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RX Made For the Kickstarter Win

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Chicago's Rebuilding Exchange set to launch collection of upcycled furniture with Strand Design

On Chicago's west side, derelict and empty buildings are a regular aspect of the landscape. And when the buildings get demolished, the building materials are largely sent to landfills. Rebuilding Exchange, a Chicago nonprofit launched three years ago, intervenes in this waste stream to keep construction and demolition materials out of the landfill. According to their website, the outfit has......read more

Wash Lamps

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Alex Kovatchev finds a useful function for old washing machine drums.

Yanko Design hips us to these fantastic lamps from designer Alex Kovatchev. Looking a lot like industrial-style modern lighting, Wash Lamps are actually made from a washing machine drum (the part you put your clothes in). The holes in the barrel that send water through the machine work to send light around the room. Pretty nifty!...read more

Upcycled Bikes by Starling & Hero

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Busted down bikes given new life by South African company

Okay, so we know that biking is the most eco-friendly mode of transport. But what's the most eco-friendly form of bike? Starling & Hero have your answer. The South African startup restores is building a business on restoring old, beat-up bikes into beautiful cruisers and racers.  Starling & Hero founder Emile Kotze scours thrift stores, garage sales, and friends' basements for......read more

Sustainability, Politics, and Consumerism

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Steven Cohen on the shift to a clean economy

As 2011 ends and we find some time for reflection, I am thinking a lot about the issue of material consumption and sustainability. Many of my students believe that a key answer to the crisis of planetary sustainability is for individuals to reduce their material consumption. When they say this, they are not thinking of the planet's poorest people, but the planet's richest people. There is a case......read more

SHFT Sampler 2-4-11

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Mountaintop mining, Volt vs. Leaf, vintage babes in nature, and more.

Electric Avenue: The race for electric car dominance is underway, and GM is emerging as the early front-runner. According to CNN Money, since production began last November, U.S. sales of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid are three times that of the all-electric Nissan Leaf. On the strength of those numbers, GM is planning to roll out the Volt to all 50 states by the end of the year. Material......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-29-11

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Whole Larder Love is the best food foraging blog ever, Alternative Apparel hits the street, ants make rafts to defy floods, and more.

Foraged Food Porn: Thanks to Cold Splinters, we just discovered our new favorite food blog. Whole Larder Love comes correct with "thrilling yarns of cooking, hunting, fishing, and harvesting" from Ballarat, Australia. Beauty photos! Re Up Gang: Looking to build green? The Design for Reuse Knowledge Exchange is the online encyclopedia of materials reuse. Good resource. Eco Brick and Mortar:......read more

Phoebe Washburn's Living Environments

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Repurposing materials like wood and cardboard, a Brooklyn artist turns gallery spaces into architectural experiences

You wouldn't be faulted for thinking there is some environmental commentary in Phoebe Washburn's work. The Brooklyn artist builds large scale landscape installations using repurposed detritus she collects from the street, from cardboard boxes and old newspapers to construction materials and discarded plastic. But it's her hoarding instinct, not eco principles, that drives the work. "I’m......read more

Found Concrete Installations by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove

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Australian artist finds inspiration--and materials--on the seaside

It's not unusual for creative types to go for walks to find inspiration. But for Australian artist Lizzie Buckmaster Dove, daily walks also serve the purpose of uncovering the materials she uses in her work. Walking along the seaside  near her home in Coledale, New South Wales, Lizzie collected concrete fragments from an old swimming pool which has been claimed by the to-and-fro of the......read more

Living Pots by Design Nobis

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These sustainable cultivation are units made from 100 percent reclaimed materials

Turkey-based "sustainable design center" Design Nobis has a solid portfolio of green design products, including these Living Pots made from 100 percent recyclable and reused materials. The cultivation units are constructed from bent reclaimed metal pieces and industrial scrap wood, and can be used for growing plants, herbs and mushrooms in both personal and industrial applications. Driven by the......read more

The 'Perfect' Car

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Is a no-emissions vehicle made from 100% recycled materials on the way?

So energy is a big deal. Where we get it from, how much of it we use, and what consequences result from using it have massive implications on our planet and our species. One side of this coin is looking at the energy that we use to power our homes, offices, and grid-connected technology. Another side of the energy coin involves transportation, which gets us from A to B, along with most of the......read more

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