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Friday, October 17, 2014

NC Coastla Resouces Commission to meet


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Release: Immediate
Date: 2014-10-14
Contact: Michele Walker
Phone: 919-707-8604

N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will meet Oct. 22-23 in Wilmington

RALEIGH – The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission, or CRC, plans to include discussions of inlet management, land use planning, and the N.C. Coastal Reserve Program at a meeting next week in Wilmington.
The CRC will meet Oct. 22-23 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 and 9 a.m. Oct. 23. The meeting is open to the public.
Items on the CRC’s agenda include:
· Petition for Rulemaking– The CRC will consider a petition for rulemaking to allow second stories on piers and docking facilities.
· Inlet Management Study– Coastal management staff will present a draft report on the CRC’s inlet management study priorities, along with suggestions for alternatives to the commission’s static vegetation line rule, draft rule language for a new State Port Inlet Management Area of Environmental Concern, and a dredging window study update.
· Variances –The CRC will hear five requests for variances from its rules.
· Land Use Planning– Coastal management staff will present proposed amendments to the CRC’s land use planning rules.
· Coastal Issues Panel Discussion– A panel of experts will discuss issues of concern for coastal communities.
· Rule DevelopmentCoastal management staff will present fiscal analyses for proposed rule amendments to15A NCAC 7K .0208, which would amendadjacent property owner notification requirements to streamline exemptions for single-family residences in the Estuarine Shoreline Area of Environmental Concern;15A NCAC 7K .0213, which would exempt single family residences from Coastal Area Management Act permit requirements within the High Hazard Flood Area of Environmental Concern; and 15A NCAC 7H .0304(2), High Hazard Flood AEC.
· N.C. Coastal Reserve Program– The commission will hear an overview of the N.C. Coastal Reserve Program.
· Public Input and Comment –Members of the public may comment on CRC issues at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23.
A full meeting agenda is posted on the N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s website at
The Coastal Resources Commission establishes policies for the N.C. Coastal Management program and adopts rules and policies regarding coastal development within areas of environmental concern.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Third Eye Threads’ Cozy Recycled Apparel

By Maggie Wehri

Using recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton, Third Eye Threads' line of eco-friendly hoodies are perfect for the impending cool weather.
As difficult as it is for some of us to admit, autumn has arrived. The leaves are turning earthy reds and yellows while the chillier days are finally upon us. While shopping for the season’s latest trends, perhaps a few vintage-inspired eco-friendly items may be something to consider adding to your wardrobe.

For the yogis and surfers of the world, Third Eye Threads’ duds are must haves. Creating handmade active wear that delights and honors meditative spirits, this Californian business is not just concerned with the bottom line. Third Eye Threads began its grassroots efforts in 2000 when it was founded by Anusara yoga instructor Chad Satlow. This entire clothing line features socially responsible and environmentally friendly designs produced in the U.S.

Third-Eye-Threads.pngMaybe not all of our male readers are yogis or surfers, which makes Third Eye Threads’ eco-hoodies a perfect solution for those guys in between. The Green Outside Coal Inside Eco-Hoodie ($89) shows off the flower of life symbol on front and back signifying all beings living as one with the universe. Not to mention, this cuddly hoodie is made entirely from recycled water bottles. And, if you’re not into sweatshirts, Third Eye Threads offers an array of long-sleeve shirts (and T-shirts as well if the fall weather hasn’t quite hit you yet).

Now, for the ladies, Third Eye Threads makes a similar hoodie just for you. Its Save the Planet Hoodie ($89; right) is two-toned with a heather grey exterior and rich aqua interior. What you have to love about this product is that it’s made from 100% recycled materials — 70% recycled cotton and 30% recycled polyester. Whether you are making a quick trip to the store or heading out for an early morning jog, this sweatshirt functions in a variety of ways just like you.

And, of course, we can’t forget the little ones at home. Third Eye Threads has you covered with an array of sweatshirts and long sleeves for the special little guy or gal in your life. The Flower of Life Hoodie ($49) is available in red and gray made using eco-friendly inks imported from Switzerland. Also, this particular hoodies is hand printed sublimations meaning this print is light and durable which won’t wear down overtime.

As you start your fall shopping, don’t forget to check out Third Eye Threads and support this sustainable company. Approaching its 15th year of business, Third Eye Threads offers the perfect autumn gifts for all the important people in your life.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stella Neptune: Fashionable, Functional and Sustainable


By April Stearns

Since 2006, Stella Neptune has been upcycling cashmere sweaters and creating recycled iron-on patches to spruce up imperfect clothes.

Autumn is here, which means it will be cold weather season before you know it. I, for one, will miss the days of swimsuits, shorts and sandals as I buy clothes to prepare for the change in temperature. On the other hand, there are many stylish and eco-friendly fashions to look forward to purchasing. That includes the upcycled cashmere sweaters and other accessories from Stella Neptune.

Founded in 2006, Stella Neptune is a brand designed by Eva Kisevalter. Before creating her clothing line, Kisevalter named herself Stella Neptune when she would go to work as a DJ, spinning her own actual records on turntables. When she realized her DJ career was not enough, she decided to combine her love for thrift shopping and pop graphics into a career itself.

According to Stella Neptune’s website, Kisevalter’s inspiration for working with recycled clothing stems from her genuine interest in finding great materials without feeling guilty about creating waste. All of her materials are sourced and designed in Los Angeles, where the company operates. Stella Neptune’s products have become a hit around the region, popping up on television shows such as Desperate Housewives and even being seen on the red carpet at Tinseltown events.

Stella Neptune sells quite a few different cashmere sweater designs, most of which are a muted color and feature a graphic of an animal, person or butterfly on them. One sweater, titled “Mr. Chuck,” includes a squirrel on the front holding a burlap bag with the word “recycle” written all over. Most of the sweaters carry a playful design such as this, and, best of all, each is 100% recycled.

The company also produces sweaters and skirts for kids, burlap bags, elbow patches and cashmere patches. The elbow and cashmere patches are great accessories to add to sweaters, hats, scarves or more to cover possible holes or other imperfections.

Although they also come shaped as flowers, Band-Aids and more, many of the cashmere patches are, ironically, fashioned as moths, which as babies are known to chew on clothing in order to receive keratin. They are able to munch on organic fibers, including cashmere and many other sweater fabrics. When building the company, Kisevalter was interested in a solution for the problem of moths destroying cashmere sweaters (along with her desire to have a sustainable business, of course). With these patches, consumers can easily create a completely unique sweater or other article of clothing just for themselves.

For those who have cashmere sweaters with too many holes to be repaired, Kisevalter also provides other options. In 2010, she went on The Martha Stewart Show to show how to make a recycled skirt from a hole-ridden cashmere sweater.

Stella Neptune’s cashmere sweaters range from $50 to $90, and the patches and other accessories cost around $20 each. Items can be returned unworn within 10 days for a full refund, or can be returned after 10 days for store credit.
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