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Recycling

STYLE
Wintervacht Revives Decades-Old Blankets as Wool Coats
Upon a first look at Wintervacht's brightly hued wool coats—from plum purple and canary yellow to curious patterns that evoke lava lamps or colorful chess boards—it's almost impossible to believe that in their past life, these coats were old blankets...
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Studio Swine's Sea Chair: Into The Gyre
After creating the award-winning Sea Chair (made from discarded plastic washed up on beaches), London-based design duo Studio Swine has decided to take their project to the next level. Not content with the attention they have already drawn to the...
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Cool Hunting Video: Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility
New Yorkers have been required to recycle for over 25 years. While it's part of everyday life, what happens after the bags are loaded into a truck largely remains a mystery. We recently spent the day in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn to...
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EffPlastic Bags
Aggressive and naughty, these eco-friendly bags live up to their fresh name. Don't beat around the bush—or waste the fruits of the bush—carry them for a bold expression and sound environmental practice.
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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...
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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...
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First Container
A bright blue shipping container sits in a vacant lot next to Eastern Market; the interior is decorated with leftover wood scraps. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, First Container opened its doors in May 2013. It’s a prototype and teaser from...
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Thank You Tote
Artist Lauren DiCioccio is known for re-creating perfect replicas of mundane, everyday objects by embroidering them by hand. With the Thank You Tote, the ubiquitous plastic bag is transformed into a reusable dead ringer for the soon-to-be-obsolete...
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Produce and Bulk Bags
To address the plastic bag pollution issue for your favorite shopper, pick up Wonder Thunder's boldly illustrated satchels, handmade from natural muslin.
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Drinking Lids
Turn a mason jar into a travel mug with Cuppow, a Massachusetts upstart dedicated to keeping you from spilling on the go with their clever PBA-free lids.
DESIGN
Nextant 400XT
Private jets epitomize luxury for being convenient and, most importantly, supremely expensive. But Nextant Aerospace in Cleveland, Ohio has cut the cost of a small jet in half with the Nextant 400XT. Instead of starting from scratch, the company...
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London Design Festival 2012: Vibrant Furnishings
The London Design Festival is in full color this year, slapping Blighty's austere environment with an array of vibrant furnishings. The creative takes on color found around the numerous festival locations speak out against the ubiquity of wooden wares...
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Maison et Objet Fall 2012: For the Home
Among the myriad of brands vying for attendees' attention at the Maison et Objet 2012 were a handful of particularly innovative products—a high-tech foosball table not least among them—that caught our attention. In our multi-part look...
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Make Noise
A brilliant new initiative that's as exciting as it sounds, Make Noise aims to raise awareness about the importance of recycling electronics by supplying the UK with a host of free club nights around the nation this November. The project is the brainchild...
STYLE
Second Chance
With a brand motto of "Today for Tomorrow," LA's Publish focuses on providing garments that are sustainable in terms of both design longevity and environmentally supportive production practices. To support this goal, Publish is launching the first...
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I AM NOT A VIRGIN
As the name implies, I AM NOT A VIRGIN uses recycled—non virgin—materials to produce their jeans and T-shirts. Now nearly four years into the business, founder Peter Heron is reaching out to his audience with a Kickstarter to keep...
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12x12
Among the focused components of the 2012 WantedDesign event calendar, 12x12 stood out as an inspiring exhibition of upcycling and repurposing. The idea was simple—supply 12 designers with timber from 12 demolished New York City buildings...
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EcoTensil
Ever wondered what happens to tasting spoons after you've sampled the latest fro-yo flavor? Peggy Cross did and found the little plastic utensils usually end up sitting in landfills for centuries. Drawing on her experience as a marketing director...
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...
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No. 6 x Baggu Giveaway
Already known for their line of fashionable reusable bags, Baggu has teamed up with NYC's favorite downtown vintage and indie designer shop No. 6 for a stylish collection of animal and constellation print totes that speak to both label's interest...
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The Heidelberg Project
by Lisa Kereszi In a Detroit neighborhood punctuated by little more than defunct traffic lights and abandoned train tracks, Heidelberg Street stands out for its row of colorful houses decorated with repurposed bits of urban detritus and bright...
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UPS Reusable Express Envelope
Already using entirely recycled fibers for their shipping materials, UPS adds even greater sustainability to their express envelopes with a second adhesive strip that makes an extra use possible. The Reusable Express Envelope not only cuts down on...
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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...
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Skweet Sport Bottle Wash
As global awareness of the benefits of choosing reusable water bottles, a little education on the best way to clean them is in order. Dishwasher heat releases harmful chemicals in some plastics (not to mention melts some of them), and washing by...
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