The makers of the landmark short film Story of Stuff now bring us The Story of Microfibers. This film takes a look at the lifecycle of synthetic fabrics like polyester.
“Our dress shirts, yoga pants, fleeces, and even underwear are all increasingly made of synthetic materials — plastic, in fact. But these synthetic fabrics, from which 60% of all clothing on earth is made, have a big hidden problem: when they’re washed, they release tiny plastic bits — called microfibers — that flow down our drains, through water treatment plants, and out into our rivers, lakes and oceans by the billions.”
It’s the cash crop enslaved Africans in America were forced to pick, as close as family and probably what you’re wearing right now. Yet much like our food there’s so much most of us don’t know about the fabric of our lives. Here’s 5 things need to know about cotton. Continue reading →
Two master’s students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Joshua Noble and Hyeona Yang, have designed a jacket that enables the wearer to store and filter rainwater that is safe to drink on their backs. It even comes with a straw!
The jacket is made of plastic and purifies the water via iodine and charcoal filters that can easily be changed. The purified rainwater is distributed into various pockets in the back of the coat to prevent imbalances and sloshing. The jacket’s durability has not been tested given the short project timeline.
The ingenuity displayed here is a way to approach the water issue on a micro level. Albeit a progressive solution to a pressing water crisis, we still desperately need a macro level approach.
“It is my intention for everyone that came Sunday left with more knowledge on how to be more environmentally conscious with our landfills through creative ways of redesigning, re-using and re-styling their old clothing.” -Gina Constanza,organizer
The class of 2011 is going green in a very different and unexpected way.
Graduating seniors are turning to eco-friendly apparel for their walk across the stage. At least four academic apparel companies are trading polyester and other synthetic fibers for fibers made from sustainably-harvested forests and recycled plastics. Continue reading →