Veganism on the rise, record number of sign-ups for Veganuary

January 7, 2019 by  
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Could 2019 be the year of the vegan ? This past week, people all over the world promised to make lifestyle changes with various new year’s resolutions. And, this January, more people than ever have pledged to go meat-free— for at least a month. A movement known as Veganuary started five years ago, and each year the number of participants committing to a plant-based diet during the first month of the year has more than doubled. This year, more than 250,000 people in 193 countries have signed up to make January a month without animal products. According to Rich Hardy, the head of campaigns at Veganuary, on Sunday alone over 14,000 people pledged to go vegan this month, which is a rate of one person every six seconds. “In 2018 there hasn’t been a week that has gone by without veganism hitting the headlines, whether it is a magazine editor being fired or Waitrose launching a new range of products,” Hardy said. “Vegan products are getting a lot better, and it is becoming a lot more convenient to have a tasty plant-based diet .” Related: Is a flexitarian diet right for you? Hardy believes that warnings from scientists about the environmental impact of meat have persuaded many people to consider veganism. This past May, the researchers who conducted the most comprehensive analysis to date on the subject declared that the single biggest thing an individual could do for the environment is to avoid meat and dairy products. Joseph Poore of Oxford University, the lead researcher on the project, says that reducing your impact on the planet is not just about greenhouse gases, and switching to a vegan diet is more impactful than buying an electric car or cutting down on travel. Some people believe that 2018 was the year that veganism moved into the mainstream, and Hardy says that Veganuary aims to be fun and inclusive. He says that even if those who made the pledge fall off the wagon, they should just pick themselves up and remember why they signed the pledge in the first place. Via The Guardian Images via jill11

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17 easy ways to upcycle worn out sweaters

January 7, 2019 by  
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Wardrobe upcycling is nothing new. After all, when you think about it, clothing is made from cloth. Lots of other things are made from cloth. So when your clothes have served their functional purpose as attire, why not use that material for other things? Sweaters are a great example of apparel that can be given new life in a variety of ways. From leg warmers to satchels, the pieces and parts of your old sweater will serve a new purpose. If you’re onboard with refusing to trash that old sweater but don’t know what to do with it, here are some ideas to get the juices flowing. Let us know what you come up with too! Doll clothing If you have a little person in your home, you’ve likely got baby dolls or Barbies around too. It’s always fun to mix up wardrobes, even for the toys, so drag out the sewing machine and make sweaters for your kid’s pals. Sweater boots Yes, you read that right and you know they sound cozy. Sweater boots are actually just a cover for your shoes. Cut off the sleeves of your less-than-favored sweater and attach them to the sides of your shoe for an existing sole and an entirely new style. Roll over the top and add a button for a trendy appeal. Pet clothing Just because your sweater started out as human attire doesn’t mean Fido will take offense. After all, dogs get cold too. So make a few adjustments and let your discarded sweater bring warmth to the four-legged members of your home. Wine bags and gift wrap Along with brown paper, fabric has long been an ideal choice for gift wrap. It adds depth and character, plus it can be reused endless times. Wrap a square box with fabric and hand sew it together at the seam or add a fabric bow to the top. Use the sleeve or other scrap fabric to make a wine or liquor bag for a unique and cozy look to your gift. Throw pillows The bed and couch can always benefit from a facelift. Considering the amount of time you spend in, on or near both, creating new throw pillows makes perfect sense. Simply recover an old pillow with your sweater material. If you want to design a throw pillow from scratch, lay out the pattern to accentuate hems, necklines, and buttons on your finished product. Related: HOW TO: Recycle a sweater into a cuddly pillow for your couch Throw rug Following the theme of a quilt, put together a patchwork area rug for the pets, the kids’ rooms or the kitchen. Stuffed animals Some of the most adorable stuffed animals are homemade, and old sweater material offers a lovely, cozy and rustic feel. You could create a patchwork design on larger animals or use one solid piece of sweater fabric for the body of your stuffed bear, dog or monkey. Kids pants While you’re decking out the dog and the dolls, you might as well give the kiddos some winter pants too. Imagine the adorableness of tiny legs wrapped in the warmth of sweater sleeves and your design is already half-way done. Gloves, hat and scarf Sweaters represent warmth so why not carry that theme through to its second life. Use the different sections of your sweater to create fingerless gloves that could be long or short. Then make a matching scarf in the traditional long rectangular design, turn it into an infinity scarf, or even braid sweater lengths for a unique spin. A beanie hat made from the same material will pull the entire look together. Drawstring bag When you purchased your sweater many moons ago, it was likely because you liked the pattern. Keep that happiness in your life by turning it into a multi-use drawstring bag. Turn your sweater upside down and create grommets holes throughout the bottom band. This becomes the top of your bag while the rest of the sweater body forms the bag portion. Quilt The tradition of quilting goes back hundreds of years as a way to turn discarded fabric scraps into something useful. Today, sweaters can serve that purpose well. Simply collect squares of sweater fabric and layout the design you want. After sewing all the squares together, add a backing and enjoy the warmth of those old sweaters for many additional years. Hand warmers and satchels Even the smallest scraps can be put to use when upcycling your old sweaters. Sew two squares together and stuff them with lavender and/or essential oils for a lovely drawer satchel. You can make useful hand warmers in a similar way and fill them with rice. These can be heated in the microwave time after useful time. Related: Everlane introduces long-lasting outerwear made from recycled water bottles Coffee, plant or teapot cosy Sweaters are cozy and that’s the reason they make a perfect cosy. You’re probably familiar with the mainstream foam cozies sold to keep your soda cold, but what about keeping things warm? Wrapping your coffee cup in wool is a sure way to keep the heat in longer. Use a sweater sleeve to make a coffee sleeve. Embellish however you please. You can use the same idea to make cozies for your flower pots or even your teapot. Let your imagination soar! Tissue box cover Yes, these are still a thing. After all, who wouldn’t rather look at a sweater print than the mass-printed cardboard boxes that your tissue comes in? Socks or leg warmers Socks from sweaters? Yes! Warm your cold feet this winter with your favorite old sweaters. Once again, recycling sweater sleeves makes it easy to add a button and turn them into leg warmers (they’re back in style you know) or those adorable boot socks that also protect your leggings from the rough top edges of your boots. Hot pads Your kitchen benefits from the color and print, while your hands benefit from the protection. Cut squares and finish the edges or make a handmit. Either way, make sure your fabric is thick enough to protect you from burns. Headband Turn your favorite old sweater into your new favorite headband or hair scrunchy with a little creativity and some elastic. 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Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipleline – For Now

November 19, 2014 by  
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The Keystone Pipeline is dead – for now. The US Senate voted Tuesday to block a measure that would have allowed construction on the controversial pipeline. The measure fell short by one solitary vote, which means that though the project is on the shelf for now, it could very well be showing up in congress again this January, when Republicans take control of the Senate . Read the rest of Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipleline – For Now Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental destruction , environmental policy , environmental politics , environmental vote , keystone pipeline , Keystone pipeline senate vote , Keystone pipeline vote , Keystone Pipeline XL , Keystone senate vote , Keystone vote , keystone xl , transcanada pipeline , US Canada pipeline , US Senate

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Dear Shannon: What’s the state of the sustainability jobs market?

October 23, 2013 by  
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Our resident career coach lays out the key trends in the ever-evolving sustainability jobs market for a master's graduate from a telecoms company.

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The Natural Capital Leaders Index: Methodology

October 23, 2013 by  
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In January, Trucost and GreenBiz will unveil the Natural Capital Leaders Index. Here is the proposed methodology. Your feedback is welcome.

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Lies About Apple Factory Abuse Leads to This American Life Retraction

March 19, 2012 by  
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On Friday This American Life , a popular public radio show show, announced a retraction after details about a story on Apple factory abuse in China turned out to be full of fabrications. In January, the show , hosted by Ira Glass, broadcast a story narrated by performance artist and monologuist Mike Daisey. Details about armed factory guards, underage factory workers, and poisoning by chemicals like n-hexane led to even sharper outcry against conditions at factories operated by Foxconn , Apple’s largest supplier of electronics. Within weeks after the January broadcast, the maker of the iPads and iPhones allowed journalists to visit assembly lines in China, joined the Fair Labor Association , released a list of suppliers and announced that it would audit the conditions of factories within its supply chain. Read the rest of Lies About Apple Factory Abuse Leads to This American Life Retraction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , Apple factory abuse , china , foxconn , iPads , iPhones , Ira Glass , Mike Daisey , public radio , retraction , Rob Schmitz , supply chain , this american life , This American Life retraction

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How New Energy Efficient Lighting Creates Green Jobs

December 29, 2011 by  
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The new light bulb efficiency standards takes effect on January 1 as planned. That’s good for American consumers — and for American workers and their companies.

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How California Companies Can Turn a Deeper Shade of Green

December 6, 2011 by  
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Come January, progressive California companies need no longer fear that pursuit of environmental responsibility means a risk to fiduciary responsibility under a new law that sanctions formation of benefit corporations.

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Reducing waste after Christmas – our top tips

December 23, 2010 by  
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So the big day is nearly upon us again. Hopefully you’ve already been busy upcycling random stuff into Christmas presents and recycled Christmas decorations – it’s easy to keep the green theme going after Christmas too

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2010 Is Now Tied For Hottest Year on Record (So Far)

September 16, 2010 by  
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photo: Pranav Yaddanapudi via flickr New NOAA temperature data has been released including August temperatures and this year’s record-setting global trend continues: “For January-August 2010, the global land and ocean surface temperature of 14.7°C tied with 1998 as the warmest January-August period on record. This value is 0.67°C above the 20th century average.” August itself went down in history as being among the warmest recorded as well…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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