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It’s Earth Week — a week for dialogue, for action and for shameless use of the color green in all of its iterations. To commemorate, we’ve dedicated this issue to wacky, wonderful stories about the world around us. From magical city designs, to climate-friendly mac ‘n cheese, to stunning photography of global warming’s impacts, these links tickled our fancies and opened our eyes to new possibilities.
And when this special week ends, another begins. From April 23-29, millions of activists will make themselves heard during the fifth-annual Fashion Revolution Week. We shine a spotlight on this global movement and share ways you can get involved.
Let’s not forget our growing social impact jobs board! Danielle Vermeer has curated 34 awesome opportunities — AND categorized them by level so it’s even easier for you to find your next great gig.
As always, we want to know what you like, what you don’t and what’s on your mind. Email us — we’d love to hear from you.
Jess & Team Reconsidered
P.S. I hate when people say it’s too bothersome/expensive/annoying/difficult to live consciously. So I wrote up a quickie blog post sharing Three Life Hacks That Have Improved My Life, Saved Me Money & Are Also Better For The Environment. What life hacks work for you?
This Week's Five Links
A Smog Vacuum Cleaner and Other Magical City Designs — TED
From a Van Gogh-inspired bike path, to a dance floor that generates electricity, to (yes) a smog vacuum cleaner — Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce whimsical, earth-friendly innovations that blew my mind. You’ll never say “yes, but” again.
This Macaroni and Cheese Helps Fight Climate Change — Fast Company
Can you name the farmer who grew the food in your kitchen? You could if you picked up a box of Annie’s new macaroni and cheese. By printing the farmer’s name on the box, Annie’s is raising awareness for regenerative farming practices, which promote soil health, increase biodiversity, and sequester carbon. The limited-edition product is sourced from one farm, but it serves as a proof of concept for larger-scale initiatives.
How Clean Indoor Air Is Becoming China’s Latest Luxury Must-Have — The Guardian
Many of us believe we’re safe from air pollution if we just stay inside. We’re not. In China, filtered air has turned into a business opportunity and a marketing tool. It’s an amenity at luxury hotels, and a workplace perk to help attract and keep employees. The latter is true in more ways than one: a study found that a high-level filtration system can actually raise an employee’s life expectancy.
What I Learned From 14 Years of Shooting ‘Images From a Warming Planet’ — Sustainable Brands
After witnessing first-hand the rapid warming of the Arctic in Alaska, Ashley Cooper made it his life’s work to document our changing planet. In this moving reflection, he recounts his 14-year journey of amassing the largest collection of climate change images. His photographs take viewers around the world to witness the devastating effects of global warming and also — perhaps more importantly — to see how people are working to address it.
Scientists Stumbled Upon a Plastic-Eating Bacterium—Then Accidentally Made It Stronger — Popular Science
It takes hundreds of years for plastic to degrade — until now. While studying a bacterium that evolved to eat PET (the material used to make those plastic bottles that are all the rage in the world’s oceans right now), scientists accidentally made it even more efficient. Now, the process of turning PET back into its raw components can begin within days.
Spotlight: Fashion Revolution Week
It’s been five years since 1,138 people died and thousands more were injured during the Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The factory complex had produced clothes for global brands including Zara, Walmart, Benetton, and J.C. Penny, and its devastating collapse was an industry-wide wakeup call and catalyst for change.
Since 2013, a lot has changed for workers’ safety. But there is still a long way to go, in Bangladesh and across the industry.
Consumers have a powerful voice in pushing for change — a power that has been harnessed incredibly by Fashion Revolution, a movement and annual campaign commemorating the anniversary of Rana Plaza. Four years ago I had the honor to serve on the U.S. steering committee for the first-ever Fashion Revolution Week; now, Fashion Revolution has grown into an impressive global movement across more than 90 countries.
This year, Fashion Revolution Week takes place from April 23-29. It’s an opportunity for all of us to demand transparency by asking a simple question: “Who made my clothes?”
To get involved:
📷 Take a picture of your clothing label and share it with the brand or on social media with the hashtag question #whomademyclothes?
🌎 See if there’s a Fashion Revolution event near you
👗 Download Fashion Revolution Week’s super informative 2018 Action Guide for more tips, templates and tools.
A revolution needs voices. Make yours heard — the fashion industry is listening.
Social Impact Jobs
Acumen — Innovation Associate (New York, NY)
GlobeScan — Senior Research Executive/Project Manager (London, UK)
Landed — Customer Development (San Francisco, CA)
Open Philanthropy Project — Research Analyst (San Francisco, CA)
Tesco — Responsible Sourcing Manager, Marine (Welwyn Garden City, UK)
TOMS — Global Giving Partnerships Coordinator (Los Angeles, CA)
UCLA — Program Manager, Skoll Center For Social Impact Entertainment (Los Angeles, CA)
UL — Entry Level Social Compliance Auditor (Washington, D.C.)
UNDP — National Consultant, Social Innovation Platform Project Coordinator and Communication (Bangkok, Thailand)
Yakima Chief – Hopunion — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Yakima, Washington Area)
Dr. Martens - Airwair International — Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator (London, UK)
Everlane — Inventory Planner (San Francisco, CA)
Futerra London — Group Operations Manager (London, UK)
H&M — Inclusion and Diversity Manager, North America (New York, NY)
Hunkemöller — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Hilversum, Netherlands)
Ketchum — Account Supervisor, Brand/Purpose (New York, NY)
Kiva — Lifecycle Marketing Manager (Portland, OR)
Lyft — Associate Manager, Social Impact (San Francisco, CA)
New Look — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (London, UK)
Next Street — Managing Associate (New York, Chicago, or Boston)
Redress — Sponsorship Manager (Hong Kong, HK)
Reformation — Product Owner (Los Angeles, CA)
SOKO — eCommerce Merchandising Associate (San Francisco, CA)
Walgreens — Senior Manager, Ethical Sourcing Program (Northbrook, IL)
Warby Parker — Ecommerce Product Manager (New York, NY)
Baxter International — Foundation and Global Community Relations Lead (Greater Chicago Area)
Comedy Central — Vice President, Social Impact Strategy (New York, NY)
Ellis Jones — Director, Social Impact (Melbourne, Australia)
IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative — Senior Manager, Learning and Innovation (Utrecht Area, Netherlands)
Palo Alto Networks — Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability (Santa Clara, CA)
Sesame Workshop — Managing Director, Refugee Programs, Middle East (New York, NY)
Target — Foundation Program Lead, Corporate Social Responsibility (Minneapolis, MN)
The Honest Company — Senior Brand Manager, Baby (Los Angeles, CA)
TOMS — Vice President, Ecommerce (Los Angeles, CA)