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Late Stage Capitalism – A “Pox” On Society?

Late Stage Capitalism – A “Pox” On Society?

Just recently, I came across a Twitter post – “late capitalism is a pox.” I do not remember anymore who posted it among the hundreds that I follow. But what I do know is that the term late capitalism is cropping up everywhere. A photo of five former U.S. Presidents with Lady Gaga? It was...

Climate Refugees: Climate Change Could Displace 150 Million People By 2050

Climate Refugees: Climate Change Could Displace 150 Million People By 2050

“We need to acknowledge that we are, unless we make dramatic changes, at the front of seeing refugees as a result of climate change,” New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in her very first exclusive interview with CNN on October 31. Ardern’s statement emphasizes the issue of climate refugees, formally defined as “persons or...

Resurrecting Deadstock In the Name of Sustainable Fashion

Resurrecting Deadstock In the Name of Sustainable Fashion

Sustainability is fast becoming the name of the game in the fashion industry. Big fashion brands, regulators, retailers, and even consumers are recognizing the negative impact of the fashion industry and manufacturing on the environment and are working together towards minimizing it. A buzz-concept that is currently going around in the fashion industry is the...

Fighting Food Waste with CogZum

Fighting Food Waste with CogZum

It all started as a hobby. Ivo Dimitrov, a software engineer, simply wanted to track his family’s food shopping habits, ensure cost-efficiency in his food spending and prevent food waste. This led him to test out several shopping apps. Unfortunately, all the apps that he used lacked what he felt was a vital feature –...

Farm-to-Fork: A Global Look at the Slow Food Revolution

Farm-to-Fork: A Global Look at the Slow Food Revolution

In recent years, the term farm-to-fork, also known as farm-to-table and farm-to-market have gained prominence. Rutgers University offers a definition of the concept, referring to it as a community food system in which there is an integration of the processes of food production, processing, distribution and consumption to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional...

Can Seaweeds Help Save The World?

Can Seaweeds Help Save The World?

Are you familiar with seaweeds? Those green, red, brown and dark plants that grow in the sea and other water bodies? If not, you have to familiarize yourselves with it as evidence has shown that these unassuming plants have the power to actually save the world. In a recent TV documentary, Australian Professor Tim Flannery...

Sewing Robots: Is This The Future of Garment Manufacturing?

Sewing Robots: Is This The Future of Garment Manufacturing?

In late 2016, the garment manufacturing business was abuzz with a new development. Inventor Jonathan Zornow launched Sewbo, a sewing robot prototype and what is now being seen as a likely game changer in garment manufacturing. Sewbo, claims Zornow, is the very first robot to have sewn a complete garment. In 30 minutes, it was...

3-D Printing: Fueling a Product Revolution

3-D Printing: Fueling a Product Revolution

Early this year, San Francisco-based startup company Apis Cor built a house in just 24 hours. The secret? A mobile 3-D printer. According to a TIME report, Apis Cor built a 400-square foot home with a bedroom, bathroom and hallway through the magic of 3-D printing technology. This house, located in Moscow, can withstand a...

Cooperatives: Why We Need Them Now More Than Ever

Cooperatives: Why We Need Them Now More Than Ever

In 1844, a group of cotton weavers in the town of Rochdale, England were faced with a trifecta of suffering – their working conditions were so poor, they were not earning enough, and they couldn’t afford food to feed their families. Perhaps forced by how desperate their situation was, they realized that if they pool...

10 Wanderlust-Worthy Eco-Resorts and Green Retreats For Your Bucket List

10 Wanderlust-Worthy Eco-Resorts and Green Retreats For Your Bucket List

A week ago I wrote about eco-tourism and investigated whether it is really good for the environment. In principle, it is environment-friendly, a positive experience, and can greatly impact the lives and economies of the local communities. Unfortunately, there are simply some unscrupulous practices that paint eco-tourism in a bad light. After some reflection, I...