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Incredible Industrial Photography by Michael Wells

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Stark photo collection documents the world of goods.

You may or may not remember LA photographer Michael Wells from his Scorched Earth series which we featured back in SHFT's early days. Either way, here's another batch of juicy Wells photos, this time focusing on industrial subjects. For Bulk Landscapes, Wells trains his camera on spaces where goods are produced, stored, and shipped, providing some compelling commentary on the economy and its......read more

Emissions Fall in US Northeast

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Greenhouse gas emissions dropped for the third straight year within regional cap-and-trade program

For the third consecutive year, greenhouse gas emissions fell in the nine Northeastern states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI (pronounced "Reggie"), a market-based cap-and-trade program. Carbon emissions in the states dropped six percent between 2012 and 2013, from 92 million to 86 million tons. States in the RGGI program turned to lower emitting electricity......read more

SLIDE 2 for iPhone 5

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mu mu's handcrafted, sustainable iPhone case can be traded in later $56.00

With new tech evolving faster than you can say, "Buy," last year's crucial tech accessory is this year's garbage. The team at mu mu, a UK design house that crafts Apple accessories in sustainable hardwoods, are reversing the trend by allowing customers to trade in their old mu mu cases for a discount on the latest version. Then the returned cases will be refashioned into new......read more

Trout Is All

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Three Swedish snowboarders trade in their shred sticks for flyrods

In terms of connecting with the rhythms of nature, there may be no greater pastime than fly-fishing. Add camping to the equation, and you have the perfect environmental experience. "Trout Is All" from Rolf Nylinder of Frontside Fly captures both activities in beautiful fashion. Shot on a summer sojourn to the upper Vindel River in the backcountry of northern Sweden, the clip features a couple of......read more

Badly Drawn Boy, "Too Many Miracles"

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Animated video finds the singer exchanging his trademark wool cap for leaves and branches.

In the newish video for Badly Drawn Boy's single "Too Many Miracles," the UK singer-songwriter trades in his signature wool hat to shapeshift into a tree, a transformation made possible via some excellent compositing work from John Harrison. There's a bit of a mixed message to the narrative (is that supposed to be a happy ending?) but it looks good, so we're not going to......read more

Weaver's Coffee: Signature 3 Gift Set

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100% organic, fair trade-certified coffee crafted from a rich blend of high-altitude beans. $39.95

Using multiple roast levels to achieve its robust body, Weaver’s Organic Blend boasts bright flavor notes, and a natural, sweet chocolate, and caramel finish. The 100% organic, fair trade-certified beans roasted in San Rafael, California. Named "Best Organic Coffee" on the NBC TODAY Show, Weaver's Organic Blend is the new standard in handcrafted artisan coffee. If you're a coffee lover, you......read more

Salomon Sick Stick Snowboard

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Fair trade footwear project provides hope for Guatemalan artisans. $550.00

The Sick Stick freestyle powder snowboard utilizes a revolutionary bamboo core. Made by sandwiching a core between two structural bamboo veneers, the weight of traditional fiberglass and resin is reduced by 25%. There are no petroleum-based topsheet materials or lacquer coats - the graphic is direct-printed on the board, making it less toxic and, in turn, lighter.   The Sick Stick comes in......read more

Veja Volley Sneakers

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Designed in Paris, made fair trade in Brazil. $125.00

Masquerading as a stack of firewood, rustic yet modern, movable and built from sustainable material - this log cabin has it all.   Created by Dutch designer and architect Piet Hein Eek, the structure - built on wheels to bypass building regulations – is a rehearsal space for a musician.   The tree-trunk exterior encases a steel frame salvaged from a builders' yard. The facade......read more

GE Exec Calls BS On Tradeoff Between Economy and Environment

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The political bashing of sustainability is irrelevant to business interests, says Ecomagination VP

A GE bigwig is calling the political battle between economy and environment "nonsense." At a clean energy investment conference last week, Mark Vachon, Vice President of GE's Ecomagination program, said "environmental performance" is a key driver for business.  "There’s this theory that you have to pick one: economics or environmental performance. That’s......read more

World Bank to Finance Carbon Markets

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Global insitution announces funding for cap-and-trade systems in developing countries.

The World Bank wants to help set up cap-and-trade carbon markets in the developing world. On Wednesday, Robert B. Zoellick, the World Bank president, announced the creation of a multi-million dollar fund that aims "to create trading mechanisms to stimulate clean energy projects and to slow the destruction of tropical forests." Tropical deforestation is one of the major sources of......read more

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