Get cozy with Black Friday deals on sustainable home goods

November 23, 2021 by  
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As the holidays arrive, many people turn their thoughts toward getting cozy for the end of the year. Whether you spend your time snuggled up with a book or curled up on the couch watching movies, you want to make sure your space is as comfortable as possible. If you need to make your home more welcoming this winter , try going for eco-friendly options. Inhabitat has put together this helpful list of our top picks for sustainable home goods you can get great deals on for Black Friday. Organic cotton mattress protector Upgrade your mattress experience with this organic cotton memory foam mattress protector. Why buy a mattress protector? This handy bedding item encases your mattress and can help keep it clean. Organic cotton is a sustainable material that makes this mattress protector stand out. It also offers eco-friendly Greenshield water resistance. Shop Mattress Protectors on Amazon Recycled plastic rug If you need some decor to get your home ready for the holidays, try this recycled plastic rug. Plastic waste is a huge problem, and recycling it into new products helps keep it out of landfills and oceans. This waterproof outdoor rug is made of recycled plastic straw fibers that help make it weather-resistant. Shop Recycled Plastic Rugs on Amazon OEKO-TEX Certified blanket Curling up under a soft blanket is one of life’s little joys. What’s better than that? An OEKO-TEX Certified blanket. This certification means that the textiles used for the blanket have been tested for substances that can be harmful for humans and the environment . You’ll also get great use out of this blanket with a double-sided feature to keep you warm in the cold months and cool in the warm months. Shop Blankets on Amazon Cozy bamboo pillow You’ve got the blanket, now it’s time to rest your head on a cozy bamboo pillow. Bamboo is a sustainable material that also helps keep you cool. This Snuggle-Pedic memory foam pillow is also GreenGuard Gold Certified, which means it’s tested to ensure it has low chemical emissions. Shop Bamboo Pillows on Amazon Lead image via Pexels When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commissions at no cost to you.

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Florida scientists are using a radar prototype in the Everglades

October 15, 2021 by  
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Florida scientists are working on a new way to identify greenhouse gas-emitting hot spots in the Everglades. The U.S. Department of Energy has just funded scientists from Florida Atlantic University. They are developing a new prototype of ground-penetrating radar that they’ll mount on an unoccupied aircraft. “Peat soils are large natural producers of biogenic greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide that accumulate in the soil matrix to subsequently be released into the atmosphere,” said principal investigator Dr. Xavier Comas. “Although there have been remarkable advances made in predicting these carbon fluxes at a variety of spatial and temporal scales in peat soils in the last few decades, there are still many uncertainties about the spatial distribution of hot spots for biogenic gas accumulation and hot moments for the rapid release of biogenic gases, which this drone-GPR prototype may help us identify more efficiently.” Related: Drones are the new cost-effective way to monitor the environment Florida Atlantic University and the U.S. Geological Survey will team up on the two-year project. The Department of Energy’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, an investigator from the University of Exeter and a facility at Pacific Northwest Laboratory, will round out the multidisciplinary team. Despite this massive collection of brainpower, the project only published a budget of $111,655. Because it’s hard to get clear images in Florida’s humid, swampy subtropical wetlands, scientists know little about atmospheric exchange of greenhouse gases in this environment. Their working theory is that collecting airborne data sets will yield more comprehensive data (and be less invasive) than tramping into the forested wetlands to take ground-based measurements. “We anticipate that an airborne GPR system could be used successfully to identify contrasts in relative dielectric permittivity associated with variable biogenic gas content within the soil,” Dr. Comas said. “As such, we think that the physical structure of the organic soil primarily dictates the distribution of hot spots and enables prediction of hot moments for gas release triggered by changes in certain environmental factors such as atmospheric pressure or water table elevation.”  If you followed all that, you might want to hurry up and apply to Florida Atlantic University. One lucky graduate and one undergraduate student will be trained in the project. Via Newswise Lead image via Pexels

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Goat Organic Apparel supports human rights and sustainability

October 5, 2021 by  
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Traditional apparel production often comes at a cost to the  environment , as well as risk to the people making the products. Goat Organic Apparel has set out to change that with clothing that makes a bold statement in favor of human rights and ethical manufacturing. Goat Organic Apparel has a clear mission to partner with a production facility in Bangladesh that is part of the Fair Wear Foundation. This “People First” policy, as the company has dubbed it, ensures the safety and fair treatment of all the workers involved in the manufacturing process. This means providing fair wages, no slave labor, safe working conditions, reasonable work hours and no discrimination. Related: Archivist releases shirts made from recycled hotel sheets Goat Organic Apparel has a clear mission to partner with a production facility in Bangladesh that is part of the Fair Wear Foundation. This “People First” policy, as the company has dubbed it, ensures the safety and fair treatment of all the workers involved in the manufacturing process. This means providing fair wages, no slave labor, safe working conditions, reasonable work hours and no discrimination. Proudly transparent about the conditions under which its clothing is made, Goat recently launched a T-shirt where they placed the apparel tags on the outside of the garment. Lavinia Bakker, one of the founders of Goat, said, “This T-shirt is a cornerstone of our people-first standards. By placing our ‘Proudly made in Bangladesh’ on the outside, we want to show that we don’t have to hide where and how our clothes are made, we are proud of it. And we would like the wearer of the tee to be that as well. We dare you to find a high-street fashion label who, with a clear conscience, will do the same.” In addition to worker fairness and safety, Goat is dedicated to sustainable production. It uses 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, which provides for the health of the soil and ecosystem where the cotton is grown. In addition, production is free of toxic chemicals. Some sweaters produced by Goat are made using  recycled  polyester, which reduces the need for virgin materials made from petroleum and lowers the waste going into landfills.  Goat’s ideals of offering only vegan , organic, safe and fairly-produced products led them to begin giving back in support of causes with similar goals. The “Taking Action” initiative donates proceeds from the ‘Proudly made in Bangladesh’ T-shirt to Labour Behind the Label, a charity that provides aid to textile workers around the world. + Goat Organic Apparel Images via Goat Organic Apparel 

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Is Biodynamic Better Than Organic?

July 26, 2021 by  
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The USDA organic certification process and standards have room for improvement, but in the United… The post Is Biodynamic Better Than Organic? appeared first on Earth911.

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This vineyard suite is tucked into a Tuscan UNESCO world heritage site

July 21, 2021 by  
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Recently unveiled in the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Val d’Orcia,  Italy , part of a UNESCO world heritage site, the first unit of a luxury vineyard suite project was recently unveiled to the public. Known as Casa Ojalá, the guest suite has a few whimsical features like retractable beds, hidden furnishings, a merry-go-round terrace, roof portholes and a series of pulleys, gears and ropes. With over $1 billion worth of development expected by 2025, the hotel will embrace the surrounding nature and ensure eco-friendly,  sustainable architecture  in its design. Some of the environmentally-focused features include sustainable wood selection, fabrics made from  recycled plastic  and the inclusion of handmade Italian ceramic pieces created by local artisans. Related: Latvian wellness resort honors traditional spa rituals The resort will also include a bio  garden  with over 180 plant species inside, and the entire property will be plastic-free. Future plans include using photovoltaic panels, a rainwater recovery system and a black water depuration advanced biological plant. “We are proud to launch, starting in Italy in synergy with Castiglion del Bosco, to offer its guests of exception an absolutely unique chance of enjoying and discovering the wonders of the resort,” said Italian architect Beatrice Bonzanigo, President of Casa Ojalá. “I consider the Luxury of the Casa that I invented, a form of happiness for the guests of the best Hotels around the world. A sort of revival of handcraft as the root of evolution. Beyond the automatism of travel and living of our times, based on virtuality and hyper technology.” Once completed, the resort will offer 42 suites, 11 villas, two restaurants, a spa and a cooking school. At 5,000 acres in total, the estate will also encompass the historic Brunello di Montalcino  organic  winery and a private member’s golf club. + Casa Ojalá Images courtesy of Casa Ojalá

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Bucha delivers lab-made leather alternative for clean fashion

July 20, 2021 by  
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Businesses around the globe have heard the consumer call for sustainable fashion products. The fashion industry as a whole has earned a notably bad rep for wasteful and dirty manufacturing. Few rank higher than the leather industry, with complaints ranging from animal cruelty to toxic chemical waste . Bucha Bio is a company pushing the science envelope in ways that circumvent animals, with an innovative leather alternative that offers endless potential across the fashion industry. Biomaterial manufacturing is the primary order of business at Bucha. The newest proprietary process uses  plant-based  treatments for a sustainable leather alternative that can be used for shoes, clothing, accessories and more. As Bucha introduces the material to the market, it has partnered with independent artists and existing manufacturers to incorporate the product into a designer women’s top as well as a pair of sneakers by Frecustoms, a London-based custom designer that requested the materials. Related: Miomojo presents luxurious plant-based leather bags “Our team of scientists and designers are incredibly devoted to this mission, and we’re proud to finally be able to release the first of many biomaterial-based applications,” said Zimri Hinshaw, founder and CEO of Bucha Bio. “We’re collaborating closely with major brands and prototyping products from footwear to luxury automotive interiors. Commercial industries will evolve beyond exclusively leather -based products in the next 25 years due to overwhelming consumer demand and we’re at the forefront of supporting brands as they shift towards more sustainable models.” While the consumer sees the result, the work behind the material takes place in the lab, where the Bucha team has reduced the time needed to organically grow biomaterials at scale from months to weeks. Scaling has been a bit of an ankle weight in the leather alternative industry, where new processes are being developed at a record rate — many of which fail to reach commercial scale.  In addition to nailing down a solution to commercializing bacterial nanocellulose for material applications, the company has done it while maintaining vibrant colors in a durable and flexible product. In the case of the Frecustoms shoes, the color is achieved through all-natural, algae-based coloring. This initial release of the bio-based faux leather exemplifies how the material produces no waste while minimizing water use and  pollution . Additionally, it replaces acrylics, plastics and chemical-based paints.  “Sustainability and planetary health is never going to be achieved by waiting for the status quo to magically change,” said Sean O’Sullivan, Managing General Partner at SOSV, who recognized Bucha through their IndieBio program. “The challenge of our time is finding action-oriented people that tackle deep-tech problems with science . The Bucha Bio team has created new biomanufacturing processes in practical and productive ways, and achieved remarkable progress in a short time at IndieBio.” + Bucha Images via Bucha and Frecustoms

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Prominent environmental activist murdered in Nairobi

July 19, 2021 by  
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Joannah Stutchbury, a prominent environmental activist, was shot dead on July 15 while driving home in Nairobi, Kenya . The incident has been condemned by local environmental activists, who are calling for justice in response to the murder. Dr. Paula Kahumbu, CEO of conservation NGO WildlifeDirect, says the country’s entire conservation community is shaken following the murder. “It is really awful. The conservation fraternity is very shaken. It is devastating,” said Kahumbu. Related: Indigenous land defender Félix Vásquez murdered in Honduras Before her murder, Stutchbury had strongly opposed several projects slated to encroach on protected land. Stutchbury was vocal against private developments in the Kiambu Forest, which lies on the outskirts of Nairobi , Kenya’s capital. It is believed that she was targeted because of her activism. Her body was found in her car, with the engine still running and all essentials intact. This indicates that the murder motive was not robbery. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta also condemned the murder, calling Stutchbury a champion for her work. “For the longest time, Joannah has been a steadfast champion for the conservation of our environment and is remembered for her relentless efforts to protect Kiambu forest from encroachment,” Kenyatta said. The Kenya Forest Service has also spoken out and called for urgent investigation. Stutchbury’s efforts were a big help to the service in conserving forest land under threat from businessmen and politicians . “Joannah was a big help to [the Kenya Forest Service] and was a big voice against the destruction of Kiambu forest. We need a detailed investigation by the police to find out what happened and what was the motive. People should not forget what happened,” an official from the service told a local newspaper. Environmental activists in Kenya have been under threat for a long time now; Stutchbury’s murder is just one of several violent killings of environmental activists . In 2018, a Kenya-based American conservationist Esmond Bradley Martin was stabbed to death in his house in Nairobi. Martin had been instrumental in protecting threatened species by shedding light on the ivory trade in the country. “There are a lot of bad things happening to the environment in Kenya. People are very scared, even of officials. There is a lot of fear, but no one imagined that someone would kill someone like Joanna, an old lady. This was deeply cowardly,” said Kahumbu. Via The Guardian Lead image © Facebook / Joannah Stutchbury

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Osokoa produces fun, playful organic children’s clothing

July 14, 2021 by  
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The year 2020 stands out as the year of the pandemic, and inasmuch, many people took advantage of opportunities to follow their dreams. Barcelona brand Osokoa stands as an example of how passion and determination gave birth to a longstanding vision of producing a premium, organic clothing line for children. The company describes itself as an “emotion brand”, a label it proudly wears in its gender-neutral clothing made from certified organic cotton . “Emotions and hopes go hand in hand. We make dreams in cotton, design smiles from the heart and bring together concepts in a way of dressing. Comfortable, quality, original, respectable, environmentally friendly and with a message!” Related: Mightly kids clothing is GOTS- and Fair Trade-certified That message is positivity, and it’s a theme woven throughout the product messaging. Osokoa explained, “Our collections ‘Self Esteem’ and ‘Hope’ were inspired by vitality, good energies and changes in the world, with big plans and positivity for the future.” The company’s mission is to take pride in the products it sells, with attention to a selection of natural materials , sustainable manufacturing and long-lasting garments. “We try with all our heart to give the best of ourselves and for that reason we have the invaluable help of smiles, joy and enthusiasm!” Let’s face it, the fashion world ranks near the top of the most damaging industries for the planet. Osokoa breaks away from the bad habits of fast fashion by starting with locally sourced, 100% organic, GOTS-certified cotton. It then relies on local, chemical-free manufacturing in the well-developed textile region in Barcelona. This minimizes transportation-related pollution and provides fair-trade jobs within the community. Osokoa also invests in ways to use minimal water and electricity in the process. Each decision along the process leans into choices that are best for the environment, right down to careful selection of the cardboard and other packaging the company uses. Almost all the materials used by Osokoa are recycled and can be reused. + Osokoa Photography by Gabitorohh Gabito via Osokoa

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Holy Cow: Why rBGH-Free Dairy Matters

October 11, 2017 by  
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Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), or recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), is a synthetic … The post Holy Cow: Why rBGH-Free Dairy Matters appeared first on Earth911.com.

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World’s first ocean pollution-eating Seabin launches in the UK

October 11, 2017 by  
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UK waterways are about to get a lot cleaner with the launch of the world’s first production Seabin in Portsmouth harbor. The device, which was developed by a pair of Australian surfers, works by sucking in various kinds of pollution (including oil) and spitting out clean water. The Seabin can collect approximately 1.5 kg of waste each day and has a capacity of 12 kg — and in a given year, a single bin can collect 20,000 plastic bottles or 83,000 plastic bags. The Seabin was first unveiled in December 2015. To fund the invention , founders Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski created an IndieGoGo campaign. With little time to spare, the campaign exceeded its goal. Equipped with $250,000, Turton and Ceglinski are now prepared to follow through with their plan, which entails cleaning up marinas with the natural fiber garbage bin and an automated, above-the-water pump. The device was designed with marine safety in mind – only debris and chemical pollution on the surface of the water is collected; fish and other aquatic creatures are left alone. The Times reports that the Seabin was installed near the base of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team in the Portsmouth harbor. The group is passionate about environmental efforts – not only have members pledged to give up meat every Monday, they only consume sustainable seafood. Now, they’ve agreed to oversee the Seabin, which will improve the quality of water while protecting the cage of over 1,000 oysters near the pontoon. Related: New study reveals plastic pollution in the Antarctic is 5x worse than expected The Seabin team are also conducting trials at Spain’s Port Adriano and the Port of Helsinki (Finland). In early November, the innovative device will go on sale for £3,000 ($3,957). + Seabin Project Via The Times , Engadget Images via Seabin

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