Weekly Link Roundup - December 5, 2016

Can you believe it’s already December? Hope you all have started your holiday gift shopping to beat the rush! Here in Toronto, snow is falling, Christmas carols are playing, and toes are freezing. But elsewhere in the world, cooler things are happening.

  • Patagonia Had $10 Million In Sales On Black Friday And Is Donating Every Cent To Save The Planet
    • Already donating 1 percent of its daily global sales to help the environment, Patagonia upped the ante and promised to donate all of its proceeds from Black Friday sales as well. Customers proved that people still care by making an astounding $10 million in purchases. “The science is telling us loud and clear: We have a problem,” the company said. “By getting active in communities, we can raise our voices to defend policies and regulations that will protect wild places and wildlife, reduce carbon emissions, build a modern energy economy based on investment in renewables, and, most crucially, ensure the United States remains fully committed to the vital goals set forth in the Paris Agreement on climate change.”
  • adidas Unveils Futurecraft Biofabric – World’s First Performance Shoe Made from Biosteel Fiber
    • The upper in this running shoe from adidas is made from a synthetic silk called Biosteel, and it’s 100% biodegradable. This news, together with the recent announcement of the UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley, it’s clear that adidas is taking great steps towards environmentally friendly business practices.
  • 25 shocking fashion industry statistics
    • “The world clothing and textile industry (clothing, textiles, footwear and luxury goods) reached almost $2.6 quadrillion in 2010.”, and other incredible statistics about the fashion industry.
  • Giving Tuesday
    • Even if you missed Giving Tuesday last Tuesday, November 29th, you can still make a difference by donating to your local charity today. Make room in your closet for your Black Friday purchases and donate your gently used clothing to people in need, especially with winter around the corner.
  • Tesla Flexes Its Solar Muscle By Powering An Entire Pacific Island
    • A glimpse into the future is visible right now in the Pacific on an island called Ta’u. “The 17-square-mile volcanic island’s roughly 600 residents previously burned diesel to power the generators that provide electricity to its smattering of villages and a private airport. Now a newly completed 1.4 megawatt solar farm is set to come online and supply nearly 100 percent of Ta’u’s electricity. It’s backed up by 6 megawatt hours of storage from 60 Tesla Powerpack battery systems.”

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