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Dec

Silversmith Polly van der Glas makes jewelry you can really sink your teeth into. The artist collects human teeth, hair and fingernails, sterilizes them, and incorporates them into silver jewelry. These toothy trinkets and hairy ornaments fetch a hefty price on van der Glas’ Etsy store, but the artist says her pieces are more than just jewelry. She wants her work to explore the fact that teeth, hair and nails were all once part of a beauty ritual, but when they become detached from the body, their meanings are transformed. Whether you find van der Glas’ work to be beautiful or disturbing, one thing is for sure: Stealing from the Tooth Fairy sure is greener than mining for precious stones.14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

Silversmith Polly van der Glas makes jewelry you can really sink your teeth into. The artist collects human teeth, hair and fingernails, sterilizes them, and incorporates them into silver jewelry. These toothy trinkets and hairy ornaments fetch a hefty price on van der Glas’ Etsy store, but the artist says her pieces are more than just jewelry. She wants her work to explore the fact that teeth, hair and nails were all once part of a beauty ritual, but when they become detached from the body, their meanings are transformed. Whether you find van der Glas’ work to be beautiful or disturbing, one thing is for sure: Stealing from the Tooth Fairy sure is greener than mining for precious stones.
14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

20

Oct

If you’re a cat owner, you have to accept the fact that your furniture will always be furry and your black pants will never be entirely black again — unless you have a black cat. But what if you were to turn all that cat fur into something stylish? That’s what Kate Benjamin of Moderncat did. She took cat fur and rolled it into tight balls of fur and then enlisted the help of jewelry designer Heidi Abrahamson to create hairball earrings and a matching necklace.14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

If you’re a cat owner, you have to accept the fact that your furniture will always be furry and your black pants will never be entirely black again — unless you have a black cat. But what if you were to turn all that cat fur into something stylish? That’s what Kate Benjamin of Moderncat did. She took cat fur and rolled it into tight balls of fur and then enlisted the help of jewelry designer Heidi Abrahamson to create hairball earrings and a matching necklace.
14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

24

Sep

Lab-grown diamonds: Would you flaunt one?Conventionally mined diamonds cause thousands of deaths a year and support brutal regimes. Lab-grown clones are far more ethical.

Lab-grown diamonds: Would you flaunt one?
Conventionally mined diamonds cause thousands of deaths a year and support brutal regimes. Lab-grown clones are far more ethical.

27

Dec

DIY jewelry from electrical wire

18

Nov

Icelandic designer Hafsteinn Juliusson has created a set of jewelry that will really grow on you. His Growing Jewelry features inset Icelandic moss that owners must regularly water and trim — a practice he hopes will help urbanites connect with nature. The mossy rings and necklaces, which Juliusson describes as “a clash of jewelry and gardening; couture and organism,” are available at the Reykjavik Art Museum where they live under growing lamps.So this ring is actually pretty cool, but what about the rest of these?14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

Icelandic designer Hafsteinn Juliusson has created a set of jewelry that will really grow on you. His Growing Jewelry features inset Icelandic moss that owners must regularly water and trim — a practice he hopes will help urbanites connect with nature. The mossy rings and necklaces, which Juliusson describes as “a clash of jewelry and gardening; couture and organism,” are available at the Reykjavik Art Museum where they live under growing lamps.

So this ring is actually pretty cool, but what about the rest of these?
14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

03

Nov

Hey, cat lovers! You know how that cat hair just gets everywhere — your clothes, your furniture, your mouth, etc.? Well, what if you could turn all that fur into something stylish…like jewelry?Would you do this with your cat’s fur? More importantly, would you wear it?14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

Hey, cat lovers! You know how that cat hair just gets everywhere — your clothes, your furniture, your mouth, etc.? Well, what if you could turn all that fur into something stylish…like jewelry?
Would you do this with your cat’s fur? More importantly, would you wear it?
14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

24

Sep

Icelandic designer Hafsteinn Juliusson has created a set of jewelry that will really grow on you. His Growing Jewelry features inset Icelandic moss that owners must regularly water and trim — a practice he hopes will help urbanites connect with nature. The mossy rings and necklaces, which Juliusson describes as “a clash of jewelry and gardening; couture and organism,” are available at the Reykjavik Art Museum where they live under growing lamps.While we admit that this jewelry is pretty cool, some of the items on our list are rather cringe-worthy. 14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

Icelandic designer Hafsteinn Juliusson has created a set of jewelry that will really grow on you. His Growing Jewelry features inset Icelandic moss that owners must regularly water and trim — a practice he hopes will help urbanites connect with nature. The mossy rings and necklaces, which Juliusson describes as “a clash of jewelry and gardening; couture and organism,” are available at the Reykjavik Art Museum where they live under growing lamps.
While we admit that this jewelry is pretty cool, some of the items on our list are rather cringe-worthy. 14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

23

Sep

The sustainable fashion trend has inspired a variety of eco-conscious   designers — from those who create organic cotton garments to those who   upcycle vintage items into fresh frocks. But, as with all trends, there   are some who take things a little too far. Would you don a  dress of  expired condoms or accessorize with jewelry made from human  teeth? Take a  look at some of our bizarrely sustainable fashion finds  and you just  might be inspired to green your own wardrobe … but  perhaps you should pass on making your own roadkill accessories.
14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

The sustainable fashion trend has inspired a variety of eco-conscious designers — from those who create organic cotton garments to those who upcycle vintage items into fresh frocks. But, as with all trends, there are some who take things a little too far. Would you don a dress of expired condoms or accessorize with jewelry made from human teeth? Take a look at some of our bizarrely sustainable fashion finds and you just might be inspired to green your own wardrobe … but perhaps you should pass on making your own roadkill accessories.

14 examples of eco-fashion gone too far

03

Sep

Christiane Diehl’s ‘wearable objects’The jewelry line is fashioned from recycled rubber bands and inner tubes.

Christiane Diehl’s ‘wearable objects’
The jewelry line is fashioned from recycled rubber bands and inner tubes.

17

Aug

Old electrical wiring is one item that I imagine wouldn’t be particularly easy to work trash to treasure magic with. I mean, c’mon it doesn’t exactly have that sexy DIY upcycling allure to it. Or does it?Electric Love's hand-knotted rings are made from reclaimed electrical wire — plus, they're simple, stylish and sustainable.

Old electrical wiring is one item that I imagine wouldn’t be particularly easy to work trash to treasure magic with. I mean, c’mon it doesn’t exactly have that sexy DIY upcycling allure to it. Or does it?

Electric Love's hand-knotted rings are made from reclaimed electrical wire — plus, they're simple, stylish and sustainable.