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» Greenpeace works to detoxify fashion

Greenpeace activists protest outside Levi’s headquarters in San Francisco create a ‘river’ out of non-toxic foam, as part of a series of Greenpeace activities held in over 80 cities worldwide, demanding that Levi’s commits to eliminating the use of all hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain. The foam simulates the toxic water pollution caused by the Mexican textile factories that have been found to have links to brands including Levi’s. Photo: George Nikitin, Greenpeace / SF

According to the Greenpeace release, “Levi’s will begin requiring 15 of its largest suppliers, each with multiple factories in China, Mexico and elsewhere, to disclose pollution data as early as the end of June 2013” — an important development in nations without strict reporting requirements.

…Other substances Greenpeace found included benzotriazoles, tributyl phosphate and trichloroaniline, all toxic to aquatic life. At the Kaltex plant, Greenpeace said it found hexa (methoxymethyl) melamine (HMMM), which is moderately toxic to aquatic life, and two trichlorinated benzenes. The environmental group said that while these two persistent toxic chemicals are used as solvents and dye carriers, they are not exclusive to textile manufacturing and may have come from other sources.

"In studies of the textile industry in Mexico, Greenpeace found that Levi’s suppliers have the worst water pollution," said Pierre Terras, a Greenpeace toxics campaigner in Mexico quoted in the report. According to Greenpeace, Mexico is the fourth-largest supplier of textiles and apparel to the U.S. market..

sfgate, 30.12.12.

from a gallery on telegraph ave. oakland art murmur / first friday, 02.11.12.
Artist Melts 1,527 Guns to Make Shovels for Tree Planting!

The city of Culiacán, in western Mexico has the highest rate of gun deaths in the country. After speaking with family members of victims of drug crimes in the city, artist Pedro Reyes collected 1,527 guns for the project — Palas por Pistolas — had them melted down and transformed into 1,527 shovel heads that are now being used to plant trees in the community.

inhabitat, 05.11.10.
» Car-saturated Mexico City lets bicycle riders rule the roads on Sunday mornings

Hey, honey, let’s go bicycling with the kids through downtown Mexico City! Just a few years ago, these would have been the words of a lone madman.

In one of the world’s biggest cities, bicycle riding is today a popular way to get around, especially on Sunday mornings, when city hall shuts major throughways to auto traffic and gives the right of way to tens of thousands of cyclists (and a bunch of Rollerbladers and joggers and dogs, too) who wend their way down grand commercial avenues and hard-bitten byways in a leisurely 14-mile loop.

washingtonpost, 11.04.12.

» A DIY bike lane in Mexico City

Tired of waiting for the Mexico City government to deliver on a promise to build 186 miles of bike lanes (they’ve managed 14), a group of residents decided to take matters into their own hands. Eighty people from local pedestrian and bike organizations built three miles of priority bike lane in eight hours. 

These bike lanes don’t have legal status, and the DIYers did interact with police at one point (they just told them “we are just doing what government should be doing themselves”). Chances are probably not good that the “WikiLane” will stick around. But the organizers are trying to prove a larger point: that residents want this, and that it’s not that freaking hard.

We worked for 8 hours. We painted 5 kms. We spent less than 1000 dollars. How much would it cost to actually build the bicycle infrastructure the city needs?, 11.11.11.
(more) photos: thisbigcity, 11.11.11. chinese version here: zh. (I sent the article to my mom!)

FYEAH DIY because you know the gov’t ain’t gonna do shit

I know there’s a small group in San Diego who wanna do this type of guerilla street calming / bike infrastructure implementation, too, but I gotta find that page again and hit ‘em up.

This is what we need: a group of committed and concerned citizens who will take their own personal time off to join together, defy the law and go beyond it to change the world—to change the built environment of the city streets and make a real difference.

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