Category: Living

Plume To Help You Breathe Better

Plume To Help You Breathe Better

  Ever wonder the air quality you are breathing? Air pollution used to be invisible but now the Plume Air Report reveals pollution peaks and fresh air. This wearable air pollution tracker was presented at the CES 2017. The Plume report tracks and monitors air quality to help improve your life. It tracks humidity, temperature, household chemicals, irritating gas, exhaust […]

Shinrin Yoku to Improve Health

Shinrin Yoku to Improve Health

  Spending time in natural environments has been linked to lower stress levels, improved working memory and feeling more alive, among other positive attributes. In an effort to combat our indoor epidemic and reap these health benefits, a growing number of Americans have become followers of a Japanese practice called Shinrin-yoku. Coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in […]

Shipping Containers Turned Into Living Spaces

Shipping Containers Turned Into Living Spaces

  With the green premise growing in popularity across the globe, more and more people are turning to cargo container structures for green alternatives. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on shipping docks taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers […]

Turning Plastic Bags Into Plastex

Turning Plastic Bags Into Plastex

    Reform Studio was founded to create high design objects out of low grade plastic bags. The founder, Mariam Hazem, said “Recycling consumes energy and resources but this can be avoided by directly upcycling the bags in new products we design.” Using a traditional Egyptian craft that weaves thread together, she applied the same methodology using plastic. The collected […]

Solar-powered “Sterile Box” for Developing Countries Hospitals

Solar-powered “Sterile Box” for Developing Countries Hospitals

  Surgical procedures come alongside with the risk of an infection. These risks are increased in developing countries as hospitals often lack staple sterilization instruments. To tackle this problem, Rice University students created a solar powered sterilization unit. The Sterile Box has been built into a standard 20-foot steel shipping container, where it boasts of everything required to prepare surgical […]

Loliware: Biodegr(edible) Cups

Loliware: Biodegr(edible) Cups

    LOLIWARE are biodegr(edible) cups* designed to complement a variety of beverages. While you’re sipping your drink, you can eat your cup, and any remnants can be composted. Sure to spark conversation in the hands of guests at parties and events, LOLIWARE’s artisanal flavor and unique texture enliven every occasion. Made entirely of vegan, biodegradable ingredients, LOLIWARE is a […]

Shrimp sold by global supermarkets is peeled by slave labourers in Thailand

Shrimp sold by global supermarkets is peeled by slave labourers in Thailand

  So far this year, more than 2,000 trapped fishermen have been rescued as a result of an ongoing AP investigative series into slavery in the Thai seafood industry. The reports have led to a dozen arrests, millions of dollars’ worth of seizures and proposals for new federal laws.US customs records show that the shrimp entered the supply chains of […]

“Changes Everything” Movie

“Changes Everything” Movie

  Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder […]

Upcycling Vintage Home Decor

Upcycling Vintage Home Decor

  Upcycling old items is always a good idea. You can always reuse some old unused items from your garage or basement and transform them into interesting pieces of furniture for your modern home. If you have some old item, clean it, and insert it in your interior, and you will make remarkable home decor. If you need a some […]

IKEA Movable Walls for Small Spaces

IKEA Movable Walls for Small Spaces

    As urban living is increasing, IKEA came up with an idea that can create more options to small spaces: movable walls. For example, a movable wall can separate a living and bedroom in a studio apartment. IKEA told the Wall Street Journal that it has been testing an 1980s style apartment with movable walls for the past two […]

General Mills Eliminating Artifical Flavors

General Mills Eliminating Artifical Flavors

  The cereals of your childhood — like Lucky Charms, Reese’s Puffs, and Trix — are getting a makeover. General Mills announced today that it will be eliminating artificial flavors and colors from all of its cereals. The company has been experimenting with fruits, vegetables, and spices to replace those artificial ingredients, according to its press release. So, for its most vibrantly […]

Indigenous Fair Trade Fashion 

Indigenous Fair Trade Fashion 

  Indigenous organic + fair trade fashion has been leading the way in stylish, handmade fashion since 1994. All Indigenous’ sustainable apparel is made with extreme care by artisans who are paid a Fair Wage. The founders, Scotty and Matt, have helped form a scalable artisan network through the Indigenous clothing line that reflects a commitment to sustainability and socially […]

Atelier 8000 EcoLodge

Atelier 8000 EcoLodge

  Atelier 8000 developed the proposal for the Kežmarská Hut architectural competition, which asked applicants to design a building offering accommodation, a restaurant, a medical facility, skiing storage and a garage for a snowmobile. The competition was won by a team made up of architects Karel Havliš, Filip Havliš, David Zámečník and Ondřej Novosad, so Atelier 8000’s concept is now unlikely […]

Levi’s Field of Jeans To Promote Recycling

Levi’s Field of Jeans To Promote Recycling

  In an effort to promote recycling, Levi Strauss & Co. started a drive that brought in 18,850 pairs of jeans. The event known as “Field of Dreams” is meant to show the impact of throwing clothes in a landfill versus recycling. The collected jeans weighted 24,000 pounds. They were put on display at the 49ers football stadium by a […]

Southwest Airlines Upcycles 80,000 Leather Seats Into Shoes, Bags, Balls

Southwest Airlines Upcycles 80,000 Leather Seats Into Shoes, Bags, Balls

  Southwest Airlines will lighten its 737-700 aircrafts by over 600 pounds by replacing its leather covered seats with lighter material. The change was aimed at reducing weight – 600 lbs per plane – and thus fuel. The airline, having cracked the top 100 in Newsweek’s annual green company rankings this year didn’t want to throw away the 80,000 leather seat coverings in […]

Primark Dress Includes Worker’s Cry For Help

Primark Dress Includes Worker’s Cry For Help

  Mysterious messages about working conditions discovered in a store remind us that textile industry standards have changed little since the Rana Plaza disaster. Two Swansea shoppers have come forward saying they found extra labels sewn into items bought last year. “Forced to work exhausting hours” read the first; “Degrading sweatshop conditions” says the latest, pictured in the 25 June […]

Stella McCartney Uses Sustainable Wool for 2014 Pre-Fall Collection

Stella McCartney Uses Sustainable Wool for 2014 Pre-Fall Collection

  Stella McCartney’s 2014 Pre-Fall collection at the Harold Pratt House introduced McCartney’s sustainable wool partnership with the Nature Conservancy and Ovis XXI, through which her tailoring and knitwear will use wool from the sheep of Patagonia, South America produced in accordance with the conservancy’s new sustainability standards. Its aim to prevent overgrazing in a bid to preserve grasslands in […]

June Bracelet Measure Sun Exposure

June Bracelet Measure Sun Exposure

  The June bracelet — by French jewelry designer Camille Toupet — is feminine and flattering, while also practical. Camille has worked with brands such as Harry Winston and Louis Vuitton. She made the bracelet to help women prevent skin diseases due sun exposure. The bracelet ($99) made its debut at the International CES Show and will be available in […]

Minimum Wage Increase In Bangladesh

Minimum Wage Increase In Bangladesh

  After many protests, the Bangladesh factory workers were successful at increasing their minimum wage. The September protests caused 400 of the 5,000 factories to close. The government responded with a minimum wage increase in daily salaries from 3,000 taka ($39) to 5,300 taka ($68), effective December 1. The increase in minimum wage is expected to increase retail costs by […]

Thanks to LEGO, Turtle Walks Again

Thanks to LEGO, Turtle Walks Again

  Schildi is not your average turtle. His leg was infected, leaving doctors no choice but to amputate it. Luckily, some awesome German vets found a way to make him a better, stronger, faster tortoise. Now, fitted with a Lego wheel for a leg, he’s a bionic hero in a half shell. Doctors first placed a double wheel under Schildi […]

Wrap Presents with Lush Scarf Designed by Vivienne Westwood

Wrap Presents with Lush Scarf Designed by Vivienne Westwood

  Every Christmas, the UK is responsible for using 227,000 miles of wrapping paper enough to wrap the world nine times. Two iconic British brands, Lush and Vivienne Westwood, joined together to cut back on wasting paper by using scarves instead. The designer, Vivienne Westwood, believes in buying less but buying better quality so that the product lasts. Climate Revolution […]

WesternThrash: Turning Wine Bottles into Lights

WesternThrash: Turning Wine Bottles into Lights

  WesternTrash is designer glassware and lighting with Berlin soul. All products are handmade with love and attention from discarded bottles, so that no two items are exactly alike. Look closely and discover your very own mosaic of bumps, bubbles, and curves. You’ll never find that same pattern twice – every product tells a different part of the Berlin story. […]

40% of Food Goes to Waste

40% of Food Goes to Waste

  Over 90% of Americans may be prematurely tossing food because they misinterpret expiration dates, according to the study by Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit environmental action group. Faulty expiration-date rules are confusing at best, says Dana Gunders, a NRDC staff scientist with the food and agriculture program. “Sell […]

Fast Drying Eco Towels by Danny Seo

Fast Drying Eco Towels by Danny Seo

  Looking to start incorporating eco friendly products into your home?  The Danny Seo Eco-Existence towels are true eco-indulgence with new technologies and beautiful, timeless colors. Made with a special loop design, the towels feature a “quick dry” technology that allows them to dry more quickly either in the dryer or when you air-dry them.    Faster drying also means they […]

Jessica Alba’s Honest Co Delivers Monthly Eco Baby Products

Jessica Alba’s Honest Co Delivers Monthly Eco Baby Products

  The Honest Company is Jessica Alba’s company that delivers monthly eco-friendly products to families with babies. The reason she created this company is, “That there’s a cause and effect to every action you take. So all of your purchasing and consuming choices are going to affect the planet and the people around you in some way, be it positive […]

iPhone Megaphone Works Without Electricity

iPhone Megaphone Works Without Electricity

  No electricity? No problem. Plug your iPhone into this ceramic passive amplifier, optimized to boost the sound of your iPhone output. The amplifier sits atop a wooden stand to maximize vibrations. The Megaphone comes in six colors. Four-year-old Italian design partnership En & Is (En for designer Enrico Bosa and Is for Isabella Lovero) have created a large ceramic […]

Dove Cottage Eco Home in St. John

Dove Cottage Eco Home in St. John

  Aurora Tower, a New York Vanderbilt descendant, designed and built her eco-home friendly home in St. John using sustainable materials, eco-conscience design; everything inside and out runs on sun and rain water. The home was finished in 2009 but Aurora puts allows others to enjoy this eco home by listing it for rent on jetsetter.com. Tower is a Brown […]

Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes

Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes

  Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes: 1. H&M has a new policy allowing shoppers to donate bags of clothing (which don’t have to be in good condition or carry an H&M label) in exchange for a 15 percent discount on an item of their choice. Puma and The North Face stores also accept worn clothing, and other retailers such as Levi’s, […]

Vegan Rubber Roma Rain Boots $84

Vegan Rubber Roma Rain Boots $84

  April showers are long gone, but that doesn’t mean the rains have stopped. Roma‘s vegan rubber rain boots are made from 100-percent natural latex rubber, and they’re lined with cotton to keep your feet warm and comfortable. Fairly made in China from 100 percent natural latex rubber, each boot includes a lining of quick-drying cotton to keep your toes […]

Beyonce Partners with Rent The Runway Boutique

Beyonce Partners with Rent The Runway Boutique

  Beyonce is pairing her Sasha Fierce style with affordable prices in her new partnership with Rent The Runway. The online boutique provides inexpensive, high fashion apparel from over 100 designers and will now offer selections from the Beyonce Boutique. Rent the runway members can rent items for either 4 or 8 days. The site allows users to dress nice […]