New T-Shirt Subscription Service Is Designed to Save Your Clothes From the Landfill

For Days
For Days

Hitting up H&M every time you need a new T-shirt has a huge impact on the environment. Fast fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. But people aren't going to simply stop buying new clothes. So one company is trying to tackle the wastefulness of fashion in a new way, Fast Company reports. For Days offers a clothing subscription model that helps the company save worn-out products from the landfill.

When you buy a garment from For Days, you're not buying a single item of clothing. You pay a monthly fee, then whenever your clothing wears out, gets stained, or rips, you exchange it for a new version. Send back your worn-out T-shirt for an exchange, and For Days will use the recycled material to make new clothing.

One of the reasons that constantly buying and throwing away cheap clothing is so destructive to the environment is that it is very difficult to recycle fabric into new clothing or other textiles. Reprocessing fabric involves chopping up the threads, and the resulting yarn made from those short, chopped-up fibers is fairly weak. According to For Days, the company makes its recycled tees into cotton pulp, then makes yarn that's 30 percent recycled cotton, 70 percent virgin cotton. Fast Company reports that the company hopes to eventually partner with other companies that use cutting-edge chemical processes to recycle cotton in a way that's more suited to making new clothing.

The company just launched, and if you want to sign up, you'll be put on a waitlist. For now, it offers a number of T-shirt styles for both men and women in a variety of colors. You can subscribe to three shirts a month for $12, six shirts for $24, or 10 shirts for $36, all with unlimited exchanges.

Feeling extra eco-friendly? Check out these 25 things you probably didn't know you could recycle.

[h/t Fast Company]

The Mental Floss Store Is Back!

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America's Top 25 Colleges and Universities for 2021

Harvard University's Memorial Hall.
Harvard University's Memorial Hall.

Deciding what makes a certain college more desirable than another is highly subjective. Some prospective students might think a championship-winning football team and a massive student body are major selling points, while others prize a small, tightly knit community above all else.

To try to come as close as possible to identifying objectively great colleges and universities around the country, WalletHub analyzed a whopping 30 factors in seven categories, from student selectivity and cost to campus experience and career outcomes. These encompass basic metrics—admissions rate and average class size, for example—as well as more specific considerations, like study abroad programs, on-campus employment opportunities, and the median salaries of recent graduates.

Of all 1008 schools included in the study, the Ivy League ones continue to reign supreme. Harvard University ranked first, with a score of 78.6 across all 30 metrics, edging out Yale by just .03 points. Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Brown also made the top 25. With low acceptance rates and high graduation rates—not to mention huge endowments—these stately old institutions are rather difficult to compete with, but they’re definitely not the only esteemed places to get a four-year education.

As a testament to the continuing success of the tech industry, three technology institutes made WalletHub’s list: Massachusetts in third place, California in fifth, and Georgia in 11th. Those three schools ranked in the top five for return on educational investment, meaning that graduates make high starting salaries compared to how much their education actually cost.

Geographically, New England (and the East coast in general) is home to a majority of the top schools, though five from California alone did chart, too: Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; Pomona College; and Claremont McKenna College, in addition to the aforementioned California Institute of Technology.

Check out the top 25 below, and see where your alma mater ranks on WalletHub’s full list here.

  1. Harvard University // 78.6
  1. Yale University // 78.57
  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology // 78.44
  1. Princeton University // 78.41
  1. California Institute of Technology // 77.65
  1. Stanford University // 77.12
  1. Rice University // 76.96
  1. Northwestern University // 75.4
  1. Duke University // 75.18
  1. University of Pennsylvania // 74.95
  1. Georgia Institute of Technology // 74.92
  1. Vanderbilt University // 74.66
  1. University of California, Berkeley // 74.54
  1. Columbia University // 74.51
  1. Johns Hopkins University // 74.37
  1. University of Chicago // 73.59
  1. Dartmouth College // 73.43
  1. Williams College // 73.19
  1. Brown University // 73.17
  1. Carnegie Mellon University // 73.11
  1. Washington and Lee University // 73.08
  1. Swarthmore College // 73.08
  1. Pomona College // 72.92
  1. Claremont McKenna College // 72.84
  1. Amherst College // 72.83