Jessica Leigh Hester is a former senior associate editor at CityLab, covering environment and culture. Her work also appears in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York Times, Modern Farmer, Village Voice, Slate, BBC, NPR, and other outlets.
Stop showing up to work wearing your morning cup of joe.
A crisp white blouse is a workday staple. So is coffee. Unfortunately, the two don't make such a great couple.
Women's clothing company Elizabeth & Clarke is tackling the dilemma. They're aiming to release un-stainable t-shirts and blouses. Inspired by the process of water beading and rolling off flowers and leaves, the machine-washable crepe de Chine and cotton garments (currently in the Kickstarter phase) repel water- and oil-based liquid spills before they absorb into the fabric, thanks to fibers 100,000 smaller than a grain of sand. So go ahead and pour that second cup.