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Gardens NYC: Isa's Oasis

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Isa Brito's herbal elixirs spring from the healing plants in her Williamsburg garden.

Our good friend Isa Brito is the herbalist behind Isa's Restoratives, a line of wildcrafted, organic concoctions that we fully endorse (hot tip: try the Blue Chamomile Face Cream ). In this episode of Gardens NYC, we explore the Williamsburg garden where the lives of Isa's tinctures begin. But healing plants aren't the garden's only residents; Isa is down with weeds as well.......read more

Gardens NYC: It All Ties In

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A '60s flower child and native Brooklynite shows off his gawwden

If you were in New York City in the late '60s, you may have come across a longhaired Stephen Rutsky out in the streets with his hippy brethren, advocating for social and political change. These days, you're more likely to find him among the abundant greenery of his Park Slope garden, where he practices a quieter, more personal form eco-activism... by growing plants. From beans for his table to......read more

Gardens NYC: Peter's Place

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Sowing seeds on a Brooklyn rooftop

Native New Yorker Peter Manerva comes by his love of gardening honestly. His parents were into plants, and when he was a kid, instead of building forts out of sheets and couch cushions, he would create his own little jungle worlds from all the plantlife around the house. That childhood interest in greenery blossomed into an adult obsession. Peter was kind enough to show us around his spectacular......read more

Lily Allen "Air Balloon"

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Summery video finds Brit popster hanging out with zebras, launching into space

Need quick a break from the winter freeze? Let Lily Allen breathe some sunshine into your day with this video for "Air Balloon." The sunny clip finds the Brit pop singer in summery attire near Cape Town, South Africa, where she chills with local zebras and cheetahs. Allen appears to having a blast on the safari, before she literally blasts into space for a short extraterrestial segment, and then......read more

The Big SHFT: Yves Behar, Designer for Life

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The leading light of sustainable design walks us through some of his most game-changing projects

Yves Behar and his team at fuseproject are the go-to design group that companies turn to for game-changing ideas. From the $100 XO laptop and Puma's waste-saving Clever Little Bag to the sleek Leaf LED lamp and SAYL Office Chair for Herman Miller, Yves' work merges must-have design with a firm commitment to social and ecological responsibility. That's what makes him one of the design world's......read more

Overview

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Planetary Collective produced a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The spark that started SHFT was a simple act of sharing between friends.  Adrian and I would email each other an article on a new sustainable product, a great video or an interesting post.  We would get inspired and excited by these digital gifts.  Adrian sent me a link to OVERVIEW last week and it reminded me of those early emails.  We hope you find it as awesome and humbling......read more

The Big SHFT: Trailer

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In the new series from SHFT and Ford, we meet ten innovators who are changing our world

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the state of the environment should be driving innovation around the world. And indeed it is. In our new series "The Big SHFT: 10 Innovators Changing Our World," we team up with Ford Motor Company to profile leading innovators who are shaping new sustainable businesses and influencing positive change around the world. Executive produced by SHFT......read more

Badly Drawn Boy, "Too Many Miracles"

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Animated video finds the singer exchanging his trademark wool cap for leaves and branches.

In the newish video for Badly Drawn Boy's single "Too Many Miracles," the UK singer-songwriter trades in his signature wool hat to shapeshift into a tree, a transformation made possible via some excellent compositing work from John Harrison. There's a bit of a mixed message to the narrative (is that supposed to be a happy ending?) but it looks good, so we're not going to......read more

Young Farmers: Edgar

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A young Angeleno transforms his passion for plants into a job

For our final episode of Young Farmers, allow us to introduce you to Edgar, a young Angeleno who extended his passion for plants into a job that's as rewarding as any we've ever heard of: converting empty lots into community gardens. Edgar, we learn, is a man who was born to plant; when  his mom was pregnant with him, she craved eating dirt. Yes, dirt. And so Edgar's fate was sealed. Now,......read more

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