If you eat seafood, you’re probably eating fleece microfibers

February 7, 2017 by  
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If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors (or simply like to feel warm and cozy throughout the day), you’re probably a fan of synthetic fleece jackets. But what you might not know is that every time one of these items runs through the wash, it releases thousands of microscopic plastic fibers into the water supply. These microfibers end up being eaten by fish and marine life – where they eventually end up back on our plates. A study last year from the University of California Santa Barbara , in collaboration with the clothing company Patagonia, shows that every time polyester fleece jackets are run through the wash without detergent, up to 2 grams of these fibers could be shed. It’s worse for top-load washing machines, which release seven times more fibers than the front-load variety. Unlike clothes dryers, which can capture loose fibers in lint traps, loose material in washing machines ends up simply being washed down the drain. Unfortunately, these microfibers are so small that wastewater treatment plants can’t filter them out. Instead, they end up being released into the environment, where they’re eaten by wildlife. Related:  Patagonia says synthetic fibers (including their own) are polluting the oceans Are these microscopic bits of plastic harmful when ingested? It’s not entirely clear. Some studies have show certain species can’t cope well with the microfibers: water fleas who inadvertently eat fleece fibers are more likely to die, and common crabs that have ingested the tiny bits of plastic eat less food overall. But further research is needed to show if humans who eat fleece-filled seafood suffer any ill effects. Unfortunately, short of avoiding fish altogether, it’s impossible to know whether you’re ingesting microfibers or not. For now, the only real solution is to either avoid washing your fleece when possible, or rig your washing machine with a filter to catch microfibers before they enter waterways. Sadly, that won’t do much unless everyone who wears synthetic fleece takes this advice to heart. Via NPR Images via Kelly and StockSnap  

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New Silk light bulbs automatically adjust brightness according to the time of day

July 2, 2015 by  
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No one can underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Most of us have heard, yet maybe not followed, the advice to turn off bright lights and screens before going to bed because of the rousing effects light has on our brains. A new Kickstarter campaign by the company Saffron is introducing the Silk system of light bulbs to do the work for us. This system is connected through a series of bulbs which automatically adjust color temperature to the time of day and the Sun’s natural shifts in brightness. Read the rest of New Silk light bulbs automatically adjust brightness according to the time of day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automatic light system , circadian rhythm , connected light system , light affecting sleep cycles , saffron kickstarter , silk by saffron , silk light bulbs , silk lighting system

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2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles

July 2, 2015 by  
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In the market for a zero-emissions vehicle that can travel almost as far as a regular gas-powered vehicle? Up until now, you’re only choice has been the Tesla Model S with its 265 mile range, but Toyota has just announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has a driving range of 312 miles, which is longer than any other zero-emissions vehicle on the market. Read the rest of 2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric vehicle , fuel cell vehicle , green car , green transporation , hydrogen , hydrogen powered vehicle , Toyota , Toyota fuel cell vehicle , Toyota Mirai , zero-emissions

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HOW TO: Create a Natural Medicine Cabinet Stocked with Edible Remedies

July 12, 2014 by  
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Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” We often fail to take this advice as literally as Hippocrates meant it! If you’re interesting in taking a more natural approach to your family’s health, there are a number of great items to keep on hand. Our handy guide will show you everything you need to create a natural medicine cabinet stocked full of herbs, teas, veggies, and other gifts from the earth. You may already have some of these things in your kitchen! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: herbal remedies , home remedies , how to create a natural medicine cabinet , medicinal herbs , natural first-aid , natural medicine , natural remedies

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How to engage employees: Advice from four leaders

June 14, 2012 by  
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Learn how to best engage employees from strategies recently offered at the Sustainable Brands conference.

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How She Leads: Hannah Jones of Nike

February 6, 2012 by  
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The head of sustainability and innovation at Nike offers her advice to entrepreneurs and other sustainability professionals, and details on how her company is experimenting with radically new and different materials, redesigning supply chains, and driving social innovation in the athletic apparel industry.

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Philly, Oakland Among Cities Winning Advice on Green Development

December 29, 2011 by  
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With the coming new year, eight U.S. cities will get free help from sustainable building and development experts who’ll take a fresh look at the towns through a green lens.  

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Would You Like TreeHugger to Provide a Weekly Vegetarian Meal Plan? (Poll)

December 6, 2011 by  
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Here at TreeHugger, we have some of the best vegetarian and vegan recipes on the web thanks to our Green Wine Guide and Weekday Vegetarian. As a result, we are constantly asked to provide meal plans. Well, we took your advice and started one this week.

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KTM E3W: An eco-friendly plastic bodied electric concept car

August 11, 2011 by  
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Ritu Mathur: KTM’s E3W KTM presents a Twizy killer on three wheels in E3W. KTM PowerSports has recently disclosed an electric vehicle concept in collaboration with Austrian Institute of Technology and has named it KTM E3W. The car was lately shown to the Federal Ministry for Transportation, Innovation and Technology and the Federal Minister Mr. Doris Bures. The EV concept got appreciation from the minister because of its sleek design and environment friendly mechanisms. Picture Gallery KTM E3W KTM presents a Twizy killer on three wheels in E3W. The pod shaped, two-seater is an entirely electric car car and its body is made up of plastic which has helped in bringing down its weight to a mere 500Kgs. The car has been designed by studio Kisha. The motive behind building the concept car was to make something environment friendly, which is savvy and useful also. The car is so designed that it can easily maneuver itself in congested areas without any problem. The doors of the car have been designed as scissor styled, the ones you find in Lamborghini. These doors are meant for easy access amidst crowdie areas and parking. The car is powered by a 15KW electric motor along with a lithium-ion battery pack that enables the car to have a full charge range of almost 100Km. If this concept car comes on production floor then there is a strong possibility that it will give a tough competition to Renault Twizy in Europe and other parts of the world. The makers of the car, KTM PowerSports, are planning to set up some alliances in the future to build more samples of E3W and are hopeful that they will be able to launch it in market by 2013. According to hearsay, the car will be priced somewhere between $7000-$11,000 and the company is working in this direction by preparing itself to manufacture around 50,000 three wheeler car annually. Via: Car Advice

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How can I reuse or recycle plug-in air fresheners?

March 2, 2011 by  
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Following on in our vaguely spring-cleaning inspired cleaning week here on Recycle This, I received this email from Helen: How do I recycle plug in air freshener? My daughter has been diagnosed with allergies and they’ve recommended no air fresheners now.

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