Macys and Bloomingdales to be fur-free by 2021

October 24, 2019 by  
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In partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, both Macy’s and its subsidiary, Bloomingdale’s, will cease sales of authentic fur. The fur ban aligns with the Fur Free Alliance’s guidelines against exotic skins (mink, fox, raccoon, rabbit, chinchilla) and will be fully enacted by the close of fiscal 2020, shifting the tide toward more environmental, socially responsible consumerism. Fur-free policies have been adopted across several luxury fashion brands and major retailers in recent years, thanks to the spread of both legislation and public education on the realities of animal cruelty. Related: LA City Council unanimously agrees to ban the sale of fur Interestingly, public pressure is also driving faux fur manufacturing away from synthetic fibers as well. That’s because polyester, nylon and other petroleum-based textile fibers are exacerbating the microplastic pollution crisis. In lieu of these textiles, eco-conscious alternatives like vegan leather and organic cotton are emerging and appealing to ethical shoppers. “Over the past two years, we have been closely following consumer and brand trends, listening to our customers and researching alternatives to fur . We’ve listened to our colleagues, including direct feedback from our Go Green Employee Resource Group, and we have met regularly on this topic with the Humane Society of the United States and other NGOs. Macy’s private brands are already fur-free, so expanding this practice across all Macy’s, Inc. is the natural next step,” explained Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s. “We are proud to partner with the Humane Society of the United States in our commitment to ending the sale of fur. We remain committed to providing great fashion and value to our customers, and we will continue to offer high-quality and fashionable faux fur alternatives.” Macy’s is not the first U.S. department store to enact a fur ban, for JCPenney and Sears did so already. But the impact of Macy’s business move will be far-reaching, becausee it operates 680 stores across 43 states. While Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will no longer sell fur across their brands and off-price stores — even closing off a fleet of fur vaults and salons where storage and alterations of furs were offered — the ban does not mean Macy’s and its subsidiaries will stop selling all animal-based goods. Rather, they will still continue to retail calf hair, cowhide and sheepskin merchandise to shoppers. + Macy’s Image via Macy’s

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Sculptural, solar-powered home generates more energy than it uses

October 24, 2019 by  
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In the Texan suburb of Addison just north of Dallas, 5G Studio Collaborative has completed the Winnwood Residence, a contemporary home that blurs the line between the indoors and out. Certified LEED Platinum , the single-family home offsets all its energy use with a 10 kW rooftop solar array and geothermal wells drilled beneath the driveway. Walls of glass, large skylights and outdoor living spaces immerse the residents in the landscape and help bring in natural light and ventilation to reduce the home’s energy demands. Completed in 2016, the Winnwood Residence is a sculptural, single-story home that spreads out across 4,600 square feet to embrace varied landscape views, one of which is a land and water conservation park funded by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the U.S. Department of the Interior; the front third of the client’s property has been designated as an extension to the conservation project across the street. To keep focus on the outdoors, the architects opted for a minimalist yet modern design of “a solid black plaster mass sitting within an enclosed garden.” The interiors are also simple and feature white walls of smooth reflective plaster and minimalist decor. Related: Solar-powered Austin home can save owners nearly $100K in energy costs “The exterior finish is black plaster, upon which climbing Boston Ivy is expected to overtake overtime; the shadowy blackness of the exterior surfaces allows one to truly enjoy light, not shadow, filtering through the trees,” the architects explained in a statement. “The architecture elegantly and quietly achieves its sustainability objectives; proposes a new vocabulary of architecture that is decidedly un-local yet celebrates Texas living and is very much about the landscape as it is about the interior.” The building will gradually blend into the lush landscape, which has been repopulated with native and adaptive species. To further reduce site impact, the architects installed a rainwater collection cistern beneath the driveway to minimize runoff and increase water permeability. Geothermal and solar energy power the energy-positive home. + 5G Studio Collaborative Photography by Adam Mørk via 5G Studio Collaborative

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These vegan "Star Wars" sneakers are made with discarded pineapple leaves

September 7, 2017 by  
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The pineapple is strong with these sneakers—literally. A collaboration between Star Wars and London-based shoemaker Po-Zu , the limited-edition “Silver Resistance” high-top combines silver woven linen and Piñatex , a leather alternative engineered from the fibers of discarded pineapple leaves. The sneaker, which is handcrafted in Portugal, also features a rubberized Rebel Alliance badge, a quilted rear panel, a removable memory foam insole, and a grippy natural-latex outsole. The result is a shoe that is as visually striking as it is environmentally friendly. “We go the extra mile to make our shoes ethically and sustainably so you can wear them with clear conscience from dawn till dusk,” Sven Segal, fouder of Po-Zu, said in a statement. “We want them to be comfortable, collectable, and wearable. This sneaker has all of that and more. I love that it is vegan, too.” Related: Aspiring Jedis can pilot the Millennium Falcon at Disney’s upcoming ‘Star Wars’ hotel Available for preorder, the “Silver Resistance” is expected to ship in October, “just in time for Christmas and the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi ,” according to Po-Zu. If you miss out on one of the 1,000 pairs, you can still catch a glimpse of the sneaker, along with rest of Po-Zu’s co-branded Star Wars collection, at the Museum of Brands during London Design Week . + Star Wars Silver Resistance High-Top £150 + Po-Zu

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New North African solar farms could send 4.5 gigawatts of energy to Europe

September 7, 2017 by  
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The age-old plan to power Europe with solar farms in North Africa and the Middle East may finally become a reality. This past June, Tunisia-based TuNur filed a request to export 4.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy to Europe. That’s enough to power 5 million homes or 7 million electric cars! If the joint venture between UK-based solar specialist Nur Energie and Tunisian and Maltese investors proves successful, the energy landscape in Europe will be forever changed. Said Daniel Rich, the chief operating officer at TuNur: “Today you have a market in need of low carbon dispatchable power, which has the mechanisms to import power from other countries. Next door is a region with extreme solar resource and in need for investment and development. Finally, there are technologies that can satisfy the demand at very competitive pricing and have a very high local impact.” The National reports that project is making fast progress. By 2020, the TuNur solar plant in Tunisia will be linked with Malta, a feat which will cost approximately €1.6 billion. (The island is already linked to the European mainland via an undersea power line that connects to Sicily.) A second cable link will connect Tunisia to central Italy at a point north of Rome. A third cable, which would link Tunisia to the south of France, is presently under review. Related: European firms eye artificial island for North Sea wind and solar farm The project will do more than provide Europe with clean energy – it will stimulate over $5 billion of investment in Tunisia . Approximately 20,000 direct and indirect jobs — specifically in the interior regions which are least developed — will also be generated. + TuNur Via The National Images via TuNur , Pixabay

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Plastic fibers found in over 80% of tap water samples from five continents

September 7, 2017 by  
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If you had a glass of water from the tap today, you likely ingested plastic. Orb Media conducted an investigation of plastic in our tap water over 10 months, and their results were shocking: over 80 percent of samples they collected – in places like the United States Capitol building or the shores of Uganda’s Lake Victoria – contained plastic fibers. The authors of the study say we’re living in the Plastic Age – and the contamination probably is not limited to our water. Orb Media and a researcher from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health scrutinized plastic fibers in our tap water for the report, titled Invisibles, for what Orb Media described as the “first public scientific study of its kind.” Microplastics contaminating our water come from a variety of sources, from synthetic clothes to tire dust to microbeads to plastic utensils. According to Orb Media, “We have produced more plastic in the last 10 years than in the entirety of the last century.” They said experts said plastics are probably in your food too – like baby formula, sauces, or craft beer. Related: Plankton Pundit video shows exact moment plastic enters the food chain The research authors tested tap water in the United States, Europe, Indonesia, India, Lebanon, Uganda, and Ecuador. The United States had the greatest amount of plastics in their water at 94 percent of samples; the researchers detected the fibers at the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, Congress buildings, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next greatest amounts of contamination. Europe had the least – but plastics were still found in 72 percent of samples there. It’s easy to blame waste management or sewage treatment systems. But one marine biology professor said designers have a role to play too. Associate Dean of Research at Plymouth University Richard Thompson told Orb Media, “Plastics are inherently recyclable . What’s preventing us from recycling I’d argue, is inadequate, inappropriate, or…lack of proper consideration on the design stage for what’s going to happen at the end of life.” Senior Research Associate at the University of New South Wales Mark Browne said, “It’s all of our fault.” + Invisibles Via Orb Media and The Guardian Lead image via Depositphotos , others via Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons

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Muskin is a 100% biodegradable vegan leather made from mushroom caps

June 26, 2016 by  
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The wonderful mushroom is more than just tasty—the fleshy fungus can even be transformed into a 100% biodegradable vegetal leather. Italy-based textile manufacturer GradoZero Espace has been turning mushroom caps into Muskin , a vegan leather that they claim is even softer than suede and is breathable and pliable. The versatile material has been used to make a variety of household items such as purses, watchstraps, shoe insoles, and even hats.

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Vegan leather DUCKS IN A ROW is an elegant cycling commuter backpack

October 28, 2015 by  
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Are you tired of garish commuter backpacks covered up in neon? For a sophisticated bag to match your chic outfit, take a look at the DUCKS IN A ROW backpack . Designed by industrial designers Anna and Tony, the elegant and slim bag is made of high quality vegetable tanned leather with padded shoulder straps and back. Multiple openings make it easy to stay tidy and include a 15-inch padded laptop pocket, bike light connector, a touch screen smartphone pocket, and more. The stylish backpack launches on Kickstarter next week . + DUCKS IN A ROW Commuter Packs The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Airdonkey is a revolutionary smart lock and app kit that lets you rent out your bike

October 28, 2015 by  
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Copenhagen-based startup Donkey Republic have built a bike sharing platform that aims to revolutionize bike sharing. It’s called AirDonkey – a smart lock & kit that turns your spare bicycle into a rental bike – taking the AirBnB and Uber model and implementing it for bicycles. Their aim is to empower bike owners and users, creating availability of bicycles which they believe can change both people and cities. Read the rest of Airdonkey is a revolutionary smart lock and app kit that lets you rent out your bike

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How to win a free pair of PETA-approved vegan espadrilles

August 16, 2015 by  
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Want a pair of shoes that’ll feel good on your feet and your conscience? You’ll love these cruelty-free kicks created by PETA and “footwear with a purpose” brand M4D3 —and we’re making it easy to win a pair for free! Our sister site Ecouterre is hosting a giveaway that only requires you to sign up for their newsletter and leave a comment on their website. The slip-on flats are made from faux leather, jute-rope soles, and come in three different colors: black, blue, or white. Click the link below to enter the giveaway! READ MORE>

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Enter to Win a Canopy Verde “Heights” Carry-All

November 22, 2014 by  
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If your old bag is looking tired, you’re in luck: we are giving away a beautiful Canopy Verde “Heights” shoulder bag to help take your commute up a notch. Made out of organic cotton, low-impact dyes and vegan leather, it’s an eco-friendly option for toting everything you could possibly need in style. ENTER TO WIN > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: canopy verde , Canopy Verde Heights , contest , cotton bag , cotton travel bag , eco friendly accessories , eco friendly purse , eco friendly travel , ecouterre , giveaway , organic bags , organic carry-all , organic purse , organic travel bag , vegan bag , vegan bags , vegan leather , vegan purse

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