Adidas Wants To Turn Ocean Plastic Into Sportswear
May17

Adidas Wants To Turn Ocean Plastic Into Sportswear

Would you buy shoes or clothes made from trash that is recovered from the ocean? Adidas has partnered with Parley for the Oceans to develop materials made from ocean plastic waste to use in its products starting in 2016. The sportswear giant will also phase out plastic bags in its 2,900 retail stores around the world. Parley for the Oceans is a team of artists, musicians, actors, directors, fashion designers, journalists, architects, product inventors and scientists that addresses major threats to the world’s oceans. Photo Credit: Parley for the Oceans “The conservation of the oceans is a cause that is close to my heart and those of many employees at the Adidas Group,” said Eric Liedtke, Adidas Group executive board member responsible for global brands. “By partnering with Parley for the Oceans we are contributing to a great environmental cause. We co-create fabrics made from ocean plastic waste which we will integrate into our product.” As we previously mentioned, plastic—from plastic bags and bottles to tiny microbeads of plastic broken down from larger sources—is a major threat to marine life and marine ecosystems. The staggering 8 million tons of plastic tossed into the oceans every year also causes about $13 billion in damages annually. “Our oceans are about to collapse and there is not much time left to turn it around. Nobody can solve this alone. Everyone has to be part of the solution. And collaboration is the magic formula,” said Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans. “We are extremely excited about this partnership. There is no other brand that carries the culture of collaboration in the DNA like Adidas. Together, we will not only focus on creating the next generation of design concepts, technologies, materials and products. We will also engage consumers, athletes, artists, designers, actors, musicians, scientists and environmentalists to raise their voice and contribute their skills for the ocean cause.” Besides Adidas, many other major clothing companies are ramping up their sustainability practices. Outdoor clothing company Patagonia is making efforts to get rid of toxic chemicals in their materials. Additionally, fast fashion retailer H&M is the world’s largest purchaser of organic cotton and has set up an in-store recycling program, which has brought in around 13,000 tons of clothing. The announcement from Adidas coincides with the publication of their 15th annual sustainability report, which highlighted the company’s efforts to green up their gear. According to the report, the iconic sportswear brand has used more sustainable cotton than ever before, with 30 percent of all its cotton coming from sustainable sources, exceeding the originally planned 25 percent target. The company has committed to 100 percent...

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Thank You, Internet  [Baltimore Beyond the Headlines]
May04

Thank You, Internet [Baltimore Beyond the Headlines]

Today I just wanted to take the time out to say, Thank You Internet. It is because of you that I am able to see different views of current events such as the Baltimore riots and I am not solely reliant on one sided media outlets with agendas of their own. Because of you I do not just see the picture the news has been painting of violence, destruction, and chaos amongst angry citizens. Because of you I also see peaceful protests, good samaritans coming together to clean their community, and compassionate officers empathizing with concerned advocates, and because of this I can more accurately form my own opinion of the matter. Thanks to you I can share my support for these riots because I am inspired to see people uniting, fighting for a worthy cause, proving that there is Power in numbers, and that we can overcome anything if we stick together and find our common ground. We are fighting for equality but we can’t win that war by sitting quietly and being obedient citizens. It’s gonna take people standing up, together, and speaking their minds and hearts loud enough for the whole world to hear. However, even if you disagree with my opinion, still, I am grateful for you (Internet) because, thanks to you, at least I have the opportunity to offer another perspective, and that’s what matters most. Baltimore Beyond the Headlines...

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Inspiration Point: Stop Thinking You’re Too Old
May03

Inspiration Point: Stop Thinking You’re Too Old

How often have you heard people under the age of 60 complain they can’t do something or change their habits because they’re too old? I know people in their 30’s who act older than some people who are senior citizens. Take Takao Arayama, a 70 year old Japanese man who didn’t start climbing seriously until he was in his 40s, and who climbed to the top of Mount Everest… Mr. Arayama apparently beat the previous record holder, another 70 year old Japanese man, Yuichiro Miura, by doing it when he was 3 days older. 175 climbers have died climbing Mount Everest. The person who previously held the record, Mr. Miura, attended Hokkaido University in Sapporo where I used to live in Japan. And he’s done quite a few brilliant things. After graduating from Hokkaido University many years ago, Miura became a professional skier. He took part in the Italian Kilometer Lanciad in 1964, where he set what was then the world speed record at 172.084 kilometers per hour (106.9 miles per hour). He later skied down Mt. Fuji and in 1970 skied down Mt. Everest from an altitude of 8,000 meters (26,245 feet), the first time anyone had done so successfully. By 1985, he had skied down the slopes of the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents. Here’s a good quote from Yuichiro: “No matter how old people are, they can still hold on to their dreams. You have to continue to make an effort to turn your dreams into reality. I learned that if you keep heart and take one small step after another, you can stand on top of the world. I think far too many people give up on their dreams long before they hit their 50’s let alone 70.” “One of the admirable Japanese traits is persistence. Ask someone who’s from or lived in Japan to tell you what the word gambare means and how important it is to being Japanese. Too often people focus on the negative aspects of other cultures. Every country has it’s fair share of these. Why not focus on emulating the positive aspects of other cultures?” Source:...

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