Issue 003 / Feminist T-Shirts, Circular Design & The Disappearance of Winter

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This Week's Five Links

The Comprehensive Business Case for SustainabilityHarvard Business Review
This helpful primer, written by Tensie Whelan and Carly Fink from NYU Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business, lays out the key tenets of the business case for sustainability, including the benefits of engaging stakeholders, managing risk, fostering innovation, improving financial performance, building customer loyalty and attracting and engaging employees. 

Was Your Feminist T-Shirt Made by Factory Workers in Exploitative Conditions?Broadly/VICE
Those "Nasty Woman" t-shirts and "pussyhats" had to be made somewhere. Ethical fashion activist and writer Amy DuFault is on a mission to question activist organizations on their sourcing practices and push them to procure their merch more responsibly. Says DuFault: “If we're wearing something about women's rights and it wasn't made right by a woman — how ironic and tragic is that?”

Conscious Consumerism Is a Lie. Here’s a Better Way to Help Save the WorldQuartz
In this controversial op-ed, writer Alden Wicker argues that personal conscious consumption habits — like buying local and eating organic — can’t actually change the world. Rather, they are distractions that prevent us from pursuing more effective means of change.

How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six MapsThe New York Times
Informed by new research from the Yale Program on Climate Communication, these data visualizations illustrate just how much perceptions on climate change differ across the country. I was particularly struck by maps of Texas and Florida showing how personal experience with the effects of global warming (like severe droughts and sunny day flooding) trumps political affiliation.

The Circular Design GuideIDEO
This guide — collaboratively developed by design consultancy IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation — seeks to empower innovators to create more elegant, effective and creative solutions for the circular economy. The toolkit includes videos, worksheets, case studies, external links and other resources on how to adopt a circular mind-shift and execute on it.

I can’t deal with the idea that what my parents experienced and what I have experienced will not exist for my children. I am a winter person. I won’t sit idly by and watch winter vanish.
— 17-year-old Nathan Baring, who is part of a group of 21 young people suing the U.S. government for creating a "dangerous destabilizing climate system" that "threatens the survival of future generations.” More in "'Biggest Case on the Planet' Pits Kids vs. Climate Change" (National Geographic).

Spotlight: When Life Hands You Lemons...

... if you’re Bacardi, apply circular economy principles to make the world’s first soap made from recycled cocktail fruit. Bacardi’s 42BELOW vodka brand recently launched a new initiative through which they collect used lemons and fruits from bars, turn them into snazzily-branded soap and return them to the bars as part of a free marketing campaign. In the first six weeks, this initiative — currently based in Australia and New Zealand — collected 400kgs of fruit waste, which was turned into 20,000 sachets and 400 bottles of liquid soap.

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