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Obama Fracking and Google Solar

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Freitag Biodegradable Denim JeansFreitag Introduces World’s First 100% Compostable Denim Jeans
Hold on to your jodhpurs, boys and girls—the world’s first 100% compostable denim jeans are springing your way.

Part of Freitag‘s “F-abric” line of European-grown and -produced workwear, the upcoming five-pocket design—dubbed the “E500″— is entirely cotton-free, comprising 81% linen and 19% hemp in a 19-ounce weight for men and a 17 ounce for women. 

Get the scoop on Ecorazzi now…


Arctic FrackingObama gives Shell the final OK to drill in the Arctic
President Obama has a brain tumor.

At least, it seems like that must be the case considering he just gave final approval for Shell’s plan to start deep drilling for oil in the Arctic, a move that could have catastrophic consequences for both Arctic wildlife and the climate.

Read the full story on Grist now…


Google Solar PanelsGoogle’s Project Sunroof aims to make it easier for you to
put solar panels on your roof

Google’s stated mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. At first this mostly meant cataloguing and ranking search pages for search, but for many years now Google has ventured into the physical world with projects like Google Maps and Google Books.

The latest project to come out of the Mountain View company is Project Sunroof, a website that aims to make it easier for homeowners to figure out if they should go solar, and if so, what the costs and benefits will be.

Read all about it on Treehugger now…


Stella McCartneyStella McCartney to Stop Using Patagonian Wool Over Animal Welfare Concerns
Stella McCartney is no longer having the wool pulled over her eyes when it comes to the treatment of sheep in Argentina.

The animal activist and designer will no longer use sustainable Patagonia wool in her creations after watching PETA-provided footage of sheep being mistreated at one of the Argentine ranches where she sources the wool.

Find out all about it on Ecorazzi now…


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