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Brooklyn Informed: Brooklyn Flea

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Shopping sustainably at one of the world's greatest flea markets.

We love us a good flea market, and not only because of all the cool objects and their stories, but also because thrifting is a sustainable way to buy things. Call it conscious consumption. In this episode of Brooklyn Informed, we pay a visit to one of our favorite shopping spots, the Brooklyn Flea, which The New York Times calls "One of the great urban experiences in New York." With its......read more

Linus Market Bag

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Waxed cotton bike bag merges function and style $139.00

Linus Bikes are inspired by French bicycle design from the mid-20th century, with classic frames optimized for modern comfort and reliability. Same goes for the Venice, CA company's range of bike accessories, like this waxed cotton Market Bag, which has a definite vintage vibe with contemporary city biking in mind. Available in navy or army green, the sides roll up when not in use. When you hit......read more

Apolis' Clare V. Market Bag

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Great Bag, Great Cause Built In $68.00

Apolis is pleased to release it's reusable Market Bag, handcrafted in Bangladesh and finished in California. The waterproof lining and natural vegetable-tanned leather straps, reinforced by antique nickel rivets, make it the perfect bag for trips to the farmer's market or the grocery store. Measures 13" in width, 18" in height, and 8" in depth, with a 6" x 7" inside pocket. Learn more about......read more

Yam'Tcha: Adeline Grattard

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Follow the celebrated Paris chef as she traverses the nocturnal world of Rungis Market

Paris' Rungis Market is the largest wholesale food market in the world. Here director Chris Roman shines a light on the sprawling nocturnal market, a place that most us will never experience in real life. In the Nowness clip, Roman follows universally celebrated chef Adeline Grattard through the market as she selects ingredients for Yam'Tcha, the Franco-Cantonese eatery she runs alongside......read more

Sustainable Seafood Comes to Brooklyn

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Transparency is the name of the game at an upstart fish market in Greenpoint

Inae Oh for the Huffington Post: Though studies have continuously shed light on the dangers of overfishing and its potentially disastrous consequences for marine ecosystems around the world, the challenge of finding sustainable, responsibly procured seafood remains persistent. The problem is particularly pronounced in New York City, where independent fishmongers have been rapidly pushed out by......read more

How to Fund a Clean Energy Project

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State-level green investment funds could create a real marketplace for renewable energy projects

Nancy Cook for National Journal: Anyone in search of financing for a clean- or renewable-energy project need look no further than the state of New York. In December 2013, New York launched its first-ever "green bank," an ambitious state-run $1 billion investment fund meant to help finance the kinds of local energy-efficiency and clean-energy projects that bigger financial institutions......read more

Polaris Vector E-Bike

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Efficiency and power join forces in one of the best e-bikes on the market $2,500.00

Go anywhere with the Polaris Vector E-Bike, which combines rugged, ground-up design with the high performance Evantage motor system. The 450-watt brushless geared hub motor is paired with a dependable 30 volts of power and regenerative braking/control system designed to limit top speed and extend range. The result is a lightweight (53 lbs.) e-bike that delivers the speed, range, and dependability......read more

Small Victories for Healthy Eating

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Falling obesity rates, curbs on food marketing, and transparency on packaged food give reason for hope

For those of us on the progressive side of eating and health in America, there have been several bits of recent news for which to be thankful. To start, a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that obesity rates in young children have declined sharply. Next, First Lady Michelle Obama announced plans to eliminate junk food marketing in public schools.......read more

Felt Food by Bees Felt Market

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Made from recycled plastic bottles, these felt food objects will have you foaming at the mouth $10.00

They say that one shouldn't go grocery shopping while hungry. The same might be said about visiting Heidi Marie's Etsy shop, Bee's Felt Market, which is full of felt food objects that are so realistic-looking, you might be tempted to take a bite. Using felt made from recycled PET plastic, Heidi's creations mimic all our favorite snack foods, from pizza and tacos to chips and doughnuts. Don't see......read more

The Future of Water Sustainability

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Water.org founders Gary White and Matt Damon on the market's growing role in tackling water and sanitation issues

Water.org's Gary White and Matt Damon for The Economist: Multinational companies have historically taken water availability for granted. But this is changing. A 2013 World Economic Forum report named water scarcity as one of the top global risks facing companies in the 21st century. So far, 93 multinational corporations have committed to the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, a......read more

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