Maria Cornejo Transforms Hyundai Factory Waste Into Sculptural Garments

The newly appointed CFDA board member takes her ethical design process a step further

Sustainability is one of the fashion industry’s most abused words. Much like “edgy” in the early aughts or “journey” circa 2013, it often amounts to little more than a PR-spin on minimal effort. For Maria Cornejo—the veteran Chilean-American designer who was recently appointed to the board of the CFDA—sustainability is about clearly defined imperatives. Measurable metrics including levels of dye toxicity, carbon footprint, water usage …

Orange Juicer Turns Peels Into Cups

Italian design firm Carlo Ratti Associati’s “Feel the Peel” machine takes the beloved orange juicer and turns it into a model for sustainability. The oranges are still freshly squeezed, but their peels are turned into biodegradable, bioplastic cups. The massive machine stands over nine feet tall and can accommodate 1,500 oranges. Each is peeled and its rind is dried, milled, and mixed to form a …

The R.I.D, a Pocket-Sized Device That Detects Recyclable Material

By reducing research and leg work, this device makes eco efforts easier

While statistics on recycling vary, the consensus remains that we do not do enough (collectively or individually). The reasons range from improper sorting to ignored or unknown classifications, but one product could ease the burden of sorting and empower the broader population to recycle with results. UK-based Cohda Design Works recently unveiled the R.I.D, a handheld device that can identify recyclability simply by being pressed …