Sustainable products roundup

It’s time for another roundup of sustainable products.

Eco-friendly textile made from cellulose (via Hugg)
Tencel, made from cellulose derived from wood pulp, is a natural man-made textile. This material has the benefits of synthetic fabrics, but is sustainably produced in an earth-friendly process. The material is also fully biodegradable at the end of it’s life cycle.

BioTech Fashion Struts its Stuff
Last week in Toronto attendees at the 2006 World Congress on Industrial and Biotechnology and Bioprocessing were treated to a fashion parade. Apparel fro designers such as Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Heatherette, and Elisa Jimenez, Linda Loudermilk, Teija Eloila, Kei Kagami, Nadia Fassi, Bagutta and more, sashayed down the catwalk. Most of the models wardrobe was crafted from Ingeo, the polylactic acid (PLA) fibre derived from Cargill’s corn sugar fermenting processing. While the resulting fabrics are compostable, we have previously expressed concern over the use of genetically modified corn for such applications. The photo shows a skirt which we believe to be Ingeo, while the bustier is seemingly made from recycled polyester. Ingeo is said to have the ability to mimic silk, polyester, leather and elastic.::Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), via Yahoo.

Tone Tubby Hempcone Speakers for Musicians
What’s the difference between the Hempcone and a paper cone? Well fortunately that is one the questions asked, and answered, by the Brown Soun Inc. website. They aren’t using hemp for their speaker paper because it is green, but rather because it simply does the job better.

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