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    FreeRice: Play a Game and Feed the Hungry

    October 24, 4:00 AM by Bonnie Alter in Economics

    It's not exactly on-message but it's addictive and it's for a good cause. FreeRice is a computer "game" that tests your vocabulary and for every word that you get right, 10 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations to end world hunger.

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    Delightful Dutch Designers

    October 23, 6:34 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    It's Dutch Design Week, so it seems appropriate to highlight some of the stars of the country. Dutch design has traditionally been eccentric, intelligent and part of the culture of the Netherlands. It has evolved from being witty to becoming more

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    Origin The London Craft Fair: Week 2

    October 22, 5:43 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    Week two of Origin The London Craft Fair, the queen of all juried craft shows, has another 150 craftspeople displaying their wares. There is a different feel to the show this week: there are almost a dozen stands with exquisite delicate white Japanese

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    Divine Chocolate: The Big Winner

    October 21, 6:07 AM by Bonnie Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    It's yummy, it's fair-trade and it's a big winner. Not only with the choco-holics, but also of the Enterprising Solutions Award. This prize is given to the most innovative social enterprises in the UK and this fair-trade chocolate company co-owned by

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    Apple Days

    October 19, 6:39 AM by Bonnie Alter in Lawn & Garden

    It's autumn and the celebration of apple harvests is taking place across the land. Time to enjoy the multitude of local varieties available, and take part in Apple Day on October 21. This year's theme is conserving orchards and creating community

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    More Hits from the London Design Festival

    October 18, 6:55 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    The London Design Festival is done and dusted, but everyone has their own views on the best of the fest'. Here are a few more entries that are sustainable and impressive. The Best Eco Product Award went to Peter Masters' Final Stand dining room table.

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    Role Models for London

    October 17, 6:12 AM by Bonnie Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    With all the excitement over high profile activists such as Nobel Prize winning Al Gore, we sometimes forget that social and political change also comes from committed people and groups working together at the local level. In recognition of the

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    Look What I Found

    October 16, 6:55 AM by Bonnie Alter in Style

    "Look what I found" is not only the title of a new exhibit at a craft gallery but it is also an expression of excitement at the work displayed. This is the first time that this well-respected gallery has had a whole show of recycled and environmental

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    Meet People and Make Stuff

    October 12, 5:14 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    Here's a winning combo: meet some new like-minded people and make something cool out of recycled or vintage materials. The Make Lounge offers craft workshops catering to a contemporary crowd. Given the frantic pace that we all live, its a nice

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    Parisians Love their Velib

    October 11, 6:09 AM by Bonnie Alter in Bikes

    We've read about the bicycles around Paris that you can pick up, ride and drop off elsewhere, and now we have seen them. And we are here to report that the concept works and the Parisians are using it like crazy. Called Vélib', you register to get a

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    The Powabyke Electric Commuter Bike

    October 10, 5:34 PM by Justin Thomas in Bikes

    The Powabyke Commuter is an electric bike designed with commuters in mind. It sells for around $1700 in the U.S., which about what you can expect to pay for a quality electric bike. I had the opportunity of trying this bike, while visiting the Green

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    Blue Bretzels

    October 10, 5:46 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Fashion

    That's bretzels, and it is French for pretzels. It is also a new line of ethical tee-shirts from France. What is amazing, and different about them is their use of colour. They have taken colours that are part of legend and mythology and used them

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    Wood (Jewellery) is Good

    October 9, 6:21 AM by Bonnie Alter in Style

    Long, chunky necklaces are all the rage this season, take it from us--we've been to London Fashion Week--and we know. So how handy to discover these necklaces made from a single sheet of birch wood plywood--at the London Design Festival; how's that

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    Makepiece: Fashion from the Sheep Farm

    October 8, 6:25 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Fashion

    Makepiece is inspired by its location in the Pennines, the mountainous part of England, an area that has been a wool and textile area for centuries. The designers continue this tradition by keeping their own sheep, (one of the 3 partners doubles as the

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    Love to Knit

    October 5, 6:50 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Fashion

    We discovered Bronwyn Lowenthal's hand-knit berets and scarves at London Fashion Week. Made out of UK low carbon alpaca, they are cozy, warm and feminine--a good combo for a winter's day. As she says: ‘We spent a lot of time sourcing quality yarn from

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    Origin The London Craft Fair

    October 4, 6:20 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    Origin, The London Craft Fair is an extravaganza of craft; with 150 exhibitors showing their wares this week, and another group next week. All the work must be approved by a jury so the quality and workmanship is very high. These exquisite "Map

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    Chair Survey: London Design Festival

    October 3, 5:21 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    What is it about design and chairs--there were so many chairs by so many different designers all over the London Design Festival. We loved the toilet paper chair, or loo paper chair as they would call it in the UK, made of wood and you know what by a

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    Clean Up Your Front Yard

    October 2, 6:16 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    We are making use of the front yards of our houses in different ways now.

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