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Happy Birthday Slow Food Movement

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International eco-gastronomic organization celebrates twenty years of fighting fast food.

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the the international Slow Food Movement. Celebrants around the world took part in the first ever Terra Madre Day last Thursday, which marked two decades since the signing of the Slow Food Manifesto in Paris in 1989. The manifesto laid the groundwork for the eco-gastronomic, member-supported non-profit, which is intended to revitalize local food traditions......read more

Caren Alpert: Terra Cibus

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Extraordinary photos of food shot with an electron microscope

Bay Area fine art photographer Caren Alpert brings together her interests in food, science, and art to create these vivid, incredibly detailed images of food. Shot with a scanning electron microscope, the photos render common eats as abstract, otherworldly landscapes.  "Because I’m a science geek at heart, it’s not such a far leap to explore food in a way that no one else has,"......read more

Self-Watering Planter by Joey Roth

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This lovely, curvilinear planter uses an ancient irrigation system to water itself $45.00

Just because we love plants doesn't mean we always remember to water them. At Dwell on Design's Remodelista Market, we found the perfect solution for the eager-but-lazy green thumb. The self-watering planter's smooth, curvilinear design comes courtesy of Joey Roth, who you might know as the man behind these amazing Ceramic Speakers. Roth's unglazed terracotta planter is inspired by a Native......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-19-10

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Weekly links: The Philadelphia Eagles get clean and SHFT pops up in NYC with Wired.

Oh snap, SHFT is popping up again this week, this time with the cool nerds at Wired. The space opens today, at 692 Broadway in NoHo. The SHFT selection looks a lot like this. The Philadelphia Eagles expect to save $60 million on energy costs by retrofitting their their stadium with wind turbines and solar panels. They should consider attaching turbines to Michael Vick's heels. This......read more

The Big SHFT: Tom Szaky, TerraCycle CEO

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In our new series with Ford, we meet the genial upcycling innovator who turns trash into profit

Tom Szaky is the quintessential eco-entrepreneur. While a freshman at Princeton, Szaky founded a company that recycles garbage into plant fertilizer, then packages it in discarded soda bottles. Fast forward five years, and TerraCycle Plant Food is available in every Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart, and more than 3000 other locations. Today, TerraCycle is finding new uses for trash, creating products......read more

Tom Szaky: Large Retailers Hold Key to Change

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One of our Big SHFT subjects discusses the need for eco-preneurs to expand their vision

Tom Szaky for the Huffington Post: Since a young age, I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I started my first company -- a Web design firm -- at age 14. But quickly my focus turned to a much more universal problem -- garbage. Garbage has since become my life's work and what I am known around the world for -- at least in some circles! As the CEO of an environmentally focused company, I end up......read more

Calendar Toothbrushes by Izola

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A year's worth of toothbrushes in sustainable bamboo $14.00

Here's the ultimate stocking stuffer that Santa rudely forgot to give us this Christmas. The four-pack of bamboo toothbrushes from Izola comes conveniently labeled in three-month increments. For all you math geniuses, that means pearly whites all year. Izola's range of functional everyday staples are "inspired by the old world utilitarian ideal of making something that is built to......read more

Indigo Dye Kit

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Explore the ancient art of indigo dyeing with this all-natural, easy-to-use kit from Terrain $40.00

Indigo dye, the plant-based coloring agent most of us associate with classic denim, has been used in textiles dating as far back as 3000 B.C. It's the only natural dye that is capable of “true blue” coloring, and can be harvested from hundreds of different plant sources by soaking leaves in water and extracting the chemical released in the water. Terrain's new Indigo Dye Kit allows......read more

Pyramid Travel Throw

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A simple elegant throw from our friends at Terrain $49.95

  Our favorite all-purpose blanket for warmer weather, we designed this throw to be as beautiful as it is versatile. Hand-loomed especially for terrain, we love its heavy, soft hand to ground a picnic, throw in our beach bag, fold across a just-made bed, or keep us cozy around a summer bonfire. - A terrain exclusive - Cotton - Hand-woven yarn; unique slubbing will appear on each throw......read more

Wicker Side Chair

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All Weather Outdoor Chair from Terrain $348.00

Made from durable, all weather wicker with a lightweight aluminum frame, this colorful chair is a cheerful addition to garden rooms. - Powder-coated aluminum - Indoor or outdoor use - Clean with water and mild, non-abrasive detergent - Seat: 15.8”H, 19.7”D - Imported 32.5”H, 25.6”W, 29.5”D  ...read more

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