Knitted Algea Sweater

Knitted Algea Sweater

The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York has always been on the forefront of innovative design and technology. A group of students has developed a biologically derived filament that is composed of alginate, a polysaccharide that can be found in the cell walls of brown algae. And guess what : it can be knitted by hand or on a machine to make sweaters or what else not. The students…

Solar Powered Fabric

Solar Powered Fabric

Utilizing patented, lightweight energy absorbing technology, ThermalTech is designed to capture the sun’s ultraviolet rays and energy from artificial light sources to convert and store as heat, increasing the in-clothing temperature by 18°F in only two minutes! The stainless steel mesh fabric threads are strong yet lightweight, lending to extended lifetime use while reducing the weight that additional heat-storing materials bring to most outerwear.

Ocean Waste Shoe

Ocean Waste Shoe

The latest shoe concept by ADIDAS combines the use of plastic ocean waste to create a shoe, and to 3D-printing a shoe. The former happened in June, when the company partnered with Parley, an organization dedicated to addressing “major threats towards our oceans.” Made entirely of “yarns and filaments reclaimed and recycled from ocean waste,” the concept shoe was a first attempt at showing how recycled materials could be repurposed…

Algae Water Bottle

Algae Water Bottle

We all know that plastic waste is the worst. Nevertheless we keep consuming food in plastic trays and keep drinking water from plastic bottles.It takes at least 700 years for plastic to decompose in landfills. Where are we heading? A solution might be on its way by designing biodegradable water bottles from algae. Icelandic product designer Ari Jonsson says that he feels tha there is an urgent need to find…

Downloadable Fashion

Downloadable Fashion

The Post-Couture Collective seems to be an alternative to today’s fashion system. A new era in the production of sustainable and affordable clothing. In their vision clothing is designed on the principles of open-source, and is made using 21st century technology. Is this the end of retailers? Post-Couture is a Dutch online ‘fashion service’ that offers the first downloadable garment collection. It’s a line of clothing that you can customize…

Relaxing Garments

Relaxing Garments

Sportswear brand VOLLEBAK has launched a hoodie that relaxes the wearer before sport and a jacket with ceramic panels that helps prevent injuries from steep falls.The Baker Miller Pink hoodie has been designed to help athletes relax and conserve energy before sport or exercise.The hoodie is named after a shade of pink researched in the 1970s for its supposedly relaxing effect on the central nervous system, causing it to be…

Made From Coffee Grounds

Made From Coffee Grounds

It seems as the entire world is on a coffee drinking rage. Imagine that behind every cup of coffee we drink there’s an amount of wet coffee grounds that usually land in the trash. Some people use them as fertilizers in the garden or as a skin scrub. Taiwnese clothing company S. CAFE turns recycled coffee grounds into a yarn which is then turned into antibacterial and odor resisting activewear.…

Photosensitive Fashion

Photosensitive Fashion

Japanese Designer Kunihiko Morinaga debuted his ANREALAGE SPRING 2016 collection at Paris Fashion Week. It showed evidence that technology becomes more and more present in fashion and on the runway.The name ANREALAGE is a combination of the words ‘real, unreal, and age’. The collection opted for a personalized high tech experience.Made from photosensitive textiles, Morinaga’s garments required a flash enabled smart phone to experience his designs.Guests were provided headphones with…

Ocean Waste Garments

Ocean Waste Garments

Pharell Williams, G-Star Raw and Adidas transform ocean waste into fashion. G-Star Raw made the collection from waste plastic scooped up from the ocean.The materials were created by Bionic Yarn which transforms plastic into textiles.Jeans,shirts,coats,hats and jumpsuits all made from recycled denim.Meanwhile Pharell has launched his third collection with G-Star Raw. Adidas newest sneaker is also a load of garbage from the ocean. They have teamed up with Parley For…

Fruit Waste Turned Into ‘Leather’

Fruit Waste Turned Into ‘Leather’

Another environmentally conscious and forward thinking project in the Bio/Fermented Fashion movement is the fruit/vegetable waste that is turned into a ‘leather’ like material that might be used in the fashion industry. Undergraduate students from the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam have taken it upon themselves to solve one of the biggest social issues these days: food waste. Every day the market vendors throw away more than 7000 pounds…