Patagonia donates its $10 million in tax cuts to save the planet

December 4, 2018 by  
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Last year, President Trump said that his tax bill would be an incredible Christmas gift for millions of hard-working Americans, but it also resulted in billions of dollars of tax savings for businesses — especially those in the oil and gas industry. But one outdoor retailer has opted to donate its tax savings to the planet instead of putting it back into the business. Patagonia announced last week that it would be giving away the $10 million the company made as a result of the Republican tax cut. “Based on last year’s irresponsible tax cut, Patagonia will owe less in taxes this year — $10 million less, in fact. Instead of putting the money back into our business, we’re responding by putting $10 million back into the planet,” CEO Rose Marcario wrote in a LinkedIn blog post . “Our home planet needs it more than we do.” Related: Patagonia strikes back at Trump over public lands policies Marcario also wrote that taxes protect the most vulnerable in our society as well as our public lands and other resources. In spite of this, President Trump still initiated a corporate tax cut that threatens those services at the expense of the planet. In addition to cutting taxes for individuals and businesses, the bill also lifted a 40-year ban on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Patagonia will donate the money from its tax cut to various conservation organizations. The money will also go toward the regenerative organic agriculture movement, which, according to the company, could help slow or reverse the climate crisis. Marcario cited the recent National Climate Assessment Report, compiled by 13 different federal agencies and 300 scientists. The report found that climate change is impacting people all over the globe and will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars. She wrote that far too many people have suffered from the consequences of global warming, and the political response has been “woefully inadequate.” Patagonia has been a long-time champion of grassroots environmental efforts, and the company has also been vocal in its criticisms of the Trump administration. + Patagonia Via EcoWatch Images via Yukiko Matsuoka and Monica Volpin  

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Striking home in Greece uses bioclimatic features to be energy-efficient year-round

December 4, 2018 by  
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Tucked into a sloping hillside looking out over the Aegean Sea, the TRIF House designed by Sergey Fedotov boasts a gorgeous, contemporary design with massive floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the breathtaking sea views. In addition to its striking aesthetic, the private residence also includes a number of passive features that insulate the home and reduce energy use throughout the year. Located in Porto Heli, Greece, the massive home, which spans over 3,800 square feet, sits on a naturally sloped landscape spotted with olive trees. To appreciate the gorgeous sea views, the front facade is a series of frameless, floor-to-ceiling windows that can slide open and shut at just the push of a button. The glazed exterior not only creates a seamless connection between indoors and out but also allows for natural sunlight to illuminate the interior. Related: A modern, energy-efficient home is built around a beloved madrone tree Alternatively, the home’s north facade was embedded into the natural slope of the hillside. Burying part of the house into the landscape was another passive feature that helps provide the structure with a strong thermal envelope. The main floor houses a kitchen, dining and living room, all of which open up to an expansive veranda with a swimming pool. The top floor, which is enclosed in a large white rectangular volume that cantilevers just slightly over the ground floor, is home to the master bedroom and two guest rooms, all of which enjoy stunning panoramic views. The interior boasts a minimalist design with custom-made furniture. Surrounding the home, the landscape was left in a natural state. Large olive trees and shrubs dot the sloping hillside, which has various walking paths that wind through the home’s beautiful surroundings. + Sergey Fedotov Via Archdaily Photography by Pygmalion Karatzas via Sergey Fedotov

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This Brilliant Rekindle Candlestick Turns Melted Wax Into a Fresh New Candle

February 24, 2014 by  
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Designer Benjamin Shine has created a brilliant regenerative candle holder that transforms melted wax into a fresh new candle! The Rekindle Candlestick lets users reuse a candle over and over again by collecting the wax in a tube as it burns. To reuse the candle wax, a fresh wick just needs to be introduced into the tube of newly melted wax. Although the quantity of wax reduces slightly with each cycle, a typical candle can be reused at least twelve times after the first burn. Read the rest of This Brilliant Rekindle Candlestick Turns Melted Wax Into a Fresh New Candle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Benjamin Shine , candle wax , decorative design ideas , diy candles , off the grid products , Regenerative Candle Holder , regenerative candle holders , Rekindle Candle Holder , reusable candle wax        

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Drastic New Reduction in Power Conversion Losses

February 26, 2011 by  
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What if your laptop no longer needed a converter brick? What if the DC power from your solar panels was converted to AC electricity with virtually no power loss from the conversion

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Green Overdrive: VW’s Electric Blue-E-Motion Golf!

January 6, 2011 by  
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Volkswagen’s got close to two years before it will launch its all-electric Blue-e-motion Golf car, but GigaOM TV’s Green Overdrive show got a chance to take the car to the streets recently in Los Angeles, California. VW electrified the Golf line because the vehicle is one of its most popular brands. Watch our test drive below, where we check out each of the car’s four regenerative braking modes.

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Discreet Desert Eco Homes Planned for the Mojave Desert

January 6, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Discreet Desert Eco Homes Planned for the Mojave Desert http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , California , desert community , desert eco house , desert houses , eco design , eco home , eco house , green architecture , green design , la quinta , mojave desert , palm springs , par , platform for architecture + research , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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Panasonic Announces New Green Initiatives for North America

January 6, 2011 by  
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Panasonic, a long-time  leader in green technology , recently unveiled their new Eco Ideas plan for North America in hopes of becoming the number one green innovations company in the electronics industry by 2018 — just in time for its 100th anniversary. As part of the initiative, the company plans to enhance the environmental performance of its manufacturing and marketing operations and expand its green education and community programs

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Hybrid Container Cranes Use Lithium-Ion Batteries to Save 60% of Fuel

November 10, 2010 by  
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Container cranes at the container-terminal of Bremerhaven in Germany. Photo: Wikipedia , Public Domain. A Kind of Regenerative Braking Chances are, a lot of the stuff in the room around you was in a container at some point

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High-Efficiency Hydraulic Hybrid Car Could Get 170 MPG

March 19, 2010 by  
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INGOCAR is a developmental concept for a 5 passenger car with a hydraulic drive system in place of a conventional powertrian. With the weight reduction this offers and other efficiencies in the systems, the designers say their vehicle could get 170 mpg.

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