WKE LifeProof phone cases use recycled ocean-bound waste

May 7, 2020 by  
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In an effort to find a balance between protecting the significant investment in our cellular devices and protecting the planet, LifeProof has developed a phone case that sources materials diverted from the ocean  and simultaneously supports organizations directly involved in providing safe water, protecting ocean life and maintaining river habitat.  W?KE, the newest case line from LifeProof, is made from 85% recycled plastic waste. Materials for the protective case are sourced from fishing nets and ropes to help prevent those plastics from reaching the ocean. The plastics are then woven into a polypropylene material that is both durable and strong. This practice reduces the need to produce virgin plastic, and the company also offers a program to recycle your phone case when you decide to make a change.  Related: Adorable baby gorilla wants you to recycle your phone As a company, LifeProof has long strived to make its cases more sustainable and find ways to give back to the Earth. “LifeProof’s existence has centered around two things: a love of the water and an innate need to give back,” said Jim Parke, LifeProof CEO. “With this new case and the charitable partnerships we’ve formed, we’re not only creating products that help ensure a longer,  repurposed life for plastics  from the fishing industry, we’re supporting water organizations that can make an even larger impact than we would be able to alone.” The water organizations he refers to are long-established non-profits on a mission to provide clean water  to underprivileged communities, protect coral across the ocean floor and maintain healthy rivers for communities and wildlife.  According to a press release from LifeProof, “With the purchase any LifeProof case, including existing lines like FR?, NËXT and SL?M, and registration of the case at lifeproof.com/makewaves, we’ll donate a dollar to one of three charities who share our vision for a world with clean water for all – Water.org, the Coral Reef Alliance or American Rivers.” The W?KE case is currently available for the Apple iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone SE (2nd Generation), iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+. It is also available to preorder for Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Cases are priced at $39.99. + LifeProof  Images via LifeProof 

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Invasive "murder hornets" arrive in US, threaten honeybees

May 7, 2020 by  
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If you’ve been itching to get back to the outside world, two words might make you think again: murder hornets. For the first time, these gigantic, invasive hornets have been spotted in the U.S., which could be a problem for both humans and honeybees . The Washington State Department of Agriculture verified four sightings of Vespa mandarinia — the official name for the Asian giant hornet — last December. But after The New York Times recently reported on them, murder hornets have moved into the limelight. Related: How to live harmoniously with bees and wasps The black-and-yellow hornets measure up to two inches long and have bulging eyes. “They’re like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face,” said Susan Cobey, bee breeder at Washington State University’s (WSU) Department of Entomology. “It’s a shockingly large hornet,” Todd Murray, WSU Extension entomologist and invasive species specialist, said. “It’s a health hazard, and more importantly, a significant predator of honeybees.” The hornets are native to the forests and mountains of eastern and southeast Asia, where they feast on large insects . One of their favorite foods is the European honeybee. Scientists in Washington worry that if the hornets spread, they could decimate the state’s honeybees, which farmers rely on to pollinate apple and cherry crops. Invasive species like murder hornets can permanently alter an ecosystem. “Just like that, it’s forever different,” Murray said. “We need to teach people how to recognize and identify this hornet while populations are small, so that we can eradicate it while we still have a chance.” WSU and the state agriculture department are working with beekeepers and volunteers to locate the enormous hornets before they become too active again. April is the month when queens usually emerge from hibernation, so the hornets are just getting started. Obviously, the consequences will be devastating if these creatures manage to spread across the country. While humans are not the hornets’ typical target, the hornets will attack anything if they feel threatened. When a group of hornets attack, they can inject as much venom as a snake bite. Murder hornets kill up to 50 people in Japan every year. + Washington State University Image via LiCheng Shih

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The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate is the First UL Platinum Certified 4G Smartphone

June 6, 2012 by  
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Electronics firms are often quick to play up the green credentials of their devices, and when it comes to smartphones, those credentials aren’t always particularly impressive . On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate might set a new benchmark for eco handsets. Constructed in part with recycled post-consumer waste, and equipped with biodegradable cases, the smartphone is the first device of its kind to be certified UL Platinum for sustainability. Read the rest of The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate is the First UL Platinum Certified 4G Smartphone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco phones , eco-rating phones , green phone , green smartphone , recycle phone , samsung galaxy exhilarate , ul platinum , ul platinum phone

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