Intel, Eileen Fisher find value in the circular economy

October 16, 2017 by  
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Shifting to the circular economy could release $4.5 trillion in new economic potential by 2030.

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How C&A created the world’s first Cradle to Cradle T-shirt

September 25, 2017 by  
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A story about an extraordinary effort to transform an ordinary piece of clothing.

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3 telltale signs you’re shifting the supply chain

August 21, 2017 by  
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Lessons in sustainable sourcing from Canopy, whose new partners include the Gap and VF Corporation

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8 fabulous and creative Father’s Day gifts from $0 to $27,500

June 9, 2017 by  
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Finding the right gift for Dad can be elusive; ties, golf clubs, and a good set of knives feel kind of tired by now. So we rounded up 8 gifts that transcend the standard gift box and fit a variety of budgets and personalities. Whether you pick a tiny timber cabin for your backyard or a palm-sized solar lamp for nighttime adventures, Dad will love that you went the extra mile for a sustainable, stylish present. 1. Sustainable wood “blocks” Building block love is enduring, and Kengo Kuma’s Japanese spin on the all-age, favorite toy will be a hit with every member of the family. Using FSC Japanese cedar and a triangular shape, Kuma collaborated with conservation group More Trees  to create the Tsumiki (which is the Japanese word for building blocks ). Dads (and their kiddos) will love to arrange the Tsumiki into architectural configurations as well as whimsical animals and myriad creative designs. + Tsumiki blocks 2. Shoes partially made with recycled plastic bottles Perhaps Papa needs a new set of kicks. Gift him a pair of these versatile canvas shoes created as a collaboration between Timberland and Thread , a responsible fabric company. The outsoles comprise 15 percent recycled rubber and the uppers are crafted from 50 percent recycled PET bottles found in the streets and landfills of Haiti . The venture not only yields lightweight, stylish shoes , but also job opportunities and a cleaner environment in Haiti. + Timberland x Thread Collection 3. Electric bike The Propella 2.0 rides and feels like a traditional bike , but it’s got plenty of tricks hidden in its design. What looks like a water bottle is actually a battery that will help power Dad on a commute or joy ride around town. The bike’s lightweight design and pedal-assisted electric power means that riders can top out at 20 mph, a boon when it’s time to pick up the kiddos from childcare. Electric blue rims add a playful element to the otherwise minimalist design. Preorder the Propella 2.0   here for a September delivery. Related: 8 Last minute Father’s Day gifts for the procrastinator’s Papa 4. Portable solar lamp The Little Sun Original , designed by Olafur Eliasson , resembles a flower , and it is powered by the sun. Ideal for camping trips, taking midnight walks on a beach, or reading after the kids go to bed, this dimmable lamp comes with an affordable price tag ($25) and can stay charged for up to 50 hours. This gift for Dad also pays it forward: for every Little Sun sold, another goes to rural Africa to be sold at a locally affordable price by trusted partners. + Little Sun Original 5. Mini aquarium ecosystem Aqua Design Innovations’ EcoQube C was the most popular aquarium ever on Kickstarter, and the allure is understandable. This portable ecosystem uses an integrated aquaponics filter to turn fish waste into plant fertilizer. The fertilizer fuels the growth of the plant, which then cleans the water, reducing the need for filter changes and also reducing energy and water usage. The same company recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for the EcoQube Frame , a vertical veggie and sprout garden. It’s available in December, so we now also know what Dad is getting for the holidays… + EcoQube C 6. A jacket and a backpack in one It’s a jacket, it’s a backpack , it’s a RuckJack , and it goes from one to the other with a zip, flip, and clip. Dad can start off an adventure wearing the RuckJack as a backpack; if the weather gets cool or rainy he can quickly convert it into a jacket and use the extra cargo bag on the back panel and extra pockets to distribute the rest of his load. RuckJack has partnered with WeForest to plant 10 trees in deforested areas around the world with every RuckJack purchase. + RuckJack Image via Agenzia Del Demanio 7. A free Italian building An Italian castle, farmhouse, inn, or monastery for FREE ? Sounds like the best, gratis Father’s Day present for an entrepreneurial DIY dad. 103 historic buildings are up for grabs with the caveat that new owners have to restore the sites and transform them into a tourist-friendly destination, such as a restaurant or hotel . If the family has ever dreamed of moving to Italy and setting up a picturesque B & B or trattoria, now is your chance. Our only suggestion: run this one by Dad before committing to this exciting and challenging effort designed to promote slow tourism. Apply (in Italian) here . 8. A MUJI mini house If you’ve got a tiny backyard and a spare 27 grand and change (and live in Japan), you can gift Dad with the ultimate tiny escape . Courtesy of cult minimalist company MUJI , these tiny timber cabins are sleek and simple…especially if it’s a kid-free zone and the floor isn’t littered with toys and clothes. One side is comprised almost completely of a sliding glass door; it’s almost as if they designed it so Dad can lay in a comfy position inside while watching the kids play just outside the door. + MUJI hut

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Clothing brands need to pull at the threads of the apparel industry

February 9, 2017 by  
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Investment in industry-level research and development can give consumers a meaningful metric of sustainability.

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How H&M, Marks & Spencer and Zara are fashioning change

November 11, 2016 by  
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Nonprofit canopy’s founder shares 5 lessons to accelerate sustainability on fabric and forests.

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Nike and Levi’s pile on for ‘fast fashion’ culture reform

September 20, 2016 by  
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Americans dispose of about 12.8 million tons of textiles annually — 80 pounds for each man, woman and child.

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Create a viral grassroots sustainability program in 7 steps

September 20, 2016 by  
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Sponsored article: The passions of our employees can be your greatest asset when launching a major sustainability effort. Here’s a case study from CH2M.

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Fixing fashion: Remaking the way we make clothes

July 16, 2016 by  
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A look at innovative efforts to redesign fashion production, including a business coalition in a notorious market for supply chain abuses.

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Anti-microbial suits will protect athletes from bacteria at the Rio Olympics

July 7, 2016 by  
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Events keep cropping up that make Rio seem woefully under-prepared for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games – Brazil reportedly pumps sewage into the ocean, Human body parts are washing up on beaches, and researchers have found a super bacteria resistant to drugs . With the games scheduled to go on, athletes are donning specialized anti-microbial unisuits designed by one Philadelphia University textile engineer to provide an extra measure of safety. Textile engineer Mark Sunderland created a unisuit for rowers that’s lightweight and seamless, so it doesn’t interfere with athletes’ performance. But the suits have an additional element critical for those competing in waters that will possibly be contaminated: an anti-microbial finish. Anti-microbial material is actually knitted into the suits, offering an ” extra layer of protection .” Philadelphia-based Boathouse Sports , founded by former Olympic rower John Strotbeck, III, will provide the suits in time for the Olympics. Related: Body parts wash up on Rio beaches just weeks before the Olympics Rower Chierika Ukogo was born in Philadelphia and will compete as Nigeria’s first ever Olympic rower . She’ll be wearing one of the green suits, and she says it ” fits so well, I can’t even feel it .” Other American athletes competing for the United States will wear suits that are blue and white. The suits are even eco-friendly; the process to make one suit results in not even one gram of waste. Sunderland warns, however, that the suit won’t protect athletes completely from contamination in Brazil waters. He told Philly.com , “This suit is not a medical device.” Others pointed out that athletes’ hands and faces could still come into contact with polluted water. Sailing crews practicing in the bay this month said an oil slick turned boats brown; some sailors even compared the appearance of the boats to a toilet . Via Seeker Images via Philadelphia University

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