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US and Indonesia agree debt transfers to conservation efforts

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Thursday 9 July 2009

The US Government has recently authorized a bill that allows eligible countries to trade debt for forest conservation pledges. Indonesia is one of the first to take advantage of the program, having the total of their US$30 million forgiven in exchange for conservation. This is the largest agreement for conservation ever reached. The agreement mandates […]

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Philippe Starck’s new fashion line

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By Katriane Hill in New Fashion on Tuesday 7 July 2009

Philippe Starck, the famous interior and furniture designer, is a mess of contradictions as of late. Famously stating that ‘Design is Dead’ and announcing his retirement from design, he went on to launch an eco line of mini wind turbines. Now Starck, who admittedly never left the design world, has made another faux-pax while incredulously stating in Florence at the launch of his new eco-conscious line that he ‘will never be idiotic enough to do fashion’. 

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Butterfly Homes

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Thursday 2 July 2009

TYIN Tegnestue, a humanitarian design organization from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, are the planners of Soe Ker Tie, the aptly named Butterfly Homes that sit in the village of Noh Bo, on the Thai-Burmese border. The bamboo built homes, completely assembled on site with sustainability in mind, was the brainchild of architecture students who were made aware of the lack of space for Karen refugee children living in Noh Bo.

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Air Forest Pavilion is mobile

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Wednesday 1 July 2009

Mass Studies, a Korean architecture design firm, constructed the Air Forest for Denver’s annual Dialog:City, a meeting of minds to create interactive products for urban areas. The Air Forest is made to work with, and not against, its environment, allowing for wind, weather, and the sun to shift it. The easy set-up (all that is required […]

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Kent and London know their ABCs

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By Katriane Hill in New Products on Wednesday 1 July 2009

Kent and London, darlings of the sustainable design world, have come up with an adorable concept. Their FSC-certified chest of drawers is perfect in a bedroom or a play room, and each letter, patterned after vintage printing blocks, has its own drawer. The design house, which currently has a shop in Whitstable Harbour, Kent, prides […]

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Dakine Oceana PVC-free backpack

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Saturday 27 June 2009

Dakine, in partnership with Project Blue, has created the Dakine Oceana backpack, a revolutionary piece of equipment that is every hiker’s dream. Made completely from PET recycled bottles and PVC-Free, Dakine’s backpack boasts a waterproof pocket, a fleece pocket (for glasses), an insulated pocket, and enough storage to take with you on any adventure. For […]

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Foods banned in Europe still lurk in America

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By Katriane Hill in New Trends on Wednesday 15 April 2009

A recent study by the writers of Treehugger have come up with surprising differences between the EU and American policies on food and food additives. A list of foods banned in Europe (including chlorinated chickens, Bovine Growth Hormone, Stevia, genetically modified foods, pesticides, food contact chemicals, and a planned ban on food dyes) are still regulated — and accepted — by the FDA in America.

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Nuno Erin’s Touch Panels

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Wednesday 15 April 2009

Nuno Erin, a relatively new company founded in 2006, is known for an interest in relationships between people and their environment. The touch panels, which are made from wood, foam, and thermo-sensitive fabric (available in 18 inch and 24 inch models) are a means to replacing drab walls with an intriguing heat-sensing, light-changing perspective. The panels […]

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Tesla Model-S finally revealed

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By Katriane Hill in New Trends on Monday 13 April 2009

After the introduction of the Tesla Roadster, an electric sportscar that had the hearts of car enthusiasts and enviro-geeks pumping, Tesla took their time to unveil the Tesla Model-S, the soul of electric engineering. Starting at $57,400, the Model-S can go from 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds and can travel up to 300 miles […]

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Lower East Side Girls Club gets a facelift

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By Katriane Hill in Architecture on Monday 13 April 2009

This year, the Lower East Side Girls Club (in partnership with high-profile local developer, The Dermont Company) will break ground on a new project: a 30,000 square foot mixed-use arts and community building on the corner of 7th Street and Avenue D. It is the first and only Girls Club Facility in New York City, and will ‘triple the program’s capacity’, according to the Girl’s Club website.

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Vivienne Westwood partners with Melissa

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By Katriane Hill in New Fashion on Thursday 9 April 2009

Fashion maven Vivienne Westwood has partnered this season with Melissa, a non toxic plastic shoe brand based out of Brazil, to bring us these interestingly sustainable shoes. The style, which is reminiscent of Westwood’s signature punk look, is so fashion-forward one might forget that the shoes are not only made out of MEFLEX (a revolutionary breathable, non-toxic […]

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Light Pot By Studio Shulab

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By Katriane Hill in New Design on Thursday 9 April 2009

Studio Shulab debuted the Light Pot at IMM Cologne 2009 and immediately struck a chord with environmentalists. The half lamp, half plant pot is designed to ‘grow’ with the plant, as the telescoping LED light and shade move higher as the plant grows bigger. It hasn’t reached shelves just yet, but will be stiff competition for […]

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Bardessono, Napa Valley’s newest eco-resort

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Tuesday 7 April 2009

Nestled in the hills of Napa Valley, Bardessono is the newest creation of eco-developer Phil Sherburne and architect Ron Mitchell. Completed just seven weeks ago, the luxurious inn and spa is currently pursuing Leed certification and includes rammed earth walls, water treatment systems, and solar and geothermal energy systems. The buildings were built to pay homage to the land, and include recycled cypress wood for the windows, doors, and floors.

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China to become king of hybrid and electric cars

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By Katriane Hill in Cool Travel on Tuesday 7 April 2009

China’s government has adopted a new plan that would enable it to become the expert in hybrid and electric cars. The plan, which would allow for more subsidies for cars in China, would also lower air pollution levels in Beijing and Shanghai, two cities that are smothered by the dirty air. The government has already taken steps […]

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Häagen Dazs features Five ingredient lists

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By Katriane Hill in New Trends on Sunday 5 April 2009

The makers of Häagen-Dazs want to join the eco-movement as well, it seems. The ice cream giant recently revealed Five, their new line of pared-down ice creams. Flavors like mint, ginger, coffee, vanilla bean, and passionfruit are touted by the makers as having less fat than its contemporaries, and each flavor has five ingredients — […]

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