Fast-fashion fallout: young people in UK spurred into sewing
A burgeoning number of young amateur seamstresses are taking matters into their own hands, creating wardrobes that are more sustainable, with fast fashion getting a bad rap for it’s polluting practices. The fashion and textile industry is the third most polluting sector globally after food and construction, accounting for up to 5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2021 report by the World Economic Forum.news.yahoo.com
Snowstorm causes 100-plus Chicago vaccine sites to miss shipments, but city’s public health commissioner says doses will come soon
Typically, Chicago’s weekly vaccine shipments come between Monday and Wednesday, but with the Presidents Day holiday falling on Monday and the snowstorm affecting Tuesday, that timeline will be delayed this week, Arwady said. She said she projects the shipment won’t take longer than a few days to arrive, and in the meantime there is no concern of the doses spoiling because the storage facilities have the proper temperature controls.chicagotribune.com
President Joe Biden’s grandkids gift him with ‘Presidents Day swag’
In this image from video, grandchildren of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, including Finnegan Biden, Hunter Biden, Natalie Biden, Naomi Bisden and Maisy Biden, lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)There’s nothing like meaningful gifts from family members, and President Joe Biden’s grandchildren wanted to make sure he received a heartfelt gift in honor of Presidents Day. Naomi Biden, Biden’s 27-year-old granddaughter, and the rest of his grandchildren gifted him with a tan baseball cap embroidered with the presidential seal. Above and below the emblem, the cap read, “Presidential Retreat, Camp David.”“We bought him some swag since it’s Presidents’ Day weekend and he’s ‘literally’ President,” she tweeted. Biden spent the previous weekend at Camp David, the presidential retreat in western Maryland, for the first time.
Weekly mortgage applications rise 1.5%, just before the big rate drop
A mixed week for mortgage rates caused a split in application volume between refinances and purchase loans. Total mortgage application volume rose 1.5% last week from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted index, which included the Presidents Day holiday. Refinance volume is much stronger overall right now, because mortgage rates are about a full percentage point lower than they were a year ago. Refinance volume will likely increase more this week, as rates on Monday fell to the lowest level in eight years. Purchase volume has been less robust recently due to the tight supply of available homes for sale.cnbc.com