Michigan company Boxed Water is Better recently launched their product in their home state, and has since made a splash around the country. While most Americans buy bottled water (which are made with PET, a material that does contain recycled content), only fourteen percent of those bottles find themselves being recycled. Boxed water is not […]
Loomstate has been a casual eco-friendly clothing design alum since 2001, and a beacon for eco-fashionistas who love to lounge and look lovely. So it’s no surprise that this spring, Loomstate is partnering with Target to bring 100 percent organic cotton and sustainable silk blends to the masses. The line, which has a starting price […]
Earlier this month, a screening of Garbage Dreams (the directorial debut of Egyptian American documentary filmmaker Mai Iskander) made its way into the SXSW film festival. The documentary, filmed over three years, follows the lives of three young men who live in a suburb of Cairo called Mokattam, which is known for its residents living among tall piles of garbage. Mokattam is home of the Zabballeen, a Christian minority group of around 60,000 who have served the city of Cairo as garbage collectors for 150 years. And although Cairo’s government has finally begun paying these collectors a nominal fee for their service, it has not always been this way. Mokattam’s young garbage collectors are known for being the most efficient in the world, reusing and recycling between 80 and 90 percent of what they collect, but their way of life is rapidly diminishing — the government has been trying since the late 1980s to replace them with modern European waste collection.
First Lady Michelle Obama recently announced the new plan for a 1,100 sq foot edible garden which will be placed on the south lawn of the White House. The garden will have over fifty varieties of fruits and vegetables, and will be the main source of seasonable food that the White House kitchen staff will […]
Although Alexander McQueen is not known for his environmentally friendly clothes or timeless looks, this season McQueen stuck to the heartbreaking truth and brought the economic recession literally onto the runway. Taking from past shows, props and structures were strewn about the stage, and each lurid and sinister piece on the models (which held vapid gazes on their faces) heralded back to a silhouette or a piece we’ve seen before.
A company named Vegawatt is set to help small restaurants reduce energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions with the unveiling of the Vegawatt. The size of a standard fridge, the Vegawatt is built for locations with between three and five deep fryers and produces fuel free of chemicals or fossil fuels. The machine puts the […]
Henrique Oliveria is an artist affected by his surroundings. As a student in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oliveira harvested the remains of the fence outside his window, which had begun to peel and break in layers of color, and turned it into a hurricane of art for his senior show. Tapumes, Portuguese for the wood Oliveira uses, is ubiquitous throughout Sao Paulo. Each piece has been recycled from dumpsters and landfills all over Sao Paulo and are tucked into PVC skeleton structures to achieve the desired look. Oliveira’s newest show, appropriately named Tapumes, will be on display between March 26 and May 9 at the Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas.
One of the leading traditional paint and wallpaper companies has decided to go green. Farrow and Ball recently released their water-based environmentally friendly paint collection. In comparison to traditional paints, 90 percent of Farrow and Ball’s paints have been reduced in solvents and has been classified as having minimal VOC (volatile organic compound) content. And […]
The NLV Quant made it’s debut this year at the Geneva Auto Show, an electric sports vehicle surrounded by hybrid and biodiesel cars. The car’s performance spotlight was on the fact that the entire exterior is coated with thin solar cells. Koenigsegg, the firm who developed the Quant, is not known for the work with […]
Tribewanted, founded by Ben Keene and Mark Bowness, is not just another social networking site. It’s a project dedicated to perserving the social, cultural, and sustainable aspects of Fijian life. This project takes place on the island of Vorovoro in tandem with the landowner and his family, helping build schools, tend to gardens, and maintain the village’s beautiful surroundings.
The New York Police Department is getting a facelift. The other week it was announced that the police department would be accruing forty Nissan Altima hybrid vehicles for use in patrolling the city. Eighteen of these vehicles will be regular marked police cars, the rest will be unmarked and in use. The hybrids, which have […]
Obama wants eight billion dollars of investment money to revitalize the railroad system, a system of transportation that is considered antiquated by most Americans. The railroad, which operates at a loss in most of the Western part of the country, would be quicker with more destinations. And the eight billion dollars overhaul would help revitalize […]
Rani Jones, the ethical label founded by Rani Patel and Lucy Jones, made their debut at London Fashion Week in September of last year. Rani Jones uses recycled materials (such as pineapple fibres and coconut husks) in order to make sleek, body-hugging designs. While they are still a new company (the founders had just five […]
In a world filled with conceptual environmental architect, Lost in Paris, designed by R&Sie Architects for a so-called ‘urban witch’, is the definition of innovation and resourcefulness. The 1400 square foot home is engulfed by 1200 ferns and 300 glass-blown pods. A potion of rainwater and plant nutrients are fed to the pods, which in […]
A major name in fair-trade and ethical fashion since the early 1990’s and former creative director of the ethical jewelry company Made, Sam Ubdhi is a world famous artist who is now in collaboration with People Tree. Ubdhi is well-known in eco circles for her handcrafted pieces that use recycled materials (such as horn, bone, and tusks) […]