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Yasuaki Onishi: Reverse of Volume

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An illusory mountainscape installation 'invisibly cast' in draped plastic

Entering Houston’s Rice University Art Gallery, you'd be forgiven for wondering whether you'd walked into some weird, icy landscape where all matter was negative. Made from nothing more than plastic sheeting and black hot glue, reverse of volume RG is the latest -- and largest -- of Yasuaki Onishi's "reverse of volume" series, in which the Japanese artist creates monumental forms that......read more

Wheatware Drum Sticks

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Tree-free, plastic-free stix!

Offering a textured grip, natural feel, and amazing bounce back, these forest saving, biodegradable wheat sticks do not splinter, therefore last longer than wood. Technical info: 2B Round Tip, Diameter 5/8 inch, 16 inches long....read more

Fetch Dog Bed

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Fleece made from recycled plastic bottles that's super comfy. $89.00

The Eco Friendly Pillow Dog Bed is filled with 100% reycled bottle fill and covered with 85% recycled Intelliloft™ fleece. It's cozy, soft, rugged, and dog-approved. Available in Thyme/Brown or Sky Blue/Brown....read more

Recycled Outdoor Furniture by Loll Designs

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Excellent eco furniture made from post-consumer plastic

It's always a score when you discover that a stunning bit of design has tight eco credentials to boot. Such is the case with the colorful outdoor furniture creations of Loll Designs. The Duluth, Minnesota company crafts stylish and durable outdoor chairs, tables, benches, and accessories from post-consumer, industrial high-density polyethylene. What the hell is that, you ask? It's the same......read more

SHFT Sampler 1-14-11

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Weekly links: Beyond plastic packaging, the bluefin tuna question, repurposed Circle Ks, and more.

It's 2011, we've known about the problems of plastic pollution for, oh, a few decades now. So why the hell is excessive plastic packaging still so pervasive? On her Design Observer blog, superstar designer Marian Bantjes challenges product designers to think beyond plastics.  In Brooklyn, Pratt Institute's newly opened Myrtle Hall flexes the school's commitment to sustainability. The......read more

Canned Food and Cancer Risk

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Report says exposure to BPA in canned food is "far more extensive" than plastic bottles.

A few years ago, when animal studies starting linking BPA (bisphenol A) to various cancers, the resulting consumer uproar forced a mass recall of reusable plastic bottles. Safety-conscious mothers everywhere let out a giant sigh of relief as baby bottles were pulled from the shelves. A big win had been scored for consumer safety. The problem? Those aren't the only things that contain BPA. In......read more

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