Change the World With Green Fashion and Clearabee’s Environmentally-friendly Rubbish Removal

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If you buy, wear and discard clothes every year or even every season, it is time to hop on board the green fashion bandwagon. Some call the movement sustainable fashion while others refer to it as eco fashion. The purpose of green fashion is to create lovely garments from recycled or recyclable materials that can be worn for years or even decades and subsequently transformed into other products. This philosophy is central Clearabee’s green rubbish removal business as well as the overarching sustainability movement. A sustainable way of life is one in which human activities are performed in a manner that sustains human life, animal life and the resources of the planet.

Sustainable Clothing is Quickly Becoming the Norm

The need for clothing continues to increase as the global population swells. Producing textiles in a sustainable manner is central to the conservation of our planet’s inherently finite raw materials. It will not be possible to convert fossil fuels into synthetic fabrics or polyester across posterity. This is precisely why numerous clothing manufacturers are making use of recycled and recyclable materials to create high-quality garments that look chic and feel fantastic. It is also a major reason why Clearabee goes to great lengths to recycle, donate or re-use the items our rubbish removal experts pick up.Clearabee

Touted by Vogue magazine, the clothing company Reformation has as many Instagram followers as some of Hollywood’s top celebrities. Yael Aflalo established this ethical clothing enterprise following an expedition to China in which she was blown away by the amount of disgusting pollution generated by the country’s textile and clothing manufacturing facilities. She returned to the states and began her push for eco fashion. Aflalo found the market had plenty of organic cotton t-shirts yet little else. Her company, Reformation, makes sustainable garments ranging from swimwear to jeans, dresses and even green wedding gowns. Additional examples of green fashion companies include the UK’s Nobody’s Child which dyes its own fabrics here at home, Britain’s Birdsong, Matt & Nat’s animal-free accessories and Veja’s organic cotton and fair trade rubber sneakers.

The Stimulus Behind Green Fashion

Young people are largely responsible for the shift in attitude that is central to sustainable fashion and green rubbish removal. Millennials tend to view garments as long-lasting minor investments of sorts that should be worn for years, passed down or recycled. This is a major alteration from the antiquated perception of clothing as disposable items that can be trashed following a season or a years of use. Nearly 50 percent of younger millennials state they would like eco-friendly materials to be used in clothes.

Make a Difference by Participating in Green Fashion and Green Rubbish Removal

There is no doubt the world has its fair share of problems. People are looking for a means of making a difference. Spending on green fashion, recycling your old clothes and allying with Clearabee for an environmentally-friendly rubbish removal are excellent ways to improve the world around you. This is your chance to play a part in the preservation of our increasingly fragile planet. The bottom line is the raw materials required to create fashionable garments and accessories are rapidly depleting. Opt for eco-friendly fashion and you will contribute to the preservation of natural resources and improving the living conditions for people and animals across the world.

So cast your vote with your dollars when it comes to fashion as well as rubbish removal. Don’t shell out your money for “fast fashion garments” made in an unsustainable manner. Opt for garments that will prove aesthetically pleasing across years and decades rather than a few short months. Even if you do not want to wear sustainably-made blouse, shirt, hat, accessory or other item a few years from now, you will certainly be able to find someone who is willing to wear the garment once it has lost your fancy.

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The Ultimate Gift For The Gourmand: Four Seasons Presents A Once-In-A-Lifetime Journey Through Cuisines And Cultures Aboard The Four Seasons Private Jet

Four Seasons Brings Guests Closer To The World’s Most Exclusive Culinary Journey With All-New Travel Gift

It’s often the gifts that don’t fit in a box that are the most treasured. The opportunity to travel the world, expand our horizons, see and do things we’ve never done before – those are the gifts that last a lifetime of memories

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Four Seasons Private Jet

Now, Four Seasons has created the ultimate gift for the gourmand: an extraordinary voyage through cuisines and cultures in nine countries from May 27 to June 14, 2017. Highlighted by a series of Michelin-starred dining experiences, immersive cooking classes, foraging expeditions, and market tours led by renowned chefs and local culinary pioneers, Culinary Discoveries takes guests on a 19-day odyssey across two continents, with air travel aboard the Four Seasons Private Jet and luxurious accommodations at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.

Taking luxury hospitality to new heights, the Four Seasons Private Jet opens doors to the world’s most intriguing destinations and extraordinary experiences. Guests travel aboard the 52-seat custom-designed Boeing 757 and stay exclusively at Four Seasons hotels and resorts, with dedicated staff both in the air and on the ground tailoring each journey to each guest’s own interests.

Along the way, Four Seasons Private Jet guests will meet other legends of the global food scene including Namae Shinobu, Alvin Leung Jr, Duangporn “Bo” Songvisava, and Jiro Ono, who gained worldwide recognition for his 10-seat restaurant in the Tokyo subway through the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Guests will also meet leading Four Seasons chefs including Christian Le Squer of three Michelin star Le Cinq in Paris, and Chan Yan Tak of Lung King Heen in Hong Kong, the world’s first Chinese restaurant to earn three Michelin stars.

A Culinary Itinerary Like No Other

A small group of culinary adventurers will meet in Seoul, where they will get to know one another at a private dinner in the home of chef Jong Kuk Lee. In the days to come, guests will dine on wagyu and Kobe beef in Tokyo, and learn about molecular gastronomy in Hong Kong in addition to enjoying a traditional feast of whole suckling pig. In northern Thailand, the group goes on an elephant trek, followed by a market visit in Mumbai before the Four Seasons Private Jet takes off for Europe. In Florence, guests meet an eighth-generation butcher and visit Michaelangelo’s David during a private viewing, and in Lisbon, they explore a city and cuisine shaped by its seafaring history. After an exclusive foraging and dining experience in Copenhagen, guests jet off to Paris for a farewell dinner to remember at Four Seasons Hotel George V.

CULINARY DISCOVERIES, MAY 27 – JUNE 14, 2017

On this groundbreaking journey developed in partnership with world-renowned Copenhagen restaurant Noma, track the evolution of food, culture, and creativity across Asia and Europe. Curated by René Redzepi and Noma, you’ll enjoy an insider’s look into the people, places, and products that are changing the culinary landscape of our world.

Seoul, South Korea – Four Seasons Hotel Seoul: Begin your extraordinary culinary expedition with a private dinner at chef Jong Kuk Lee’s home to experience his renowned farm-to-table cuisine. Visit the Jin-Kwan temple to learn the spiritual Buddhist preparation of temple food. Celebrate your time in Korea with a meal at Jungsik, ranked in the top 10 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Tokyo, Japan – Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo At Marunouchi: Join world-renowned chef Namae Shinobu for a day of foraging outside the city followed by a private dinner at his Michelin-starred restaurant L’Effervescence Savour a private dinner at Yakiniku Nakahara, one of the city’s finest Kobe beef destinations. Take a sushi-making class, attend a Tokyo Giants baseball game, and learn the basic movements of sword fighting.

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Begin your culinary immersion with dim sum at Lung King Heen, a three-Michelin-star restaurant at Four Seasons.

Hong Kong – Four Seasons Resort Hotel Hong Kong: Begin your culinary immersion with dim sum at Lung King Heen, a three-Michelin-star restaurant at Four Seasons. Join chef Alvin Leung Jr. at his restaurant, Bo Innovation, and dive into the avant-garde world of molecular gastronomy at an “X-treme Chinese Dinner.” Cruise Hong Kong’s scenic harbor at sunset in a traditional red-sail junk boat.

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Embark on an elephant trek through a lush landscape of mist-covered mountains to a nearby hill tribe village. in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Chiang Mai, Thailand – Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai: Embark on an elephant trek through a lush landscape of mist-covered mountains to a nearby hill tribe village. Join former Noma chef Garima Arora for lunch and an exclusive visit to a Royal Project farm, part of a national effort to boost sustainable farming. Enjoy the country’s distinctive flavors at a dinner with acclaimed chef David Thompson. Continue reading

CuriosityStream™ Launches Print Ad Campaign That Positions The New SVOD Service As “the Antidote To ‘Reality’ TV”

TV Commercials To Increase Brand Awareness Will Air Concurrently On Networks Including Fox News, CNN and Bloomberg

The Independently-Owned, Ad-Free SVOD Service Created By The Discovery Channel Founder Now Offers Over 1,500 Titles In History, Science, Nature, And Technology

All Titles Are Available For Instant Access By Subscribers With Annual And Monthly Subscription Plans Available for SD, HD, and 4K Streamingcuriositystream

John Hendricks, the Founder of CuriosityStream and the Founder and Former Chairman of Discovery Communications, announced today that CuriosityStream, which is currently available in 196 countries worldwide, is launching its first print ad campaign with a theme of positioning the SVOD service as “the antidote to ‘reality’ TV.curiositystream-logo-1

During the week of February 6, 2017, the print campaign will launch in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers. Concurrent with the print campaign, CuriosityStream has begun to test television commercials designed to increase brand awareness. With commercials currently being tested on networks such as CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg, the TV campaign has been created around the theme “Long Live the Curious.”

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John Hendricks

Hendricks stated, “The economic realities of ad-supported linear television have understandably driven most cable networks toward ‘reality’ TV programming which appeals to the large audiences for amusement content. As a result, the curious 25% of television viewers have witnessed a dramatic loss of choice in high-quality programs in science, history, nature, and technology. CuriosityStream is now available worldwide with a mission to satisfy the demand of audiences who are eager to learn about the mysteries of civilization, recent advances in science, fascinating breakthroughs in technology, in-depth explorations of current events, and the wonders of nature.” Continue reading

Lands’ End Receives Green Masters Award For The 7th Consecutive Year From The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

Lands’ End Recognized for Implementing and Improving Sustainability Practices

For the seventh year, Lands’ End has been awarded the Green Masters Award, the highest honor in the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Masters Program. The Green Masters Program is run by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, with the support of students at UW-Madison.lands_end_logo

Lands’ End has consistently demonstrated a growing commitment to environmentally focused business practices,” said Tom Eggert, executive director, Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. “Their sustainability program has grown to include innovative recycling programs including fiber recycling, reducing the use of natural resources, replenishing resources through their partnership with the National Forest Foundation and much more. Their work has been an example for and inspiration to other Wisconsin institutions.

The Green Masters Program is an objective, points-based recognition program that enables Wisconsin institutions of all sizes and from any sector to join a group of like-minded companies that are on the road to sustainability. Developed by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin, the Green Masters Program recognizes Wisconsin’s sustainability leaders and encourages continuous improvement. The Green Masters Award criteria are based on actions in nine key sustainability areas: energy, carbon and other emissions, water, waste and materials management, transportation, supply chain, community and educational outreach, workforce and governance.

Lands’ End has been participating in the Green Masters Program since 2009 and is one of only two companies in the state to earn Green Masters status seven straight years.

Lands’ Friendly, #IAmLandsFriendly

Sustainability partnerships, ENERGY STAR certified buildings, working toward becoming a zero landfill company, Earth-friendly vendor policies – Lands’ End has been building upon the environmental stewardship of the company’s founder Gary Comer for more than 50 years. The company supports both national and local causes, including the National Forest Foundation, the United States Lighthouse Society and the Clean Lakes Alliance.

Under the initiative of “Lands’ Friendly,” Lands’ End has implemented a wide range of environmentally focused business practices including programs to reduce or eliminate paper consumption, comprehensive recycling, and waste management initiatives. For example, in 2012, Lands’ End began a partnership with the National Forest Foundation – the official nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service. Since then, Lands’ End has been part of large-scale plantings in U.S. forests resulting in the planting of 1.2 million trees and counting.

In 2016, Lands’ End launched a new sustainability initiative called Breathe New Life, with some of the largest corporate clients in the Lands’ End Business Outfitters division. Instead of disposing of unusable materials and apparel, Lands’ End now works with Martex Fiber to recycle those textiles into post-consumer fiber, material for insulation, bedding, acoustics, home furnishings and more.

For more information about Lands’ Friendly initiatives, visit www.landsend.com/sustainability.

Crystal Cruises Partners With Canadian Expedition Experts, Arctic Kingdom, For Second Northwest Passage Cruise

Following the astounding success and enthusiasm of its first-ever Northwest Passage sailing in 2016, Crystal CruisesCrystal Serenity will again traverse the elusive waterway this August. Aboard the ultra-luxury vessel will be a comprehensive team of Arctic experts from the Canada-based Arctic Kingdom, global leaders in Arctic travel, who will share their knowledge and passion for the region’s unique culture, wildlife and geography with guests onboard, as well as lead discovery expeditions ashore.crystal-cruises

The 32-day voyage departs Anchorage/Seward, Alaska for New York City on August 15, 2017, and sails through some of the most spectacular, remote areas of the previously unpassable polar region. Crystal Serenity‘s 2017 Northwest Passage Explorer will mark the final voyage for a classic Crystal ocean ship to sail through the Arctic region.

The Arctic is like nowhere else on the planet,” says Graham Dickson, Arctic Kingdom president and CEO. “As the top land-based operator in the Arctic, we are excited to be providing exceptional opportunities for Crystal Serenity guests to authentically experience the Arctic – unlike ever before.”

Local Inuit guides, Northerners, marine biologists, archaeologists, expert divers, conservationists, photographers, and wildlife experts round out Arctic Kingdom’s team of expedition leaders and speakers for the epic voyage. Besides the many environmental perspectives of the Arctic, there are several cultural nuances to be explored by Crystal guests during the historic passage with visits to Ulukhaktok, North West Territories; and Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet, Nunavut.

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Polar Bears in the Arctic Photo credit: (C)Arctic Kingdom

Partnering with Arctic Kingdom, the leading travel operator in this unique region, further raises the bar on the experience for our guests by offering them expertise from local adventurers,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s chairman, CEO, and president. “Planning and collaboration with top experts and authorities is a must to ensure the safety of our guests and crew. We continue to work closely with the United States and Canadian Coast Guards, Transport Canada, and a myriad of federal, state, provincial, territorial and local government agencies.

In addition to carefully crafted Crystal Adventures, the ship’s captain will safely position the ship to take advantage of impromptu “Unexpected Adventures,” supported by Arctic Kingdom, including zodiac outings to view glaciers, kayaking in protected bays, and trekking the tundra with an expert guide, and helicopter flights to view the Arctic landscape from the air, favorable weather conditions permitting. Likewise, expedition teams will be scouting for wildlife including polar bears and whales throughout the voyage. Specialized viewing equipment on board will allow guests to experience incredible viewing from the comfort of the vessel.

Just as it was last year, Crystal Serenity will be accompanied through the Canadian Arctic by an escort vessel, providing enhanced safety and both vessels will use low-Sulphur Marine Gas oil fuel, exceeding environmental regulations. The escort vessel will carry additional safety and environmental protection equipment, as well as personnel specifically trained in its use. In addition, it will serve as a platform for two helicopters for ice reconnaissance and flight seeing, and zodiacs for landings in areas without a port facility. Both vessels will be manned by highly trained crew members and Canadian ice-pilots experienced in all aspects of operating safely in the Canadian Arctic.

Arctic Kingdom is the global leader in land-based travel, custom experiences, and logistics in the Arctic. From scheduled Arctic safaris to private journeys, and logistic support for film & TV productions, Arctic Kingdom has been crafting legendary Arctic adventures for almost 20 years. Unparalleled expertise in Arctic wildlife and habitat, and unmatched access, built through years of experience and deep-rooted relationships with local Inuit communities, allows Arctic Kingdom to provide the most incredible Arctic experiences in safety and comfort. Arctic Kingdom uniquely offers polar bear viewing in every season throughout the year, as well as exclusive opportunities to safely see narwhal, bowhead whales, walrus, and even polar diving. www.arctickingdom.com.

All-inclusive cruise fares start at $21,855 per person and are available for booking by contacting your travel professional or calling 888.799.2437. Crystal’s “Crystal Clear Choices” promotional savings offers additional value for bookings made by March 31, 2017.

Travel America 2017: Explore Southern California on a California Wines Road Trip

Wine Institute Series Offers Tips on How to Sip, Stay and Play in Wine Country, from Temecula and San Diego to Los Angelessome-200-wineries-and-world-class-attractions-make-southern-california-a-top-destination-for-wine-consumers

California’s many scenic wine regions offer a wide variety of experiences and wines to enjoy. California is the number one U.S. state for wine and food tourism with dozens of wine regions, 138 American Viticultural Areas and 4,600 wineries that produce 85 percent of U.S. wine. Established in 1934, The Wine Institute is the public policy association of nearly 1,000 California wineries.

To help visitors explore them all, The Wine Institute’s California Wines Road Trip series highlights a different region each month. To ring in the new year in style, consider taking a trip to Southern California, a region famous not only for surfing, Hollywood and iconic theme parks, but also home to several surprising wine regions, from Temecula Valley and San Diego County to Cucamonga Valley and the Los Angeles area.

SIP: Southern California’s wine region is home to well over 200 tasting rooms, wineries and vineyards.  Taste your way through this roster of Southern California wineries or use the discovercaliforniawines.com interactive map to search wineries by amenities such as tours, gardens, art, food for purchase and more.  Wine lovers can choose a variety of ways to sip.  Explore the San Diego Urban Wine Trail or leave the car behind and board the San Diego Wine Train Tour, where you can enjoy coastal scenery and tastes at urban wineries and restaurants.

Wine trails are a great way to sip, such as the acclaimed North Mountain Wine Trail, 25 miles south of Temecula Valley in East San Diego County.  In Temecula Valley, 60 minutes from San Diego and 90 minutes from Los Angeles, the De Portola Wine Trail features wineries set in a rural, equestrian area, while the off-the-beaten path Calle Contento Wine Trail offers sweeping views.  North of Los Angeles, try the Ventura County Wine Trail with its artisan wineries, outlet shopping, fine dining and five top museums or the Malibu Wine Trail with the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.

STAY:  There are any number of wine country resorts, golf resorts, boutiques and bed and breakfast inns in Southern California, from Temecula Valley and San Diego to Los Angeles and Ventura.  Stay on site at a winery at Temecula’s South Coast WineryPonte Vineyard Inn and Wilson Creek Winery.

PLAY:  Southern California offers many ways to play while enjoying wine county.  See movie sets and catch a glimpse of a celebrity on the Malibu Wine Tasting & Sightseeing Tour.  In Ventura County, take part in guided weekend Sip & Savor Wine Tours, starting from Ventura’s historic downtown.  In Temecula Valley, visitors can pedal to their favorite wineries, or take a hot air balloon ride over vineyards.  Explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter‘s shopping, galleries and dining, paired with a So Diego Tours walking wine tasting tour.  Moving inland, wine lovers can enjoy wine country towns in Ramona Valley, including the gold-mining town of Julian and Ramona with its numerous antique shops — about 15 minutes away from the world-famous San Diego Zoo.  Other favorite towns include Fallbrook and Escondido, both of which have thriving art and dining scenes.  

MAKE:  Apple pies are a specialty in Julian, and you can learn how to make them at Mom’s Pies.  Aspiring amateur chefs can enjoy any number of cooking classes in San Diego, or sample hands-on educational programs at many wineries or wine schools such as Wine Smarties in San Diego.  Combine these passions at Curds and Wine, where guests learn to make wine and cheese.  Make great art with wine as your muse at Red Brick Art‘s Paint & Sip classes at a local Ventura winery.  Or take a fun hands-on cooking class at a Temecula winery with take-home material to make cooking at home successful.

GROWThe South Coast AVA is the largest viticultural area in the region, stretching from Malibu to the Mexican border.  San Diego County is home to 115 wineries and where California wine began.  Franciscan monks planted winegrapes in 1769 and produced wine at California’s first mission, Mission San Diego del Alcala.  Today, about 60 varieties are farmed by its small, family owned wineries.  Temecula Valley is a viticultural area in Riverside County, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, home to more than 40 wineries.  The region’s Mediterranean climate is marked by warm days moderated by cool ocean breezes at night — producing a veritable A-Z of grapes.  East of Los Angeles, the Cucamonga Valley known for Old-Vine Zinfandels and Port-style wines — was a dominant region during the first half of the last century and some founding families are still making wine here.  North of Los Angeles, visit the Malibu Coast Wine Trail and its seven wineries growing limited production wines in this marine climate near the Santa Monica Mountains.  Ventura County’s dozen wineries are all located within minutes of each other in a casual coastal setting. Continue reading

Smart & Blue Unveils 3 New Smart Shower Products plus First International Availability at CES 2017 in Las Vegas

In the run-up to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, French Eco-Tech company Smart & Blue today announced three new HYDRAO smart showerhead products, the much-awaited international availability of its products, plus new industry awards. Smart & Blue is an innovation leader in smart solutions for water conservation. Headquartered in Grenoble, France, the company was founded by founder Gabriel Dell Monica in 2015. The company now employs 10 people directly.sb_logo

The new HYDRAO Loop and First smart showerheads and HYDRAO Drop smart shower light bring innovation, color, enjoyment – and now French design chic – to the bathroom. They are designed to increase awareness of water usage and encourage reduced water and energy consumption. HYDRAO First will be the first product to become available internationally – starting tomorrow.

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Smart & Blue Founder Gabriel Dell Monica

The designs of HYDRAO Loop and Drop have already won two new CES Innovation Awards: HYDRAO Loop in the Smart Home category and HYDRAO Drop in Tech for a Better World category.

THREE NEW SMART SHOWER SOLUTIONS

HYDRAO Loop: a combination of advanced Smart & Blue technology innovation with French luxury design to bring smart-shower capabilities to stylish, modern bathrooms.

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HYDRAO Loop smart shower set (Photo: Business Wire)

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HYDRAO Loop Hand shower

HYDRAO Drop: adds smart-shower water saving capabilities to an existing shower. It is simple to install, and has a flexible arm that can be positioned to illuminate any shower surface or water jet.

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HYDRAO Loop on a showerhead

HYDRAO First: a fun, educational and affordable smart hand shower. Launched in France at the end of 2016, HYDRAO First is available internationally from Jan. 4th 2017.

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HYDRAO First is a LED-illuminated showerhead that brings color and enjoyment to families, while educating users on water usage.

SMART-SHOWER INNOVATION WITH LUXURY DESIGN

DESIGN INNOVATION AND WATER EFFICIENCY: Both HYDRAO Loop and Drop benefit from a new miniaturized version of Smart & Blue’s patented smart shower technology, allowing users to benefit from a sleek, streamlined design, with no compromise to HYDRAO’s water conservation guidance. Also new is the ability to allow individual users to monitor their own personal usage and savings – on either one or multiple HYDRAO smart showers.

New smart water pressure innovations also let users enjoy an enhanced shower experience, even at low pressure levels.1 These enhancements include increased energy efficiency for the internal turbine, new water pressure regulation capabilities and an innovative aerated water flow feature. Together they ensure optimum water flow and lighting intensity, while decreasing overall water consumption.

For professional customers, the fully modular, interchangeable design of HYDRAO Loop and Drop allow for design customization. Smart & Blue smart shower technology can also be integrated into own designs. Continue reading