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The news broke a few days ago: Uniforms / costumes for the U.S. Olympic team were made in China.

The Press talks of the where but why does no one mention the how much? Am I the only one rather surprised (and slightly appalled) that these expensive games are also expensively apparelled? According to the Los Angeles Times, the uniforms pictured above cost $1473 for the men’s; $1945 for the women’s.

Can you imagine that if even part of that cost per person had been donated to charity, how many dollars might have enriched the world’s “average person”?

Ralph Lauren “designs” yacht club / public school uniforms for a group of athletes and nothing beyond where the clothing was made comes under discussion?

What’s wrong with this PICTURE?

**I’m proud to say that I work for a company whose mind is on fair product pricing as well as philanthropy at home and abroad**


UPDATE: Weekend News reports –> RALPH LAUREN was “awarded” the next Olympics, too. Winter games in 2014 will see more Ralph Lauren uniforms on the backs of American athletes.

Commentators notice the large “Polo” logo. Commercialism at its best?


Piers Morgan on the Olympic uniforms:

“I hope those American athletes are inspired to now perform with the Vive of La France, the Rule of Britannia, and the March of the Volunteers.”

“If they do,” concluded Morgan, “then God, and Gold, will Bless America!”

Jay Leno on the Olympic uniforms:

“Looks like designer Ralph Lauren is trying to calm the controversy over the fact that those Olympic uniforms they produced were made in China. Well, he now says the uniforms they make for the 2014 winter Olympics will be made right here in the USA using our own good old-fashioned illegal immigrants.”


The Green Building Forum, in the UK, featured this recent Q&A session about blinds. One forum-poster, JT, confessed “I think I’ve been so fixated on heat loss that I hadn’t given thought to avoiding overheating.”

With July temperatures already wilting many communities, OVERheating — through glass found in windows, patio doors, and skylights — is a concern.

Of exceptional interest is James’s link to this article on Thermal Performance of Traditional Windows. I have “original” windows in my modest Cape-style home here in Vermont, and have blogged a couple of times about the value and also the historic desirability of original sash windows (never mind the landfill conundrum). This article actually uses the phrase “evidence is available to counteract some of the misconceptions about the energy efficiency of original timber sash windows“. They advocate simple repairs and “basic improvements”.

In point number 3, where there is discussion of curtains and “roller blinds”, imagine how much more effective and efficient those windows could be with Cellular window shades. We’ve got data to back up our assertions: Check out our R-values for Cellular Shades page.

If the UK strives to target U-value for windows of 2 or below then more windows should be covered by Cellular Shades: “To compare R-value and U-factor, divide 1 by the U-factor number,” says the site Efficient Using this to get an R-value for “high performance double-pane windows” -> with a U-factor of 0.30 on average – that equates an R-value of 3.33.

This R-value is desirable: and what comes close is the Light Filtering Cellular Window shade fabric, with an R-value of 2.8.

Add side tracks to that same shade and you’ve raised the R-value to 3.3 — and tied that “high performance double-pane” window.

Use Black Out fabric rather than Light Filtering fabric and you up those values even more: R-value of 4.0 and, if you add side tracks, 4.7.

These numbers are for SHADE ALONE. Once you factor in the window itself, you’re potentially reaching R-values in the range of 8.2.

So how does all this help with keeping OUT the hot weather, as well as keeping in HEAT during the winter months?

English Heritage has produced a video Sash Windows – Why They Are Worth Keeping. The same link also gives access to a couple of well-thought-out publications on improving thermal performance.

It’s a two-way street: What improves to keep heating inside rather than dissipating to the outdoors also helps keep the sweltering outdoor temperatures from impacting your internal temperature. If outdoor heat doesn’t enter your premises, then your cooling system — whether a/c units or fans — can relax and work much less. offers the following “Handy Info” pages:

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“There is nothing quite like walking into a cool room on a hot day…”

If you answer the following question, with a YES, maybe it’s time
to research Cellular Shades and Skylights:

Do you start your air conditioning early in the morning,
and run it all day??

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For our Canadian Neighbors: Happy Canada Day!

This scruptuous-looking dessert

should be just the ticket for picnics today.

Full recipe by clicking on the picture!

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