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Magid: How tech helps and harms our environment

Magid: How tech helps and harms our environment | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
As we get ready to celebrate Earth Day next week, I cant help think about how technology both helps and harms our environment.
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Show highlights sustainable couture

Show highlights sustainable couture | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Introducing new ideas is one thing. Ingraining them is another. (Show highlights sustainable couture http://t.co/b4Pt6Q6jc0 via @sharethis)
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Signs of innovation - the example of Spider Silk

Signs of innovation - the example of Spider Silk | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The current fashion and textile landscape is fairly limited in terms of what types of materials are being used. Innovation is key, and products such as Tencel, Sorona and Ingeo proof that industry is investing heavily in R&D.
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Cotton, we've realized, is not particularly sustainable (water could be used for food), Bamboo can deplete excess energy when being converted to functional products. Here's one alternative.

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GOOD 100: Meet Dana Arbib, Bringing Human Rights to High Fashion

GOOD 100: Meet Dana Arbib, Bringing Human Rights to High Fashion | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
"...Arbib also aims to bring production back to the U.S. to affect jobs and hand made techniques that are dying out due to cheap factory production overseas. APT did a small project in Colorado employing a family-run business to hand paint silk scarves, but Arbib says she hopes to do more on the North American continent this year.
To tackle this goal, she will be collaborating with artist and friend Jeffrey Gibson on a special collection of textiles and jewelry. Gibson, a renowned painter and sculptor, a TED Foundation Fellow, and a member of The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, will help Arbib to merge aspects of his Cherokee culture with her design aesthetic, (click though gor more)


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Lilah Horwitz | Sass Brown

Lilah Horwitz | Sass Brown | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Check out this weeks eco fashion posting on site specific artist maker Lilah Horwitz who works with found fabrics http://t.co/ZENc0ZH7Ov

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Sass Brown's curator insight, March 24, 2013 6:51 PM

Eco Fashion Talk features a different eco fashion designer each week

ccchinachic's comment, March 28, 2013 2:13 AM
nice
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http://www.ccchinachic.com/products/fashion/womens-clothing/womens-dresses/c-124/page-2.html
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H&M Launches "Conscious Exclusive" Line of Sustainable Partywear | Ecouterre

H&M Launches "Conscious Exclusive" Line of Sustainable Partywear | Ecouterre | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

H&M is putting on its fancypants. The Swedish retailer announced on Tuesday the launch of “Conscious Exclusive,” a collection of partywear derived from sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled polyamide, and Tencel. Inspired by old Hollywood glamour, the formal duds include sweeping gowns and natty suits for women, as well as a “rock-and-roll red-carpet style” that brings “real attitude to spring tailoring” for men, according to Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s head of design.

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Susan Davis Cushing's comment, March 19, 2013 1:54 PM
fingers crossed: H&M seems to be stepping up to the sustainable clothing challenge. They're also the largest purchaser of organic cotton in the U.S.
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Turning plastic trash into high fashion | Global Ideas | DW.DE | 05.03.2013

Turning plastic trash into high fashion | Global Ideas | DW.DE | 05.03.2013 | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
An initiative in Burkina Faso is tying together eco protection with women's empowerment. The group fashions skirts and handbags from used plastic bags. The proceeds go towards improving the lives of the seamstresses.
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Ten Years later: a full-circle plastics recycling project that enables, trains and educates the women involved. Compare this with a projects that "gives' a pair of shoes to someone when another pair is puhcased. One pair of shoes will not change a person's life. Training, providing earnings, a repurposing the dearth of plastics in the evironment is a project model we can all get behind. sdc

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'Tind' Prefab Houses by Stockholm-based Design Studio Claesson Koivisto Rune

'Tind' Prefab Houses by Stockholm-based Design Studio Claesson Koivisto Rune | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Stockholm-based studio claesson koivisto rune have has created 3 sleek typologies for prefabricated homes that draw from the distinctly scandinavian landscape and approach to efficient living.


The 'Tind' residences draw their name from the norwegian word for 'mountain peak', a concept informed by the remarkable lack of sharp pointed peaks in scandinavian mountain systems. The softened edges of the range lend the landscape a particular beauty that finds its way into the architecture in the form of a truncated, single pitch roof. Floor-grazing windows are relegated to major walls and all apertures lie flush with light-drenched interiors. Rather than a perforated volume, the home is a rhythmic composition of built material and void, and despite the various models of kit houses, every interior is organized by a central entrance way or staircase and seeks to blur notions of interior and exterior.

While prefabricated homes have many historical iterations, the architectural integrity of the 'Tind' series is preserved through culturally relevant approaches to living...


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Jake & Maya Launch Upcycling Denim Challenge | EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

Jake & Maya Launch Upcycling Denim Challenge | EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
If you've ever wondered what to do with all those old denim jeans, check out Jake & Maya's new competition and win the chance to join the team as an upcycling designer.
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thanks to Sass Brown and EcoSalon for keeping us all up to speed on the prospects for sustainable design!

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Biomimicry in action

Biomimicry in action | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Exploration Architecture has completed the first pilot of its Sahara Forest Project

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Alejandro Diaz's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:29 AM

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Alber Einstein

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Radical Nature - Sustainable Architecture

A closer look at one of the main themes of the current Barbican Art Gallery exhibition 'Radical Nature, Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009'...

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A must-see: the inspiration of biomimicry and sneak peak at this lovely new exhibition, with a H/T to Bucky Fuller. 4 mins.

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The Greenest Office Building In The World Is About To Open In Seattle

The Greenest Office Building In The World Is About To Open In Seattle | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Seattle’s Bullitt Center is being heralded as the greenest, most energy-efficient commercial office building in the world. It’s not that the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building is utilizing never-before-seen technology.
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Man Converts Dumpster into Deluxe Backyard Pool (Video)

Man Converts Dumpster into Deluxe Backyard Pool (Video) | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Whether it's for wasted (but still edible!) food or recreation, dumpsters and diving seem to go quite well together. While the "dumpster pool" meme has taken root in places like Manhattan as a form of public wading, New Orleans-based production designer and architect Stefan Beese has also transformed one old dumpster into an upscale-looking private pool in his backyard.A dumpster is transformed into a small but stylish wading pool in this man's yard.

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H&M's First "Conscious Talk" Panel Highlights Fashion's Role in a Sustainable Future | Ecouterre

By Amy Dufault: Depending on whom you ask, H&M is either the problem or the solution. The Swedish retailer isn’t justany apparel firm, after all. When it comes perpetuating our culture of “fast fashion”—low-quality, inexpensive garments, churned out at a dizzying pace—H&M, with its more than 2,800 stores in 49 markets, is second only to Zara in terms of reach. But while H&M’s global influence isn’t a matter of debate, the company’s recent campaign to reposition itself as a bulwark of sustainability is far more controversial. Equally polarizing? H&M’s new, self-appointed role as ecological thought leader, which it parlayed on Thursday into its first-ever “Conscious Talk” panel on the fashion industry’s role in creating a sustainable future.  (click for more)

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Sustainable Scandinavia – 8 Fashion Designers Who Walk the Talk | EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

Sustainable Scandinavia – 8 Fashion Designers Who Walk the Talk | EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
These 8 Scandinavian fashion designers are designing stylish, beautiful, functional and high quality clothing through environmental and ethical practices.


Clean, ethical and progressive fashion from the north that has its sights set on creating a sustainable industry.  

Scandinavia – that obscure northern region home to beautiful blondes, mysterious folklore and long, cold nights – is also the origin of some of the most innovative fashion designers of our time. Based in cultures that have always had a deep connection to the nature that surrounds and sustains them, respect for the environment shines through as a key factor, whether with the use of natural materials, recycling or intelligent design. Due to harsh living conditions and short growing seasons, traditions and practices of re-use, maximum throughput, and efficient implementation, have carried through to the modern day, as is evident from these designers’ work."

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testing new content 

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The Crochet Coral Reef Project [25 pics]

The Crochet Coral Reef Project [25 pics] | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
  The Crochet Coral Reef (CCR) is a project by the Institute For Figuring, a non-profit Los-Angeles based organization that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientif...
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I've been following this project for years. It's a great and facinating learning tool "for all ages". The design credit goes to Nature and hyperbolic life forms. It's great tool to to help us learn about our coral reefs. 

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Sass Brown's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:07 PM

Amazing crochet Coral Reef with a purpose, to engage the public in science

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On Our Urban Ag Radar: Hydroponic Vending Machines; Oasis Grower Solutions for Anxious Growers; Living Within a Vertical Farm

On Our Urban Ag Radar: Hydroponic Vending Machines; Oasis Grower Solutions for Anxious Growers; Living Within a Vertical Farm | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The image that stopped me dead in my internet-surfing tracks: A hydroponic lettuce vending machine. This brilliant machine can be found in Japan. It's brilliant. Brilliant. Let's move these in next...

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ParadigmGallery's comment, April 1, 2013 4:38 PM
awesome...I crave greens....totally cool idea!
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does this work for you?


Albert Green's curator insight, October 14, 2013 2:23 AM

Even though this will not pass as an alternative for lunch, lettuce vending machines are nevertheless a nice invention for those who want to get fresh greens. Hydroponic farming and vending gives more options and soon we can see more fruits and vegetables sold this way.

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This Lisbon Home Has A Green Facade That “Breathes”

This Lisbon Home Has A Green Facade That “Breathes” | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Sustainability in architecture reveals itself in many forms, some more subtle or hidden than others. It’s much more complicated an issue than just green lawning your building, but sometimes that’s just what you need to get your message across.


The House in Travessa do Patrocínio by RA\\ does just that. The narrow townhouse is situated in the center of Lisbon, in a neighborhood with little access to green spaces. To compensate for this, the architects draped the house with lush green facades that cover 100 square-meters of wall space.

The facades are integral components to the architecture, and are planted with approximately 4,500 plants sourced from 25 different local varieties, all of which require little maintenance. The result is a vertical garden that functions as an urban “lung” within the pavement-heavy area, helping to rid the residential street of excess noise, carbon, and other pollutants floating about.

Though small and humble in proportion,  the architects hope that the house is an “example of sustainability for the city of Lisbon,” a new urban model applicable at all scales of building.


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, March 25, 2013 12:07 PM

The footprint of this home is relatively modest, the green statment it makes is bold and beautiful. The green wall the architects say functions as an urban “lung” within the pavement-heavy area, helping to rid the residential street of excess noise, carbon, and other pollutants floating about. Read on....

Mary H Goudie's curator insight, August 26, 2013 12:53 PM

Just round the corner from my apartment in Campo de Ourique, one of this city's little inner residential villages! I check out the progress of the vertical plantation once in a while and wish I could have my apartment clad in the same. Come up & see it for yourselves - just grab a 28 or 25 antique tram, both pass right below my window. 

Brett Christie-Taylor's curator insight, March 24, 2014 4:08 PM

A beautiful example of a home that is embracing sustainable engineering and something that we should all be trying to do.

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Capturing Carbon Dioxide with a “Solar Sponge”

Capturing Carbon Dioxide with a “Solar Sponge” | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

A new smart material called a MOF (metal organic framework) has the ability to adsorb carbon dioxide and release it when exposed to sunlight thus creating a new breakthrough in a way to recycle CO2 emissions using renewable energy.

A new smart material called a MOF (metal organic framework) has the ability to adsorb carbon dioxide and release it when exposed to sunlight thus creating a new breakthrough in a way to recycle CO2 emissions using renewable energy. - See more at: http://blog.cleantechies.com/2013/02/26/capturing-carbon-dioxide-with-a-solar-sponge/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cleantechies+%28CleanTechies+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader#sthash.JO5scbcM.dpuf


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Eco Innovators’ Design Play Cards are a Fun Way to Learn About Sustainable Design

Eco Innovators’ Design Play Cards are a Fun Way to Learn About Sustainable Design | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Melbourne-based creative agency Eco Innovators is up to green mischief again with their new Design Play Cards – a deck of 50 quirky playing cards designed to challenge, inspire and explore sustainable design. Gamification is recognized as a valid educational tool, and the Design Play Cards assist educators in conveying complex approaches to design problem solving using fun and engaging exercises. The cards are divided into three groups: The ‘Design Problem’ set challenges players to solve social and environmental design issues, the ‘Design Inspiration’ set encourages players to find inspiration through real world solutions in action, and the ‘Design Strategy’ cards help players discover opportunities through sustainable design thinking.

Read more: Eco Innovators' Design Play Cards are a Fun Way to Learn About Sustainable Design | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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How the business of biomimicry is happening at the zoo

How the business of biomimicry is happening at the zoo | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

"San Diego Zoo Global is the first zoo to establish a center focused on applying bio-inspired solutions to industry challenges through biomimicry. The zoo's Centre for Bioinspiration was born five years ago.Nature and tech are partnering at the San Diego Zoo's Centre for Bioinspiration."


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Why We Love Beautiful Things

Why We Love Beautiful Things | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
If designers understood more about the mathematics of attraction, the mechanics of affection, all design could both look good and be good for you.
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‘Overdressed,’ by Elizabeth L. Cline

‘Overdressed,’ by Elizabeth L. Cline | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Elizabeth L. Cline surveys the cultural, economic and environmental consequences of our never-ending hunt for low-priced clothing.
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Reading this review is the next best thing to reading the book: get it on  your reading list -- I suppose I'm one of those "ethical fashion boosters" spoken about. Hard to manage the lifestyle, but, I challenge you.

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the cowshed collective brings sustainability to social farming

the cowshed collective brings sustainability to social farming | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
a cowshed in ireland made entirely from locally available and salvaged materials creates startling effects of dappled light while working with an existing structure.
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beautiful and idyllic. would love to see more information about the costs!

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A view on Sustainable Fashion: The Beautiful and the Good

A view on Sustainable Fashion: The Beautiful and the Good | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Can fashion be sustainable? It’s a challenge that not even fashion – ephemeral by nature and by definition – can ignore.


International luxury conglomerates are investing in sustainable brands, giants of mass retail offer apparel made of eco-friendly fibers, small brands incorporate recycled and discarded materials into their clothing to create a sophisticated fashion aesthetic, social responsibility becomes cool in marketing, and artisanal work and durable quality are rediscovered.


Scholars of fashion, economics, sociology, marketing, industrial organization, textile technology, and climatology explain – with the help of case-histories, including C.L.A.S.S. – how the terrain of sustainable fashion is rugged and full of contradictions.


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