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FIGS: Threads for Threads

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Stylish ties and bowties help facilitate children's education. $80.00

In much the same spirit as the massively popular TOMS Shoes project, with every purchase of FIGS Ties, the organization gives a uniform to a child in order for them to attend school. So the social angle is well-covered. Equally important, the range of silk and woolen ties and bow ties look amazing. We're particularly feeling the Italian Silk Woven bow tie with the bicycle print. Definitely......read more

Cities Solving Problems Through Tech

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Mayors mobilizing residents to engage communities and address issues

In the spring of 2017, the doors to a new type of community center swung open in Louisville, Kentucky. The Gigabit Experience Center, located in the city’s long underserved West End, provided a now critical 21st century public service: free high-speed internet access. Although an estimated 94% of Americans have web access today, many low-and middle-income families are......read more

Cabinets Of Curiosities From Steffan Dam

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Intricately Crafted Marine Life Specimens Suspended In Glass

Artist Steffan Dam produces fantastical and intricately-crafted specimens that look as though they exist in the real world. Suspended in glass jars and on plates, their forms mimic well-known creatures of the sea and budding plants. Although Dam’s work is based in imagination, his skills as a craftsman—including glass blowing, casting, and grinding—produce a hyperrealistic......read more

The Return Of London's Fog

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With Cities Driving Public Climate Policy, Lets Look At London

Cambridge, England — IN January, researchers at King’s College London announced that pollution levels on Oxford Street, in central London, had exceeded limits set for the entire year in just the first four days of 2015. Similarly alarming numbers have been recorded for other streets in the city — and yet the mayor, Boris Johnson, has delayed implementation of stricter......read more

Mini Hozuki Lantern by Snow Peak

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Super lightweight LED lamp features strobe setting for outdoor dance parties $40.00

Nau and Snow Peak have teamed up on a 'Portland meets Tokyo' collection, featuring a full range of clean, functional clothing for men and women. Among the offerings are a few outdoor gear essentials from Snow Peak, including this Mini Hozuki Lantern, a super lightweight (1.9oz) LED lamp inspired by the sacred Hozuki plant and the original Chinese paper lantern. The design involves a silicon......read more

Wake Up Call From Baltimore

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We Can No Longer Ignore Our Inner Cities

They’ve been talking about the riots in Baltimore for a long, long time. The last big riots, that is. I moved to Baltimore, my wife’s hometown, from Colorado in the mid-aughts, and lucked into a job as a writer for a local magazine. Every city in America was fighting to be the “greenest” at the time, and while I knew next to nothing about cities, and nothing......read more

Human Nature by Anna Mia Davidson

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Crowdfunded photo book documents sustainable farming communities in the Northwest $60.00

A while back we posted some Anna Mia Davidson images of small scale farming activities in the Pacific Northwest. Now that series of photos is being collected in a book, Human Nature: Sustainable Farming in the Pacific Northwest, alongside an essay from the photographer: "Davidson’s photographs highlight over ten small farms throughout the region; the book opens with an honest and......read more

Why New York's Fracking Ban Is A Victory For Communities Everywhere

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Andrew Cuomo killed fracking in the state yesterday.

Fracking took a beating yesterday, when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on the heels of a stern recommendation from the state’s acting health commissioner, announced his intention to ban the unconventional drilling method. But even if he’d failed to do so, frackers would’ve been effectively barred from a large number of the state’s communities, anyway. That’s......read more

5 Awesome Urban Projects

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From coast to coast, American cities are shaping a sustainable future

From writer Rachel Signer and our friends at Collectively: When it comes to climate change, we usually look to world leaders and national governments to take responsibility for building a more sustainable future. But with the formation of organizations like Cities Climate Leadership Group, or C40, a global network of city mayors focused on sustainability,......read more

I used to live in Carrboro, North Carolina—a town that has a lot going for it in terms of sustainability. (So much so, that it was the chosen image for one of Zach's posts about car-free living.) But despite my knowledge of its urban farm tours and goat-powered landscaping companies, I wasn't aware of one important fact: Carrboro has long had policies in place to nurture and protect......read more

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