This free tool helps brands calculate the carbon footprints of their products

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A full life-cycle analysis takes ages and costs a lot of money. The 2030 Calculator from Doconomy tries to simplify the process to give companies a better understanding of their full environmental impact. For brands looking to understand their environmental impact, calculating the carbon footprint of something like a pair of jeans or sneakers is typically a complex and expensive process. But a new tool called the 2030 Calculator is designed to be both fast to use and free, helping smaller companies become more transparent about the sustainability of their products. Read Full Story

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The 7 most well-designed Father’s Day gifts of 2020

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Here are Fast Company’s top picks for Father’s Day, from BioLite’s smoke-free firepit to a pair of sustainable running shoes from Allbirds. Whether you want to celebrate dad or just use Father’s Day as an excuse to add a new gadget to your life, we’ve got you covered. From a high-tech outdoor speaker to a new way to make a Caffè Americano at home, here are some of our favorite products that have appeared in Fast Company’ s Recommender section. Read Full Story

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This sustainable neighborhood of the future is designed to manage both climate change and pandemics

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A proposal for a new city in China is designed to be as green as possible—and also make it easy to isolate in the case of another outbreak. Eighty miles southwest of Beijing, the Chinese government is planning a new five-million person city as a model of sustainability—powered by clean energy, featuring huge green spaces, and unsullied by many cars. A new design shows what neighborhoods in the city, called Xiong’an New Area, might look like. Read Full Story

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The Best Blogging Platforms (In-Depth Review)

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Whether you want to become a blogger for a big-time news publication, share your independent thoughts online, make millions as a blogger, or something in between, it all starts with a blogging platform. And choosing the right one sets precedence for everything else you do. But with so many options to choose from, picking the best blogging platform can feel overwhelming. So to help you out, I created a list of considerations to think about as you go through the process and reviewed the top five blogging platforms on the market today. By the end of this article, you’ll be well on your way to starting your own blog. The top 6 options for blogging platforms: Wix – Best drag-and-drop blogging platform WordPress.org – Best open-source blogging platform Squarespace …

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Andrew Cuomo’s PowerPoints are endearingly primitive, so this designer redid them

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Pentagram partner Giorgia Lupi takes a crack at redesigning the PowerPoint presentations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo features in his daily press briefings. There probably aren’t many people who would say they have the hots for information design. But the data-rich PowerPoints that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shows off at his daily coronavirus briefings have developed a serious fan base —including Pentagram partner and information designer Giorgia Lupi . Now Lupi, along with project coordinator Phil Cox and data visualization designer Sarah Kay Miller, are redesigning his PowerPoints to look (and work) even better. Read Full Story

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The plastic-free cleaning company that brought you soap in milk cartons now has six delightful new scents

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Now you can be plastic-free and smell as good as the nature you’re saving with Cleancult’s new scents. If you’ve ever looked for a more sustainable way to clean your countertops or your dishes, we hope you’ve heard of Cleancult . The gleefully branded DTC company makes nontoxic household cleaning products, bottled up in glass bottles and infinitely refillable from paper-based milk cartons . It’s pretty cool. Read Full Story

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Become a Google Partner and Join the Google Ads Inner Circle

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Does your company manage Google Ads for third parties, and do you maintain some success with the pay-per-click (PPC) platform? If so, you may want to become a Google Partner, the search giant’s members-only club. Joining the Google Partners program can provide you with immense benefits, such as specialized training, invitations to exciting events, and focused instruction to help you boost your Google Ads performance. You already know Google Ads work . They convert 50% better than organic traffic , and most businesses earn double their ad spend , making advertising on Google highly effective and a no brainer. Almost anyone can use Google’s PPC system to advertise on Google and grow their business (with the right budget and know-how). Only a select few applicants become Google Partners and earn the world’s most popular search engine’s endorsement and other significant benefits. Here’s what to know about becoming a Google partner. …

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What these lovely Japanese textiles reveal about the future of sustainable fashion

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Boro is a style of fabric mending that became known for its use of limited, natural materials. Several brands these days, from Patagonia to Reformation, upcycle their clothes to make trendy new designs. It’s a crucial development as fashion reckons with its astronomical environmental footprint . It’s also a practice that has a long, rich history, as a new exhibit at Manhattan’s Japan Society makes clear. Read Full Story

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Where do your clothes really come from? Rebecca Minkoff turns to blockchain to find out

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Rebecca Minkoff’s newest brand Little Minkoff has blockchain technology on the backend to ensure that products are ethically and sustainably made. Designer Rebecca Minkoff and her brother Uri are well-known for incorporating new technologies into the fashion company they’ve built together . They’re at it again with the launch of their newest brand, a kid’s label called Little Minkoff . Read Full Story

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