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Gardens NYC: Isa's Oasis

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Isa Brito's herbal elixirs spring from the healing plants in her Williamsburg garden.

Our good friend Isa Brito is the herbalist behind Isa's Restoratives, a line of wildcrafted, organic concoctions that we fully endorse (hot tip: try the Blue Chamomile Face Cream ). In this episode of Gardens NYC, we explore the Williamsburg garden where the lives of Isa's tinctures begin. But healing plants aren't the garden's only residents; Isa is down with weeds as well.......read more

Plus Minus Zero Humidifier

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Clean and compact design from Naoto Fukasawa. $391.00

The curvy, donut-shaped humidifier from Japanese design house +-0 efficiently solves dry winter air, and looks damn good while it does it. The Naoto Fukasawa design features a removable water tank with convenient foldable handle. You can also put few drops of your favorite aromatic oil and aroma will spread with the steam. Once the water is gone, the PlusMinusZero humidifier shuts automatically......read more

Scout Regalia Patio Garden Kit

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Build your own garden box $95.00

Like all the best things in life, gardening takes work. This Patio Garden Kit, from Los Angeles design house Scout Regalia, gets you prepped for the work ahead, providing you with everything you need, less wood, to build a patio-friendly garden of whatever size you like. Your job is to source your own reclaimed wood, then tack it all together with the included heavy gauge steel brackets (locally......read more

Reclaimed Mahogany Coasters

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Wood reclaimed from a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house. $56.00

"A well-made object can be passed down, and shouldn't have to be replaced, so there's one less thing in the landfills." So goes the product philosophy behind Kaufmann Mercantile, an online purveyor of the type of high-quality, high-function stuff that lasts generations. The shop has a nicely honed selection of offerings that includes these Reclaimed Mahogany Coasters, which make clever......read more

Eco Age

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UK green design trailblazer Nicola Giuggioli on sustainablility and design.

London's Eco Age is a store, showroom and consultancy that acts as a hub for all things green. Founder Nicola Giuggioli doesn't think "sustainable design" should infer any particular aesthetic. Neither do we. Here, Giuggioli discusses the concept....read more

Watershed Sustainable Workspace

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Prefab with near-zero eco-footprint is the perfect retreat for Oregon nature writer.

We could get used to working here. Designed by FLOAT architecture, 'Watershed' is a 100 square foot writer's studio that reveals the complex ecology around it. Little tunnels under the structure bring reptiles and amphibians into view through the floor-level window. A water collection basin, doubling as the front step, attracts birds and deer. All of the structure's parts are......read more

Puma's Clever Little Bag

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Sneaker giant ditches the shoebox for a more sustainable alternative.

As part of its footprint reduction project, Puma commissioned Yves Behar of fuseproject to create a new packaging system for Puma shoes. The result is a revolution in showbox design. Using 65% less paper than a traditional shoebox, the "Clever Little Bag" is a cardboard stock frame wrapped in reusable shoe bag. The packaging has no laminated printing, no tissue paper, requies less space......read more

Amalia House

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Austrian holiday home pays tribute to the natural world outside.

Earth is increasingly being touted as the building material of the future, leading to a hot new architectural trend: grass houses. Designed by GRID Architects, the Amalia House in Styria, Austria joins the trend...sort of. The family holiday home is completely covered with artificial turf, highlighting the interchange between indoors and out. We may be taking the idea of "green" design......read more

Rogan Timeless Watch

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Repurposed watch cleverly comments on the convention of keeping time. $110.00

This sleekly sustainable, cleverly conceptual accessory from Rogan house comes just in time for summer. Made in NYC from repurposed vintage time pieces, the Timeless Watch is a unique and sharp-looking example of upcycling. More than that, though, it's empty face offers a sly comment on our obsession with keeping time. Available in matte black and gold.  ...read more

Ocean Green Golondrina Surfboard

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Shred sustainably with this 6'4" quad fish.

Ocean Green is a small Britsh surfboard company with a staunch focus on sustainability. Avoiding the negative ecological impacts of conventional board shaping, the shapers use hollow balsa cores (sourced from sustainably managed forests) instead of non-biodegradable polyurethane or polystyrene, and organic hemp or cotton cloth instead of fiberglass. At 6'4", the Golondrina is Ocean......read more

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