Sunday, July 20, 2014

USA Shoemaking

The Wall Street Journal had an article in their Marketplace section on Monday (July 14) about how shoemaking is getting a "foothold" in the US (get it?).  There might be a paywall and therefore a dead link, but the gist of it is that Merchant House International, who was part of the movement to offshore the US industry to Asian countries, is starting to shift some of its manufacturing back to the states.  Shoe manufacturing in the US accounts for about 2% of a 1.7 billion dollar market.  Why move back to the US?  A demoralized workforce ready to accept lower wages?  More right to work states ready to give manufacturers a huge break shouldered by American workers?  A little bit of this and many more reasons?  I'm skeptical that this shift benefits Americans even at the same time that I'm glad some shoe manufacturing is being re-developed - maybe Converse will come back and I can buy a new pair of Chucks and not feel like a traitor.

More than this, though, I feel like we should probably shift our focus towards technology manufacturing - don't get me wrong, Americans still need shoes, but we could be targeting manufacturing concerns that require skilled American workers who have a chance of elevating themselves to the middle class because the pay is better.

And, more than even this, I need more coffee.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Update on Venus swim bra

I just got a reply on an old post I did about the Venus swim bra http://theaccidentalenvironmentalist.blogspot.com/2011/08/venus-swim-bra-review.html?m=1

The commenter said the bras are actually made in Germany and India and they resell used items as new.  I plan on following up on this claim, but first I wanted to update on the bra itself.  

When I first tried it on, it seemed way too small for a DD size, but in the year or so since purchasing the bra I've lost some weight.  It now kind of fits ( I have the sizing problem where one breast is larger than the other) and I'm able to wear it without a cover-up.  Before, I would wear it for support but always underneath a swim shirt; now I can wear it by itself and not feel like I'm going to spill out all over the place.  

I still think Venus sizes them too small, though, and a DD is really D, if not a large C.  I will also update when I find out more about this claim that Venus does not actually manufacture their bras in the United States, slo stay tuned.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Give me the T-shirt!!!

So, this is the response from Sustainable UF:


Hi Michele,

 

Yes! We will still be doing the card punch program in the fall, so be sure to look for the sustainability hut around campus. We’ll also be rolling out some new programs and games as well, so make sure to ‘like’ Sustainable UF on Facebook if you haven’t already. We’ll be posting updates with locations, times and topics.

 

Thanks for your interest! We look forward to seeing you at the hut in the fall. J

 

Take care,

 

 

Allison

 

So, your gonna make me work for that t-shirt, huh, Allison?  Alright, I'll play your little Eco-hippie games.  This t-shirt better be amazing.



Save your undies

I forgot how many tons of used menstrual items get placed in our landfills per year but now we have panty liners to add to the mix!


This is what I call a panty liner.

Friday, May 30, 2014

I still want the T-shirt!!!

Letter I just emailed to Sustainable.ufl.edu:

Are you doing this program again next year?  I only managed to get 3 of the 6 cards needed for the t-shirt!  I still want the t-shirt!  Thank you and have a good day.
 Sincerely,
Michele

 I am such a sucker for a free t-shirt!  Especially one from Sustainabilty@UF because they like to use American Apparel for some of their giveaways and I love me a soft, cotton, AA t-shirt.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Biodegradable Funereal Urn

A morbid idea for this Wednesday.  This biodegradable urn keeps the ashes separate from the seed (a pine tree, but any seed can be used) and the ash apparently helps encourage growth in the soil.