How Your Old Jeans Are Warming Houses

Read the full story at TakePart. Learn more about recycling your denim at Blue Jeans Go Green.

Cotton Incorporated is working with Bonded Logic, Inc, manufacturers of UltraTouch Denim Insulation, to give beat-up (not in a trendy way) jeans a second life, and one that is impactful to boot.

 

Seed Sharing Movement Wins Big with New Legislation

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Since the crackdown on seed libraries by some U.S. states last year, organizers (including Shareable) around the country have been working to protect seed sharing. In both Minnesota and Nebraska, bills that specifically exempt non-commercial seed sharing from commercial seed laws were recently signed into law.

The three biggest circular economy myths holding back businesses

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The circular economy is gaining ground. The European Commission has announced it will present an ambitious circular economy strategy in late 2015, China has set up government-backed association CACE to encourage circular growth, and Japan has been practicing it for decades.

But progress towards a circular or even half-circular economy has been halting. Indeed, when I explain the premise of the circular economy to people, they are less stunned by the opportunity than by our collective disregard for it. Why? The power of inertia is important, of course, but I have also come across a number of myths on the subject. Here are the three most common ones.

How to Set Up a Neighborhood Exchange Box in 4 Easy Steps

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Dan Acher and his collaborators at Happy City Lab created this handy guide to setting up your own Neighborhood Exchange Box (for exchanging used goods with neighbors) which you can do in four easy steps:

Shareable’s Top 21 New Books for Summer

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Have you started a summer reading list? For those of us interested in the sharing economy, there is no shortage of great reads. Whether your interests lie in collaboration, sustainable cities, community-building, simplicity, or work in the new economy, there is something for everyone. We’ve rounded up the top 21 books for summer to inspire, empower, and inform.

How a Denver Toy Library Has Helped Kids Share for 35 Years

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Tucked away in the basement of Denver’s Smiley Library Branch is the Northwest Denver Toy Library. Founded in 1980, the toy library has been serving the community entirely through donations and volunteers. Last week, I sat down with Margie Herlth, who leads the operation and has been volunteering since 1996, to learn how the toy library works.

Can the plastics industry create a collaborative model for change?

Read the full story on GreenBiz.

Plastic is an inherently ubiquitous and valuable material — which is why it’s time to finally move the needle on doing a better job reusing it.