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Temple Bags Holiday Collection

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We're loving the Holiday 2009 collection from Temple Bags, made from repurposed WWII fabrics. Are you listening, Santa?

Temple Bags hits all the right notes. The luggage, tote and accessories collection is handcrafted in Los Angeles from repurposed WWII military tents, bags and canvases found sifting through warehouses in the city. The "extremely limited edition" Holiday 2009 collection, launched earlier in December....read more

U.S. Military vs. Wind Farms

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Renewable energy projects face off against formidable foe.

Renewable energy projects have faced some interesting opposition over the years. Some are opposed by environmentalists have because of threats to endangered species. Others are opposed by ordinary citizens for aesthetic reasons. Now the U.S. military presents a formidable new opponent. The specific menaces targeted by the Armed Forces are wind turbines, the blades of which are indistinguishable......read more

U.S. Military Orders Shift to Renewable Energy

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Renewable power is cheaper and safer, military leaders say.

Environmentalists have found a surprising new ally in the push towards a renewable energy future. The New York Times reports that the U.S. military is increasingly looking toward renewable energy technologies to save lives and money. The story comes not long after we reported on the military's opposition to surveillance-interfering wind farms in the U.S. Citing troop safety and cost savings,......read more

Navy Green

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Going green is good for security.

With the failure of the climate bill — and the grim prospects of pushing a new one through anytime soon — it's clear that Congress doesn't view clean energy as a priority. Good thing the military isn't paying attention. In a new NYT op-ed, Thomas Friedman discusses the push to wean the Navy and Marine Corps off of fossil fuels and onto renewable power. Headed by Ray Mabus,......read more

New Fate for Old Aircraft Carriers

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Warships to be recycled for valuable parts.

When recycling comes to mind, usually its brings images of bottles, cans, and paper. But aircraft carriers? A new decision by the U.S. Navy to recycle four decommissioned ships instead of sinking them and turning them into artificial reefs is being lauded by environmental groups and recycling companies.Just one of the four ships is estimated to contain 40,000 tons of recyclable steel, copper, and......read more

Chair & Ottoman by Stephen Kenn

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Utilitarian seating combo upholstered in military canvas $2,000.00

Steve Kenn, formerly of Temple Bags, interprets green design in more ways than one. The Los Angeles designer has recently resurfaced with his own collection of locally-made contemporary furniture, which he upholsters using repurposed WWII canvas in muted Army green. Dubbed the Inheritance Collection, the series includes this gorgeous chair and ottoman combo with a rusted-then-varnished steel......read more

House of Marley: Lively Up Scout Pack

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Military-styled backpack crafted from a mix of reclaimed hemp, organic cotton and recycled PET $129.99

Any bag we buy has to feature the necessary trifecta of style, function, and sustainability. House of Marley's Lively Up Scout Pack has those bases covered. The military-styled daily pack sports padded laptop and iPad sleeves as well as three external pockets, so you can safely stash everything you need for your day. Just as important, it's eco credentials run deep. The bulk of the bag......read more

Beach Folding Chairs & Table

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Collapsible design by Environment Furniture made from sustainable hardwood and reclaimed military fabric $495.00

Los Angeles companies Environment Furniture and Aether Apparel have joined forces to create a limited edition outdoor seating product that hits on all the right notes. Perfect for an afternoon at the beach or beers in the backyard, the Beach Folding Chairs & Table merges function with elegance, with two collapsible chairs and a table, each made of sustainable Ash hardwood and finished with a......read more

Rincon Surf Bag by Environment

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Recycled military canvas board bag, designed by Heather Heron $125.00

This repurposed military tent surf bag, from the excellent Environment by Heather Heron collection, is also available in surplus Japanese denim, and includes intelligent features like salt and sun-resistant hemp rope and recycled, organic leather ties....read more

Bean Bag Chair by Environment

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Available in recycled military fabric or organic cotton $575.00

Bring some retro-inspired comfort to your living room with Environment’s Bean Bag Chair, available in recycled army tent fabric and organic cotton....read more

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