Oliver Co. makes vegan leather wallets from apple waste and wood

May 14, 2020 by  
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A new London-based company has created a sustainable line of wallets and cardholders made from a combination of vegan “apple leather” and “wood leather.” Oliver Co. puts a priority on sustainability by focusing on high-performance, eco-friendly fabrics for its products, moving away from the non-renewable resources that the world has come to expect out of fashion accessories. Matt Oliver, the 27-year-old product design graduate behind the company, understood the difficulties of finding sustainable fabrics that maintained the same quality and look of traditional materials, especially when it came to leather. He spent about two years looking for the right materials to fit his goals, working with Sustainable Angle, a nonprofit organization that connects small businesses with high-quality eco-textile suppliers. It was then that the vegan leather came to life. Related: These vegan “Star Wars” sneakers are made with discarded pineapple leaves The wood leather is made by bonding thin sheets of wood and fabric with a non-toxic adhesive. The wood fabric gets its soft, supple touch and pliability thanks to small micro-laser etchings to make it look and feel more like leather. All of the wood comes from FSC-approved forests, helping to reduce carbon emissions by about 60% when compared to traditional leather. The apple leather is created using a 50/50 combination of apple by-product and polyurethane coated onto a cotton polyester canvas. The company gets the apple waste from an apple-producing region of Bolzano that grows and processes a large number of apples each year and faces a significant amount of food waste . According to Oliver Co., the upcycled apple leather has a much lower impact than similar faux leathers on the market right now. Oliver Co. continues to work on innovative ways to incorporate sustainability into its business model. The company works closely with its suppliers to ensure high ethical standards in product manufacturing and full transparency for its product ingredients. Future collections of Oliver Co. accessories , such as clutch bags, pouches and laptop cases, will use the same unique vegan leather. + Oliver Co. Images via Oliver Co.

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Which cities are the most sustainable? WalletHub releases Top 100 Greenest US Cities 2019

October 9, 2019 by  
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Ever wonder which American cities are the most eco-friendly? WalletHub recently unveiled its list of 2019’s Greenest Cities in the U.S., after comparing 100 of the country’s most populated cities across 28 underlying indicators of environmental-friendliness and sustainability. Some of the key factors surveyed were greenhouse gas emissions per capita, green job opportunities per capita, smart energy policies and clean initiatives. Interestingly, nine of the top 10 greenest U.S. cities are on the West Coast. WalletHub, renowned as a personal finance website, has long advocated for consumer interests. Green living is a growing public concern, perhaps because sustainability and financial needs are closely intertwined. To find the American cities with the best green programs and eco-conscious consumer habits, WalletHub conducted this study. Related: 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard reveals leading states in clean energy adoption What is green living, though? Green living is a lifestyle that embraces environmental preservation by reducing, reusing and recycling . It contributes to ecological protection and habitat biodiversity while simultaneously conserving natural resources. There is, after all, increasing demand for coordination around land conservation, local agriculture, renewable energy and waste reduction. According to WalletHub, green living boils down to a choice of preserving the planet. This can be achieved via cleaner, more sustainable practices and habits. Green living benefits both the environment and public health , which places greener cities at an advantage. By assessing 28 metrics, including a city’s environmental quality and climate change contributions, transportation and energy sources, lifestyle and eco-friendly behaviors and policies, WalletHub determined the following to be the top 10 greenest cities in the country. 1. San Francisco, California 2. San Diego, California 3. Irvine, California 4. Washington, D.C. 5. San Jose, California 6. Seattle, Washington 7. Fremont, California 8. Sacramento, California 9. Portland, Oregon 10. Oakland, California While WalletHub’s study did not assess all cities in the U.S., it did examine the top 100 largest cities by population. After highlighting the greenest states in the group, WalletHub also called out those at the bottom of the list, citing them as needing improvement. Those that ranked in the bottom as the least green of the most populous American cities are: 91. Virginia Beach, Virginia 92. Jacksonville, Florida 93. Detroit, Michigan 94. Cleveland, Ohio 95. Gilbert, Arizona 96. Mesa, Arizona 97. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 98. Toledo, Ohio 99. Corpus Christi, Texas 100. Baton Rouge, Lousiana Green living continues to gain momentum. It is hoped that by more people consistently choosing to go green, incessant waste and its associated long-term costs can be reduced, thereby saving money at the household, local, state, national and even international levels. More importantly, it can preserve our planet for years to come. + WalletHub Image via Pexels

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DIY: Make your own wool pom-pom bag charm or key ring

December 12, 2015 by  
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Bag charms and key rings are everywhere lately, but they can be shockingly expensive, not to mention not very animal friendly. Wool and the Gang has an adorable version that you can make at home without hurting your wallet or any animals. Read on for instructions to make one for yourself or as gifts for the fashionistas in your life. READ MORE >

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REUSE It! 7 Home Tips to Reduce Waste & Save Cash

November 6, 2015 by  
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Ask not what your home can do for you; ask what you can do for your home (and your wallet). Heeding the (albeit, modified) words of John F. Kennedy, we can all improve our country – and our planet – with an at-home recycling strategy and by…

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No Electricity Required: Old School Tech Keeps Produce Fresh

September 2, 2015 by  
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Did you know that refrigerators were first introduced into modern homes in 1913? Today, we really take that technology for granted. We expect that we’ll always have the ability to keep foods cool and fresh in the comfort of our own home. However,…

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10 Steps To Save Money With An Energy Efficient Home

September 2, 2015 by  
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Smart homes. Smart cars. Smart strips. Going green is effortless today, but energy efficient choices aren’t just about saving the planet. With these ten easy-peasy steps, you’ll also be adding hard cold cash to your wallet from energy savings…

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HOW TO: Make spicy and nutty cauliflower snacks

May 17, 2015 by  
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Need a healthy snack to get you through the day? This recipe for crunchy and nutritious cauliflower bites may be just what you’re looking for. Tossed with peanut butter, masala, and soy sauce, these baked cauliflower florets pack a spicy and nutty punch. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, this snack is easy to make, high in vitamins, and easy on the wallet. Read on to see how they’re made. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baked cauliflower , healthy snack recipe , masala , peanut butter cauliflower

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This clever, minimalist wallet is super thin and incredibly good looking

May 14, 2015 by  
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Wallets haven’t evolved much over the years, but the guys at ACE thought it was about time they did. By creating a wallet out of a single, continuous piece of laser-cut nylon, they made the world’s thinnest wallet at just .65mm thick. Not only will it save your pocket from that overstuffed look, it’s animal friendly and can be flipped inside out when you want to change up the color. Each wallet is so slim that it fits in the palm of your hand but still holds everything you need. Get yours at super price right now by  funding the project on Kickstarter , where early supporters can get their hands on one for just $10. + ACE on Kickstarter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ACE Kickstarter , ACE wallet , animal friendly wallet , kickstarter wallet , non-leather wallet , nylon wallet , reader submission , reversible wallet , single piece wallet , thinnest wallet , wallet by ACE , wallets

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INFOGRAPHIC: Free and low-cost smartphone apps to improve your home energy efficiency

March 16, 2015 by  
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Improving your home’s energy efficiency is a win-win for both your wallet and the environment. But what if you can’t afford to upgrade your home appliances and systems right away? Not to worry—you can use these free and low-cost smartphone apps on home energy efficiency as stepping-stones to get started. Half Price Shutters created in an infographic that lists seven apps to help you track the energy use and save electricity . Keep reading for the full list! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Free and low-cost smartphone apps to improve your home energy efficiency Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , energy efficiency apps , half price shutters , home energy efficiency , infographic , smartphone apps

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Beyoncé launches vegan meal delivery service that will make you and your wallet thinner

February 4, 2015 by  
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Over a year ago, Beyoncé and Jay Z spent 22 days on a strict plant-based diet, in an effort to undergo physical and spiritual cleansing. Now, Beyoncé has announced her continued partnership with the trainer behind the cleanse, Marco Borges. They are launching a vegan meal delivery service under the 22 Days Nutrition brand to help share the wonders of whole foods with anyone with a credit card. However, the meals don’t come with a guarantee that you’ll end up looking like Beyoncé. Read the rest of Beyoncé launches vegan meal delivery service that will make you and your wallet thinner Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 22 Days , 22 Days nutrition , beyonce , diets of famous people , healthy meal delivery , how to eat healthier , ordering vegan meals for delivery , personal chef service , plant-based meals , vegan , vegan challenge , vegetarian

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