Vegan organization receives post-hurricane windfall

April 19, 2019 by  
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The Million Dollar Vegan campaign gave $100,000 to vegan humanitarian aid organization  Chilis on Wheels  to help survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. As reported here in February, 12-year-old activist Genesis Butler made an intriguing proposition to Pope Francis: go vegan for Lent, and Butler and her Million Dollar Vegan campaign would donate a million dollars to the charity of Francis’ choice. Unfortunately, the pope did not accept the offer. With Easter upon us, the project decided to pick a charity and donate $100,000 from the Blue Horizon International Foundation . Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the September 2017 hurricane , which took a death toll of 3,000 people and displaced thousands more. Chilis on Wheels hurried in to serve vegan meals and provide water filters, groceries, hygiene products and solar lanterns. Then, the organization set up a permanent community center in San Juan that has continued to serve vegan food. Butler visited Puerto Rico and attended a Chilis on Wheels cooking workshop for local families. Related: Will the pope go vegan for Lent? “It was very humbling and inspiring to meet people in Puerto Rico who are helping to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Maria,” Butler said of her visit. “It was wonderful to see how vegan food — as a sustainable food choice — can help hurricane survivors in a country where many people have been forced to go hungry.” Butler’s letter to Pope Francis appeared in major newspapers worldwide. In response, Butler received a letter from a Vatican official assuring her that the pope got her letter and was praying for her, but he made no comment about her proposal. Cattle, pigs and chickens around the world let out a collective sigh of disappointment. Still, Butler remains optimistic. “Even though the Pope didn’t agree to go vegan for Lent, I’m really happy that many people in need will still benefit from this campaign, and that we were able to encourage thousands of people to try a vegan diet — to help animals, our planet and our health .” + Million Dollar Vegan + Chilis on Wheels Image via Million Dollar Vegan

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RBURN upcycles North Face tents into one-of-a-kind bags

April 19, 2019 by  
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The North Face and British designer Christopher Raeburn of RÆBURN  have recently collaborated to launch a new line of accessories handcrafted from recycled tents. Introduced late last month, the unique collection consists of three distinct items—a tote bag, drawstring bag, and Rae Bag—that all feature RÆBURN’s iconic “REMADE, REDUCED, RECYCLED, RÆBURN” tagline. The partnership marks the iconic outdoors brand’s first sustainable collaboration and is part of both brands’ commitment to reducing waste without compromising quality. British designer Christopher Raeburn built his reputation on developing stylish streetwear with an environmental focus . From fashioning garments out of parachutes to breathing new life into unwanted military surplus items, Raeburn works his craft with unusual materials that raise awareness about the staggering amounts of global textile waste and creative upcycling. The RÆBURN brand has since collaborated with many leading brands to produce environmentally conscious apparel, including Disney and Timberland. “The North Face has been inspiring a global movement of exploration and conservation for over fifty years, and we couldn’t be prouder to be collaborating on this special project, applying our RÆMADE ethos to transform surplus tents into unique bags,” says Christopher Raeburn. “At RÆBURN we’re motivated to work with brands, other designers and individuals to drive positive change in our industry and it’s been fantastic to work alongside the talented team at The North Face to bring this project to fruition.” Related: H&M releases sustainable fashion line made from fruit and algae In The North Face collaboration, RÆBURN designers recycled different parts of the bright yellow, polyester-and-nylon tents so that every bag would be unique and vary in color and tent parts. Each bag also features the British brand’s iconic 4R’s tape used as straps and an internal pocket for additional storage. All items are extremely lightweight and packable. The limited edition collaboration launched March 26 and is currently out of stock online. + The North Face x RÆBURN Images via RÆBURN

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Plastic waste has met its match with the viral #Trashtag challenge

March 14, 2019 by  
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It is rare when a social media trend actually results in a physical change to the environment, especially when it comes to picking up plastic waste . But a new viral challenge has thousands of people from around the world coming together to clean up places that have become overrun with plastic. The new challenge, #trashtag, encourages people to clean up litter and share photos from before and after the clean-up job is over. So far, tens of thousands of individuals have participated in the social media challenge. These participants have cleaned up roads, parks, beaches and wilderness areas. The challenge has also increased awareness of important environmental issues, like how much plastic waste ends up in the trash. Related: China closes Mount Everest base camp after overwhelming trash problem reports While the challenge only recently went viral, it actually started a few years ago. A company called UCO Gear came up with the idea in 2015 to help with its wilderness protection program. The challenge did not catch on until this year, after a post on Facebook tagged “tired teens” in the photo. Since then, there have been well over 25,000 posts with #trashtag tagged, although it has a few other variations, such as #trashchallenge and #trashtagchallenge. Although it is great to see people cleaning up the environment in their free time, conservationists hope it will eventually lead to bigger changes. According to BBC , the director of Canada’s Ecology Action Centre (EAC), Mark Butler, hopes the hashtag gets people to understand why we need to eliminate single-use plastics altogether. “Getting plastic out of the environment is important,” Butler shared. “We need to do more than go behind the people that are littering and clean it up. We need to turn off the plastic tap.” Butler argued that if we do not start curbing our plastic use, then the clean-up job will never end. Given all of the photos we’ve seen from the trash challenge, Butler has a point. Hopefully, viral challenges like #trashtag will help initiate more lasting changes as we continue to deal with the problem of plastic pollution. Via BBC Image via Pacific Southwest Region 5

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The ‘uncommon collaboration’ mindsets of Procter & Gamble and International Paper

May 29, 2018 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. This episode: Heads of sustainability departments Andy Butler and Tom Cleves on how to create actionable change, individually and together.

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Fructose is Fructose and Sugar is Sugar, And No Better Than HFCS.

March 22, 2011 by  
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In High Fructose Corn Syrup to be Rebranded as “Corn Sugar” , Brian wrote ” the mounting pile of evidence that high fructose corn syrup is unhealthier than ordinary table sugar continues to grow.” The problem is that people start thinking that sugar is actually healthy. Kiera Butler at Mother Jones answers the question “Is Sugar Really Healthier Than Corn Syrup?” and comes up with a pretty unequivocal no…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Andrew Maynard Busts Through The Roof With Butler House

October 26, 2010 by  
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There are so much to love about Andrew Maynard Architects . As I wrote when we gave him our Best Young Architect Award in the Best of Green 2010 , “as his body of built work grows, it shows every sign of the humour, talent and environmental concern of his conceptual work.” Now he demonstrates it again with the Butler House renovation….

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World’s Biggest Solar Power Plant? US & South Africa Race For First 1 GW Project

October 26, 2010 by  
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photo: Naimi Grondin / Creative Commons No matter who wins the bragging rights, it’s all pretty great news: In the United States, the Department of the Interior just gave approval to a 1 GW solar power on public lands in southern California; and, in South Africa plans for 5 GW solar power plant, large enough to supply 10% of the nation’s current electricity demand, was announced. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Can Green Walls Beside Highways Actually Reduce Temperature and Pollution?

October 26, 2010 by  
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A new project to turn a highway structure into a living wall in Buenos Aires. Photos: Paula Alvarado. The Buenos Aires government is doing a six month tryout of how green walls perform in the city’s highways as noise, temperature and pollution mitigators

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Hundreds of New Green Jobs Sail into Philadelphia Navy Yard

October 23, 2010 by  
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The Philadelphia Navy Yard is going full speed ahead with its transformation from urban toxic eyesore to a hub for new green jobs and clean energy innovation . The latest step in particular reveals the power of clean energy to create new jobs, even to the extent of pulling new jobs into the U.S. from overseas companies: Mark Group , one of Europe’s biggest home energy efficiency companies, is making a new home at the Navy Yard and expects to hire more than 300 workers

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Andrew Maynard Unveils Beautiful Redesigned Warehouse Home

October 22, 2010 by  
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The Butler House, recently completed by Andrew Maynard Architects is a remodel of a warehouse loft occupied by a family with two children. Noise, a lack of light and thermal discomfort drove the new design to incorporate a bold series of adaptive changes that resulted in a rethought roof and a series of design details that function as nicely as they look. The reclaimed space’s unique character is a collaboration with its drastically improved livability.

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