One of the hardest products for a man to buy is a wallet. It is probably the most used item besides his phone. So many out there are bulky, boring or just plain ugly. Thanks to Tidal Vision, they are making wallets that are a little more exciting and definitely a conversation piece. Why? Because they are made out of naturally tanned and sustainably harvested Alaskan salmon leather right here in the USA. And no, they do not smell fishy!Everyone is well aware of leather being a byproduct of the meat industry but not many people have considered the byproduct from the fishing industry. As Tidal Visions CEO, Craig Kasberg, explains, “Two billion pounds of seafood byproducts are thrown away each year in Alaska. By developing new technologies to upcycle these products, Tidal Vision is looking to add value to sustainable fisheries, reduce waste and provide quality consumer products such as durable aquatic leathers and, later, Chitoskin textiles.”Related: Strong Body Makes Activewear from Crab Shells.As for the wallets they come in two categories and five shapes:The Full Wallet:TrifoldLadies TrifoldBillfoldThe Slim Wallet:PhoneMinimalistWe rang up Craig to hear more about his new adventure:What inspired you to start your company?I grew up commercial fishing in a costal community in Southeast Alaska, I saw all the waste being produced as byproducts and set out and assembled a team to come up with sustainable ways to upcycle those byproducts. In Alaska, 2 billion pounds of seafood byproducts are still dumped into the ocean annually, posing an environmental threat and representing missed economic opportunities.Tell us more about the salmon leather.Our salmon leather is made from our process that uses no EPA regulated chemicals, and is the first to use all natural vegetable based tanning oils through the whole 3 week tanning process. We spent 6 months taking chrome based chemical tanning methods and converting every step to use an all natural replacement.And your Chitoskin?We invented a completely new way of extracting chitin/chitosan from crab and shrimp shells and just filed our second patent last week. Our chitosan is not only made in a new and eco-friendly way, it also has a higher molecular weight, which equates to a higher tensile strength. Because of it having a higher tensile strength it allows us to blend it in with yarn, which is then knit into our fabric, which gives the odorless properties throughout the fabric instead of just on the surface, and the chitosan’s properties last since it is structurally part of the fabric. You can’t do this with most fibers with chitosan from Asia since it does not have the tensile strength to have the durability necessary in clothing.When will they be available?Our chitoskin products will be available this September, currently we are assembling our full-scale chitosan extractor, which we are building in a conex container and will only use with certified sustainable crab fisheries.Click on their Kickstarter (that was funded in 24 hours!) to learn more about these unique wallets. The Best Wallets for Men, from Leather Billfolds to Minimalist Card Holders Editors’ Recommendations What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable The Best Valet Trays for Keeping Your Stuff Together The Best Keychain Accessories are Tiny Tools that Can Save the Day The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure
Rabat – Same-sex marriage is now legal across the United States after the US Supreme Court has ruled that all states must issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was protected under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of the US constitution.The states affected by the new ruling are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, most of Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. Speaking from the White House, President Barack Obama said the ruling is a “victory for America”.“This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: when all American are treated as equal, we are all more free,” he said.The decision was greeted by scenes of jubilation across the United States as it marked the end of a decade-long campaign to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage.The first state to allow same-sex marriage in the United States was Massachusetts, which granted the right in 2004. The ruling has seen the number of states allowing same-sex marriages from only two states in 2008, to all 50 states in 2015.With this decision, the US becomes the 21st country to lift the ban on same-sex marriages in the world.