The Life of Plastic charts the life of a plastic bag

The Flying Dutchman Reader Find

By The Flying Dutchman in Video on Monday 8 April 2013

This Attenborough-esque clip charts the life of a plastic bag from California as it migrates towards its eventual resting place as part of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Now we should probably keep our fingers crossed that this sees the light of day.

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In Christchurch, a shopping district with shipping containers

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 29 March 2013

After the Christchurch quake, the site of a mall destroyed in the natural disaster on Cashel Street has now seen a revival of shopping activity with shipping containers that now form temporary retail spaces. Shipping containers are just so darn cool.

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Buy a cardboard bedroom of office from Karton

Stuart Chapman Reader Find

By Stuart Chapman in New Eco on Friday 22 March 2013

I’m a big fan of what Karton are doing creatively in regards to environmentally friendly design: 100% recyclable and flexible ingenuity. I particularly appreciate the decorative feature options for the home or office, including various animal trophies. Available exclusively online, Karton keeps things easy and fun and adds something unique to the space you live […]

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Smart bin sprouts philosophy sometimes, is bomb-proof

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 18 March 2013

A recycling bin that sprouts philosophy… sure, why not?. We’ve seen at least one Renew bin on the streets of Singapore, while London already has a 100-strong army to tackle the problem of free papers littering its streets. Equipped with wifi, the bomb-proof bins even have their own programming (watch the Singapore channel here) produced […]

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Ogami notebooks are actually made from stone

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Products on Thursday 14 February 2013

Milan-made Ogami notebooks are 100% tree-free notebooks. Made from a revolutionary process of creating smooth and durable paper from limestone and ecological resins, these notebooks will change the way we think about paper and the environment.

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Abandon Ship: limited edition art collections inspired by the sea

Ben Ashton-Bell Reader Find

By Ben Ashton-Bell in New Eco on Thursday 7 February 2013

Abandon Ship works exclusively with artists to create limited editions and collections inspired by the sea, It is a small initiative with a big ambition: one that supports the little man, the underdog, and small crafts from becoming extinct by huge mass-producing giants. All items are ethically produced, with a high focus on sustainability, using […]

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Velopresso: An espresso bar on wheels

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Saturday 19 January 2013

Two English product design students decided to combine their love of cycling, coffee and all things eco – giving birth to the mobile espresso bar Velopresso. The Velopresso operates on power provided by the barista’s pedaling and uses absolutely no electricity. Pedaling grinds the coffee while a camp stove heats the water – the steam […]

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Save the world, get hot pizza

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Thursday 10 January 2013

‘Use energy wisely’. ‘Save the Earth’. ‘Protect the environment’. Makes sense, but these pro-eco slogans can get a tad preachy. And the benefits aren’t immediately tangible, are they? To work around this mindblock, Copenhagen-based creative agency Anew’s awareness campaign for a heating and energy recycling company got them setting up a pop-up pizzeria and using […]

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Nature Inspires Life: creating wildlife conservation awareness

Didu Losso Contributor

By Didu Losso in New Eco on Tuesday 18 December 2012

Fascinated by the beauty of nature and also by the urgent need to conserve and protect wildlife not just in Botswana but also all over the planet, Janaina Matarazzo has developed Nature Inspires Life, a concept that combines photography, design, arts and wildlife conservation, hoping to inspire other people and also create awareness.

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Community: a redesigned vintage shop

Nicklaus Andersen Reader Find

By Nicklaus Andersen in New Fashion on Saturday 8 December 2012

Many people aren’t aware of the enormous stress our clothing choices place on the Earth: from pesticides and chemical dyes to child labor and landfill space, the true casualties of the fashion industry don’t make it into many magazines. Earth advocacy groups implore us to purchase as many articles as needed to cover the 68 pounds of clothing each American will throw away each year from second-hand sources. No surprise then that visionaries like the folks at Community have found a way to make that hot: redesigned vintage.

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Screen-printed mini sky planters by Marcus Oakley

Bridget Barnett Contributor

By Bridget Barnett in New Eco on Thursday 22 November 2012

Looking for a nature and art all-in-one to fit within your space-shy studio apartment? Look no further: London artist Marcus Oakley has screen-printed these adorable mini sky planters that hang from your ceiling.

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Urban billboards, replaced by bamboo forests

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 30 October 2012

Urban Air, a public project initiated by artist Stephen Glassman, started out as a studio artwork, but might just eventually make it out into the freeways of Los Angeles, followed by other cities around the world, if it manages to secure $100,000 of funding on Kickstarter by Dec 11. Basically the idea is to transform billboard space into bamboo gardens. Floating greenery instead of ads: it’s a beautiful idea.

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Keeping food fresh the old fashioned way

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in New Eco on Monday 15 October 2012

Have you ever imagined a world without a refrigerator? Korean designer Jihyun Ryou certainly believes that we can survive in this world without relying on them. Save Food From The Fridge is a project about traditional oral knowledge, which has been accumulated from experience and transmitted by mouth to mouth. Particularly focusing on the food preservation, it looks at a feasible way of bringing that knowledge into everyday life. Her ideas are definitely worth sharing.

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Striped icebergs in Antarctica are bang on nautical trend

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Thursday 11 October 2012

Bah, humbug! Did Willy Wonka make his way to Antarctica or what? Oyvind Tangen, a Norwegian sailor, was on board a research vessel 1,700 miles south of Cape Town and 660 miles north of the Antarctic a few years back, when he spotted the striped eye-candy floating on the waters. The stripes are formed naturally over centuries. Nature clearly got the memo about nautical stripes coming back in season.

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Rooftop farm in Durban, South Africa

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Eco on Saturday 11 August 2012

Bright green rows of organic vegetables cross lush herb tunnels and a bounty of indigenous plants. That’s not exactly your quintessential urban fare. But this thriving garden, bursting with flora and fresh veg, sits atop a booming tower in Durban, South Africa. The rooftop haven grew out of a project by Durban’s eThekwini municipality focused on transforming the inner city from a rundown, crime-ridden area into a welcoming and generous space. And how generous it is. Organic aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, basil, strawberries, and more are grown here then donated to kitchen soups, orphanages, and schools or sold to local kitchens. It’s a project that’s not only giving to charities but creating jobs too.

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