Sustainability Series: The Climate Change Stories You Didn't Hear

Sustainability Series: The Climate Change Stories You Didn't Hear

If you are an every day reader of the news, it may surprise you to know that there were some important climate change stories that came out over the past week, that never made their way to the front page of newspapers. There were three notable news items that we want to share at Swell, to promote education about sustainability.  We hope that by producing eco-friendly consumer goods and promoting education we can make an impact on the earth and leave it a greener place than we found it.  Now for a brief synopsis of the stories:

In a report commissioned by Democratic Senator Maria Cantrell and Republican Senator Susan Collins, and released by the bipartisan Government Accountability Office recommends that the U.S federal government develop a plan to manage climate change risks. The report estimates that costs from climate change could balloon to $35 billion dollars per year within the next 30 to 40 years. These costs are both direct and indirect -- from the effects of natural disasters and our own consumer culture that has polluted much of the earth, creating disposals in our ocean; just look at the Pacific Garbage Patch.

Next up, story number two -- the EPA canceled the scientific talks that three of its scientists were scheduled to give at a conference in Rhode Island this past Monday. It is still unclear as to why the talks were cancelled, as the speakers we in attendance and there were no evident issues to prevent it from taking place. However, many scientists, policymakers, and observers fear such actions are a step away from science censorship. The only explanation that I have seen from the EPA as written in the Washington Post is,T"he EPA has offered little explanation for the decision to prevent the scientists from participating, other than to say in a statement that they were allowed to attend the event but not present because “it is not an EPA conference.”


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Last, but certainly not least is story number three: Nicaragua officially signed on to the Paris Climate Agreement. Now that they have hopped on board, the only countries who have not signed on are the United States and Syria.  Maybe it's just me, but it seems like an odd camp for the US to choose -- siding with Syria on climate change issues? Nicaragua originally did not sign not because they did not feel the deal went far enough, but that does not seem to be the case for the last two countries holding out on signing.

I do not know about you, but this makes me a bit concerned.  Story two highlights the growing concern in the academic community about science censorship, but the fact that these articles were not widely disseminated across the traditional news outlets is also strange.  If I did not do research for the purpose of blogging about sustainability and environmental awareness, I myself may not have been aware of these goings on.  This is all to say the education piece is vital now more than ever.  It is not only important to reduce, reuse, recycle, and consume responsibly, but also we need to share this message and educate even more people, more quickly.  The only way to stay ahead of the curve is to get more people on board the environmental awareness train. 

What will you do to support a sustainable future for the generations to come?  Please comment below, and share this story to educate your own network.  We must work together to increase awareness and combat the cycle of consumption and waste -- that is our Swell Vision and we need your help to achieve it.

October 29, 2017
The Benefits of Bamboo Apparel and Accessories

The Benefits of Bamboo Apparel and Accessories

I am not sure how much you know about the Bamboo plant, but it is truly incredible.  This shoot is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and once harvested, bamboo can replenish itself within the year.  It is a naturally abundant and resilient plant, one that does not need fertilizers, chemicals, or pesticides to encourage growth, because bamboo is naturally pest-resistant. This sustainable plant absorbs more carbon dioxide from the air than either cotton or timber, not to mention it also releases more oxygen into the environment to improve the quality of the air we breathe. Bamboo is 100% natural and biodegradable, so when you no longer have use for a bamboo product you know it will not be clogging up a landfill somewhere, or joining the Pacific Garbage Patch in pieces.  Now that you know a bit about the bamboo plant, you probably understand why we are creating consumer products with this material.  The sustainability factor of bamboo is the number one reason we utilize this as the primary material for our product, but the other is the insane comfort factor.
You don't have to take it from me, take it from Dave at, "When you wear something that feels so good you don’t even notice  you’re wearing it, life is officially GREAT, in my humble opinion. This is especially true when you’ve got a little something in the nether regions. It’s simply crazy how soft these boxers feel. They’re made of 95% bamboo rayon and 5% spandex. So they stretch when needed, feel smooth and cool to the touch. I do think the biggest selling point for most guys will be that you won’t feel hot down there, but you never feel an uncomfortable cold. It’s just the right amount of coolness. Since these boxers are made from bamboo they are several factors that stand out from typical fabric. Bamboo itself grows fast and uses little water. So this creates a fabric that is environmentally friendly to harvest. Bamboo fibers help fight odor on several fronts. They will wick moisture and allow it to escape as the fiber is very breathable."  Dave is specifically talking about our newest product release, the "Down Under Collection."  These boxers, like all of our products, are made from bamboo and will not only make you feel good about wearing them, but also you will have peace of mind knowing that your dollar has been well spent on a product that promotes sustainability, education and a greener future for our planet.  

Bamboo does not only play a role in the comfort factor of our apparel line, but it is also what makes our sunglasses float, and our watches so lightweight.  Between the sustainability factor, the comfort offered, and the natural look, it is a no-brainer as to why you should do your research on how to be a more environmentally conscious consumer before shopping for your fall wardrobe.  Not only are we working to provide eco-friendly alternatives to everyday accessories and apparel, but we are simultaneously working to educate the future generations to pave our way into a greener future.  This is why Swell Vision donates a portion of proceeds from every sale to a scholarship fund at John Hardy's Green School in Bali.  This place is uniquely incredible, unlike anything I have ever seen -- the entire school is built from bamboo and operates as one of the greenest schools on Earth.
Take a moment to check out Mr. Hardy's Ted Talk on how the Green School is working to change the future of education.
September 16, 2017
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