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Cat Spring Yaupon Tea

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Antioxidant-rich tea crafted in the USA from native plants $9.95

Native to much of southeastern USA, yaupon holly is a tenacious evergreen that was used by Native Americans for centuries to brew a delicious, antioxidant-rich tea. Texas sisters Abianne Miller and JennaDee Detro are tapping into that tradition with Cat Spring Tea, produced domestically using sustainably-grown, native Texas yaupon. Like maté, yaupon's South American cousin, the......read more

180 South Trailer

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Woodshed Films doc delves deep into the roots of climbing, surfing, and the environmental movement.

In 1968 Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins set out to surf, ski and climb their way to Patagonia. The wild places they found later motivated them to protect the environment. Inspired by this journey, Jeff Johnson and Woodshed Films set sail on a voyage to South America to climb a mythical peak called Corcovado with Chouinard and Tompkins. ...read more

Moonwalk

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Watch daredevil Dean Potter slackline across Cathedral Peak under the glow of the moon

This is as impressive as adventure filmmaking gets. Adventurer/daredevil/madman Dean Potter and photographer Michael Schaefer create a truly breathtaking scene as Potter walks a highline at Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park. As the sun sets, the moon rises and looms large while Potter traverses the highline. Shot from over a mile mile away using a serious telephoto lens, the footage was......read more

Ars Natura: Cathedral Energy

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Helsinki Cathedral to house new hi-tech source of energy

The cavern beneath Helsinki's beautiful Uspenski Cathedral will soon shelter a brand new server farm for local technology company Academica and along with it, a new source of heating for homes in the area. The waste heat from the IT center will be captured and channeled into Helsinki's district heating system. It is estimated that the IT sector accounts for as much as 3% of total......read more

Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture

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A zero-energy stunner nestled in the rolling hills near Carmel, CA

Tasked with creating a modern ranch house with informed by environmental ideals, Feldman Architecture delivered this stunner of a home nestled in the rolling hills near Carmel, CA. Dubbed Caterpillar House in reference to its undulating form, the home features an open plan with a powerful connection between indoor and outdoor space.  With walls constructed from repurposed earth generated......read more

Sungevity and Lowe's Join Forces to Boost Solar Sales

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Home improvement giant buys stake in rooftop solar start-up

Lowe's, the second largest home improvement retailer in the U.S., has purchased minority a stake in Sungevity and will offer the solar leasing company's services in its stores.  The deal, announced Monday, will give Lowe's customers in-store access to Sungevity's web-based iQuote system, which uses satellite imagery to provide rooftop solar installation estimates. The program is set......read more

Trout Is All

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Three Swedish snowboarders trade in their shred sticks for flyrods

In terms of connecting with the rhythms of nature, there may be no greater pastime than fly-fishing. Add camping to the equation, and you have the perfect environmental experience. "Trout Is All" from Rolf Nylinder of Frontside Fly captures both activities in beautiful fashion. Shot on a summer sojourn to the upper Vindel River in the backcountry of northern Sweden, the clip features a couple of......read more

Catalytic Clothing

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Air-filtering fashion from Helen Storey and Tony Ryan.

Imagine you're walking down a busy city street wearing a fashionable, comfortable dress, with cars and buses belching exhaust all around you. All appears normal, except your dress itself contains particles that can break down the vehicle pollution swirling in the air. You are literally a walking air filter.  That's the vision behind Catalytic Clothing, a conceptual fashion project between......read more

Scouts Unveil Eco Cabin

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Converted shipping container provides sustainable shelter for Boy Scouts at Catalina Island campground.

In his final address to the Boy Scouts, Sir Robert Baden-Powell told the troops to "leave this world a little better than you found it." Sixty years later, the organization still abides by its founder's words. Evidence is to be found at the Scouts' camp on Catalina Island, 19 miles off the coast of Southern California, where the group is pursuing a sustainable vision for its......read more

Cat Power, "I Found a Reason"

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Surf flick trailer features Chan Marshall covering Velvet Underground

Spotted this one the other day on Quality Peoples. It's the trailer for Glass Love, a 2006 surf movie directed by Andrew Kidman, featuring Cat Power doing her beautiful, plodding version of Velvet Underground's "I Found A Reason". Along with Cowboy Junkies' rendition of "Sweet Jane", it's surely one of the best VU covers of all time, and pairs perfectly with Kidman's mellow longboard......read more

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