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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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    Katharine Hamnett Pulls Out of Tesco

    October 1, 6:01 AM by Bonnie Alter in Style

    Last year, amidst much fanfare, Katharine Hamnett, the original eco-warrior fashionista, announced that she was teaming up with Tesco, the biggest and much reviled supermarket, to produce a fair trade and organic line called Choose Love. All of the

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    The New World, Design From 5 Continents

    September 28, 6:49 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    The best part of the London Design Festival is the surprise of discovering something new and wonderful. This show, The New World, Design from Five Continents, is sponsored by the British Council, an agency promoting international design links. And

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    Norwegian Wood

    September 27, 6:47 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    There is something so northern, and well, Canadian, about these Norwegian lights. They are made of thin birch strip veneer mounted on white paper, and held together with natural leather lacing. The motif is a forest, with pine trees and eagles and

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    Super Design Market: Instant Collectibles

    September 26, 5:24 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    Instant collectibles: get them now, because they may never be available again. The Super Design Market is a sale where young designers are flogging some interesting, some wacky and always unique design products at affordable prices. We loved the

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    Trash Luxe

    September 25, 4:04 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    Trash Luxe is an exhibition of serious up and coming designers who have taken humble objects and made them into luxury items. Put together by Liberty, an old and stylish store, there were familiar names and surprises in this sophisticated show created

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    September 24, 8:47 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    This is the opening show of Gallery Libby Sellers and it is one to watch because Sellers used to be the curator at the Design Museum, so she knows her stuff. The exhibition featured some names which are familiar to treehugger readers; looks like we

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    East Meets West

    September 21, 8:10 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Fashion

    These raw silk dresses were hanging at the front of the Estethica show at the London Fashion Week and they stopped us dead in our tracks. Made of the finest softest silk, they moved gently in the breeze coming in the door. The dresses and skirts are

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    Deptford Design Market Challenge

    September 20, 8:47 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    It sounded like a great idea: let 27 of the hippest and hottest young designers choose a piece of...rubbish...ooops, object, from Deptford market...and see what they can come up with. The Deptford Design Market Challenge, named after an old and

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    Eco-Home Chic: Michaelis House

    September 19, 8:56 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    As part of Open House London, some people open their homes to a limited number of visitors through a pre-booking system. We booked the Michaelis House, knowing that Alex Michaelis had renovated Conservative Party Leader David Cameron's house and made

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    Accessories, Accessories

    September 18, 12:59 PM by Bonnie Alter in Style

    It's London Fashion Week and we are here to report on the newest and latest eco-fashions. Once again this year, Estethica, the special exhibit of green fashion was a fascinating collection of the best on offer. You know what they say in fashion:

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    More Green Houses: Open House London

    September 18, 8:58 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    Two more modern and sustainable houses, built with budget and site constraints, were open as part of Open House London. Part of the fun is searching out new and unknown quarters of London and these two places were in Peckham, a mixed area with little

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    Contrasting Eco Houses: Open House London

    September 17, 8:32 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    Open House London is the weekend when almost 600 buildings are open to the public. This year sustainability is being highlighted and some special eco-homes are on view. This new private house (above) has won several awards for sustainability and is a

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    Baby Clothes for that Special One

    September 14, 8:21 AM by Bonnie Alter in Culture

    These exquisite baby clothes, hand-knit out of pure organic cotton, come with a heart-warming treehugger-style story. Made in Paraguay, by a small company started up by two sisters--one lives there and the other lives in London. They had wanted to do


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