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Amazon Renames Seattle NHL Stadium ‘Climate Pledge Arena’ In New Green Initiative

Amazon has officially secured the naming rights for Seattle’s downtown arena that will be the home for the city’s new NHL team as well as the WNBA’s Storm team. Amazon made the announcement this week that they would be deciding the name of the arena, however, many were shocked to learn that the company wouldn’t include its name in the title; something that’s fairly typical when it comes to naming stadium-type establishments after the corporations that sponsor them (Staples Center, Citi Field, AT&T Stadium, etc.). 

Instead, the stadium will be named Climate Pledge Arena and will feature several new green initiatives to make the future of live sports entertainment more environmentally friendly. 

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“I think this is going to be a transformative moment in our industry. Amazon said, ‘We’ll act like a naming rights partner, but let’s do this the right way. We don’t need any more branding. What we need is to go save the planet.’ It was brilliant,” a spokesperson for the arena claimed. 

As mentioned Climate Pledge Arena is going to run with the intention of remaining completely green. In fact, Amazon is attempting to make it the first arena in the world to earn a net zero carbon certifications by the International Living Future Institute.  There are a multitude of features that will be implemented into the structure, games themselves, and clean up procedures for the stadium. 

All ice for hockey games will be created using recycled rainwater thanks to a massive tank that’s located underground and adjacent to the arena. This tank is specifically designed to collect runoff rainwater from the roof of the arena, but the arena’s team is also working on a way to easily allow fans at home to bring their own recycled rainwater to help aid the running of the stadium.

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All events will also be “zero waste,” a decision that according to the team was inspired by singer Billie Eilish, who before the coronavirus pandemic was embarking on a world tour for her most recent album. Eilish asked every venue that she was planning to play on her tour to eliminate as much single-waste plastic as possible, to which they all happily obliged to get one of the biggest artists of the year to play at their establishment. 

 “I was like, I can’t believe she got an entire syndication of arenas to come along and finally address this issue. I was so in awe that she made this part of the deal. When we were debating this, I said if she could do it for a night, couldn’t we do this for 365 nights?” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of the Oak View Group. 

75% of the arena’s food vendors will be sourced seasonally by local farmers and producers as a means of helping local small businesses. Unused food that’s still edible and viable will also be donated to various food charities in the area. The arena will also solely run on electricity, and carbon emissions and sustainability performance is set up to be closely monitored and will also be made public record to all American citizens so they can see for themselves how green the arena is. 

The cost of the building overall is set to be around $900 million and will be able to hold 18,000 sports fans. Its projected to host around 200 events each year, which will also include concerts. The building is currently still under construction, as production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s expected to make its public debut with Seattle’s brand new NHL team in 2021-2022 (the dates are subject to change based on how the pandemic progresses). 

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Eco-Friendly Fabrics To Help You Stay Green In Quarantine

Many individuals are utilizing this indefinite time in quarantine to tackle some major home-improvement projects or spring clean ups. It makes sense, if we’re going to be staying home all day every day until the end of this pandemic, we might as well make the space feel warm and inviting for ourselves. However, many of us never take the time to think about how sustainable the things in our homes actually are. For example, did you know that the fabric in your home can determine how green (environmentally green not the color) of a space you’re living in? 

In 2017, the US produced nearly 17 million tons of fabric textiles. 66% of that ended up in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In a 2020 home trend report, it was found that because of this reason, more home-shoppers were looking for “organic bedding” for their homes. Overall, organic fabrics for the home have increased in stock by 13% within the last year for the country’s top fabric distributors. But what makes a fabric “organic” or “eco-friendly”? 

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Any fabric that’s made from natural materials and produced using sustainable practices – not in an industrial factory – can be considered eco-friendly or organic. This also means the fabric is not treated with any potentially harmful or irritating chemicals, and is typically made from plant materials. Plant materials also ensure that whenever the bedding, fabric, or furniture is eventually thrown away, it will biodegrade and go back into the Earth. These fabrics tend to also be hypoallergenic and naturally anti-bacterial, making them safer and healthier in general. 

To shop for organic textiles in your home that also benefit the environment, make sure you’re paying attention to how the fabric is produced, which you can easily do by checking the label. Here are a few examples of eco-friendly fabrics you can try in your home today:

Bamboo: Bamboo fabric is made by spinning the “pulp,” or stringy insides, of bamboo plants. This fabric is typically used as a replacement for cotton, which is a material often treated with pesticides and derived from plants that require a substantial amount of water to grow. Bamboo is a type of grass, so technically it doesn’t require any fertilizer or replanting to grow and repopulate. The fabric derived from it has been described as stretchable and perfect for things like throw blankets or fitted sheets. 

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Hemp: Hemp products are derived from the stalks of cannabis plants and have been around for quite some time. Hemp is typically used in beauty products like lotions or shampoos, but hemp fabric is a fairly new trend for the interior design community. The fabric has a similar feel to canvas, and greatly resists shrinkage or pilling, which you normally see with canvas textiles. Hemp fabric is also highly resistant to things like mold and mildew, which makes it perfect for things like throw pillows or rugs. 

Lyocell: A more unknown textile, Lyocell is typically known by its branded name, Tencel. Tencel is made from wood pulp cellulose found in eucalyptus, birch, and oak trees. The fabric has been described as being extremely flexible and durable, but soft and lightweight as well. Normally Lyocell is used for clothing, but it’s also known to be used to make sheets or bath towels. 

Linen: The last organic option on this list is perhaps the most commonly used. Linen is a soft, strong, and breathable fabric that many of us are familiar with. It’s woven with fibers from the flax plant and is able to absorb moisture while also drying quickly. This textile is naturally antibacterial, and its absorbent qualities make it perfect for things like kitchen towels. 

Beyond these, other organic textiles can be derived from plants like cacti, pineapple, and aloe. So the next time you’re looking to buy a new set of bed sheets or household linens, try the more eco-friendly option. The planet and your consciousness will thank you for it.