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9 Gluten-Free Grains That Are Super Healthy

9 Gluten-Free Grains That Are Super Healthy
Author: Rachael Link, MS / Source: Authority Nutrition Gluten is a protein found in certain types of grains, including wheat, barley and
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Microsoft Is Hustling Us with “White Spaces”

Microsoft Is Hustling Us with “White Spaces”

Here’s what’s really going on: Microsoft is aiming to be the soup-to-nuts provider of Internet of Things devices, software, and consulting services to zillions of local and national governments around the world.
Microsoft doesn’t want to have to rely on existing mobile data carriers to execute those plans.
In the US, we already have some unlicensed spectrum, and you’re probably using it right now: wifi.
For a while there was an idea that devices would self-police, politely, by checking whether anyone else was using this unlicensed spectrum nearby before transmitting.
This took a lot of work.
In the white spaces arena, scale will happen only if the US white spaces plans go forward.
By saying that its white spaces plan is aimed at making sure that this unlicensed spectrum is used effectively in rural America, the company can (1) ally itself with the FCC’s message, showing that it’s willing to play ball and be helpful; (2) lower the risk of our Tweeter in Chief somehow getting Microsoft on his radar in a way that makes life very difficult for the company (lots of corporations are trying to figure out how to get on his good side); and (3) ensure that the FCC’s existing white spaces plans don’t get tampered with politically.
True, where commercial mobile radio (like AT&T and Verizon) isn’t available at all, white spaces will definitely help.
But you would never use a white spaces transmission service alone if you didn’t have to.
But in urban areas all around the world where Microsoft wants to do business, the white spaces will be very useful for “smart city” devices and applications—remember, that’s Microsoft’s big idea.

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5 Best Products to Pick Up at Your Local Swap Shop

5 Best Products to Pick Up at Your Local Swap Shop

5 Best Products to Pick Up at Your Local Swap Shop.
You may be missing out on one of the best options to pick up free products: your local household hazardous waste (HHW) product exchange room.
While most swap shops offer products free of charge, some (like in Kansas City) will charge a fee for products like paint.
This means you may have to show identification proving city residency just to use the swap shop.
Paint By far the most common source of residential HHW is paint, so every swap shop will have some on the shelf.
You can also pick up other paint products, like stains, varnish and paint thinners.
Fun fact: Many communities also use dropped-off paint to cover up graffiti.
Fun fact: Nail polish was originally inspired by automotive paint and contains the carcinogen formaldehyde, so think twice before biting on those manicured nails.
Fun fact: The color of engine coolant actually matters.
Fun fact: You can avoid using toxic chemicals entirely through integrated pest management.

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The Natural Beauty Products Famous Surfers Can’t Go Without

The Natural Beauty Products Famous Surfers Can’t Go Without

The Natural Beauty Products Famous Surfers Can’t Go Without.
Tia Blanco, professional surfer, vegan, and yogi, says that her No.
1 is to make sure she’s eating well and getting enough plant-based protein.
When asked about her three desert island natural beauty essentials, here’s what she said: Use the John Masters Organics Rose Hydrating Mist throughout the day to keep moisture on my skin especially after my surf sessions.
I use coconut oil throughout my hair, leave it in, and wash it out at night for a deep conditioning and repair.
Plus, she has a sunscreen she uses especially for hot days on the beach.
It’s an organic spray oil, and it smells delicious and amazing.
This sunscreen, Auctiv Organic Cocoa Face Sunscreen is a good one for hot beach days.
After a hot day on the beach I love to use my La Mer “The Renewal Oil.”
It’s a splurge but feels very soothing, and I love using it before bed.

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Want to know what’s in your drinking water? Just click here.

Want to know what’s in your drinking water? Just click here.

Want to know what’s in your drinking water?
Just click here.. With a national database that went live today, the Environmental Working Group offers residents the opportunity to search contaminants in their drinking water by zip code.
Live in Los Angeles?
If you’re one of nearly 4 million people that gets water from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, EWG’s database shows that your water has elevated levels of arsenic and cancer-causing bromate.
Hail from St. Louis Park, Minnesota like me?
Vinyl chloride, a carcinogen from plastic manufacturing, just exceeds the legal limit there.
The database includes both regulated and unregulated contaminants, giving residents a full picture of the chemicals in their water.
But what can you do with that information?
Data comes from state agencies and the EPA, but EWG’s database is more user-friendly than the EPA’s drinking water data portal.
The database’s release comes after a Natural Resources Defense Council report that a quarter of Americans drink contaminated water or get water from a source that’s not properly monitored.

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Landscape Ideas: What to Plant for Pollinators? Choose Milkweed

Landscape Ideas: What to Plant for Pollinators? Choose Milkweed

As we learn more about the importance of conserving biodiversity—a single word that encapsulates a bewilderingly important concept of interdependence—our own role in its demise and revival is constantly brought into question.
What can one gardener do?
Common Milkweed Above: Neck-and-neck with honey bees in declining pollinator prominence, monarch butterflies are under pressure, and are succumbing to it.
The caterpillars (seen here on common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca) emerge, eat the leaves and tender stems, and later pupate, before metamorphosing into new beauties.
Swamp Milkweed Above: I grow two milkweed species.
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) blooms in mid to late summer, luring butterflies with its nectar-rich flowers.
Above: My first swamp milkweed plant was grown by Glover Perennials, based on the North Fork of Long Island.
I have never seen as many insects attracted to a flower.
Above: While tropical milkweeds, not native to North America, can also feed your smallest garden visitors, and especially monarchs, evidence seems to suggest that its planting can contribute to disease in the butterflies.
Monarchs seems to be healthier when milkweeds are available seasonally, and not year round.

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Professional Organizers Name The Storage Must-Haves They Use Again & Again

Professional Organizers Name The Storage Must-Haves They Use Again & Again

Professional Organizers Name The Storage Must-Haves They Use Again & Again.
Professionals organizers agree that giving all your belongings a rightful place—be it a jar, box, or basket—sets the foundation for a truly clean space.
Since we don’t look at the items in drawers all the time, they can often get messy.
Recommended buys: Drawer organizer set of two ($18.99) and rug grip to ensure items stay in place ($15.99) —Bonnie J. Dewkett of The Joyful Organizer 2.
Sweater boxes.
That’s why the “Sweater Bin” is a go-to solution.
It’s great for organizing a variety of items like linens, purses, and, yes, sweaters.
Our two favorite products would definitely be a turntable and a multipurpose basket.
One of my favorite organizing tools is the over-the-door shoe organizer, which can actually be used in any room of the home.
My favorite go-to organizing item is still jars!

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The Underwater Secrets of Horseshoe Crabs

The Underwater Secrets of Horseshoe Crabs

Flip them over, and they live for another day.
As for the importance of the eggs to creatures under the water, we know very little.
During horseshoe crab spawning season, the kids would dig a trench on the beach above the water line, get in the knee-deep water among the spawning crabs and then scoop the slippery eels into the trench with their bare hands.
After hearing Dian’s story and considering the sorry state of the eel population, I wondered if eels still wriggled in abundance along the shore to feed on horseshoe crab eggs.
A few more net pulls yielded even more fish and eels.
We can’t be sure these fish were there in the shallows because of the spawning crabs, but research on fish diets has shown that all of these species have turned up with horseshoe crab eggs in their stomachs.
One sea-beast that may truly depend on horseshoe crabs for food is the loggerhead sea turtle.
Thousands of these turtles migrate to the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay in summer to feed on the crabs.
As blue crab populations declined due to overfishing, loggerheads switched to a diet of fish.
Even though the harvest of horseshoe crabs is now regulated, most populations are continuing to decline.

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Want to know what’s in your drinking water? Just click here.

Want to know what’s in your drinking water? Just click here.

Want to know what’s in your drinking water?
Just click here.. With a national database that went live today, the Environmental Working Group offers residents the opportunity to search contaminants in their drinking water by zip code.
Live in Los Angeles?
If you’re one of nearly 4 million people that gets water from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, EWG’s database shows that your water has elevated levels of arsenic and cancer-causing bromate.
Hail from St. Louis Park, Minnesota like me?
Vinyl chloride, a carcinogen from plastic manufacturing, just exceeds the legal limit there.
The database includes both regulated and unregulated contaminants, giving residents a full picture of the chemicals in their water.
But what can you do with that information?
Data comes from state agencies and the EPA, but EWG’s database is more user-friendly than the EPA’s drinking water data portal.
The database’s release comes after a Natural Resources Defense Council report that a quarter of Americans drink contaminated water or get water from a source that’s not properly monitored.

Conservation & Sustainability

The Underwater Secrets of Horseshoe Crabs

The Underwater Secrets of Horseshoe Crabs

Flip them over, and they live for another day.
As for the importance of the eggs to creatures under the water, we know very little.
During horseshoe crab spawning season, the kids would dig a trench on the beach above the water line, get in the knee-deep water among the spawning crabs and then scoop the slippery eels into the trench with their bare hands.
After hearing Dian’s story and considering the sorry state of the eel population, I wondered if eels still wriggled in abundance along the shore to feed on horseshoe crab eggs.
A few more net pulls yielded even more fish and eels.
We can’t be sure these fish were there in the shallows because of the spawning crabs, but research on fish diets has shown that all of these species have turned up with horseshoe crab eggs in their stomachs.
One sea-beast that may truly depend on horseshoe crabs for food is the loggerhead sea turtle.
Thousands of these turtles migrate to the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay in summer to feed on the crabs.
As blue crab populations declined due to overfishing, loggerheads switched to a diet of fish.
Even though the harvest of horseshoe crabs is now regulated, most populations are continuing to decline.

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In defense of the East Coast hyperloop

In defense of the East Coast hyperloop

Just received verbal govt approval for The Beam Me Up Company to build a transporter.
As Musk himself said in January: “We have no idea what we’re doing — I want to be clear about that.” This isn’t the first time Musk has spread hyperloop mania — or overestimated its feasibility.
Assuming hyperloop costs of $100 million per mile, and tunneling costs of about the same, the 226-mile span between New York and D.C. might cost about $45 billion.
Just the proposed transit and airport improvements needed to keep New York City functioning in the coming decades would cost more than Musk’s entire project.
In California, construction on an eventual Bay Area to Southern California high-speed rail line approved in 2008 was initially expected to cost about $40 billion.
And it could be one of the single most-important steps to reduce carbon emissions and curtail global warming in U.S. history.
On its own, the East Coast hyperloop wouldn’t displace a significant fraction of global emissions.
But there’s so much freight and so many people travelling along the East Coast that the region could support far more than just a single hyperloop line.
If, inspired by the success of an East Coast hyperloop, the technology catches on around the world in the next decade, 20 percent of the entire world’s intercity transportation could be served by mid-century.
That, finally, would yield an enormous impact: About 1.25 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions would be averted per year by 2050 — more than double the impact of the soon-to-be-defunct Clean Power Plan.

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Violent Video Of Boat Dragging Shark Sparks Outrage, Investigation

Violent Video Of Boat Dragging Shark Sparks Outrage, Investigation

Violent Video Of Boat Dragging Shark Sparks Outrage, Investigation.
Instagram/MarkTheShark Conservation officials in Florida are investigating a shocking video that shows a speeding boat dragging a shark as a group of people onboard laugh.
It shows a boat traveling at high speed while dragging a shark by a rope.
Individuals can be seen laughing at the shark as it tosses violently in the boat’s wake.
Quartiano told CBS 4 News that one of the people on the boat sent the video to him on Instagram looking for praise.
The user also sent Quartiano pictures of the shark’s carcass, according to local news station WESH 2.
“It should be against the law.” It is unclear if the shark was alive in the video.
Christopher Lowe, director of Cal State University of Long Beach’s Shark Lab, told HuffPost that the shark may have been a blacktip shark, which is legal to harvest in the state of Florida.
“The FWC has been alerted to a video circulating on multiple social media sites showing a group of individuals traveling at high speed on the water, dragging a shark behind the vessel,” Rob Klepper, the commission’s public information officer told the Bradenton Herald.
“This is just really sick, one of the most horrific things I have seen in 50 years or professional sport fishing,” Quartiano told the news station.

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Trump has stymied at least two dozen environmental rules.

Trump has stymied at least two dozen environmental rules.

Trump has stymied at least two dozen environmental rules.. That’s according to a new analysis by Scientific American.
The administration’s decisions to stay or place rules related to environment or energy policy under review look like an attempt either to defang them or to scrap them altogether.
However, the strategy might not work.
Earlier this month, a D.C. appeals court overturned one of those delays.
The judges ruled that an Obama-era regulation designed to limit methane leakage from oil and gas wells was essentially a law that had to be enforced.
Rather than staying it, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt would need to rewrite it.
The ruling offered an opening for environmental groups to challenge delays on other regulations that were being delayed — often so that industry could marshal new arguments against them.
For instance, the EPA is being sued over its decision to postpone the implementation of new ozone standards.
And the Bureau of Land Management is facing a challenge to its decision to push back monitoring of methane leaks due to oil and gas exploration on Native American land.
“We’re seeing so much sloppy work,” says George Washington University Law School Professor Emily Hammond.

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Two Dakota Access protesters say they purposely damaged the pipeline.

Two Dakota Access protesters say they purposely damaged the pipeline.

Two Dakota Access protesters say they purposely damaged the pipeline.. Today, outside offices of the Iowa Utilities Board, Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek cited several instances where they used torches to cut through empty pieces of pipeline and pipe valves and burned construction equipment.
The pair’s activity started the night of November 8, Election Day.
After describing the vandalism, the pair began to remove letters from the Utilities Board sign and were arrested by state troopers.
“To all those that continue to be subjected to the government’s injustices, we humbly stand with you,” Reznicek said.
“And we ask now that you stand with us.” An Iowa Sierra Club lawyer condemned their actions.
Another activist thanked the two for their courage as they were carted away.
And a spokesperson for a pro-pipeline group called them “violent criminals.” Opinions seem as mixed as those over the pipeline itself.
Both Reznicek and Montoya have been arrested before for involvement in protests.
“The system is broken and it is up to us as individuals to take peaceful action and remedy it,” Montoya told reporters.

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U.S. becomes global fossil energy giant feeding hungry world energy markets

U.S. becomes global fossil energy giant feeding hungry world energy markets

U.S. becomes global fossil energy giant feeding hungry world energy markets.
U.S. evolves into coal, gas and oil global energy giant supplying world’s hungry energy markets David Middleton’s excellent WUWT article addressing the resurgence of the American coal industry as well as the growing role of U.S. natural gas production in creating global gas export markets hits the nail on the head in demonstrating how dominant the U.S. has become in producing and supplying global energy markets at home and abroad with growing demands for fossil fuels.
By 2022, US production will be 890 bcm, or more than a fifth of global gas output.” The EIA AEO 2017 report shows the incredible climb of U.S. natural gas production brought about by the use of fracking technology that has made America the world’s largest natural gas consumer and producer.
These are extraordinary and globally significant changes in world energy resource production that the U.S. has created and yet the climate alarmist renewable energy activist mainstream media is absolutely silent on these significant changes and the major and dominant role now played by the U.S. regarding these global markets.
U.S. energy policy is on track to support and facilitate our countries role in helping to meet these huge existing and growing global energy market needs.
EIA energy data shows that in 2016 81% of total U.S. energy use was provided by fossil fuels.
Even in California the renewable energy hype capital of America total energy use in 2015 was provided 84% by fossil fuels.
Of all the energy used in Germany in 2016, 34% came from oil, 23.6% from coal, 22.7% from natural gas, 7.3% from biomass, 6.9% from nuclear, 2.1% from wind power, and 1.2% from solar.
Fracking has allowed the U.S. natural-gas industry to compete with coal in a way that wasn’t previously possible, lowering costs for everyone.” Thus Germany the EU model of renewable energy and climate alarmism political correctness has increased energy costs dramatically, failed to reduce emissions anywhere close to what the U.S. has done using free energy market drivers, continues to increase recent emissions because of the need to use coal fuel to meet energy demand, is incredibly dependent on importing the great majority of its energy and fuel from others and even today after spending tens of billions of euros on renewable mandates obtains more than 80% of its energy needs from fossil fuels.
Climate change, of course, is real and demons… Guest essay by Eric Worrall The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected a motion to delay implementation of Obama era methane emission laws which limit allowed emissions from oil and gas drilling.

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Pro-Adani Australian resources minister quits over dual citizenship

Pro-Adani Australian resources minister quits over dual citizenship

Pro-Adani Australian resources minister quits over dual citizenship.
Matt Canavan, who has strongly backed Adani’s Queensland mega-mine, is third senator in recent weeks to be caught out by dual citizenship rule The Australian government’s greatest champion of the Carmichael coal mine has quit cabinet after finding out his mother registered him for Italian citizenship.
Last week he told a panel show on ABC that the mine, which has applied for almost $1bn in federal loans and will set loose more annual carbon emissions than New York, should go ahead because the coal would be burned overseas and therefore would not affect Australia’s carbon emissions.
In April, he called one of Australia’s largest private banks, Westpac, ‘wimps’ for not standing up to environmental activists and changing their lending policy to rule out loans to the Adani mine.
Canavan is the third senator in recent weeks to discover dual citizenship and be forced to step down.
The two Greens senators, Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam, quit the senate last week.
“According to the Italian government I am a citizen of Italy.
Until last week, I had no suspicion that I could possibly be an Italian citizen,” said Canavan.
The matter will now be referred to the high court to decide whether he can remain in the senate.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale said on Wednesday that Canavan’s case was no different to Waters and Ludlum and he should resign.

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Solar not cheaper than coal, says former Coal India boss

Solar not cheaper than coal, says former Coal India boss

More efficient coal plants will hugely undercut renewable energy prices in the coming years, creating vast new demand for the most-polluting fossil fuel, a former chairman of Coal India has said.
The economics is simple: improving PLF of coal-based power plants from 60% to 85% could generate about 40% more power.
That means a potential 400bn units of additional coal power that will entail only the variable cost of fuel, which is measurably cheaper than the latest solar power bids by about Rs 0.6-1/kwh.
This itself would create an additional coal demand of some 250 million tonnes per annum (in 2016 nationwide consumption was 832Mt) to enable the coal sector to sustain its growth momentum.
Unlike most other large economies, India’s Paris pledge was tied to GDP.
Thus fossil fuel consumption growth allowable in line with INDC at COP21 is 3.9 times.
An INDC, or intended nationally determined contribution, is the term for pledges made to the Paris agreement.
We want to bring [poor people] out of poverty… And to that end, we’ll produce more energy.” India claims leeway in that its per capita emissions are much lower than those of China or the US.
All this translates into a humungous demand for power and thermal power continues to be the cheapest option – notwithstanding rapid strides in solar energy, other renewables and nuclear power.
According to the government, at least 25 coal mines will be auctioned in 2017-18.

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Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet?

Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet?

A new University of Washington study looks at the idea of marine cloud brightening, which a UW group is investigating as a promising strategy to offset global warming.
Small-scale tests of marine cloud brightening would also help answer scientific questions about clouds and aerosols, two UW atmospheric scientists say in a paper published in July in the journal Earth’s Future.
Doing so could be a short-term measure to offset global warming in a possible future emergency situation.
Climate scientists believe pollution since the Industrial Revolution has created brighter clouds that reflect more sunlight, offsetting the warming from greenhouse gases, which trap long-wave radiation.
For several years, UW researchers have been working with a group of engineers in California’s Bay Area to develop a nozzle that turns saltwater into tiny particles that could be sprayed high into the marine cloud layer.
The researchers propose to: Produce a sprayer that is able to eject trillions of aerosol particles per second Conduct initial lab tests of the sprayer (UW research scientist Dave Covert helped conduct wind-tunnel testing of a prototype nozzle in 2015 in the Bay Area) Do preliminary outdoor tests in a coastal area that is fairly flat, relatively free of air pollution and prone to marine clouds (the group is currently seeking funding for proposed coastal tests in Monterey Bay) Move to small-scale offshore tests If tests were successful, people might someday decide whether to use a scaled-up version to create a small increase in the reflection of sunlight over large swaths of the world’s oceans.
Authors include UW graduate students and faculty in philosophy, atmospheric science and civil engineering who were part of an interdisciplinary UW graduate course on geoengineering — among the first of its kind.
I want to test geoengineering and see if it works.
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Climate change, of course, is real and demons… Guest essay by Eric Worrall The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected a motion to delay implementation of Obama era methane emission laws which limit allowed emissions from oil and gas drilling.

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Predatory Journals Hit By ‘Star Wars’ Sting

Predatory Journals Hit By ‘Star Wars’ Sting

I know because I wrote it.
Inspired by previous publishing “stings”, I wanted to test whether ‘predatory‘ journals would publish an obviously absurd paper.
I filled it with other references to the galaxy far, far away, and submitted it to nine journals under the names of Dr Lucas McGeorge and Dr Annette Kin.
Four journals fell for the sting.
Amazingly, three other journals not only accepted but actually published the spoof.
A travesty, which they should have rejected within about 5 minutes – or 2 minutes if the reviewer was familiar with Star Wars.
I then Rogeted the text, i.e.
I reworded it (badly), because the main focus of the sting was on whether journals would publish a ridiculous paper, not whether they used a plagiarism detector (although Rogeting is still plagiarism in my book.)
Climate change, of course, is real and demons… Guest essay by Eric Worrall The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected a motion to delay implementation of Obama era methane emission laws which limit allowed emissions from oil and gas drilling.
I’ll be running the blog for the… Submitted by Larry Hamlin A recent EIA report on energy production shows that wind and solar despite receiving tens of billions in government subsidies provided only 3.2% of U.S. energy in year 2016.

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Hose & Britches: Hot Upcycled Firehose Fashions

Hose & Britches: Hot Upcycled Firehose Fashions

Hose & Britches: Hot Upcycled Firehose Fashions.
They’re supremely strong and eminently durable: exactly what’s required when lives hang in the balance every time they’re used.
The downside, of course, is that firehoses’ remarkable durability can’t be turned off like the flow of water from a fire hydrant.
Learn More Sponsored by Freestyle Today Report ad By upcycling firehoses, Chalkley retains the material’s innate strength, durability and light weight instead of trying to break it down for recycling.
His products – sold under the banner of True Knysna Indigenous Creations express the characteristics of modern firehoses in ways the original manufacturer could hardly imagine: bags & satchels, tablet & phone sleeves, and a wide range of accessories including passport holders, beach pouches and key rings.
The company name “True Knysna” evokes Chalkley’s pride in his home city.
He’s one of just over 50,000 people who live in this picturesque town located in the Eden district of South Africa’s Western Cape Province.
Chalkley also had an up-close-and-personal look at what firehoses – and fires – can do when the infamous Cape Storm of 2017 swept through Knysna.
Most of their products combine the natural look, feel and colorful stitching of the firehoses with additional fabrics that often reflect the designers’ lifestyle in South Africa.
African Flair U Can Wear Says Chalkley, “I’m also trying to show people that there is truly an unexplored world of creativity to be found in what the modern world calls its waste.” As all of True Knysna’s upcycled firehose products are handmade in Knysna by local craftspeople, that creativity – “African Flair”, as Chalkley calls it – is prominently on display from the smallest pouch to the largest satchel.

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