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The Big SHFT: Mike Biddle, Plastics Pioneer

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Get to know the big-thinking engineer whose company closes the loop on discarded plastic

If there was a hall of fame for sustainable business, Dr. Mike Biddle would be one its first inductees. Twenty years ago, the trailblazing plastics engineer launched MBA Polymers in his garage. He was determined to prove that complex polymers from consumer plastics could be recycled into useful raw materials. Mike developed a patented series of techniques for separating and refining plastic waste......read more

Plywood Tiles From Moonish

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Sustainable Design-awarded Tiles $26.00

For DIY fans, this is a great option. 12"x12" Floor tile - fir ply, 3/4" thick - clear urethane finish (available unfinished upon request) - biscuit joiners included ...read more

Good Food Award Winners Taster by Mouth

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Award-winning goodies for the foodie in your life $125.00

If any of your friends or loved ones are food-obsessed, your search for their next gift begins and ends at Mouth, the go-to site for thoughtful, hand-crafted snacks, treats, drinks, and condiments. This particular Mouth gift pack contains a delectable array of champs from the 2013 Good Food Awards--an annual celebration of delicious, sustainable food launched by Seedling Projects. The winning......read more

Dopper Original in Red

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Dutch company commemorates Red Dot Design Award nomination with a limited edition, 'simply red' water bottle $16.25

In celebration of landing an honorable mention at the prestigious Red Dot Design Awards, Dopper has released a limited edition version of its Original water bottle in red. The reuseable bottle, designed and produced in Holland, sports the clean, minimal aesthetics we've come to expect from the Dutch. Featuring a screw top that acts as a little cup, the Dopper Original is made of BPA-free plastic......read more

2014 Prix Pictet Winner Michael Schmidt Passes Away

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German photographer dies just days after winning award for the theme of 'Consumption'

German photographer Michael Schmidt has died at the age of 68, just days after being awarded the fifth Prix Pictet for the theme of "Consumption." Schmidt won the 100,000 Swiss franc prize for his photographic series Lebensmittel, which examines the workings of the global food industry. The series was years in the making: Schmidt travelled the world to factory farms, slaughterhouses, and......read more

2014 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

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Six great pictures from this year's global photo contest

Another year, another edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the annual contest allowing talented photographers -- professional, amateur or youth -- to show off their chops in front of a global audience. Looking for "stories that force the viewer to find something surprising within the everyday," the World Photography Organization announced the shortlist this week, paring down from almost......read more

SHFT Wins Two Webby Awards!

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Video by Ludlow Kinsgley, music by The Good Listeners

We done did it! In dramatic, come-from-behind fashion, SHFT was awarded two Webbys this week. Both were for Best Green Website, one voted on by (some highly intelligent) judges including David Bowie (?!), the other voted on by you, the people. Thank you so much to everyone who voted. We are eternally grateful for your support, not to mention your charm and good looks. Our design compadres......read more

Vote SHFT at the 2013 Webby Awards

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We're up for a People's Voice Award for Best Green Website. Vote SHFT!

The nominees for the 2013 Webby Awards have been announced, and we're excited to let you know that SHFT is on the shortlist for Best Green Website. Not that awards are what really matters, but we're obviously really honored to be recognized for our work promoting and covering the culture of sustainability. What matters most to us is consistently inspiring people to live green. But we can't deny......read more

Growing Green Awards 2013

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Winners show us how to eat well and protect the environment

NRDC President Frances Beinecke for Huffington Post: Today NRDC announced the winners of the 2013 Growing Green Awards. These awards celebrate the farmers, business owners, and bold thinkers who are transforming America's food system. Each one of them has pioneered ways to provide food that nourishes our families and restores our environment at the same time. This is the fifth year NRDC has......read more

Toby Smith: Light After Dark

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Award-winning photo series finds contrast and beauty in England's coal power industry

For his 2009 Light After Dark project, UK photojournalist Toby Smith used extremely long exposures to shoot England's 32 coal power stations at night. We wouldn't normally use the word "beautiful" to describe coal stacks, but in Smith's capable hands, they become just that. Portrayed in a soft, tranquil light, the maligned industrial complexes become spaces of serenity,......read more

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