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Seattle Takes On Fast Food Packaging

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Progressive regulations will eliminate most fast food packaging from the landfill.

Never mind, for now, fast food's negative nutritional value and its contribution to America's obesity problem; the one thing that really irks us about the industry is all the garbage it generates. If you're wondering where all those boxes, wrappers and cups end up when you're through, look no further than your local landfill, where they sit, for all intents and purposes,......read more

Seattle Plans Public Food Forest

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Fruit foraging zone to be planted in the heart of the city

Believe it or not, there was a time when food didn't come packaged for purchase at a grocery store, when eating a meal meant going out and finding food yourself. Eager to get in touch with our foraging roots, a growing group of people are getting passionate about picking wild food from our own backyards. Now, progressive minds at the city of Seattle are hopping on the foraging bandwagon, with......read more

Seattle's Food Forest is Open for Foraging

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After a successful planting season, America's first urban food forest gets set to produce forageable edibles

Last year, we let you know about a successful proposal to plant a food forest on unused green space in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood. With a seven-acre parcel land donated by Seattle Public Utilities, and a $100,000 grant from the city, the Beacon Food Forest is set to become the nation's largest forageable space. We're happy to report that the project is going full steam ahead, with......read more

On Tuesday, March 24, an overturned fish truck turned Seattle into a parking lot, giving residents of this traffic-clogged city yet another reminder of the pitfalls of a transportation system built almost entirely around automobiles. The truck was headed south on State Route 99 carrying a load of frozen cod when it tipped, blocking all southbound lanes of one of just two main north-south......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

Monumental Outdoors Photography by Seattle's Griffin Lamb

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Take an epic visual journey around the Pacific Northwest

Griffin Lamb explores the essence of adventure in this monumental series of landscape photos. Based in the Seattle area, the photographer has easy access to the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest and does well to capture it for the world to see. His preferred subjects are majestic scenes of mountains, lakes, and forests -- all favorite things of ours as well. Among the images are a few......read more

Sonic Bloom: Solar-Powered Flower Sculptures in Seattle

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Dan Corson's interactive art installation showcases renewable energy tech

"Sonic Bloom" by Seattle artist Dan Corson is an interactive, solar-powered art installation recently erected outside the Pacific Science Center in the Emerald City. The work, commissioned by the Pacific Science Center with support from Seattle City Light’s Green Up Program, features five giant solar flowers that absorb the sun’s energy during the day and illuminate at night via......read more

Nich Hance McElroy: The Great Divide

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Seattle photographer shoots nature at its most unforgiving

Thanks to an introduction last year from 01, we've been keeping an eye on the photographic work of Nich Hance McElroy for a while. Judging from his Flickr-folio, the Seattle-based photographer regularly ventures into the great outdoors to capture shots of wilderness at its most sublime -- and unforgiving.  This selection, from his latest series entitled "The Great Divide," looks to......read more

Laurel Schultz: Arboreality

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Seattle artist shoots from trees' points of view

Is there anyone among us that hasn't imagined what life would be like as a tree? Didn't think so. In Arboreality, Seattle photographer Laurel Schultz gets us a little closer to the feeling. By climbing into the canopy to click off shots, Schultz gives us a new perspective on these living beings we often don't notice, inviting us to bridge the gap between nature and culture by imagining......read more

Second Wind

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In Seattle, a green business finds new life in downed trees.

Earlier this week, The New York Times business section featured a story on Meyer Wells, a small Seattle company that makes high end, custom furniture from urban trees downed by development, disease or storms. Started four years ago, the company has succeeded in the face of a recessionary economy, with sales pushing $1 million. “I really believe a designer can make better choices, and that can......read more

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