Vegan Street Fair Tour 2023
Apple trade in & gift card offers
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April 10, 2023
Topics: Apple, tech, circular economy, environment, sustainable fashion, GPT-4, climate, vegan street fair tour
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A good Apple Sometimes the tiniest little changes can have a tremendous impact, and Apple proved that when it released the iPhone 13 devices by replacing the plastic film with paper tabs on the back of the box. According to the tech company, the change will save 600 metric tonnes of plastic over the product's lifespan. Sure, this doesn't change your life immediately, but think of the impact removing 600 metric tonnes of plastic could have on the environment.
Now imagine if Apple could prevent old and used devices from ending in landfills. The environmental impact will be enormous. Apple announced that instead of throwing away or dumping old Apple devices, the tech giant said customers could trade them in and receive compensation in the form of a credit or gift card that could be used to purchase a new Apple device. Customers can receive up to $730, depending on the device. This new initiative takes Apple further into becoming a carbon-free, sustainable company. The tech company will recycle the used phones and use the materials to make new ones. Customers can visit any Apple store to make the trade or email Apple.
👚Sustainable, affordable fashion Until recently, the fashion industry has fed us mostly synthetic-based clothing at a cost to our environment. But thankfully more sustainable fashion designers are changing the narrative, making sustainable-based clothing more durable, cheaper, and socially and environmentally friendlier.
Brands such as Dedicated, ASOS, Quince, Happy Earth, Tantree, and We Are Hah are leading this powerful trend. Now they represent a new era in fashion where people are beginning to care about what they wear, how designers make them, and how they impact the environment. Director of Fashion Policy at the Humane Society of the United States, P.J. Smith, believes the future of fashion is plant-based.
Legacy fashion brands Adidas and ThredUp have also joined the sustainable fashion vehicle, and they launched some recycling and upcycling programs last year, which will prevent tonnes of used sneakers and plastics from polluting the environment over the coming years. Green fashion, how damn sexy is that?
💪Continued effort needed Discussions about climate change have continued more seriously in the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), because the world has experienced more and more disasters faster than ever lately. Record wind storms and tornadoes in the U.S., devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Cuba, and landslides in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi, to name a few.
In the Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment published recently, the IPCC said that we are far off track, but it also noted that there is a slight hope for us if we double our efforts in reducing our emissions. We need to move faster in our transition to electrification, reduce our food and material waste, and adopt more sustainable lifestyles, along with other efforts.
🎫2023 World Tour: Vegan Street Fair If you are a veteran vegan, you probably remember when the thought of a fully vegan event (or even a vegan-friendly one) was just a dream. Today, it’s common to hear about Veggie-fests and meetups popping up in rural towns, or giant vegan expos taking over huge venues like the London Olympia or Javits Center in NYC!
Not only is attending vegan festivals or expos an excellent opportunity to eat your heart out; it is also a great way to meet new people or to promote your products. The Vegan Street Fair World Tour will roll across the United States to offer you all those opportunities. The family-friendly event is free and features numerous vegan food vendors. All the vendors will serve small portions for $4 or less, so you can accomplish a lot of eating! Bonus: you’ll also find clothing, personal care products, and more.
The first event of the tour already happened on March 26 in Los Angeles. One each month the tour moves to different U.S. city. The next one is in Miami on April 22, then on May 20 in New York. Atlanta on June 17, Seattle on July 29, Oakland on August 26, Denver on September 27, Austin on October 7, and Las Vegas on November 4.
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👍Signed by over 1,000 experts As we face this new era of powerful AI technology, some leaders in the tech industry have become seriously worried about a potential disaster that could cause serious harm to the world and humanity. On March 28, this group of tech leaders, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, signed the petition organized by the nonprofit Future of Life Institute, asking AI developers to stop developing new AI systems for at least six months, enough time for the technology sector to study and fully understand how much things emerging AI systems could do.
“We call on all labs to immediately pause for at least six months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4,” the open letter says. GPT-4 is the new AI technology launched recently by OpenAI as the advanced successor to the popular ChatGPT. If AI actors fail to acknowledge their request, they said governments should step in and initiate a moratorium.
Italy has banned ChatGPT temporarily, citing privacy concerns. The UK is designing regulations and the EU has the AI Act. While not banned, ChatGPT is not available in China, Russia, Iran or North Korea.
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