Ace Hardware boosts efforts to phase out neonicotinoid pesticides

September 16, 2019 by  
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The world’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative, Ace Hardware, is becoming more “bee-friendly” by phasing out inventory products associated with neonicotinoid pesticides . Neonicotinoids — sometimes called ‘neonics’ for short — are notoriously toxic to bees. Ace Hardware’s move to distance itself from neonics is a step closer to promoting better pollinator population health. Neonicotinoids work as an insecticide by disrupting neural transmission. This is owing to neonics’ design to mimic the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Disruption of the normal activity of an insect’s central nervous system takes place when neonicotinoids bind onto its acetylcholine receptors. In doing so, insect neurons are adversely affected through over-excitation, to the point of paralysis. Repeat exposure increases neural vulnerability and toxicity so that the insect neuron is destroyed. Related: EPA lifts ban on pesticide proven to be toxic to honeybees Unfortunately, bees have higher numbers of acetylcholine receptors than other insects, thereby occasioning their increased susceptibility to neonicotinoids. What’s more, bees have fewer genes for detoxification, thus they are not as capable of detoxifying harmful chemicals compared to other insects. Bee exposure to neonicotinoids is rather pernicious. Studies reveal that neonics accumulate in individual bees, resulting in adverse defects in memory, flight, dance coordination, communication abilities and pollen collection effectiveness. Correspondingly, bees exposed to contaminated pollen and nectar bring them back to the nest. This exposes the colony to further risks, such as increased insect mortality, widespread susceptibility to neural disruption within the hive, erratic behavior in the colony, increased queenlessness and subsequent population decline. In light of this, Ace Hardware’s move to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides from its store shelves sounds promising. The hardware store giant announced, “Currently, over 95 percent of the insecticide product offerings distributed by Ace Hardware Corporation are neonicotinoid-free.” More natural and organic products are being added to the Ace Hardware inventory to help bee, butterfly and other pollinator populations bounce back from the brink. Ace Hardware’s greener, more bee-friendly approach echoes that of other garden retailers like Costco, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and Whole Foods, all of which have expressed similar commitment to better stewardship of the environment. + Ace Hardware Via Medium Image via Pixabay

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Giant multi-headed 3D printer can create massive objects in a single pass

March 29, 2016 by  
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If you’ve ever experimented with 3D printing , you’ve likely run into one major, frustrating problem : most 3D printers available to the average person are extremely slow, and they can only print relatively small objects. To create larger objects, designs typically needs to be broken down into smaller parts and then assembled. That’s why Autodesk is experimenting with a new 3D printing system that uses multiple printing heads to quickly fabricate large-scale objects in a single pass. Read the rest of Giant multi-headed 3D printer can create massive objects in a single pass

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Intentionally unstable Water Pavilion lets visitors walk on the ocean

March 29, 2016 by  
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Lowe’s follows in Home Depot’s footsteps and pledges to phase out phthalates from flooring

May 7, 2015 by  
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Chalk another one up for the environment. Fresh on the heels of Home Depot’s announcement to ditch phthalates in all of their flooring by the end of the year, Lowe’s has revealed plans to do the same. The home improvement retailer has pledged to eliminate the family of ortho-phthalates, which have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, after finding that 48% of their flooring samples tested positive for the toxic chemical. Mike Schade, director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families , urged other retailers to do the same, saying, “We welcome and thank Lowe’s for their commitment to transition away from unnecessary toxic phthalates in flooring. We urge Lumber Liquidators, Ace Hardware and Menards to follow suit in phasing out these chemicals that are harmful for children’s health.” + Lowe’s + Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eliminating harmful chemicals , Home Depot phthalates , lowes , Lowes eliminates phthalates , Lowes phthalates , Lowes toxic chemicals , phthlalates , vinyl flooring phthalates

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Tablo upcycles lamps upcycled from the most unexpected household items

April 27, 2015 by  
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Why Your House Might Be Plotting to Kill You

September 26, 2014 by  
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If you live in a house built before 1978, there’s a good chance it’s secretly plotting to kill you. According to a recent survey , Homes built before this time were commonly coated in lead-based paint that becomes extremely harmful to your health as soon as it’s disturbed in any way – potentially leading to lead poisoning . And while you might think that a call to your local contractor or visit to your local hardware store might help you learn how to do these renovations safely, think again. Read the rest of Why Your House Might Be Plotting to Kill You Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: angie’s , Angie’s List , contractor , epa , green renovation , Hardware , homes built before 1978 , house , lead , lead paint , list , paint , painter , poison , rpp

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Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network

April 1, 2013 by  
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An open-source environmental monitoring network is now being tested in France by CKAB , a French consulting firm and innovation lab focusing on the Internet of Things . According to Hack a Day , the project, Pollux’NZ City, is the brainchild of a pair of engineers at the firm who have been working on it as a side project for a couple of years. They have just decided to make the hardware and software open-source, with details available at a GitHub repository . Read the rest of Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CKAB , device , DIY , electronics , Environment , environmental , france , hackable devices , monitoring , network , open source , Pollution , polluxnz city

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How Energy Star is Working on the Green Data Center of the Future

February 16, 2012 by  
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With two new specs on the horizon — for storage and power supplies — and a long-awaited update for servers, Energy Star is digging in deep to greening the hardware that runs so much of the economy.

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10 Stylish eco friendly bags

October 3, 2011 by  
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Shivangi Mujumdar: Eco friendly bag Stylish Eco friendly bag With the threat of global warming and climate change looming large on our existence, we realized the extent of destruction caused by our actions. Though we cannot go back to the time and change our misdeeds nor can we now renounce every material thing on this Earth and live like our ancestors who lived thousands of decades ago. Nevertheless, little things in our life, such as donating old clothes and buying recycled clothes, using read newspapers for wrapping books or gifts, re-using polythene bags while going for shopping and many such things can surely make huge differences to our future. Here, we present a list of 10 eco friendly bags for all eco conscious people. These are not only a simple way to contribute to save our planet but also make a great and unique fashion statement. 1. Total Eclipse Total Eclipse Total Eclipse a stylish eco friendly bags Price: It is priced at $180. Product description: The product is a convenient one that offers great source of solar power for charging your mobile device. The backpack involves the combination of quality bag with integrated solar charging solution. It includes features like large side pockets, multiple organizer pockets, main cavity, a padded, felt-lined laptop cavity and accessory pockets. The lining is made of 100% consumer recycled plastic bottles. Product USP: The product is specially designed for the gadget lovers who prefer to carry many things. It comes with many pockets with padded felt lined laptop which make this product unique. The solar charging module offers up to 4 watts of power. Other than this, it also offers renewable, personal solar energy so that you can charge your mobile device. Pros: The bag can be recycled. It is a great eco and user friendly product. It is made for long term use. It comes with great quality and unique design. 2. Sakku Buddy Price: Price range of between € 175 ($274.68) and € 245 ($384.44) Sakku Buddy Sakku Buddy a stylish eco friendly bags Product description: The new addition of Sakku to their portfolio is solar bag called ‘Buddy’. It comes with rainbow colors that can match the brightness of summer time. The product is completely made from recycled materials and is great one to be used. It offers 100% environmentally fashionable bags. Product USP: You get the product with two variants called ‘akku’ which comes with an integrated rechargeable battery and the ‘direct’ charges portable devices directly from the flexible solar panel. Pros: The bag comes with a great design. You can use it for long time. The electrical energy can directly flow into the connected device or with the help of rechargeable battery. 3. Voltaic Converter Price : $199 Voltaic Converter Voltaic Converter a stylish eco friendly bags Product description: This streamlined bag is best for short trips and communicating.With 4 watts of power you can quickly charge the handheld electronics. It comes with sizeable front pocket which can make you keep everything protected. You also get a padded laptop sleeve where you can reach easily. Product USP: Due to universal USB battery, power gets stored much due to which you can use it whenever you want. If there is no sun,the battery still gets charge with the help of USB power cable or DC car charger. Battery takes 7 hours to get fully charged from direct sun or 5.5 hours from USB port of laptop. Pros: It has got great storage capacity in which there is one compartment with 4 interior pockets, laptop sleeve, iPod pocket and front pocket for charging small electronics. The product is made of durable material. It is built for comfort due to high density padding in shoulder straps. 4. Augusta Sun Powered Bag Augusta Sun Powered Bag Stylish eco friendly Augusta Sun Powered Bag Price: $412 Product description: This elegant model comes in subtle color combinations of beige, grey and red. You can use it during office and business meeting or while going for a coffee with friends. It comes with two interior zipper pockets, antiqued brass hardware and magnetic snap closure. Its exterior is made chrome-free, Bavarian sourced, naturally tanned and dyed with sage colored organic cotton lining interior. Product USP: On the bags outer side, there is flexible solar panel and a paper thin which make this product unique. This solar panel charges the battery pack which is stored inside the bag so that power can be supplied to your cell phone whenever you want. All you need to do is place the solar panel in bag towards sun and get the usable energy. This bag is a popular one among customers as it is user friendly. You can place it anywhere may be at work, café or homefacing it towards the sun with panel exposed. Pros: The best part of this bag is that it gets charged even during rainy days or cloudy time. The bag is completely safe to use and is made up of materials which are biodegradable. You can remove or reuse the hardware and solar panel whenever you want. 5. Eco Traveler Backpack Price: $149 Eco Traveler Backpack Eco Traveler Backpack a stylish eco friendly bag Product description: This backpack is user and eco friendly product. It is said to be TSA checkpoint-friendly laptop backpack. It comes with padded adjustable straps, buckle clip for secure fastening, multiple organizers, handle grip to carry in a better way. You also get rechargeable battery for charging small electronic devices like PDA or cell. Product USP: If you are going to travel long distances, maybe abroad for education or just vacation, then this travelling bag is the best choice you can have. It is a great source to charge your gadgets with the help of light in weight PV panel. There are many added bonus which you can avail due toTSA check point. The best part of this bag is it is eco friendly and user friendly too. You get it at affordable price featuring handy components for convenience. Pros: It comes with latest technical development. Best thing to carry for long travelling. Known for true enhanced performance. 6. Keyboard Bag Price: €125. Keyboard Bag Keyboard Bag a stylish eco friendly bags Product description: This bag is designed by Jao Sabino who is a great, talented designer from Portugal. This handbag is made from many computer keyboard keys. This is one great unique design which is made of recycled product. The bag is designed in such way that it can generate a shape from fragments(keys). Due to lack of proper order, there is singularity of every object which is like a communication vehicle that you can configure for texting. The bag is made from 393 keys. Product USP: The product is more popular because it is of unique design.This bag is the best example of recycled product. You get this product at affordable price. Due to many pockets, it is convenient for you to keep things.The best part of this product is that it is made of 393 keys which make this bag more attractive. Pros: This nag is user friendly and eco friendly. You get this bag at affordable price. This bag comes with different packets which make it convenient to use. 7. Momaboma eco-bag Price: £130. Momaboma eco-bag Momaboma a stylish eco friendly bags Product description: The bag is launched by Maseratiin limited edition. This eco bag is specially designed for car-mad fashionistas.The bag is known for its unique design. It is made for celebrating he history of Maserati which is said to be a prestigious car brands. Like cars, even bags are completely handmade. It was designed in Italy. Product USP: This is one of the most beautiful products which have ever been designed. Thought it is a bit costly, it is perfectly known for its shape and design that make the bag unique. You get this bag in different colors and best part is it is user friendly. These bags are made from old brochures which were recovered from the Maseratu archives. Pros: The product is durable and use friendly. You can use it anywhere and is known for its unique design. Due to its great features like enough space and great design it is a ‘must-have’ bag in the market today. The product is popular in the market as it is great example of recycled material. 8. Escama Leda Handbag Price: $139.00 Escama Leda Handbag Escama Leda Handbag a stylish eco friendly bags Product description: This elegant bag is one of the examples of striking collection of accessories which one can ever have. It is made from the viewpoint of creating stylish and innovative products. It is made from sustainable and post consumer products and is good example of recycled material. Product USP: The manufacturer of this product, The Leda, has won Best Green Handbag Award for 2010 for this bag. This beautiful bag is one-of-a-kind bag that comes with hundreds of recycled soda pull tabs. It also includes hand held cut-out clutch with one zipper pocket. You can get this bag at affordable price. It is easy to use and extremely good to carry around wherever you go. This bag is made of 500 recycled aluminum soda pull tabs. The bag is signed by many great artists who had made contribution to make this bag. Pros: The product is easy to use and convenient to carry. It is the best example of recycled material. You get this product at an affordable price. 9. WeBe Bags Price: $44 WeBe Bag WeBe Bag a stylish eco friendly bags Product description This bag is specially designed for women. This rice sack bag keeps your things completely safe and protected. The bag is lined and comes with inner pocket and adjustable strap along with a button closure. Product USP: This bag is one great durable accessory which is perfect for those who are fashionable and eco-friendly. It is classic and trendy. It is made of feed, money bags, coffee sacks, rice and flour. It is has created an independent identity in the market. It is one of the popular eco friendly bags that come with unique fashion. You get this bag at affordable price. It can go with whatever fashion you wear, maybe formal or informal. However, it is said to be official bag of American Pavilion. PROs: The bag is designed with all eco friendly materials. It comes at an affordable price. You can use this product for short or long journey. It is light in weight and easy to carry. The material used is long lasting which makes the product durable. 10. Recycled handbags with a class Price: $3000 to $5000. Recycled handbags with a class Recycled handbags a stylish eco friendly bags Product description: If you are searching for some great and unique design of hand bag then this one is best for you. This hand bag is made of different recycled materials. People can use this bag with a formal or informal look. This uniquely design bag is known for its eco friendly design. You get these bags almost anywhere across the world like Argentina, Italy, China or Canada. It comes at a price range of $3000 to $5000. Even though, it is bit expensive but it’s worth buying. Product USP The best part of buying this product is style. It is popular in the market for unique design and great style. It is a great example of cycling pattern that can be seen in the market today. Most of the companies have been using this product for demonstrating corporate social responsibility along with adding a selling point to their product. Pros: This product comes with long term usability. It is the best bag you can use to carry different things. This bag is a perfect example of eco friendly product. The materials used are of great quality and completely recycled. The environment friendly product is more popular in the market for its fashion and unique design. It goes well on any look say, formal or informal.

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Liquid LED Lights Made From Recycled Plumbing Hardware

October 11, 2010 by  
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These beautiful light fixtures by Tanya Clarke are made from recycled pieces of plumbing hardware that have been retrofitted to spout a “drip” of glass illuminated by LED bulbs. Called Liquid Light s, the series of conversation starters are custom-built and “create a visual reminder of the precious commodity that water is and our need to protect this natural resource.” The glass drops are hand sculpted and an assortment of cool found objects are used to add even more visual interest to the fixtures

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