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I can’t shake the image – in returning to Austin during the South by Southwest Festival – that I have come full-circle. Like the commonly used recycling icon. When I was initially approached a year ago to partner with Dell as the tech industry’s first Social Good Advocate, I felt a mix of pride and caution. I was interested in the opportunity to collaborate with a global......read more

Bringing People Together For The Social Good

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SHFT @ SXSW By Peter Glatzer

Last week at SXSW I had the honor of moderating an evening hosted by my co-founder and partner at SHFT.COM, Adrian Grenier, on the topic of Social Good and Technology. I’ve spent the past six years producing and publishing creative content on and around issues pertaining to this theme. At SHFT, we use cultural subjects like film, music, food, policy, and design to inspire people to shift......read more

Eat LACMA: Orange Trees

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In the first installation of SHFT's Eat LACMA series, Fallen Fruit gifts mandarin orange trees to spread a community of food and culture.

A collaboration between LACMA and Fallen Fruit, Eat LACMA is a year-long investigation into food, art, culture and politics. The idea of the project is to promote a greater sense of community and culture by re-invigorating the relationship between people and food. It also seeks to highlight the idea of sustainability and bring it to the widest group of people possible. We showed up with cameras......read more

Bare Earth Soap

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Sales of these handmade organic soaps assist refugees in South Sudan $5.75

Using the "one-for-one" charitable business model made famous by Tom's Shoes, Florida-based Bare Earth offers vital assistance to some of the people who need it most: war refugees in South Sudan. For each sale of the organic, chemical-free soap bars, the company delivers the same dollar-value proceeds overseas. That money is used to buy soap from local manufacturers and distribute it in refugee......read more

Hydros Bottle

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Filtered water bottle helps tackle global water crisis $29.99

You abandoned single-use plastic water bottles long ago (obviously), but you've probably never seen a reusable bottle like this. The US-made Hydros Bottle includes a filter to get rid of nasties in sketchy water. "The Hydros Bottle is a filtering water bottle that turns questionable water – from public water fountains, bathroom taps, and kitchen skins – into crisp, clean water. Our......read more

The Big SHFT: Yves Behar, Designer for Life

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The leading light of sustainable design walks us through some of his most game-changing projects

Yves Behar and his team at fuseproject are the go-to design group that companies turn to for game-changing ideas. From the $100 XO laptop and Puma's waste-saving Clever Little Bag to the sleek Leaf LED lamp and SAYL Office Chair for Herman Miller, Yves' work merges must-have design with a firm commitment to social and ecological responsibility. That's what makes him one of the design world's......read more

Edun Menswear

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Modern, wearable fashion for the conscious man $98.00

Since being launched in 2005 by Ali Newson and her husband, U2 singer Bono, Edun has earned a reputation for making earthy, wearable clothes with a commitment to African manufacturing and sustainable fabrics. The Edun Men's range keeps getting better and better. The men's 2011 A/W collection features casual, easy-wearing garments in a tasteful blue-black-grey color pallette. Nice looks....read more

Gas Station Rankings

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Research helps consumers choose the best (or least bad) gas stations based on environmental and human rights records.

In a perfect world we'd all be flying around the city in upcycled bathtubs with wings, powered by garbage-burning engines that emit nothing but cold, fresh drinking water. Last time we checked, those weren't invented. So for the time being, we'll have to make do with our hybrids and our—gasp!—fully gas-powered vehicles. Which means, as of now, gasoline is a necessary evil.......read more

Earth To Paris Anthem

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From Our Friends At Good

SHFT is a collaboarting partner, along with Good, UN Foundation, National Geographic, Mashable, and others on the initiative Earth To Paris.  This year's COP21 talks will bring world leaders to Paris in December and is poised to finalize a global climate agreement.  We've never been so close to something this meaningful on an international agreement.  But the negotiators need to se......read more

Forty years ago, it looked like green sea turtles might not make it. They got entangled in fishing wire; humans killed them for meat, oil, leather, and their shells; coastal developments destroyed their habitats; plastics and debris choked them to death. In 1978, the U.S. government listed breeding colonies on the Pacific Coast of Mexico and in Florida as endangered. Now the green sea......read more

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