While Ms. Fox was not the first person to invent nor harvest naturally colored cotton, she certainly was the first person to invent a species of organically grown, natural color cotton that could be machine-spun into thread. The reason this had not been a viable enterprise before was due to natural cotton having such short, weak fibers that it required hours upon hours of labor-intensive, hand-spun threading to yield sufficient quantity for a garment.
Commonly cultivated white cotton is grown from seed that has been bred for stronger, longer fibers that make industrial scale, low-cost machine-spun thread possible. However, the systemic environmental cost of the combined bleach processing and chemicals needed in it’s cultivation make white cotton among the most toxic industrial-scale farmed crops grown in the world, the head source of large amounts of pollution lingering in the soil, while also contaminating groundwater, compounded by runoff into streams and rivers affecting regions often far removed from areas of actual cultivation.
FoxFibre brand Cotton is an enabling technology because it can be profitably grown without pesticides or chemical pesticides, further promoting and encouraging farmers and the world’s textile industrial communities to see how high-quality clothing could be made with a correspondingly higher prioritization of environmental and human health factors.
Atlantic Leather is an Icelandic tannery leading in manufacturing exotic leather from fishskin in addition to the more traditional longwool sheepskin tanning. The fishleather is produced from four different species of fish; Salmon, perch, wolffish, and cod – each with its own unique characteristics – in a diverse range of colours, textures, and finishes.
The fish leather produced at Atlantic Leather is environmentally friendly in two different ways: it is a by-product of the fishing industry, utilizing raw material that would not otherwise be used; and the production process makes use of renewable hydro and geothermal energy.
Are you struggling tocope with the heatoutdoors? Sony might have a solution, if not as soon as you might like. The company’sFirst Flightprogram iscrowdfundinga wearable ‘air conditioner,’ the Reon Pocket, that slips into a pouch in a special t-shirt.
Enter Whyre, a Singaporean startup who is creating the Argon Transform. Opting to create an add-on for existing motorcycle helmets, the company has plenty of headway over competitors thanks to its ability to evade rigorous safety testing. Promising a fully-featured HUD, rear view camera, front-facing dash cam, intercom, Bluetooth connectivity and GPS, the Transform rises out of Skully’s ashes.
When British supermodel Jourdan Dunn stepped onto the red carpet at the Met Gala Monday night, the crowd rustled with excitement. Dunn was wearing a blood-red gown in the shape of a rose. Lacquered and stiff, the dress looked like freshly poured hard candy. The glossy petals shone in the spotlight, revealing complex layers of folds and velvety swirls that conveyed a vibrant flower in full bloom.
But this gown was no ordinary high-fashion affair spun from a confection of silks. Designed by Zac Posen, the dress — 21 plastic petals and the titanium cage holding them in place — was entirely 3D-printed. The petals were printed by Protolabs, a GE Additive manufacturing partner, while GE Additive produced the titanium cage. It took around 250 hours of labor to design and 3D-print the dress — including three days per petal — and another 400 hours to sand and coat the petals with a glossy red automotive paint. “The petals remind me of a Ferrari,” says Eric Utley, an applications engineer at Protolabs. “They look and feel like the panels of a supercar.”