Eco-Friendly Brand 2-DG Turns Old Fishing Nets Into Clothing

Courtesy of 2-DG
Courtesy of 2-DG

More than 600,000 tons of used fishing nets are thrown away in the ocean each year, polluting the waters and killing hundreds of thousands of marine mammals.

Luxury sportswear brand 2-DG is doing its part to save the ocean by transforming those abandoned fishing nets into snazzy clothing. The new Florida-based company turns the "ghost nets" into yarn, which is then sent to Italy and handcrafted into 2-DG's polo shirts. But cleaning up marine debris and saving dolphins and whales from being caught in the nets aren't the only benefits of this innovation. The process of making these shirts using 100 percent recycled materials takes half as long as a conventional chemical process, saving water, energy, and CO2 emissions. And, the use of 10,000 tons of recycled material saves 70,000 barrels of oil versus non-recycled material.

Named after 2–DG, an anti-cancer sugar molecule, the company also supports skin cancer prevention: Its apparel has SPF 50+ UV protection, and a percentage of each sale goes to the Lampidis Cancer Foundation. Women's short-sleeve polos cost $85, and men's start at $90. Snag one today and feel good about saving the planet and fighting cancer, all while protecting yourself from the Sun's rays.

Check out some of the collection below:

woman in polo
Courtesy of 2-DG

man in polo
Courtesy of 2-DG

IKEA's Kåma Sutra Wants to Help You Master the Art of Loving Your Bedroom

iStock.com/KatarzynaBialasiewicz
iStock.com/KatarzynaBialasiewicz

Plenty of guides can show you how to add spice to your bedroom, but few do it like this new book from IKEA. The IKEA Kåma Sutra includes fully illustrated positions (of furniture, that is) designed to help you get more satisfaction from your living space.

"Are you satisfied with your bedroom? Have you grown bored or tired with the same old bedroom positions? Do you yearn for more?" the book's description reads. "The IKEA Kåma Sutra can help you master the art of loving your bedroom. We've designed multiple bedroom furniture positions that will satisfy your every need."

The online manual features bedroom layouts furnished with popular items from IKEA, including couches, bed frames, and dressers. "The Seated Desire" comes with a leather LANDSKRONA sofa, and "The Doggy Style" has a LURVIG pet cushion. Each design includes a full-color picture, so you know exactly what you're getting into before you try the position at home.

You can browse the IKEA Kåma Sutra online, or download it to read it at your leisure.

Start Your Morning Right With the Alarm Clock That Makes You Coffee

For those who can't function in the morning, a cup of coffee is key. For those who can't even function enough to make that cup of coffee, there's the Barisieur. This innovative alarm clock (now available at Urban Outfitters) awakens the sleeper with the smell of coffee and the gentle rattle of stainless steel ball bearings as the water boils.

Take sugar or milk? There's a special compartment for milk so the liquid stays fresh and cool until you're ready to use it in the morning. On the front, there's a drawer for sugar. The whole tray can even be removed for easy cleaning.

Not a coffee fan? The Barisieur also brews loose-leaf tea.

The milk vessel of the coffee alarm clock
Barisieur, Urban Outfitters

The gadget also has an actual alarm that can be set to sound before or during the coffee making process. 

This invention was thought up by product designer Joshua Renouf as part of his studies at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Though the idea started as just a prototype for class back in 2015, Renouf managed to make it a reality, and you can now buy one of your very own.

At $445, the alarm clock is quite an investment, but for coffee lovers who have trouble forcing themselves out of bed, it might be more than worth it. Go ahead, picture waking up slowly to the smell of roasted coffee beans and only having to sit up in bed and enjoy.

Buy it at one of the retailers below:

[h/t: Design-Milk.com]

A version of this article first ran in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the product's current availability.

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