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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

Teaching Sustainability at Business School

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Slowly but surely, the sustainability agenda is seeping into business education

From clean energy to green building, energy efficiency to footprint reduction, there are plenty of business opportunities in the sustainability space. Naturally, one might assume that business schools offer programs that speak to the eco-aware agenda. In fact, sustainability programs are only recently infiltrating business school curricula. But, as SustainAbility founder John Elkington notes,......read more

Everyday Napkins by Ambatalia

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US-made textiles in a blend of organic cotton and hemp $52.00

Bay Area textile maker Ambatalia is helping ignite the shift away from single-use disposables, by producing lovingly crafted, multi-functional linens for everyday use. Like these napkins, for example, which can be used not only on the kitchen table, but also with school lunches, to wrap a sandwich to go, moistened and laid over veggies in the fridge, or even as wash cloths. Beautiful, sustainable......read more

Saving Our Way to Cleaner Air

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Want cheaper gas and a stable economy? Keep combating climate change

Margo T. Oge for The Huffington Post: It's the end of 2014, and we are enjoying a remarkable convergence. Gas prices are down, the auto industry is booming and we have the most environmentally clean vehicle fleet ever. In fact, if we'd been listening to industry over the past several decades, this should be an impossible confluence of events. These industries repeatedly told Americans that......read more

Bigfoot Country: The Adventures of Woody and the Blue Ox

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After building his own truck-bed camper in Carpinteria, CA., Trevor Gordon embarks on a surf mission in Cascadia's Bigfoot Country

Last summer, surfer Trevor Gordon took his newly built camper north to British Columbia in search of surf and adventure. Having traded in his 1988 VW Vanagon for a blue four-by-four Jeep Comanche, he set out to build a wooden camper with a sturdy frame to withstand the rough terrain and torrential rains that define the region. “The day I finished, I immediately started the maiden voyage......read more

Bombay Bicycle Club "Carry Me"

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Unique video pays tribute to stop-motion master Eadweard Muybridge

Prolific London four-piece Bombay Bicycle Club have shared not one but two videos for "Carry Me," the eponymous lead single off their upcoming album. Both videos pay homage to Eadweard Muybridge, the great pioneer of stop-motion photography. One is an interactive clip that allows viewers to create their own stop-motion animations by controlling the band and accompanying dancers' actions......read more

CYMBALS, "Candy Bar"

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Charming animated vid for a bright-eyed pop jam

CYMBALS, a scrappy East London art-pop outfit, come through with a lovely new animated video for "Candy Bar," a hand painted joint that will kick your weekend off on a happy note. The video, which features some anthropomorphized shapes taking a pastel-colored ocean adventure, nicely sums up the band's simple, joyful sound. It ends with the perfect image of a rectangle, circle,......read more

Obama Flexes Executive Muscle to Address Climate Change

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Task force created in new plans to combat global warming

President Obama on Friday used his executive powers to take control of climate change policy. Through a stroke of the pen, he issued an executive order establishing a task force to advise the administration on how to respond to severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other potential impacts of climate change. According to the Huffington Post, Obama is directing federal agencies to revise programs......read more

Ambassadeurs, "M.O.P.E"

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Heavy jam graced with kaleidoscopic visuals by Brendan Canty

From director Brendan Canty of Feel Good Lost comes this tripped out clip of over-exposed landscape imagery and spinning patterns, set to the heavy bliss of "M.O.P.E" from Brighton's Ambassadeurs. The tune finds the Brit producer combining chopped-up guitar and bluesy vox to a rolling beat and some full-bodied bass. Canty's psychedelic visuals nicely complement the vibe. It doesn't......read more

McSwain and Chambard: Off the Grid

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Outdoor product design comes indoors for an exhibition at NYC's Gallery R'Pure

As lovers of both product design and the great outdoors, we're pretty into this collaborative project from designers François Chambard of UM Project and Frederick McSwain. Currently on display at Gallery R’Pure  in NYC, "Off the Grid" is an eclectic collection of objects inspired by the outdoors.  Included among the items are a tent that doubles as lighting, travel......read more

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