Silvr offers smart alternative to single-use utensils

July 31, 2020 by  
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Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. Silvr’s innovative design team proves this with the new Silvr portable fork. Compact enough to slip into a pocket, purse, lunchbox or backpack, the sleek bullet design can stay with you on-the-go. A lightweight aluminum handle hides a full-size fork inside and doubles as storage and a base. The actual fork uses durable anti-microbial 304 stainless steel, rounding out this  waste-free  alternative to single-use plastic utensils.  Related: This sleek, reusable cutlery set can fit right inside your pocket While other brands on the market provide plastic silverware substitutes, Silvr offers an option that keeps you from toting around a full set, when you only need a salad fork. The portability makes Silvr a long-lasting option for work lunches, picnics or backpacking trips. Silvr is even TSA-approved so pack it along for longer trips too. When it’s time to clean up, simply give Silvr a rinse and place it back into the handle for storage . No need to dry it off — three holes at the handle’s base allows airflow to finish the job. Silvr is also dishwasher safe, so you can toss it in with your lunch dishes. Just remember to pack it again the next day. Five color options let you match the utensil to your personality. Hello Pretty offers a basic white design, while Drunken Zebra, Porcelain’s Cousin, Gagarrazzo and Lush provide more flair. With conscientious production in mind, Silvr ships in plastic-free packaging. Founder Olivia Gossett Cooper developed the product while earning her MBA in Sustainability, after looking for a suitable alternative to single-use plastic that was not only functional but fun. Personal Review The Silvr team sent me a product to try. It came in the mail within about 10 days, with its low environmental footprint packaging. The product’s weight indicates durability — nothing flimsy about it. While it takes a good tug to pull the cap off, this works to its favor when reinserting the fork into the handle. Once popped into place, the fork won’t fall apart when aggressively diving into food. Plus, the robust handle allows for a full-handed, tight grip. The tines themselves mimic a salad fork’s size rather than a dinner fork’s. This may seem small for some people, but I like that it does double duty by being small enough to pick up  rice, tiny noodles or baked beans .  When finished using the fork, it also takes a pretty strong yank to separate the pieces, but they easily secure back into place for storage. + Silvr Images via Silvr and Dawn Hammon

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KFC confirms suppliers’ chickens suffer from footpad dermatitis

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A recent report released by fast-food giant KFC shows that three out of 10 chickens sold by the restaurant suffer from footpad dermatitis. This is a condition typically caused by keeping chickens in a poorly ventilated environment or a lack of proper hygiene. The condition is characterized by severe inflammation, which may lead to mobility problems in chickens . Although this condition affects about one-third of the chickens served by KFC, it does not pose any danger to human consumers. KFC executives chose to lay the statistics bare so that they can make improvements and keep tracking the progress in the future. According to the data collected by surveying KFC chicken suppliers in the U.K. and Ireland, the number of birds affected by severe inflammation had fallen from above 50% to just 35% in the past 4 years. The fast-food chain plans to continue reducing the number of birds affected by this condition. Related: KFC partners with Beyond Meat for vegan chicken nuggets Most of the chickens raised for KFC are fast-growing breeds that take about one month to mature. The desire to have the chickens mature fast leads to more health complications in the chickens. Further, rearing more chickens in limited spaces also makes it impossible to maintain the ideal conditions for the birds. The same data released by KFC has also shown that 1 out of 10 of its chickens suffer from hock burn, which is caused by ammonia from the waste of other birds. This data goes to show that a lot has to be done to improve the conditions under which KFC chickens are kept. The report found that most KFC chicken suppliers maintain a mortality rate of 4% of all the chickens they keep. According to the U.K.’s Red Tractor, all chicken suppliers in the industry should maintain a mortality rate of less than 5% . Although KFC suppliers fall below the cut, more needs to be done to reduce the rate as much as possible. Paula MacKenzie, general manager of KFC U.K. and Ireland said, “This report sends a clear message to everyone — our suppliers, our teams and our stakeholders — on exactly what we are looking for in terms of welfare improvement. We know that what gets measured gets managed, and the figures in this report represent a solid benchmark against which we can track our future progress.” KFC will remain in the spotlight in the coming months, with many people interested to see the improvements that will be made in the near future. The company says it will be shifting to slow-growing birds in a bid to minimize the mortality rate and reduce sickness within the birds. + KFC Via The Guardian Image via Capri23Auto

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One-quarter of UK mammals face threat of extinction

July 31, 2020 by  
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While tigers and elephants regally pose for endangered animal posters, many smaller creatures are fading away unnoticed. Now scientists are bringing attention to the dire outlook for less glamorous native U.K. mammals, claiming that one-quarter of them are at imminent risk of extinction. The scientists put 11 mammals on the U.K.’s first official Red List of endangered species . This list categorizes species according to their conservation status, using internationally agreed upon criteria. Related: Right Whales now ranked as critically endangered species “When we draw all the evidence together — about population size and how isolated and fragmented those populations are — we come up with this list of 11 of our 47 native species being threatened imminently,” Fiona Mathews of the Mammal Society told BBC News. “And there are more species that are categorized as ‘near threatened’.” The study concluded that the Scottish wildcat and the greater mouse-eared bat are the U.K.’s most critically endangered mammals. Beaver, red squirrel, water vole and grey long-eared bats ranked as endangered. The vulnerable category included the hedgehog, hazel dormouse, Orkney vole, Serotine bat and Barbastelle bat . “The three categories of threat — critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable — tell you about the probability of the animal becoming extinct within this imminent timeframe,” Mathews said. The U.K. Red List was produced for official nature agencies of England, Wales and Scotland and has been approved by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature ( IUCN ). The biggest reason for plummeting populations is habitat loss. A 2019 report on U.K. wildlife called the country among the most nature-depleted in the world. Many animal species in the U.K. have decreased by an average of 60% since 1970. Invasive species are another factor. Disease-ridden grey squirrels moved in and killed off endangered red squirrels, who lost more than 60% of their range just in the last 13 years. American mink that escaped from fur farms — and who can blame them — ate many native water voles. Scientists lacked enough information to assess the status of some mammals, including the wild boar and whiskered bat. They assigned five animals into the “near threatened” category, meaning they’re slightly too populous to make the Red List: the mountain hare, harvest mouse, lesser white-toothed shrew, Leisler’s bat and Nathusius’ pipistrelle. Via The Guardian and BBC Image via Peter Trimming

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Proposition 23 Battle Gets Smokin’ Hot as Tobacco Lobbyist Jumps Into the Fray

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The Heartland Institute , which has made its name by fighting anti-smoking laws, has just rolled out a campaign in support of California’s Proposition 23 .  Prop 23 is a ballot measure designed to nullify AB 32, California’s new law regulating greenhouse gas emissions, so it’s no surprise that out-of-state oil companies are investing heavily to campaign for it. So, why is a tobacco industry lobbying organization putting its muscle behind Prop 23? Heartland and The Oil Industry For those of you familiar with Heartland, there is a pretty strong logic to its affinity for Proposition 23: the organization has a solid history of promoting the denial of climate change science .

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