According to Life Edited, swapping may be the new shopping. I do believe so.
Considering this huge trend, here are some cool swapping websites for fashion lovers, that also love shopping online:
America’s favorite swap hostesses and internationally recognized sustainable style experts, spreading secondhand style.
Same idea as Swapaholics: Clean out your closet and take everything you want to swap and take it to the nearest Clothing Swap® event. Company is based in San Francisco, CA for 17 years now. All “left over” items are donated to charity shops.
World’s number #1 fashion swap website, you can upload images of your unwanted clothes and accessories and swap for other items or even sell it.
This weekend, Helsinki will host a very cool market, called Recycling Factory. Tips and advice for sustainable lifestyle and ecological consuming will be offered within the Cable Factory. Ethically and ecologically produced clothes, bags, accessories, cosmetics and even household stuff will be available for purchase. Your old items are very welcome there – exchange whatever you want for whatever you need 🙂 More infos here.
When? Sat-Sun 5–6 May 2012, 10 am–5 pm.
Where? Cable Factory, Merikaapelihalli and courtyard, Tallberginkatu 1, Helsinki.
PS: It looks fun enough to me.
123 Shop has just lauched in Bethnal Green, London. The idea is upcycle old and vintage fabrics and turn into new and fashionable stuff. They have maximum 3 pieces of each garmet. Besides its own label, a 123 gallery will show collaborations with fashion designers such as Christopher Kane, while another floor will allocate space to designer Dr Noki and his NHS diffusion line.
Via: LSN Global
I just googled it, and Krispy Kreme is REALLY a donuts shop (as I remembered) and… I don’t understand exactly WHY they made such a crazy product – considering they’re in food business – but I like the idea, so it deserves my post!
After a interviewing 1.000 londoners, 53% blamed the lack of contact with nature as an important factor for their stress. So, very cleverly (and exquisite!) they came up with the idea of developing THE GRASS SANDALS! Exactly as you see in the pictures, now people can walk around urban centers feeling like a walk in the woods.
Oh, and they can last up to 4 months – the only non-green thing for me seems to be what to do with the flipflops after grass is gone. Hopefully, they can be upcycled!
The conceptual artist Alyce Santoro has now come up with a great new idea: making clothes from old cassette tapes. Brand called Sonic Fabric displays a collection that includes dresses, ties, colourful umbrellas: made from 50% recorded audiocassette tape and 50% coloured thread (LSN Global).
Here, a quick video showing how to make it.
I always liked this girl, but now, even more. In the pic, she is wearing a creation by designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. His website, by the way, really worth a little tour. The inspiration for the fashion-over-cool coat is Kermit, the lovely frog from Muppet Babies. She says: ‘I hate fur and I don’t wear fur.’ We say: your a DIVA!
Alanis Morissette and Woody Harrelson has recently launched a line of jeans paints made with 50% recycled denim: Reco. The process for making these pants are pretty intricate. It works like that:
1) They collect piles of excess fabric that would usually get dumped into the landfill.
2) They take the fabric to a re-processing mill where it gets separated and broken down to be spun into yarn.
3) Once separated properly, the fibers are ready to be spun into quality yarn and woven into strong fabric sheets.
4) Finally, the dyeing is done with indigo to give the “blue jean” look.
*The singer and the actor are now partners for Reco.