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SHFT Sampler 8-26-10

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Weekly links: SF's list of green vendors, organic Ugandan cotton, and capturing electricity from the air.

Municipal departments at the City of San Francisco are required to buy products that meet strict environmental standards. Now they're sharing what they know about green vendors. The SF Approved List is like a cheat sheet for buying green. (via NYT Green Blog) When Ali Hewson and her husband Bono launched Edun in 2005, they were among the first to combine fashion with ethics. The......read more

The Hansen Family

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Retro-sustainable Danish furniture design by Gesa Hansen.

Hailing from a long line of architects and carpenters, Gesa Hansen raids the family archives to create her wonderful line of furniture inspired by mid-century modern Scandanavian design. Now based in Paris, Hansen sources sustainable oak from local forests to produce unique and beautiful pieces under The Hansen Family mark. The limited line includes a curvacious coffee table, a desk with colorful......read more

From the Farmbox

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A journey into community supported agriculture continues. On the menu: Poached arctic char with Italian dandelion contorni.

Dandelions! Greens! Is it? Can it be? It must be! (drum roll please)…It’s SPRING!   It’s enough to make my blue eyes turn turquoise. No kidding.   Now, if you’re like me, then your normal recipe for dandelions is a good hard yank with a garden-gloved fist followed by a cold beer for all your hard work. But seeing as these were Italian dandelions, that just......read more

Animal Architecture

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Artist Daniel Arsham explores the intersection of nature and architecture.

In his new show opening in Paris this weekend, Brooklyn-based artist Daniel Arsham zeroes in on the areas where the natural and the manufactured meet. Featuring ink drawings and 3D sculpture, "Animal Architecture" is a study in juxtaposition. A modernist architectural ruin is pictured inside a cave. A kangaroo looks perplexedly at a slab of concrete floating in the landscape. A......read more

Bluefin Tuna Ban Rejected

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A proposal to ban the export of the critically endangered bluefin tuna has been rejected at a UN wildlife meeting.

Some dismaying news for our oceans today, when a bid to ban commercial trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna was shot down at UN endangered species meetings. The proposal, tabled by Monaco, was opposed by Japan, Canada, and many developing countries on the grounds it would devastate fishing economies. Demand for bluefin tuna is driven by luxury seafood markets in Japan, where it is a sushi mainstay.......read more

Mercedes-Benz F800 Style

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Boldly designed concept sedan goes green.

Mercedes just announced that its F800 Style concept car will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The car's aggressive styling comes with a flexible powertrain platform, touted as the next generation in green car tech. The two power options are a plug-in hybrid system that provides 18 miles of driving solely on electricity, and an electric drive with fuel cells system enabling ranges......read more

Tim Barber: Wildflower

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The quintessential summer shoot for Muse Magazine

We don't normally feature fashion photography around here but Tim Barber's work is far from your ordinary fashion stuff. For Wildflower, Muse Magazine sent the New York-based photographer and founder of Tiny Vices out to California with the lovely Aussie model Bambi Northwood-Blyth. The sun-soaked images are gathered in this quintessential summer fashion series, replete with blue skies, budding......read more

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