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Fashion startups are already proving a Green New Deal could work

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Fashion and manufacturing contributes to about a tenth of the world’s greenhouse gases. But startups are showing their more established counterparts how to build carbon-neutral businesses.

In 2005, a decade before he would launch the sustainable sneaker brand Allbirds, Joey Zwillinger realized that climate change was the existential threat facing humanity. As a recent college graduate, Zwillinger wanted to work in the clean energy sector, which forced him to come face-to-face with the data about how poorly humans would fare in an overheated planet. “This was the most important generational problem that we were going to face,” he says.

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This ‘Stranger Things’ trailer made from stock video is appropriately creepy

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Shutterstock’s ‘Strange Things’ hypes the stock company’s weirder parts of its vast video library.

The third and final trailer for the upcoming third season of Netflix’s hit Stranger Things landed late last week and immediately became a pop culture news event. But while there’s been plenty of official brand tie-ins, including Coke, Nike, and Burger King, now stock photo and video company Shutterstock has unofficially hopped on the Hawkins, Indiana, hype train. Welcome to “Strange Things”. . .

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5 lies you’ve been told about rich people and money

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So you think you know how wealthy people spend? Here are the myths you’ve been buying into.

At the moment, it might be easy to draw conclusions about rich people based on the billionaire in the White House. But in reality, most affluent Americans are much less inclined to wear their wealth—or talk about it—than Donald Trump. The people more likely to flaunt their wealth are actually the ones with less money in the bank. “The most extravagant homes I’ve been in have belonged to people who, four out of five times, had to move out because they couldn’t afford it,” says wealth advisor Natalie Schmook.

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Stained glass gets a sleek, 21st-century update

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The new glass panels, by the Bouroullec Brothers, aim to capture the impression of different colors and light in everyday life, using abstract shapes.

Can you capture impressionistic ideas of light and color as an abstract shape that changes its appearance depending on how you look at it? That’s what French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec aimed to do with their new glass collection.

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How many hours do you really need to work each week to be productive?

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Productivity strategist Tonya Dalton outlines the pros and cons of working long hours (like Elon Musk) and aiming to work as little as possible (like Tim Ferriss).

There are many different schools of thought when it comes to maximizing productivity. But two of the most divergent theories come from The 4-Hour Workweek author Tim Ferriss and Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

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Native Americans invented lacrosse—and now the modern league is embracing it

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In response to ugly moments of racism against its native players, the National Lacrosse League is unveiling a new strategy to educate fans on the origins of the game.

The sport of lacrosse started as a Native American tradition centuries ago. Early European settlers observed tribes playing a far more aggressive variation involving long sticks that were affixed with hooked nets on one end. Those tools worked great for catching and re-slinging a deerskin ball among teammates en route to the goal. But because the games involved thousands of players on a sprawling field and could last for days on end, the real win was being able to knock out other competitors along the way.

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5 negotiation mistakes you didn’t know you were making

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Certified financial education instructor Bola Sokunbi shares the things that you shouldn’t do when you’re negotiating your salary.

When I graduated from college and got my first job, my starting salary was $54,000. I was ecstatic. It was more money than I’d ever earned in my life, and as far I was concerned, I was balling. It didn’t once cross my mind to ask for more money or even a signing bonus. I was just happy that I got a job.

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Star Wars furniture is here, and you probably can’t afford it

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High design, meet the wookie.

The lunchboxes and T-shirts from licensing the Star Wars brand have proven to be even bigger than the films themselves, creating $32 billion in revenue since the ’70s, compared to roughly $10 billion made by the movies (all adjusted for inflation). But for all the Star Wars memorabilia available–you can literally by a Star Wars-edition Nissan Rogue these days–there’s still a missing category: high-end furniture.

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