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Patch Herb Planter

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Grow fresh organic food all year long with this affordable system for city dwellers $40.00

Thank you to Cool Hunting for alerting us to this sweet system for growing greens indoors. Created by Vancouver-based entrepreneur Kent Houston, Patch brings urban agriculture into living spaces with a self-watering system that makes growing easy. The flat-folding Tyvek planter relies on capillary action in an easy-to-install, perforated grid fed through a small reservoir (these pictures explain......read more

Waste Land Trailer

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A prize-winning documentary about beauty, redemption, and garbage

Outside of Rio de Janeiro lies Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where 3,000 "catadores" make their living foraging for recyclables among the garbage. In Waste Land, a documentary that opens in U.S. theaters this week, director Lucy Walker chronicles a project by Brazil-born, Broooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz, who returned to his homeland to create portraits of the catadores made from......read more

Jean Shin's Epic Eco Art Made from Recycled Garbage

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New York artist turns trash into treasure.

Jean Shin is doing her part to combat America's garbage problem, one mindmelting art installation at a time. The Brooklyn-based artist's widely divergent body of work shares a few common traits: it's all highly labor-intensive, it's all made from discarded materials (whether wine bottles, prescription pill bottles, cheap umbrellas, or lottery tickets), and it's all awesome. But Shin's......read more

Original Series: Gardens NYC

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Within the urban jungle, New Yorkers claim their little patch of green

This series was spearheaded by Adrian, whose appreciation of the nature found within the city has always been a part of the beauty of his New York. Director Jason Banker finds a range of subjects -- idiosyncratic Manhattanites and Brooklynites who have cultivated their own gardens and found corners to plant and grow things from vegetables and fruit for their kitchens to herbs for homemade......read more

Amadi Vintage Patchwork Rug

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Handcrafted rug assembled from scrap fabric

The roots of Amadi Carpets run three generations deep, all the way back to Afghanistan, where in the 1950s the original Ahmadi carpet workshop set up. Fast forward to the 21st century and the Ahmadi family, now based in Los Angeles, sells its namesake carpets all over the world. We're particularly fond of their Vintage Patchwork collection, in which old pieces of carpet into beautiful,......read more

Do Patchwork Emissions Cuts Work?

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They can, if countries agree on rules and build trust, says Elliot Diringer

Governments have set a 2015 deadline for a new global climate agreement. But after the debacle in Copenhagen four years ago, when COP15 failed to produce the binding climate change treaty that many of us expected, you would be forgiven for lacking optimism about it. There are, however, reasons for hope, as Elliot Diringer points out in Nature this week. While there has been no formal agreement......read more

Wind Power Windfall for Oregon Farmers

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Money pours into to windy patch of rural Oregon

In Sherman County, Oregon, just south of the Columbia River Gorge, the howling winds are attracting more than just kiteboarders and windsurfers these days. They're also blowing in money. Hundreds of wind turbines now stretch across the farm landscape, generating clean energy for power lines — and cash for county coffers.  In the New York Times, Lee Van der Voo writes: Sherman......read more

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