Zu, said in a statement. “We want them to be comfortable, collectable, and wearable. This sneaker has all of that and more. I love that it is vegan, too.” Related: Aspiring Jedis can pilot the Millennium Falcon at Disney’s upcoming ‘Star Wars’ hotel Available for preorder, the “Silver Resistance” is expected to ship in October, “just in time for Christmas and the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi ,” according to Po-Zu. If you miss out on one of the 1,000 pairs, you can still catch a glimpse of the sneaker, along with rest of Po-Zu’s co-branded Star Wars collection, at the Museum of Brands during London Design Week . + Star Wars Silver Resistance High-Top £150 + Po-Zu

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Kniterate is a digital knitting machine that lets you ‘print’ your own clothes

March 31, 2017 by  
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Sew good! Spanish designer Gerard Rubio is back on the scene with his revolutionary digital knitting machine, rebranded as Kniterate . The machine, which was inspired by 3D printing , operates with user-friendly software to create knitted garments from scratch, letting users design and edit templates as they go along or simply by uploading an image of a garment they’d like to recreate. Rubio’s inspiration for the knitting machine is to make it easier for people of all shapes and sizes to create their own designs . The innovative product is aimed at those, who, although may not have the time to knit a sweater the conventional way, would like to create bespoke pieces for their wardrobe. Of course, for the business-minded, the machine is also an opportunity to provide new revenue streams for independent designers, or even for existing clothing brands. Kniterate also cuts down on the incredible amount of waste seen in the large-scale retail world since the machine creates garments made to shape. Related: OpenKnit: An Open-Source “Clothing Printer” That Lets You Make Your Own Garments At its core, Kniterate is basically a modern twist on traditional knitting methods . Equipped with hundreds of computer-controlled needles, individual loop patterns are created that result in knitwear, whose shape, color, and size are all created beforehand through an easy-to-use software program. According to Rubio, Kniterate’s software is still in development, but is the company’s primary focus at the moment. The team has even created a prototype web-based app, which will hopefully allow anyone with access to design their own patterns to knit. Kniterate recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for funding; within one hour, the project had already reached its campaign goal of $100,000. + Kniterate Kickstarter Images via Kniterate

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7 eco-friendly fabrics that dont sacrifice quality

January 22, 2017 by  
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Sustainability gets a bad rap in the fashion world according to Giusy Bettoni, CEO of the eco-textile consultancy C.L.A.S.S. She attributes this to the association the term has with “smelling like patchouli” and other less stylish treehugger-like activities. Fortunately, however, advancements in technology have brought big improvements to eco-friendly fabrics that could change the way designers approach sustainable fashion. Ecouterre rounded up seven eco-friendly fabrics that are luxurious and sustainable without sacrificing quality.

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5 Ways to make socially responsible clothing choices

January 15, 2017 by  
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According to the Waste & Resources Action Programme , the average U.K. household owns approximately £4,000 worth of clothes but only uses about 70% of their wardrobe. A third of that clothing often ends up in the landfill, even if it was worn just once . Our sister site Ecouterre put together five ways you can make this year a better one with socially responsible clothing choices. From mending clothes to fighting fast fashion, click through to see them all.

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These are the top 7 eco-fashion milestones of 2016

January 1, 2017 by  
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Some amazing things happened in the fashion world this year: Armani officially announced its brands were going fur-free, Adidas committed to making 1 million pairs of sneakers out of reclaimed ocean plastic, and so much more. Visit the link below to see our picks for 2016’s most groundbreaking eco-fashion milestones, and vote for your favorite.

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The top 7 WTF moments in fashion this year

December 31, 2016 by  
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Has there ever been a year in our lifetime that so many of us have been so eager to kiss good-bye? It seems like there wasn’t a single thing not touched by tragedy: music, art, fashion , (ahem) politics . Check out our roundup of the top 7 WTF moments of 2016 and tell us which was the worst of the worst.

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The top 7 WTF moments in fashion this year

December 31, 2016 by  
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Has there ever been a year in our lifetime that so many of us have been so eager to kiss good-bye? It seems like there wasn’t a single thing not touched by tragedy: music, art, fashion , (ahem) politics . Check out our roundup of the top 7 WTF moments of 2016 and tell us which was the worst of the worst.

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Pussyhat Project aims to unite women against the divisive rhetoric of Donald Trump

December 10, 2016 by  
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On January 21, feminists, women and allies from across the country are joining together to march on Washington. This year, more than ever, women need to join together against an exceptionally hostile President-elect , who has openly bragged about assaulting women. The Pussyhat project is a way to band women together with a visual statement that protestors can wear while fighting for their rights. “Wearing pink together is a powerful statement that we are unapologetically feminine and we unapologetically stand for women’s rights.” READ MORE > 

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Hand-forged jewelry pays tribute to Gulf Coast fishermen

December 4, 2016 by  
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Though many may not realize it, the oyster industry in parts of the Gulf Coast has all but collapsed in recent years due to drought, oil spills, and a water rights struggle that spans three states. That’s why New Orleans-based designer Ashley Lyons is crafting a handmade line of jewelry that pays tribute to traditional fishing communities and hopes to help preserve their way of life.

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