Webinar: Circular Fashion Starts at the Beginning: An Eyewear Case Study

Oct 18, 2022, 11 am CT
Register here.

From our clothes and eyeglasses to the water bottles and handbags we carry, the choices we make about how we present ourselves to the world says a lot about who we are and what we value. And according to recent research from Shelton Group, a third of Americans want to be seen as someone who buys green products. What makes fashion green has everything to do with what it’s made from. While a lot of the focus on making fashion more sustainable is on the end-of-life impacts (148 metric tons of waste per year by 2030), we must also “green up” the inputs, using sustainable materials to minimize the disastrous impacts of unsustainable farming, logging and extraction, and pollution of waterways. These inputs must also be durable to ensure longevity of the final products. Eyewear crosses the boundaries between fashion and functionality, making materials highly critical. Join circular materials innovator Eastman and two leading eyewear companies as they discuss their journey to convert entire portfolios to sustainable materials.

In this hour-long webcast you’ll learn:

  • Key highlights from recent consumer research about expectations towards sustainable fashion accessories
  • How entire value chains from raw material producers up to final product makers can join forces to lead the way towards a full switch to sustainable portfolio in an effective manner
  • Key learnings and best practices from two leading eyewear companies on how they quickly and successfully adopted sustainable materials
  • How to build an effective message about sustainable materials and molecular recycling to get buy in from internal stakeholders and consumers

Moderator

  • Deonna Anderson, Senior Editor, GreenBiz Group

Speakers

  • Rachel Oakley, Global Segment Manager, Eyewear, Eastman
  • Alessandro Bellati, Director, Product Innovation & N.A. Product Design & Creation, SAFILO
  • Xenia Glutz Von Blotzheim, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & CSR Communications, MYKITA

If you can’t tune in live, please register and GreenBiz will email you a link to access the webcast recording and resources, available to you on-demand after the live webcast.

I made a bunch of tools to make journalists’ lives easier. Here are my 5 favourites

Read the full post at the Online Journalism Blog.

It’s been over 25 years since I wrote the Official Netscape Guide to Internet Research (and 24 years since I started my blog ResearchBuzz), but search engines and the problem of finding things on the Internet remain just as fascinating to me. Over this summer I began trying to actually solve search challenges instead of just thinking about them — and working out techniques to minimize them.

What changed? I began learning JavaScript! I spent some time in a SkillShare class in May, started a GitHub account in June, and by Labor Day I had a collection of about twenty of what I’m calling ResearchBuzz Search Gizmos.

They’re all freely available at researchbuzz.github.io. Some of them require API keys, but the keys are free as well. 

I love all my little Gizmos and could never pick an absolute favorite, but I think these would be most useful to journalists.

What is a wetland? An ecologist explains

A raccoon with a fish at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Fla. Michael Siluk/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

by Jon Sweetman, Penn State

Wetlands are areas of land that are covered by water, or have flooded or waterlogged soils. They can have water on them either permanently or for just part of the year.

Whether it’s year-round or seasonal, this period of water saturation produces hydric soils, which contain little or no oxygen. But this doesn’t mean that they are lifeless: Wetlands are full of unique water-loving plants and wildlife that have adapted to wet environments.

Wetlands can take many different forms, depending on the local climate, water conditions and land forms and features. For example, swamps are dominated by woody trees or shrubs. Marshes often have more grasslike plants, such as cattails and bulrushes. Bogs and fens are areas that accumulate peat – deposits of dead and partly decomposed plant materials that form organic-rich soil.

Trillions of dollars in ecological benefits

Wetlands are important environments for many reasons. They provide ecological services whose value has been estimated to be worth more than US$47 trillion per year.

For example, wetlands support very high levels of biodiversity. Scientists estimate that 40% of all species on Earth live or breed in wetlands.

Wetlands are critical homes or stopovers for many species of migratory birds. In the central U.S. and Canada, for example, wetlands in the so-called prairie pothole region on the Great Plains support up to three-quarters of North America’s breeding ducks.

The hunting and conservation group Ducks Unlimited works to conserve prairie pothole wetlands on North America’s Great Plains.

Along with providing important habitat for everything from microbes to frogs to waterfowl, wetlands also work to improve water quality. They can capture surface runoff from cities and farmlands and work as natural water filters, trapping excess nutrients that otherwise might create dead zones in lakes and bays. Wetlands can also help remove other pollutants and trap suspended sediments that cloud water bodies, which can kill aquatic plants and animals.

Because wetlands are often in low-lying areas of the landscape, they can store and slowly release surface water. Wetlands can be extremely important for reducing the impacts of flooding. In some places, water entering wetlands can also recharge groundwater aquifers that are important for irrigation and drinking water.

Wetlands also act as important carbon sinks. As wetland plants grow, they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They they die, sink to the bottom of the wetland and decompose very slowly.

Over time, the carbon they contain accumulates in wetland soils, where it can be stored for hundreds of years. Conserving and restoring wetlands is an important strategy for regulating greenhouse gases and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Resources at risk

Despite the many valuable services they provide, wetlands are constantly being destroyed by draining them or filling them in, mainly for farming and development. Since 1970, the planet has lost 35% of its wetlands, a rate three times faster than the loss of forests.

Destruction and degradation of wetlands has led to the loss of many organisms that rely on wetland habitat, including birds, amphibians, fish, mammals and many insects. As one example, many dragonfly and damselfly species are declining worldwide as the freshwater wetlands where they breed are drained and filled in. A marsh or bog may not look like a productive place, but wetlands teem with life and are critically important parts of our environment.

Jon Sweetman, Assistant Research Professor of Ecosystem Science and Management, Penn State

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

CNBC survey shows CFOs not completely onboard with ESG initiatives

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

Focusing on and publicizing ESG goals and investments are currently widespread corporate initiatives, but according to a CNBC survey, financial executives aren’t as supportive of those plans.

The survey shows chief financial officers, nearly half from Fortune 500 companies, are especially against the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed emissions and climate disclosures. A quarter of the respondents are for the SEC’s measures, but 35% say they strongly oppose it.

Air Company launches sustainable aviation fuel made from captured CO2

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

At a time when sustainable travel has increasingly come under the spotlight, and when airlines are experimenting with the use of sustainable aviation fuel, one company has launch an aviation fuel that it says will have significant long-term implications. Air Company, a carbon technology company that creates carbon-negative alcohols and fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2), has launched a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from captured CO2.

Boston bans artificial turf in parks due to toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Boston’s mayor, Michelle Wu, has ordered no new artificial turf to be installed in city parks, making Boston the largest municipality in a small but growing number around the nation to limit use of the product because it contains dangerous chemicals.

Urban greening can reduce impact of global heating in cities, finds study

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Planting trees, rainwater gardens and de-paving can mitigate effects of climate crisis, according to an analysis of 2,000 cities.

Troubled carbon capture projects dog US DOE ahead of new spending spree

Read the full story at S&P Global Intelligence.

A 2021 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that the federal government has invested $1.1 billion on carbon capture and storage demonstration projects at coal-fired power plants since 2009, but with little success.

Zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 and monkeypox will become more common, experts say

Read the full story from NPR.

Cases of monkeypox are on the rise in the U.S., with about 67,600 global cases, including about 25,500 in the U.S. Simultaneously, the world is still facing a COVID-19 pandemic, despite the number of cases tapering off.

Researchers say these types of viruses, known as zoonotic diseases, or ones that spread between humans and animals, will become increasingly commonplace as factors such as the destruction of animal habitats and human expansion into previously uninhabited areas intensify.

Water Quality and Professional Turfgrass Managers

North Carolina State University Extension has developed a fact sheet to provide professional turf managers with management strategies that preserve and protect water resources. It includes best management practices for:

  • erosion and sedimentation
  • wetlands
  • ponds and lakes
  • turfgrass selection
  • fertilizers
  • irrigation
  • mowing
  • integrated pest management, and
  • pesticide selection, use, storage, and disposal