The Science That idea has plenty of proponents and critics alike. CLT emerged in the 1990s in Switzerland, when researchers invented the process of strengthening less-than-perfect wood by layering in slats of alternating direction. By reversing the grain direction on each layer of wood, they created a much stronger product. It’s also surprisingly resistant to the fires that made it a hated building material in the 19th century. Because CLT beams and panels are so thick, exposing them to flames creates a layer of “char,” or ash, that insulates the structurally stable interior for up to three hours, according to tests by Canada’s National Research Council. … [Read more...] about Can Timber Skyscrapers Really Help Save The Planet?
At first blush, it seems counterintuitive for brands to be asking for more regulations in their own sectors. After all, this means jumping through more hoops during the product-development process, then paying for third parties to certify their products. But there are many reasons why brands would do this. For instance, in the case of Knix, Griffiths believes all period underwear brands could be affected by concerns about unsafe materials and, by the same token, brands will thrive if there is better oversight across the whole sector. Also, it can be beneficial for brands like Beautycounter and Knix to be well-versed in product safety, and self-regulate their products. After all, if stronger safety laws are passed, their brands will be ahead of the curve. “It’s the Wild West in our industry,” says Griffiths. “But the period underwear industry is expected to keep growing over the next few years. It’s the right time for us to ensure that the products … [Read more...] about Period underwear could be toxic. Should it be regulated?