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Adidas Saving Money by Treating Energy Costs Like VC Investments. Replacing fluorescent lights or sodium outdoor lamps with LEDs makes sense from both a conservation and an economic standpoint. While LEDs cost more upfront, their longer life span and energy efficiency mean the initial investment can be recovered in just a few years. After that, LEDs generate a positive rate of return, freeing up cash for other expenses.

Such calculations, however, don’t usually sway chief financial officers, who often view capital investments outside their core business as distractions. To help make the business case for sustainability, the Environmental Defense Fund began a program in 2008 that recruits MBA students and puts them through a week of training in which they learn to talk about energy efficiency in ways that bean counters can relate to. Elizabeth Turnbull was one of 125 who completed the Climate Corps training in 2010. Turnbull presented her boss with seven projects involving mostly lighting retrofits and cooling systems.

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Climate Change. Trends forecasting. Life in London with Rêve En Vert. The premiere online destination for sustainable luxury fashion. Outside of that, I am very into yoga, exploring and wine. Rêve En Vert was born out of a love for sustainability and the very urban lifestyle I lead between living in London and Paris, the two cities I love the most.

I’m Natasha and outside of all things Rêve En Vert, I am passionate about food and travel, have a background and MA in Art and Politics and this is my first job in the fashion industry! I started Rêve En Vert out of a passion to drive the conversation surrounding sustainability in a positive and aspirational direction. I also love the English countryside, mountains and beach and strive to have a balance of all of them in life. It has made a lot of things easier and more accessible. Yes, the Jungle in Calais was on fire. No, it is nothing to do with the Paris terror attacks. A huge blaze tore through the "Jungle" refugee camp in Calais just hours after a series of attacks left hundreds dead in the French capital of Paris. According to reports, hundreds of shelters were destroyed as flames took hold of the crowded camp said to be home to approximately 6,000 refugees.

While many were quick to dub the fire a revenge attack following the harrowing events in Paris, Calais' deputy mayor Philippe Mignonet. refuted such claims. Speaking to Russia Today he said: That is two separate things, and the fire there has nothing to do with the attacks in Paris tonight An electrical wire is believed to be the cause of the fire, highlighting the danger of life in a crowded camp. Others have taken to Twitter, outraged over the lack of press coverage of the Jungle fire: These were the scenes the following morning. More: Single violinist pays moving tribute to victims of the Paris attacks More: Beirut, Baghdad and Paris: how 24 hours of Isis terror unfolded around the world. §.

Beware, there are fake BTTF Nike Air Max trainers with power laces already. Great Scott! It might have taken Nike 26 years to perfect the power lace technology shown in Back to the Future II in order to release working self-tying Nike Air Max boots, but it's taken a mere fraction of that time for fakers to replicate the system. In fact, the official sneakers won't even be available on a wider release until next spring (as part of an auction) but should you be interested in knock-offs, it seems you can get your hands on them now.

Unauthorised versions are hitting the market, with Instagram user fake_education posting a small clip of the power laces working on a hooky Nike Air Max he discovered. What's quite remarkable is that the power laces actually work quite well on the fake boot. The poster's clip doesn't show the overall design though, so that might be a less impressive. That said, if the fakers can get the power laces working, how long before we see them on other, far less expensive footwear? We cannot wait. Marchesa Spring/Summer 2016. Marchesa Spring/Summer 2016. Makeup at Elie Saab Spring 2014 Couture. Spattering activity at the summit lava lake, Kilauea. Lava flows in Hawaii. “The Door to Hell” in Turkmenistan. It’s been burning for like decades. It’s a real thing on this planet at this very moment.

Abandoned church in France [2048x1365] by El Vagus. 22+ Reasons Why You Should Visit China. 12+ Beautiful Metal Firepits That Are Works Of Art. Light Drips From Trees In Long-Exposure Photos By Vitor Schietti. Brazilian photographer Vitor Schietti uses fireworks and long-exposure photography to create his “Impermanent Sculptures.” The effect was achieved by manual waving of fireworks, some post processing, and then by combining up to 12 shots into a single image. “The series is the result of several years of research on long exposure photography, and the usage of ND filters was vital to find a perfect balance between the fading twilight and the brightness of the fireworks,” Schietti told Colossal. “Only a few attempts were allowed per day, since the time frame during which this balance is possible is very narrow (30 to 50 minutes).”

More info: | Facebook | Instagram | Flickr (h/t: colossal) “If one wants to produce art, one is capable of it, but it takes time, dedication, trial and error, [and] acceptance…” “I’d leave luck out of the equation, since many attribute success to it” “The harder you work, the luckier you get” Beautiful Jewelry Made From Natural Objects Using Electroforming Method. Designer Kate Voilova and her husband, based in Kyiv-Ukraine, create beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry using elctroforming method -covering things with metal- specifically in their case, copper.

They use real honeycomb, leaves -including mistletoe- and feathers with this method and combine them with other elements to turn them into unique pieces of jewelry. Their creations can be purchased in their Etsy shop, Galvanart. “For the years passed we learned to do it properly and on quite high level. We are always trying to show the beauty of nature objects, to stop the moment and make it eternal.”, says Kate. More info: Real honeycomb pendant Real maple leaf ring Real acorn pendant Real dandelion sculpture Real honeycomb earrings Real oak earrings Real tulip tree necklace Real willow branch and leaf necklace Real maple seed earrings Real mistletoe leaf pendant Feather necklace Leaf Necklace.

Blooming Flavors Asuka Jewelry. Nature-Inspired Porcelain Sculptures Glow From Within. Ceramic artist Jennifer Jennifer McCurdy has been working with porcelain for over thirty years, creating swirling sculptures inspired by nature. Living on Martha's Vineyard, the potter strives to make her work reflect the beauty of life that surrounds her. What makes her recent body of work so unique is that she illuminates the insides of her porcelain vessels with 23 carat gold leaf. Her sculptural objects don't just reflect movement, by removing bits of clay from the forms and adding gold leaf, the artist gives the illusion that they're glowing from within.

Every sculpture is created solely by hand. The artist is known for pushing her creative limits. Here is part of her artist statement: "Emotion fills me when I see perfect forms in nature, from the cracked conch shell on the beach revealing its perfect spiral, to the milkweed pod burst in the field, its brilliant airborne seeds streaming into the sunlight. Above: Gilded Coral Nest Gilded Vortex Vessel Gilded Wheat Bowl Gilded Wind Nest. Log Series Archive - Alison Moritsugu.

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Get To Know: Grace & Thorn. Now more than ever it seems like Londoners are going green. And we’re not just talking about an increase in environmental awareness. No, we city-dwellers seem intent on creating green spaces wherever we can, which – due to a distinct lack of space – ends up being indoors. So it’s no surprise then that this season plants (especially of the succulent variety) have become downright trendy. Enter Grace & Thorn, one of the most forward-thinking florists in London.

Founded in 2011 and headed up by Nik Southern, Grace & Thorn set up their flagship store on Hackney Road in September. Just up from the famous Columbia Road flower market, the beautifully designed concrete shop is a hipster’s plant heaven. Though still firmly a florist, the shop itself showcases plants in a more creative way than most of us are accustomed to. We caught up with Nik Southern to find out more about her unique perspective on the business of plants. Can you tell us a bit about your background? Ferns. Russia’s Patriotic Fashion Agenda | Global Currents.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russia is going through its most patriotic moment in a generation. On the heels of armed intervention in Syria, Vladimir Putin's approval rating recently rose to a record 90 percent. At the best restaurants in Moscow and St. Petersburg, chefs now brag that they are revisiting traditional Russian dishes, using 100 percent Russian ingredients. Then they quickly add that the latter have been made a lot more common due to international sanctions against the country.

In the realm of fashion, too, Russia is now showing a clear desire to back its local industry. They include supporting and exhibiting very young designers, providing working space and offering subsidies to manufacturers for production. Russia's second largest city has so far been the centre of this new push, although Moscow remains the undisputed fashion capital. “St. Goga Nikabadze SS16 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia | Source: Courtesy On St.

Designer Natali Leskova, from St. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia Araida SS16 | Car Shows-Reviews. Markus Lupfer - Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear - London. Corneliani - Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear - Milan. Iris van Herpen’s astonishing designs don’t look like ‘clothes.’ They look like the future. Designer Iris van Herpen in the showroom in Paris during spring 2016 fashion week.

(Laura Stevens/For The Washington Post) PARIS — The designer Iris van Herpen does not like computers, and for half of her adult life, she happily did not have one. This is unusual because van Herpen is only 31, and many people would argue that she is the most technologically astute and adventurous designer working today. For the label that bears her name, she creates clothes to wear six months from now, but she also delves into sciences that may not be mainstream for six years — or even six decades. Robin Givhan is a staff writer and the Washington Post fashion critic, covering fashion as a business, as a cultural institution and as pure pleasure. View Archive Facebook While many designers work with artists and musicians to produce lyrical and even majestic collections, van Herpen is more inclined to work with computer programmers, nanorobotics scientists and biologists. Nature-Inspired Jewelry Summer 2013. Infinite Worlds. Odessey Elise Cakebread Textile Designer, Cakebread Studio Elise is a textile artist and designer working across both printed and constructed textiles.

Her practice is driven by experimentation and exploration within traditional textile processes and techniques. Her work focuses on the tensions created by the unusual or unexpected contrasts that emerge between materials, forms, colours, textures and scale. Elise created bespoke otherworldly colours in her Pile High Club floor cushions for the trend Infinite Worlds. Images styled by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King Photography Lisa Cohen. Biofragility. Clothes dissolve on the catwalk at Chalayan SS16 show. Designer Hussein Chalayan's Paris Fashion Week show featured a catwalk shower that dissolved a pair of soluble outfits, revealing delicate garments underneath (+ slideshow). The presentation of melting clothes was part of the Chalayan Spring Summer 2016 show, which took place in the Salle Melpomène at Paris' Palais des Beaux-Arts earlier today. Two models wearing white thigh-length jackets stood on small podiums within a large tray-like area in the centre of the catwalk.

A low portion of ceiling was punctured by holes positioned above the models. As water poured down through the gaps, the clothes began to disintegrate and fall away as if made from tissue. Video showing Hussein Chalayan's Spring Summer 2016 show The dresses revealed underneath were patterned with lines of thick black stitching and appliqué white petal shapes, each of which had clear jewels attached below. Chalayan is renowned for his experimental fashion designs. Nasa Mars announcement: Red Planet’s atmosphere was blown away by bursts of gas from the Sun, scientists suggest | Science | News | The Independent. Mars’s once hospitable atmosphere could have become so dry and cold because bursts from the sun that battered it during its early history, according to new studies released by Nasa. Measurements from Nasa’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) mission show that the atmosphere was ripped away by a huge burst of gas and magnetism from the Sun. The results of the mission bring far more detail to scientists’ understanding of how the Martian atmosphere changed during its early life.

When it was younger, Mars was much warmer and wetter — and so potentially far more hospitable to life. But at some point since, it has dried out and become far colder, making it harder to live there and leaving life very rare if it exists at all. Instruments on board the Maven craft found that ions were escaping from the planet at a much quicker rate during solar bursts, or coronal mass ejections. Another study looked at an aurora that could be seen on Mars’s northern hemisphere.

UK weather: Storm Abigail to bring a month's worth of rain in two days | Home News | News | The Independent. Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away? | George Monbiot. Warming set to breach 1C threshold.