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55 Innovative Fashion Materials

From Stain-Free Shirts to Mood-Sensing Textile Collections

— September 25, 2015 — Eco
Whether preventing sweat and odor or detecting one's emotional state of mind, these innovative fashion materials are changing the way consumers respond to clothing. In addition to eco-friendly organic cottons, the fashion industry is embracing unconventional materials like banana fiber and hemp -- processed to make natural fabrics that are environmentally friendly and durable.

These organic fibers are reducing waste and are an extension of a health-focused movement that has transformed the food and beauty industries as of late. Moreover, smart fabrics are becoming more intuitive with mobile devices -- from smart sensor socks that are app-connected to track athletic performance to calorie-burning vests that are designed for astronauts.

Ultimately, these innovative fashion materials aim to enhance comfort while preventing inconveniences like stains, excess sweat and unwanted odors.



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Recycled Tire Footwear
Recycled Tire Footwear
Timberland and Omni United are Creating Recycled Shoes Out of Used Tires
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Antimicrobial Dress Shirts
Antimicrobial Dress Shirts
These Versatile Garments are Designed to Adapt to Any Climate
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Recycled Wool Footwear
Recycled Wool Footwear
Sierra Club's Eco-Friendly Socks Are Made With Repurposed Materials
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Recycled Soccer Wear
Recycled Soccer Wear
Adidas' Sport Infinity Project Envisions Reimagined Soccer Products
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Sustainable Swimwear
Sustainable Swimwear
Speedo & Aquafil Created the World's First Swimwear Recycling Program
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51
Experimental Textile Projects
Experimental Textile Projects
Chimera by Shai Langen Manipulates Latex and Calcium Nitrate
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50
Stain-Resistant Pants
Stain-Resistant Pants
The Ledge Pants are the 21st Century Pair of Trousers for Messy Eaters
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Calorie-Burning Vests
Calorie-Burning Vests
The Cold Shoulder Weight Loss Vest Helps in Burning 500 Calories a Day
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48
Geographic Hiking Handkerchiefs
Geographic Hiking Handkerchiefs
Creative Design's Printed Cloth Map is a Lookalike of Mt. Fuji
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Moisture-Wicking Bras
Moisture-Wicking Bras
This High-Tech Bra Helps Prevent Sweating by Cooling the Wearer
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Upcycled Yoga Attire
Upcycled Yoga Attire
This Line of Chic Athletic Gear Called 'Stelari' Uses Recycled Materials
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Anti-Microbial Undergarments
Anti-Microbial Undergarments
This Company Designed a Reversible Bra That Requires No Underwire
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Moisture Control Socks
Moisture Control Socks
The Vitalsox Graduated Compression Socks Keep Runners' Feet Dryer
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Heat-Capturing Clothing
Heat-Capturing Clothing
This High-Tech Textile is Made from Invisible Metallic Wires
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Ocean-Cleaning Eco Apparel
Ocean-Cleaning Eco Apparel
The 'Sponge Suit' Helps Clean the Ocean One Stroke at a Time
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Self-Cooling Dress Shirts
Self-Cooling Dress Shirts
The 'Khuul Thread Shirt' Helps Control the Climate Around Your Skin
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40
Stain-Resistant Menswear
Stain-Resistant Menswear
The Ultimate Tech Collection by IndoChino Protects Against Spills
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Pedal-Powered Eyewear
Pedal-Powered Eyewear
These Sustainable Sunglasses are Made Using Pedal-Power and Recycled Wood
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Coconut Fiber Socks
Coconut Fiber Socks
These High-Tech Socks are Made from a Sustainable Blend of Yarn
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Sustainable Woolen Furniture
Sustainable Woolen Furniture
This Furniture Line Uses Sheep Wool to Form a Solid Piece of Material
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Hemp-Infused Apparel
Hemp-Infused Apparel
This Company Makes Clothing Out of Organic Textiles and Renewable Materials
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Exquisite Trash Fashions
Exquisite Trash Fashions
Candy Carousel by Janet Lee & Lorraine Kwan is Upcycled and Unusual
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Sleeping Bag Hoods
Sleeping Bag Hoods
This Sleeping Bag Balaclava is the Ultimate Camping Head Warmer
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Recycled Cork Backpacks
Recycled Cork Backpacks
This Durable Line of Backpacks is Made from Sustainable Materials
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Bacteria-Killing Textiles
Bacteria-Killing Textiles
This Antibacterial Fabric Could Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections
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Wearable Airbag Jackets
Wearable Airbag Jackets
These Airbag Jackets Don't Rely on Motorcycle Signals for Release
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Banana-Based Fabrics
Banana-Based Fabrics
This Company is Making Eco-Friendly Textiles Out of Banana Plant Stems
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Indestructible Sharkskin Wallets
Indestructible Sharkskin Wallets
This Heavy Duty Wallet Interweaves Carbon Fiber and Sharkskin
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Upcycled Fabric Accessories
Upcycled Fabric Accessories
These Vintage Bags & Accessories Feature WWII Military Canvas Fabrics
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Performance-Monitoring Apparel
Performance-Monitoring Apparel
Sensoria's Running System Boasts Smart Socks, Sports Bras and Tees
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Fashionable Space Suits
Fashionable Space Suits
The Mars Odyssey Space Suit is What You Need for a Chic Space Adventure
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Compost-Friendly Fabrics
Compost-Friendly Fabrics
F-abric is Designed to Biodegrade Quickly Once Placed in a Compost Heap
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Color-Shifting Scarves
Color-Shifting Scarves
The 'Chameleon Mood Scarf' Changes Based on Mood, Light and Temperature
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Reflective Cycling Socks
Reflective Cycling Socks
Showers Pass' New Torch Sock Line Features a 3M Scotchlight Strip
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Stylish Compression Socks
Stylish Compression Socks
Top & Derby's Product Features a Chic and Odor-Proof Design
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Emotion-Based Clothing
Emotion-Based Clothing
This Apparel Line Creates Custom Garments Based on a Customer's Mood
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Compostable Denim Collections
Compostable Denim Collections
These Stylish Jeans are Less Harmful to the Environment
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Sweat-Free Oxford Shirts
Sweat-Free Oxford Shirts
Blake and Whyte Offers a Dress Shirt Designed to Hide Unsightly Stains
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Anxiety-Tracking Underwear
Anxiety-Tracking Underwear
The Stress-Monitoring Bra by Microsoft Research Pinpoints Moodswings
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Stain-Proof Clothing
Stain-Proof Clothing
'Dropel Fabrics' is Now Using Its Stain-Resistant Fabric for Womenswear
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Epilepsy-Tracking Shirts
Epilepsy-Tracking Shirts
This Top is About Detecting Epileptic Seizures and Collecting Data
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Eco-Friendly Odorless Jeans
Eco-Friendly Odorless Jeans
This Denim is Made from Silver Fabric So It Never Has to Be Washed
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Motion Capture Sportswear
Motion Capture Sportswear
The Tracky Apparel Uses Motion Sensors to Assess Your Performance
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Urban Upcycled Bags
Urban Upcycled Bags
Toronto-Based Mariclaro Uses Air Bags to Make New Accessories
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PVC Dress Collections
PVC Dress Collections
Pop Gallery's Transparent Garments are Made With Flexible Plastic
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Hi-Tech Workout Gear
Hi-Tech Workout Gear
Athos is a Line that Senses the Activity Inside of Muscle Fibers
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Upcycled Industrial Apparel
Upcycled Industrial Apparel
This Chic Australian Clothing Line is Made with Repurposed Materials
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Automotive-Inspired Dresses
Automotive-Inspired Dresses
These High Fashion Dresses are Supercharged with Car Parts
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Recycled Plastic Clothing
Recycled Plastic Clothing
Pharrell and G-Star Raw Collaborate Using Recycled Ocean Waste
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Robotic Spider Dresses (UPDATE)
Robotic Spider Dresses (UPDATE)
Anouk Wipprecht Designs an Outfit that Protects Its Wearer
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Plastic Bag Dresses
Plastic Bag Dresses
The IKEA Shopping Bag Dress by Adriana Valdez Young is Pure Eco-Chic
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Anti-Sunburn Swimwear
Anti-Sunburn Swimwear
Marie Spinali's Line of Smart Swimsuits Helps Protect Against Sun Damage
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Arousal-Detecting Dresses
Arousal-Detecting Dresses
This Piece of High-Tech Fashion at SXSW Turns Transparent
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Customized 3D-Printed Accessories
Customized 3D-Printed Accessories
This Company Allows Consumers to Design Their Own Products
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Deconstructed Hi-Tech Knitwear
Deconstructed Hi-Tech Knitwear
Mandi Lam's Expose Lookbook Highlights Graphic and Oversized Knits
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3D-Printed Fashion Collections
3D-Printed Fashion Collections
This Line of 3D-Printed Apparel is Designed for Everyday Wear
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