3-D Printed Sneakers…

Heron Preston a streetwear designer has teamed up with Zellerfeld a technology company to produce the first 3D slip on sneaker. The sneaker is called HERON01. It has no seams, stitching, glue, not made of toxic glues or material, has no weak points, and can be fully recycled into a new shoe. The shoe itself is decorated with printed scales and textures resembling the feet of a heron bird while the sole combines the aesthetics of a claw with advanced footwear production concepts. They are easy to pull on and have a chunky sole with threading for traction. It has a prehistoric yet futuristic look and comes in a range of colors. New prototypes can be printed in hours as opposed to traditional avenues which take months. You can choose from standard sizes and use your iPhone to scan your feet at no additional cost. The program allows users to return their worn-out shoes for updated newer versions. For now, they are in the testing stage with 200 pairs being given out in order to receive feedback.




Is there an Afterlife for all those CDs?

For the past 14 years, Bruce Bennett, has been in charge of the “CD Recycling Center” in Salem N.H. This is the place where CDs go to have an afterlife. Each truckload, about 44,000 lbs., is ground into raw polycarbonate plastic which in turn can be molded into car parts, building materials and eyeglasses. His concern for the environment began in 1988 when he himself was a CD manufacturer. One of his concerns at the time was how to dispose of all those damaged CDs. The material from which CDs are made takes 1,000,000 years in a landfill to decompose. By the year 2000 more then 900 million Compact Discs had been sold. A year later Apple released the ipod which made all these CDs undesirable. Another organization “GreenDisc” provides drop off boxes. These in turn are shipped to the National Industries for the Blind where they are sorted, turned into flakes and remade into spools for producing 3-D filament. These spools are in turn shipped to the Federal Government where they can be made into everything from parts for Humvees to missiles. There is a need to encourage more recycling of CDs just as there has for the recycling of glass, metal and cardboard.




Ikeas’ Buy Back Plan…

Ikea is well known for its inexpensive, disposable furniture. Starting on November 24th in Britain, it will begin its Buy Back Program. This will also run in 26 other countries, unfortunately not yet including the U.S. Customers who partake in the event will receive an Ikea Refund Card with no expiration date on it. Depending on the condition of the pieces the refund can be anywhere from 30 to 50% of the original price. There will be an “As Is” section of the stores where these items will be sold. Any articles of furniture that cannot be resold will be donated to community projects. The articles for buy back will be limited to any piece without upholstery. The program is a complete turn-around for a company whose campaign in the early 2000’s emphasized disposable furniture. This is a great step for a major company to initiate. It also plans to start making all its operations eco-friendly.

“Olderbrother Clothing” out of Portland Oregon

Olderbrother Clothing is a company that works their clothing line
environmental impact and social responsibility. The cotton
used in their
clothing is grown by farmers in the US who are all
members of the
Sustainable Cotton Project. Cleaner Cotton Growers,
as they are known,
grow their cotton by being mindful of land, air
and water in their
surrounding regions. In addition to this,
Olderbrother Clothing uses
coloring made from natural sources such
as Turmeric to get a rich yellow
color. They are also experimenting
with fabric made from Japanese rice
paper. All articles are cut,
sewn and dyed in Los Angeles.
Bobby Bonaparte and Max Kingery
have made clothing that is good
enough to be buried in your
backyard when it is no longer wearable.