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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

The Big SHFT: Trailer

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In the new series from SHFT and Ford, we meet ten innovators who are changing our world

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the state of the environment should be driving innovation around the world. And indeed it is. In our new series "The Big SHFT: 10 Innovators Changing Our World," we team up with Ford Motor Company to profile leading innovators who are shaping new sustainable businesses and influencing positive change around the world. Executive produced by SHFT......read more

The Big SHFT: Tom Szaky, TerraCycle CEO

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In our new series with Ford, we meet the genial upcycling innovator who turns trash into profit

Tom Szaky is the quintessential eco-entrepreneur. While a freshman at Princeton, Szaky founded a company that recycles garbage into plant fertilizer, then packages it in discarded soda bottles. Fast forward five years, and TerraCycle Plant Food is available in every Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart, and more than 3000 other locations. Today, TerraCycle is finding new uses for trash, creating products......read more

Last Call at the Oasis: Trailer

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New doc dives deep into the global water crisis

Here is the trailer for Last Call at the Oasis, the highly anticipated new documentary from Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu. Inspired by Alex Prud'homme's book The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the 21st Century, the film is a thorough examination ofthe global water crisis, with a focus on industrial and agricultural pollution in America and the drying of the Southwest. Last......read more

The Big SHFT: Michael Crooke, Sustainable Business Maverick

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The former Patagonia CEO, now a management professor at Pepperdine University, discusses the role of environmental responsibility in business

Michael W. Crooke's résumé reads like a young achiever's dream bio. The former Navy SEAL (underwater demolition team) holds a Ph.D. in management and has held senior executive roles at a number of companies in the outdoors industry, including Yakima, Kelty Packs, Pearl/Izumi and Patagonia, where he was CEO from 1999 to 2005. It was Crooke's time at Patagonia -- the company founded......read more

The Big SHFT: Bill Ford, Environmental Industrialist

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Meet the forward-thinking Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, whose ideas on sustainability are driving the business into the future

In 2000, Bill Ford spearheaded a sustainability report for the company his great-grandfather founded nearly a century earlier. "Sustainability issues are neither incidental nor avoidable," he wrote in the report, "they are at the heart of our business." At the time, the green ideas were not well-received. Today, in the wake of rising fuel prices and global economic crisis, they are at the center......read more

The Big SHFT: Bionic Men

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With help from Pharrell Williams, this New York textile company is reinventing sustainable fabric

Launched by high school friends and outdoors enthusiasts Tyson Toussant and Tim Coombs, Return Textiles began as a maker of hi-tech fabrics for outdoor gear. Now, the company is making its mark with Bionic Yarn, a soft yet durable canvas substitute made primarily from recycled plastic bottles. In a patented process, the plastic polymers from recycled bottles are wrapped around polyester fibers......read more

The Scarecrow: A Short Film on Factory Farming

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Amazing animation takes on mass-produced food (also, it's a Chipotle ad)

The animation geniuses from Moonbot Studios score a short film win with "The Scarecrow," an expertly crafted story about the evils of factory farming. Oh, and did we mention it's also a Chipotle ad? Scored by Fiona Apple’s cover of “Pure Imagination” (remember this?), the beautifully haunting video stars a lone scarecrow who experiences the dystopian world of mass produced meat......read more

Bureo Skateboards: Nets to Decks

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Sustainable startup makes skateboards from old fishing nets

Bureo, the recycled skateboard startup that recently landed an investment from Patagonia, has shared this short clip, "Nets to Decks," outlining their approach to sustainable manufacturing. The company designs and makes skateboards in Chile through an initiative they launched called "Net Positiva" -- Chile's first-ever nationwide fishnet collection and recycling program. The system provides......read more

Young Farmers: Mitch

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With his gardening business thriving, Mitch discusses what planting means to him

In this episode of Young Farmers, we visit with young gardening enthusiast and erstwhile SHFT contributor Mitchell Flexo, whose experience in college ignited his eco ideals, not to mention his curiosity about growing food. With no childhood planting experience, Mitch was left to his own devices in transforming his yard into a garden. Now, he has his own little gardening business, helping......read more

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