Friday, April 30, 2010
NY Mag's Grub Street blog reported that Chinatown may be taking a step towards being more green. A new oil recycling program is being introduced to turn oil waste from restaurants into biofuel. Jing Fong Restaurant, the giant dim sum eatery on Elizabeth Street, is the first to volunteer for the program. Not known to be light on grease, these restaurants surely could help make a lot of biofuel. Now if only they can get all the fast food chains to participate... Image taken from here.
The International League of Conservation Photographers chose 40 "top" photographs of nature in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and auctioned them off at Christie's Green Auction. Though ILCP agreed that it was difficult to choose among so many beautiful photographs of all corners of Mother Earth, they tried their best and from the looks of it, they did a pretty good job. These photographs were chosen based "factors such as aesthetics, uniqueness, historical and scientific significance, or contribution to conservation efforts". Here are a few taken from Treehugger.com for you to enjoy in awe.
Just as we finally stopped holding our breath for the outcome of the Wind Farm proposal, the BP oil spill disaster continue to worsen. The Yay from Washington on the Cape Cod 130-turbine wind farm could mean the start of a series of offshore wind farms all along the east coast. Proposals are outlined above in a map from the NY Times.
Meanwhile, the word is out that the oil has reached the coast overnight. An investigation has begun on the level of oil contamination. The spill reaching the coast would have dire consequences on the fisheries and marine wildlife along the Coast, spanning multiple states. Looks like we'll be holding our breaths again.
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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Our friends at Jill Platner are holding their once-a-year-only sale for Jill's handmade silver jewelry, including special one of a kind sample pieces that you can be sure no one else would have. Inspired by nature (pieces are named everything from eclipse to jellyfish), Jill Platner pieces are all handmade, and there are women, men, and unisex items. The 15 - 60% off sale starts tomorrow (Friday, 4/30) and goes until Sunday, 5/2 at their NYC store (12 - 7pm at 113 Crosby St.) and online.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Read about the ongoing efforts to seal the leak and the accident's aftermath in the NY Times. Tweet
Monday, April 26, 2010
This article from the NY Times outlines the arguments on both sides for the Cape Wind Project, a proposal to build wind turbines off the coast of Cape Cod as an alternative energy source. Sometime soon, the Obama administration will be deciding the fate of this project, which could potentially affect all the other offshore wind energy proposals coming down the pipeline.
Above is an image from the Times of a wind farm off the coast of Copenhagen, Denmark. We often look to our European counterparts to see how they have dealt with climate change issues and creating green energy, like with burning trash, but many US start-ups are developing new innovations for creating energy. Take a look at this diagram illustrating how American companies are creating underwater turbines to produce energy from tides.
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Yes, we know, World Penguin Day was yesterday, but these adorable, incredibly tough creatures deserve a mention. According to Penguin Geek, the Adelie penguins in the Antartic being their northward migration around this time of year. Read more about penguins at Defenders of Wildlife!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Weary with all the environmental frauds and scams uncovered lately, we've chosen to plant trees with The Nature Conservancy's Plant A Billion Trees project. Watch the video above and visit their website for more information on their project and goal of planting a billion trees to restore The Atlantic Forest in Brazil. They even have information on the trees indigenous to the area that they'll be planting - one is called the Ice Cream Bean Tree.
We promised we'd plant a tree for every purchase on Earth Day and we did. Thank you all for helping us plant 50 trees!
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It's finally warm enough to kick off Street Fair season! Among many others, the Hester Street Fair will be opening this weekend in the Lower East Side (see map above). With food options from An Choi, Luke's Lobster, Mile End, and Malbon Brothers, and a variety of vintage clothing and bikes, this small market may just give Brooklyn Flea a run for its money.
Here's what you'll need for a great day at the Fair:
Hester Street Market from the 1900's!
It might be hot out and there may be a lot of strolling, so be prepared with your own bottle of water or any hydrating beverage of choice. This one's from SIGG, but any reusable bottle will do.
Areaware is canvas and printed with soy inks.
soft, organic cotton tee you can bike, run, walk, and eat a lot in...
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Urban farming has been at the tip of everyone's tongues these days, with articles about vertical "living walls", PSA's shot in city rooftop greenhouses, and a sponsored albeit exciting video about urban farming. This article from Fast Company's "Fast Cities 2010" story illustrates in simple terms just how city landscapes can be and are made into urban farms. Among the increasing number of established urban farms, Gotham Greens is planning to open a hydroponic rooftop farm in Brooklyn, selling to Whole Foods, local restaurants and farmer's markets. Soon enough, you'll know exactly where that locally produced hydroponic head of lettuce is coming from!
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
BLANKS are available now at Barneys and Loomstate!
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Monday, April 19, 2010
The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day is this Thursday! Nicole Mackinlay-Hahn directed this PSA for Christie's Green Auction at a rooftop greenhouse (that's what we've been up to) taking place on Earth Day. See what bids to save the earth we're making. What's your bid?
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Benjamin Vida (SOFT CIRCLE)
Robert AA Lowe (LICHENS) and...
Coachella is quickly approaching this weekend, and if you're one of the lucky ones who have attended in the past, you would know how much trash such a giant music festival generates. Global Inheritance, the group behind Coachella's sustainability program, has made trash fun this year! They've asked a slew of artists to redesign recycling bins and mini bins to breathe some life into those otherwise dull, boring cans, and to draw attention to the importance of recycling.
Global Inheritance is also behind CARPOOLCHELLA (carpool with friends and possibly win a lifetime of Coachella tickets!) and Energy FACTory's Sweatshop Mixer, where your friends power your turntables while you spin and you may win some Loomstate gear! Tweet