The best way to survive a crash is not to crash.
In an effort to minimize bicycle-vehicle collisions, Volvo has created Life Paint, which is a paint that can be sprayed onto any material. During the day it’s invisible, but at night it glows by reflecting cars’ headlights. It lasts about a week and can be washed off without affecting the color of the surface where you’ve applied it. Pretty cool!
Research out of the University of Georgia that was recently published in the journal Science delivers some solid numbers on just how much plastic is really in our oceans…and it’s pretty freaking scary.
Using a specific method that measured the amount of waste per capita and percentage of that waste that is mismanaged, the team estimated that between 4.8 million to 12.7 million tons of plastic are sent to our seas each year (the midpoint is 8 million). In case you aren’t familiar with metric tons, that’s equivalent to 18,000,000,000 pounds of plastic trash. 18 BILLION.
The solutions to this plastic pollution problem are known, we just need to actually do it. We need to cut back on plastic production in the first place, so there’s less of it in the system. Then whatever is left needs to all be captured and managed properly.
Check out more details from Treehugger’s coverage of the report here.
Hat tip to Theron for sending this our way : )
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson did something yesterday that many thought was impossible: they successfully free-climbed (that is, ropes were used only for safety reasons, not to aid the ascent) Yosemite’s Dawn Wall. The mostly smooth granite face is part of El Capitan and is thought to be the hardest free-climb route in the world, containing 32 pitches of mostly 5.13 and 5.14 (really freaking difficult grade) climbing.
The two superstar climbers battled for 19 days up and across pitches with leaps and holds that can barely accommodate a finger’s grip. Faced with 3,000 vertical feet and near freezing temperatures, the partners worked their way through the almost impossible climb, reaching the summit and a celebration with friends and family around 3:25 yesterday afternoon. Cheers, guys!
Interested in learning to climb yourself? Check out Chicago’s ultimate climbing gym/workspace, Brooklyn Boulders. Grab a Green Sheep Water and sign up to learn the ropes with a day pass or if you’re feeling extra inspired, get yourself a membership!
Psst! BKB also has gyms in Somerville, MA and Brooklyn, NY.
Tomorrow (December 10, 2014) at 3pm EST, Dr. Marcus Eriksen of 5Gyres will be doing a reddit AMA dedicated to answering just that question.
Our vision is to witness plastic pollution decline in the environment until it is no longer found in the world’s oceans.
Drawing from a paper the organization will be releasing tomorrow as well, Dr. Eriksen will walk us through 5 years and 50,000 nautical miles of research and will be fielding questions from the global community on their findings.
As you may know, we partnered up with SOFA (that’s the Sculpture Objects Functional Art & Design Expo) this past few days at Chicago’s Navy Pier. What can we say? The response was incredible, and it was awesome to meet so many first time Green Sheep-ers!
Check out some photos we snapped throughout the weekend.
Uh, can you say amazing?! Our Liquids for Solids event was a blast and gave us a chance to connect with hundreds of Uncubed attendees who spent the day learning, networking, and HYDRATING with Green Sheep (which was important preparation for Goose Island’s end-of-day festivities). What a great event that allowed us to get to know so many awesome people!
THANK YOU to everyone who came out this incredible event here in Chicago. We loved meeting you all and can’t wait to meet you again : )
See you real soon!
Nicole & Jess
That’s right, Green Sheep is now accepting pre-sale orders! As many of you know, a lot has gone into making Green Sheep a reality, so we’re beyond excited to announce that the day has finally come. We’ve worked with some really great partners to create a more environmentally-responsible bottled water that aims to eliminate plastic waste from our landfills and oceans.
We’re currently in the process of signing up retail partners in the Chicago area, but if you can’t wait another minute longer (or don’t live nearby), you can snag some cases through our online store.
We’d love for you to check out our site and learn what we’re all about. We’re excited to share this with you and hope you are as excited about the possibilities as we are.
Thanks for your support,
Nicole and Jess,