Lloyd Alter

Lloyd Alter

Writer / Toronto, Canada

Lloyd Alter is design editor of TreeHugger. He has been an architect, developer, inventor and prefab promoter.
He contributes to MNN.com, The Guardian, Azure and Corporate Knights magazines, and is Adjunct Professor teaching sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design. Lloyd is a Past President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.


In the course of his work developing small residential units and prefabs, Lloyd became convinced that we just use too much of everything- too much space, too much land, too much food, too much fuel, too much money, and that the key to sustainability is to simply use less. And, the key to happily using less is to design things better.

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    New High for Bottled Water

    September 19, 5:48 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Food

    For those of you looking for a new standard of silliness for bottled water, we offer Oxyshot- deionized water containing a little salt and lots of "bio-available diatomic oxygen"- at sixty bucks for 250 ml, smaller than a can of pop. It's promoted as a

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    Wall Street Journal: High Gas Prices Make Sense

    September 19, 5:35 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    We noted last week how high gas prices were affecting demand; The WSJ recently noted that some economists suggest that it would be smart for the government to keep gas prices high, to reduce consumption and modify behaviour. "Taxes can change long-term

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    Make Your Own Air Quality Indicator

    September 18, 1:01 PM by Lloyd Alter in Gadgets

    Should you go for a run or hold your breath? This device takes air quality data from the internet and graphically shows air quality with LED displays. The designers hope it will be installed in public areas to encourage people to reduce pollution. Not

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    Cottage in a Box

    September 18, 9:06 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Toronto lawyer Hy Rosenberg has formed BlueSkyMod to develop a line of prefab cottages and commissioned Todd Saunders, a Canadian architect practicing in Norway,to design his prototype. The 125 square foot sleeping cabin is a demonstration in sustainable

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    Treehugger on Toothpaste

    September 17, 5:23 AM by Lloyd Alter in Health

    Toothpaste is tough. Our dentist, who we worship, insists that we use a flouride toothpaste; Others go nuts over flouride. We felt slightly less guilty buying flouride toothpaste from Tom's of Maine, where even the fluoride is natural. (right- ground up

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    Just what we needed: an LED lit plastic bathtub

    September 16, 11:53 AM by Lloyd Alter in Economics

    Treehugger loves LED's- they are a wonderful energy saver with an important future. Here the designers have managed to turn the prosaic bathtub into a light show, adding programmable LED's to a tub moulded from polyethylene, a fine plastic made from

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    We told you so dept: Gas Price really does affect Demand

    September 16, 6:22 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    Many months ago when gas was still cheap we derided the President of GM for saying, about gas prices and SUV sales, "Rich people don't care". We have said all along that when gas costs more than a bottle of Dasani alternatives become attractive. People

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    Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel

    September 16, 5:55 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Food

    It is sometimes really hard to be a treehugger. Here we are, eating lots of fish and greasing our guts with Omega-3 oils, and it turns out that this is creating rampant over-exploitation and depletion of fishstocks. A new report from Sustainweb.Org

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    Muji Earthquake Packs

    September 15, 5:32 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    Treehugger loves Muji, from its cardboard speakers to its houses and office supplies. Here is something that stores in North America should sell: a well designed package of post-earthquake (or other disaster) emergency supplies. We all face a possible

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    Soy Wax Candles by Timothy Han

    September 14, 5:39 AM by Lloyd Alter in Interior Design

    We have previously discussed soy candles, electric candles and the problems of burning paraffin wax. Timothy Han makes candles out of soy wax and attests that burning soy wax does not produce the kinds of toxins that come from burning paraffin. He uses

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    Recycle computers by giving them to senior citizens

    September 13, 4:27 AM by Lloyd Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    There are a lot of senior citizens who have never used computers and have no idea how they can enrich their lives when they are less mobile and family are far away. Furthermore most computers turn into toxic e-waste when tossed in the dump. An

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    Clippings: Good reading from the New York Times

    September 11, 2:19 PM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    How Much is that Prius in the Window? Gee, as gas prices

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    Future Factories Light Bikes

    September 11, 6:18 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    Tooling around London during the upcoming London Design Festival: Light Bikes, designed by Lionel Theodore Dean of Future Factories. "Taking to the streets after dusk, Light Bikes will accompany visitors to and from the major activities, linking major

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    More on Apple Varieties

    September 11, 5:42 AM by Lloyd Alter in Green Food

    Previously we discussed the flavour of apples (or lack thereof) We present today a comprehensive list of hundreds of apple varieties at ::Apple Journal (there's a mag for everything!) and a site where you can find every pick-your-own orchard around, a

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    Dubble- Fair Trade Chocolate for Kids

    September 10, 4:26 AM by Lloyd Alter in Culture

    Last month treehugger John asked-"Can Sustainability be Cool?" Here is an English effort to make sustainable Fair Trade Chocolate cool. We feel a twinge of guilt promoting chocolate bars marketed to kids, but if they are going to have proper English

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    A Landmark in the History of Waste- Mark it with your Bic

    September 9, 7:32 AM by Lloyd Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    Yesterday the Bic Company announced the sale of the 100 billionth -100,000,000,000- disposable Bic pen since it was invented just after WW2. Of course, every one of them was disposed of unless converted to nefarious purposes like cracking Kryptonite

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    Elodie Blanchard- Creative uses of Elastic Bands

    September 9, 5:25 AM by Lloyd Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    Our very strange postman delivers our snail mail wrapped it in at least four fat elastic bands. The dead tree newspapers that we get add to our expanding collection- they are overwhelming us. Thus we were delighted to see what Elodie Blanchard does with

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