Latest Adidas shoe uses upcycled materials to avoid waste

January 25, 2022 by  
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Adidas has introduced a new hiking and athletic shoe in its TERREX line of apparel. The Nothing Left Behind Free Hiker Gore-Tex shoe is an ankle-supporting athletic shoe in sophisticated colors for the sustainably-minded hiker. It’s the latest in a growing movement for sustainable footwear. The Adidas TERREX Nothing Left Behind Free Hiker Gore-Tex shoes are the newest in the brand’s line of eco-conscious hiking shoes . They are part of the brand’s push for a more sustainable future and an end to plastic waste. The new shoes feature an upcycled upper with a breathable Gore-Tex waterproof membrane and Three Stripes Boost technology with responsive cushioning that provides bounce-back energy return as you walk. Continental-brand rubber outsoles and midsoles work together to provide traction on any surface. Related: Adidas 100% recycled jacket is solving plastic pollution Between the shoe’s fun colors and cool style, you would never guess it’s made of upcycled parts. The color palette is subtle but sporty, including muted red, pink, orange, green and blue details along with the classic gray Adidas stripes on the outside. Meanwhile, the upcycled parts use leftover materials from past product drops. “Through an innovative program that upcycles leftover premium materials within our supply chain, we are able to create and unveil the latest version of the Free Hiker model for the very first time,” said Michael Kadous, Head of North America, Adidas Outdoor, Terrex and Five Ten. “The varying materials used through this method produces a truly unique silhouette for shoe collectors and aficionados worldwide. ‘Nothing Left Behind’ reinforces Adidas’ ethos and commitment to exploring all avenues towards becoming one of the most sustainable performance brands.” Currently, The Nothing Left Behind Free Hiker Gore-Tex shoe is only available to Creators Club members and retails for $225. Buyers seem to be loving the shoes, with one reviewer even praising them for their comfort and ankle support. + Adidas Images via Adidas

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What is wishcycling? Two waste experts explain

January 21, 2022 by  
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The gist: Just because you wish to recycle something doesn’t mean that you can.

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Closing the loop in Kenya’s fashion industry

January 21, 2022 by  
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In Kenya, garment manufacturers generate an estimated 400,000 tons of cotton waste per year.

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Indoor-outdoor living drives this design for VAVA House

January 20, 2022 by  
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Architecture takes a variety of forms and serves many purposes, but most people would agree that the best home is one that meets the family’s needs and lifestyle goals. To this end, VAVA House was designed to emphasize indoor-outdoor living through shared space and a connection to the outdoors.  Designed by Fivedot Architects, this Seattle , Washington home caters to the client’s desire for a space that reinforces family connection within the home and community relationships outside the home. Unlike most residential homes that open into the backyard, VAVA House opens outdoor living into the front yard where it can be shared with neighbors.  Related: Brutalist home in Puerto Rico is resistant to weather Inside, cozy coves beneath the staircase and in a narrow TV viewing area provide space for reflection and relaxation. Larger areas are equipped for group gatherings, whether that be family , neighbors or friends. In all, the house features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open floor plan throughout the main living area, a home gym, lounge, office and bonus room in a 3,643-square-foot space.  Out front, the home features an expansive patio with gathering areas, a custom-made wood swing, and heat sources such as a firepit and heater for year-round entertaining. The swing incorporates  recycled  roof joists from the previous home and souvenir hardware the clients brought back from India.  Plants  and landscaping surround the home, including a green roof and beds along the front yard and street. The theme continues with a custom plant rack for hydroponic growing. Previous concrete on-site is fashioned into the design to minimize water runoff and waste. Extensive solar panels produce renewable energy for the home. Fun, custom additions adorn the home. Prints of the children’s first steps are imprinted into the floor, and mural prints by Mario de Miranda decorate the walls. + Fivedot Images via Mark Woods

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Green roofs top Marmormolen’s sustainable timber architecture

January 17, 2022 by  
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The timber design for Copenhagen’s upcoming large commercial building Marmormolen shows sustainable architecture leadership from designers Henning Larson and Ramboll. Lush with green roofs , a waterfront garden and more, the project shows what a commercial building can be to a community. Marmormolen, which will break ground in 2022 and open in 2024, was created to be a combination retail, office and public programming space. It will be one of the largest contemporary wood structures in Denmark . The building integrates into the innovative district of the Nordhavn waterfront, which has replaced a traditionally industrial neighborhood with a residential and tech district complete with self-driving bus test routes and recycled brick buildings. Related: University under a hill in India has a green roof Marmormolen features an open green plaza out front to welcome visitors and includes lush rooftop gardens and promenades. The building blends seamlessly with the waterfront via a park that extends to the water. Marmormolen measures 28,000 square meters with eight stories and is primarily being built for the AP Pension company. “Today, it is imperative that architecture challenges our usual notion of structures and materials,” said Soren Ollgaard, Partner and Design Director at Henning Larsen. “The construction industry is a major emitter of CO2, and we therefore also have great opportunities to make things better.” Henning Larsen is collaborating with AP Pension to prioritize the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals in creating the building. Green urban space surrounds Marmormolen on three sides. The building has a full height of eight stories on the street side where train tracks cross, stepping down to three stories toward housing on the opposite side. This is possible because the building is built of cubes with individual rooftops featuring terraces, gardens, butterfly houses and beehives. The rooftop can even produce vegetables for the cafeteria. “Workplaces used to be very interior and exclusive, but people today want to feel they are a part of a more diverse community and open up to their surroundings. With Marmormolen we want to create more than a great office building, we also want it to give something back to the city and makes the building come alive – even outside office hours,” said Mikkel Eskildsen, Associate Design Director and Lead Design Architect on the project. The ground floor will house an auditorium, various markets and public meeting spaces. On upper, more private levels, workplaces enjoy views of the city skyline and the sea. A large courtyard tops the center of the building with planted gardens. + Henning Larsen and Ramboll Images via Henning Larsen and Ramboll

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Urwahn Platzhirsch e-bike wins major sustainability award

January 14, 2022 by  
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German bike maker Urwahn has received the German Sustainability Award 2022, Europe’s biggest award for social and ecological commitment to helping the planet, for its E-Bike Platzhirsch. The Platzhirsch is a 3D-printed steel electric bike with a gorgeous matte frame. The award honors groundbreaking contributions toward a sustainable future and boosts Urwahn’s efforts to create fair conditions for people and the environment. The jury for the German Sustainability Award is comprised of leaders in the fields of design and sustainability. The E-Bike Platzhirsch was given the award this year for its steel frame, which is featured on all Urwahn bikes. The idea is that steel provides longevity as it can be repaired and recycled better than carbon or aluminum, thus reducing waste and promoting a circular economy. Related: CAKE announces new :work series of mopeds and e-bikes The E-Bike Platzhirsch has 250 watts of power, producing 40 Nm torque and up to 25 km/h support from the electric motor. This produces a range of 208 Wh, making it a great urban commuter bike . All cables are routed inside the frame, giving it a sleek and modern look. Urwahn runs short production cycles and focuses on regional sales to further reduce production waste and extra carbon from shipping. Every Urwahn e-bike is created according to the principles of lean production, on-demand, and just-in-time. CEO and Urwahn founder Sebastian Meinecke explained, “Sustainability plays a central role for us and goes far beyond production. People are always at the center of everything we do. For this reason, we have conspired to ultra individualization in order to be able to consider the needs for design , function and safety on a whole level. In addition, we pay all people involved in the value creation fairly, pay attention to regulated working hours and preserve health protection.” + Urwahn Bikes Images via Urwahn Bikes

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Coca-Cola is cleaning up river plastic pollution worldwide

January 13, 2022 by  
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Coca-Cola and The Ocean Cleanup selected the C?n Th? River in C?n Th? City, Vietnam as one of 15 river locations around the world to tackle plastic pollution. The global partnership between the two organizations will implement advanced technology to intercept and clean up waste in some of the world’s major rivers. The river cleanup project is only one of many actions toward Coca-Cola’s vision for World Without Waste. The company also invested in plant-based technologies and package-less innovations to make 100% of its packaging recyclable globally by 2025. Additionally, the company plans to help collect and  recycle  every bottle and can it sells by 2030.  Related: Plastic will destroy us in nine years “This project will greatly contribute to C?n Th? City’s goal towards an ecological and modern city, imbued with the identity of rivers and the Mekong Delta, visioning by 2030,” said Mr. Nguy?n Chí Kiên, vice director of the department of natural resources and  environment  of C?n Th? City. “To get there, we are looking forward to joining hands of non-profit organizations, private sectors and C?n Th? citizens in such environmental protection projects, maintaining our position as an ‘ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable City’ — one of the most remarkable titles that was honorably given to C?n Th? City.” Furthermore, Coca-Cola founded the Packaging Recovering Organization Vietnam with other leading companies, recyclers and government agencies. They work together to accelerate sustainable packaging collection and recycling processes in  Vietnam . In 2020, Coca-Cola launched its first-ever  100% recycled plastic bottle  in Vietnam for its Dasani line. Last year, Coca-Cola switched Sprite from its green bottles to a clear  PET plastic bottle  to boost local recycling. They also put “recycle me” messages on packaging labels across their line of beverages. It was also in 2021 that Coca-Cola partnered with The Ocean Cleanup. The Ocean Cleanup develops technologies that rid the world’s oceans of  plastic . The companies are achieving their goals in two approaches.  First, they developed large-scale systems to concentrate the plastic for periodic removal. Through DNV’s Chain of Custody Standard for Plastics, the plastic is tracked and certified for the integrity of plastic retrieved from any body of water. Secondly, they are cleaning up plastic that has already accumulated in the  ocean . To accomplish that feat, The Ocean Cleanup unveiled the Interceptor in 2019, a  solar-powered  robot that removes marine debris. It became the first scalable solution to prevent plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers. The Interceptor was launched into the C?n Th? River for testing in December 2021. It is expected to become fully operational over the next few months, where it will remove up to 110,231 pounds of  trash  per day. “The Ocean Cleanup’s mission is to rid the oceans of plastic,” said Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of  The Ocean Cleanup . “I am happy to see progress and our first steps together with Coca-Cola on the road to tackling the complex  plastic pollution  problem in the vast Mekong Delta and its sensitive ecosystems.” Additionally, Coca-Cola and The Ocean Cleanup are working with the People’s Committee of C?n Th? and the C?n Th? Department of Natural Resources and Environment. They will conduct river waste  research  to scale up the project where appropriate.   Via The Ocean Cleanup Lead image via Pexels

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Nearly all of the German Pavilion is recyclable

January 13, 2022 by  
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The exhibits at this year’s Expo 2020 Dubai (postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic), feature a range of innovative designs from around the world. Working within the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” the German Pavilion highlights sustainable features that cater to the desert environment .  Architects at LAVA accepted the challenge to make a temporary structure for millions of visitors that spoke to the concepts of connectivity, sustainability and local relevance. The result is a pavilion that stands as an example of creating more with less.  Related: Innovative i-Mesh fabric takes shape at Expo 2020 Dubai “The key question was how to design a temporary exhibition and event space for up to three million visitors in a desert environment that was sustainable,” said Tobias Wallisser, director of LAVA. “LAVA’s solution linked the expo theme of connectedness with our approach of ‘more with less,’ with humans interacting with nature and technology at its heart.” Using the minimum amount of material for construction was a goal from the start, so the team created a series of vertically-stacked cubes with minimal site impact that provide maximum space. The ensemble represents connectedness while serving function in providing an open space and large atrium for visitors to explore individually or as a group.   “Architecture isn’t purely a façade. Of course we wanted the building to be Instagrammable ,” said Wallisser. “But also innovative, thought-provoking, with an effective experiential quality. The hardware of the building creates a journey for visitors from around the world.” Overall, the structure mirrors the design of local courtyard houses that close the outer façade and face the activity inward. The positioning of the building’s components creates a passive design for natural airflow. However, the flexibility of the canopy roof and open-able, single-layer ETFE membrane façade results in a hybrid air conditioning system with notable energy savings. The natural shading from the hot desert sun decreases heat inside the building while simultaneously minimizing the bulk required to support the structure. The technical canopy provides filtered natural light that resembles a forest canopy. The materials are malleable to move with the wind and adapt to local changing weather conditions.  Besides minimizing the amount of materials, the team carefully selected parts that could be recycled. As a result, 95% of the pavilion will be recycled after the six-month exhibition ends in March 2022.  “An efficiently stacked volume of space, responding to the local environment with an intelligent climate management system,” said Alexander Rieck, director of LAVA. “This project shows how buildings can be optimized, made intelligent, be reconfigured and can adapt to changing users, environments, temperatures , acoustics and light.” + LAVA Photography by Andreas Keller and Taufik Kenan

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These shoes are made in the world’s only entirely vegan factory

January 11, 2022 by  
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Buying vegan sneakers from Grounded People means supporting your choice of charity. Founded in Vancouver by CEO Maximilian Justus, Grounded People, an eco-friendly apparel company, started just as the pandemic began. And now, after nearly two years of overcoming challenges sourcing sustainable materials, Grounded People unveiled its debut collection of vegan shoes. Grounded People’s mission is to foster sustainability , not just as an alternative to fast fashion, but as a way of life. The first vegan footwear collection includes two low-cut sneakers called Charlie (moonstone color) and Gabby (lead color) and two high-tops called Lee (moonstone) and Matty (lead). Related: 77-year-old launches waterproof hemp shoe company Grounded People shoes are almost entirely hand-crafted by artisans out of ethically-sourced, recycled and un-dyed cotton canvas uppers and linings. There is a biodegradable non-toxic foam insole and a natural latex rubber outsole. The design is a classic style sneaker, featuring modern details such as d-ring eyelets and zipper backs. To top it off, these vegan shoes are made in the world’s only entirely vegan factory in Brazil . “At this critical tipping point in society, our intent is for people to see Grounded People as more than a label, but rather as an emblematic inspiration to this growing movement of inclusivity, environmentalism and sustainability ,” said CEO Maximilian Justus. “We are confident that the more well-informed consumers become, the more they will realize that their choices matter, and they can make a significant difference to the planet.”   To add an individual touch to each pair of shoes and allow customers to show support for their choice of cause, Grounded People started the LACES (Learn to Achieve and Create Everlasting Sustainability) initiative. When you shop through the LACES program, you can receive additional shoelaces in different colors that correspond to a specific partner organization. Grounded People contributes proceeds of the sale directly to the chosen charities .  Grounded People footwear sells for $119 to $129 in sizes five to 13. It also comes with a free-with-purchase vegan cotton backpack . + Grounded People Images via Grounded People

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House Offset reinvents New York renovation aesthetics

January 10, 2022 by  
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Overlay Office has renovated a 19th-century New York City townhouse to create House Offset. Located in South Slope, Brooklyn, the three-unit condominium uses classic design and sustainable materials that reinvent and enhance common contemporary renovation methods. It features increased natural light, open floor plans that maximize interior space, and outdoor spaces for each apartment. While the house underwent significant interior transformations, much of the exterior design was left to preserve the building’s relationship to its surrounding neighborhood context. The front façade is painted with two shades of black paint , with rounded arch shapes over a few windows. This feature is a callback to scalloped windows and roofs common in the neighborhood. 1903 New York house gets an eco-friendly makeover The lower third of the street-facing elevation is clad with shou sugi ban , a charred timber cladding that provides weathering and pest resistance. This visually complements the black brickwork above. The stoop at the entry forsakes traditional materiality and instead uses dark terrazzo stairs to reinforce the color scheme of the front façade. House Offset’s residential units comprise two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths, as well as generous living spaces. Each apartment also has a private outdoor patio with patterned tiling, synthetic turf, and powder-coated metal railings. On the ground level, the patio leads to the backyard, while on the top floor, residents have access to the roof deck. The primary interior finishes are black and white and serve as elegant monochromatic backgrounds for brightly colored and richly-patterned furniture and fixtures. Overlay Office worked closely with suppliers for customized architectural details. These include suppliers like Durat, for the 100% recycled plastic “ terrazzo ” solid surfaces, and Watermark Brooklyn for the colored kitchen and bathroom plumbing fixtures. The designers also referenced the scalloped pattern from the front façade in interior details, ranging from the rounded edges of solid surfaces to the barrel-vaulted ceilings. Overlay Office challenges ubiquitous renovation aesthetics through thoughtful design choices in the project. The attention to materiality and bold patterns and colors accentuate the townhouse without sacrificing elegance. Instead of a conventional refurbishment project, the simple yet effective customizations expand the vocabulary of the building and create a homey space for residents. + Overlay Office Images by Ryan Lahiff , courtesy of Corcoran

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