Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 247

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A weekly roundup of important green news stories from around the web…

How much of fashion giant H&M’s progress is part of an honest, dedicated commitment to doing good, and how much is just great greenwashing? Let’s have a look at some of the facts behind the marketing.

President Barack Obama had a lot to say about energy at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. The president mentioned the word 23 times in the course of the speech, but his emphasis was mostly on fossil-based energy. He focused the majority of his comments on expanding offshore and onshore oil and gas drilling.

Except for the threads and zippers, all raw materials used in the production of the çöp (m)adam handbags and accessories by Namaste consist of non-used waste materials or materials that have been used, cleaned and sterilized. For example, çöp (m)adam and Namaste are currently producing bags that are hand crocheted entirely out of plastic bags with an interior lining made of flour sack material. Other materials that Namaste is using in production with çöp (m)adam include recycled billboard material and grain sack material.

Haiti’s president says he aims to double the number of rural households with electricity within two years by offering people loans to buy solar kits that can charge cellphones or computers. The $40 million program also calls for installing streetlights in the countryside and repairing power lines in the capital. Only 30 percent of the country’s population is estimated to have access to electricity.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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