This Swedish power plant is burning H&M clothes instead of fossil fuels

November 24, 2017 by  
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A Swedish power plant northwest of Stockholm hopes to go fossil fuel free by 2020 – and they’re turning to recycled wood and trash for alternatives, including discarded apparel from retail chain H&M . This year they’ve already burned around 15 tons of H&M clothes. A power plant owned and operated by Malarenergi AB in the town of Vasteras, Sweden is working to transition away from oil and coal, and are turning to a fuel source you might not expect: discarded garments. Head of fuel supplies Jens Neren told Bloomberg, “For us it’s a burnable material. Our goal is to use only renewable and recycled fuels.” Related: Garbage from Hurricane Irma will now help power Florida Sweden boasts a nearly emission-free power system, according to Bloomberg , due to wind, nuclear, and hydro plants. But some local municipalities do use oil and coal for heating on winter days. The country hopes to move away from fossil fuel units by converting old plants to burn trash and biofuels instead. Where do the H&M clothes come in? Malarenergi has a deal with nearby town Eskilstuna to burn their garbage, and some of that comes from a central warehouse of H&M’s. The clothing company’s head of communications Johanna Dahl told Bloomberg, “H&M does not burn any clothes that are safe to use. However it is our legal obligation to make sure that clothes that contain mold or do not comply with our strict restriction on chemicals are destroyed.” The Vasteras plant, which supplies power for around 150,000 households, has burned around 400,000 tons of garbage this year. Bloomberg reported earlier this week, the last coal ship docked in the area to drop off supplies to last until 2020 for the plant’s last two fossil fuel generators, which date back to the 1960s. In 2020, the plant will add a wood-fired boiler to help trash- and biofuel-burning units meet demand. Via Bloomberg Images via Depositphotos and Per Nyström, Scheiwiller Svensson Arkitektkontor AB/Malarenergi AB

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Help fund the sequel to the reality show that opened fashionistas’ eyes to sweatshop labor

October 24, 2015 by  
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A year ago, a group of Norwegian fashionistas went to Cambodia to experience life as a sweatshop worker . Their hellish experience went viral, allowing the women to bring their message about fair treatment of garment workers to fashion giants like H&M, though their message to the retailer resulted in pushback rather than improvement. Now the makers of the original film are hoping to fund a sequel to help drive real change in the fashion industry. READ MORE >

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Could a redesigned alcohol wipe help prevent the spread of disease?

December 8, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Could a redesigned alcohol wipe help prevent the spread of disease? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adem Onalan , alcohol wipe , disease , fashion accessory , h&m , hand hygiene , hygiene , infectious disease , pocket square , School of Visual Arts , spread of disease , World Health Organization

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Fast Fashion Retailers Agree to Raise Minimum Wage for Cambodian Garment Makers

September 28, 2014 by  
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Eight fast fashion retail giants, including H&M, New Look, Next, and Zara’s parent company Inditex, have agreed to increase the minimum wage for their garment makers in Cambodia . Thousands of garment workers had previously rallied across the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, as they continued to demand  that the current $100 per month minimum wage be lifted. The agreement has been heralded as “unprecedented” by labor-rights groups, despite the agreed new wage not matching the $177 per month demanded by the workers. In a letter to Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, the retailers acknowledged that “Workers in all production countries have the right to a fair living wage .” READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cambodia , clothing manufacturers , ecouterre , fast fashion , garment industry , h&m , minimum wage , NewLook , Next , pay rise for Cambodian garment workers , social equity , Zara

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Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen

September 28, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Benny Jepsen , CNC-cut materials , copenhagen , cultural center , culture , Denmark , Dome of Visions , eco design , geodesic dome , green design , greenhouse , Kristoffer Tejlgaard , mobile project , music , sustainable design , temporary design , Urban Farming

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H&M To Launch Clothing Recycling Initiative in Stores Worldwide

December 8, 2012 by  
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Fast-fashion retailer H&M is ramping up its sustainability efforts with a major new recycling initiative. This week, H&M announced that it will launch the world’s first global clothes recycling program . The company says it will help its customers avoid textile waste by accepting items of clothing from any brand and in any condition. It doesn’t change the fact that H&M produces low-quality, disposable clothes that are made in  sweatshop-like conditions , but it’s a step in the right direction. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Clothes , clothes stores , clothing recycling , eco-fashion , fast fashion , green clothes , h&m , H&M recycling , recycled clothes , recycling , Recycling initiatives , Sustainable Fashion

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New Research Links Pesticides in Tap Water to Rise in Food Allergies

December 8, 2012 by  
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Image courtesy of Shutterstock Food allergies have become an increasing concern over recent years, especially for new parents. A study found that between 1997 and 2007, the rate of food allergies rose a full 18%, with Center for Disease Control reporting that 15 million people are now effected—and new research suggests that pesticides in tap water could be a contributing factor. The report, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology , found that dichlorophenol-containing pesticides used in water chlorination have a direct link to food allergies in the human body. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Annals of Allergy , Asthma and Immunology , center for disease control , childhood allergies , dichlorophenol , food allergies , Health , pesticides health , tap water , water chlorination

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15 Great Green Gifts for the Gadget Geek in Your Life

December 8, 2012 by  
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There was a time when only the rich could afford the latest cool eco gadgets – but now there are so many to choose from it’s hard to know what’s good and what’s not. That’s why we’ve put together a sound list of sustainable gifts that the green geek in your life will love. From foldable eco-speakers to a solar-powered Nokero reading light , a water-powered clock and even a tablet stand and keyboard made from bamboo , these gifts are both fun and sustainable. Hit the jump to check out our nifty guide, and feel free to pass it on if you’re so inspired. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Amplifiear , bedol water-powered clock , christmas gifts , eco christmas , eco friendly home gifts , eco friendly presents , eco gadgets , eco holiday , eco presents , eco xmas , eco-friendly gifts , eco-gifts , electree solar charger , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , foldable eco speakers from fashionation , folding electric bicycle , gift guide , gifts for homeowners , gifts for the home , green christmas , green gadgets , green gift guide , green gifts for homeowners , green gifts for the home , green gifts for the kitchen , green holiday , green holiday gift guide , green holidays , green home decor , green presents , green xmas , holiday gifts , holidays , ipad speakers , iZen Bamboo keyboard , mushroom greenzero travel charger , nokero crestone solar light bulbs , nokero reading light , pedal power bicycle generator roller , peddle-powered smartphone bicycle light , solar powered water bottle cap , solar-powered hybrid light , spark tablet case , sustainable gifts , usb cell battery pack , xmas gifts

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Activists Stage Flash “Faint-Ins” at Clothing Stores in Europe to Protest Sweatshop Conditions

September 22, 2012 by  
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Cheap fashion often comes at a high price for the sweatshop workers who create the garments, which is why activists from the Clean Clothes Campaign took to clothing stores throughout Europe last week and staged “faint-ins.” Appearing to pass out on the floors of Zara, H&M and the Gap, members of the campaign sought to highlight instances of mass fainting in sweatshops in Cambodia. In just two days last month at least 284 employees collapsed at a the M&V International Manufacturing in Kompong Chhang province. Workers in the Southeast Asian nation are regularly exposed to unsafe working conditions, experiencing poverty pay and malnutrition as they produce the ever-popular garments. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cheap fashion , clean clothes campaign , corporate responsibility , eco-fashion , gap clothing , garment industry , h&m , social responsibility , sweatshop labor , working conditions , Zara

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H&M, Gap, Levi’s Garment Workers in Cambodia Strike Over Poverty Pay

May 27, 2012 by  
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More than 5,000 Cambodian garment workers have failed to reach an agreement with their employers after an 11 day strike. They were asking for a $5 pay raise from their base salary of $61 that requires them to work for eight hours a day, six days a week –  plus another $25 per month to cover transportation and housing costs. The garment factory supplies clothing to  J.Crew ,  Old Navy ,  Gap , Banana Republic ,  H&M , and  Levi’s .   Click ahead to read more about the strike and why an agreement isn’t being met. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Banana Republic , Cambodia , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , GAP , green fashion , h&m , J.Crew , Levi-Strauss , Levis , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sweatshop labor , sweatshops , workers rights

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