The Environmental Impact Of The Fashion Industry. Dear EarthTalk: Can you enlighten on the environmental impact of the fashion industry? As I understand it, the industry overall is no friend to the environment. According to the non-profit Earth Pledge, today some 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used throughout the world to turn raw materials into textiles. Domestically, the U.S. Luz Claudio, writing in Environmental Health Perspectives, considers the way Americans and Europeans shop for clothes as “waste couture”: Fashion is low-quality and sold at “prices that make the purchase tempting and the disposal painless.” According to Technical Textile Markets, a quarterly trade publication, demand for man-made fibers such as petroleum-derived polyester has nearly doubled in the last 15 years. “Issues of environmental health and safety do not apply only to the production of man-made fabrics,”says Claudio, citing subsidies to the pesticide-laden cotton industry that keep prices low and production high. About the Author: David Quilty
All Nothing: Poetic 1978 Animated Allegory about Mankind's Greed by Maria Popova Frédéric Back’s beautiful short film about harmony and the tragic entitlement of our species. French-born artist and activist-filmmaker Frédéric Back got his professional start in Canada in the 1950s, where he was asked to draw still images promoting moving pictures at Radio-Canada’s graphics department. In 1967, his giant stained glass mural entitled L’histoire de la musique à Montréal (“history of music in Montreal”) became the first work of art to be commissioned for the Montreal metro system. But most striking of all are his animated short films. In 1978, his Tout Rien (“All Nothing”), a delicate and pensive 11-minute animated allegory set to the music of Igor Stravinsky about how our human greed is stealing the happiness of our species, earned him an Oscar nomination. Possessions, like happiness, are always eluding our grasp. The following year, while working on another film and applying a coat of fixative to a drawing, the fumes got into Back’s right eye.
San Francisco Walking Tours | City Guides 10+ Websites To Keep You Updated On Green News | MakeUseOf.com Nowadays the internet offers a wide variety of green news websites to keep you updated of environmental news and events. It is interesting to watch this web niche evolve. Social media has brought a new generation of green resources. You can now be a green news source yourself (by participating in green social networks), become a part of huge green communities (by frequenting environmental blogs) or even watch green news using Twitter! Let’s have a look at a few examples of new creative environmentally friendly resources to help you go green. User-Generated Green News: I Do the Right Thing is a user generated resource where “you can get unfiltered information about the impacts of companies on” the environment. The green stories are rated based on the impact they produce on the society and/or environment. The companies are also rated based on the overall score of all stories they were mentioned in. Green Deals Daily will appeal to all conscious online bargain hunters. Best Green News Blogs:
Green Options - Helping You Make Good Choices Biodegradable A “biodegradable” product has the ability to break down, safely and relatively quickly, by biological means, into the raw materials of nature and disappear into the environment. These products can be solids biodegrading into the soil (which we also refer to as compostable), or liquids biodegrading into water. Biodegradable plastic is intended to break up when exposed to microorganisms (a natural ingredient such as cornstarch or vegetable oil is added to achieve this result). Sustainable disposal of any product requires that its wastes return to the earth and are able to biodegrade. Nature biodegrades everything it makes back into basic building blocks, so that new living things can be made from the old. Every resource made by nature returns to nature - plants and animals biodegrade, even raw crude oil will degrade when exposed to water, air and the necessary salts. Of all the environmental buzzwords “biodegradable” has perhaps been the most misused and the most difficult to understand.
Destigmatize Regifting by Maria Popova How to give and receive with honesty, love, and no guilt. The season of giving is upon us — a time to receive a lot of stuff we don’t really need from people we care about, give them stuff they don’t really need in return, and do it all graciously, dancing a dance of feigned stuff-needing. But what if we could pass that stuff we don’t really want or need along to someone who might? What if we could normalize regifting, remove the guilt that bedevils it, and bake it into the gift-giving process from the get-go as an open and beautiful expression of honesty? Introducing the Brain Pickings Regifting API — a free set of tools that aim to remove the social stigma from regifting, letting your loved ones know that you openly endorse regifting and encouraging them to pay your gift forward if there’s someone in their lives better suited for it than themselves. [ download hi-res PNG ] [ download vector file ] [ download hi-res PNG ] [ download vector file ] [ download hi-res PNG ]
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The Love-Vegan Survival Guide (ve-gan. n.) – A person who abstains from eating any animal product. This includes meat, dairy, seafood, eggs, honey, and gelatin. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Butter – Olive Oil or Dairy free Margarine Eggs in baking – banana or applesauce, baking powder or you can get egg re-placer Chicken or Beef Flavor – Onion, Garlic or vegetable stock cubes Milk – Soya milk, Almond milk, Oat milk, Rice milk, hemp milk and even Hazelnut milk – There are loads just try and pick a favorite Cheese – There are many different types of non dairy cheeses. Meat and Fish – You can buy so many different fake meats and fish. 8. A Bottle of filtered water (essential) A Herbal teabag (I like camomile) A piece of fruit Some nuts Chopped veggies (carrots, celery) with humous. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. hello [@] love-vegan.com ©Copyright of Love-Vegan 2012
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