This startup will buy back the ratty old T-shirts in your closet

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For Days wants consumers to think about how they’ll dispose of their garments from the moment they buy them. Secondhand websites like ThredUp and Depop make it easy to sell the lightly worn clothes in your closet. But what about the well-loved ones? The ratty old T-shirt or dress splashed with red wine? Typically, those would have been destined for the trash, but a startup will now pay you for them. Read Full Story

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Meet Plant-Ag, the $9 billion startup that will let you trace your food from field-to-plate

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The ambitious company believes our food system is broken, and the only way to fix it is to start over. “You know more about your Uber driver than the food you’re eating,” says Karim Giscombe, the founder and CEO of a new company, Plant-Ag, about to launch in the coming weeks to close this peculiar knowledge gap. More and more consumers today want to know the origins of everything they buy, from what factory produced their T-shirt to where the gems in their jewelry were mined . Yet the decision-making process we use to buy fresh produce—a good purchased far more often, and that can also make us sick—really hasn’t evolved. Ever. In the store we’ll grab a tomato, spin it once in our hand, and hope for the best. Read Full Story

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Give your socks back to Smartwool and they’ll be turned into dog beds

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As the company begins to try to become more circular, the first thing it wants is to do something with all those hole-y and mismatched socks you have lying around. While you can donate old t-shirts and jeans, you’re likely to just toss your used socks in the trash. But now, Smartwool wants you to give them your old socks—from any brand—so that they can recycle them into filling for dog beds. Read Full Story

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Making a new mask? Some fabrics might filter as well as N95 masks (and you probably have them at home)

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Here’s a new study about the best mask material to add to your pile of mask studies. Do you have silk or flannel or chiffon lying around? Maybe you’ve hacked together a DIY mask from an old T-shirt or pillowcase over the last few weeks. That’s probably good enough for most uses, but if you want to get precise about it, a new study suggests that a combination of two materials could do even more to protect you from spreading or getting the coronavirus. A mask made from a layer of high-thread-count cotton plus two layers of chiffon or silk performs nearly as well as an N95 mask—and does better than an N95 mask at capturing the smallest particles the scientists shot at it. Read Full Story

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H&M will turn your ratty old T-shirt into a brand new sweater

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Garment-to-garment recycling has been a pipe dream in the fashion industry for decades. But the technology may finally be here. For years, the fashion industry has been trying to find a way to turn old clothes into new ones, the way we currently recycle cardboard or aluminum cans. Now, the technology has finally arrived. And if you stop by an H&M store in Stockholm, you can see the process before your eyes. Read Full Story

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This engineering student designed an ingenious hanger that won’t stretch out your clothes

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No more unsightly bumps in your shirts and blazers! Clothes hangers, I’m sure you’ll agree, are in desperate need of a redesign. When I scour through my closet, strappy sundresses and silk blouses inevitably slide off the hangers, falling into a pool on the floor. And then there’s the fact that dozens of my blazers and Oxford shirts have been ruined because the hard edges of the hangers stretch out the fabric, creating unsightly bumps. Read Full Story

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Should You Add Buy Now, Pay Later Options to Your E-commerce Site?

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There have never been as many ways to pay online as there are today. Nor has it ever been more important to make sure you offer your consumers their preferred option. For some, that might be a long-trusted Visa or Mastercard. Others may prefer Apple Pay, PayPal, or another digital wallet. And, increasingly, consumers are choosing to use buy now, pay later solutions when they checkout. But what is this payment solution? And is it time you added buy now, pay later to your website? Read on to get my views on the topic. What is Buy now, Pay Later? The name says it all. “Buy now, pay later” literally lets consumers buy a product and have it delivered while delaying payment until a later date. This option is very similar to the old-school layaway method, in which stores let consumers reserve an item while paying it off in installments. …

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Here’s how you’ll shop in 2030

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If the fashion industry cleans up its act. If you’re worried about the planet, clothes shopping can feel like navigating a minefield. There are so many things to worry about when buying a T-shirt—from the carbon emissions to the wastewater generated during its manufacturing. But imagine a world where fashion labels cleaned up their act and the industry actually made the planet greener? Read Full Story

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