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Haiti: US Shoe Company TOMS to Open New Factory in 2014

Haiti: US Shoe Company TOMS to Open New Factory in 2014 | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Above: an artist designs Haiti Artist Collective shoes

By the Caribbean Journal staff

California-based shoe company TOMS will be openi

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This is a great step in the right direction: a company can only be truly sustainable by creating work, not just giving away a pair of shoes in an effort attract American teens to cause-related marketing. Tom's success has allowed it to move to a full loop, giving real skills to those in need. Kudos to Toms for closing the loop! "Feel good" moves to the real do-good!

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http://www.toms.com/collections/haiti-artist-collective/l Louis Murat, 26

By the Caribbean Journal staff

California-based shoe company TOMS will be openi


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Louis Murat, 26..."In the future, I'd love to be able to teach children to paint so they can help their own families. With this project, I can start building my family's house."

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Looks Good: What's It Made From? Who Made It? Is it helping or hurting the planet?
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Fashion Revolution Day prompts the question: #whomademyclothes?

Fashion Revolution Day prompts the question: #whomademyclothes? | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Fashion Revolution Day asks consumers to question their favorite brands over where and how their apparel has been produced.


Friday marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that killed 1,133 people and injured more than 2,500. It was this tragic event that caused two women in the UK to take action.


“We knew a disaster like this was going to happen,” Orsola de Castro, cofounder of Fashion Revolution Day, tells Mashable. “There were workers complaining about the infrastructure for months but were threatened with being fired if they did not show up to work. 

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I worked in a wearable art store on clothing-conscious Capitol Hill in DC. If something was inexpensive and not made in America, it went to the back room. If it was made in the US, it wasn't inexpensive. People asked #WhoMadeMyClothes? When they saw the price tag for fair-trade clothing, they usually hung it back up and walked away.


This is the full story, as it has evolved over the past two years. Well worth a read and a pause.


(The shop is no longer in business.)

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Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall

Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

The Obrenovac First Elementary School is the first established school in Belgrade, almost 200 years old. During the two centuries pupils of this school had no adequate indoor space for physical education and sports activities. 

From the very beginning the idea was to design low budget, energy efficient and sustainable building with no unnecessary details.

As Obrenovac Municipality is close to the river Sava banks, it is under the influence of the underground water. This was the crucial technical problem which had to be resolved from the first preliminary design phase. Through design process, the solution for these challenges has been successfully found by designing the waterproof concrete hull, 5 meters deep in the ground, just few centimeters over the highest underground water level. This concept provided some kind of waterproof box, as boat sink, for all premises inside.


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From the very beginning the idea was to design low budget, energy efficient and sustainable building with no unnecessary details.

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This Natural Pool Cleans Itself With Plants, Not Chlorine

This Natural Pool Cleans Itself With Plants, Not Chlorine | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

"Most swimming pools are doused in chlorine as a disinfectant, despite the fact that the chemical can react with other things commonly found in pools—like pee and skin cells—to create byproducts linked to asthma and cancer. A new temporary pool in London takes a different approach by cleaning the water with plants instead.

"In a "regeneration zone," plants like pondweed and water lily absorb nitrates and ammonium and release oxygen, while microorganisms reduce algae and germs. Another section of the pool uses a gravel bed to host another layer of microorganisms for more cleaning. Throughout the day, pumps push the water from the swimming area through the filters."


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Innovation Excellence | Design Your Own Drone, Robot or Machine for Good Competition

Innovation Excellence | Design Your Own Drone, Robot or Machine for Good Competition | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
ALL FOR ENTRIES: We are seeking design IDEAS that are socially, ecologically and technologically relevant to humanitarian causes. The competition will be held April 23 at the Anti-Summit-beta at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, with 50K in prizes awarded. Apply by April 6th.
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The Science Barge

The Science Barge | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Creating a public focal point for Miami’s climate issues with the Science Barge, a floating, urban sustainable farm and environmental education center powered by renewable energy."

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Funded! Click through to see other innovative projects.

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Plastic Eating Mushrooms Turn Trash Into Food - Design Milk

Plastic Eating Mushrooms Turn Trash Into Food - Design Milk | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The discovery specific fungi are capable of eating up some of the most toxic of materials is spurring on research into fungi as an answer for our global waste problem connected to our addiction to disposable, cheap plastics goods. Fungi may also become the foundation of a new chain of food supply if this intriguing growing system can move beyond the prototype phase and eventually help grace our plates with the “fruits” of its terrarium growing labor.
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Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud

Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Inspired by the mud dauber, a little wasp that builds its home with mud, Massimo Moretti developed a way to create mud houses using 3D printing technology. Traditionally, earthen houses are formed by hand in a laborious, tedious process. But with a 3D mud printer, a house can be made in a couple of weeks. His organization, World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP), is dedicated to making housing affordable, particularly in places where the most abundant resource may be earth.

Read more: Wasp-inspired 3D printer can build homes out of mud | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

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A Bamboo Tower That Produces Water From Air | WIRED

A Bamboo Tower That Produces Water From Air | WIRED | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The structure is designed to wring water out of thin air, providing a sustainable source of H2O for developing countries.

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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, January 10, 9:48 PM

La torre WarkaWater es una estructura poco probable encontrar que sobresale del paisaje etíope. A los 30 metros de altura y 13 metros de ancho, no es un medio tan grande como su árbol del mismo nombre (que puede vislumbrarse 75 pies de altura), pero es llamativo, no obstante. La torre larguirucho, de bambú celosía forrada con malla de poliéster de color naranja, no es arte, aunque sí especie de lo parece. Más bien, la estructura está diseñada para escurrir el agua fuera del aire, proporcionando una fuente sostenible de H2O para los países en desarrollo.

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Cheap asphalt provides 'green' carbon capture

Cheap asphalt provides 'green' carbon capture | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—The best material to keep carbon dioxide from natural gas wells from fouling the atmosphere may be a derivative of asphalt, according to Rice University scientists.
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The top 7 Inhabitat stories of 2014!

The top 7 Inhabitat stories of 2014! | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
2014 was an incredible year for green design – and here’s why. We’ve seen technological breakthroughs ranging from airborne wind turbines to Tesla’s first battery-swapping station and a floating device that could clean the world’s oceans.
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Cork 'n Clothes: Innovation: cut or knitted? Cork is shedding its naff, eco-geek image and becoming fashionable

Cork 'n Clothes: Innovation: cut or knitted? Cork is shedding its naff, eco-geek image and becoming fashionable | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The Messe Frankfurt Texpertise Network is a combination of the world's most important textile trade fairs.

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ASANTE SANA | Alabama Chanin | Journal

ASANTE SANA | Alabama Chanin | Journal | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

In March of this year, we unexpectedly received an email with the subject line, “Asante Sana (Thank You) from Kenya!” It was sent by a woman named Nirvana, who is part of a team working to empower rural Kenyans with life and entrepreneurial skills. It seems that their goal is to inspire people to challenge the current social and cultural systems that tend to keep rural Kenyans impoverished. Read part of Nirvana’s first email to us:

Dear Alabama Chanin,  

You inspired 39 rural Kenyan women and men to start a tailoring class to learn hand sewing! They thought they had to have a sewing machine to learn tailoring. They also thought only poor people sewed by hand!

My American team and I are living in rural Kenya to teach Kenyans how to move beyond survival entrepreneurship. When so many community members said they wanted a tailoring class, I had to get creative. I knew there had to be a way to empower these youth without having to buy or find at least 20 sewing machines. So I Googled “hand sewing.” Of course, that led me to Natalie and Alabama Chanin!

When they realized that hand sewing is an art that people will pay the big bucks for, they were clearly inspired. They also loved learning that Natalie started with second-hand clothes. Your story is so perfect for these students! Every Monday and Friday from 10:00 am to noon, a core group of at least 21 students meet together to inspire each other to master hand sewing as a means to becoming tailors.

Our first group project is to make three new curtains for the local church that graciously hosts many of our classes, sewing and others. The current embroidered velvet curtains are at least 20 years old and are falling apart! We’re using this project to teach them the value of criticism for the creative process. These youth have been taught to be good students, to do perfect work and to make no mistakes! What a challenge to open their eyes to the power of critique! We are learning how to teach the students to have the sensibilities of an artist.

Our first response was: Wow. We’ve so often marveled at the power of the internet, its potential as a teaching tool, and its ability to connect those all over the world in shared experiences. We know this to be true and have seen it in action, but this connection felt larger—like a confirmation that the Alabama Chanin mission of sustainability and advancement of the “living arts” has meaning on a global level.

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Project Ara's creator will give you $12,500 to recycle plastic better

Project Ara's creator will give you $12,500 to recycle plastic better | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Sure, the idea of keeping your phone up-to-date by swapping out parts is nice.

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Recycling plastic may be expensive, but we've got oceans of it to deal with, both literally and figuratively.  This project will spin out enormous capacity for innovation -- Imagine the 3d printer tough enough to use recycled materials!

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21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People: #Grassroots #Sustainability

21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People: #Grassroots #Sustainability | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

The world is becoming more centralized, increasingly focused on economies of scale and transferring wealth to a tiny elite at the top of the financial system. Yet, at the same time there is another movement that is actively working to decentralize the world.

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This post by Dan West identifies real tools that make grassroots sustainability possible to real people. Refreshing, simple, comprehensive.

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Sustainably feeding cities with aquaponics | Environment

Sustainably feeding cities with aquaponics | Environment | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The first commercial aquaponics farm offering fish and vegetables has opened its doors in Berlin. The small farm could be part of a bigger picture, as the world looks for sustainable ways to feed the world.
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Aquaponics is finally scaling up to a truly viable level. Kudos Berlin!

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This Drone Startup Has An Ambitious (Crazy) Plan To Plant 1 Billion Trees A Year

This Drone Startup Has An Ambitious (Crazy) Plan To Plant 1 Billion Trees A Year | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

"The world burns or cuts down about 26 billion trees a year. It replants about 15 billion. You can see the shortfall. At the moment, we're not planting trees quickly enough to combat deforestation—a problem with big implications for climate change.


"That's why Lauren Fletcher wants to automate the process with drone technology. His startup, BioCarbon Engineering, plans to seed up to 1 billion trees a year, all without ever setting foot on the ground.... (more)

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What a great use of technology!

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The Ocean Cleanup aims to strip plastic from the sea

The Ocean Cleanup aims to strip plastic from the sea | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

"A 100-kilometre array of floating barriers designed by a 20-year-old inventor aims to clear the oceans of waste plastic, and is one of the projects shortlisted for this year's Designs of the Year award (+ slideshow).


"Dutch engineering student Boyan Slat created The Ocean Cleanup concept with the aim of clearing the oceans of their plastic gyres – floating islands made of millions of pieces of waste that accumulate where currents converge. (more)

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Daniel Libeskind’s funky metallic apartments will purify the Berlin air

Daniel Libeskind’s funky metallic apartments will purify the Berlin air | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Architect Daniel Libeskind has just unveiled his designs for Chausseestrasse 43, a modern, metallic-coated apartment complex located in the heart of Berlin.
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Forget foam — now we can grow better takeout containers

Forget foam — now we can grow better takeout containers | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
We live in a material world, people — synthetic material, that is, with all the attendant mess that makes. But how can a society addicted to Ziploc baggies, Styrofoam coffee cups, and cheap building materials do without?

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This 14-year-old will fix the planet before she graduates

This 14-year-old will fix the planet before she graduates | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Maya Penn is an eco-fashion designer, children’s book author, artist, animator, coder, public speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and environmentalist..

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Pure Inspiration!

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To Save Our Ecosystems, Will We Have to Design Synthetic Creatures? | WIRED

To Save Our Ecosystems, Will We Have to Design Synthetic Creatures? | WIRED | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Bioremediating slugs that monitor our soil, porcupine-like creatures that distribute seeds, biofilm-coated tree leaves that trap pollution and viruses.
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'"If scientists are effectively acting as designers in this new world of biology, it’s increasingly important they start to think like designers."

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Riz Wants to Recycle Ocean Plastic Into Snazzy Board Shorts

Riz Wants to Recycle Ocean Plastic Into Snazzy Board Shorts | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
For Riz Boardshorts, the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic choking up the world's oceans is 5.25 trillion pieces too many. The British swimwear label wants to transform some of that dross into the world's first 100 percent recycled board short.
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14 innovations that improved the world in 2014

14 innovations that improved the world in 2014 | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
From mind-controlled exoskeletons to solar-powered toilets, these innovations made the world a better place in 2014.

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Future Living Housing Project: Technology Meets Design

Future Living Housing Project: Technology Meets Design | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

The Future Living house took twenty six designers to create it, with every technologic leap analyzed to make sure all proposals were possible by 2050. It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location with water using gravity to generate pressure and energy harvested from solar and wind. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall.


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Making cities sustainable 

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Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Development in rural African communities is often limited by lack of access to reliable power – hospitals, schools and businesses all require a steady source of electricity in order to function. The government of Ethiopia just announced plans to address this need using the AORA Solar-Hybrid system. The AORA system is ingenious because it is modular and uses less water than other systems, but perhaps best of all, the concentrated solar tower looks like a gorgeous energy-generating tulip high in the sky.

Read more: Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 
Development in rural African communities is often limited by lack of access to reliable power – hospitals, schools and businesses all require a steady source of electricity in order to function. The government of Ethiopia just announced plans to address this need using the AORA Solar-Hybrid system. The AORA system is ingenious because it is modular and uses less water than other systems, but perhaps best of all, the concentrated solar tower looks like a gorgeous energy-generating tulip high in the sky.

Read more: Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

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