The Ki Event Shows Off Best In Sustainable Design and Technology

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Photos via Jaymi Heimbuch

San Francisco's Treasure Island played host to The Ki this past weekend, where the best in sustainable fashion, architecture, home decor, technology and cosmetics gathered to show off their wares. The rainy forecast for the weekend didn't dampen the enthusiasm of participants as they perused booths as diverse as Zem Joaquin's Ecofabulous clothes to Whirlpool's high-end resource-saving washing machine and dryer to Nissan's all-electric Leaf car. Check out some of the highlights from the event.

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Sustainable design was a major topic at The Ki, including Kenneth Cobonpue's elegant furniture designs. We're a fan of his unusual lighting designs, but here the furniture was the main attraction.

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Cisco Home also featured a set-up of sustainable furniture, proving that an entire room can be done up to the nines, without a major environmental footprint.

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What's furniture without a place to put it in? Sustainable architecture was also highlighted, only there were few displays showing it off, including sheds made of recycled lumber and our favorite -- shipping container creations:

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Electric cars and motorcycles were also displayed, including Nissan's Leaf. We have to admit to being big fans of the Leaf, following it from announcement last year to test drive this year. And we aren't the only ones -- Lance Armstrong seems to be in love too.

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There was a huge range of products that are familiar to us, including the ubiquitous steel water bottle. What green event is complete without them?

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But as is the case with any gathering, it's the food that pulled people together -- and in this case, it was prepared by a world-famous chef.

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Chef Matthew Kenny prepared food for guests, creating decadent dishes with organic ingredients, including a special salt -- Buddha salt, to be exact.

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The salt is mined from the Himalayas, and is supposedly as pure as it gets since it dates back to the Jurassic period, according to the Buddha Salt booth representative. It is all mined by hand, and is as light on the environment as possible. I was assured that they have strict regulations around fair treatment of the miners, who make fair wage and there is a guarantee against child labor. Plus, 10% of profits go to charities supporting education and other important causes. While it's a little bit pricey, it's worth it -- the taste is quite amazing.

For a small event nearly rained out, The Ki seemed to have a little of everything. We loved how it showed that one's entire life can be stylish and beautiful without being harmful -- from clothes to food to home decor.

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