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SHFT Sampler 9-2-10

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Weekly links: Seafood's dirty dozen, Banksy on BP, and 7 ways to recycle denim.

Pier Pressure: From The World's Best Ever, British art prankster Banksy makes a sly comment on the BP oil spill with this “reconditioned dolphin ride with crude oil and a tuna net.” The Dirty Dozen: Mother Jones hips us to the 12 least sustainable seafoods from this year's Smart Seafood Guide, published by Food & Water Watch. The guide takes into account not only health......read more

NASA to Undertake Massive Pollution Cleanup

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Polluted soil beneath launch pads could cost $1 billion to remediate

When it comes to its environmental effects on Earth, space exploration is a dirty business. NASA says it could take a century to clean up the chemical messes left behind by launching shuttles and rockets into space. The liftoffs have created plumes of carcinogenic chemicals in the sandy soils beneath Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral in Florida.  NASA said it will spend $96......read more

The Plastic Problem

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BPA and other everyday toxins are being linked to major health problems. How can policymakers protect us?

If you're reading this, chances are you've been exposed to bisphenol A (BPA). A key ingredient in many modern plastics, the chemical compound has been used since the 1940s in everything from baby bottles to goggles to lining for food containers. In recent years, animal studies have demonstrated links between BPA and a host of ill health effects, including breast and prostate cancer. ......read more

Bon Iver, "Beth/Rest"

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New video co-directed by Justin Vernon and Dan Huiting follows the story of two star-crossed lovers in hazmat suits

"Beth/Rest,"the closing song on Bon Iver's Grammy-winning eponymous LP, is unabashed soft rock of the '80s variety, complete with saxophone, synth and sentimental lyrics. Now the song has a video that is just as heartfelt and (frankly) cheesy as the song itself. Co-directed by Mr. Bon Iver Justin Vernon alongside Dan Huiting, the video follows the story of two star-crossed lovers in illuminated......read more

Half Moon Run, "Call Me In The Afternoon"

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Mysterious phenonema abound in this new video shot in the Oregon woods

Canadian folk trio Half Moon Run are back with a new video for "Call Me in the Afternoon," the latest single from their debut album, Dark Eyes, out now on Outside/Indica. Directed by CzÅ‚owiek Kamera (aka "human-cam"), the clip stars a woman hanging out in the forest outside Portland, OR. Some clever camera trickery reveals disembodied hands emerging from the trees and mouths in the sky......read more

Jambox - Charity: Water Edition

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Wicked wireless hi-fi setup from Jawbone benefits one of our favorite nonprofits $200.00

For people who travel a lot, Jawbone's petite Jambox is the audio unit for you. Measuring a meager 10"L x 3.1"W x 3.6"H, the super-portable wireless hi-fi setup delivers a sound that defies its diminutive size. This jerry can yellow joint is a limited run edition that benefits the worthy cause of bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. With $50 of each......read more

Ball by Everynone

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Acclaimed crew's new short celebrates the little spheres in life

Here is the latest video output from Everynone, everyone's favorite crew of short-film maestros, who you might remember from previous films "Words" and the Vimeo Award-winning "Symmetry." For "Ball," director Daniel Mercadante pulled hundreds of images from Google and wove them together in a poetic visual collage. Like the rest of Everynone's work, "Ball" eschews traditional narrative in......read more

Artist Plates for Azuero Earth Project

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A set of six limited edition art plates benefiting the Panama-based eco nonprofit $750.00

Based in Panama, the Azuero Earth Project is a US-registered earth conservation nonprofit dedicated to "preserving the earth’s ecosystems, protecting biodiversity, and promoting healthy communities by helping people to make informed decisions, take sustainable actions, and share knowledge." Lofty goals, indeed. And ones we can get behind. This set of six limited edition artist plates......read more

Ecolution Artistry 8-Piece Cookware Set

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Get the convenience of non-stick cookware with none of the nasty chemicals $59.95

If you like the convenience and ease of non-stick cookware, but you're a little sketched out about potentially polluting your food with chemicals, then Ecolution has the solution for you. Unlike conventional non-stick pots and pans, Ecolution's Artistry collection contains no perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a known carcinogen. Replacing the nasty chemical is Hydrolon, a water-based......read more

Bentley Luxe by English Retreads

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A no-nonsense bag for your on-the-go stuff $140.00

As laptop bags go, this handmade joint from English Retreads is a solid utilitarian design, with everything you need to keep your on-the-go stuff safe and secure. Abundant pockets, magnetic closures (nice touch), and a padded shoulder strap make for a functional daily carrier, and since it's made from recycled PET and reclaimed inner tube rubber, the eco angle is fully......read more

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