Pick Up Wood

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Now here’s a submission that put an instant smile on my face. Pick up Wood by Belgium based Alain Berteau is a simple hanger hook that requires you to take a walk in the woods and pick up a fallen branch to complete the object and turn it into a hanger.

The project was designed for the brussels based non-profit organisation Les Petits Riens, which provides social reinsertion via the collecting and selling of second-hand clothes and used furniture.

BigBelly Trash Compactors

Big Belly Trash Compactors could make a huge impact in today’s garbage and recycling in big cities, like New York. The coolest part: It has a wireless notification system that will tell a control center when it needs to be picked up. Geeky stuff. Love it!

Tube iPhone Case

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«tube» makes products that are almost completely produced from old bicycle tubes or remaining stocks.

«tube» was founded by swiss Steve Henseler and Marc Lounis and the founders of a Cubegrafik, a design- and communication agency in Biel.

How Green Is Your Takeaway Container?

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Your food can’t go everywhere exposed to the elements; it needs packaging. Unfortunately, that packaging often takes massive amounts of energy to create, and much of it doesn’t properly decompose. CHOW rated some common carriers on a scale from 1 (bad) to 5 (good).

How Green Is Your Takeaway Container?, by Elizabeth Gillian

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Repair Manifesto

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Repair Manifesto.

Crane Paper, 100% Cotton

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Paper company Crane & Co. has launched a new swatchbook, Crane Paper, 100% Cotton: The Definitive Collection. This is the world’s greenest paper. No trees or wood fiber go into it because is entirely made of cotton. The swatchbook itself is made from cotton paper as well, and was designed by a C&G Partners team led by Partner Emanuela Frigerio.

UPDATE: This post was originally titled “The World’s Greenest Paper”, hence all the comments below. A title I copied directly from C&G’s blog. This was obviously a misleading/false statement, my apologies.

Water Footprint

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As we become more and more aware that we may be using water at an unsustainable pace, the idea of water footprints—the amount of water an individual uses—is becoming more common. Water footprints can be hard to calculate, depending on how far up the chain of production you go, since everything you eat and buy used some water to produce (to feed cows for beef, for example, or to use in the factory that made your cell phone). With GOOD Magazine’s latest Transparency, they give you some examples of how much water is used in some of your daily activities, so that you can begin calculate your footprint and try to reduce your gallons. See the graphic in big.

Read the full article: Transparency: How Much Water Do You Use?

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Question for my readers: Green Printer

I am finalizing a branding project and am about to put my feelers out for ‘green printers’. Do you have a printer that you enjoyed working with and that puts an emphasis on eco-friendly printing? 100 instant karma points for any leads you might have.

Boxed Water Is Better

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Part sustainable water company, part art project, part philanthropic project, and completely curious. Boxed Water Is Better, is a boxed water company. Started with the simple idea of creating a new bottled water brand that is kinder to the environment and gives back a bit – they found that it shouldn’t be bottled at all, but instead, boxed. So they looked to the past for inspiration in the century old beverage container and decided to keep things simple, sustainable, and beautiful.

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Greenhouse

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Greenhouse by Jantze Brogard Asshoff

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Hey you, Pillow!

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A pretty green pillow. Etsy find.

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Send and Receive Postal Mail Virtually: Zumbox

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Zumbox is a free paperless postal mailbox for each street address in the U.S. It allows you to send and receive postal mail virtually. Qualified organizations can sign up for the Free Postage Program and send mail for free. Currently in beta.

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Fight indoor pollution with plants

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“At its culmination in 1989, NASA’s two-year research into sustainable methods of indoor atmospheric cleansing in space stations revealed that many common houseplants and blooming potted plants help fight pollution indoors, making the air safer for humans. Certain plants that thrive in apartments eat carbon and other ‘off-gases’, such as formaldehyde and benzene, the way that monstrous shrub from the Little Shop of Horrors ate its owner’s enemies.”

What about some “Metaphys indoor grass planters“?

(thank you keren)

The Sun

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The Sun – Handbag made out of recycled Newspaper. Most probably not all that practical, but definitely a conversation starter. 

Eco Dollhouse | Eco-Centric Play Gift Idea

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How fantastic is this Eco House? Dolls and kids can add the rewards of saving energy to pretend-play fun when they set up housekeeping in this ecologically friendly home that includes a windmill, rain barrel, solar panels, recycling bins, shower, and motor bike.

question for my readers: pros in sustainable design

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There are more and more sustainable products and options available for how we live our lives, but who are the real masterminds behind all this new stuff? Who are they? What shops do they work for/run? What have they done, what are they working on and what’s their vision?

Do you know of any designers that made themselves a name in sustainable design? If so, please list their/your portfolio as a comment below. Just curious!

green gift: 4 Battery Solar Charger

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This 4 Battery Solar Charger can charge 4pcs “D”/”C”/”AA”/”AAA” size rechargeable batteries. How wonderful!

Atlantis made out of used plastic bottles

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Gayle Chong Kwan brings back the lost city of Atlantis with used plastic bottles.

Chiquita Chandelier

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The biggest name in bananas can also mean the biggest contribution to cardboard waste—if thrown away. Dutch Designer Anneke Jakobs collected discarded cartons in the street during her days as a student at the Utrecht School of Product Design. Ten cartons make up the luxe chandelier. Desktop paper fasteners hold it all together. The look is unexpected, chic, and surprisingly upscale. Chiquita Chandelier.

Designers Accord

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Designers Accord, founded by Valerie Casey is a call to arms for the creative community to reduce the negative impact caused by design, and to work collaboratively to inspire positive change in industry and consumer behavior.

Adopting the Designers Accord provides access to a global community of peers who share passion and ideas around environmental innovation. The theory is that our influence grows exponentially when we act together.
Read more about it on the Designers Accord website.

nightwood: reincarnated furniture, textile and home

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Saturday night I had the pleasure to chat with Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron the lovely ladies behind NightWood, a Brooklyn based home décor business specializing in its own reconstructed furniture and textiles. Their ‘upsycling’ concept is not only appropriate of our times, the pieces are simply stunning. I am all for one-of-a-kind designs!

Notes from The Feast Conference

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Today’s Feast Conference was truly inspiring and made me think! What impressed me the most were the attendes; every person I spoke to was a “Doer”. Jerri Chou and Michael Karnjanaprakorn of All Day Buffet did a fantastic job in organizing The Feast and I can hardly believe this was their first attempt at organizing an event of this magnitude. Can I just say that today’s lunch was the most delicious catered food I’ve ever had? I can’t wait to see what Jeri and Michael pull together next year, when The Feast continues.

I was prepared to live-blog like the other day at CLICK but unfortunately they didn’t have wireless. Here’s a quick summary of some of today’s presentations:

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Sustainable Urban Agriculture: The Vertical Farm Project by Dickson Despommier, Columbia University:

Dickson Despommier (how cool is this name?) spoke on trying to find new ways to integrate agriculture into city environments. Why? In 50 years from now it wont be possible to feed the people the same way we do today, as there’s just not enough resources. By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers. Applying the most conservative estimates to current demographic trends, the human population will increase by about 3 billion people during the interim. An estimated 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than is represented by the country of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today. The solution: Vertical Farming.

Interesting fact: NYC consumes food that needs the state of virigina to grow!

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Tom Szaky of Terracycle spoke on Eco-Capitalism 2.0: The Next Generation of Green Practices That Increase Profits.

I was hugely impressed by Tom Szaky‘s presentation, founder of Terracycle. He was speaking on the next Generation of green practices that increase profits. The TerraCycle Story is a tale of ultimate Eco-Capitalism. The company’s flagship product, TerraCycle Plant Food™, is an all-natural, all-organic, ‘goof-proof’ liquid plant food made from waste (worm poop) and packaged in waste (reused soda bottles)!

Tom is a firm believer in ‘upsycling’, which means creating a new desirable product out of ‘garbage’. Examples are: Juice pouches made into bags, Corkboards, Wastewrapperpaper Notebooks etc.

Big corporations took note of Tom’s cause and are building partnerships. As an example he mentioned how they teamed up with Target and created the first reusable shopping bag made entirely out of recycled plastic bags. Big companies today are craving solutions that are sustainable as long as they can prove it.

Tom’s credo: There’s no garbage that can not be upsycled into something else.

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Joshua Onysko of Pangea Organics talked about the The Fringe of the Fringe:

Joshua got into making soap out of a desperate ‘bonding attempt’ with his mom, little did he know that it would soon change his life. He is now the proud owner of the fastest growing organic skin care line in the world that brings you the fastest growing packaging in the world. What impressed me the most is Pangea’s innovative packaging. All product boxes are made with Zero Waste process with 100% post-consumer paper and organic seeds like sweet basil and amaranth. Simply slip off the label, soak the box in water for a minute and plant it in the earth. Also, all labels are screenprinted as the labels that you traditionally stick on produce too much waste. Pangeas is just starting a new initiative that will empower the consumer to plant their own trees with seeds that will be in the packaging of their product. Joshua believes in getting the consumer in touch with what we can do on our own. Impressive!

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Scott Belksy of Behance on Make Good Ideas Happen:

Scott Belsky believes that the greatest breakthroughs across all industries are a result of creative people and teams that are especially productive. As such, Scott has committed his professional life to help organize creative individuals, teams, and networks and is the founder of Behance, a company that develops products and services that boost productivity in the Creative Professional Community.

Tips & Best Practices: What especially productive creatives do

Generate Ideas in Moderation: Don’t get off track with a new idea. Too many ideas can be a problem as well. (The IdeaSyndrom)

Organizing with a Bias to Action: How to balance the two. Compromise! Always focusing on whats actionable.

Measure a meeting in action steps! If there are no action steps after a meeting, should we have had that meeting at all? Have a culture of capturing action steps: After a meeting you make the round and go through the action steps. Duplications can be avoided and missed actions can be pointed out.

Share ideas liberally. Leverage the community around you. Don’t be scared of sharing ideas. Sharing ideas early is a great way to hold yourself accountable and making them stick.

Share Ownership of Ideas. Distribute Credit.

Fight your way to breakthroughs. The most productive teams encourage fighting and discourage apathy. As a leader of any type of idea you have to make sure people keep on fighting.

Value the Team’s Immune System. Ideas are often the syndrom that ideas don’t happen.

Leaders Talk Last (Silence the Visionary) If you speak first you fail to listen to new ideas as your your team will just follow your lead. Listen first!

Hiring someone? Judge Based on Initiative (Not Experience) Focus on the Initiatives they showed in their past. People that show that they take initiative to things that are important to them are likely do to the same for you if you get theme excited about your idea.

Unique is Opportune. We all have to gain confidence. Nothing extraordinary has been achieved through ordinary means.

One new service Behance is offering is the Action Method, a radical approach to productivity and project management. Unfortunately he ran out of time and couldn’t tell us more about their new online service. View and Action Method Demo.

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Dale Jones of PlayPumps International: An engineer in south-africa came up with a concept that allows playing children to pump water up from the ground. Simple and efficient. Learn more.

SOLo Lounge Table

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The SOLo Lounge Table by iF collects solar energy to power personal digital devices. During the evening, internal LED lights provide an intimate glow. It can harness approximately 73 kilowatt hours of solar energy every year in a typical outdoor setting (using southern California as an example). This amount of power provides the equivalent of over 100 mobile phone or iPod charges per day, 40 iPhone charges per day, or 3 laptop computer charges per day (or 12 hours of laptop operating power per day based on a 4-hour average battery life) – all without draining traditional, overextended sources of energy.

(thank you peter)

Yarn From Old Newspapers

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A graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven, Greetje van Tiem, has found a distinctive and creative way to recycle old newspapers. Van Tiem completed a project that turns newspapers into yarn. Read more.