Nae studio algae lampshades

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New York’s Nea Studio Launches Chandeliers Made With Algae

Nea studio, an award-winning specialist in interior design and architecture from New York, just launched an innovative new collection featuring sconces and chandeliers made with algae. Founded by Nina Edwards Anker in 2006, nea studio’s philosophy is guided by eco-responsibility. The studio’s newest collection is made from locally sourced marine algae that took the studio eight years to find. Luxury Material Algae is fast becoming a go-to luxury material used by high-end designers around the world. Especially in the interior design sector, ecologically friendly materials that can help to step back from plastics and wood contributing to pollution and deforestation, are a growing trend. In terms of sustainability, algae is a superior choice to most conventional materials used in furniture and lighting. As a translucent …

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Vegan Car Interiors of the Future: Ultrafabrics Unveils New Tata Motors Concept

Ultrafabrics has unveiled a new partnership with India’s Tata Motors showcasing a futuristic vegan interior concept car. The partnership with Tata Passenger Electric Mobility (TPEM), the electric vehicle subsidiary of global automobile manufacturing company Tata Motors is the latest collection from the animal-free, high-performance fabric specialist. Inspired by the colors and crafts of Tata Motors’ Indian heritage, Ultrafabrics states the end result is a warm and inviting interior for TPEM’s new electric vehicle, the AVINYA Concept. It features Ultrafabrics’ Fusion Shimmer and Volar Bio vegan materials crafted in its Japanese mill using the proprietary production process. Spanning many industries, the brand’s client list includes Jaguar Land Rover, Herman Miller, Winnebago, Fitbit, Virgin Galactic, and Movado. TPEM and Tata Motors are under the Tata Group umbrella, …

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Gomorrah Weekender Compostable Shirt

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Gomorrah Introduces “World’s First” Compostable, Plant-Based Luxury Menswear Shirts

In an industry still dominated by fast fashion and disposable culture, Gomorrah is one menswear brand on a mission to create compostable, plant-based luxury clothing. In the US alone, 22 billion pounds of clothing are thrown away in landfills every year, often polluting the environment with toxic dyes and plastic-derived fibers that can take centuries to break down. In response to this ongoing crisis, Gomorrah has embraced sustainability by creating the Compostable Collection, the world’s first 100% compostable and vegan-friendly shirts in luxury menswear.  Elegance meets eco-friendly The soon-to-be-launched collection features premium button-down shirts made with fully organic cotton, non-toxic dyes, and zero-waste buttons. Most importantly, the brand states, the shirts are designed with the garment’s entire life cycle in mind, and made only with …

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Leukeather

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Leukeather: Animal-Free Exotic Leather Made From Upcycled River Tamarind Pods

Leukeather is a vegan alternative to exotic leather, developed by UAE-based Egyptian architect Nuhayr Zein. The material is made from the dried pods of Leucaena, also known as river tamarind. Leucaena is a tree native to northern Central America and southern Mexico. It is fast-growing, requires little water, and is already present on many farms. To make the leather, farmers gather dried pods and supply them to Leukeather. The company then uses biotechnology to improve the suppleness and flexibility of the pods, creating a material that is naturally waterproof and plastic-free. Leukeather is said to be the only vegan leather that does not require embossing to obtain a leather-like texture, as the Leucaena pods give it a natural pattern. Exotic vegan leather A huge variety …

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Solari Milano vegan shoe

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Vegan Italian Dress Shoe Brand Solari Milano Launches 

Vegan shoe brand Solari Milano was born to produce cruelty-free shoes to keep up with sustainability trends without sacrificing comfort and elegance. The new men’s footwear brand claims to combine being made in Italy with respect for the environment and styles that match the office or an elegant event.  Solari Milano shoes are made with a corn fabric, which is breathable, durable, water-resistant, yet soft. Solari shoes are 100% Italian, with the production based in Tuscany. The project started a year and a half ago and the product line currently consists of three models: oxfords, loafers and brogues, all made with cruelty-free products, thus safeguarding the lives of animals while contributing to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and saving water. The brainchild of former …

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MycoWorks / Nick Fouquet

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MycoWorks Commercializes “World’s First” Plastic-Free Mycelium Alt Leather with Hatmaker Nick Fouquet 

Biomaterials innovator MycoWorks has announced the commercial launch of the first fashion items made with its flagship mycelium material, Reishi. The Reishi Collection by luxury hatmaker Nick Fouquet includes the Reishi Boletus, Coprinus, and Morchella hats, now available in limited runs on NickFouquet.com. Claiming to unlock new design possibilities for brands, MycoWorks’ biotechnology engineers mycelium – the infinitely renewable root structure of mushrooms – as it grows to designers’ exact specifications for hand feel, texture, strength, and functionality. The result, Reishi, is a luxury, natural material that the company claims can match the performance of the highest quality animal leathers with far lower environmental impact. The San Francisco-based biomaterials company recently announced it had raised $125 million to open a full-scale mushroom leather production plant. …

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Lenny Kravitz Relaunches Mission-Driven Vegan Toothpaste Brand TWICE

US musician and actor Lenny Kravitz has relaunched his vegan toothpaste brand TWICE with updated packaging and new products. TWICE initially launched in 2018, inspired by the work of Kravitz’s dentist, Jonathan B. Levine. Levine co-founded oral care brand Glo and subsequently the Glo Good Foundation, which provides dental care to those in developing countries. After joining forces with the foundation to bring a dental clinic to his own community in the Bahamas, Kravitz was inspired to launch TWICE in collaboration with Levine’s sons, Julian and Cody. Many traditional toothpastes contain animal-based glycerin (for moisture), colors, propolis from bees, or are tested on animals. Demand for vegan friendly oral care is increasing and is being met by mainstream producers, for example, In 2020, Colgate introduced …

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Simplifyber Secures $3.5M in Seed Round For 3D Printed Garments of the Future

Simplifyber, Inc, the cleantech producer of footwear and clothing “created in a lab, not in a factory”, announces it has closed a $3.5 million seed funding round. The New York brand makes cotton-like biodegradable footwear and clothing by injecting liquid into molds, on a mission to transform the world’s apparel and footwear industries and replace wovens and knits with sustainable alternatives. Simplifyber’s cellulose formula is derived from a combination of wood pulp and other plant-based materials, leading to a fully biodegradable product that can be easily returned to nature. The company’s production technique evades the use of traditional spinning, weaving, cutting, and sewing, cutting out 60% of the steps and reducing the enormous amount of materials that go to waste as a result of the …

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Magnum and Iris van Herpen collaboration

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Magnum and Iris van Herpen Create First Ever Vegan Haute Couture Dress

Magnum and Iris van Herpen have joined forces to create what is claimed to be the first ever vegan haute couture dress. Inspired by Magnum Vegan ice cream, the dress is made with upcycled cocoa bean husks. Through processing, these husks can be transformed into an entirely organic biopolymer material. Van Herpen has used this material to develop an intricate three-dimensional design enhanced with upcycled organza and copper-coated embellishments. Magnum said the collaboration was part of the company’s ambition to lessen its impact on the world. The dress was modelled by French supermodel Cindy Bruna at Paris Fashion Week. Upcycled fashion A growing number of fashion brands are looking to improve their sustainability through the use of upcycled materials. These include Germany’s Revoltech, which has …

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Natural Fiber Welding collaborates with Veshin

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Veshin Announces Partnership With Natural Fiber Welding

Veshin – a Chinese factory that produces fashion accessories for sustainable brands around the world, announces a partnership with Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) to create products made with the company’s leather alternative, Mirum. As part of the partnership, a team of expert designers and craftspeople with decades of experience will help brands source, design, scale, and launch products made with Mirum. The leather alternative is a high-performance, plastic-free material which is rapidly gaining popularity in the luxury accessory industry, having been used by brands such as Germany’s Melina Bucher. Plastic-free alt leather “Many ‘vegan leathers’ are marketed as ‘plant-based,’ but they also contain plastics like polyurethane. NFW believes ‘vegan’ should mean ‘plants’, not ‘plastic’,” Natural Fiber Welding told vegconomist in 2019. Veshin founder, Joey Pringle, …

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AlgiKnit sustainable kelp yarn

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AlgiKnit Raises $13 Million to Scale Sustainable Kelp Yarn Production

Sustainable kelp yarn producer AlgiKnit has raised $13 million in its Series A funding round, led by The Collaborative Fund with participation from H&M CO:LAB, SOSV, and more. Following a previous round last year, AlgiKnit has now secured a total of $17.9 million. The latest raise comes as the company opens its new facility in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area, which will allow it to scale production of the eco-friendly yarn. AlgiKnit’s yarns are made by extracting a substance called alginate from seaweed and combining it with renewable biopolymers. The resulting fibres can then be knitted into textiles and coloured with natural pigments. These textiles could potentially be used across a range of industries, including fashion, furnishings, and automotive. Disrupting the textile industry Founded in …

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Shop Like You Give a Damn

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A Vegan, Fair & More Sustainable Department Store as a Force of Change

Turning frustration into innovation: how the founders of Shop Like You Give a Damn are veganising the fashion industry. On a mission to make compassion and sustainability the new normal, Shop Like You Give a Damn is Europe’s largest 100% vegan online department store for fair and sustainable fashion, cosmetics & home essentials. On this platform, you’ll find over 17,000 items from about 400 ethical brands. And what’s more: you can enjoy a 5% discount on the whole collection by signing up for their newsletter. Founders Alex, Kim and Stephan give a damn about Mama Earth and all her inhabitants and encourage you to do the same. Use their 14 ethical & sustainability criteria, certifications and material options to filter on the values that matter …

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JUNOCO products

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JUNOCO Raises $6.3M For Microplastic-Free Vegan Beauty

San Francisco-based beauty brand JUNOCO has raised $6.3 million in its Series A funding round. The round was led by Vision Plus Capital, with participation from FREES FUND. The funding will be used to launch a wider range of simple products with ten or fewer ingredients, and also to make 80% of the brand’s packaging refillable. JUNOCO was founded by serial entrepreneur Kyle Jiang. With his family involved in the global packaging industry, Jiang had grown up witnessing the waste and environmental issues associated with conventional beauty products. As a result, he wanted to develop more sustainable alternatives. All JUNOCO products are cruelty-free, vegan, and free of microplastics. Additionally, all the brand’s packaging is recyclable and many of its formulas use upcycled ingredients. Currently, JUNOCO’s …

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Apparel Impact Institute Reveals Lead Funders of $250M Fashion Climate Fund

The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) has announced the lead funders for its new $250 million Fashion Climate Fund. The funders are Lululemon, H&M Group, H&M Foundation, and The Schmidt Family Foundation. Aii is a nonprofit with the objective of “operationalising and accelerating climate action and sustainability solutions in fashion”. The Fashion Climate Fund aims to reduce emissions in the fashion supply chain, using a collaborative funding model between philanthropic organisations and corporations. This model is described as the first of its kind in the industry. Funding the transition The Fund will provide capital for initiatives such as transitioning to renewable electricity, accelerating next-generation materials, scaling sustainable materials and practices, eliminating coal in manufacturing, and improving energy efficiency. Funding from philanthropists will help to accelerate new …

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PANGAIA Spiber Hoodie

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PANGAIA Enters Partnership with Spiber at Forefront of Brewed Protein Fashion 

PANGAIA has announced a new partnership with fellow biomaterial leader Spiber Inc. Introducing the fourth capsule within PANGAIA Lab, the first release will be a limited-edition hoodie made from Spiber’s cutting-edge Brewed Protein material, marking the first time a product of this kind will be available worldwide for purchase.  Japanese biomaterials manufacturing group Spiber Inc. produces its Brewed Protein material from plant-derived biomass and a proprietary fermentation process, offering a biological building block that can be transformed into a variety of forms. The NXT GEN Hoodie powered by Brewed Protein in black will be available in limited quantities, with less than 200 available worldwide via the PANGAIA website.  Unlike many existing synthetic materials, the companies claim that Brewed Protein fibers do not degrade into microplastics, …

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