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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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    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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