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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Timberland transforms recycled plastic bottles into shoes, bags

March 3, 2017 by  
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For its latest collection, Timberland is turning to the bottle—the plastic bottle, that is. The outdoor-wear maker has teamed up with Thread , a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, to transform plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti into a dapper collection of footwear, bags, and T-shirts. The Timberland x Thread collaboration goes “beyond environmental sustainability,” according to Timberland. Not only does the partnership turn an ecological blight into a resource but it also creates social value in the form of cleaner neighborhoods and job opportunities for one of the planet’s poorest nations. “The Timberland x Thread collection is incredible proof that style and sustainability can go hand-in-hand,” Colleen Vien, director of sustainability for Timberland, said in a statement. “This collection delivers good with every fiber, not just by recycling plastic bottles that would otherwise end up littering the streets, but also by creating job opportunities and cleaner neighborhoods in Haiti. Related: Take a first look at Timberland’s new boots and bags made out of recycled plastic “Consumers can feel good about pulling on their Timberland x Thread boots or backpack, and know they are making a positive impact in someone else’s life,” she added The Timberland x Thread capsule comprises five styles of men’s shoes and boots, a duffel bag and a backpack, and one T-shirt. All incorporate Thread’s “Ground to Good” fabric, which the certified B Corp. spins in the United States using 50 percent post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate , better known as PET. Thread says that every yard of fabric can be traced throughout the supply chain, from bottle collection to textile creation and delivery to the manufacturer. The “bottle to boot” process employs more than 1,300 bottle collectors, entrepreneurs, and manufacturing employees in Haiti alone. “At Thread, we believe that dignified jobs cure poverty—and our fabric creates those jobs,” said Ian Rosenberger, founder and CEO of Thread. “Our partnership with Timberland marks a seismic shift in the fashion industry, combining Timberland’s large supply chain and loyal customer base with Thread’s responsible, transparent approach to creating premium fabrics and vital jobs in the developing world. The Timberland x Thread collection is a major step towards improving the way our clothes are made.” + Timberland + Thread

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Score this upcycled convertible Freitag backpack ($340) for free in our fall giveaway

October 13, 2016 by  
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Looking for the perfect all-in-one bag to carry around town? Freitag’s ultra-versatile “R123 Woolf” convertible carryall ($340) made out of upcycled vintage truck tarpaulin is just what you’ve been searching for, and you can score it for free in our fall giveaway. Follow this link to enter! ENTER HERE >

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Sustainable Fashion: 6 Brands Delivering The Goods

September 7, 2016 by  
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Sustainability and eco-friendly are big buzzwords in today’s retail market. But when it comes to putting these core values into practice, many companies are all talk and little action. However, the following fashion brands do it better than…

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Win this limited edition Positive Impact Awards scarf and help advance sustainability in the fashion industry

November 7, 2015 by  
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The Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is hosting its inaugural Positive Impact Awards as a part of the institute’s first anniversary celebration. Our own Jasmin Malik Chua is nominated for helping to advance sustainability in the fashion industry and you are invited to stop by and celebrate. Yu can also win a gorgeous limited-edition alpaca-and-merino-wool scarf that will be created on-site. READ MORE >

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Couple uses ladders to navigate their Tokyo ‘Ninja’ house

November 7, 2015 by  
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Join Ecouterre and the Museum of the City of New York for a discussion on ethical fashion

September 19, 2015 by  
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This Thursday, join Ecouterre and the Museum of the City New York for a discussion on ethical fashion. Ecouterre’s own Jasmin Malik Chua will be there, along with Parsons The New School for Design’s Timo Rissanen, Study NY’s Tara St. James and award-winning designer Yeohlee Teng. Reserve your seat now. READ MORE >

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Freitag announces that their 100% compostable denim is about to hit shelves

August 14, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Finally, your favorite pair of pants is about to get greener because 100% compostable denim is about to hit the market. Freitag’s “F-abric” denim is cotton free with a linen, hemp blend that can be tossed in the compost bin when they are worn out. Freitag has a history of making fabulous fashion – they burst onto the scene with their gorgeous bags made out of old tarps in 1993 – so we are sure their latest project is going to please. READ MORE >

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Tokyo subways sprout underground farms

August 14, 2015 by  
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Under the streets of Tokyo, there is a hidden secret that most people would never imagine – and it’s delicious. It’s not an off-the-map soba shop or some tucked away sushi joint, but a farm. Tokyo Salad is the new underground agriculture experiment run by Tokyo Metro – the folks who manage the subway lines. The Metro launched the subterranean hydroponic farm this past January, and it is already providing greens and sprouts to local restaurants. Read the rest of Tokyo subways sprout underground farms

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20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station

August 14, 2015 by  
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