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Plume To Help You Breathe Better

  Ever wonder the air quality you are breathing? Air pollution used to be invisible but now the Plume Air Report reveals pollution peaks and fresh air. This wearable air pollution tracker was presented at the CES 2017. The Plume report tracks and monitors air quality to help improve your life. It tracks humidity, temperature, household chemicals, irritating gas, exhaust fumes, particulate matter and dust. By providing alerts of these factors the device will improve your life. Via Plume Labs

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Shinrin Yoku to Improve Health

  Spending time in natural environments has been linked to lower stress levels, improved working memory and feeling more alive, among other positive attributes. In an effort to combat our indoor epidemic and reap these health benefits, a growing number of Americans have become followers of a Japanese practice called Shinrin-yoku. Coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1982, the word literally translates to “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing” and refers to the process of soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting to…

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Shipping Containers Turned Into Living Spaces

  With the green premise growing in popularity across the globe, more and more people are turning to cargo container structures for green alternatives. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on shipping docks taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to their origin. In most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just…

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Turning Plastic Bags Into Plastex

    Reform Studio was founded to create high design objects out of low grade plastic bags. The founder, Mariam Hazem, said “Recycling consumes energy and resources but this can be avoided by directly upcycling the bags in new products we design.” Using a traditional Egyptian craft that weaves thread together, she applied the same methodology using plastic. The collected plastic bags are sterilized, cut into strips and then woven on a manual handloom. It took persistent to revive this old craft into upcycling plastic bags. Now, one square metre…

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Solar-powered “Sterile Box” for Developing Countries Hospitals

  Surgical procedures come alongside with the risk of an infection. These risks are increased in developing countries as hospitals often lack staple sterilization instruments. To tackle this problem, Rice University students created a solar powered sterilization unit. The Sterile Box has been built into a standard 20-foot steel shipping container, where it boasts of everything required to prepare surgical instruments for safe reuse, including a water system for decontamination and a solar-powered autoclave for steam sterilization. This self-powered, drop-in system has the ability to be used anywhere, anytime. Via UberGizmo

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Loliware: Biodegr(edible) Cups

    LOLIWARE are biodegr(edible) cups* designed to complement a variety of beverages. While you’re sipping your drink, you can eat your cup, and any remnants can be composted. Sure to spark conversation in the hands of guests at parties and events, LOLIWARE’s artisanal flavor and unique texture enliven every occasion. Made entirely of vegan, biodegradable ingredients, LOLIWARE is a delicious alternative to ‘disposable’ cups destined for the landfill. Put down the plastic and enjoy the future of sustainability: 100% Biodegr(edible). *Yes, that’s biodegradable AND EDIBLE! Patent-pending: 13/937,806 LOLIWARE began…

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Shrimp sold by global supermarkets is peeled by slave labourers in Thailand

  So far this year, more than 2,000 trapped fishermen have been rescued as a result of an ongoing AP investigative series into slavery in the Thai seafood industry. The reports have led to a dozen arrests, millions of dollars’ worth of seizures and proposals for new federal laws.US customs records show that the shrimp entered the supply chains of major US food stores and retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Whole Foods, Dollar General and Petco, along with those of restaurants such as Red Lobster and Olive Garden. Via The Guardian

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“Changes Everything” Movie

  Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in…

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Home Living 

Upcycling Vintage Home Decor

  Upcycling old items is always a good idea. You can always reuse some old unused items from your garage or basement and transform them into interesting pieces of furniture for your modern home. If you have some old item, clean it, and insert it in your interior, and you will make remarkable home decor. If you need a some inspiration, see the following examples!        Via Architecture Art Design

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IKEA Movable Walls for Small Spaces

    As urban living is increasing, IKEA came up with an idea that can create more options to small spaces: movable walls. For example, a movable wall can separate a living and bedroom in a studio apartment. IKEA told the Wall Street Journal that it has been testing an 1980s style apartment with movable walls for the past two years. General feedback is that apartment feels bigger than its actual 215 sq ft size. Head of Research Mikael Ydholm says the products are another three years from hitting the…

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General Mills Eliminating Artifical Flavors

  The cereals of your childhood — like Lucky Charms, Reese’s Puffs, and Trix — are getting a makeover. General Mills announced today that it will be eliminating artificial flavors and colors from all of its cereals. The company has been experimenting with fruits, vegetables, and spices to replace those artificial ingredients, according to its press release. So, for its most vibrantly colored cereal, Trix, it will now use ingredients like fruit and vegetable juices and spice extracts such as turmeric and paprika to create the red, yellow, orange and purple hues….

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Indigenous Fair Trade Fashion 

  Indigenous organic + fair trade fashion has been leading the way in stylish, handmade fashion since 1994. All Indigenous’ sustainable apparel is made with extreme care by artisans who are paid a Fair Wage. The founders, Scotty and Matt, have helped form a scalable artisan network through the Indigenous clothing line that reflects a commitment to sustainability and socially responsible actions. Indigenous clothes contain only organic and natural fibers as well as low-impact dyes. This keeps harmful chemicals away from your body. Purchasing organic clothing is also an important…

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Atelier 8000 EcoLodge

  Atelier 8000 developed the proposal for the Kežmarská Hut architectural competition, which asked applicants to design a building offering accommodation, a restaurant, a medical facility, skiing storage and a garage for a snowmobile. The competition was won by a team made up of architects Karel Havliš, Filip Havliš, David Zámečník and Ondřej Novosad, so Atelier 8000’s concept is now unlikely to make it off the drawing board. According to the designers, the orientation of the structure would allow three sides of it to be visible from any given point around…

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Levi’s Field of Jeans To Promote Recycling

  In an effort to promote recycling, Levi Strauss & Co. started a drive that brought in 18,850 pairs of jeans. The event known as “Field of Dreams” is meant to show the impact of throwing clothes in a landfill versus recycling. The collected jeans weighted 24,000 pounds. They were put on display at the 49ers football stadium by a team of 50 people over 16 hours creation period. Levi’s emphasizes sustainability in its business practices in a number of different ways, in addition the Field of Jeans. It launched…

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Southwest Airlines Upcycles 80,000 Leather Seats Into Shoes, Bags, Balls

  Southwest Airlines will lighten its 737-700 aircrafts by over 600 pounds by replacing its leather covered seats with lighter material. The change was aimed at reducing weight – 600 lbs per plane – and thus fuel. The airline, having cracked the top 100 in Newsweek’s annual green company rankings this year didn’t want to throw away the 80,000 leather seat coverings in a landfill. To solve this problem, Southwest Airlines, launched LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose, a multi-phase sustainability program that partners with social enterprises in Nairobi, Kenya, the Republic of Malawi and the…

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Primark Dress Includes Worker’s Cry For Help

  Mysterious messages about working conditions discovered in a store remind us that textile industry standards have changed little since the Rana Plaza disaster. Two Swansea shoppers have come forward saying they found extra labels sewn into items bought last year. “Forced to work exhausting hours” read the first; “Degrading sweatshop conditions” says the latest, pictured in the 25 June edition of the paper. In part this is down to the sheer complexity of the fashion supply chain. Perhaps the most poignant and ironic thing about the message in a…

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Stella McCartney Uses Sustainable Wool for 2014 Pre-Fall Collection

  Stella McCartney’s 2014 Pre-Fall collection at the Harold Pratt House introduced McCartney’s sustainable wool partnership with the Nature Conservancy and Ovis XXI, through which her tailoring and knitwear will use wool from the sheep of Patagonia, South America produced in accordance with the conservancy’s new sustainability standards. Its aim to prevent overgrazing in a bid to preserve grasslands in the region. The collection included patterns drawn by British designer Gary Hume to soften McCartney’s edgy black and white punk look. The range is enhanced with jacquard motifs, thread work…

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June Bracelet Measure Sun Exposure

  The June bracelet — by French jewelry designer Camille Toupet — is feminine and flattering, while also practical. Camille has worked with brands such as Harry Winston and Louis Vuitton. She made the bracelet to help women prevent skin diseases due sun exposure. The bracelet ($99) made its debut at the International CES Show and will be available in the second quarter of 2014 at various fashion, beauty and consumer electronics stores. The jewel on the wristband collects data and syncs with an iOS device to provide advice based…

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Minimum Wage Increase In Bangladesh

  After many protests, the Bangladesh factory workers were successful at increasing their minimum wage. The September protests caused 400 of the 5,000 factories to close. The government responded with a minimum wage increase in daily salaries from 3,000 taka ($39) to 5,300 taka ($68), effective December 1. The increase in minimum wage is expected to increase retail costs by 5-15%. Bangladesh has the second largest garment industry and lowest wages in Asia after Myanmar. The garment industry accounts for over 2/3 of Bangladesh’s exports — a $20 billion industry…

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Thanks to LEGO, Turtle Walks Again

  Schildi is not your average turtle. His leg was infected, leaving doctors no choice but to amputate it. Luckily, some awesome German vets found a way to make him a better, stronger, faster tortoise. Now, fitted with a Lego wheel for a leg, he’s a bionic hero in a half shell. Doctors first placed a double wheel under Schildi but then realized turtles have a difficult time moving on them. Schildi now moves on a prothetic one LEGO wheel. Doctors expect that Schildi will get a flat tire about…

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Wrap Presents with Lush Scarf Designed by Vivienne Westwood

  Every Christmas, the UK is responsible for using 227,000 miles of wrapping paper enough to wrap the world nine times. Two iconic British brands, Lush and Vivienne Westwood, joined together to cut back on wasting paper by using scarves instead. The designer, Vivienne Westwood, believes in buying less but buying better quality so that the product lasts. Climate Revolution Knot-Wraps go on sale November 18, in 891 Lush shops across 51 countries and online at vive and thrive in. Lush co-founder Mo Constantine says, “Christmas is about giving, not…

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WesternThrash: Turning Wine Bottles into Lights

  WesternTrash is designer glassware and lighting with Berlin soul. All products are handmade with love and attention from discarded bottles, so that no two items are exactly alike. Look closely and discover your very own mosaic of bumps, bubbles, and curves. You’ll never find that same pattern twice – every product tells a different part of the Berlin story. Visit the webshop: Shop.WesternThrash Don’t let the name fool you: WesternTrash is waste-neutral and 100% sustainable. The materials are upcycled or recyclable, the packaging is reusable, and bottles are sourced…

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40% of Food Goes to Waste

  Over 90% of Americans may be prematurely tossing food because they misinterpret expiration dates, according to the study by Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit environmental action group. Faulty expiration-date rules are confusing at best, says Dana Gunders, a NRDC staff scientist with the food and agriculture program. “Sell by” dates are actually for stores to know how much shelf life products have they are not meant for consumers or to indicate the food is bad. “Best before” and…

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Fast Drying Eco Towels by Danny Seo

  Looking to start incorporating eco friendly products into your home?  The Danny Seo Eco-Existence towels are true eco-indulgence with new technologies and beautiful, timeless colors. Made with a special loop design, the towels feature a “quick dry” technology that allows them to dry more quickly either in the dryer or when you air-dry them.    Faster drying also means they stay fresh longer, making them less prone to smelly mildew. The color palette is inspired by nature: creamy white flowers, seaglass ocean green, hydrangea  blue, desert sand khaki, tree bark…

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Jessica Alba’s Honest Co Delivers Monthly Eco Baby Products

  The Honest Company is Jessica Alba’s company that delivers monthly eco-friendly products to families with babies. The reason she created this company is, “That there’s a cause and effect to every action you take. So all of your purchasing and consuming choices are going to affect the planet and the people around you in some way, be it positive or negative. Just being a thoughtful, conscientious consumer is the first step. ” She solved the problem of not knowing where to go for eco baby products by creating a…

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iPhone Megaphone Works Without Electricity

  No electricity? No problem. Plug your iPhone into this ceramic passive amplifier, optimized to boost the sound of your iPhone output. The amplifier sits atop a wooden stand to maximize vibrations. The Megaphone comes in six colors. Four-year-old Italian design partnership En & Is (En for designer Enrico Bosa and Is for Isabella Lovero) have created a large ceramic horn-shaped amplifier for the iPhone, designed to optimize the device’s sound output without using any additional electricity. The amplifier sits in a beautifully shaped wooden frame, which helps to increase…

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Dove Cottage Eco Home in St. John

  Aurora Tower, a New York Vanderbilt descendant, designed and built her eco-home friendly home in St. John using sustainable materials, eco-conscience design; everything inside and out runs on sun and rain water. The home was finished in 2009 but Aurora puts allows others to enjoy this eco home by listing it for rent on jetsetter.com. Tower is a Brown University alum who majored in urban planning. After traveling to St. John for spring break, a different path beckoned, and she decided to relocate to the Virgin Islands and choose…

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Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes

  Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes: 1. H&M has a new policy allowing shoppers to donate bags of clothing (which don’t have to be in good condition or carry an H&M label) in exchange for a 15 percent discount on an item of their choice. Puma and The North Face stores also accept worn clothing, and other retailers such as Levi’s, Gap, and Patagonia offer recycling sale events—inquire at local locations to see what’s planned. 2. Planet Aid’s yellow collection bins (popping up soon on a street corner near you) offer peace…

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Vegan Rubber Roma Rain Boots $84

  April showers are long gone, but that doesn’t mean the rains have stopped. Roma‘s vegan rubber rain boots are made from 100-percent natural latex rubber, and they’re lined with cotton to keep your feet warm and comfortable. Fairly made in China from 100 percent natural latex rubber, each boot includes a lining of quick-drying cotton to keep your toes nice and toasty, plus a multilayer cushioned insole for splashing around in comfort. Roma boots color choices include gloss plum, gloss navy, matte brown, matte gray, and matte taupe. Roma…

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Beyonce Partners with Rent The Runway Boutique

  Beyonce is pairing her Sasha Fierce style with affordable prices in her new partnership with Rent The Runway. The online boutique provides inexpensive, high fashion apparel from over 100 designers and will now offer selections from the Beyonce Boutique. Rent the runway members can rent items for either 4 or 8 days. The site allows users to dress nice for events without the need to buy an outfit that will end up sitting in a closet. By renting an item, the company is embracing collaborative consumption efforts. “Making women…

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