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The Perennial Plate: The Middle Way

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In China, the sustainable food series documents a restaurant owner's plight to promote organic produce

After graduating from an urban university and gaining some experience working in the city, Lifen Yang succumbed to the magnetic pull of her rural homeland near Kumming, in China's Yunnan province. Returning home, she applied her business know-how to launching her own restaurant. Sourcing organic produce from her parents' farm, Yang promotes healthy, sustainable food practices in the area. In "The......read more

Gardens NYC: Isa's Oasis

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Isa Brito's herbal elixirs spring from the healing plants in her Williamsburg garden.

Our good friend Isa Brito is the herbalist behind Isa's Restoratives, a line of wildcrafted, organic concoctions that we fully endorse (hot tip: try the Blue Chamomile Face Cream ). In this episode of Gardens NYC, we explore the Williamsburg garden where the lives of Isa's tinctures begin. But healing plants aren't the garden's only residents; Isa is down with weeds as well.......read more

Cal Earth Vision

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Superadobe houses address the shelter needs of world’s poorest people.

The late visionary architect Nadir Khalili (1936-2008) made it his life’s mission to create sustainable shelter for the world’s poorest people. Under the banner of Cal-Earth, the nonprofit he founded to further his quest, Khalili invented “superadobe” technology, which uses on-site earthen material and local supplies of sandbags and barbed wire (usually in good supply in war-torn areas)......read more

Lighten Up: Green Music Group

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Guster, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, and The Roots jam to launch Green Music Group.

SHFT helped launch Green Music Group (GMG) in Hollywood on the night before the Grammys. Guster, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, and The Roots jammed together and kicked off the new initiative, which was born out of Reverb. Since 2004, Reverb has greened over 80 major music tours while conducting grassroots outreach to over 10 million music fans. They founded GMG to create an environmental......read more

David Byrne's Bike Racks

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Renowned artist/environmentalist has some fun with bike rack design in New York City.

Is (Via Treehugger / Fast Co Design) Images: Decker Yeadon...read more

The Circular Economy

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Can a closed-loop economy eliminate waste and save resources? The Ellen MacArthur Foundation thinks so, and it has a new animation to show how

You may or may not remember Ellen MacArthur as the solo yachtswoman who in 2005 broke the world speed record for circumnavigation of the globe. Today, she stays busy as the figurehead behind the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an independent UK-based charity promoting the vision of a "circular economy." Don't know what that is? Don't worry, neither did we until we watched this fun, well-made......read more

Weekend Hippie

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Artist brings your ideas to life, sustainably.

Paul Nosa makes "sustainable art" using a sewing machine powered by his bike. You give him an idea in five words or less, and he sews a piece of art for you. Not just any idea, though. I tried "baby punched in face" and he politely declined. How rude....read more

The Big SHFT: Bionic Men

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With help from Pharrell Williams, this New York textile company is reinventing sustainable fabric

Launched by high school friends and outdoors enthusiasts Tyson Toussant and Tim Coombs, Return Textiles began as a maker of hi-tech fabrics for outdoor gear. Now, the company is making its mark with Bionic Yarn, a soft yet durable canvas substitute made primarily from recycled plastic bottles. In a patented process, the plastic polymers from recycled bottles are wrapped around polyester fibers......read more

Lighten Up: Moby

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Eco-activist/electronic musician goes acoustic at Wanderlust.

Moby has never been one to shy away from letting people know how he feels about issues of the day. The New York-based DJ/producer/activist has been spreading an environmental message since his early days in punk bands. The difference between the punk years and today is that the anger has been toned down in favour of a more positive voice, one that emphasizes the role music can play in linking......read more

Better Latte Than Never

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More facts about coffee than you can shake a donut at

OK, the chick in this may have had a bit too much sustainably, shade grown, fair trade stuff while shooting this thing. But this vid is packed with really helpful information and we like that. ...read more

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