Adidas Unveils Manchester United Jersey Made With Ocean Plastic

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

In 2017, Adidas sold over 1 million shoes made out of ocean plastic. The successful initiative prompted the footwear company to continue its alliance with Parley for the Oceans and produce additional products, such as Manchester United Football Club jerseys created with ocean plastic.

The new jersey contains recycled ocean plastic  and was inspired by the team’s 1968 European Cup Final win. Said Manchester United director Richard Arnold said in a statement: “We are all acutely aware of the threat of plastic to the environment and we are delighted to be able to raise further awareness with this recycled kit, which I am sure the fans will love.”

The Manchester United jersey is navy blue and is adorned with gold detailing. The upcycled plastic in the clothing is sourced from beaches, coastal communities, and shorelines.  As Inhabitat reports, the throwback celebrates the 50th anniversary of the team’s European Cup victory. However, the blue also calls to mind the world’s oceans which are drowning in plastic pollution.

Said Adidas Category Product Director, Oliver Nicklisch: “We all need to change the way we think and act towards our oceans…By working with Manchester United to create new, stunning jerseys made with Parley Ocean Plastic, we hope that we can highlight the issue of plastic damaging our oceans, and ultimately encourage and inspire football fans to join us in creating a better environment for everyone.”

The jerseys aren’t just for show. Later this summer, the team will don the Manchester United jerseys while on tour in the United States. If you’d like to sport the team’s jersey, as well as proclaim your love for the environment, you can purchase one on Adidas’ website.



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Usain Bolt signs to play at Manchester United’s stadium – Unicef Soccer Aid match

Bolt announced in a video published on Twitter that he will captain the Rest of the World XI in the game, which raises money for Unicef. The 31-year-old had earlier posted a teaser that suggested he would sign for an unspecified football team.

Soccer Aid is the brainchild of British pop star Robbie Williams and is held every year at Manchester United’s famous stadium. It brings together football stars and celebrities in an England vs Rest of the World one-off charity match and has features the likes of Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and Roy Keane.

“Excited to announce that I will be playing in Soccer Aid for UNICEF UK 2018 at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June. Make sure you’re ready Robbie Williams!” Bolt tweeted on Tuesday.

The match will see Bolt return to the pitch where he was honored with a personalized United shirt after setting his 100m world-record 9.58-second run in 2012. That was one of a number of visits by the eight-time Olympic gold medalist.

Bolt, an outspoken fan of the Red Devils, has previously courted the idea of playing professional football, even going so far as to declare last month that he was in talks with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson about potentially joining the Premier League outfit.

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Blaze in Manchester apartment block brought under control

LONDON (Reuters) – Firefighters battled a blaze in an apartment block in central Manchester, northern England, on Saturday, with one person taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

The Manchester fire service said 12 engines had been dispatched after flames engulfed several apartments on the ninth floor of the 12-storey building.

“The fire had spread to multiple floors but we have things well under control here,” the service later said.

Britain is still reeling from a fire that ripped through the Grenfell Tower social housing block in west London that killed 71 people on June 14.

That fire was Britain’s deadliest since World War Two, gutting the 24-storey building that housed a multi-ethnic community living in a poor area within one of London’s richest boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Mark Heinrich and David Evans)

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Re: Manchester University must reveal its relations with Israeli institutions

A British university has been accused of breaching the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by refusing to share details concerning its relation with Israeli institutions.

The body regulating data protection in the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found the University of Manchester (UoM) in violation of the government act issued in 2000 by not disclosing information requested by a student activist over its relations with controversial Israeli institutions.

The complaint against UoM was made by one of its students who had tried unsuccessfully to obtain details about the nature of the university’s relation with Israeli organisations. In its decision seen by MEMO, ICO instructed Manchester University to provide a response to the request within 35 days, in accordance with its obligations under the FOIA.

ICO’s sharp criticism of the University comes on the back of a long standoff between UoM and pro-Palestinian student activists. In March, UoM sparked anger by deciding to discipline students supporting the BDS campaign. The University claimed that the students were punished for “trespassing on a roof during Israeli Apartheid Week” but the students said their protest was meant to put pressure on UoM to “divest from firms that abet the apartheid regime of Israel”.

The students had requested more transparency from the university over its dealing with Israeli organisations. Complainant British-Palestinian student Huda Ammori told MEMO that her suspicion was raised in 2013 when she said she noticed Technion, a leader in the field of research and development within the Israeli arms trade, advertised “proudly” on the University’s website.

Read: BDS campaign more anti-Semitic than alt-right says Iraeli minister

Ammori said that she was equally surprised by the University’s decision to honour the Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann. She later discovered that the University has a shrine of Israel’s first President, Weizmann, in its chemistry building. Describing it as a “mockery of the suffering of the Palestinian people, who suffer under the regime he plotted”.

Ammori confirmed that the University also partnered with all three institutions he founded: Technion, Weizmann Institute and Hebrew University. Techinon was founded before 1948 to develop the Zionist regime, and remains a leader in the field of arms research for the Israeli occupation forces.

MEMO learnt that several FOI requests were made by students involved in the BDS campaign. Manchester University confirmed this saying: “The Freedom of Information requests are both being processed in the normal way, and would be responded to in line with [our] obligations.”


ICO’s decision suggests that the University has failed in its promise to fulfil its obligations under FOIA and instead decided to adopt an uncompromising position against students demanding information about the extent of its relation with Israeli organisations.

The decision by the ICO is seen as an important step in the campaign against unethical university investment. Activists are hoping that the ICO will take the University to the high court for contempt if it fails to answer to the students’ requests. “It is unacceptable,” said Huda, “that they [UoM] are withholding such information, especially from paying students at the university.”

The UoM told MEMO: “We can confirm that we have received a letter from the ICO and we are considering our response.”

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Hotel in Manchester, UK is built out of some very strange shipping containers

Why this could be the future of construction and why we should be very, very afraid.

This may look like your normal Holiday Inn, but Chapman Taylor, a huge multinational architecture firm that started in the UK, describes it in a press release as “the first volumetric modular hotel to be completed in Manchester” (my emphasis):

Chapman Taylor’s Manchester studio, alongside the main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, developed the detailed design for the off-site hotel adopting a completely different design process, which was informed by the modular provider’s system. All 220 guestrooms have been constructed off-site from purpose-built steel shipping containers; complete with fully factory finished interior furniture, fixtures and fittings, including carpets, curtains, wallpaper and full-height windows.

rendering of concept© Chapman Taylor

But what does “volumetric modular” mean? And what are these “purpose-built shipping containers”? And where do they come from?

CIMC modular V system© CIMC Modular

Not mentioned on any of their press releases or in almost any of the articles about this project (and I think why they downplay the words “shipping containers” in most articles and press releases) is where these modules are manufactured — China. They are built, fitted out and delivered by CIMC Modular Building Systems, a subsidiary of China International Marine Containers, and “the largest provider of modular buildings and modular building systems in the world.” And with the politics of jobs, immigration and Brexit these days, there would probably be serious outrage. So nobody mentions the C-word.

Interior shipping container © CIMC/ This doesn’t look like the inside of a shipping container.

Regular readers of TreeHugger will know that I have complained that shipping containers are designed for freight and not for people, and that the interior width is too small for comfortable habitation; even tiny houses are 6 inches wider. But I also believed that designers were missing the point of containers, that it’s not about the box. In my post Does Shipping Container Architecture Make Sense? I complained that architects and builders had to “finally figure out what shipping containers actually are, which is not just a box, but part of a global transportation system with a vast infrastructure of ships, trains, trucks and cranes that has driven the cost of shipping down to a fraction of what it used to be.”

Some (like MEKA, shown here) have tried building container-sized modules from scratch that piece together to make bigger spaces. It doesn’t work very well. Most modular construction works with larger dimensions, like 12 foot wide, which doesn’t travel very well.

Shipping containers have changed the world.

Yet shipping containers have changed the world, globalized the economy, and made it possible and economical to offshore the manufacturing of just about everything to China with its low labor costs and a very different regulatory environment. Almost everything moves in containers now, thanks to the incredible international transportation system of trucks, cranes and ships designed to handle them. The entire system is based on that standard 20’ or 40’ by 8’ dimension that the standard spreader can pick up. (Listen to Alexis Madrigal’s fabulous container podcast to learn about the industry.)

What CIMC Modular has done that I have never seen before (and you can see in this video) is somehow bury the corner castings, set the required 8’ by 40’ apart, in the middle of what I am eyeballing as a 12’ by 48’ module. Shipping containers can be stacked empty up to 16 containers high because the corner castings and corner posts are so strong; everything else is much lighter, and the corrugated sides act as a monocoque shell to hold up the top. I do not know how they transfer the load from those castings to the corner posts that they still need to stack the boxes, but they somehow pull it off.

module being picked upConstruction News/ Module being picked up/Video screen capture

You can see in the screenshot a bog-standard spreader picking up the box as if it was a standard container, but the box is so much wider and longer. The video is from Construction News, which has a paywall protected article with lots of photos. CIMC Modular notes that “the whole project is a perfect case to show efficiency by using CIMC Modules that [takes] 3 months on module design, 3 months on manufacture, and 2 months on shipping. Thirty-six modules have been installed with 3 days on site.” And they don’t ship empty boxes either; they are finished and furnished.

Why is this so important?

Across the US and the UK and, in fact, everywhere, millions of jobs have been lost to offshoring and to automation. Construction is one of the last industries that has been barely affected by these changes, and that still provides lots of “blue collar” jobs to people all over the country. But some construction jobs are so hard that Americans and Britons don’t want to do them anymore, and the industry relies on a lot of foreign workers, which are a diminishing resource as America and Britain close their borders.

Umbrellahaus© Chapman Taylor

Chapman Taylor notes in another press release when pitching Umbrellahaus, a residential model:

Offsite construction has been in existence for some time and has been viewed by many as a niche market related to the ‘prefab’ projects of the post war years. Things are changing fast. Contractors and developers are regularly talking about the merits of modular construction and, increasingly, large multi-national companies are making offsite a key component of their future growth strategies. This trend will grow exponentially over the next decade and beyond.

Broad factoryLloyd Alter/ Broad Sustainable Building Factory/CC BY 2.0

As noted previously, in all of their documentation and in every article, they never mention China or credit CIMC Modular Building Systems. But I have been to factories in China where they build housing and hotels and I have seen how vast, fast and efficient they are; how they have everything from floor finishes to furniture feeding right in; how the quality can better than you get on most site-built projects.

chinese constructionLloyd Alter/ Building housing in China /CC BY 2.0

And the funny thing is, they don’t use this technology much in China. Most residential buildings are built traditionally with concrete, brick and tile, using hundreds of thousands of workers. In China, the construction industry is a vast employment program; the more sophisticated modular and flatpack technology is for export. When the Chinese housing bubble implodes, they will build everybody else’s homes.

This might well, as Chapman Taylor notes, make housing more affordable and even better quality, its construction and energy consumption more efficient. But is it a good thing, when we should be building out of sunshine and employing more local people? I doubt it. However, I suspect that it is inevitable.

Umbrellahaus© Chapman Taylor

Now that they have figured out how to ship a human-sized module in a transportation system designed for freight-sized containers, it really does change everything. I have to agree with Chapman Taylor; this is going to grow exponentially and might just eat the entire construction industry as we know it. Just don’t mention the C-word.

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Greater Manchester To Plant 3 Million Trees, One For Each Citizen

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Over the next 25 years, the Great Manchester area in England will plant a whopping 3 million trees — one for every man, woman and child in the region. The movement was started by City of Trees which, to date, has already planted 95,000 trees in the area.

According to the BBC, the organization believes the key to tackling climate change, creating healthier communities, reconnecting kids to the natural world, providing essential habitats for wildlife and reforesting the district is to plant trees. So, that’s exactly what City of Trees is doing!

The project’s website touts numerous economic and academic benefits of expanding the area’s greenery. One repercussion of planting the millions of trees is that the Greater Manchester’s timber and forest related industries will receive an economic boost — an important development, as both are worth roughly $550 million. As a result, 69,000 new jobs will be created. An additional benefit is educating children on the importance of caring for the environment as well as how to tend to new saplings.


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City of Trees director, Tony Hothersall:

“In terms of health… woodlands can do great things in terms of air pollution reduction… [and] can help to screen for noise pollution. They can also help cities and towns become more resilient to climate change both in terms of things like reducing the urban heat island effect and also reducing things like risk from surface water flooding.”

Learn more about the initiative by visiting the organization’s website, where you can donate to the cause.

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‘Sh*t shovel of lies’: UK rappers want Sun banned from Manchester (VIDEO)

The group, made up of 14 MCs and DJs, posted a two minute video to Facebook on Saturday. It begins with one member of the group stating that they’ve taken all copies of The Sun off the streets of Manchester and that: “We’re not having any of this, lies, upon lies, upon lies, upon lies.”

Their solution: “We’re gonna f**king burn the bastards.”

The masked members of the collective address the paper directly saying “Look, you f**ckin Sun dogs, we’re not inviting you into our city yeah, you’re not welcome!”

LEVELZ lays out its reasons for torching The Sun, which its describes as a “race baiting, poor hating, tax evading, elite protecting, phone hacking, election throwing, unity destroying –  sh*t shovel of lies.”

READ MORE: ‘Right wing b*ll*cks’: Daily Mail, Sun trolled for blatant anti-Labour headlines

The Rupert Murdoch-owned paper was heavily criticized for its coverage of the May 22 Manchester Arena attack in which suicide bomber Salman Abedi blew himself up following a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande.

A total of 22 people were killed in the attack, many of them young fans of the star. The following day the tabloid’s front page included an image of the attacker alongside his youngest victim, sparking outrage and resulting in a petition to ban the paper from the city.  

The Sun has been boycotted in the region before. The paper is reviled in Manchester’s neighbouring city of Liverpool, due to its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans were killed unlawfully.

At the time the paper made a number of claims about the behavior of Liverpool supporters during the disaster including that they picked the pockets of the dead, assaulted police involved in resuscitation attempts, urinated on police involved in the rescue effort and made offensive and lewd comments about female casualties.

Recently both Merseyside clubs, Liverpool and Everton, have banned Sun journalists from reporting on matches at their respective grounds. During a meeting of England’s national Football Supporters Federation (FSF) on Sunday, a motion was unanimously passed by fans of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and around 70 other clubs to lobby their clubs and retailers in those areas to stop selling The Sun.

Furthermore a petition has been started in London to ban The Sun from the capital over its coverage of the Grenfell Tower disaster. It has so far garnered more than 13,000 signatories.

“In the aftermath of the truly devastating Grenfell Tower tragedy, with people across the capital and indeed the whole country rallying round to offer support, The Sun have instead chosen to pursue an agenda of victim blaming and grotesque voyeurism,” the petition states.

“The final straw though is surely the revelation that one of their journalists allegedly impersonated the relative of one of the victims to gain access to the hospital where some of the injured were being treated.

“This is way beyond the realms of what is acceptable in our society and is a vile, indefensible insult to everyone affected by this terrible event.”

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Poor counter-terrorism cooperation caused Manchester attack – Libya officials

Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a homemade device at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May, which killed 22 and wounded scores more.

Abedi, who also died in the blast, was of Libyan origin. He and his father Ramadan were known to have ties with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which is linked to Al-Qaeda.

Senior Libyan security officials have blamed the lapse in security on a lack of UK intelligence sharing.

They claim to enjoy closer cooperation with the CIA than the UK security services.

They told the BBC that Abedi was under close observation during his trip to Libya just a month before the devastating attack, and that they had gained information about his network of contacts in the UK.

A serving general from the UN-mandated Tripoli government said they were keen to improve information sharing as quickly as possible.

A spokesman for the Special Deterrence Force said the attack had been plotted as long ago as December 2016.

Abedi’s father and his brother Hashem are currently in custody, but it is not known if information has been gained through coercion.

Libyan authorities say parts used to assemble the bomb, which the British police are now saying Abedi built alone, were sourced in the UK by both Hashem and Salman Abedi.

They then left the country. Salman Abedi returned to carry out the operation in Manchester, where he lived in close proximity with a number of Libyan exiles linked to the LIFG.

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