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America's First Waste-Free Grocery Store

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Zero-packaging food retailer to start up in Austin

In the world of sustainable food, Austin, Texas is known best as the home of Whole Foods, the natural foods giant that first opened there in 1980. But it's another Austin-based retailer of local and organic food that has people talking these days. The store, called In.gredients, is looking to lay claim to the title of America's first ever "package-free, zero waste grocery store." The idea......read more

The Packaging-Free Package

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Aaron Mickelson's 'Disappearing Package' could save millions of tons of waste per year

According to the EPA, Americans send 250 million tons of waste the to the landfill every year, and a full 30 percent (around 76 million tons) is trashed product packaging. But with awareness of the problem is on the rise, designers are searching for innovative new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle the stuff that holds consumer goods. Pratt University master’s candidate Aaron Mickelson......read more

Puma's Clever Little Bag

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Sneaker giant ditches the shoebox for a more sustainable alternative.

As part of its footprint reduction project, Puma commissioned Yves Behar of fuseproject to create a new packaging system for Puma shoes. The result is a revolution in showbox design. Using 65% less paper than a traditional shoebox, the "Clever Little Bag" is a cardboard stock frame wrapped in reusable shoe bag. The packaging has no laminated printing, no tissue paper, requies less space......read more

Bee's Wrap

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Beeswax and cloth combine in reusable alternative to plastic food wrap $5.50

Say hello to an innovative, eco-friendly solution for saving food. Bee's Wrap, the brainchild of Vermont gardener and organic food advocate Sarah Kaeck, incorporates organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin to create a perfectly sustainable alternative to plastic food wrap. The pliable, reusable wraps mold to items with the warmth of your hands, then stiffen as they cool to......read more

Gingham Tear Off Napkins

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Reusable gingham napkins offer retro feel for summer picnicking. $35.00

These classic gingham napkins stay neatly in a roll until you need them. Better yet, they're made of cotton and are fully washable so you can use them again and again through the summer. Just throw them in the laundry then iron and you're ready for your next picnic. Roll of 20. Made in Spain.  ...read more

Organic Soap by Osmia

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Handmade soaps that combine organic ingredients with thoughtful packaging $12.00

A former ER doctor, Sarah Villafranco started Osmia Organics ("osmia" means "sense of smell") after taking a soap making class. Inspired to learn more and explore her interest in chemistry, Sarah set out to make her own organic skin care products using only the best ingredients. The brand is gaining lots of attention for its organic soaps, made with food-grade oils and scented with botanical......read more

Dala by Stephen Burks: Food Packaging Recycled Into Furniture

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New York designer teams with Dedon for a collection of eco-minded seating

Stephen Burks, the New York-based designer and founder of Readymade Projects, has created a new line of outdoor furniture for Dedon that's as creative and colorful as it is environmentally sound. The collection, called Dala, is inspired by the idea of "improvised seating," which allows for a flexible arrangement depending on the needs and mood of the social gathering. The collection includes a......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

Ars Natura: Magical Plastiquarium

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David Edgar's colorful marine creatures give new form and meaning to product packaging.

I recently met Beth Terry, the author of a great blog on plastic pollution called Fake Plastic Fish (and a definitive resource on our culture’s obsession with plastics) at a very sobering event – the return from an expedition to Midway Island with photographer Chris Jordan, who traveled there with a film crew to document the “plastic graveyard.” Midway is literally “midway” from......read more

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