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What’s Hot in March

Recyclable Packaging

The GilletteLabs Men’s Razor With Exfoliating Bar is packaged in a plant-based, dyed fiber razor tray engineered by Arizona-based materials science company, Footprint. As a partner to Procter & Gamble, Footprint was tasked with designing and creating an environmentally friendly razor tray, the first of its kind. As a result, the company engineered a solution using product-safe dye that is 100% plastic-free, and made with 100% plant-based fiber and certified recyclable packaging.

Buy Back Boots

Timberland, a VF Company, announced the launch of its Timberloop  take-back program, where customers can now return any used Timberland footwear, clothing or accessories so they can be given a new life. The program enables the company and its community to work together to keep products and materials in circulation for as long as possible — critical to the company’s goal for 100% of its products to be designed for full circularity by 2030. www.timberland.com

Fast Fashion stacks up in Chile’s Atacama Desert

Up to 59,000 tons of unsold clothes make their way from the U.S. and Europe to the Iquique Port in Northern Chile’s Atacama Desert every year. The idea is to sell the clothes in Latin America. But only about 20,000 tons of the clothes leave Chile. What’s left in the Zona Franca de Iquique, or tax-free import zone, winds up piled up in illegal desert landfills or burned.

One recycling project, Ecofibra Chile, is working with importers to remove textile waste and transform it into thermal insulation panels. Other local groups are trying to get funds to address the problem of discarded clothing with heavy machinery to remove the clothes and recover public spaces, starting with areas closest to cities. 

Geoship home of the future

A new architectural paradigm. Homebuilding is a massive, multi-trillion dollar industry that is unsustainable. The Geoship micro-factory and village building platform is a new model for the regenerative future. 

The end product is recyclable, mold-proof, fire-proof and flood-proof. The domes are also hurricane-, earthquake-, and insect-resistant. It even comes in cool colors.


500 acres of redwoods returned to the indigenous people

In Mendocino County, over 500 acres of redwood forest have been donated back to descendants of the indigenous people who used to care for the land. Through the partnership, the Sinkyone people resume guardianship of a land they lived on generations ago, before European settlers moved in — and the forest will again be known as Tc’ih-Léh-Dûñ.



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