This furniture collection is made from repurposed military parachutes

October 11, 2019 by  
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Innovative design firms Layer and RÆBURN  are known for creating stunning items out of repurposed materials . Now, the two firms have teamed up again to create the Canopy Collection, a series of chairs and screens made out of former military parachutes. The Canopy Collection is a series of six low-slung rocking chairs. Welded steel frames create the base, which is then covered in repurposed old military parachutes and aircraft brake parachutes. The textiles are secured to and tautly stretched over the frame with a combination of concealed zips and different textile techniques. The armrests are wrapped with extra material for added comfort. Related: RÆBURN upcycles North Face tents into one-of-a-kind bags The parachute fabric, which is made from ultra-thin ripstop nylon material, is incredibly durable and makes perfect sense to be used in everyday furnishings . In addition to the chairs, the collection also includes a reconfigurable screen with three panels that would make for an eye-catching centerpiece in any home. According to the designers, “The Canopy Collection uses the strict geometry of the steel frames as a base on which to experiment with innovative and forward-thinking recycled parachute upholstery.” Both studios are well-known for their dedication in creating responsible, sustainable products, especially when it comes to using undervalued or discarded materials. Earlier this year, RÆBURN made headlines for its collaboration with North Face to reconfigure old tents into unique bags. The Canopy Collection, which was launched to coincide with the recent London Design Festival 2019, is an innovative way to show the world that modern furnishings can also be sustainable . This is not the first time that the design studios have worked together, and hopefully it will not be the last. + Raeburn Design + Layer Design Via Dezeen Images via Layer Design

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Pacific nation Vanuatu is the first to ban disposable diapers

June 25, 2019 by  
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The mothers of Vanuatu will shoulder the Pacific island nation’s dream of a pristine future with the recent announcement of a ban on disposable diapers. Despite backlash by parents in the country of about 250,000 people, the government announced that a ban will roll out by the end of the year. Vanuatu is believed to be the first country in the world to prohibit disposable diapers and has one of the strictest bans on single-use plastics , including plates, cups, drink stirrers, egg cartons, plastic flowers and food containers. Related: New study finds harmful chemicals, including glyphosate, in disposable diapers Although the government admits it was a difficult decision that will disproportionately impact mothers, ministers argue that they had no choice. The low-lying islands of Vanuatu are already drowning in plastic pollution and the rising sea levels. “Vanuatu is safeguarding its future,” said Mike Masauvakalo, Minister of Foreign Affairs. “Eventually, plastics find their way into the water and the food chain and at the end of the day, the people of Vanuatu end up consuming [them].” A study by the Commonwealth Litter Program indicated that compostable waste and disposable diapers constituted nearly 75 percent of all plastic waste in the country. So, in addition to composting programs, a ban on diapers was an obvious target. “It is a long road ahead,” Masauvakalo said. “But knowing my country, we will work it out. Vanuatu is very vocal about the climate emergency. It is visible, we are living it. It is affecting our food supply and our fish populations.” Thomas Maes from the Commonwealth Litter Programme said , “Although Pacific islands produce a fraction of the waste of other countries, bad waste management practices may be contributing to the problem of microplastics in the oceans.” Meanwhile, in the U.K., the outcry was so vocal after a government official mentioned banning disposable diapers that he was forced to retract his mere suggestion. Via The Guardian and RNZ Image via Shutterstock

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Are ‘open source’ seeds necessary for a resilient food system?

January 4, 2017 by  
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As the global agriculture industry consolidates with the recent merger between Monsanto and Bayer, the question is raised: What does it mean for the rest of us?

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How To Secure Your Tiny Home

August 3, 2016 by  
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Your home is where you keep your most prized possessions and share everyday joys with the ones you love. So, it’s only natural to want to protect it, regardless of its age, size and specifications. And, with the recent upswing in tiny home living,…

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US Requires New Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses

August 15, 2011 by  
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Along with the recent announcement of increased efficiency standards for cars , the US government is also, for the first time, setting efficiency standards for trucks and buses and other heavy-duty vehicles which have previously not had an efficiency standard. The new regulations apply to three categories of vehicles (combination tractors (semi-trucks); vocational vehicles (such as transit buses); and heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans) and take effect beginning in 2014 and run through 2018. Under these new requirements, national oil consumption is expected to decrease by 530 million barrels. The program is also expected to provide a savings of $50 billion in benefits to vehicle owners. Furthermore, by the 2018 model year, specific program goals call for semi trucks to be 20% more efficient than current levels, and heavy-duty pickups and vans are to be 15% more efficient, while vocational vehicles to be 10% more efficient. As was the case with the recent automotive standards, these new truck and heavy-duty standards have also been generally well accepted by the industry.

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High-Tech Help for Some Turkish Denim Workers

March 6, 2011 by  
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Turkish denim worker Mehmet ?ah Yalç?n, who died last week of occupational silicosis. Photo: Kot Kumlama ??çileri Dayan??ma Komitesi . With the recent death toll among Turkish denim sandblasting workers due to the lung disease silicosis nearing 50, one local firm has decided to abolish the practice and use a laser-based system to create the same “worn-out look” for its jeans.

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Dolphins Save Doberman From Drowning in Florida Canal

March 6, 2011 by  
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Photo: shioshvili Last week concerned dolphins successfully saved the life of a struggling Doberman Pinscher by alerting a vacationing couple that the poor pooch was stuck on the sandbar.

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Can Audubon’s "Frozen Zoo" Save Endangered Species?

June 6, 2010 by  
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Audubon retrieves oil-coated turtle from NOAA. Photo: Audubon Nature Institute With the recent declaration of the rusty grebe extinction , due to a non-native carnivorous snakehead murrel being introduced to its habitat, Lake Alaotra in Madagascar, as well as drowning in nylon fishing nets, there’s no chance of resurrecting it. Unlike Cuba’s Zapata rail, which is critically endangered by the mongoose and catfish – not as long as the Audubon Species ..

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Ash City Partners With American Breast Cancer Foundation

December 7, 2009 by  
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This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Simonetta Freelance, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy (see proformagreen.com ). John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry. Ash City USA – one of the leaders in eco-friendly apparel for the promotional items market – is partnering with the American Breast Cancer Foundation through their new “We’re Thinking Pink” campaign.

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Sarah Palin Cartoon Archive (cartoons)

November 30, 2009 by  
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Mean Joe Green #81: Sarah Palin Cartoon Archive The politician that offers nothing but (mildly) good looks and soundbytes sprinkled with CRAZY, is all over the media lately because someone helped her write a book. Well, I want to take this opportunity to remind you just how dumb (I think/thought) she is… Mean Joe Green #26: Governor Palin vs

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