The collaboration with recycling organization Thread means you could wear shoes that used to be plastic bottles. A new backpack started life as 7.5 plastic bottles trashed on streets in Haiti. The backpack–part of a new line of boots, bags, and t-shirts made by Timberland–looks like it’s made from canvas. But the material is 50% recycled plastic, sourced from a place that both has excess trash and a desperate need for jobs. “It just so happens that we have this enormous resource that exists, and it just seems to be locked up in some of the toughest parts of the world,” Ian Rosenberger, CEO of Thread, the certified B Corporation that creates the fabric used in the collection, tells Co.Exist.
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We all know bicycle helmets are made with shock absorbing plastics to help protect our noggin. But we also trust plastics with our lives in some perhaps more surprising ways.
GALAHAD CLARK SPENDS a lot of time thinking about what's on his feet. It's in his blood: For seven generations, his family has owned Clarks, the legacy footwear brand responsible for making loafers, slippers, and slides. He's pushed the envelope of the family business in his own unorthodox ways, experimenting with 3-D printed shoes and designs made from upcycled materials. In 2004, Clark launched Vivobarefoot, a company that rose to cult status for its barely-there shoes made for running and hitting the trails, all with soles so thin, every nerve in your foot can feel the rugged earth beneath you.
Although conventional wisdom has it that road and sidewalk surfaces aren't the optimal placements for harvesting solar energy, that hasn't stopped the development of 'underfoot solar' products, as this latest entry into the sector illustrates. Platio, based in Hungary, has developed its own version of a solar generating paving system, and is working on a sister product that converts kinetic energy from footsteps into clean electricity.
When it comes to tires, there are generally three things to consider—size, tread life and tire pressure. Once you've figured out the proper size needed and your new rubber has been mounted, keeping an eye on treadwear and tire pressure is a must for as long as the tire is on your vehicle. But what if you didn't have to think about under-inflating or over-inflating those brand new Pilot Sport 4S tires? Not only does Bridgestone think it's possible, it's actually doing something about it.
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After a century of duty, the humble rearview mirror is about to get a makeover.
Two automakers have introduced rear cameras that feed a video image onto the rearview mirror, eliminating blind spots when the vehicle is going forward.
If motorists don't want the video image, they can toggle to a conventional mirror.
General Motors Co. offers a Gentex Corp.-designed rear display for Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet. Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. offers a Panasonic Corp. unit in three Japan-market models, and the U.S. will get the rear display on the 2018 Armada SUV, according to auto industry watchers at IHS Markit.
IHS predicts that other automakers soon will follow. It expects global production of 1.8 million panoramic rearview displays by 2025, up from 70,000 this year.
"There is a lot of interest across the board," said IHS technology analyst Brian Rhodes. "We see a lot of development in North America and Japan."
The biggest benefits would come when cameras replace side mirrors, enabling an aerodynamic upgrade that would improve fuel economy by 1 or 2 mpg.
By 2025, IHS expects annual production of 423,000 side-view camera displays worldwide, although U.S. regulators have not OK'd the elimination of side mirrors.