“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.


Largest Rooftop Garden finds a Home in Brooklyn…

This rooftop garden in Sunset Park is said to be the largest in New York City. It is a 140,000 square foot facility that will offer produce to restaurants as well as farmers markets. Rooftop gardens have been shown to have a dramatically positive impact on the environment. Its nearness to Greenwood cemetery will increase the area in which migratory birds can feel safe while resting. The roof has the capability of absorbing 175,000 gallons of storm water. Since the city is forever expanding upward, it is only fitting that we make use of all the new rooftops being provided. The construction was made possible by a grant from The Environmental Protection’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program. It is operated by a group known as Brooklyn Grange. The space is located at 850 Third Ave and will be open to the public starting Sundays in October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The goal is to provide fresh, affordable produce in low-income areas of the city where good food is sometimes unavailable. This is the largest of the three projects of its kind. The first was in Long Island City and the second is in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


Tanzania Bans Tourists with Plastic Bags…

Starting June 1, travelers to Tanzania will no longer be able to transport plastic bags into the country. Check points will be set up and only zip lock bags with personal items will be allowed. Plastic waste has become an increasingly overwhelming disposal problem. There is even an underground market for smuggling plastic bags into the country. The ban will include the import, export, manufacture, selling, storing and supplying of any bag regardless of thickness.

Tanzania has been a pioneer in plastic banning since it announced it back in 2016. Tanzania’s tourist trade depends on the survival of its wild life and its location near the Indian ocean which provides access to the island of Zanzibar. Other African nations, such as Rwanda, have attempted to enforce such a ban by imposing strict fines and even prison terms. Africa has been leading the way in eliminating plastic waste with 60 countries enforcing bans.

Mushrooms to the rescue for the Bees…

Mushrooms contain a powerful micronutrient ergothioneine. This is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which can aid in building a strong immune system. Now it seems that mushrooms may also be the remedy to address what is placing our bee population at risk of extinction. Since the 1980’s microscopic mites that have migrated from outside the US have been one of the reasons for the decrease in our bee population. They found their way into Florida and Wisconsin where they began to destroy hives. Varroa destructor is a parasite mite that carries a virus responsible for shriveled wings on bees. According to a study published in Scientific Reports a journal published by Nature, mushrooms may be the remedy to weaken this virus. Extracts from the tissue of the common wood conk mushrooms known as the Red Reishi and Amadou are known for their antiviral properties and have been responsible for reducing the virus in bee colonies. The extract of these mushrooms is added to sugar water to attract the bees. Mycology which is the study of fungi, has stated that there are over 140,000 types of mushrooms and most are not named or their potential known. In the future they may not only save the bees but us as well.