Clothing made from recycled water bottles highlights the ongoing crisis in Flint

April 20, 2018 by  
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A new fashion exhibit in Queens underscores the ongoing water-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan . “Flint Fit” comprises a series of garments inspired by the “power and necessity of water, manufacturing history of Flint, and resiliency” of the people of Flint, who have had to cope with the effects of lead poisoning since 2014. Visual artist Mel Chin  — with an assist from Michigan-born, New York City–based fashion designer Tracy Reese —  conceived of the clothing to highlight the water crisis. Flint has had to resort to bottled water for everything from drinking to bathing, which has also created a tragically bountiful waste stream. Chin enlisted Unifi , which makes recycled textiles, to clean, shred and transform more than 90,000 used water bottles into a performance fabric known as Repreve . To manifest Reese’s designs, Chin turned to the commercial sewing program at St Luke N.E.W. Life Center  in Flint, where at-risk women stitched the pieces. The items include a trench coat, a wide-leg jumpsuit and swimwear. Chin said, “By opening the door for new ideas, Flint Fit aims to stimulate creative production, economic opportunity and empowerment on a local scale.” Jay Hertwig, Unifi’s group vice president for global brand sales, said the brand was “proud to be a part of this exciting moment in art-fashion history.” He continued, “At Unifi, we’re able to transform plastic bottles into Repreve for products that people enjoy every day. And we’re thrilled that Repreve is playing a key role in such a positive movement that came from something so catastrophic.” Part of Chin’s All Over the Place exhibit at Queens Museum , “Flint Fit” will be on display through August 12, 2018. + Flint Fit + Queens Museum

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Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History?

September 5, 2014 by  
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Did you know that climate change denier David H. Koch is a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and an advisory board member of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ? “So, what’s in it for him apart from unlimited free entry?” I hear you ask. Well, allegations abound that Mr Koch is exerting influence on programming at the public institutions, causing omissions or misrepresentations of climate science and global warming in exhibitions. In response, Brooklyn-based arts collective Not An Alternative has established The Natural History Museum to make “a point to include and highlight the social and political forces that shape nature, yet are left out of traditional natural history museums.” Their first exhibition will run from September 13 to October 4, 2014, at the Queens Museum . Read the rest of Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Museum of Natural History , big oil , Brooklyn , Climate Change , climate change denial , corporate sponsorship , David Koch , exhibitions , global warming , influence , Koch Brothers , Koch Industries , natural history museum , Not An Alternative , Queens museum , smithsonian

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

September 5, 2014 by  
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Small actions taken by many people can lead to great change, and it’s startling to see how some of the smallest changes can result in enormous benefit to all. Did you know that switching out just one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent (CFL) one prevents the emission of over 400 pounds of greenhouse gases ? Or that just running your washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full reduces water pollution  while lowering your bills? Swapping out nasty chemical cleaners for homemade products is healthier for both us and all life that depends on the local water table, and composting kitchen scraps  reduces landfill waste while providing our gardens with vital nutrients. This infographic details some of the little, simple changes that everyone can do, and can make an enormous difference to the entire world in the long run. + Canadian Residential Inspection Services Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “light bulbs” , Canadian Residential Inspection Services , CFC , changes , clean water , cleaning products , Climate Change , eco-friendly , emissions , environmental change , greenhouse gas , greenhouse gas emissions , home changes , infographic , lightbulbs , small changes , water issues

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