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Cortica, the Cork Coffee Mug

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Smart, stylish alternative to disposable cups $25.00

Natural, lightweight and highly renewable, cork makes an excellent product design material. The Cortica coffee mug makes smart use of the wood, which acts to house a 12oz porcelain mug while also keeping your coffee warm. From designer Robert Knox: I’ve been building houses, furniture, and longboards for years. Recently, I started building my own fly rods and working with cork. I......read more

Ty Shower Curtain by Grain

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A long-lasting, easily recyclable alternative to vinyl shower curtains $30.00

Ty is a simple but essential innovation on the "disposable" plastic shower curtain. Created by Grain, a two-person design studio on Washington's Bainbridge Island, Ty is made of 100% High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), a breathable and easily recycled plastic that's also PVC-free. So unlike a traditional vinyl curtain, Ty won't offgas in your home. Because it can breathe, it also lasts longer than......read more

Portland Press by Bucket

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Crowdfunded coffee: A durable, sustainable alternative to the French press $99.00

Coffee lovers alert! The keen eyes at Cool Hunting put us on to this innovative take on the French press, and it should surprise no one that it comes from the Pacific Northwest. The Portland Press, created by Bucket, is a long-lasting, sustainable alternative to the generally fragile French press. The joe-maker replaces the French press's plastic plunger and glass beaker with wood and a mason......read more

Hoplite Short Suit by Matuse

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Lightweight wetsuit made from Geoprene -- a greener alternative to oil-based neoprene $179.00

For shredders and kooks alike, San Diego's Matuse makes a full range of wetsuits using Geoprene, a durable, lightweight rubber made from limestone (as opposed to petroleum, which neoprene comes from). The alternative wetsuit material is not only more eco-friendly than neoprene, but it's more flexible and less permeable to water. This Hoplite 2mm Short Suit is the perfect setup for springtime......read more

The Amaranth Renaissance

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A traditional Mexican grain offers a promising alternative to corn crops under threat by climate change

The vast majority of plant protein consumed by humans comes courtesy of only three crops: rice, wheat, and corn. In Mexico, the main dietary staple is corn, a crop that is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Enter amaranth, an ancient Mexican grain that offers a solution to the difficulties of growing corn in an unstable climate. In a new episode of The World's "What's For Lunch" series,......read more

Flat File by Jill Allyn Peterson

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An elegant, low-impact alternative to the traditional filing cabinet $80.00

When it comes to options for file storage, the pickings are slim. You can either go bulky and ugly or cheap-looking and plastic. NYC designer Jill Allyn Peterson proposes an attractive alternative in the form of the Flat File, a super lightweight, flat-shipping filing cabinet designed with sustainability in mind. Made of laser-cut birch plywood, with organic cotton folders, the Flat File is......read more

Alternatives for Obama's Climate Change Program

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There's more to climate action than emissions regulations, author Amy Larkin argues

To we green-minded types, President Obama's emphatic inaugural address statements on climate change were welcomed with open ears. Looking ahead, most analysts predict that the EPA will flex its regulatory muscle to stem emissions, and others see the distinct possibility of Obama using executive power to install a cap-and-trade system for power plants. In a new HuffPo article, Amy Larkin, author......read more

4 Reasons to Get Excited About Alternative Energy

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Ethical Ocean lays out the latest developments in renewable power

We looked at the relative pros and cons of the various renewable energy sources a couple months ago. Now one of our favorite environmental nonprofits has laid out four reasons to get excited about developments in clean tech. In the Ethical Ocean article, Lena Lam espouses on the huge potential of green power: Algae fuel
 Biofuel created from algae – yes, pond scum – may soon......read more

Boxed Water Is Better

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Michigan company hawks a green(er) alternative to bottled water

Sometimes, to think outside the box you gotta think within it. Such is the case with Boxed Water Is Better, a Michigan startup that has created a sustainable alternative to the eco-abomination known as bottled water. Company founder Benjamin Gott calls his venture "part sustainable water company, part art project, part philanthropic project, and completely curious."  Boxed Water's......read more

Jonathan Franzen: Liking is for Cowards

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Technology is no alternative for love, argues American novelist

Jonathan Franzen is the author of the acclaimed recent novel, "Freedom," and an avid conservationist and bird watcher to boot.  In a weekend op-ed for The New York Times, Franzen takes us on a fascinating exploration that finds unlikely links between consumer technology, love, and environmentalism. [T]he ultimate goal of technology, the telos of techne, is to replace a natural world......read more

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