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Coffee Tea?! My Coffee Secret

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NCDT (National Coffee Data Trends) have reported that as much as 67% of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis.  That amount increases to 75% when determining the amount of adults who drink coffee on a weekly basis.  One lesser know fact is that the global coffee market is expected to reach 182 billion by the year 2030.  What is it about that little dark bean, available in so many varieties, that cause people to be unable to go about their daily lives without it?  It must be the flavor as some people swear by coffees made in various countries.  If it's not Columbian or Jamaican coffee, some will not even touch the mug.  Then there are the coffee chain fan clubs who must have their daily Starbucks or Tim Horton's signature espresso in the morning.  Let's be real, the taste of coffee isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when dark.  Quite possibly, it may be the alertness that coffee provides after consumption which have some people hooked.   The alertness and

Coach's New Sustainable Brand Coachtopia SOLD OUT in 24 HOURS

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Two years after the launch of their Coach Reloved Campaign, Coach New York is back at it again and kicking off a new sustainably smart sub brand named Coachtopia.  Coach is introducing it’s Coachtopia brand as a circular business model. Circularity is about reimagining not just the product lifecycle but the relationship between brand, planet, and consumer,” says Joon Silverstein, the SVP of Global Marketing and Creative and Sustainability at Coach and Head of Coachtopia, via their press release.  Instead of trashing old bags, Coach is “reimagining” those bags and remaking or upcycling them into something new. Customers who’ve purchased Coach bags can opt to recycle them by sending them into Coach. When this is done, Coach does not have to source new materials to create a bag. They simply use scrap and waste leather to create the new and trending. Utilizing new materials contributes to 38% of the fashion industry’s greenhouse emissions.   It enables them to use the old materials from a

Allbirds: The Sustainable Sneakers Brand

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Move to the side Yeezy! There’s a sustainable sneaker company on the horizon! With a motto such as “Love at First Step,” who wouldn’t run out to snag a pair? Allbirds creates running shoes made from planet friendly sources such as eucalyptus infused pulp, sugar cane and merino wool.  They are in the process of producing a natural plant based leather. Allbirds sneakers come in an array of colors, prints and styles.   The Women’s Wool Piper Mid (which I think looks totally rad)   boasts a price of $120 and has a very unique two fold half and half print going on.    This reimagined classic is made with merino wool fiber and is balanced at with a sugarcane outsole.   Though I’m not a sneaker head, I’m all for a sneaker company which keeps the safety of the environment as a focal point during its production processes.   Allbirds realizes that the fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to environmental problems.   They’ve set intentions to reduce their carbon footprint to zero b

Coach (Re) Loved Campaign

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To increase efforts to improve sustainability Coach initiated a campaign which enables customers to recycle their old bags. Coach is an all American luxury design house which was established in New York and they've been creating much loved leather goods for decades.  Customers are given credit towards a new bag when they turn in their old bags. The design house then reimagines or restores the bag to like new condition.  Coach has four different methods for giving their old bags a new life: 1. Coach Upcrafted:  When Coach customers trade their old bag, coach re-designs the bag and may add elements to it in order to make it look like a completely different bag. 2. Coach Restored: Coach will restore older bags to their original condition 3. Coach Vintage:  Coach will restore vintage bags to their original condition 4. Coach Remade: Coach uses the materials from pre-loved handbags to construct and create a new handbag or leather good. If you visit the Coach upcrafted section of the web

Louis Vuitton Embraces Sustainability in Pop Up Shop Road Tour

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Louis Vuitton is increasing their sustainability efforts with a little creativity on the side. The brand recently launched a pop of store which includes a showcase of upcycled garments for its Spring/Summer 2021 collection. The pop up's “Adventures of Zoooom with Friends” theme was planned by Virgil Abloh, creator director of menswear at Louis Vuitton. The pandemic has caused fashion houses to push the envelope so that creativity can remain alive. The looks on display are being deemed as “seasonless looks” by the brand. Pieces on display in the Pop Up were made using materials from the brand’s Spring/Summer 2020 collections. The current collection is derived from four different fashion upcycling methods. These include: 1.) New looks made from recycled material 2.) Looks repeated from the Fall-Winter 2020 collection 3.) Looks freely created by the studio during the lockdown using recycled material 4.) New looks created from existing ideas. The 1600 square foot pop up is open to the

Man Creates Renewable Energy from Fruits & Veggies!

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Congratulations to Carvey Ehren Maigue who recently won the 2020 sustainability award offered by the James Dyson Foundation. The was created as a way to help young people realize their engineering potential. This year the foundation created a sustainability option for their annual award. Carvey is a 27 year old engineer from the Phillipines who developed a system called aureus system technology that uses particles from waste crop (fruit & vegetables) to harvest invisible uv light from the sun. he was chosen from the top 20 award entries. With Aureus System Technology, Carvey is helping to mitigate climate change by allowing a mode for waste to be upcycled and turned into electricity. When asked how his invention was sustainable, Carvey had this to say: "We need to utilise our resources more and create systems that don't deplete our current resources. While AuREUS aims to generate electricity from natural resources, I also want to show that, even if we want to become m

Prince William Creates £50 million Prize for Green Change Agents and Environmental Workers

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Prince William is spearheading a new earthcentric initiative with his Royal Foundation. He announced a 50 million pound Earthshot Prize, which will be awarded on an annual basis to five different people or organizations whose mission, is focused on protecting the earth. The five objectives central to the Earthshot prize are: protecting and restoring nature, cleaning the air, reviving oceans, building a waste free world and fixing the climate. The earth-shot prize is sort of like a nobel prize for the environment. This is the single largest award for individuals or organizations who are involved in climate and environmental work. Prince William is continuing the work that his father, Prince Charles, has been passionate about by honoring those who are actively creating solutions to solve our planet’s environmental problems. He came up with the idea for a green award during a visit to Africa two years ago. The award ceremony will be held in a different city every year with the premiere c

Moschino Has the Most Socially Responsible Fashion Show to Date

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Jeremy scott, creative director at Moschino, produced a very socially responsible show at SS21 fashion week. he came up with a brilliant idea to showcase a life-like show using marionette puppets instead of live models. It's wonderful that Jeremy took the socially responsible route by refraining from having people attend a live show, which would have put people at risk for spreading or receiving the virus. Seated in the audience were marionnette versions of fashion heads, Anna Wintour, Edward Enningul, Nina Garcia, and Vanessa Friedman. Even Mr. Scott himself had a puppet. The Moschino SS2021 show went on without a real live person modeling the clothes and yet it still managed to be one of the most flawless and creative shows of the century! The film of the show premiered in Times Square, NYC. Jeremy elaborated on how he came up with the idea to use marionettes: "My mantra has been from the very beginning, ‘My body may be in quarantine, but my mind isn’t.’ I’m a creative p