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How our National Parks came to be (and one way you didn't know you could use them)

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How our National Parks came to be (and one way you didn't know you could use them)

How our National Parks came to be (and one way you didn't know you could use them) In the US, our National Parks are home to some of the greatest scenery in the country. Volcanoes in Hawai'i, the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree and Half Dome are just a few of the landmarks that call National Parks home. The lands they reside on are preserved for their natural beauty and so that each and every one of us can enjoy them. But in a time of manifest destiny, how did National Parks even have a chance to become a thing? Well, it...

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How the world's rarest cotton is cultivated

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How the world's rarest cotton is cultivated

How the world's rarest cotton is cultivated  It's good to be rare. And unique. That's why Marc Skid underwear is made with only the world's finest organic Pima cotton -- 0.0005% of all cotton produced in the world.  But being rare isn't easy. In this case, it takes extraordinary amounts of work from Peruvian farmers who use only the best growing practices. So as we approach National Farmer's Day, here's our salute to those in agriculture across the world who keep us fed and clothed and a special look into our organic Pima cotton's growing process.  Pima Pima cotton or the "cashmere...

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How an 18-year-old's vision is saving the ocean

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How an 18-year-old's vision is saving the ocean

How an 18-year-old's vision is saving the ocean What have you done to save the oceans lately? Boyan Slat just launched his 2,000-foot plastic-collecting device into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Oh, and did I mention that when he started this whole venture he was just 18? Now 24, Boyan and his organization, The Ocean Cleanup, began their mission in 2013. After scuba diving in Greece and seeing more trash than fish, Boyan decided it was time for someone to actually do something. And trash in our oceans is a legitimate problem. You know, there's a cool 5 trillion pieces...

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Sustainable and chic: How it's possible to be both

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Sustainable and chic: How it's possible to be both

Sustainable and chic: How it's possible to be both Be honest: when you think about sustainability, fashion isn't the first thing that comes to mind, is it? You probably think about plastic and straws and grocery bags (ok, well at least I do). And then when you do think about sustainable fashion, does it conjure pictures of brown potato sack like items? (Just me again? Ok.) But Natalie Smith, founder of Sustainably Chic is proving that notion all wrong.  Picture this: it's 2011 and you're fed up with the waste and unethical treatment of people in the fashion industry. Your fashion studies courses...

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Meet The Conservation Kid

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Meet The Conservation Kid

Meet The Conservation Kid He's younger than you, more socially conscious than you, and let's face it, probably cooler than you too.  Meet Cash—aka The Conservation Kid.  A 9-year-old from Chattanooga, TN, Cash has loved fish and aquatic life since he was three. He spends a lot of time at his local aquarium and in his quest to know all he could about fish, Cash began to learn that some of our human habits aren't so great for the ecosystems fish call home. "Learning about fish and wildlife has taught me how humans make it harder for them," Cash said, explaining where his...

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