EDITED BY RICH ARMSTRONG
VACATION OFF THE BEATEN PATH
The North Pole!
There are cruise-ship vacations, and then there are voyages by Poseidon Expeditions, which is now booking slots for three icebreaking voyages to the North Pole in 2018. Billed as a “once-in-a- lifetime trip to the top of the world,” the North Pole-bound Icebreaker Expeditions are just that,
with passengers cruising aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker
50 Years of Victory, which can smash through Arctic
Ocean ice up to 10 feet thick.
Venturing this far off the beaten path obviously does not
come cheaply. Rates start at $27,260 per person (double occupancy), but early-booking discounts of $1,435 to $2,255 per
person are available. — RICH ARMSTRONG
Athletic-footwear manufacturer Adidas
partnered with Parley for the Oceans, a
nonprofit committed to reducing plastic
waste in the oceans, to develop a sneaker that is 95 percent made from ocean
plastic recovered near the Maldives.
Adidas says the move is an environmental statement, not a marketing gimmick.
About 7,000 pairs of the UltraBOOST
Uncaged Parley are on sale for $220
each. In 2017, the brand aims to produce
1 million pairs of the sneakers from more
than 11 million plastic bottles.
As Adidas notes on its product page,
the shoes are “spinning the problem into
a solution. The threat into a thread.”
Eventually, Adidas hopes to eliminate
virgin plastic from its supply chain altogether and plans to expand plastic cultivation to more of its product line.
Shoes made from ocean plastic