Silo: The UK’s First No-Waste Restaurant
by Ananda Pellerin Chef Douglas McMaster has a vision: he wants to eradicate waste from the commercial food preparation process. This might seem profoundly uninteresting—but it’s nothing short of revolutionary. “It’s what I call a pre-industrial...
Q&Q Solar Watches
Cute, well-made and with no battery change necessary—ever—these solar powered watches perfectly pair function with fashion. A clean, simple design is bolstered by an array of color options that pack plenty of personality. This is a no-maintenance timepiece...
Black Icelandic Sheepskin
Stand out from the herd with Black Sheep (White Light)'s long-haired sheepskin made in Canada from a black Icelandic pelt. The eco-friendly-certified sheepskin adds over-the-top soft texture as a seat cushion, thrown over the sofa arm, or placed on...
Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Resort, Portugal
by Ross Belfer As much as one can plan ahead, living in the moment is certainly a fulfilling way to travel. After several days spent in Portugal's bustling second city of Porto, we felt in need of a tranquil getaway wherein a calming atmosphere...
Vineyard Haven Hammock
For the serious lounger, slip into one of these high-quality hammocks, handwoven by artisans in rural northern Thailand using yarn that's as soft as cashmere—which also repels mildew and mold, is fade-proof and guaranteed to not fall apart—meaning...
London’s New Designers 2014: Part 2
Following Part One of London's annual New Designers graduate exhibition, Part Two focused on Visual Communications, Furniture & Product Design and Motion Arts & Theatre Design. This year, two themes dominated the display of works put forth by the budding...
Charged: Smart LEDs for the Home
Bright ideas are coming from every design sector, as engineers, artists and scientists join industrial designers in creating the technologies and products that will define the future of light. Today, it's inherently progressive industries like LEDs...
Gung Ho! Beijing's Sustainable Pizza Shop
It's a difficult task to really stand out in the bustling, globalized metropolis that is China's capital city of Beijing. And—trivial as it may seem—it's no different with pizza. For years, chains like Pizza Hut and Domino's have only multiplied...
Wear No Evil
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 14.3 million tons of textiles waste were generated in 2012—that's not necessarily something you think about when trying to wiggle into a pair of jeans in the fitting room. There have...
Charged: The Future of Flying
Early this year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began rolling out an ambitious overhaul program targeted at streamlining the passenger experience. Called NextGen, the initiative aims to usher in the next generation of air travel. Drawing...
Skydrop Sprinkler Controller
Last week, the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was filled with tech companies showing off their latest and greatest. While many booths featured updates to previously existing products, we stopped by one start-up that caught our eye, as...
Løv Is Pure Tea
Løv is Pure is not only a potent and tasty alternative to coffee consumption but also lives up to its name with organically grown, pure ingredients such as pieces of real apple and natural citrus. Tea bags are made of cotton muslin, are unbleached...
Interview: Stephen Kenn
by Tariq Dixon Stephen Kenn’s approach to design is quite simple: “Strip things down to the barest bones.” Throughout the LA-based designer’s career, he has explored this philosophy in various forms—including two denim brands and an accessories...
Waiting For The Sun
by Dora Haller Paris-based brand Waiting For the Sun (aka W/SÜN) may sound familiar; CH recently included their frames in a round-up of sustainable sunglasses. We delved deeper this time by meeting with Antoine Mocquard and Julien Tual, the two...
Conceived by a team of entrepreneurs including Caron Proschan (a natural product devotee) Simply Gum was created after the founders discovered that regular chewing gum contained up to 80 hidden chemicals. These chemicals include some of the same...
Hinoki Wooden Bath Mat
Hinoki cedar has been cherished for centuries in Japan as a rot-resistant material long-utilized for temples and shrines. This modern Hinoki bath mat, handmade by artisans in Kiso Japan for Mjölk is supremely water resistant, with slanted edges that...
Restructional Clothing by Ninna Berger
"Why make user-friendly clothes? Because people don't know how to look after a garment anymore—how to iron properly or fold pieces—which is why they throw stuff away before they need to," says designer Ninna Berger, one of Stockholm's most avant...
Interview: Sass Brown of "ReFashioned"
With her latest book "ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing From Upcycled Materials," author and fashion expert Sass Brown has demonstrated two basic things. First: Sustainability is not a mere communication phenomenon, but a solid reality that is shaping...
Three Sustainable Sunglasses
Few things are as guaranteed as losing your favorite pair of sunglasses. No matter how close you keep them, they never last forever. Aside from the disappointment, the problem creates unnecessary waste as well. To lessen the impact on the environment...
Totora Furniture at Maison & Objet 2013
by Dora Haller Totora is a thick, hollow grass that grows along lakeshores high in South America's Andes Mountains. This indigenous plant has been used for generations to build everything from houses to floors, hats and even boats. Ecuadorian architect...
Nestled between the beautiful Cascade Mountains and the frigid Pacific Ocean, Portland has grown into a haven for those looking to live a simple, creative life. While many know the small town as the place where young people go to retire, a thriving...
Upslope Brewing Company
Cracking open a cold one in the great outdoors shouldn't mean lowering your standards. While many favorite brews are bottle-bound, the crew at Upslope Brewing Company of Boulder, Colorado knows good things can come in cans. CH tested three of Upslope...
Test Drive: 2014 Infiniti Q50
Followers of luxury Japanese carmaker Infiniti will recognize a new name for their favorite cars. The company announced a rebranding of their model names in 2012, and the upcoming 2014 Q50 is the first car to bear the company's new nomenclature...
Today was the international debut of the all-new BMW i3 electric car. We attended the event in NYC and spoke with the BMW Group's lead designer, Adrian van Hooydonk. The release and production of this new model opens an entirely new chapter of innovative...