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SHFT Sampler 9-16-10

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Weekly links: Kwangho Lee, ridiculous green advertising, and raver bikes.

Kwangho Lee's "Lifelike Design" exhibit at Design September in Brussels, which we discussed here, is up now at Hunting and Collecting. Check SlamXHype for story and pics. Nissan's ludicrous ad spot for the all-electric Leaf sedan is catching flak in the blogosphere. Advertising blog Copyranter calls it an "absolutely outrageously manipulative insensitive hubristic piece......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-29-10

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Weekly links: Volt vs. Leaf, a bottled water ban, and the Fridgecouch.

New York Times auto writer Christopher Jensen took the all-electric Nissan Leaf and the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt for a spin. Read his review at NYT Wheels Blog. Principles of sustainability are gaining traction in the fashion world. The new issue of JC Report has a nice feature on trends in sustainable fashion design, covering eco-minded brands like Chistopher Raeburn and Bodkin. Graphic......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

Electric Vehicles Enter Federal Fleet

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116 EVs to be distributed to 20 federal agencies

With Obama calling for the federal government to lead the way in sustainable practices, government officials have been getting down to business. This week, the feds announced the purchase of the first electric vehicles in the federal fleet. The purchase involved 116 cars -- a smorgasbord of Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs, and Think Cities -- which will make their ways to 20 different agencies. Martha......read more

Leaf Personal Light

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Visionary LED lighting from Yves BĂ©har. $379.00

The sleek and super efficient Leaf light is a collaboration between Herman Miller and Yves Béhar's fuseproject studio. On design pedigree alone, you know its gotta be good. And it is. Made from 37 percent recycled materials, the Leaf's fluid shape contains 20 LEDs that use 40 percent less energy than a typical compact fluorescent bulb. It also enables the user to control lighting color......read more

Palm Leaf Plates by Leafware

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Fallen palm leaves transformed into sustainable dinnerware $16.99

We're not into advocating for single-use anything around here, but there are some instances where disposable stuff is basically a must. And when it happens, you gotta do it right. Leafware brings sustainability, sturdiness, and leak resistance to the disposable dinnerware game, with a line of plates, bowls and platters made in India from fallen palm leaves. The leaves are pressed together using......read more

Geranium Leaf Duet

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From Aesop $123.00

Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser's purifying properties are best complemented with generous post-cleanse slatherings of Geranium Leaf Body Balm. Enjoyed in tandem these formulations impart refreshingly cleansed, beautifully softened skin. - See more at: http://www.aesop.com/usa/packs-and-gifts/duets/geranium-leaf-duet.html#sthash.Wv78srfQ.dpuf...read more

Traveler Zita by Finum

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Enjoy loose leaf tea on the go with Finum's travelling tumbler $25.00

German engineering meets tea drinking with the Traveler Zita from Finum, allowing users make and drink loose leaf tea on the go. The insulated double-walled travel mug is made of FDA-approved Eastman poly, keeping beverages hot or cold for up to three hours. Simply screw on the lid to isolate the tea leaves from the water and control the flavor. BPA-free and dishwasher-safe, the Traveler Zita is......read more

Renaissance Man, "Stalker Humanoid"

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Leafy yetis do their take on the "Thriller" dance

In their self-directed video for "Stalker Humanoid," Finnish electro duo Renaissance Man offer up a fun-filled interpretation of Michael Jackson’s famed dance scene in the "Thriller" video, with giant leafy creatures in lieu of terrifying zombies. It's nothing short of awesome. Pretty sick moves too. The Renaissance Man Project is out now on Turbo Recordings.  ...read more

OK Go, "Last Leaf"

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Toasty stop-motion brilliance from Geoff McFetridge.

L.A.- based OK Go has built considerable fame on the strength of several super-creative, limited-budget videos that have set the web on fire. This new one, featuring ace animation art from Geoff McFetridge, adds another bit of amazingness to their portfolio. Created entirely from images burnt in toast, the stop-motion piece uses McFetridge's trademark organic trippiness to drive the story,......read more

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