Board game introduces pathways to a competitive bioeconomy using hemp & bamboo

… huge changes in the way we do things. These changes are starting to happen in some sectors, such as renewable energy, but considering how huge our total energy appetite is right now (I think the technical term is “boat-load”), it’s a slow process. And that only affects the energy side of the equation, not the materials side, so even if we were to go 100% renewable energy tomorrow, our stuff, of which we are so fond of buying and using and disposing, will still be made mostly …

Creating a market for their products – The Hindu

From www.thehindu.com | December 7, 2015 Sympathy and charity are the last things a self-respecting individual, especially a person who has survived a tough phase of her life, would appreciate. She would want to stand up on her feet and make a living of her own despite the odds. Punarjani Cancer Crusaders Society, being a forum of cancer survivors, is well aware of this, of her insecurities and pride. When Punarjani joins hands with Narmatha-Elegance on Fabrics to find a market for the handmade …

Vegan café sees greater demand for local food

… food that is organic, getting things as local as possible and, even as far as our disposable containers, getting things that are already recycled or are recyclable,” said Justin Tighe, a former UCF student who works at Dandelion. Sticking to those food philosophies hasn’t always been easy, though. After eight years of serving Orlando customers, Dandelion Café has experienced the growth of local businesses in its surrounding areas. “When Dandelion first opened, there …

Is Your $40 Skirt Hurting the Environment?

… fashion,” explains Morgan. “I don’t want people to think, ‘I should feel guilty if I love the things that I wear.’ We just need to take a step back from our incessant consumption of mediocre stuff. Let’s go back to a place where we invest in pieces that we love, that we’re going to wear and hold on to.” Today, we consume 400 percent more clothing than we did two decades ago. That quantity of consumption, and our carelessness of purchasing, is part …

FlyPunch! founder builds brand for natural fruit fly killer from Greenville

… universe,” Franken says. “And to notice when things fall in front of you.” The 180 can be explained in two words – fruit flies. The pesky insects inspired Franken’s company, Aunt Fannie’s, and its signature product, FlyPunch!. The special formulation, which Franken developed over the course of four years, is the leading all-natural fruit fly killer on the market. The budding entrepreneur was inspired by his own family’s need to adhere to food allergies and …

Growing food heals communities – Valley Morning Star : Tu Salud

By Lisa Mitchell-Bennett Tu Salud | April 12, 2015 Ron Finely gave a TED Talk a couple of years ago that spread around social media like, well, weeds. Finely is an urban gardener, local food forest advocate and one of those “regular” people who do extraordinary things because they are committed to a cause. In his TED Talk, he describes his hometown. “South Central Los Angeles — Home of the drive by, and the drive through.” He continues, “Funny thing is more people are dying from the …

Call for “equal rights” for landholders dealing with miners | Fraser Coast Chronicle

… landowners and communities are not being recognised, not compensated for or no priority given over resource activity when there is no current solution to unrepairable damage to things of fundamental value such as the very small percentage of high quality soils,” Mr Stiller said. “The ability of the productive capacity of the land should not be impaired nor impacts to enjoy prior amenity of life residing on that land be left not resolved. “All parties and candidates must commit …

Toyota follows Tesla, makes hydrogen patents open source

… when good ideas are shared, great things can happen. … By eliminating traditional corporate boundaries, we can speed the development of new technologies and move into the future of mobility more quickly, effectively and economically.” Toyota generates a lot of patents each year – 1,491 in 2012 in the US alone, for example – but it did not see fit to make them all open to competitors. via Toyota follows Tesla, makes hydrogen patents open source. …