Send your loved one’s ashes to space – on one of Elon Musk’s rockets

May 17, 2017 by  
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Sending a deceased family member or loved one’s ashes into space may seem like an impossibly grand gesture, but San Francisco-based Elysium Space makes it possible. They’ve offered interstellar burials for a few years now, but yesterday they announced their Elysium Star II memorial spacecraft will hitch a ride on none other than one of Elon Musk’s rockets. And it costs less than the average cost of a funeral with a price tag of $2,500 . Elysium Space partnered with launch company Spaceflight in November, and yesterday announced ashes will be aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Spaceflight’s SSO-A rideshare mission. They’ll blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. According to Elysium Space, the memorial spacecraft – their dedicated satellite containing cremated remains – “will be deployed in a Sun-synchronous orbit, ensuring it will pass over every location in the world.” Related: The moon can be your final resting place for just $12,000 A loved one’s ashes are placed in a capsule, which is marked with their initials. The capsules and personal messages are also included in the memorial spacecraft. The satellite containing ashes will voyage among the stars for around two years before reentering the atmosphere and burning up – like a shooting star, according to Elysium Space. For those two years loved ones will be able to track the spacecraft in real time on a free app. 100 participants are booked, according to the company, and among them are United States military veterans and aerospace enthusiasts. CEO Thomas Civeit said in a statement, “We are honored to assist families in achieving their dreams, riding on one of the greatest rockets in the world. The historical launch provides the perfect conditions to make this memorial spaceflight an exceptionally meaningful experience for all participants.” Via CNBC and Elysium Space Images via Good Free Photos and Elysium Space Facebook

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Artist Creates Mosaic Portraits of Celebrities from Their Trash

March 28, 2013 by  
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Many artists utilize recycled materials in their work, but one artist takes this practice to a new level. Jason Mecier, a San Francisco-based mixed media artist who recently created a mural of the U.S. out of festival goers’ trash at SXSW, makes…

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Startup d.light brings solar power to the poor

March 8, 2013 by  
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The San Francisco-based company is selling 200,000 of its solar-powered lanterns and lighting systems a month.

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How Wells Fargo puts corporate, employee values into action

February 13, 2013 by  
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The San Francisco-based bank's employees take the lead in finding projects that speak to them.

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Good Vibes’ Ecorotic Ratings Provide a Green Index for Sex Toys

December 17, 2011 by  
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The San Francisco-based firm brings a green lens to its adult products.

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Plantbombing: Colorful Yarn-Wrapped Plants Soften Up The City

August 22, 2011 by  
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Photos: Derek Powazek Yarnbombing — or the cozying up of the urban landscape with random acts of gorgeous knitting — has already been seen popping up in a number of cities. Now San Francisco-based urban knitter and guerilla gardeners Heather Powazek Champ and Derek Powazek have come up with the movement’s next evolution: planting low-maintenance species in beautifully hand-knitted yarn pockets all over their fair city. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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TED Talk: How Over 40,000 Penguins Were Rescued From An Oil Spill

August 22, 2011 by  
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Photo by Paul Mannix via Flickr CC Dyan deNapoli feels very strongly that when an oil spill occurs, oiled animals should be cleaned and released. Every animal, she states, should have a second chance at life. Her reasons for feeling strongly about the issue are founded in experience. In a recent TED talk, deNapoli describes how in June of 2000, the oil tanker Treasure sank off the cost of South Africa, during the best breeding season on record thus far for the then-threatened (now endangered) African Penguin. The effort to save oiled pengu… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Climate Earth to Shed New Light on Water’s Supply Chain Impacts

January 25, 2011 by  
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The San Francisco-based company said Tuesday it has added a new layer of analysis to its environmental intelligence system. Organizations can now measure water use in their operations and supply chains in order to identify mitigation opportunities and make more informed business decisions.

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7 Reasons to Enlist Your Company in EDF’s Climate Corps

January 25, 2011 by  
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As the Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps enters its fourth year, the program that places MBA candidates at firms to ferret out energy savings details the advantages for companies that participate.

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Facebook, Microsoft, Dunkin’ and More Join EDF’s Climate Corps

January 25, 2011 by  
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The Environmental Defense Fund’s 2011 Climate Corps program adds new companies to the roster of major firms that will welcome MBA candidates to their facilities this summer to search for potential energy savings.  

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