These vegan "Star Wars" sneakers are made with discarded pineapple leaves

September 7, 2017 by  
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The pineapple is strong with these sneakers—literally. A collaboration between Star Wars and London-based shoemaker Po-Zu , the limited-edition “Silver Resistance” high-top combines silver woven linen and Piñatex , a leather alternative engineered from the fibers of discarded pineapple leaves. The sneaker, which is handcrafted in Portugal, also features a rubberized Rebel Alliance badge, a quilted rear panel, a removable memory foam insole, and a grippy natural-latex outsole. The result is a shoe that is as visually striking as it is environmentally friendly. “We go the extra mile to make our shoes ethically and sustainably so you can wear them with clear conscience from dawn till dusk,” Sven Segal, fouder of Po-Zu, said in a statement. “We want them to be comfortable, collectable, and wearable. This sneaker has all of that and more. I love that it is vegan, too.” Related: Aspiring Jedis can pilot the Millennium Falcon at Disney’s upcoming ‘Star Wars’ hotel Available for preorder, the “Silver Resistance” is expected to ship in October, “just in time for Christmas and the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi ,” according to Po-Zu. If you miss out on one of the 1,000 pairs, you can still catch a glimpse of the sneaker, along with rest of Po-Zu’s co-branded Star Wars collection, at the Museum of Brands during London Design Week . + Star Wars Silver Resistance High-Top £150 + Po-Zu

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New North African solar farms could send 4.5 gigawatts of energy to Europe

September 7, 2017 by  
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The age-old plan to power Europe with solar farms in North Africa and the Middle East may finally become a reality. This past June, Tunisia-based TuNur filed a request to export 4.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy to Europe. That’s enough to power 5 million homes or 7 million electric cars! If the joint venture between UK-based solar specialist Nur Energie and Tunisian and Maltese investors proves successful, the energy landscape in Europe will be forever changed. Said Daniel Rich, the chief operating officer at TuNur: “Today you have a market in need of low carbon dispatchable power, which has the mechanisms to import power from other countries. Next door is a region with extreme solar resource and in need for investment and development. Finally, there are technologies that can satisfy the demand at very competitive pricing and have a very high local impact.” The National reports that project is making fast progress. By 2020, the TuNur solar plant in Tunisia will be linked with Malta, a feat which will cost approximately €1.6 billion. (The island is already linked to the European mainland via an undersea power line that connects to Sicily.) A second cable link will connect Tunisia to central Italy at a point north of Rome. A third cable, which would link Tunisia to the south of France, is presently under review. Related: European firms eye artificial island for North Sea wind and solar farm The project will do more than provide Europe with clean energy – it will stimulate over $5 billion of investment in Tunisia . Approximately 20,000 direct and indirect jobs — specifically in the interior regions which are least developed — will also be generated. + TuNur Via The National Images via TuNur , Pixabay

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GIVEAWAY: Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Indigenous!

November 27, 2012 by  
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Do you wish you had more fair trade clothing in your closet? Head on over to Ecouterre and enter our latest giveaway for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate to Indigenous Designs ! We’ve teamed up with the fab eco-fashion company to give one lucky reader a chance to add some beautiful, organic clothing to their wardrobe – or to use the shopping spree to spoil friends and family this holiday season! Click ahead and enter to win now ! ENTER TO WIN HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly accessories , eco friendly fashion , eco-fashion , Ecouterre and Indigenous Designs giveaway , Ecouterre and Indigenous giveaway , Ecouterre contest , ecouterre giveaway , Fair Trade , fair trade fashion for men , fair trade fashion for women , fair-trade fashion , fall fashion , free range alpaca , Indigenous , Indigenous Designs , Indigenous Geo Wrap , Indigenous Sporty Poncho , Indigenous Tassel Scarf , low impact dyes , organic clothing , organic clothing for men , organic clothing for women , organic women’s clothing , organic women’s fashion , winter fashion

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SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Hopes to Establish 80,000 Person Colony On Mars

November 27, 2012 by  
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Newt Gingrich may have been decried as a lunatic when he declared his intent, if elected, to establish a colony on the moon — but he didn’t have the astronautical chops of SpaceX founder Elon Musk . At a recent presentation to London’s Royal Aeronautical Society, Musk stated that he envisions a “future 80,000-person colony as a public-private enterprise” on Mars. Previously Musk—also the billionaire brains behind Paypal, Tesla and the proposed solar-powered Hyperloop train —has said that he hopes for flights to Mars to be available through his private space travel company at a cost of around $500,000 per person. Read the rest of SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Hopes to Establish 80,000 Person Colony On Mars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: colonies , colonize mars , colony other planets , elon musk , Hyperloop , mars colony , mars exploration , martian colony , over population , paypal , space exploration , space travel , spacex , tesla

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Organic by John Patrick Draws Inspiration from the “Urban Commune” at New York Fashion Week

September 15, 2012 by  
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With a parade of linen trouser suits, translucent drop-waist shirtdresses, puff-sleeve bonded-cotton sweaters, floral lace shorts, and giant flatform rope sandals, John Patrick brought Organic’s signature aesthetic to  New York Fashion Week  on Wednesday, and Ecouterre was on hand to document the show. Patrick’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection is inspired by the idea of the “urban commune,” and it is “not body conscious but conscious of the body,” Patrick says. Make of that what you will. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly fashion , eco-fashion , ecouterre , green fashion , john patrick , john patrick organic , new york fashion week , NY Fashion Week 2012 , NYFW

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With “Endless Summer” Osklen Captures the Perfect Summer’s Day at NY Fashion Week

September 15, 2012 by  
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Osklen  founder Oskar Metsavaht doesn’t want his fashion label to be thought of as an eco-fashion brand; instead, the Brazilian label’s founder prefers to think of it as a purveyor of luxury goods that happens to use ecological materials, like  fish leather  and vegetable-dyed waste silk among them. Ecouterre chatted with Metsavaht on Tuesday, as Osklen trotted out “Endless Summer,” its Spring/Summer 2013 collection, which captures the perfect summer’s day on Ipanema’s boardwalk. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , Fashion , fashion week , new york fashion week , ny fashion week , Oskar Metsavaht , Osklen , sustainable style

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Sanitov Unveils Eco-Lux Floating Home at This Year’s London Design Festival

September 15, 2012 by  
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Masculine, Fuss-Free Looks for the Plant-Based Man: Designer John Bartlett’s 2013 Pieces are a Hit

September 15, 2012 by  
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Designer John Bartlett’s New York Fashion Week designs made for a travelogue of Mediterranean and Indian flavors. Designing for the “plant-based man,” Bartlett’s all-natural, animal-friendly looks were primarily linen—timeless easy pinstripe suits, ties and Bermuda shorts: the perfect Spring/Summer 2013 look that’s manly and without fuss. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all natural , animal-friendly garments , Bermuda shorts , ecouterre , John Bartlett , linen , men’s wear , neutral colors , pinstripe , plant-based man , Spring/Summer 2013 , suits , travelogue

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