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Sculpture by the Sea, Denmark

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A free public art festival returns to Aarhus on the Danish coast

Whether you're talking about food, fashion, music, or art, Denmark is a veritable hotbed of culture (not to mention one of the greenest countries in the world). The coastal town of Aarhus contributes to the vibrant cultural community by playing host to Sculpture by the Sea, a huge outdoor sculpture exhibition that runs through the month of June. First launched in 1997, the festival takes place in......read more

Ogami Makes Tree-Free Paper

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Italian company uses a revolutionary process to produce paper from stone

There are plenty of paper notebook offerings that make use of recycled materials or paper from sustainably-harvested trees. But Milan-based company Ogami takes eco-minded print materials to another level with a collection of notebooks that bypass trees altogether. Called Repap (yes, smartypants, that's paper spelled backwards), the Ogami-innovated paper makes use stone instead of wood. The......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

Sweet Summertime Snaps by Beth Hoeckel

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Summer freedom reigns supreme in these travel photos from Baltimore's Beth Hoeckel

If you read new school arty blogs like Dazed Digital and Booooooom!, then you've probably seen -- and obviously loved -- Beth Hoeckel's mind-bending mixed-media collages. It's amazing work. But with summer here and our wanderlust in full effect, it's Beth's gorgeous travel photography that recently caught our eye. From her base in Baltimore, Beth hits the road often, shooting her adventures on......read more

Solar Leasing Heads East

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Free popsicles! Sungevity takes its rooftop solar program to the East coast

California-based Sungevity (previously) is taking its solar leasing model to the Northeastern states, where high electricity rates and blistering summer temperatures mean massive market potential. To build hype for the expansion, the residential solar company has launched Rolling Rooftop, a bright orange ice pop truck powered by solar panels and bio diesel. The truck, which will begin......read more

Ryan McGinley: Photographs

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Star NYC photographer shoots the freedom of youth

Scrolling Booooooom recently, it dawned on us that we've never posted any Ryan McGinley photos on here. There's no excuse for that, so here you are, a few naked-people-in-nature shots from his portfolio. Not much you can say about McGinley that hasn't already been said, but The Fox Is Black found a nice little excerpt from a controversial 2007 NY Mag article on the downtown NYC art scene......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

Going Plastic-Free in February

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Rodale issues eco-challenge to readers.

Think you have what it takes to live plastic-free? Now's your chance to try. Rodale has issued a "Plastic-Free February" challenge to its readers. The three ground rules are: 1. No buying or acquiring new plastic 2. No cooking with plastic or storing food in plastic 3. Minimize all other plastic use In today's society, this is no doubt a difficult challenge. Think about the fact that most......read more

Bees in Decline

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Bumblebee populations are in freefall, but you can help.

According to a comprehensive study of bumblebees in the US, the populations of four of the most common species have declined by 96% in the last few decades, and their geographic ranges have declined 23%-87% in the past twenty-odd years. And the shocking figures are not unique to the US; in the UK, three of 25 bumblebee species are already extinct, and half of the remaining species have shown......read more

Turbine-Free Wind Power

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Are oscillating panels the future of wind energy?

Wind power may be clean, green, and renewable, but it doesn't come without its problems. It's noisy as hell for people living nearby, and it poses serious risks to flying wildlife and sensitive shoreline habitats. A group of mechanical engineers from Cornell have responded with a solution that may represent the future of wind energy tech. The working prototype, dubbed Vibro-Wind,......read more

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