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Alter Eco: Arbor Skateboards

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Santa Monica skate company brings sustainability to the streets

A tuned-in skate shop owner in Santa Monica boils down the basic tenets of the SHFT philosophy - that we need to bring sustainability to culturally relevant places. And that today's youth will gravitate towards green living when it's presented to them in the context of what they do in their every day lives. We think he's right, and Arbor Skateboards nails it on both counts....read more

Alter Eco: Outstanding In The Field

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For artist and chef Jim Denevan, ephemeral land art and sustainable food provide the same charge.

In this clip from ALTER ECO, Denevan discusses his work cooking impromptu meals from local ingredients and making temporal art in the sand....read more

Alter Eco: Vogue Fashion Shoot

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Model and activist Angela Lindvall takes on a sustainable fashion shoot.

For those that aren't aware, prior to founding SHFT, we produced a TV show called ALTER ECO that aired on Discovery's Planet Green. In this episode we tried to show one of the typically more wasteful industries things it can do to clean up its act. With some help from Angela Lindvall, we did a sustainable fashion shoot for VOGUE. Some of the fashionistas involved were skeptical, but......read more

Earth (Hour) Night

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Try this at home.

Always well-informed on all things green design, the good folks at Inhabitat tipped us off on the Breezeway House, the certified by the ...read more

MNN: SHFT/Wired Pop Up Store

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Peter and Adrian share their favorite gift greens to give this holiday season.

Adrian Grenier, actor, and Peter Glatzer, producer, helped host the Wired party launching its Manhattan pop-up store, standing by a display of cool green products they'd selected. The co-creators of Alter Eco, the green living show on Discovery's Planet Green, looked delighted to be discussing an hybrid electric bicycle and an LED table lamp made with what looked like foam peanuts but......read more

Benoit Paille's Alternative Landscapes

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Poetic light installations question the reality of landscape art

Alternative Landscapes is a captivating installation project from Canadian photographer Benoit Paille, who uses an interesting lighting method involving a suspended illuminated square to create his own version of landscape photography. Paille explains: "This is a photography of light installation (real light, real square 1×1 meter) I set in nature or where during the night you have......read more

The Enormous Effects of Energy Efficiency

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Energy efficiency may have twice the impact of renewable energy, says a research report from Australia.

The shift away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources is obviously a key aspect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But, according to a newly released report from the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) of Australia, it's not nearly as important as taking measures to improve energy efficiency. "The International Energy Agency estimates that energy efficiency will deliver 65 per......read more

Feds Guarantee $2.1 Billion for Blythe Solar Thermal Project

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Mojave Desert plant will be the world's biggest.

Solar power advocates scored big this week with the announcement of a $2.1 billion federal loan guarantee for the Blythe Solar Power Project in California's Riverside Country. The 484-megawatt solar thermal development joins a list of 22 other solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuel projects that have received a total of $21 billion in conditional commitments. The Obama administration has sent some......read more

Flying On Frying Oil

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UK airline Thomson Airways launches aircraft powered by waste cooking oil

Thomson Airways will begin weekly flights from England to Spain on July 28th. But these flights will not be using any ordinary jet fuel. The planes will be powered by a 50/50 blend of jet fuel and HEFA fuel, which is made from used cooking oil.  Thomson managing director Chris Browne said, "As sustainable biofuels become more commercially viable, Thomson Airways plans to expand its use of......read more

Solar-Powered Currency: The Next Bitcoin?

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SolarCoin cryptocurrency pays you to go green

A new digital currency with a green bent is looking to accelerate the clean energy shift. Built using the same technology as Bitcoin, SolarCoin debuted last month as an alternative currency that rewards owners of solar energy systems. Like Bitcoin, SolarCoin allows anyone to get coins by "mining," which involves solving cryptographic math puzzles, or by buying them on Twitter. The......read more

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