The eco-friendly shoe brand has received investment from the Oscar-winning actor.

Allbirds, a San Francisco-based shoe company, use a number of sustainable materials to make their shoes. They have three different types of material:

  • The Wool shoes are sourced from sheep in New Zealand, this uses 60 per cent less energy than materials used in typical synthetic shoes.
  • The Tree shoes are sourced from South African farms that minimise fertiliser and rely on rainwater. This means that, compared to traditional cotton materials, manufacturing uses 95 per cent less water.
  • The Sugar shoes are sourced from Southern Brazil, the sugar cane is a renewable source that grows quickly, removing carbon from the atmosphere in the process. It is a self-sufficient material that is transformed into their SweetFoam shoe sole.

They use recycled plastic bottles for the shoelaces, castor bean oil for the soles and their packaging is made from 90 per cent recycled cardboard.

The shoes will set you back around $95, but they have a ‘confidence in comfort’ scheme where you can trial the shoes for 30 days and if you are not happy with the product you can return them and get your money back.

The brand was founded by native New Zealander, Tim Brown. After years of research he was joined by Joey Zwillinger, an engineer and renewables expert. They have three stores located in San Francisco, New York and Toronto.

Brown voiced his concern on the impact of shoe production on the environment, he said: “Outside of the fossil fuel industry, the fashion industry is the largest contributor of carbon emissions into the environment.”

Earlier this month, Leonardo took to Twitter to provide an official statement on his investment with the brand.

Proud to be an investor in @Allbirds, a company dedicated to creating a more sustainable future by developing new materials and serving as a model for the footwear industry. Learn more: https://t.co/hmAn6cqdg5.

— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) August 1, 2018

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The swimmer has completed his gruelling 348 mile stretch across the English Channel for a sustainable cause.  

His campaign, called the Long Swim, aims to raise awareness of the threat to UK coastal waters from pollution. He has proposed a target of protecting 10 per cent of the 750,000 square kilometres of British coastal waters by 2020. His second, more ambitious, target is to fully protect 30 per cent of all oceans by 2030.

Lewis, a British-South African swimmer and a former event speaker at Climate Action’s 8th Sustainable Forum, said: “I’m undertaking my toughest swim yet, so that I can call on the British Government, and all of the governments of the world, to strengthen our ocean protection. Because doing the right thing has to start at home.”

He began the challenge on the 12th July and he finished the swim today, saying he was “relieved and exhilarated” to be finished.

Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, called Lewis a “brilliant champion for marine conservation zones.”

Mr Pugh has completed several tasks to raise awareness of clean oceans. He said: “I began swimming in vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to the impact of our actions on the oceans. I saw enormous chunks of ice slide off Arctic glaciers. I swam over bleached coral killed by rising sea temperatures, and over the bones of whales hunted to the edge of extinction.”

Each year billions of tonnes of litter end up in our oceans and it is considerably more than the 250 million tonnes of rubbish generated.

Lewis took to Twitter after the swim was complete, he said: “I’ve just touched Dover harbour wall. That’s the end. 530kms in 49 days. I’ve done my bit, now it’s time for Government to do theirs. #TheLongSwim.”

To find out more about Lewis’ story click here.

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Legislation has been passed to move the state towards 100 per cent clean energy by 2045.

On Tuesday, the state Assembly voted to approve the legislation, known as Senate Bill 100. Over the next couple of days the bill is expected to be signed by the state Senate.

Dan Jacobson, state director of Environment California, said “This is a response to the threat of climate change and to the inaction in Washington D.C. While we’re not the first state in the country to go to 100 per cent, we will lead many, many other states around the country to go 100 per cent.”

The state is set to become the biggest economy in the world to pledge to 100 per cent carbon-free electricity.  

Despite the legislation failing to pass last year, this time around, it is expected that Gov. Jerry Brown will sign the bill. As a result, it will become the second state, after Hawaii, to commit to 100 per cent clean energy.

The bill, introduced by Democratic state Senator Kevin de Leόn, proposes for the state to generate 60 per cent of its energy from renewable sources including wind and solar by 2030. This leaves an extra 15 years to fulfil its promise of 100 percent.

Daniel Kammen, founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at US Berkeley, said: “The victory is far more than symbolic. Agenda-setting bills like SB 100 are both vitally important because they clarify other actions that the state is doing to meet its goals, and because they establish a framework against which we can measure our investment in the future.”

California has already made several steps towards sustainability, including the production of the new high speed rail which will run on 100 percent renewable energy.

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A survey, produced by Yale, has revealed that Americans are interested in the protection of the environment.

The climate opinion map, published earlier this month, depicts estimates of the percentage of Americans, aged 25 and over, who have particular beliefs, attitudes and policy preferences on global warming. The information comes from a large national survey dataset of 22,000 people which was collected between 2008 and 2018.

Notably, it reports that 70 per cent of Americans think the protection of the environment is more important than economic growth.

The map also shows that 70 per cent believe that global warming will harm future generations but only 41% think that global warming will harm them personally. This could be a problem that is preventing measures to protect the environment.

Interestingly, only 57 per cent of people believe that global warming is caused by human activities. This reflects the President of the United States opinion who has often remarked on his scepticism regarding global warming and climate change.

The data revealed that a massive 85 per cent support funding research into renewable energy sources. However, President Trump already has plans to undo Obama’s climate rule regarding renewable energy. This survey indicates that he may have more opposition than he previously thought.

Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S, has previously said: “When it comes to leadership, you can’t lead unless you listen.” This suggests that peoples’ opinions in the U.S. may become more valued.

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