2020 was the year in which the weight of “human-made mass”—all the stuff we’ve built and accumulated—exceeded the weight of biomass on the planet.
By Bill McKibben – the New Yorker – December 17, 2020
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By 2021, EU citizens should find it easier to get laptops, phones, and tablets fixed, courtesy of new right-to-repair rules that were announced this past spring as part of the continent’s plan for a more sustainable and competitive circular economy, reports the New York Times.
Right-to-repair advocates note that this trajectory is what continues to sustain economies built on the doctrine of planned obsolescence— “the idea that products are designed to be short-lived in order to encourage people to buy more stuff,” writes the Times. And, it adds, “more stuff” is exactly what the world needs least as it tries to rein in global emissions.
Secondhand furniture is an eco-friendly way to furnish your home. Here is some advice on what to look for and what to avoid when shopping vintage.
By Katherine Martinko – www.treehugger.com – December 3, 2020
The outdoor gear retailer has added a “buy used” option to its U.S. website. While patagonia.com and Worn Wear will continue to exist as separate websites, adding the “buy used” button to the main Patagonia site now links the two in an unprecedented way. Not only does it make it easier to opt for a used version of an item (and convenience is crucial if people are going to follow through), but it normalizes the idea of buying secondhand in a way that it hasn’t been up until now.
By Katherine Martinko – www.treehugger.com – November 30, 2020
During an extended backcountry trip or a faraway expedition, if your gear breaks, you make a repair. There are no other options. But back at home when something breaks, many people are in the habit of throwing it out. Fortunately, most Patagonia® gear can easily be fixed, so we’ve partnered with iFixit to show you, step-by-step, how to repair your Patagonia® clothing. A patch on your jacket or a gleaming new zipper not only gives you bragging rights, but completing the repair yourself extends the life of your gear. Learn more about the Patagonia Worn Wear® Program on iFixit.com.
Because our wardrobes create unfashionably massive environmental issues. The apparel industry is responsible for about 8 percent of carbon emissions and more than a third of the primary microplastic pollution junking up our oceans. Clothing manufacturing also gobbles up enough freshwater to fill 32 million Olympic-size pools every year.
BY ELIZABETH L. CLINE | NOV 4 2020 – www.sierraclub.org
We focus on the three big things that affect climate change – energy, transport and food. But what about the bits people don’t necessarily think about, like the clothes you wear? Here’s our look at the impact your everyday threads have on the environment.
3 December 2018 – ecotricity