How Kohler turned production ‘waste’ into a new tile line

September 13, 2019 by  
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It took more than three years of experimentation with industrial byproducts to hit on the right formula.

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Extreme heat is a growing business risk

September 13, 2019 by  
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There are 20 times more deaths caused by rising temperatures than by hurricanes. It’s time to design communities with that in mind.

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Hype and hope for hydrogen

July 18, 2019 by  
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Hydrogen is inching toward commercial viability and scalability, with new technologies that could support global decarbonization.

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4 things corporate responsibility teams should ask diversity counterparts, and vice versa

July 18, 2019 by  
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Some guiding questions — and major opportunities.

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Preparing for takeoff? Shell and BA step up backing for waste-based jet fuel plant

July 18, 2019 by  
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Velocys secures new investment to complete help plans for Lincolnshire biorefinery project.

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Making drones work for small farmers

July 18, 2019 by  
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Here’s how we can help automation complement agriculture.

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Burberry joins catwalk of companies with Science-Based Targets

June 26, 2019 by  
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The luxury fashion giant sets targets to cut supply chain emissions for the first time.

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs proposes mobility nirvana

June 26, 2019 by  
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Imagine, a city where the residents and commuters wouldn’t need to own cars.

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5 trends defining the future of retail

June 26, 2019 by  
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Shopping around for a sustainable future.

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This backpack is made from locally sourced cork and recycled materials

May 2, 2019 by  
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The world’s landfills are piling up. While we hear a lot about how the fashion industry contributes to this problem, the topic is less focused on accessories. Yet purses, bags and backpacks also contribute to the fast fashion environment with quickly fading styles and manufacturing pollution. One company is bucking this trend with a backpack made from naturally sustainable cork and recycled materials. The Jajamän cork backpack is a completely vegan option for conscientious consumers looking for an alternative to cotton-based fabrics and leather. With a striking cork exterior and recycled post-consumer polyester interior, the backpack was made with the environment in mind throughout the design process. It even uses recycled metal for the buckles. In fact, every component of this backpack is either natural cork or recycled material, including the zippers made from post-consumer plastic. Tags and trims are made from recycled paper, too. Related: Pauline van Dongen unveils backpack made with ‘energy harvesting textile’ Cork is the ultimate choice as a sustainable product for a variety of reasons. Because it is actually bark, harvesting cork doesn’t require cutting down or damaging trees . Plus, it is lightweight yet durable. Cork is also innately waterproof, fire-resistant, dirt repellent, anti-fungal and stain resistant, all of which make it a good choice for bags, shoes, purses and more. Cork requires no harsh chemicals like those produced from leather manufacturing and is biodegradable at the end of its lifecycle. In addition to careful material selection, the company has focused on making sure each step in the process is both earth and human friendly. To achieve this goal, it uses cork from Portugal and manufactures the bags close to that source. Jajamän practices safe working conditions and fair wages in its factory, a standard in Portugal. With longevity in mind, the design is practical, universal for any gender and durable. While this means each bag can last years, it doesn’t sacrifice appeal. Because cork has a natural design, much like cut wood, each backpack has a unique pattern not exactly duplicated in any other bag. “We’re going back to a more sustainable way of consuming and producing,” the company said. “Sustainability is our business, and thanks to your pledges, we will be able to begin producing our planet-friendly cork backpacks. We’ll be able to fund our team to continue to challenge the status quo of fast fashion by creating truly sustainable alternatives.” After being fully funded, the Jajamän cork backpack is now available for purchase through  Indiegogo . + Jajamän Images via Jajamän

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