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TECH
Touareg Rare Beast
Taking advantage of a sunny day in New York City, we recently put Volkswagen's new 2011 Supercharged Hybrid Touareg to the test on a trip to Brooklyn for some of the best pizza in town. VW describes this limited edition Touareg as "a rare beast...
TRAVEL
Verana
If you're after a secluded, otherworldly experience on your next vacation, look no further than Verana, an intimate boutique hotel on Mexico's Pacific coast. Tucked in a remote hillside jungle just thirty miles south of Puerto Vallarta and accessible...
STYLE
Oat Shoes
While sustainable shoes up until now tended to either look suited for Middle Earth or were limited to recyclable and repurposed options, Oat Shoes signals a welcome leap forward in the market with their cleanly-styled, fully biodegradable sneakers...
STYLE
Zero Waste Denim
Collaborating with eco-friendly fashion label Loomstate, students from the Parsons The New School for Design recently created a curriculum based on zero-waste design with a focus on denim. The course, mentored by Loomstate's Scott Mackinlay and...
DESIGN
Razor Pit
Electric razors cut down on the waste and cost of blades that have only have a few uses, but nothing quite compares to the nice close shave of a razor. One very low-tech solution I learned about recently, called Razor Pit, dramatically extends the...
STYLE
Shabd x Baggu
Brooklyn-based designer online.
STYLE
Timeless Watch
Rogan recently released their newest bit of design re-invention with the Timeless Watch. Made in NYC, the wrist candy repurposes old watch pieces, making each one both unique and a chic example of upcycling. But the best part of this accessory, its...
DESIGN
Affected: Endangered Species Bulletin Boards
Barcelona-based studio Pöko Design' new bulletin boards do double duty—as both a place to pin up notes or bits of inspiration and as an important reminder in the form of a creative design in and of itself. The cute series of animal...
TECH
Choosing the Right Electric Bike
If you're interested in biking to work, but not interested in arriving covered in sweat, posits Good, the electric bike might be for you. Electric bikes use batteries to ease the pedaling and give you that extra kick, much like biking downhill everywhere...
DESIGN
Science Project Pillows
Following the success of her typography placemats and other clever concepts, textile designer Heather Lins' new pillows introduce another nerdy motif, this time taking up illustrations that look lifted from the pages of science textbooks. The designs...
STYLE
Generation Love Organic Tees
Generation Love, a collaboration between two friends determined to create a range of fashion-forward tees while doing "the right thing," joins the new wave of design with a conscience. The resulting collection of eco-friendly clothing also taps...
DESIGN
Interview with BMW Design Director Adrian van Hooydonk
by Tamara Warren Adrian van Hooydonk, Director of BMW Group Design, envisions a motoring future shaped by sustainability and performance. Just completing his first year on the job as the head of BMW design (replacing Chris Bangle), van Hooydonk...
STYLE
Rotorcaps Cuff Links
by Samantha Melamed Philadelphia, PA-based "rogue silversmith" Jen Roder gathers up discarded bottle capsm, upcycling them into cufflinks, dubbed Rotorcaps. Handmade with nickel silver and genuine Magic Hat, PBR, Blue Moon, Dogfish Head...
TECH
Andrea: Naturally Purified Air Filter
Andrea, a natural air purification system, looks like a futuristic prop in Steven Spielberg's A.I., not something you'll soon be able to purchase online for the cost of an iPod Touch. Created by industrial designer Mathieu Lehanneur and Harvard...
DESIGN
Out on a Limb
Nestled in the wilds of the 92-acre Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, a new exhibit blends education, entertainment and lessons in environmental sustainability. Called Out on a Limb, it consists of a 450-foot walkway that takes visitors five stories...
STYLE
Yves Behar x Pact Underwear
Launching today, Pact makes wearing eco-friendly underwear all the more friendly. Partnering with famed industrial designer and futurist Yves Behar, the brand refashions how people perceive apparel in the 21st century by considering every aspect of...
FOOD-DRINK
Eco-Pocke-My-Hashi Portable Chopsticks
An eco-friendly and vibrant solution to the rampant waste of disposable chopsticks (250 billion are trashed yearly), Yuento's travel-friendly alternative comes with a portable poly-carbonate case and silicon cap that doubles as a rest between...
DESIGN
Twig and Fig Reclaimed Wood Invites
by Tisha Leung Planning a country or beach wedding? Twig and Fig’s Driftwood Tides set lends a glam shade to the eco-friendly. Made entirely from reclaimed wood, the invitation, consists of seven planks (reminding of driftwood or...
STYLE
Dynomighty Design: The Mighty Wallet
Dynomighty Design uses High Density Polyethylene threads (Tyvek to us non-chemists) to make their Mighty Wallet a tough and lightweight option. We recently had the opportunity to meet with Terrence Kelleman, the mastermind behind Dynomighty, who demonstrated...
TECH
Fresh Snack Packs
by Laura Neilson As the fervent war against plastic wages on, Fresh Snack Pack reusable sandwich and snack bags are a clever and eco-friendly alternative to the disposable kind. Made from PVC-free, non-toxic plastic, the Packs come in two sizes...
DESIGN
Flip & Tumble Bags
Combining a colorful palette with smart design, Hetal Jariwala and Eva Bauer at Flip & Tumble are doing their part to solve the problem of what to do with bulky canvas totes by introducing a ripstop nylon shopper, similar to our beloved Baggu...
DESIGN
EcoSystems Furniture
by Laura Neilson This past weekend's Bklyn Designs show was host to an array of local designers and manufacturers, including EcoSystems brand bamboo furniture. The green-minded company utilizes a innovative tool-free assembly system that relies...
DESIGN
DreamFit Dream Bedding
by Tisha Leung Designed to keep bedding in place, DreamFit's latest additions to their line of bedding textiles stand out not only for their ingenious construction but now also for their eco-friendly factor. Until now the U.S.-based textile manufacturer...
TECH
Ultra Motor A2B Electric Bicycle
For aspiring environmentalists not sold on the whole physical fitness thing (or who just want a little more speed), there's hope yet. Developed by Ultra Motor (the San Francisco-based supplier of Light Electric Vehicles) the A2B is a zero-emission...
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