Greens Gone Wild

Who says skivvies, sex, and booze can’t factor into the sustainability equation?

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.


 

gadget

Enviro-bras

Condom Couture

Party Power

Moto Ouzo

Earth Mamas

the deal

Lingerie maker Triumph International Japan has developed a bra that generates power for on-the-go iPod charging, and another that doubles as a shopping bag.

Condoms have been woven into wedding gowns, swimsuits, and hats for fashion shows promoting safe sex in China, Thailand, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

Dancing generates 60 percent of the energy that runs London’s Bar Surya club; the piezoelectric floor uses quartz crystals and ceramics to transform busted moves into electricity.

The ultraefficient two-stroke Lotus Omnivore will come with a variable compression ratio system, which means it will run on just about any fuel, including liquor.

Contestants in the Philippines-based Miss Earth Beauty Pageant, one of the world’s largest, plant trees and make “it their mission to be Mother Earth’s guardians.”

real?

The solar bra must see daylight to work; still waiting for the bounce-powered kinetic-energy bra, an idea convincingly proposed by writer Adrienne So in Slate.

Artists use quality-rejected condoms that otherwise would have been incinerated; rubber fashions sold in boutiques and galleries.

Netherlands-based environmental lab Enviu, which helped develop the technology, is pushing for sustainable dance clubs across the globe. Next up: toddler-powered day care centers?

A prototype is due early next year. But Jack, Jim, and José are even pricier than gas; time to crank up the still.

Entrants must “possess beauty of face” and cannot have given birth; “knowledge of her country’s culture and environment” required.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

We Recommend

Latest