Chloe Baines makes fashion collection from tents left behind at festivals

London College of Fashion graduate Chloe Baines has designed a collection of clothing and jewellery from the upcycled tents and metal pegs left after music festivals. The collection, called In Tents: The After Party, was designed in collaboration with Central Saint Martins graduate Belle Smith, who made matching earrings and rings from the tent pegs. […]

Jasmine Linington uses seaweed to make couture clothing

Textile design graduate Jasmine Linington establishes seaweed as a high-end fashion material with her collection of nature-derived couture garments. In a bid to address the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industry, the Edinburgh College of Art MFA student looked to the Scottish shores for more sustainable materials. Every element of Linington’s Seaweed Girl […]

Bio Iridescent Sequins are the green alternative for sustainable sparkles

Designer Elissa Brunato has created the Bio Iridescent Sequin, a shimmering embellishment made from trees that is more sustainable than regular plastic sequins. Instead of using petroleum-based plastic, Brunato has developed a way of making glittering sequins from the cellulose extracted from trees. The cellulose’s crystalline form refracts light and makes the sequins naturally shimmery, without […]

H&M called out for “greenwashing” in its Conscious fashion collection

Norway’s consumer watchdog has criticised fast-fashion chain H&M for misleading marketing of its “sustainable” Conscious collection. The Norwegian Consumer Authority (CA) has said that the Swedish clothing retailer provides “insufficient” information about the sustainable nature of its “sustainable style” collection. CA director, Elisabeth Lier Haugseth, warned consumers that they may be being misled by “greenwashing” […]

Lab-grown spider silk used for Adidas x Stella McCartney biodegradable dress

Adidas and Stella McCartney used vegan spider-style silk by Bolt Threads to create the Biofabric Tennis Dress, which can “fully biodegrade”. The Adidas x Stella McCartney Biofabric Tennis Dress is made using Microsilk, a bioengineered yarn made from yeast by Californian biotech startup Bolt Threads. The Microsilk fabric eventually breaks down back into the environment, […]

Five designers making fashion more sustainable at Helsinki Fashion Week 2019

With leather banned at the recent Helsinki Fashion Week, designers were exploring more eco-friendly materials and supply chains. Director Evelyn Mora names the five designers that made the biggest impression. The fifth Helsinki Design Week took place in the Finnish capital from 19 to 22 July. Although the event has been focused on sustainable fashion […]

Fashion “needs to rapidly develop” beyond animal leather says Helsinki Fashion Week director

Fashion designers and brands need to start swapping animal leather for sustainable alternatives, or risk alienating themselves from consumers, says Evelyn Mora, director of Helsinki Fashion Week. Mora believes the fashion industry can expect a major upheaval, as customers start to demand more eco-friendly products. “I think that in the near future there’s going to […]

Zara clothing to be made using 100 per cent sustainable fabrics by 2025

Spanish fashion retailer Zara has announced that 100 per cent of the cotton, linen and polyester used in its clothing will be more sustainable, organic or recycled by 2025. Zara‘s holding group, Inditex – the world’s third largest clothing company – made the sustainability pledge at its annual shareholders’ meeting on 16 July. The company stated that it […]

Eight companies and designers making trainers as sustainable as possible

Footwear brands are competing to produce ever more sustainable sneakers. Here are eight brands leading the pack with trainers made from algae and pineapple husks to bioplastics and recycled waste. Big brands including Adidas and Reebok, as well as startups such as Native Shoes and Ecoalf, are trying to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of […]

“It isn’t that hard” to design clothes sustainably, says Mother of Pearl creative director

It’s only possible to create ethical fashion if you pay attention to all elements of the business says Amy Powney, creative director of Mother of Pearl, which is collaborating with Net-A-Porter to make clothes from vegan peace silk. Mother of Pearl has aimed to address all elements of the business to make it as ethical […]

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