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A Year on the Road: The Lone Star State

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Getting lost is easy in Texas

On March 2, the state of Texas celebrated its Independence Day, a victory that marked the boundaries of a state so proud and so grand in scale that everything really is bigger there. Having spent 8 years of my childhood living everywhere from the Valley on the border of Mexico to Dallas, I can definitely vouch for that as well as proudly declare my complex love for Texas.  In the spirit of......read more

Cat Spring Yaupon Tea

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Antioxidant-rich tea crafted in the USA from native plants $9.95

Native to much of southeastern USA, yaupon holly is a tenacious evergreen that was used by Native Americans for centuries to brew a delicious, antioxidant-rich tea. Texas sisters Abianne Miller and JennaDee Detro are tapping into that tradition with Cat Spring Tea, produced domestically using sustainably-grown, native Texas yaupon. Like maté, yaupon's South American cousin, the......read more

Stash iPad Sleeve

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Authentic Scandanavian design (from Dallas, Texas) $60.00

Finland-bred, Dallas-based maker Mari Forssell runs a one-woman operation specializing in handmade laptop, tablet, phone, and camera bags. Formerly called Stash (now called Moose + Pine), the brand's clean and simple designs reflect Forrsell's natural Scandanavian sensibility. Made using vintage fabric, the sleeves come lined with waterproof canvas and secured with rivet-reinforced......read more

Midlake "The Old & The Young"

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Cranky old man transforms into gleeful dancer in new video for Texas psych stalwarts

Texas indie-psych band Midlake recently dropped their new album, Antiphon, their first release with guitarist Eric Pulido on vocal duties since the departure of former singer Tim Smith. Now the band has shared a new video for "The Old & The Young," the album's second single, and it's a perfect match for their bucolic sound. UK director Ollie Murray filmed the clip on a sheep farm near his......read more

Texas Plant Captures, Then Reuses Carbon

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The Skyonic plant near San Antonio is expected to capture 83,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year from a cement factory.

Amid the calls to capture carbon to save the climate, a Texas company is preparing to do that job for profit. At Capitol Aggregates, a cement plant near San Antonio, the Skyonic Corporation of Austin, plans to open a $125 million factory next week that will make industrial chemicals. Instead of mining natural deposits of carbon found underground, the plant will capture the carbon emitted from......read more

Food Tripping Across America: Dallas, TX

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Explore sustainable Texas with Food Tripping

Welcome to Dallas, TX. It’s been said that the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex is larger than Rhode Island. Try driving through it in less than half an hour without breaking the speed limit or sound barrier...or just slow down, get off the freeway and enjoy a day exploring Dallas, TX using the Food Tripping app. This day begins like many others: with a search to find the best-tasting, strongest......read more

Food Tripping Across America: Austin, TX

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Searching for delicious in the heart of Texas

Summer’s almost upon us and to SHFT that means one thing: hitting the road and of course, discovering incredibly delicious food as we go. To make the journey a little bit easier, we have Food Tripping — an app we created with Ford Motor Company specifically to help locate local, healthful, artisanal, sustainably-minded spots wherever you are on the road. Each week, we......read more

Edgeland House by Bercy Chen

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This sci-fi-inspired Texas home is completely covered in plantlife

Designed by architecture firm Bercy Chen for a sci-fi novelist client, the Edgeland House merges Utopian futurism with Native American building techniques. The result is a contemporary home that borrows from the past while looking squarely into the future. The Edgeland House is sunken in a grassy clearing on a rehabilitated brownfield site, in a space that was previously occupied by an old......read more

Prop. 23 Squashed Out

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California voters present giant middle finger to Texas oil.

California progressives, pat yourselves on the back. Voters in America's most populous state have left no doubt how they feel about Texas oil companies' attempts to dictate their energy future. Proposition 23, the Dirty Energy Prop that we SHFTers have been railing against for the past few weeks, has been defeated by a wide margin. With 97 percent of the votes tallied, over 61 percent......read more

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