Clothes that change colour according the acid rain?

6 01 2013

New Year, new ideas! This might sound like a science fiction movie, but it is a real project, made by a real fashion designer. Dahea Sun, a Korean born, based in London has developed a type of fabric that indicates the level of pH contained in the rainwater.

The famous song “Purple Rain” is totally in line with this concept! The fabric is dyed with pigments called ‘anthocyanins’ usually found in some vegetables such as red cabbages, eggplants and blackberries. That’s why the collection has a beautiful palette of purple colours.

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The acid contained in the rain can be a threat to public health. She believes that fashion has a direct link with the environment and I totally agree with her. With her new collection she want to raise awareness and responsibility regarding global warming issues, but in a poetic and sophisticated way. The collection is lovely and I really like the shapes, colours and textures used by her.

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She also developed an app for smartphones which potential wearers can upload and record rain pH readings online to create a worldwide database of real-time environmental data.

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To know more about her project and how does it really works; I invite you to visit the websites below:

Sun Dahea  &   Rain Palette





Last Minute Xmas presents!

17 12 2012

Xmas is almost there. Have you bought all your presents? Not yet? Here are few great ideas for eco-friendly Xmas gifts.

Watch made from sustainable wood. We Wood plant a tree for every watch sold. I love the idea and they have really cool designs. Available in some watch shops across Australia you can also buy online. I don’t know if you can get it in time for Xmas, but it is worth checking out their website.

You buy a watch, they plant a tree.

You buy a watch, they plant a tree.

Recycled skateboard jewellery can be a really cool and original eco-friendly gift.Vibrant colours, resistant material and beautiful designs, I really like the whole concept. Available in USA, Canada, Australia, Netherlands and Belgium; MapleXO really rocks!

Recycled Skateboard earrings
Skateboard_BraceletsRecycled ring

In the same theme, I also found iPhone and iPad cases made with recycled skateboards. Grovemade also have cases made with bamboo that you can personalise the way you want.

iPhone cover skateboards

iPhone cover bamboo

If you are looking for something different and useful, I think that’s a really cool gift!

Check out their website

Do you have a musician friend or your partner is a music fan? What about offering something made with recycled vinyl records? You can find clock’s, bowls, coasters, plates, all kind of things made with old recycled vinyl records. That’s groovy man! Check out these ideas!

Record clockRecords CoastersRecord Bowls

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/record-coasters

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/record-bowls

Handbag top cansThe website NOVICA in association with National Geographic has a really cool section of eco-friendly gifts that you can purchase online. They offer products made by many artists from around the world. I selected one Brazilian artist that makes handbags with soda can tops. It is really cool to see how many things you can make with such a small and insignificant item. It literally transforms bin to beauty! You can also read the full story about each artist.

What about giving a wallet made with real fire hose?Wallet fire hose Ted

Such a strong material, it was a really clever idea to re-use it making the Ted coin wallets. You can find them online at the Ecoutlet website or on the Ted website.





Cork handbags

13 10 2012

Check out these handmade handbags made with cork fabric. Cool, chic and sustainable! If you love bags you will fall in love with them!

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Ryan Greer is an artist located in Brooklyn, New York and he produces some wonderful bags made with cork fabric. Click here for more info.





Campaign to push organic cotton as sales rise

13 10 2012

Campaign to push organic cotton as sales rise | Environment | guardian.co.uk.





Recycle your t-shirt and be fashionable

29 09 2012

Summer is almost there. Instead of shopping for new clothes, what about recycling? I found these 2 videos where you can learn how to turn your old t-shirt into a pretty cool and trendy top or how to make a funky dress. So let’s do it?

For more tips, visit Paris Heroin Stars and Ray Baby Ray





Fashion is going green

25 09 2012

You might have heard about organic cotton and hemp fabrics being used in the fashion industry, but have you heard about fabrics made from PET plastic bottles, or from milk? These are just a few sustainable textiles that are starting to be used in the fashion industry.

The milk fabric is not a new invention. It was created during the Second World War by a German biologist and fashion designer Anke Domaske. To create the fiber, liquid milk is dried and its proteins extracted. The separated proteins are then dissolved in a chemical solution and placed into a machine that essentially whirls the fibers together. The fibers can then be spun into yarn and woven into fabric. The process is quite long, but the milk fabric has some great advantages. It holds dye, is breathable and it captures the moisture to make skin tender and smooth.

Another way to go green in fashion is to use recycled materials. You can find some brands online that produce clothes and accessories using a large range of recycled items, like bags made with old advertising banners, or recycled aluminium can pull-tabs. There is also an American brand called Harvey that uses car seat belts to make their eco-chic bags.

In 2009 the American agency Cone Communications raised some questions regarding how high was consumer interest in environmentally friendly products purchasing despite the bad economy. Here are some interesting results from the Cone Consumer Environmental Survey:

  • 35 percent of Americans have higher interest in the environment today than they did one year ago.
  • 70 percent of Americans indicate that they are paying attention to what companies are doing with regard to the environment today.
Eco-friendly sunglasses

Stella McCartney new eco-friendly collection

Aware of this new consumer behaviour and interest, luxury brands are also going green. Some iconic brands are adopting eco-fashion style in their new creations. In 2012 Stella McCartney launched her brand new eco-friendly collection of sunglasses. She also created an eco-friendly lingerie collection that is made with organic cotton. Check out the green blog from Stella McCartney. Another new player in the eco-friendly scene is Gucci. The luxury brand launched a range of sustainable shoes called “Sustainable Soles” in June 2012.

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But eco-fashion is more than that; in my view eco-fashion is all about creativity. You can transform your old clothes and create something totally new and fashionable.  You can make a funky bag with your old jeans, or a pretty cool bracelet or necklace with some seeds or buttons. It’s up to you to be original, go wild and create your own green style!

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Looking for environmentally friendly clothing? Check this out!

4 09 2012

Greenlight Apparel is a Canadian brand that supplies running and fitness apparel. They supply clothes that you can use for running, walking, yoga and other physical activities. I came across them in an article in the magazine “Runners World”.

Greenlight Apparel has created a business model that aims to do business in an environmentally friendly and ethical way. The famous quote: “Give a person a fish and they will eat for a day, teach them how to fish and they will eat for a lifetime.”  This is how they sum up their business model. They have committed to donating 25% of their profits to organisations like the Women’s Microfinance initiative, which provides individuals around the world access to financial services and education.

Well done Greenlight Apparel!








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