Unemployment up and manufacturing down - The economy sucks - Sound familiar?
Yes, things are challenging at the moment but maybe it's not all doom and gloom. Maybe we can still make things in this country and make them well. Maybe with a little vision, ingenuity, and good old fashioned elbow grease, we can right the ship. LABOR OF LOVE is a series that explores the stories of small businesses that are still making things in America. Totally Tubular Design is one of these businesses. Created by Lauren Junker, Totally Tubular Design takes what most consider to be trash and turns it into something new and vibrant. Take a look at how Lauren's infectious personality and craft contribute to her unique creations.
This is CUPPOW - our solution for easier drinking from a canning jar. The canning jar already makes an awesome platform for a travel mug: it’s easy to clean, made of heat-resistant glass, cheap, durable, and when sealed it doesn’t leak. The only problem is that with their large openings, canning jars are not great for spill-free sipping while on the move. So we adapted it - made a new lid that lets us drink like a boss from virtually any wide mouth canning jar. It’s a simple eco-friendly alternative to poor-performing and messy disposable hot cups, and over-built and expensive travel mugs.
Every year, in the small coastal town of Taiji in Japan, small schools of dolphin, porpoise and pilot whales are lured into a hidden cove, with the help of nets and loud instruments which confuse the dolphin's sensitive sonar capabilities. Once captured, the dolphins are left for a day to calm down, before being mercilessly killed by fisherman. Some of the dolphins are sold to dolphinariums around the world, at a huge profit. This brutal massacre, the largest of its kind in the world, lasts for approximately 6 months.
Since the hunt began two days ago, 15 pilot whales and 14 dolphins have already been murdered. Although the Japanese Government claims that the marine mammals are hunted for food, it is more than likely that such an orchestrated and ruthless event, which sees 23 000 licenses being issued to fisherman across the country, is simply a means of 'pest control' given that the Government views local dolphins as a nuisance to the booming fishing industry.
Following on from a demonstration which took place in Cape Town, outside the Japanes Embassy yesterday, Green Renaissance, the environmental arm of African Renaissance Productions, in conjunction with Save Japan's Dolphins, took to the streets, in an effort to raise awareness of the barbaric hunt, by hanging bloody dolphins from pedestrian bridges all around the city..
We wanted to really push the boundaries by making highly visible protest activations that were accessible to everyday people, people walking down the Sea Point Promenade, students at the Technikon, or simply pedestrians and motorists making their way through the city. Hopefully, activations like these will get people talking, and might even put pressure on the Japanese Government to stop what they're doing.
The "Stop the Dolphin Slaughter" awareness campaign was a huge success with hundreds of people stopping and enquiring as to what we were doing. We hope to send a clear message to our local Japanese consulate, one of many around the world, that we will not tolerate harm to one of Nature's most intelligent animals.
Household lighting in Europe is becoming greener as the European Union sets higher energy efficiency standards.
On 1 September 2009, incandescent light bulbs and other energy inefficient lamps started to be gradually replaced by more energy efficient lamps in Europe. By switching to more energy efficient lighting products, European households can save energy and contribute to reaching the EU’s climate protection targets.
This video informs consumers, professionals and the media about the wide range of energy efficient lamps currently available, the phase-out of inefficient lamp types and what European legislation is already in place.
Our consumer habits have changed dramatically in the last 50 years. We use way more food, materials and energy than our planet is able to give and regenarate from its production areas and natural resources. The European Union uses 2,5 times more resources than its capacity. We are endangering the life of future generations by degrading our environment thus making them less resilient to emerging disturbances. Let’s change our consumer habits, let’s reduce our resource use!