These sustainable shoes by Rackle are made from hemp

May 11, 2020 by  
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What better way to put your best eco-friendly foot forward than with a stylish, comfortable pair of sustainable shoes? Rackle, a Boston-based footwear brand, is on a mission to create sustainable shoes, starting with the release of its hemp-based Alex line. The unisex Alex sneakers come in three color options that include redwood, natural and blue. Weighing in at only 6 ounces, these shoes are better suited for leisure and errands than athletics, but they still offer a supportive, tri-density foam sole with EcoPure foam that aids in biodegradation and a hemp-based upper material. Each pair comes with two sets of laces — solid and checkered — each of which are made from a combination of hemp and 100% recycled materials. The shoes aim to meld style, versatility and sustainability. Related: Good Clothing releases capsule collection made from hemp and organic cotton “Rackle uses innovative plant-based materials, such as industrial hemp, in our products,” said Joe Napurano, senior designer for Rackle. “We also incorporated a special foam sole technology that promotes biodegradation. Once your shoes have completed their life of providing you style and comfort, we’ll help you find a home for them through our non-profit partners, or should you discard, they are designed to breakdown in just one year under active enclosed landfill conditions.” Choosing hemp was a calculated decision. It grows faster than cotton yet requires a fraction of the water to grow. Plus, it is antimicrobial and is a durable and washable material. Hemp is a sustainable product that has become popular in the shoe industry because of its eco-friendliness and the ease with which it converts into a strong fiber. According the company’s website, “The 100% sustainable hemp upper is made of high grade hemp and provides year-round comfort and support thanks to the plant’s natural benefits: cool in the summer and warm in the winter; anti-microbial; lightweight; water-resistant; UV-resistant; and extremely durable.” + Rackle Images via Rackle

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How To Turn A Dresser Drawer Into A Vegetable Garden

December 24, 2015 by  
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When your dresser comes to the end of its life, what do you do? Why you plant a vegetable garden of course! Instead of hauling your old dresser to the dump, give it new life as a home for a beautiful garden with this creative container gardening…

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The World’s Most Incredible Edible Gardens (Slideshow)

August 18, 2011 by  
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Photo: Jose Fuste Raga/Corbis Maybe you’ve only been looking at your vegetable garden as a means to an end: An easy way to get organic herbs, produce, and edible flowers without a grocery-store spending spree or a lineup of tasteless, non-local goods. But as these photos show, your garden can be so much more than that: An eye-catching geometric layout of herbs, a home for sculptural shrubs, a masterpiece of shockingly colorful foods, and a peaceful place for getting in touch with your inner gardener. Read on for more inspiration and ways to turn your plain plot into the centerpiece of your yard.

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Walmart Zero Waste Program a Boon for Texas Recycler

March 24, 2011 by  
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Walmart needed to find a home for its food waste that didn’t involve a landfill. No such infrastructure existed so Walmart built one, with the help of Quest Recycling Services from Frisco, Texas. 

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