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Elle Canada, 360 MAGAZINE

ELLE CANADA × SUSTAINABILITY

KO Média is proud to announce that the April issue of ELLE Canada is dedicated to pushing forward a frank dialogue about sustainability—as evidenced by a graphic still-life cover treatment, a first for the boundary-pushing brand and a choice which mirrors our rapidly changing times.
 
“The seed for the cover idea grew out of the urgent conversations we at ELLE Canada were having about climate change with each other and our readers,” says Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Craft. “Even though we have long covered the importance of sustainability, the issue has never been more top of mind for our team and we know our readers are looking for an experience that feels authentic and reflective of what is happening in the world around them. We wanted to create a cover that echoes the dialogue taking place and helps us pause and acknowledge the new eco-era we have entered. This powerful image captures this mood—and the questions we are seeking answers to.”
 
The comprehensive April issue includes a wealth of can’t-miss special reports that foster conversation around the issues of importance for Canadians, including a shocking look at why young Canadian women, faced with an ever-worsening environmental crisis, are pledging to not have children; a close look at the merits of recycled textiles; design-forward sustainable shopping picks; the designer transforming the eco-fashion; natural skincare hacks from ELLE beauty editors from around the world; the Canadian skincare brand leading zero-waste innovation and everything you need to know about buying refillable beauty products.
 
Also in this issue: A sneak peek at the ELLE Canada office transformation, including smart strategies to personalize your office space, intimate chats with the new crop of Canadian stars storming Hollywood, and sophisticated dressing that outlasts trends.
 
The April issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on Monday, March 16th.
 

Vaughn Lowery, plastics, recycle, 360 MAGAZINE, eco-friendly

What is HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) sheet? 

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is probably the most widely used plastic sheet. Think about the toy trucks and storage containers, all these products are made from HDPE. This thermoplastic is known for being light and strong. Most companies are going for HDPE plastic sheets because they can reduce the material used to manufacture and package products because of their ideal weight and strength. 

Why HDPE is popular?

HDPE is the perfect substitute for heavier materials. No wonder, many companies that are going for sustainable business models, such as reduction of material used in packaging prefer using HDPE. Below are more benefits of HDPE:   

  • It’s lightweight. Although products made up of HDPE are lightweight, they are very strong. This is the reason why car manufacturers use it to improve fuel efficiency by having lighter cars.
  • HDPE is impact resistant. Plastic toys and other products are not affected when you drop them because they have great impact resistance. 
  • It’s long-lasting. Products made of HDPE last long because it’s weather-resistant and also resists mildew, mold, insects, and rotting. 
  • Malleability. HDPE can be molded into any shape, meaning you can have a customized product that meets your expectations.   

Major benefits of HDPE

While most people use other plastics like polypropylene and polyester, HDPE has become the most popular plastic. This is not only because it’s versatile, but it’s also one of the most recycled plastics. It can be recycled in its rigid forms such as containers and flexible forms like plastic bags. You can get more information by visiting https://www.regal-plastics.com/hdpe-high-density-sheet/.   

HDPE sheet is resistant to stain, moisture, and odor, making it suitable for use in the manufacturing and food processing industry. It’s also an ideal substitute for wood and metal because it’s chemical resistant, it has high impact strength, easy to clean, easily machined or fabricated, and it’s cost-effective. Besides, the HDPE sheet has a natural color that is FDA approved.  

Applications of HDPE 

HDPE sheet comes in two colors, which are black and natural and are available with smooth and textured finishes. HDPE is used in various applications, and you might have used a product made from it without realizing it. Some of the applications that use HDPE include piping systems, milk jugs, fuel tanks, shampoo bottles, hard hats, water bottles, and bread bags. 

As you can see, it’s used in a wide range of industries. Therefore, next time you find a plastic product, look at the bottom to find out if it has a recycle 2 which indicates that it has HDPE.  

Sustainability

Thankfully, HDPE is recyclable, and in this way, it prevents landfills. Nearly, most of the recycling programs accept HDPE products, such as bottles. Recycled HDPE is also as popular and versatile material as its counterpart. You can use it in most of the same applications mentioned above. Some of the other key uses include recycled plastic storage containers, recycled plastic automobile parts, recycled plastic outdoor furniture, and recycled plastic trash cans, recycled bins, and compost bins.

Sustainable Vacation Planning: Tips and Tricks

Americans aren’t great at planning vacations. So much so that a large tourism industry group, the U.S. Travel Association, is encouraging workers to begin planning their getaways on Jan. 28, dubbed National Plan for Vacation Day

But planning a sustainable vacation – one with a small environmental footprint that is respectful of a destination’s people and culture – is an even taller task, said Jonathon Day, an associate professor in The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University.

Jonathon Day, chair of the Travel Care Code initiative and author of the book, “An Introduction to Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel,” provided these tips for making vacations more socially and environmentally friendly:

Shop local: “Visit local businesses and enjoy authentic experiences from your destination. Visiting farm-to-table restaurants, local arts-and-crafts stores and farmers markets all make a bigger contribution to the communities you visit.”

Be waste wise: “Bring your best habits from home. Plan to recycle and minimize waste, particularly plastic waste when you travel.”

Limit your carbon footprint: “Be a fuel-efficient traveler or purchase carbon offsets for those flights you are taking.”

Fisker, SUV, ces, all-electric, automotive news, automotive trends, 360 MAGAZINE

FISKER OCEAN

Fisker Inc. – designer and manufacturer of the world’s most emotion-stirring, eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – is giving early reservation holders an exclusive sneak peek of the Fisker Ocean all-electric luxury SUV at a private event in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific. The world’s most sustainable vehicle will be captured on camera for the first time ever – with a live stream sharing the moment at the following link HERE.
 
“With the Fisker Ocean making its public debut at Consumer Electronics Show 2020 this coming week, we wanted to give our reservation holders a special preview to get up close to our production intent prototype right before it makes its way to Las Vegas,” said Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc. “The Fisker brand is committed to real, direct and authentic engagement and interaction with our passionate customers at every touchpoint – and we wanted to reinforce this by having them be the first people to see the actual vehicle. We’re delighted that the rest of the world will be able to tune in with a live stream straight from this private event – and we look forward to fully showcasing the Fisker Ocean at CES.”
 
About Fisker Inc.

California-based Fisker Inc. is revolutionizing the automotive industry by developing the most emotionally desirable and eco-friendly electric vehicles. Passionately driven by a vision of a clean future for all, the company is on a mission to become the No. 1 e-mobility service provider with the world’s most sustainable vehicles. The company is engaged in intensive research and development around next generation electrification technologies, including the patent pending Fisker Flexible Solid-State Battery.

To learn more, visit www.FiskerInc.com and download the revolutionary new Fisker mobile app from the App Store or Google Play store. 

6 Trips to Broaden Your Kids’ Minds This Summer

Now that school’s out for summer, enroll the whole family in a crash course on nature and wildlife with Natural Habitat Adventures

Summer vacation may mean “no more pencils and no more books,” but it can also be a great opportunity for the whole family to learn something new together. Natural Habitat Adventures, the world leader in eco-friendly wildlife-focused expeditions around the globe, offers nature-centric trips designed to get explorers of all ages trading their tablets and phones for GoPros and binoculars. From sailing “Darwin’s Laboratory” in the Galapagos on a private ship to taking moonlit treks through the jungles of Costa Rica, Nat Hab’s family adventure trips are designed around conservation, curiosity and quality time – all disguised as a vacation.

Expand your family’s horizons with these summer experiences:

1. Go exploring in “Darwin’s Laboratory”

Come face-to-face with an outstanding array of wildlife, including sea lions, marine iguanas and giant tortoises on Nat Hab’s 10-day Family Galapagos Adventure. Made famous by evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin, the Galapagos archipelago is the very best place for young explorers to learn about evolution, natural selection and how animals adapt to micro-environments. Sail aboard the National Geographic Islander, a family-friendly ship with a specialty research- and adventure-focused kids’ program on board. Record wildlife sightings in your field notebook, listen for underwater life via the ship’s hydrophone and stretch out in special family cabins designed to sleep up to three. Off-ship, don a wetsuit for snorkeling, paddleboarding and Zodiac adventures with your naturalist Expedition Leader, where you can come mask-to-nose with penguins, turtles and seals.
Priced from $7,650
Dates: July 20 & 27, 2019; July 4, 8, 18, 23, 2020; Aug 1 & 6, 2020

2. Seek out lions after sunset in the Maasai Mara

Make conservation the centre of the conversation on the Family Kenya Adventure, an 8-day, custom-crafted itinerary featuring the Maasai Mara’s charismatic creatures whose futures may be at risk. Learn about poaching and pachyderm rescue during a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and make friends in high places at the Giraffe Center before heading along the Great Rift Valley into open grasslands. Stretch out in an unfenced luxury tented camp set in the middle of a Maasai Mara private conservancy, and go for guided walks under a sprawling blue sky while keeping your eyes peeled for zebra, hippo and elephant. Later, as evening falls, head out on a sunset game drive in search of lions and other predators to discover life on the plains after dark.
Priced from $7,995
Trip arranged upon request

3. Journey to Peru’s lost Incan Empire

Immerse your family in the emerald-colored jungles and incredible ancient ruins of the Peruvian Andes on a 7-day Custom Family Machu Picchu Adventure. Witness amazing feats of centuries-old civil and hydraulic engineering and learn about Incan astronomy and architecture while exploring the Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Meet with local Quechua people in Pisac and learn about advocacy conservation projects from the students of Tikapata School. Stay in private stone casitas along the Urubamba River, and experience 15th-century life in Machu Picchu with tales from your private Peruvian guide. Later, compare ancient civilizations with natural Amazonian marvels in the world’s largest tropical forest basin, where kids will take riverboat tours in search of pink river dolphins, or go ashore to scout for the scarlet and green-winged macaws, howler monkeys and leaf-cutter ants that call the Amazon home.
Priced from $4,495
Trip arranged upon request

4. Safari closer to home in Yellowstone National Park

Embark on an unforgettable wildlife adventure without leaving the continent on Nat Hab’s 7-day Hidden Yellowstone Wildlife Safari. Learn how this North American ecosystem works, understanding the importance of ecological balance between predators and prey, and follow naturalist Expedition Leaders into lesser-known areas of the park where bison, bighorn sheep, bears and wolves live largely undisturbed by tourist crowds. See the secret lives of Lamar Valley wolves using a high-powered spotting scope and talk fire ecology—how nature recovers from the ravages of wildfires—with your guide. In an extraordinary natural setting selected for conservation by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1872, guests can engage in enlightening conversations about how hunting along Yellowstone’s perimeter affects the ecosystem inside the park, and why competing political interests threaten the park’s apex predators even to this day.
Priced from $5,295
Dates: August 27 & 29, 2019

5. Scout for sloths on horseback

With its neon-billed toucans, jungle-fringed rivers, mist-cloaked cloud forests and towering volcanoes, Costa Rica is like something out of a child’s imagination. Encounter geothermal phenomena and extraordinary tropical wildlife in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth on this Custom Family Costa Rica Adventure. Join scientists and conservationists at ecological research centers for some interactive exploration of the country’s rain forest ecosystem and discover how cacao beans are transformed into tasty treats with chocolate-making lessons. Soar above the forest canopy on a zip line, search for sloths while on horseback, brave a nighttime bat walk at the 850-acre Tirimbina Rainforest Center and take in the views at the Arenal Observatory Lodge, adjacent to the country’s most famous volcano.
Priced from $5,095
Trip arranged upon request

6. Dog sled across the Arctic tundra

No time for a summer excursion? Surprise the kids with a mid-term getaway to the planet’s “living laboratory” when it comes to climate change in the North. The Arctic tundra around Churchill, Manitoba is one of the nature’s last great frontiers—for now. Learn about its delicate ecosystem and the impact of a warming world on Nat Hab’s 6-day Churchill Arctic Family Adventure, where naturalist Expedition Leaders lead a family-focused adventure that’s all about pairing environmental awe with conservation awareness. Helicopter over frozen Hudson Bay in search of polar bears, race through the boreal forest on an authentic sled dog ride, and climb aboard Nat Hab’s special Polar Rover, a monster-sized truck specially designed for up-close wildlife observation—look for caribou and Arctic fox. In evenings, take in the stunning night sky—and if you’re lucky, the northern lights.
Priced from $5,995
Dates: Nov 16 & 18, 2019

For more information about Natural Habitat Adventures, visit www.nathab.com.

About Natural Habitat Adventures
Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. From polar bear tours in Churchill to small-group Galapagos cruises, from Alaska grizzly bear adventures to African safaris, our journeys, led by professional naturalist guides, reveal the planet’s most extraordinary nature destinations. As the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company—and the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund—we offer eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia with a multitude of adventures in between. For more information, visit nathab.com.

World’s First 3D Wooden Maps

Enjoy The Wood debuts on KickStarter the newest 3D wooden world maps (each map consists of 55 self-assembling pieces) for your home or office interior. Easy to assemble in less than an hour, the new edition includes additional wooden inscriptions, names of locations on the map in any language, gift keychains and illuminations. Rewards for the campaign are essentially a heavy discount for the 3D Travel Wooden Map and instructions for assembly. The difference lies in the sizes of the map, which come in Medium (M), Large (L), Extra Large (XL), and Extra-extra Large (XXL).

The maps are hand-made of birch plywood and have three-layered, stylishly designed pieces available in natural, gray, blue colors or any other color of your choice! The maps are made of very detailed, precision-cut wood using high-quality techniques as well as eco-friendly materials. The exclusive feature is that you can mark all countries you’ve visited or future destinations that you might have! Maps already have tiny holes, so that you can simply put a pin in any location on the map. The world’s 15 most popular sightseeing marvels, such as Taj Mahal, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, and others are available as beautiful push pins.

It is a high-quality minimalist 3D wooden map, created with laser-cut precision and love of tender hands. You have an option of illuminating the continents. The neon RGB LED lights glow in seven main light options and a couple of illuminations. You can regulate the brightness of the light using a compact remote control. The trendy stylish design makes it a unique wooden wall décor for your home, office or as a gift for vivid travelers!

Key features:
– All pieces are handmade of birch plywood.
– Wooden wall compass, airplanes and boats are included.
– Easy installation in under an hour as each map piece has a number that matches a template, part of the included installation instructions.
– Includes special sticky tape / double-sided removable adhesive that doesn’t ruin your walls (however do not adhere to wallpaper).
– This is not a true geographical map in that we don’t include all countries and islands. However, if you wish to have certain islands or countries added, please contact us and we gladly add it to your order. Many islands are omitted due to the size of the map. You can order more islands as add-ons.
– Comes already gift wrapped, ready for gift giving.
– 3 layers for different countries.
– 4 different colors of wood pieces (light, brown, dark brown and light brown, blue, gray or any color of your choice).
– New wooden push pins of 15 different sightseeing from all over the world
– Ocean names options.
– RGB LED (Neon colors) option, lights that glow in 7 main light options and couple of its illuminations. You can regulate the brightness of the light using a compact remote control.
– Lights are behind the continents.
– Map is placed on the acrylic background ready to be placed on the wall. So you just have to place it on the wall and connect.
– Some of the islands (the smallest) are without acrylic background and without light. You will have to stick them with tape. (which is included)
– Easy installation under 2 hours with the instruction video. Everything, including framing nails, is included (only for LED option Map).
– Works on 110V/220V. EU/US electrical plugs are available.

Fun pins for landmarks:
– Coliseum
– Eiffel Tower
– Sagrada Familia
– Burg Khalifa
– Pagoda
– Pisa Tower
– Big Ben
– Pyramids
– Parliament of Budapest
– The Great Wall
– Taj Mahal
– Machu Picchu
– Statue of Liberty
– Sidney Opera House
– Statue Jesus

Availability: The maps come in sizes: M (100x60cm/39×24”), L (150x90cm/59×35”), XL (200x120cm/79×47”) and XXL (92x66x20 cm/36x26x8 in). The maps can now be ordered on KickStarter at 30-40% discount until June 9, 2019. The prices start at 129$.

Timex Introduces Vincent Bérard

TIMEX GROUP LUXURY DIVISION INTRODUCES VINCENT BÉRARD, A COLLECTION OF SWISS MADE MECHANICAL WATCHES WITH A GREEN SOUL

Part of Timex Group since 2006 and originally based in La Chaux-de- Fonds, Vincent Bérard was a manufacturer of luxury mechanical watches who used Nature as a source of inspiration. By exploring his inspiring legacy and reinterpreting that connection with Nature with present day consciousness, Timex Group Luxury Division today announced the launch of a new collection of Swiss Made watches with a green soul.


The range consists of stylistic timepieces that deploy only mechanical Swiss Made movements, to avoid batteries, and use sustainable materials -recycled or eco-friendly- at a sustainable price. The green concept is visually emphasized by the customized forest green rotor, visible from the see- through case back, and by a green second hand present on all styles.

Interchangeable straps made from post-consumer recycled PET bottles, vintage vegetable tanned leather or Nuo© wood, a patented material made from thin wood micro laser etched sheets, underscore the brand’s commitment to innovative and eco-conscious creations.


Thanks to the co-operation with Treedom, a Benefit Corporation that supports agroforestry projects around the world, a tree will be planted for each watch sold.
“Sustainability has become a key marker of luxury status in the eyes of today’s consumers and adds emotional capital to the value of the watch. Our proposal addresses the «positive green», the modern businessman sensitive to environmental impact and in search of new brands to express his personality” said Paolo Marai, President and CEO of Timex Group Luxury Division.

Vincent Bérard watches, all featuring 10 ATM water resistance, screw-down crown and sapphire crystal, will be available in exclusive selected stores and online starting from September 2019.

Timex Group Luxury Division, based in Switzerland, currently markets Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versus Versace, CT Scuderia and Teslar watches, in department stores, independent specialty retailers and mono-brand boutiques, as well as on key e-commerce outlets.

New Bags Made From Plastic Waste

WANT Les Essentiels is pleased to announce their new Recycled Nylon Collection, travel accessories made entirely from recycled plastic waste.Lightweight and trans-seasonal, the Recycled Nylon Collection effortlessly blends performance sport and the elevated uniform to create a new standard for eco-friendly design.

Since introducing 100% Organic Cotton to all of the brand’s core items in 2009, WANT Les Essentiels has been committed to using sustainable materials in their collections. The addition of the ECONYL® crafted bags marks a new effort to reduce the environmental footprint in the manufacturing of their products.

ECONYL® is a lightweight recycled nylon developed in Italy and fabricated using post-consumer and pre-consumer materials such as carpets, fabrics, fishnets and other plastic waste. For every 10,000 tonnes of ECONYL® created, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 57,000 tons of Carbon Dioxide emissions are avoided.

WANT Les Essentiels Recycled Nylon Collection is designed for stylish utility and functionality. The series introduces three new essential silhouettes, complete with a water-resistant YKK Excella® zipper, breathable mesh backing, elegant interior pockets for storing personal items or electronic devices, and a hidden passport pocket for easy access while traveling. All styles are made entirely of eco-nylon.

The three styles introduced in the initial drop are as follows:

Rogue Utility Backpack
Multi-purpose travel backpack with interior padded cotton pocket designed to fit a 15 inch laptop. ($395 USD)

Fillmore Waist Pack
Versatile pack has an adjustable strap that allows it to be worn crossbody or around the waist. Two interior pockets easily fit a phone and charger. ($165 USD)

Bryce Crossbody Bag
An adjustable crossbody strap, three hidden pockets and mesh padding make this bag the perfect everyday travel companion. ($165 USD)

WANT les Essentiels’ Co-founders and CEOs Mark Wiltzer and Jacqueline Gelber say that the collection is being offered at an intentionally accessible price point: “We really wanted to make the collection very accessible and allow the consumer to participate in reducing the environmental footprint.”

Styles are available in Black eco-nylon and range in price from $165 USD for the Bryce crossbody and Fillmore waist pack, to $395 USD for the Rogue backpack. Pieces are available for purchase at leading retailers as well as online at www.wantlesessentiels.com..

WANT Les Essentiels is sold through both WANT Les Essentiels boutiques and WANT Apothecary locations alongside leading retailers worldwide including Mr Porter, Barney’s New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges, Ssense.com, WallpaperSTORE*, Moda Operandi, East Dane, Shopbop, Farfetch, Nordstrom, Need Supply Co., and more…

Paris FW x Haute Couture

During Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture, on Tuesday, July 3,

Maison des Centraliens has hosted three young designers with their Fall- Winter Collections 2018-2019:

 

ABE by Ariane Chaumeil Jewelry  “Miroir”

There is magic and mystery in a mirror : the reflexion of who looks into it is real, but reversed.  Since we gaze at ourselves, all fantasies become possible and brings us back to face each other, and to what the world has to face. As a two-way mirror, you can see without being seen. Step through and find out with this collection, and the part of your soul using your imagination, whether it is dark or whether radiant…

The fall winter collection of the ABE by Ariane Chaumeil house, whose crafting remains done with the blowtorch glass, becomes richer with a new proposition: the metal paste making. Sculpted and cast, the metal paste is modelled, sanded, fired at high temperature, brushed and rubbed with a burnisher and polished several times in order to get pieces of golden and white bronze, and of pure copper, with a shiny, ancient rendering.

 

A couture collection by  designer Armine Ohanyan

A couture collection made in France, entirely handmade, intimately inspired by nature, showing the natural elements in all their forms. Ice, crystallization, rain, wind, dew and roots. Crystallized in these surroundings, the Human Being becomes Nature. The Nature is everlasting, nothing can stop it. It is the true beauty, perfection. For depicting this cycle of evolution, Armine Ohanyan uses the new technologies such as 3D printing or materials crafting, which play an important role in her creation process. Her art investigations never end, like the movement that she shows in its different forms and their ranges of colours and materials. Her creations are futuristic, modern, with a wide beauty touch.

 

Baroqco Jewelry

Designers Imelda and Eduardo aka Baroqco are citizens of the world . Their roots are from Dutch Chinese Indonesian and Portuguese descent, and this diversity is what provides foundation that leads to the inspiration and creation. BaroQco comes from Baroque, an era of change from simplicity to lively and exuberant detail. BaroQco stands alone with its unique grandeur and ability to surprise and to achieve a sense of awe. Imelda and Eduardo started to create jewelry as they were looking for a tiara or crown for their wedding day. At that time there were not a lot of options, so they decided to create their own tiara which lead others to ask whether they could also make necklaces and earrings.

« As we embrace the impressionism, we strive not only for the outer but especially for the inner-beauty. In our creations we want to push boundaries of artistic techniques. And therefore the BaroQco is a book without an End. »

The materials are opal ,gold and Swarovski and all the metalwork are nickel free, the usage of non toxic and – hazardous for plating makes the jewelry more ecofriendly.

 

 

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EPA TO CLEAN CONTAMINATED GROUNDWATER

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its plan to clean up contaminated groundwater in the eastern area of the Old Roosevelt Field Contaminated Groundwater Area Superfund Site in Garden City, N.Y. A treatment process will be used to remove trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) from groundwater, thereby reducing potential threats to people’s health. The cleanup is estimated to cost approximately $13.14 million.