Lur® Apparel marries fashion and sustainability

Lur logoFashion is big business. Just look at all the TV, radio and print commercials targeting even the youngest consumers of all – our kids. Whether you think this is good or bad, one thing’s certain. The fashion industry, particularly women’s fashion, is constantly changing.

The women’s fashion industry chases the season, says Mike Heiman, co-founder of Lur® Apparel. “There’s always pressure to come up with new colors, new designs and styles.”

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Young people earn “Hero” awards

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If you’re a child of the 50’s, you’ll remember Ark Linkletter and his famous Kids say the Darndest Things!  Young people see things differently, ideas and possibilities others don’t and take action to make them come alive.

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Researchers able to dramatically increase solar panel efficiency

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASolar energy is an integral part of our renewable energy game plan. Yet as useful as solar is, their efficiency has always seemed incredibly low. Who would consider 15-25 percent “good” if it were your electricity delivery?

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Disappearing Glaciers – their impact effects us all

Melting World bookMost Americans have never visited Glacier National Park, which straddles northern Montana and southern Canada. Yet these beautiful ice-rock formations provide more than sixty five percent of the world’s fresh water – for drinking, irrigation, and for hydroelectric power.

The glaciers at Glacier National Park are disappearing faster than anywhere else in the world, says Christopher White, author of the new book “THE MELTING WORLD: A Journey Across America’s Vanishing Glaciers.

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Kohl’s & Sierra Nevada Brewery the latest winners of EPA’s WasteWise award

WasteWise award logoRecycling is great but the real idea is to create as little waste as possible. That’s the idea behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program, which helps organizations reduce or prevent waste headed to landfills, and practice sustainable materials management. This year’s winners aren’t the biggest corporations but are definitely companies making a big difference.

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EcoScraps digs out into environmental activism

EcoScraps logoJust because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference.

Though fairly new to the market, EcoScraps, manufacturer of chemical-free organic lawn and garden products made from fruit and vegetable waste, hasn’t wasted any time seeing how else to make a difference in the world.

As part of a company-wide commitment to global activism, the young company is sponsoring concert events for the upcoming Farm Aid 2013 and the Global Citizen Festival in New York City. EcoScraps has offered financial support for both events, and will be providing composting services to Farm Aid.

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FixnZip makes broken zippers a snap to fix

Photo by lusi, courtesy of rgbstock

Photo by lusi, courtesy of rgbstock

I love gadgets, especially small ones. And though this one isn’t necessarily “green”, it’s so handy that I had to write about it. It solves one of life’s everyday annoyances and that alone makes it worthy of profiling.

We’ve all been there. When you’re in a hurry to get somewhere or to finish something, suddenly that darn zipper breaks!

At this point, many of us are tempted to throw something or mutter loudly at our bad luck. A broken zipper means a change of plans, sometimes expensive repairs and an all around annoying hassle. There’s a handy little gadget that will make all this disappear.

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First No GMO TV ad hits the airwaves

\Washington faces a big challenge in this Fall’s election – whether or not to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill. The Yes on 522 group has now produced its first television ad that will hopefully spur the public to vote in favor of this precedent-setting legislation.

If it passes, hopefully it will spur other states to pass similar legislation. Two states have already done so – Maine and Vermont, but those laws are contingent on at least 3 other neighboring states passing labeling laws in order to go into effect. If you’re on the fence about this issue or don’t really understand what all the fuss is about, check out the film Genetic Roulette to learn more.

More than “just plain” Vanilla – it’s Fair Trade too

Nielsen-Massey Organic Vanilla 1aAmericans have gotten used to enjoying products that aren’t necessarily top notch. Think frozen pizza and processed cheese. The same can be said of vanilla, that simple flavored extract that’s been a staple in almost every American household for decades.

Vanilla, a vine-growing plant, is the only edible fruit-bearing member of the orchid family. The three top producing vanilla countries are Madagascar, part of the Bourbon Islands off the east coast of Africa, Mexico and Tahiti.

Nielsen-Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract isn’t like the grocery store vanilla you’ve tried.

To learn what makes this vanilla shoulders above the store-bought type you’re used to, check out the full story.

A healthy eating game plan for students

Health Eating

As college students head off to school, there are a myriad of things to do and details to manage. Healthy eating should be near the top of the list but doesn’t always get there. Below are some useful guidelines that may help.

A word of caution, however regarding fish.  Depending on where the fish is from determines how much mercury and PCB’s it may have ingested. Reports suggest limiting how much fish you eat.

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