Google Maps will start showing you slower routes. Here’s why

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What’s important? Speed or the planet? If we want to save the planet, we have to give up some parts of our fast-paced lifestyle. Much like the Victory Speed Limit slowed down cars during World War II in order to consume less gas, designers today are asking, “ Would you take a bit longer to travel somewhere if you knew it was better for the environment?” Read Full Story

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This biotech startup is making palm oil-substitutes and omega-3s from carbon emissions

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Both ingredients are usually produced in ways that are deeply damaging to the planet. Now they can be made while lowering our global footprint. Instead of having more carbon go into the atmosphere, making our planet warmer and speeding up the effects of climate change, you might soon be able to eat those emissions. Biotech company LanzaTech has successfully turned CO2 emissions into lipids and omega-3 fatty acids as part of a pilot program in partnership with India’s Department of Biotechnology and oil and gas company IndianOil. Read Full Story

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These products will clean your home without trashing the world

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From complete kits to compostable wipes, clean is going green. Cleaning your house can be dirty business. Researchers at the University of Washington tested a variety of popular household products (such as air fresheners, all-purpose cleaners, soaps, laundry and dish detergents, and the like) for toxic ingredients. Surprise! They found a whopping 133 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the products—even in those labeled “green,” “natural,” or “organic.” What’s the use of cleaning your house with a bunch of chemicals that mar the planet and compromise your health? There are a few brands that are looking to change that. Made with non-toxic ingredients, wrapped in zero-waste packaging, and offering a powerful clean that’s better for you and the planet, these cleaning supplies are the change we didn’t know we needed to make at home. Read Full Story

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A2 Hosting 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. For reliable hosting that focuses on speed, A2 Hosting provides plenty of options to get your site up and running. If you’re familiar with SEO and the ranking factors Google uses to decide where your site shows up in search results, you know speed is one major factor in securing higher rankings and increasing traffic and revenue. This is one big way A2 differentiates itself from other standard web hosting options–it puts speed at the forefront of all its services. A2 Compared to The Best Shared Hosting Companies A 99.98% uptime guarantee, free automated backups, and free site migration are only some of the features that set A2 apart as far as reliable web hosting goes. As one of the oldest providers on the market, it’s a solid option …

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Watch the Perseverance rover land on Mars in this just-released video

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New footage from the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover reveals the sights inside the “7 Minutes of Terror”—and marks the first time you can watch a spacecraft land on another planet. Since we began sending probes to the surface of Mars, our experience of their landings was a nail-biting silence, punctured only by a NASA Mission Control engineer announcing milestones in the spacecraft progress. Read Full Story

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The 5 best ways to supercharge your Wi-Fi network

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Speeding up your wireless internet access could be as easy as moving your router or performing a software update. What a wonderful wireless world we live in–unless, that is, you’re eternally locked in a losing battle with flaky connections, unreliable airwaves, and slow surfing. If you are, the good news is that troubleshooting a shaky signal isn’t all that complicated. Here are the five best ways to ensure that your Wi-Fi network is delivering the speed you need—starting with the ones that don’t cost anything, then moving onto those that require spending some bucks. Read Full Story

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Our 11 favorite ethical and sustainable clothing companies that you haven’t heard of yet

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Everyone knows Everlane, Allbirds, and Rothy’s. These 11 companies will change up your wardrobe while taking care of the planet and workers. At Fast Company , we love brands that find ways to combine great design and quality with sustainability. And fortunately, in the apparel and fashion industry, there seem to be lots more of them these days. Brands such as Rothy’s , Everlane , and Girlfriend Collective are found throughout the posts of the Recommender section because they lead the field when it comes to creating good-looking, functional, sustainable apparel. But there are other, lesser-known boutique brands that are right up there with them. That’s why we wanted to create a little field guide to expand the list of sustainable brands you shop with. It’s not exhaustive, but it’s a great place to start. Good luck getting through this without putting something in a shopping cart. Read Full Story

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Sick of all your furniture? Soon you can trade in your sofa

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Some 12 million tons of furniture ends up in a landfill annually. Sabai’s buyback program is hoping to change that. There’s a growing awareness that the products we buy have a major impact on the planet. Consumers who want to minimize their environmental footprint can opt for secondhand clothes and biodegradable food packaging. But when it comes to furniture, it’s not easy to shop sustainably, which is why more than 12 million tons of sofas, desks, and cushions end up in American landfills every year. Read Full Story

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