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Bottle

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A stop-motion masterpiece from Kirsten Lepore.

How we managed to miss this one, which was posted to Vimeo six months ago, we have no idea. Created by LA animator Kirsten Lepore, who is clearly a genius, "Bottle" is a stop-motion short exploring the transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle. Never mind the technical brilliance, the story triggers every emotion ever invented. Thanks to Booooooom for the......read more

How to Reduce Your Oil Footprint

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A few simple ways to effect change.

In the wake of last week's catastrophic oil spill, still growing in the Gulf of Mexico, many people are feeling helpless as to what they can do in their personal lives to stop supporting offshore oil drilling and the use of oil in general. Fortunately, our everyday lifestyle and purchasing decisions matter. We as individuals have the power to help reduce our country's reliance on oil,......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-29-10

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Weekly links: Volt vs. Leaf, a bottled water ban, and the Fridgecouch.

New York Times auto writer Christopher Jensen took the all-electric Nissan Leaf and the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt for a spin. Read his review at NYT Wheels Blog. Principles of sustainability are gaining traction in the fashion world. The new issue of JC Report has a nice feature on trends in sustainable fashion design, covering eco-minded brands like Chistopher Raeburn and Bodkin. Graphic......read more

Taza Water Bottling Plant

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Balazs Gardi goes behind the scenes at a water bottling factory in the Maldives, where most people have no access to safe drinking water

With rising population growth and global climate change putting stress on the consumable 1% of the planet's water, the global water crisis may just be the most critical threat facing our existence on earth. With his Facing Water Crisis project, Dallas-based photographer Balazs Gardi takes the issue head on. In his words: The unfolding water crisis is causing social tensions and......read more

Areaware Bottle Opener

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Designed By Brendan Ravenhill $12.00

Designed by Brendan Ravenhill for Areaware, this bottle opener is designed with ultimate functionality in mind. Carved from walnut wood and featuring a contrasting black painted handle, the simple bottle opener contains two small magnets—one that allows the opener to stay on a refrigerator door when not in use, and another that catches the bottle cap after its been opened to avoid the......read more

Bottle Vases by Foekje Fleur van Duin

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Amazing ceramic vases that mimic discarded plastic bottles $19.75

After hearing news stories about the massive patch of plastic swirling around the Pacific, Dutch designer Foekje Fleur van Duin started collecting discarded trash on the banks of the Maas River and thinking of ways to incorporate it into creative projects. These amazing porcelain replicas of plastic bottles come from those experiments. Made using a plaster mold, the vases are......read more

Bottled Air From Canada Is Selling Like Crazy In China

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This is not a gag from "Silicon Valley"

If someone told you there is a Silicon Valley startup selling bottled air to China, you would probably think it’s a joke. And it is; the startup is actually in Alberta, Canada. Vitality Air produces and sells “hand-bottled” air from Banff and Lake Louise, two Canadian locales known for their Rocky Mountain surroundings and crystal clear bodies of water. The startup has......read more

BottleHood Spice Jars

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Recycled bottles converted into cork-topped spice jars $17.50

The good folks behind San Diego-based BottleHood find attractive and functional uses for discarded wine, beer, liquor and soda bottles, which they creatively repurpose into tumblers, juice glasses, vases, pendant beads and light fixtures. We're loving these handcrafted spice jars made from pinot grigio bottles, which are topped with renewable cork stoppers to keep kitchen goods fresh.......read more

BottlesUp

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Minimize your footprint with these artisanal water bottles, made from 75% recycled glass $25.95

Laurel Herter has worked in art and architectural glass for over thirty years, creating stained glass church windows, carved glass tabletops, intricate leaded glass skylights, and more for clients all over the world. A glass lover through-and-through, she has deep concerns about plastic pollution and its effects on the environment. So she decided to do something about it with BottlesUp, a......read more

Antique Bottle Beeswax Candles

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100% natural beeswax candles in vintage bottle forms, by Pollen Arts $14.00

Pollen Arts brings back vintage packaging shapes and fonts with these cool candles molded from antique bottles. Handmade from 100 percent natural beeswax, the candles borrow their forms from classic mason jars, coffee cans, apothecary bottles, ink jars, and more. And in case you weren't already aware, beeswax is the best candle wax around -- it burns longer, brighter, and cleaner than any other......read more

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