Label With a Cause
The Sierra Club's licensing program is set to release its first line of clothing to retailers this fall; the clothes are expected to be in stores by late August or early September. Seventy percent of the apparel is made from either organic cotton, recycled plastic in the form of eco-spun (amazingly soft and comfortable, and a great insulator), or renewable materials such as hemp and wool. Proceeds will support the Club's programs, put more "green" products on the market, and increase the Sierra Club's exposure to future members. For more information, go to www.sierraclub.org/productlinks.
Energy Bill Giveaways
The Senate is poised once again to pass a destructive, polluting, and expensive energy bill filled with taxpayer giveaways to the coal, oil, and nuclear power industries. The bill includes provisions that would open up new areas to drilling and mining and a last-minute change that calls for the president to report annually to Congress how domestic oil production has increased and offset imports of foreign oil. Such a move could create strong pressure to open more pristine public lands to destructive drilling. For more information, go to www.sierraclub.org/energy.
Outfitters to Boycott Utah?
The Outdoor Industry Association, a consortium of manufacturers and retailers of outdoor gear, holds its annual convention in Salt Lake City, pumping some $24 million into the Utah economy each year. But the Association is now threatening to boycott the state and move its convention to Colorado. In late May, the Association announced that if the outdoor industry is going to pump so much money into the state, then the state has to reciprocate in its public policy. Utah politicians, at both the state and federal level, are currently among the most anti-environmental in the nation.
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