- Do you have old clothes to dispose of? Adidas will collect the postage for you
- Now, cameras are installed in the trash can
- Mango launches sustainable brand Alter Made
- Microsoft will make its equipment easier to repair
- Divine Chocolate: A farmer-owned chocolate company
Selling idle is sometimes troublesome, you have to take care of yourself, and you have to deal with bargaining with potential buyers.
Adidas recently cooperated with ThredUp, a second-hand platform, to launch a used clothes recycling project "Choose to Give Back".
Users can get a prepaid label in the app, and then find a mailable box by themselves, put them in the clothes, shoes and accessories they don't want (recycling is not limited to Adidas products, any brand is acceptable), and send it out immediately Can.
After receiving the apparel, ThredUp will clean, price, and take photos of the apparel, and then put it on the second-hand trading platform. If it is not suitable for sale, ThredUp will also hand over the clothing to the partner for more proper recycling.
Subsequently, Adidas will provide users with "Adidas Creators Club" points or shopping vouchers in return based on the quality of the recycled clothing.
Currently, this project is only open to members of the "Adidas Creators Club" in the United States, and is expected to be promoted to Adidas' US online stores and physical retail stores in early 2022.
According to statistics, the United States produces 36 billion pieces of abandoned clothing each year, 95% of which can theoretically be reused.
We believe that excellent performance should not be at the expense of the environment. This is also our determination to create a circular future for sportswear. The "Choose to Give Back" project will help everyone see the new possibilities of old equipment.
Now, cameras are installed in the trash can
Water consumption is measured by a water meter, and electricity consumption is displayed by an electric meter. What about the amount of garbage produced?
Miami recently collaborated with the startup Compology to try to install smart cameras in 40 trash cans to measure the amount of waste produced.
Why do we need to know the amount of garbage?
According to Compology CEO Jason Gates, knowing the amount of waste produced more accurately will help optimize the frequency of garbage trucks' attendance and collection. With fewer attendances of garbage trucks, the cost to garbage recycling companies will be lower, and the carbon emissions of vehicle trips will also be reduced.
Gates said that based on their previous experience with McDonald's, after optimization, each trash can can save an average of $3,321 in garbage collection fees a year.
In addition to observing the amount of garbage, Compology's smart camera also recognizes the type of garbage based on AI technology. Through long-term observation, this can help cities or companies to determine the extent and needs of garbage can users for recycling and sorting garbage.
If Compology finds that residents in an area throw a lot of corrugated board all day long, they may suggest that the municipality add a paper recycling trash bin to the area.
Moreover, some regions in the United States have begun legislation to return the responsibility of recycling and disposing of product packaging to companies that sell related products within a few years.
In this way, it is also quite foresight to start installing smart cameras in the trash can that can identify and estimate the type and quantity of trash before the legislation takes effect.
Spanish apparel group Mango announced the launch of its sustainable brand Alter Made, which is expected to launch its first collection in Spain, France, Germany and the Netherlands in November.
Officially, the brand's clothing will be "durable, not easily outdated, high-quality, and sustainable." Local production will also become a major feature of the brand, and it will also be equipped with traceability to conduct more stringent sustainability and quality certification checks on materials.
Toni Ruiz, CEO of Mango, said that more and more consumers have sustainable requirements for fashion products, and the emergence of this brand is also to meet this new demand.
The brand's goal is that after three years of launch, Alter Made will bring in 25 million euros in revenue.
At the urging of shareholders, Microsoft agreed to relax the repair rights for Surface, Xbox and other devices, and in the future will extend the scope of supply of parts and repair documents beyond the Microsoft authorized service provider network.
However, the specific implementation depends on the survey results that Microsoft will release in May 2022. Microsoft promised that no matter what the survey results are, they are willing to implement changes based on the conclusions.
Many people regard this as a major step forward in the "right to maintenance movement."
There are four demands of the right to repair movement: release information to everyone (such as software updates and product schematics); sell parts and repair tools to repair points; allow consumers to unlock the manufacturer’s restrictions; consider repair requirements from the design. Fundamentally make maintenance easier.
Microsoft this time can be regarded as satisfying the first two demands. However, the specific extent to which it will be achieved depends on the follow-up specific plan.
Divine Chocolate: A farmer-owned chocolate company
Although you only eat a little chocolate and only drink a little coffee, if you can make friends, family and people in your community start buying fair trade products, we can make a big difference.
Established in 1998, Divine Chocolate is a British chocolate brand jointly established by the local cooperative Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana and the global NGO Twin Trading aiming to improve the treatment of farmers. Kuapa Kokoo’s members include 85,000 cocoa farmers from more than 1,000 villages in Ghana, and the organization also owns 44% of Divine Chocolate.
Shareholding by farmers’ cooperatives means that the company must not only consider profit, but also the interests of farmers.
According to a 2015 report, retailers accounted for 44.2% of the profit of a piece of chocolate, manufacturers accounted for 35.2%, and farmers accounted for only 6.6%. In the 1980s, farmers’ profits accounted for at least 16%. To make matters worse, there are injustices such as slavery and child labor in the chocolate industry chain.
Kuapa Kokoo, which promotes fair trade, contracted the "weighing, packaging, and transportation of the cocoa harvest to ensure that all processes are transparent, responsible and democratic" and that farmers' labor results will not be stolen by the local government or other intermediaries.
The cocoa beans and sugar used by Divine Chocolate come from farms that meet fair trade standards. This means that when local farmers sell their crops, they can get a higher income, have a safe working environment and opportunities for continuous improvement.
Every year, Divine will allocate 44% of its profits to Kuapa Kokoo. The Fair Trade Organization will pay farmers a "fair trade premium" of US$200 per ton of cocoa beans. The latter is specifically used to improve the community, working environment, and production tools for farmers. Of funds.
In the 1990s when Divine was just getting started, fair trade was still a fairly niche field even in the UK.
Compared with 1998, sales of fair trade chocolate in the UK have now increased 88 times.
As a pioneer in the field, Divine's success prompted Cadbury to change its Cadbury milk chocolate to use fair trade cocoa beans; after the Cadbury action, Nestlé and Mars also began to partially incorporate fair trade raw materials into their procurement.
By 2013, 11% of the chocolate sold in the UK had Fair Trade certification.
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