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Sustainability, Politics, and Consumerism

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Steven Cohen on the shift to a clean economy

As 2011 ends and we find some time for reflection, I am thinking a lot about the issue of material consumption and sustainability. Many of my students believe that a key answer to the crisis of planetary sustainability is for individuals to reduce their material consumption. When they say this, they are not thinking of the planet's poorest people, but the planet's richest people. There is a case......read more

Energy Trumps Cards

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Deck of cards offers vital environmental info for designers and consumers $20.00

London-based creative studio Agency of Design sweeps the table with these new Energy Trumps cards, spotted on Inhabitat. The deck of 45 cards acts as a visual tool for understanding the environmental properties of different materials. Equally relevant for both designers and consumers, the cards present key environmental info for each material, including embodied energy, embodied water,......read more

Eat LACMA: The Food Pyramid

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Artist collective Didier Hess designs and builds a food pyramid/fish taco farm on the LACMA campus.

In this Eat LACMA episode, we hang out with art collective Didier Hess, the founders of LA-based design group Materials & Applications. The architects and designers by training — and uncategorizable visionaries in practice — designed and built a totally eco-friendly hydroponic tilapia farm (complete with a water pump powered by solar panels) on the LACMA grounds. Dubbed by the museum and......read more

SHFT Sampler 2-4-11

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Mountaintop mining, Volt vs. Leaf, vintage babes in nature, and more.

Electric Avenue: The race for electric car dominance is underway, and GM is emerging as the early front-runner. According to CNN Money, since production began last November, U.S. sales of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid are three times that of the all-electric Nissan Leaf. On the strength of those numbers, GM is planning to roll out the Volt to all 50 states by the end of the year. Material......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-29-11

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Whole Larder Love is the best food foraging blog ever, Alternative Apparel hits the street, ants make rafts to defy floods, and more.

Foraged Food Porn: Thanks to Cold Splinters, we just discovered our new favorite food blog. Whole Larder Love comes correct with "thrilling yarns of cooking, hunting, fishing, and harvesting" from Ballarat, Australia. Beauty photos! Re Up Gang: Looking to build green? The Design for Reuse Knowledge Exchange is the online encyclopedia of materials reuse. Good resource. Eco Brick and Mortar:......read more

Cork Door Wedge by Hugo Passos

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A simple household object made from one of the world's most renewable materials $19.00

If you're into smart, simple household objects, you'll find a happy place in London's Jasper Morrison shop, which carries a well curated array of functional design products. This Cork Door Wedge is a fine example. Designed by Portuguese-born, London-based designer Hugo Passos, the wedge is handmade using highly renewable Portuguese cork, adding a natural vibe to a useful everyday object.......read more

Studio Swine: Can City

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Duo creates a collection of aluminum furniture from Sao Paulo street materials

Studio Swine, the cross-disciplinary design duo made up of Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves, has released a video to document its Can City project. While in Sao Paulo, the pair built a mobile foundry that smelts aluminum cans using waste vegetable oil as fuel. With the ability to make both moulds and finished pieces on-site, Can City turns the street into a local factory. In Sao Paulo, over......read more

Felt Top Table by Wintercheck Factory

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Handsome, rustic coffee table manufactured in the USA from reclaimed materials $375.00

Founded in 2009 by Kristen Wentrcek, Brooklyn's Wintercheck Factory produces American-made, design-focused products at affordable price points. Fromt he brand's furniture collection comes the Felt Top Table, a beautifully rustic coffee table made using reclaimed pieces from South Carolina. The original pieces featured linoleum tops, which Wintercheck covers with a dense, structural 1/8" F-3 felt.......read more

Woodchuck Tribal Case for iPhone 5

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Quality materials combine in sturdy, US-made protective shell $60.00

Minneapolis company Woodchuck has added a flashy new product series to its array of wooden protective covers for gadgets. The Tribal Edition Cases for iPhone 5, part of Woodchuck's Adventure Series, feature a gridded, Southwestern-inspired design produced by laser-cutting three different types of wood and placing the pieces into a recycled plastic shell by hand. With quality materials and a......read more

AgBag Backpack

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Stylish, functional pack created from upcycled agricultural materials $110.00

As an seasoned farm worker, Sean Coronis has plenty of experience with "drip tape," a plastic ribbon used extensively in irrigation systems. After learning how to weave Adirondack-style backpacks using reed, he decided to do the same using repurposed drip tape. The results are gathered under the AgBag Project banner, and include this attractive, functional backpack. With a canvas flap that......read more

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