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SHFT Sampler 8-26-10

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Weekly links: SF's list of green vendors, organic Ugandan cotton, and capturing electricity from the air.

Municipal departments at the City of San Francisco are required to buy products that meet strict environmental standards. Now they're sharing what they know about green vendors. The SF Approved List is like a cheat sheet for buying green. (via NYT Green Blog) When Ali Hewson and her husband Bono launched Edun in 2005, they were among the first to combine fashion with ethics. The......read more

SFO Terminal Lands LEED Gold Certification

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New terminal pushes sustainable airport architecture into the 21st century

With a flight from New York to LA consuming about 5,000 gallons of jet fuel, it's safe to say there's not much sustainable about the act of flying. The new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport attempts to offset this carbon-intensive eco-unfriendliness with some next-generation green design. The remodeled terminal, designed by architects from Gensler, opened in April of this year at......read more

OMA Designs Futuristic Farming Hub

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Abandoned tobacco plant in Louisville, KY to be transformed into massive food and farming center

The site of an abandoned tobacco plant in Louisville, Kentucky will be repurposed into an innovative 24-acre community farming hub by Rem Koolhaas's firm, OMA. Local farmers will be able to grow, sell, and distribute food at the $50M facility -- called "the Food Port" -- which is set to break ground in the summer. The masterplan for the site "reflects the full food chain," and includes spaces......read more

Kids' Xylophone by Plan Toys

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Sustainable rubberwood transformed into colorful melody-maker $18.50

Using organic, kiln-dried wood from rubber trees that no longer produce latex, Plan Toys has been producing safe, environmentally-friendly toys for over thirty years. On the musical side of the company's offerings is this colorful xylophone that promotes children's natural sense of harmony and rhythm. The 5 bars, colored using water-based dyes, produce pleasant and melodious sounds that......read more

Upstart SF Restaurant Looks to Redefine Food Sustainability

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In a quest to face climate change head on, The Perennial pushes way beyond farm-to-table cuisine

Twilight Greenaway for Civil Eats: In the quest to shave off distance from field to plate, today’s chefs and restaurants have devised a range of creative solutions–from growing tomatoes on their own rooftops to sourcing fruit from their customers’ backyards. The Perennial, a soon-to-open San Francisco eatery, plans to take the business of local sourcing several steps......read more

Corkit

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Cork winestoppers transformed into sustainable flower pots $8.00

Light, durable, and sustainable, cork makes an excellent choice of material for all manner of consumer products. Even better is when the cork itself is recycled, as is the case with Besta Cork, a Scranton, PA.-based startup which partners with Cork Reharvest to create products from recycled wine corks. Among Besta's early offerings is Corkit, a cheap, non-toxic......read more

Midlake "The Old & The Young"

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Cranky old man transforms into gleeful dancer in new video for Texas psych stalwarts

Texas indie-psych band Midlake recently dropped their new album, Antiphon, their first release with guitarist Eric Pulido on vocal duties since the departure of former singer Tim Smith. Now the band has shared a new video for "The Old & The Young," the album's second single, and it's a perfect match for their bucolic sound. UK director Ollie Murray filmed the clip on a sheep farm near his......read more

Advanced Builder Blocks

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Vermont artisans transform local, sustainable timber into 78-piece building block set $96.00

In an age when babies are using iPads, it's nice to have toys around that harken back to a simpler, less digital era. This timeless builder block set is a perfect example. Handmade by artisans in Middlebury, Vermont, the 78-piece set helps encourage budding imaginations with varied blocks all sized in multiples of 1". The wooden blocks are crafted from locally sourced, sustainably harvested......read more

The Renewable Shift

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Led by Germany, clean power is transforming the global energy landscape

Justin Gillis for The New York Times: HELIGOLAND, Germany — Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. They are wind turbines, standing as far as 60 miles from the mainland, stretching as high as 60-story buildings and costing up to $30 million......read more

Jim Vecchi: Markings

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Photographer discovers artistic patterns at his feet in SF's Sunset District

It's always cool when images reveal the beauty in the everyday, the things we may otherwise overlook going about our daily business. Jim Vecchi does just that with Markings, a series of photos that uncover the shapes, patterns and colors of sidewalks and driveways in San Francisco's Sunset District. The photos are just one part of a three-part series Vecchi calls The Sunset Trilogy. In his......read more

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