Apparel’s Response to the U.S. Paris Agreement Exit

When President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that the United States would withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord, effectively ending the country’s leadership on combating climate change, the backlash from the rest of the world was both immediate and vociferous. The United States is the planet’s biggest economy, as well as its second-largest producer…

This T-Shirt Changes Colors in Response to Water Pollution

Ocean acidification isn’t something that most folks lose sleep over. As a side effect of climate change, it doesn’t present a striking image the way a crack in the Antarctic ice shelf or a hurricane-battered coast might. But some problems need to be seen to be believed, so David de Rothschild, founder of the lifestyle…

Why Transparency in the Fashion Industry Matters

For decades, brands have thrived on obfuscation and diversion. Pay no attention to the supply chain behind the curtain! Ignore the human-rights abuses that are responsible for this incredible bargain! Turn a blind eye to the environmental degradation that’s paying for this mind-blowingly cheap deal! But as the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh proved,…

Vivobarefoot is Launching a Sneaker Made From Algae

Vivobarefoot, a London-based purveyor of so-called “barefoot” footwear, is going green in an altogether unexpected way. Together with Bloom, a materials innovation firm from San Diego, the company is poised to debut the world’s first molded shoe derived from algae. No, swamp couture hasn’t suddenly become en vogue. Rather, Bloom harvests biomass from ponds and…

High Fashion Meets Vintage NASA in New ‘Coach Space’ Collection

NASA is having a fashion moment. Or, perhaps more accurately, fashion is having a NASA moment. Hot on the heels of Chanel’s interstellar-themed fashion show—and mock rocket launch—in March, Coach is feting a cosmically inspired collection of its own. An ode to “American dreamers and explorers who believe that anything is possible,” the luxury brand’s…

Fashion Brands Let Their Sustainable Fabrics Tell a Story

Polyester, polyester everywhere, and not a stitch to savor? If cheap synthetic fabric blends currently dominate clothing racks, they may not be de rigueur for much longer. As Racked pointed out last month, growing calls for supply-chain transparency mean that materials are no longer the immaterial concerns they used to be. Call it a side…

C&A debuts World’s First Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold T-shirts

A Belgium-based chain of clothing stores has launched the world’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold T-shirts. Available in two styles for women in up to 17 different colors, C&A’s tees mark the company’s first foray into apparel for the so-called “circular economy,” where products are designed to be reused or recycled rather than thrown…

NASA Eyeing ‘Chain Mail’ Fabric for Use in Space

To protect its spacecraft from the rigors of deep space, a team of NASA engineers is turning to a time-honored—and battle-proven—solution: chain mail. Led by Raul Polit Casillas, whose mother is a fashion designer in Spain, the group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has developed a prototype fabric that puts an extraterrestrial spin on the…

Responsible Sourcing Gets Buttoned up With Sustainable Findings

Fabric. Fabric. Fabric. If textiles are the Marcia Brady of the garment industry, then buttons, zippers, fasteners, and trims are the Jan. They may not be sexy, but they’re certainly indispensable. Divested of zippers, coats would be ineffectual buffers against the cold. Without buttons, pants would puddle on the floor. If hooks and eyes suddenly…

Greenpeace Reveals the Most—And Least—Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands

Even seasoned models have been known to take a spill or two on the runway. We’re only human, after all. For the fashion brands behind them, however, the onus not to stumble weighs a little heavier. With Greenpeace’s 2020 “Detox” deadline fast approaching, the environmental group decided to check in on 19 of the companies…

5 Pieces, 30 Outfits: Vetta Offers The Ultimate Eco-Capsule Collection

Consider Vetta your Marie Kondo–approved antidote to “fast fashion.” Composed of five closet staples that can be mixed and matched to produce a month’s worth of outfits, the brand just might be the ultimate capsule collection. “We realized that most women had a closet full of clothes and ‘nothing to wear,’ and we wanted to…