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STYLE
Ethically Made Organic Cotton Sheets from Boll & Branch
Seeing as how humans spend up to one-third of their entire lives sleeping, investing more time and thought into making your bed a comfy palace is a logical effort. The easiest place you can start is with sheets—though much of the selection currently...
STYLE
Jojo
Jojo, an altruistic Belgian shoe brand, picks up where philanthropic companies like Toms leave off. Designed to look like a bandaged foot, for every pair of Jojo shoes purchased, they plant one tree or provide one person with a year of clean drinking...
FOOD-DRINK
Hot Chocolate for Bedouins
When a mutual friend connected me with filmmaker Sebastian Lindstrom, he mentioned something about camel milk. A little research brought up several amusing web domains, including a site about camels, BeTheCheese.org, and one about where Lindstrom...
CULTURE
What is American Power?
In 2003 renowned photographer Mitch Epstein unintentionally began a documentary series on the production and consumption of energy in America. Now called "What is American Power?," the Prix Pictet-winning project started while on assignment when...
DESIGN
Portland Garment Factory
Just because a designer is local—whether in Austin, TX or Florence, Italy—doesn't necessarily mean the garments were made there—or even in the same country. Thanks to fast fashion, there's now a better-than-likely chance that even...
STYLE
Africa Is The Future
Raised in Paris by a French mother and Congolese father, photographer Nicolas Premier traveled to the Republic of Congo to investigate his roots for the first time in September 2001. Shocked by the destruction and poverty plaguing much of the capital...
DESIGN
The Steven
The latest knit product from Krochet Kids, this new zippered laptop case joins the socially-minded outfit's line of beanies in empowering developing regions by encouraging sustainable businesses. Employing Northern Ugandan women to hand-knit the...
STYLE
Pardon Jack Johnson
One hundred years ago this 4 July 2010, "The Fight of the Century" took place in Reno, Nevada. The first-ever black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson defended his title by defeating the "Great White Hope" Jim Jeffries and delivering a blow against...
STYLE
Toms Summer 2010
Building on their solid business model marrying modern-casual style with philanthropy (for every pair sold, they give a pair to a child in need), Toms Shoes recently rolled out some fetching new looks for summer. The mostly nautical-inspired collection...
FOOD-DRINK
CYMK Cocktail
CMYK Cocktail, presented by Tasteologie and Droog design, interprets color into alcohol and other goodies with an experimental mixology presentation this coming 28 March 2010. Five mixologists and five designers will use the CMYK colors (cyan, magenta...
STYLE
Figs Ties
For every hand-tailored tie sold, Figs gives a school uniform to a child in East Africa through their Threads for Threads program. The L.A.-based label offers standard and bow ties in a variety of dapper fabrics, ranging from woolen Ivy League...
DESIGN
Design Indaba Expo 2010: Heartworks Stitching Club
Nestled in a small display cube within the Cape Craft and Design Institute's exhibition at the recent Design Indaba expo, Heartworks Stitching Club's hand-embroidered teddy bears immediately caught our attention with their bold colors and one-of...
DESIGN
Design Indaba Expo 2010: Moonbasket Lighting
At the close of last week's Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, we had the opportunity to meander through the expo of over 260 impassioned exhibitors from around South Africa. While much of the work on view skewed toward accessories and jewelry...
DESIGN
Platform 3.17
When a devastating earthquake hit L'Aquila in April of 2009, Italian civil service agency the Civil Protection launched the C.A.S.E. Project to rebuild safe, high quality homes. Employing 16 Italian companies to design and build these new houses...
FOOD-DRINK
Salazon Chocolate
A rich dark chocolate flecked with natural sea salt, Salazon's bars seize on the growing sweet-and-savory trend by introducing an organic line devoted to the concept. The first salt-infused chocolate brand offers three equally delicious flavors...
TECH
Six Gifts for the Hard-to-Please
When the scrooge in your life refuses to join the festivities, give them a good dose of the holiday spirit with a donation to Heifer International, which provides livestock to families in need. Meanwhile, the sweets-obsessed cousin will bask in the...
DESIGN
Publishers With A Purpose
In honor of Blog Action Day, we're proud to announce our involvement in Publishers With A Purpose—a group of online publishers who pledge to donate 5% of their advertising inventory to select nonprofits and social causes. The realization...
DESIGN
Yüksel Arslan: A Retrospective
Returning to his native Turkey for the first time in 40 years, 76-year-old artist Yüksel Arslan ends his self-imposed exile for an exhaustive retrospective showcasing his obscure works at the Santralistanbul Museum in Istanbul. Arslan moved...
DESIGN
Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People
Emily Pilloton's forthcoming book, "Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People" drives home the notion that, while going green benefits the environment, the real way to save the planet and ourselves goes beyond just designing...
STYLE
Krochet Kids Crochet Beanies
By 2050, Africa will be home to almost a quarter of the world's urban population—the altruistic friends behind Krochet Kids International hope to empower the women of this rapidly growing continent by providing them the entrepreneurial skills...
FOOD-DRINK
Margo's Bark Root Beer
by Julie Wolfson Just about a year ago, at the age of six, Oscar Youd made root beer for his science project. With some help from his parents Jessica and Tim, his project was such a hit at school that it spawned a new line of root beer called Margo...
TECH
Arniko Skateboards
by Laura Neilson Nepal seems like an unlikely source for skateboards inspired by the '70s surfing scene, but Arniko Skateboards shines a light on the Himalayan country's long-standing identity as region rich with traditional woodcarvers—...
CULTURE
Loving Day Celebrations
by Ariston Anderson When Ken Tanabe stumbled upon the Supreme Court case Loving vs. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage in the U.S., he was shocked that there was no holiday to commemorate the occasion. So he decided to start his own...
CULTURE
Earth Hour This Saturday
When, on this Saturday on 28 March 2009 from 8:30-9:30 pm local time, people around the world switch off the lights, they will be participating in Earth Hour. Created and organized by the World Wildlife Fund, the goal is to raise awareness about the...
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