Month: August 2017

Chiara Hardy in Milk

Matriarchy Now in Milk Magazine

Chiara Hardy discusses all things Matriarchy Now in an interview in Milk magazine. Firstly, as the creator of the brand, how would you define “Matriarchy Now,” and why do you feel it’s so important? It means something different for everyone, but to me, it embodies a vision for the future, a demand for disruption and a declaration of power. Matriarchy Now is about changing/disrupting the predominantly hierarchical and patriarchal systems that we live in, and yes, I am wholly aware of the broadness of this claim. In its entirety, the demand for a matriarchy is a demand for the end of systemic violence of all kinds that are upheld by patriarchy. The literal definition of Matriarchy is part of the meaning that Matriarchy Now takes on, but Matriarchy Now aims to repurpose that definition into something greater. It’s a vision for a future in which women in positions of power uplift and change our society, because “a rising tide lifts all boats.” I think something people don’t get is the very simple thing that women’s …

Plastic upcycling

WATCH: The Plastic Economy

2013 TED speaker Miranda Wang founded BioCellection—a technology to enable circularity for the plastic economy. Plastic is a problem but it can also be part of the solution. The technology that Miranda Wang is developing can convert plastic polymers into value added chemicals. The technology being developed by BioCellection will convert plastic polymers into value-added chemicals that have applications in myriad fields such as in the manufacture of paints, plasticizers, textiles, polyurethanes, detergents, cleaners, etc. Our process involves two steps: 1) a hydrolysis process that converts paper and organic waste, often present in the waste plastic stream, into sugars and alcohols, and 2) an oxidation process that converts waste plastic polymers into organic acids. The second step of the process involves breaking the polymer chains into smaller pieces and adding oxygen to these chains to form different acids. The conditions used are considerably milder than pyrolysis processes.