How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.- China Trade War: ..."....Lynas Corporation. The company provides materials known as rare earths, which are used to make personal electronics like smartphones and televisions, and electric and hybrid cars....Rare earths after being baked at 1,000 degrees Celsius. They aren’t truly rare — they are made up of 17 elements found together in the ground all over the world — but turning them into useful materials is costly and complicated... Rare earths are refined on a large scale in only two places: at Lynas’s plant in Malaysia and in China. China’s grip on the market puts the supply chain at risk in a trade war...
Adidas sold 1 million shoes made out of ocean plastic in 2017: Adidas sold 1 million shoes made out of ocean plastic last year, CEO Kasper Rorsted told CNBC on Wednesday. The German sportswear giant launched last year three new versions of its UltraBoost shoe made out of plastic found in the ocean. It teamed up with environmental initiative Parley for the Oceans to create the shoe
These Adidas are made from recycled ocean plastic and they're the most comfortable running sneakers I've tried: ....plastic waste winds up in our oceans, polluting the water and killing animals, only to eventually make its way back to us through the food we eat (and the micro plastic in them). In order to address the problem and build a more sustainable (and mutually beneficial) business plan, Adidas paired up with Parley for the Oceans to repurpose the millions of pounds of plastic currently polluting the world's oceans. Instead of remaining waste, Adidas has found a smart way to use recycling to their (and the planet's) benefit.
Eileen Fisher Helps Make the Eco-Fashion Dream of Circularity Come True:An inside look at the brand's "Tiny Factory," where a meticulous sorting and record-keeping process transforms old clothes into new ones on a large scale.....That's why Eileen Fisher's Tiny Factory, located in Irvington, New York, is worth taking a close look at. Inside, an elaborate system of organizing, sorting, cataloguing and storing old clothing makes possible the construction of the new pieces that comprise the brand's upcycled Renew collection. Though the facility is called the "Tiny Factory," the scale of the endeavor — which involves thousands of garments a year — feels anything but small...
Africa SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2018: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal agenda, calling on all nations to pursue economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability, on the basis of good governance. This report creates, for the first time, a measurement of progress on the SDGs tailored specifically to African countries.
In the Heart of the Corn Belt, an Uphill Battle for Clean Water: “Health trumps politics,” said Iowa State Senator David Johnson before taking the stage at a raucous rally in Des Moines last winter to support strengthening the state’s water quality. In the marble rotunda of the state capitol, he rose to denounce the nitrogen and phosphates that have been flowing in ever-increasing quantities into Iowa’s public water supplies — and was cheered by the small crowd of family farmers, concerned mothers, and his new political allies, the legislature’s drastically outnumbered Democrats. Johnson had been one of the longest-serving Republicans in Iowa until he left the party to become an independent in 2016 after defying it repeatedly on one of the most divisive issues in Iowa — the integrity of the state’s water.
Why this South American company is making laptops in Rwanda: Rwanda is becoming a hub of tech activity; The country's rapid growth has made it a prime spot for tech companies to develop........You would expect to see the words 'Made in Rwanda' on a jar of coffee, but probably not on a laptop. Rwanda is becoming a hub of tech activity with its recently launched innovation hub FabLab, a space for members to turn tech ideas into products. The East African country has also seen success with FOYO, a mobile pharmaceutical directory, as well as a new cashless bus payment system in the capital city Kigali
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City Transport System of the Second Level: Dahir Insaat presents how a new modern transport at second level can be used in cities where the current infrastructure is unable to effectively control the traffic. This video shows how the transport technology uses solar energy, existing road structure that adjusts its vehicles height to accommodate the flyovers. (It relates to the piece in Lens 2, Technology, specifically, Technology + design thinking on p. 334)