Self Cleaning Fabric
May16

Self Cleaning Fabric

Lazy folks and planet lovers rejoice. Have you ever picked something out of the laundry basket for a sneaky second (or perhaps third, fourth, or fifth) wear? Are you nodding? Thought so. We all have our everyday fave items that just don’t ever seem to be in the clean clothes pile. By re-wearing items rather than washing them you are actually doing your bit for the planet. According to research by Clearwater Australia  the use...

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Pineapple Leather
May12

Pineapple Leather

Another Week, Another Mind-Blowing Food Related Fabric Innovation Pineapples, usually the kind of fruit you see printed on tees, tea-towels or cushion covers brightening up the modern interior of every single on-trend house and the closets of fashionistas circa 2013, are now hitting the fashion world in an entirely new way.  Introducing Piñatex, a pineapple related fabric that comes with the assurance that no pineapples are harmed...

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Clothing for Hipster-Foodies
May02

Clothing for Hipster-Foodies

Hipster-Foodies Rejoice! Thanks to the wonderful scientific mind of Young-A Lee (pictured below), an associate professor of apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State you may soon be able to have your  kombucha tea and wear it too. Baffling right? How the heck does tea become clothing? At LeBaron Hall clothing labs Lee sets up rows and works of shallow plastic bins creating a ‘greenhouse’ to grow her fibres.  Instead...

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The Fruit Leather Bag
Apr04

The Fruit Leather Bag

A Big Fruit Filled Issue. Every Tuesday and Saturday residents and visitors of Rotterdam enjoy the market at the Binnenrotte, Blaak. As the biggest outside market in the Netherlands this market also brings with it a big waste problem. Imperfect, damaged, and unsold fruit. A three-thousand-five-hundred-kilograms of it each market day kind of problem! A group of Rotterdam based designers, from the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam...

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From Water-bottle to Pants
Apr03

From Water-bottle to Pants

Post Consumer Plastic and Fashion. As you may have noticed yesterday, for the month of April Sustainability in Style is focused on fashion and food for the Fashion Revolution, and Sustainable Table’s Give a Fork campaign. Surprisingly the food and fashion industry have some fairly close ties. One such tie is the link between plastic and polyester. Polyester is a synthetic fibre that is manufactured from petrochemicals. The...

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Synthetic and Natural: What’s the Diff?
Feb15

Synthetic and Natural: What’s the Diff?

Like comparing Apples and Oranges. This post last from a couple of weeks ago looked at some of the benefits of natural fibres over synthetics. But to be conscious consumers we need to have the full story about what it is that makes a natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic fibre what it is! Otherwise when we shop for something like new sheets (or whatever else we might be shopping for) we will resort back to price, handle, and...

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Plastic Fantastic?
Jan27

Plastic Fantastic?

Are you wearing Tupperware? As the fellow Aussies may be aware, summer is well and truly underway. Summer across the nation generally means scorching hot temps and lots of time sweating. Here on the Sunshine Coast our temperatures may not hit the extreme highs of other states, but humidity combined with hot temps can make life pretty sticky and icky! When we dress and sleep we are wrapping ourselves in a ‘second skin’....

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Dressember: Day 5
Dec05

Dressember: Day 5

It’s bigger than a dress! For the month of December I will be participating in Dressember because I believe in everyday advocacy. By wearing a little black dress for 31 days  I am raising awareness and funds for the millions of abused women and girls across the globe. The little black dress I am wearing (worn in rotation with another LBD I already owned) is made by and overcomer of sex trafficking who through Elegantees has been...

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DIY: Upcycled Fabric Bolster
Nov04

DIY: Upcycled Fabric Bolster

Uni has finished for the semester and it’s time to relax! What better time than right now to get on the sewing machine and create something comfy. There has been a great big pile of worn out clothing in the corner of our lounge room for several weeks now and as soon as the assignments were submitted I got my act together to turn the pile of junk into something useful… A bolster! Some of you may know that I have studied...

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The science of 3D Printing and the Fashion World
Aug21

The science of 3D Printing and the Fashion World

3D printing. Amazing yes… but one of those things that just seems so si-fi that it hardly seems like it could be useful in our daily lives (kind of like blu ray DVDs versus regular ones… unless you’re a techno aficionado who knows the difference). You may or may not have seen that there have been a few 3D printed fashion items making headlines of late including the $100K 3D printed dress worn by Dita Von Teese that included 17 printed...

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