Along the lines of reading, how about I share a hardback with you, instead of just digital news? I was sent this book, Nature’s Allies, by Larry A. Nielsen to review. Outlining the careers of eight conservations in the U.S. and elsewhere that fought hard for the environment, it helped me reaffirm what my goals are: to protect our wild spaces and animals from the constant encroachment of irresponsible development. I recommend it if you’re feeling your enthusiasm waning or your focus scattering.

Noocity also sent me one of their Growkits, which helps you start an organic edible garden at home. I’m a brown thumb, this made it easy. It comes with potting soil, organic fertilizer, seedlings, and some audio guides to teach you how to not kill them. I planted mine it whatever is available, but their official kit comes with a growbag as well. They’re raising money on Indiegogo right now.

Fashion

The leather tanning industry in Bangladesh is causing locals to die before they reach 50 years old. | The Guardian

Fashion companies need to talk about this elephant in the boardroom. | Triple Pundit

H&M is more transparent than Everlane. | Fashion Law

What does it mean when something is “made in the USA“?

Reebok wants to make compostable shoes out of only “things that grow.” | edie

The most comprehensive lifecycle analysis of clothing to date puts 70% of the impact of clothing within production, and 22% is due to consumers shopping for new clothing before they’ve wrung the full use out of their current wardrobe. | Science Daily

If I pay $60 for TOMS shoes, I get shoes that cost $4 to make, and they give away a pair of $4 shoes, where does the rest go…?Adam Ruins Everything

Transparency is not the answer. | Quartz

Retail is melting down, and it’s partly because consumers are choosing experiences over stuff. | The Atlantic

Food

We’ll save the world by appealing to everyone’s concern for their health: Americans are eating 19% less beef. | NY Times

How to eat seafood and still save the planet. | GQ

Beauty

This is seriously the best advice I’ve ever read for optimizing your life. Do it all. | McSweeney’s

Resist

Our new E.P.A. chief has made his intentions clear. Make America sick and poisoned again. | NY Times

We’re doomed. | NY Times

Even though it’s SO CLEAR that renewable energy is what will bring back American jobs. Not coal. | Huffington Post

And here’s how I’ll get ready for the end of the world. | Oxford American

What you can actually do about climate change. | NY Times