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Lighten Up: Dave Matthews Band

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DMB was an early adopter of green touring. In this episode of Lighten Up, SHFT checks out the band's sustainable ways.

Dave Matthews Band has been touring for many years and, due in large part to the efforts of bassist Stefan Lessard, they've been approaching it with one eye on the road and one eye on the planet. On several fronts, sustainable systems have been put in place: organic food, water stations, sustainably made merchandising, all while engaging fans in the process. The eco-village gives out free samples......read more

The Food Movement's Watershed Moment

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Why California's Proposition 37 should matter to anyone who cares about food

Over the last twenty-odd years, a new American food economy has emerged, and if you're reading this, there is a pretty good chance you are a part of it. The food shift is exemplified by the resurgence of farmers' markets and the rise of community-supported agriculture and sustainable farming. To date, however, the so-called "food movement" has yet to enter the fray of politics. That will change......read more

Artecnica tranSglass Double Vase, Satin

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Handcut Vase with Sandblasted Matte Finish $62.00

Designed by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden Material: Recycled Post-Consumer Wine Bottles Dimensions: DIA 3 in, 7.6 cm / H 14.375 in, 36.5 cm Note: tranSlgass Double Vase appears fifth in line from the left. Due to its recycled and handcrafted nature, tranSglass vessels will vary slightly in size, appearance and color. Colors are pre-sorted in shades of green, clear and brown by the artisans......read more

Matt and Nat Kenner Bag

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Made from 47 recycled bottles. $179.00

We know its hard to believe that Matt and Nat recycled 47 bottles in the making of this beautiful dark grey handbag. Made from 100% recycled materials with 100% recycled light grey faux suede lining. This is only one of many great finds at this eco/vegan fashion house.   17.75" L X 12.5" H X 6.75" W...read more

Does Eating Local Matter?

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Yes, but maybe not as much as you think

Eating local is one of the inviolable tenets of the environmental movement. Ask any greenie, they'll tell you: To help the planet, eat locally grown food. But just how important is eating local food? Maybe not as important as one might think, according to a growing number of studies. Writing in The Huffington Post, Tom Zeller Jr. says that recent analyses "suggest that the economic......read more

1978 Airstream Converted into Snug Live/Work Space

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Architect Matt Hofmann sizes down.

Clicking through Hofmann Architecture's portfolio of projects, you'll find plenty of palatial homes designed for rich clients. But one project stands out, and that's firm principal Matt Hofmann's own home. The Santa Barbara, CA architect recently renovated a vintage Airstream trailer to create a live-work space for himself and his girlfriend. As with all his projects, sustainability was the......read more

SHFT Sampler 1-7-11

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Weekly links: Gordon Matta-Clark's eco-art bent, mysterious bird deaths, and more.

Gordon Matta-Clark was an eco-art O.G.. In the 70s, Matta-Clark's conceptual projects included recycling glass bottles, digging out a basement to create a “guerrilla” garden, and turning a dumpster into an open house. An exhibition centered on Matta-Clark's time at 112 Greene Street, one of the first artist-run venues in New York, opens this weekend at David Zwirner in NYC. In a......read more

Matthew Levesque's Reimagined Gardens

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Local, repurposed materials open up new possibilities for gardens.

Matthew Levesque is on a crusade to prove that landscape design doesn't have to be boring or expensive. In his new book, "The Revolutionary Yardscape: Ideas for Repurposing Local Materials to Create Containers, Pathways, Lighting, and More," Levesque offers inspiration and tips on using unexpected materials to spruce up the area around your home. The book is filled with images and......read more

Energy Matters

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A new report from the World Economic Forum touts the environmental, security, and economic benefits of energy efficiency.

It’s rare that a 60-page policy paper makes for riveting reading. But a new report, The World Economic Forum’s Energy Vision Update 2010, does exactly that. Bringing together dozens of top thinkers from both the public and private sectors to address the issue of energy efficiency, the overall message is a hopeful one: small changes to the way we use energy can be a fast and affordable means......read more

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