When my husband and I bought a house, my man insisted that we needed a yard. at least I have almost no interest in maintaining the two acres of land, but just like the sound, I have been thinking about how wonderful it would be to have a beautiful yard without having to do anything by yourself.Honda Grass Miimo Is the answer to all my questions.
This cute little robot is basically Roomba, but it is used to mow lawns. Like, I can’t overcome its cuteness of course. It becomes better because of its function.It is listed as capable of pruning Covering an area of 43,055 square feet (or less than 1 acre), it has been marketed as a way to help people who own more land or orchards.
Literally, it is like a Roomba. Before using it, you need to set a boundary and use wires that can be buried to complete this boundary. After that, Miimo can mow the grass carefree around the world, bounce up obstacles and move around until the yard is cleared. When it determines that the battery is about to run out, it docks itself on the charging base and fully replenishes it in the second round.
Yes, you can even schedule it to be trimmed at specific times of the day. You can even set it to run overnight because it is electric and does not make a lot of noise that will wake up neighbors.
That being said, there are limitations. It cannot cut heavy grass that is more than 4 inches tall. It cannot climb a hill over 25 degrees.There is no price for the new version, but the old version still needs to be paid $2,500. And I want to know how it performs in bad weather conditions (for example, in the rain or when it is really hot).
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You can submit your interest in Honda cars before April 17, but I have to imagine that this will be the first product of a Japanese car.
Sustainability is a hot topic for luxury brands, with conglomerates such as Richemont, which owns Panerai and several other leading watch brands, building multi-pronged initiatives to help solve the burning problems of our time.
For Richemont, one such initiative is building environmentally friendly manufacturing facilities, such as Panerai’s in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, designed to reduce the carbon footprint of 100,000 square feet of buildings with solar power, geothermal pumps, water conservation practices, and more.
The brand is also starting to look for creative ways to incorporate recycled materials into its watches. “This started to occupy us in Panerai about two years ago,” said Jean-Marc Pontroué, CEO of Panerai. He recalled discussions with extreme adventurer and brand ambassador, Mike Horn, who told Pontroué, “’We see pollution not only in places like New York and Geneva, but also in the most remote parts of the planet. As a Panerai, you have to be one of the brands that takes action so that it stops. ” ‘
In 2019, Panerai launched the Mike Horn Submersible made of Eco-Titanium (recycled titanium), a first in the industry. One of the two versions is the XPerience watch, a super limited edition that includes a once-in-a-lifetime experience of joining Horn on a glacier journey in Svalbard, Norway, in the Arctic Circle. The band is made from recycled PET plastic bottles and the packaging is 100 percent recyclable. Last year, Panerai followed up with the Mike Horn Submersible Tourbillon with a case made of metal recycled from the amphibious shaft Horn, Pangea.
As Panerai announced its partnership with the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team, Italy’s challenger for the 36th American Cup race in New Zealand, which is currently underway, Panerai released a collection of four 2019 Luna Rossa watches with dials made from ship’s recycled sails. racing cruise. . Last year’s limited edition Luminor Luna Rossa GMT features a dial made of Scafotech, a composite made of carbon fiber residue collected from the hull and hydrofoil of the team’s AC75 yacht. The recycled material is forged into polymers for use in dial.
New for this year, the Guillaume Néry Special Edition Luminor Marina features a PET recycled strap and is named after the brand’s dive ambassador.
“Panerai was connected to the ocean from the start,” Pontroué said, “and we believe we must take action in that area.”
Five recently spoke with Pontroué, 56, about sustainable watchmaking and why the brand is so committed to it.
FIVE: How has sustainability in watchmaking evolved in recent years?
Jean-Marc Pontroué: We believe Panerai will always be a pioneering brand – a pioneer of great watches, a pioneer of new materials and experiences, just as we did two years ago. We believe it is also part of our mission to lead in what is one of the most important subjects in the world. We believe that at our small level we must also take action.
In the past, we started thinking about it when everything was done, and today’s ecology program made us think about it before we started product development. So, the packaging will be recycled and bonded, and in the future, the movement, the case, all the products will be recycled.
This year’s watch with Guillaume Néry is part of our warm-up workout, much like when you warm up before a race. It’s the same concept. That’s how you mobilize 740 people in our organization to prepare for this new mentality, which consists of developing greener products, using more Zoom than taking a plane, updating boutiques with low-intensity electricity – the way you keep the environment in mind at every turn. action that you do.
What were the easiest and most difficult parts of making this a priority?
Easy is not the right word, because you start from scratch. We started two years ago, and we didn’t really know how to start. We’ve worked with [several] companies in the US, France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, and we don’t want this to be a secret story. We want the business model to be as open as possible, because to be sure, Panerai alone will not save the world. We told the people in the US who supplied our new generation of rope, who in France could propose recycled steel, and so on.
How challenging is it to get the right material and produce such work?
It’s like when you bought an old house, and you sure need a few bucks to restore it. Then you find out at the end of the process, it will cost more than if you started from scratch. It’s the same with recycling. More investment, more expensive, more painful. If you asked an auto manufacturer if it was more complicated and more investment in building an electric car than building a regular car, they would probably tell you the same thing. This is a revolution that we must take. Across all the different industries, it will be more investment driven because you are starting from scratch. Maybe 20 years from now, electric cars will be the same price as cars that exist today. Maybe it will be the same for us. Currently, launching this kind of activity is less profitable, but it is a must in our business mindset.
What is the demand for such items – did the client ask for them?
Two things: First, the new generation is paying more attention to it. Second, they don’t say, “I want recycled products,” but they’ll ask why you didn’t take the initiative to be a part of this movement, as we’ve seen in the car business, the airplane business, the hotel business. Many industries have large programs, and I guarantee you, in the watch industry you should start doing it. It will be like being in fashion – something very important for brands to communicate, to prove that what we are doing is right and not a marketing concept and trying to be an open book story – we are open to any input to help us and to improve our processes . The more we can work with other brands, the better.
How important is your America’s Cup Luna Rossa partnership?
It was a great partnership with our friends at Prada and Pirelli in Milan to be able to support the Italian team to win. We have a great exchange [the aforementioned] material exchange concept – they work at the lightest possible performance, so we are in the same business, only in different industries. So, we learned a lot from them. The last Luna Rossa program is based on material. We’re the first to put them in making because we reuse the screen on our dial. It’s a very close partnership in our hearts and, of course, we think of Italy when we do that. This allows us to restate that we are an industry-unique pure watch operator originating in Italy.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
This interview has been updated with new information.
BERLIN – Germany will force companies to screen suppliers for environmental and human rights abuses, such as illegal mining and child labor, in a move that some companies say will be difficult to enforce and could make them less competitive internationally.
The bill is part of a broader movement in Europe to force companies to ensure that European legal, environmental and rights standards are upheld by suppliers outside the bloc.
European governments are reacting to pressure from human rights and environmental lobbyists, who have pressured them to do more to force companies to oversee their supply chains and get rid of abuses in the manufacture of products from batteries to electric cars and smartphones, to clothing from sports. -good brand.
“From today, it is clear that high standards apply not only to German workshops and German factories,” said Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. “We protect workers all over a supply chain spanning the globe. “
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Under the bill, which was adopted by the government on Wednesday and which must now be approved by parliament, every German-based company with 3,000 employees or more has two years to set up compliance procedures to monitor and stop abuses in its supply chain. They should also set up a warning system that allows third parties and victims to report abuse safely.
If passed, the law will affect up to 2,500 companies. Then, by 2024, its reach will extend to any company with 1,000 employees or more, affecting a large part of German industry.
Companies with annual revenues of more than 400 million euros, the equivalent of about $ 484 million, failing to meet the requirements could face fines of up to 2% of annual sales. Offenders can also be excluded from public tenders for up to three years.
“For some companies, this could mean economic ruin,” said Bertram Kawlath, head of Schubert & Salzer GmbH, an intermediate supplier of valves, alloys and other technical equipment to the automotive and textile industries, which employs about 350 people.
Though too small to be directly affected by the bill, Mr. Kawlath worries that his company and other small and medium-sized companies could incur additional costs to provide documentation to their large customers to prove they are playing by the rules.
“They will expect me that I document that I can rule out every human rights violation and in the end, I have all the bureaucracy I have to take care of,” he said.
The bill specifically cites problems, such as the alleged use of child labor in Asian textile factories, which have plagued fashion and sporting goods makers. He also cited allegations of slaves and child labor in illegal mines extracting materials such as cobalt which is used by the German auto industry in batteries for electric vehicles.
The board member, in charge of law and compliance, said the initiative strikes a good balance, with sanctions for violations without going any further to create more opportunities for civil litigation against companies. The trend to hold companies accountable to human rights standards is growing, he said.
“It’s a trend around the world to make sure there are basic standards that everyone doing business in a particular country is meeting,” he said.
Led by the US, countries around the world have introduced more laws prohibiting bribery and money laundering.
“So why not human rights,” he said.
German companies warned that additional national and bureaucratic laws would put them at a disadvantage in competition.
“Every law must be multilateral and at least occur at the European level to effectively address the global challenges of the textile industry,” said Stefan Pursche, spokesman
The chief executive of printing machine manufacturer Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG said the bill could not be implemented and the government’s move to shift regulatory responsibility onto the shoulders of companies.
“This law will result in nothing but bureaucracy because we will not be able to see what is happening to the end of the supply chain,” said Rainer Hundsdörfer.
Human rights groups and opposition politicians who support supply chain regulation are also disappointed by a bill that they say has been facilitated significantly by industry lobbyists. They said the previous words that held companies financially responsible for violations had been weakened and the provisions allowing victims to sue companies had been removed.
“Because there is no civil accountability, the law has no teeth,” said Uwe Kekeritz, a Green Party lawmaker.
HONG KONG – China Australian coal import ban is intensifying the crisis in the coal market, which is battling price hikes, shortages of supply, conflicting policy objectives, and a cold winter.
Locked in a diplomatic fights on Canberra’s call independent global investigation to the origins of Covid-19Beijing imposed an unofficial ban around September that forced Australian coal ships to languish at sea. China’s central government imposed a formal embargo at a mid-December meeting with China’s main power producers, which are big buyers of thermal coal.
The ban complicates a supply crisis that the meeting had to resolve, according to government reports and state media. China is short on thermal coal and officials are urging companies to import more – from anywhere but Australia, China’s biggest supplier. To meet this, buyers in China have to pay a high premium for imports from distant places, in addition to prices which have increased 84% since mid-year.
“Coal buyers are nervous about the import market,” the China Coal Transport and Distribution Association, which represents importers, said in a statement. “It is difficult to replenish low coal supplies and shortages, while demand continues.”
From Norwegian salmon to Mongolian commodities, Beijing has in recent years increasingly used the weight of Chinese purchases to apply political pressure abroad – but the coal market shows that this strategy could backfire. Even when Chinese buyers comply with Beijing, Australian coal prices strengthen as other buyers from major coal consuming countries, including Japan and India, step in.
BESIDES Zoom sweatpants and shirts, sustainability is probably the hottest thing in fashion right now. Consumers – especially younger ones – increasingly expect more from the brands they support: more transparency, more accountability, more emphasis on ethical practice. However, you should take any brand claim that the product is “sustainable” with a grain of salt. “Sustainable” is a vague, all-encompassing term that can be used for marketing purposes. A brand that sells only locally produced clothing made from recycled fabrics can use the word – but so can brands that work with hazardous chemicals but sometimes give up limited quantities of vegan leather shoes. “It’s like saying food is ‘natural’. It’s very broad, ”said Kayla Gil, owner and curator of the Pipe & Row boutique in Seattle. That doesn’t mean that buyers hoping to reduce their carbon footprint should give up – it just means they have to do a little homework.
Experts encourage customers who wish to shop more environmentally consciously to go beyond claims on the brand’s website and to research the brand’s track record and goals through articles from reliable news outlets and independent platforms such as stand.earth, climate watchdog organization, or Greenpeace Detox Campaign, which tracks the use of hazardous chemicals by fashion brands. “Right now, I don’t think you can own a fashion brand without taking responsibility,” said Julie Gilhart, head of development for fashion consulting firm Tomorrow Ltd, which has worked in the fashion industry for more than 20 years. “But there are many different levels: [Brands and designers] who are more advanced in their knowledge; some who just learned how to change things; some that are just getting started. Make sure there is an intention to grow their responsibility. And if they don’t have it, switch to another brand. ”
We asked four people in fashion to highlight brands that are legitimately striving for environmental awareness and delivering on their promises. Learn about their favorites, below.
Eliana Gil Rodriguez
Founder Gil Rodriguez
I love the Paris-based Tricot brand. They are truly classic pieces of recycled cashmere and exquisite quality. I look at sustainability from the perspective of buying less. Treating clothes as disposable, however they are made, is still very wasteful. I’m focused on buying vintage stuff that already has a life and then picking up a nice new base that I’m going to put on for a long time.
Many brands live up to their promises. If you go to the websites of multiple brands, they tell you how their ingredients were sourced or how they reduced their carbon footprint. Stella McCartney is one of the leaders of sustainable fashion. She’s got a great red carpet look and a great upscale fashion look, and there’s still a bit of an ego that comes with saying “I’m wearing Stella McCartney.”
Owner of Pipe & Row boutique
Many of our designers are sustainable but the one doing it on a sizable scale is Paloma Wool. Their packaging is made of post-consumer plastic, the filling of their coats is made from cruelty-free goose down. They use a lot of Tencel, which is made from wood pulp and which can eventually be composted or reused. They also do a great job of telling their retailers and customers how everything is made. It’s a huge task to gather all that information.
I love Studio One Eighty Nine. Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson started this brand together. Abrima is based in Ghana and she uses sustainable practices, working with small communities. He’s capable of making very fine collections, but you can see African roots in the prints. I am always looking for authenticity. I’m not looking for perfection. I’m just looking for an authentic intention to do better.
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