Fast fashion: how much is fashion that is cheap?

2022-06-23T11:00:30+02:0023 June 2022|Categories: Curiosity|Tags: , , , |

Cosa si intende per fast fashion La fast fashion e’ un business che offre (la percezione di) vestiti alla moda per prezzi contenuti, contribuendo ad un aumento vertiginoso nell'industria tessile. In this case, la parola “fast” non serve solo per descrivere il consumo del singolo capo vestiario, ma anche la velocità con cui i commercianti riescono a trasportare la moda dalle sfilate alle vetrine. Globalmente vengono acquistati 80 miliardi di vestiti al giorno, mainly produced in China and Bangladesh and purchased mainly in America. Cosa causa la fast fashion Questa industria fornisce lavoro ad almeno 40 million of people [...]

Recycling Paper

2022-06-10T11:40:23+02:009 June 2022|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Did you know that, after Germany, we are the European champions of paper recycling? Il riciclo della carta in Italia è un’istituzione e un’eccellenza di ecologia ed economia circolare (that is, it reuses waste to generate new product). Let's see how to play our part in this virtuous cycle of environmental sustainability. As with all materials, those who use paper and cardboard can make ecologically sustainable choices in two moments: when they buy and when they discard them. Let's start from the former, nel quale la scelta migliore è propendere per carta ottenuta più possibile tramite riciclo e, nella porzione in cui [...]

The collection of glass

2022-05-25T11:34:53+02:0025 May 2022|Categories: Curiosity|Tags: , , , , |

Glass is an amorphous material, that is, a liquid that undergoes solidification without however acquiring the ordered structure of the crystals, instead maintaining a disordered and rigid structure. Its discovery dates back to the Phoenicians who at the time understood that by combining sodium carbonate and silica sand, glass was obtained. In fact, in common parlance with glass we mean that material formed by calcium, soda and silicon which sees its application in different fields, such as the making of containers, part of the furniture (windows) or manufacture of decorative elements (objects and chandeliers). I diversi utilizzi del vetro sono dovuti [...]

Have you ever wondered if the tuna in your sushi is sustainable?

2022-05-22T13:16:54+02:0022 May 2022|Categories: Environment|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dear reader attracted by the irresistible memory of sushi, questo articolo non si limiterà a parlare di tonno, ma ti riguarda lo stesso. Il focus è infatti la sostenibilità ambientale di ciò che dal mare arriva sulle nostre tavole, quello che gli inglesi definiscono “seafood”: dal pesce spada ai calamari. La crescente domanda di prodotti ittici a livello globale, dovuta sia all’aumento della popolazione che ad un cambiamento nelle abitudini alimentari, rappresenta una minaccia per la sopravvivenza di molte specie marine e può avere ricadute sull’intero ecosistema. However, per chi come me non resiste a un piatto di cozze ogni tanto, come [...]

Are organic products better for the environment?

2022-05-05T09:20:34+02:005 May 2022|Categories: Nature|Tags: , , , |

L’aumento della sensibilità nei confronti dell’ambiente ha contribuito nell’ultimo decennio alla diffusione del bio, ovvero di quei prodotti coltivati con metodi di agricoltura biologica che assicurano una scelta sostenibile in ambito alimentare. What is organic? In simple terms: organic practices prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified organisms, both for direct consumption and as animal feed, and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, or made industrially through chemical reactions. This is an important point: there are fertilizers and pesticides allowed in organic farming, ma questi non sono prodotti per sintesi chimica... while remaining full-fledged chemicals. [...]

Winter Olimpics Games, on the brink of extinction

2022-02-10T18:20:27+01:0010 February 2022|Categories: Earth and Sky|Tags: , , , |

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games are currently ongoing in Beijing. Other than in the China capital city, competitions are also held in the nearby mountainous areas of Yanqing and Zhangjiakou, which are usually too dry to have a good snow cover, needed for running the competitions. The lack of snow is the main concern of the organizers. Artificial snow is one of the potential solutions [1], which is more and more employed all over the world, to make up for the lack of natural snow. That leads to sustainability issues, of course (we'll covered that later), ma [...]

A glass of water, Thank you!

2021-12-08T13:03:58+01:0023 September 2021|Categories: Curiosity|Tags: , , , , |

When you go to the restaurant and ask for a glass of water, it's okay if they give you tap water or ask for bottled water? Many people still don't trust drinking tap water and prefer bottled water; ISTAT reports that in the 2019 around 29% of Italians follow this trend, with higher numbers in Sardinia (59,9%) and Sicily (53,1%), while Umbria is in the lead for the consimo of bottled water. What is it we don't like about tap water? The water we drink, whether it is bottled or not, comes from superficial sources, come [...]

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