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We’re Loving These 5 Upcycled Sneakers Made From Waste

3 Mins Read Sustainable fashion is all the rage right now. Brands are launching everything from low-carbon vegan kicks to recycled underwear. But the eco sneaker space? It’s booming with innovation, with designers now using waste to create new shoes. Here, we spotlight some of our favourite upcycled sneakers to date.  1. Undo For Tomorrow: upcycled party balloons […]

Cambridge Spinoff Xampla To Launch Plastic-Free Sachets & Capsules Made From ‘Vegan Spider Silk’

4 Mins Read Xampla, the University of Cambridge spin-off startup, will soon introduce compostable plastic-free sachets and capsules made using a new “vegan spider silk” material. The new polymer material, which is plant-based, scalable and sustainably-made, has been developed by Cambridge researchers and could be used to replace single-use plastic items once and for all.  Scientists from Cambridge […]

H&M Unveils Virtual ‘Billion Dollar Collection’ Of Sustainable Fashion Solutions

3 Mins Read H&M Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Swedish fashion giant H&M, has launched a new virtual fashion collection featuring ten startups and their sustainable fashion designs. The Billion Dollar Collection also shows the estimated price tag that the selected Global Change Award winners believe they’ll need to scale up and “truly change the fashion industry […]

Miami Startup NiLuu Is Ditching Cruelty In Luxury Sleepwear With Vegan Silk

5 Mins Read Silk is often the first fabric that people think of when it comes to luxury sleepwear. But behind silk is a production process that isn’t as shiny or soft as it looks, with thousands of silkworms often boiled or gassed alive to obtain their precious threads. There’s nothing comforting about cruelty, so Miami-based brand niLuu […]