Hope you're enjoying your Sunday! Here are the things I found fascinating and useful this week. First, some fun news:
- I'm now officially a contributor to Conscious Magazine! Look for my monthly recommendations of the best events in NYC.
- This lovely Christian lady at Relevant Magazine made the assertion that in order to help the poor, you should forget about Fair Trade and just buy whatever you want. (Also, some bizarre statements about working in oil fields being a way to help the poor.) Dominique from Let's Be Fair included my statement in her rebuttal.
- My friend Katherine Kartis launched her new healthy-eating, vegan-ish, always-easy food blog. The pics that girl can take with her iPhone camera ... damn.
- You should quit cashmere and turn to alpaca. It's just as soft, more durable, and much more sustainable.
- I told my mom yesterday that I know where I'm getting my wedding dress someday: Reformation. And there are four other gorgeous options in The Distillerist's roundup of not-cheesy wedding dresses.
- Why aren't students protesting against Forever 21, like they did Nike way back when?
- Honest By launched a scholarship for socially responsible designers.
- Watch out Juice Press! Juice Generation is opening a big store in Williamsburg.
- There's a coffee cup sharing program launching across NYC. If I were a coffee drinker, I would do this. Hey guys, can you do smoothie cups next, please??
- There's a new kind of stone that scientists have identified, and it's made out of plastic. Millennia from now, it might even serve as a geologic record of our time.
- The pioneering electric car company Tesla has decided to open up all its patents to anyone who wants to use them. "Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis. By the same token, it means the market is enormous. Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day." Read the rest of the letter from CEO Elon Musk.