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Endstar Roamer Daypack

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Daily laptop/book bag transitions into rough-and-ready hiking pack. $59.99

Endstar's versatile, water-resistant Roamer Daypack works as both a daily city bag and a backcountry hiking pack. The functional design, which incorporates recycled plastic beverage bottles, features a variety of specialized pockets and compartments to safely accommodate laptops, iPods, and other electronic devices. A Daisy chain on the front panel attaches to key chains, carabiners and other......read more

Nature, the Great Equalizer

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We may be broke, but we have our wilderness -- for now

With the U.S. economy experiencing its worst downturn since the Great Depression, these will go down as dark days in American history. But, argues Nicholas Kristof in an NYT op-ed this week, there is one thing we can feel good about: nature. Our national parks and forests don't contribute in GDP, but their value is immeasurable. But they need our help, now more than ever.......read more

Trekking in Nepal with Nicola Odemann

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Meditative photos of the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas

When you talk to well-traveled peeps about places they would like like to return to, Nepal inevitably comes up. The tiny Himalayan nation seems to enchant and amaze everyone who visits. Looking at these photos from 21-year-old German photographer Nicola Odemann, it's not hard to see why. Over three weeks in February and March, Nicola hiked the famed Annapurna Circuit in central Nepal. Her photos......read more

Seattle Takes On Fast Food Packaging

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Progressive regulations will eliminate most fast food packaging from the landfill.

Never mind, for now, fast food's negative nutritional value and its contribution to America's obesity problem; the one thing that really irks us about the industry is all the garbage it generates. If you're wondering where all those boxes, wrappers and cups end up when you're through, look no further than your local landfill, where they sit, for all intents and purposes,......read more

Packaging Problems

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Recent Kellogg's cereal recall highlights growing awareness of chemicals leaching into food products.

Kellogg has recalled around 28 million boxes of cereal after the discovery that a potentially harmful chemical in the packaging may be leaching into some products. Recalled cereals include Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks, all of which have been found to possess a strange flavor and smell upon opening the boxes. The recall comes in the midst of growing public and government......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-10-10

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Weekly links: James Bowthorpe rules, Barcelona looks nice from the air, Ford's electric van starts shipping, and more.

James Bowthorpe is bad ass. Last year, in a bid to raise awareness for Parkinson's, he rode his bike around the world in 174 days, setting a new world record. Earlier this fall, he built a boat from construction waste and rowed it down the Thames. Now he's doing the same thing on the Hudson River. Feel lazy now? Same. Read an interview with the man at Nowness. Everyone is going off......read more

America's First Waste-Free Grocery Store

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Zero-packaging food retailer to start up in Austin

In the world of sustainable food, Austin, Texas is known best as the home of Whole Foods, the natural foods giant that first opened there in 1980. But it's another Austin-based retailer of local and organic food that has people talking these days. The store, called In.gredients, is looking to lay claim to the title of America's first ever "package-free, zero waste grocery store." The idea......read more

The Packaging-Free Package

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Aaron Mickelson's 'Disappearing Package' could save millions of tons of waste per year

According to the EPA, Americans send 250 million tons of waste the to the landfill every year, and a full 30 percent (around 76 million tons) is trashed product packaging. But with awareness of the problem is on the rise, designers are searching for innovative new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle the stuff that holds consumer goods. Pratt University master’s candidate Aaron Mickelson......read more

Puma's Clever Little Bag

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Sneaker giant ditches the shoebox for a more sustainable alternative.

As part of its footprint reduction project, Puma commissioned Yves Behar of fuseproject to create a new packaging system for Puma shoes. The result is a revolution in showbox design. Using 65% less paper than a traditional shoebox, the "Clever Little Bag" is a cardboard stock frame wrapped in reusable shoe bag. The packaging has no laminated printing, no tissue paper, requies less space......read more

Whatever's Clever

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Clever Little Bag, PUMA's new eco packaging, hits the market.

Sneaker shoppers will be taking home their next pair of PUMAs in something sustainable. The apparel company's new eco-conscious packaging and distribution system, which was unveiled on SHFT last year, will start hitting stores soon. Designed by Yves Behar's fuseproject studio, the so-called "Clever Little Bag" is part of PUMA's footprint reduction strategy. It's claimed that the packaging......read more

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