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Forest Of Ginkgo: Eco Footwear Collection

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New Italian shoe brand keeps its footprint to a minimum

Having survived the Ice Age, the 270 million year-old Ginkgo tree is a classic example of a "living fossil," a lone hanger-on from a group that was far more diverse and widespread in the distant past. Taking its name from this remarkable tree, a new Italian footwear brand -- Forest of Ginkgo (F.O.G.) -- uses the Ginkgo as a metaphor for long-lasting, environmentally conscious......read more

Juvet Landscape Hotel: Sleek Norwegian Nature Digs

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A minimalist design with an equally minimal footprint

The Juvet Landscape Hotel in western Norway is the perfect marriage of nature and structure. Designed by Oslo architects Jensen & Skodvin and constructed from fast-growing pine found on the property, the minimalist series of buildings are comfortably nestled in the natural surroundings — with next to no environmental footprint.  "The intention was to make a......read more

The Problem with Natural Gas

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New research suggests that the footprint of natural gas development is worse than coal.

Natural gas is hailed by proponents as the crucial link between dirty fossil fuels and renewable power. But two new studies, to be published this week, suggest that natural gas development may be doing more to warm the planet than burning coal. The research reports, discussed in an NYT article by Tom Zeller Jr., say that newly developed techniques for tapping natural gas reserves — such as......read more

Tiny Houses with Footprints to Match

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Derek Diedricksen's salvaged material micro-shelters have mega-charm.

How much space does a human need? According to Derek Diedricksen, not a helluva lot. The family backyard of the carpenter and young father is dotted with tiny structures — the biggest of which measures a paltry 24 square feet — that serve as sleeping cabins and hangout zones. Built from scavenged materials, the little buildings are imaginative excercises in "micro-architecture." What......read more

SHFT Sampler 2-18-11

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The zero footprint leaf shirt, UK kills plan to sell forests, sustainable treehouse living, and more.

Whaler Failure: Are we witnessing a turning point in the war against whaling? Japanese whalers have halted their annual whale hunt in the Antarctic (veiled under the bogus guise of "scientific research") after persistent harrassment by the brave bad asses of the Sea Shepherd Society sent them into retreat. "Putting a priority on safety, the fleet has halted scientific whaling for now," Tatsuya......read more

Ski Areas Get Greener

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Winter resorts look to reduce footprints.

The Ski Area Citizens' Coalition, a grassroots organization that tracks the environmental impact and effort of 82 ski areas, has issued its 2011 report card. Resorts were graded in four areas: habitat protection, watershed protection, addressing climate change, and environmental practices and policies. The good news is that overall ski resort grades have improved 2% this year, and have......read more

How to Reduce Your Oil Footprint

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A few simple ways to effect change.

In the wake of last week's catastrophic oil spill, still growing in the Gulf of Mexico, many people are feeling helpless as to what they can do in their personal lives to stop supporting offshore oil drilling and the use of oil in general. Fortunately, our everyday lifestyle and purchasing decisions matter. We as individuals have the power to help reduce our country's reliance on oil,......read more

Watershed Sustainable Workspace

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Prefab with near-zero eco-footprint is the perfect retreat for Oregon nature writer.

We could get used to working here. Designed by FLOAT architecture, 'Watershed' is a 100 square foot writer's studio that reveals the complex ecology around it. Little tunnels under the structure bring reptiles and amphibians into view through the floor-level window. A water collection basin, doubling as the front step, attracts birds and deer. All of the structure's parts are......read more

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