16 great gifts for the guy in your life

December 5, 2017 by  
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  Got a special guy in your life, but you aren’t sure what to get him for the holidays this year? Look no further. We’ve rounded up 16 incredible gifts that are just as unique as they are. There’s a wood helmet for the biker, a solar grill for the barbecue-lover and a stackable tree tent for the adventure fantatic. Click on to see all the great options. GIFTS FOR GUYS >

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Patagonia is suing the Trump Administration over Bears Ears: "The President Stole Your Land"

December 5, 2017 by  
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Patagonia won’t let President Donald Trump shrink Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments without a fight. After the president announced yesterday he aims to slash the monuments by around by two million acres, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said they’ll continue the fight to protect the land in court. Today, the company’s home page – instead of featuring photographs of adventurers exploring nature – is black, bearing the stark statement “The President stole your land.” Patagonia calls Trump’s move illegal, and says his decision marks “the largest elimination of protected land in American history.” Trump aims to reduce Bears Ears from 1.35 million acres to a mere 220,000 acres, and cut Grand Staircase-Escalante, which is nearly two million acres, in half. The area, which includes sacred Native American lands and archaeological sites, could be opened up to energy exploration and coal mining . Related: President Trump shrinks Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments by 2 million acres Patagonia points to overwhelming public support for public lands – there were more than 2.7 million public comments during the Department of the Interior’s 60-day period – and over 98 percent supported maintaining or even expanding national monuments. The company also says it’s a myth that America needs to open more public lands for oil and gas development. They quoted a 2017 statistic from The Wilderness Society: “90 percent of U.S. public lands are open to oil and gas leasing and development; only 10 percent are protected for recreation, conservation , and wildlife.” Meanwhile, the company pointed out the value of the outdoor recreation industry. According to Patagonia, relying on information from the 2017 Outdoor Industry Association Economic Report, the industry contributes 7.6 million jobs and $887 billion in consumer spending every year, “far outpacing the jobs and spending generated by the oil and gas industry.” Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard told CNN , “I’m going to sue him. It seems the only thing this administration understands is lawsuits. I think it’s a shame that only four percent of American lands are national parks . Costa Rica’s got 10 percent…We need more, not less. This government is evil and I’m not going to sit back and let evil win.” Patagonia has a take action page on their website allowing users to tweet to the administration telling them they can’t take these lands away. They also listed 15 organizations fighting for public lands that you can support. + Patagonia Images via Patagonia , Depositphotos , and IIP Photo Archive on Flickr

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Vivobarefoot is launching a sneaker made out of algae

May 25, 2017 by  
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Vivobarefoot , a London-based purveyor of so-called “barefoot” footwear , is going green in an altogether unexpected way. Together with Bloom , a materials innovation firm from San Diego, the company is poised to debut the world’s first molded shoe derived from algae. No, swamp couture hasn’t suddenly become en vogue. Rather, Bloom harvests biomass from ponds and lakes, particularly those at risk for algal overload, and turns it into closed-cell foam known as ethylene-vinyl acetate, or EVA for short. Typically made from petroleum-based sources, EVA is what gives sneakers that extra-cushy feel. Vivobarefoot’s new lace-up is made almost entirely from the stuff, a fact that not only makes it equally at home on land and in water, but it also gives the environment a much-needed boost. Related: Researchers use algae to treat wastewater and generate biofuel A single pair of men’s size 42 Vivobarefoot x Bloom shoes, according to Vivobarefoot, returns 57 gallons of clean water to ecosystem while removing the equivalent of 40 balloons worth of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. “This is a true revolution for the footwear industry with the first plant based alternative to the petro-foams in ubiquitous use,” said Galahad Clark, founder and managing director of Vivobarefoot, in a statement. “We are thrilled to be the first company to use Bloom in our shoes and further our mission to make the perfect shoe—perfect for feet and minimal impact on the planet.” Related: Mexico-sized algae bloom in the Arabian Sea connected to climate change The Vivobarefoot x Bloom shoe will be available for purchase online and in stores this July. + Vivobarefoot x Bloom

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Russy Valenki Vintage Scarf Shoes Ain’t Your Babushka’s Sneakers

August 15, 2011 by  
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If you think certain Nike Dunks are rare, wait ’till you get a load of Russy Valenki’s vibrant kicks made out of vintage scarves. Inspired by Russian heirloom pavloposad shawls, each pair is crafted from an Italian scarf selected from secondhand markets in Italy. No two pairs are the same and only 600 of the sneakers will be made worldwide. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly shoes , eco friendly sneakers , eco shoes , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , recycled shoes , russy valenki , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable shoes , sustainable sneakers , sustainable style , upcycled shoes , vintage clothing , vintage fashion , vintage scarves

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Stanford University’s Xenith Racer Could Be the Fastest Solar Car Ever Built

August 15, 2011 by  
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Stanford’s Solar Car Project has spent almost two years building their entry for this year’s World Solar Challenge – a streamlined solar vehicle that may be the fastest solar car ever built. Designed in the 8,000-square-foot Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab , the Xenith is set to embark on a 3,000-kilometer (or 1,864-mile) race across the Australian Outback on October 16th. Read the rest of Stanford University’s Xenith Racer Could Be the Fastest Solar Car Ever Built Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fastest solar car , solar powered car , solar powered vehicle , standford , standford xenith solar car , stanford solar car project , sunpower corporation , Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab , world solar challenge , Xenith

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