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2xist Soy Collection: softer than cashmere?

2existThe new Soy Collection from 2xist features some attractive eco-models frolicking in soy-based briefs which are 95% soy, with 5% nylon for body.  The soy fabric has similar wicking properties to silk and is, they say, softer than cashmere.  It's also antimicrobial and has natural UV protection, so you don't have to remember sunscreen while you frolic with the models.  Starting at $19 USD.  [GT]

Soy Collection from 2xist [via Cool Hunting]

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Bush (not that one) bags a green future

Lauren_2 Lauren Bush (George W's niece, shown here toting another of those oh-so-trendy eco tote bags) is breaking with family tradition and establishing herself among the green glitterati: she's announced that she's developing an 'organic lifestyle brand'.

Ms Bush has so far been cagey about the details of her own green venture, but she turned up at New York Fashion week with the burlap tote on her shoulders, bearing the words 'feed the children of the world'.

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This pretty pink crew-neck is tailored at Craft Aid in Mauritius which provides valuable employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of the community. Plus, it's made from organic cotton, so no nasty chemicals.

Priced £22, it is from Traidcraft's new spring collection, which includes charcoal linen trousers, vest tops and flippy skirts.

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fromsomewhere.JPGWe've just had a week of fashion mania at Shiny Towers, so the Hippyshopper team have been hard at work looking through the haze of frocks, canapes and champagne, and keeping tabs on designers' ethical credentials.

On Thursday, I decided to see what the current crop of eco fashionistas had been up to, and dropped in on Refashioned: From Waste to Wear; the only event dedicated entirely to ethical fashion to spin off from London Fashion Week. Many of the top names were in attendance, with catwalk shows from: Rebecca Earley, designer, researcher and curator of last year's Well Fashioned: eco style in the UK exhibition; TRAID Remade, the fashion label from the people behind the textile recycling charity; stylish vintage customisers From Somewhere, and aGaiN NYC, the hip US label that specialises in turning 'junk into funk'.

Having covered a fair few catwalk shows for our sister sites, I can honestly say that the 'greener' end of fashion is well and truly holding its own if these collections are anything to go by...

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Save the future is the slogan of Katharine Hamnett's new "Cotton Campaign", which not only includes the vest worn by Lily Cole (available online soon) but also a whole line of environmentally conscious jewelry made from ethical metals, and named after Greek gods and goddesses.  Hamnett is working with the Environmental Justice Foundation to establish EU Regulations to stop the import of cotton made from child labour.  [GT]

Katharine Hamnett's Cotton Campaign [via Vogue]

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Dorothyperkins_5_1It's official: bags are the 'green fashion item' to be seen with this season, and every shop under the sun is bringing out its own recycled tote. The latest I've spotted is this Recycled Shopper from Dorothy Perkins, a nice take on the current 80s-style big text craze sparked by House of Holland. It costs just £8, and bears the legend: 'one person's rubbish is another person's treasure'.

Bandwagon? I think so. But at least this one runs on green energy.

[Via The Bag Lady]

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The Loiste II watch was originally designed by the shape of a motorcycle kickstart pinion.  It also incorporates a double moon phase display, one for the northern hemisphere and one for southern.  The watch uses a 'Turbini' winding mass, which are kinetic self-winding gears that rewind itself every time you move, and you can watch it move.  So no battery needed, and 42 hours standby life when you take it off.  [GT]

Loiste II watch [via Cool hunting]

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Msbottleses1402_228x312 A month ago we reported that Marks and Spencer's would soon be making clothing out of bottles as part of its £200m eco-plan. So if you were wondering what this would look like,  here's a taster. The first item to be displayed is this black fleece made from 11 plastic bottles, which look like, well, a fleece. It's not going to be wowing 'em at London Fashion Week, but M&S sells a lot of fleeces, and making staple wardrobe items from recycled materials makes perfect sense when you consider that the chain will save 6000 barrels of oil a year to make fleeces alone.

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We seem to be featuring bags almost daily just now, and having spotted some of the fashionistas queueing up for Christopher Kane's catwalk show with their 'eco bags' yesterday, I think this may be the start of something big...

So today we bring you this stylish clutch bag, courtesy of Love Eco. It's made using leather remnants from the furniture industry, which would otherwise go to waste. There's no doubt in my mind that it's a fab design, and I particularly like the cerise lining and oversized vintage buckle. But how do you guys feel about leather accessories? To those of you who don't wear leather as a rule, do you feel differently about items like this?

1a146_1 The bad news is that Sharma Designs is going out of business, but the good news is that this jewellery designer, chock-full of pieces made from stone, hand-spun metal and exotic wood, is selling all their remaining inventory at 50% off if you enter "ByeSharma" at checkout.  Shown here is a pendant made of ebony, 50mm long and 10mm across, with sterling silver chain and findings.  At 50% off it would be $19.50 USD.  [GT]

Sharma Designs [via IndieFixx]

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012520071314573165_1 Bringing more green into Elle, Maison Martin Margiela has a Spring 2007 Haute Couture line which features this trenchcoat made from 40 shopping bags, jackets made from duffle bags, and dresses made from god-knows-what  (but they look better now anyhow).  You may recall last year Elle did a 'green' issue for Earth Day; nice to see continued coverage of green material.  [GT]

Maison Martin Margiela: Spring 2007 Haute Couture

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Roughsleepers_b1_1_3 A charity shop with a bit of an edge is opening up in Camden later this month, with all profits going towards fighting social exclusion.

And shopping there won't be your average Oxfam experience. At Rough Sleepers, you'll find a fusion of high-end fashion brands alongside the work of talented new designers. Uniquely, the store also provides training and work-space for homeless, exhomeless and other socially excluded people.

Peopletreetop_main Clothing chain Oasis and supermarket giant Sainsbury's are the latest in a lineup of shops to introduce fairtrade clothing, while Topshop is to expand its People Tree concession to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight later this month.
Oasis will be selling a range of denim and jersey under the name 'Future Organic', initially to be trialled in 12 of its stores from April.

Friendsofal_2 Still annoyed that Bush beat Al Gore in 2000? A fan of 'An Inconvenient Truth'? Want to show your support in aid of the fight against global warming? Well, do we have a bag for you! The fabulous Hayden-Harnett, best known on The Bag Lady for their beautiful, vintage-styled bags, were so inspired by Al's environmental work, that they created this eco-friendly tote in an effort to save our planet. At $55, you may think it's a bit pricy, but when you consider that $25 goes to global warming charities and $10 goes to American Forests, to plant more trees (10 per bag, in fact!), then it's well worth the warm and fuzzies you'll feel, knowing you're doing your part!

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Some gals insist on wearing a dress only once, and never again. The dissolving polymer dress, made of polyvinyl alcohol, melts at a rate that'll "survive a sweaty party", and then drips away. It is covered with flowers which darken with dye as they melt. A similar principle is behind the dissolving water bottle, which melts in hot water into a goo that is nutritious for plant seeds. These projects are created by fashion guru Professor Helen Storey and Professor Tony Ryan, chemist. [GT]

Introducing the dissolvable dress - just don't spill your tea [via Ecofriend]

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