Allbirds and Just Water Collaborate on Sneakers to Save the Amazon Rainforest

first_img Shop the Allbirds x Just Collection Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America What do Silicon Valley founders, Woody Harrelson, President Obama, and your mom have in common? They’re all devoted to Allbirds, the cute, comfy sneakers made from super sustainable materials like eucalyptus fiber and merino wool. Since they debuted, they’ve become a darling of the social media age and their popularity is well-deserved.In September, Allbirds upped its sustainability cred with the debut of a new collection of sneaks. Produced in collaboration with Just Water, another leading B-Corp with an emphasis on sustainability, every purchase of these new kicks supports Earth Alliance’s Amazon Forest Fund. And we’re not just talking a little off the top. Allbirds is sending 100% of the proceeds to rebuild the Brazilian rainforest decimated by recent wildfires.True to form, the new Allbirds x Just collection features an innovative mix of naturally derived materials with a low carbon footprint, along with the subtle good looks and eye-rolling comfort Allbirds is known for. Light, breezy, and squishy soft in the sole, these tree-based sneaks are built from natural materials that require way less water than the usual suspects in apparel manufacture. With ultra-soft exteriors made from eucalyptus and bouncy soles made from sugarcane (both of which rely on rainfall, rather than irrigation), plus laces made from recycled plastic and even packaging made from 90% recycled cardboard, the Allbirds x Just collection is a sappy sweet love song to Mother Nature. One that you can wear on your feet. And it comes in a new colorway (our fave), white with a pop of electric cyan, in both Allbirds profiles: low-profile Tree Runners and high-top Tree Toppers.Best of all, while you’re steezing around town in your fly new kicks, you can feel good about doing a little good for the planet. By purchasing a pair of Allbirds x Just sneakers, you’re providing critical funding to the “lungs of the planet,” as the Amazon rainforest is often known. Funds from your donation are distributed by Earth Alliance directly to indigenous communities and other local organizations working to combat wildfires, protect indigenous lands, and provide relief to the communities impacted by the fires. (Not that it matters, but you’ll also be joining company with luminaries like Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith, who are part owners of Allbirds and Just respectively.)Speaking of Mr. Smith, he had some eloquent words on the matter:“There is only one Mother Earth, and it’s on us to protect her. The Brazilian Amazon, our largest carbon sink, has now been burning for a month. We source JUST sugarcane caps from Brazil, so this hits especially close to home. Collaborating with businesses who are creating innovative, sustainable solutions are the key to our future, and it’s important that we support those brands who give back more than they take.”The Allbirds x Just Tree Runner ($95) and Tree Topper ($115) are available now online. The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races center_img Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Editors’ Recommendations 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the Worldlast_img read more

Lets Explore Taio Kinzan A Historical Gold Mine In Oita

first_imgGold Mining Was Practiced In Japan, Right Up Until The 1970’s!Japan has the reputation of being a nation that is not blessed with many natural resources. However, up until a century ago, there were mountains that produced plenty of gold. One of those mountains was the Taio Kinzan or the Taio Gold Mine, in Nakatsue village, Hita city, Oita prefecture.Mining in Taio Kinzan started in 1894, although plagued by interruptions because of World War II. It continued to flourish until the closure of the mines in 1972.Now that the mining days are over, the site of the Taio Gold Mine has been reborn as a museum. Here, you can see a display of the mine as it was during the days of gold production.This time, we invite you to explore the Taio Gold Mine using Google’s Indoor View. Perhaps you might be able to discover some leftover treasure for yourself!A Number Of Exhibits Showing The Gold Mine In Its HeydayEnter the museum, and the first thing that you will encounter is the “lookout.” The “lookout” is where the allocation of daily tasks took place.On the far right of the “lookout” is a model of Hans Hunter, who ran the mine during its time of operation. It is not only a reproduction of the structure, but as life-size models are also on display, it lets you feel the ambience of that time.If you continue further down the path, you will come to a wide open space with a tall ceiling. In the corner of this space, the exceptionally large vertical shaft winder runs 510 meters vertically underground (the hole is dug to face directly underneath, which is also known as tatekō in Japanese). It was used as a means of pulling out gold ore.With the vertical shaft winder behind you, continue to go forward into this wide open space until you see the elevator (toward the deep portion of the shaft). This elevator is very basically made, considering it goes several hundred meters underground.If you follow the path once again, you will find a panel that indicates the positions of the gateway and the shaft. There is also a figure of a person digging into stone with a drill. You will then come across a mine train brimming with gold ore. Please feel free to explore!Within The Midst Of The Gateway Is… Japanese Shōchū?Continue to take small steps forward, and something unusual will appear. A metal gate has been positioned within this strange-looking cave. Here, there is a notice board that reads: “Golden Romance” Second Storage Shed (Ōgonroman daini chozōko 黄金浪漫第二貯蔵庫).Actually, this is a chamber used for preserving barley shōchū (an alcoholic beverage made of rice wine and barley), a local specialty of Nakatsue village, Oita prefecture. Ōgonroman, or “Golden Romance”, is the name of the shōchū. It is left to mature here for three years before it is dispatched.The Mine Seems To Be Still Producing Gold, If Only In Small Quantities!So what do you think about it? This gold mine leaves the impression of being an enchanted place – one where you can make your fortune. However, on entering the shaft (which continues for several 100 meters underground), danger lurks menacingly around the corner. Both of these notions are bittersweet.On a side note, there are also local hotspots in the vicinity where many tourists congregate. One of these places is called Michinoeki Taio Kinzan. The tourist facilities and resting areas can be accessed by car. At Michinoeki Taio Kinzan, you can take part in gold dust searching (sakintori taiken), which is a big hit with visitors from abroad.Plates piled high with sand are carefully washed away, and gold dust, zirconia, and various other natural stones are gathered. You can no longer find your fortune, but it is a unique attraction that allows you to feel the atmosphere of the mine. If you are ever in the area, please take on the challenge! This is a real “golden” opportunity not to be missed!InformationTaio KinzanAddress: Oita prefecture, Hita city, Nakatsuemura Gōse 3750Hours: March-Nov 09:00-17:00, Dec-Feb 10:00 – 16:30Closed: January 1stWi-Fi: -Credit Cards: -Other Languages: -Information in Other Languages: English, Chinese, and KoreanNearest Station: Oita Expressway, Hita Interchange (大分自動車道日田IC)Access: Roughly an hour by car from Oita Expressway, Hita InterchangeEntrance Fee: Adults 1,030 yen; Junior High School Students 820 yen; Elementary School Students: 510 yenReligion: -Telephone: +81-0973-56-5316Website: Taio Gold Mine (Japanese)last_img read more