Fish Leather Is High Fashion

Fish Leather Is High Fashion

May 20, 2019

Fish skins are being transformed into high-fashion pieces!

Europe’s only fish tannery, Iceland’s Atlantic Leather, produces about one ton, or 10,000 skins, of fish leather each month.

All fish come from sustainable sources, and the tannery uses hydro and geothermal power to run its facility.  All water is reused eight or nine times during the production process.  In addition, natural, non-polluting dyes color the skins, which are then transformed into purses, shoes, belts, and other high-end fashion by some of Europe’s top designers.

Fish leather holds potential as a substitute for leather from endangered species like snakes and alligators.


Video Spotlight:Uneins X Atlantic Leather Iceland


This post is based on the Bloomberg article, Meet the fish leather pioneers, by Beth Timmins, May 1, 2019; and the YouTube video, Uneins X Atlantic Leather Iceland, by ilshll, August 4, 2017. Image source: NorthStar203/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. How might fish leather help improve the livelihood of fishing communities?

Guidance: While fish leather currently represents only 1% of total leather production, it holds promise as a way to improve the livelihood of fishing communities by creating an industry from a major by-product without cutting into Continue reading

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Amazon Prime Moves to 1-Day Free Shipping

Amazon Prime Moves to 1-Day Free Shipping

Amazon has announced its plan to shift Prime to free 1-day shipping in the near future. The current Prime shipping plan on most items is two days.

The rollout will be gradual, with certain areas receiving 1-day shipping sooner.

At present, Amazon Prime offers a variety of delivery speeds depending on your location and the product offered.  In order to accomplish 1-day shipping, Amazon plans to spend over $800 million in the second quarter of 2019.


Video Spotlight: Amazon is making 1-day shipping the new standard for Prime members


This post is based on the USA Today article, Amazon’s 1-Day Free-Shipping Plan Changes the Game Again, by Daniel B. Kline, April 29, 2019; and the YouTube video, Amazon is making 1-day shipping the new standard for Prime members, by CNBC Television, April 26, 2019. Image source: Image Source/Shannon Fagan

Discussion Questions:

1. Should Amazon make this change to 1-day free shipping?

Guidance: It is a definite game changer. Competitors such as Walmart and Target have been changing their operations to address Prime’s 2-day shipping.  Amazon has upped the expectation on delivery speed again.

2. What changes will Amazon need to make to accomplish 1-day Continue reading

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Unilever Shares the Right to Shower

Unilever Shares the Right to Shower

May 13, 2019

There are over half a billion homeless people in the United States. Socially conscious and sustainability-focused Unilever is launching a new product line to draw awareness and raise funds to help.

The new product line, “Right to Shower“, is a lineup of soap and body wash with scents named dignity, hope, joy, and strength.  It affords those same attributes to the homeless through improved health via cleanliness.

In 2019, 100% of all profits from the line will be donated to help build mobile shower units for the homeless in partnership with essential service provider Lava Mae.


Video Spotlight: The Right to Shower


This post is based on the Business Insider article, This new brand from Unilever is donating 100% of its profits in 2019 to bring mobile shower units to homeless communities, by Remi Rosmarin, April 29, 2019; and the YouTube video, The Right to Shower, by Unilever, January 28, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / Grigvovan

Discussion Questions:

1. Why would Unilever opt to donate all, rather than a portion, of its profits from the product line to this initiative?

Guidance: Unilever has a history and culture steeped in improving the hygiene and Continue reading

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