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American Steel- A hive of art, industry and innovation:
We are shaping our 250,000 square foot industrial warehouse into an interface for sustainability through the development in 3 major areas of industry. A salvage and reuse industry, urban farming, and the "hive"...a mosaic of sustainability businesses, artists, and innovators. We are shaping a sustainable landscape which creates new innovative jobs and industries through the cross-pollination of the many aspects of sustainability being localized here in our warehouse. We are localizing our economy through custom fabrication of salvage and reused materials to create alternative energy, alternative building and fabrication methods, and urban farming solutions- all with the undercurrent of arts and innovation as the fabric of everything that we do. We want to develop our vision of sustainability into one which is an indispensable service to our community and a model of opportunity by providing green, affordable goods and services as well as a forum for participation and education in the art of sustainability!
Camila Magrane & Isiah Flores
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American Steel- a hive of art, industry and innovation:
We are shaping our 250,000 square foot industrial warehouse into an interface for sustainability through the development of 3 major areas of industry. A salvage and reuse industry, urban farming, and the "hive"...a mosaic of sustainability businesses, artists, and innovators. We are shaping a new sustainability landscape which creates innovative new jobs and industries through the cross-pollination of the many aspects of sustainability being localized here in our warehouse. We are localizing our economy through custom fabrication of salvage and reused materials to create alternative energy, alternative building and fabrication methods, urban farming solutions all with the undercurrent of arts and innovation as the fabric of everything that we do. We want to develop our vision of sustainability into one which is an indispensable service to our community and a model of opportunity by providing green, affordable goods and services as well as a forum for participation and education in the art of sustainability!
Camila Magrane & Isiah Flores
Pictográfica FilmsClick below to view video: http://vimeo.com/22262650 American Steel- a hive of... more
Cutting back on your energy usage is one of the best ways to bring down your electricity bill. But did you know that making simple changes to not just your wattage consumption but the way your home retains and expels air can dramatically transform the way you experience your spaces and use electricity? Joining us this week to share 5 Tips on how we can better green our homes is green visionary and sustainable pioneer David Johnston who focuses on easy changes you can make with your appliances, air exchange, insulation and even windows that will pave the way to dramatic savings. Undoubtedly an expert on all things energy, David shares his over 30 years of experience and gives us a snapshot of some of the best ways we can reduce our energy consumption by up to 50%!
http://inhabitat.com/5-tips-to-cut-your-electricity-bill-with-green-energy-expert-david-johnston/Cutting back on your energy usage is one of the best ways to bring down your... more
Foreclosure damages families, communities and the environment - Sacramento Environmental News | Examiner.comThe environment is often forgotten.
Ever wonder what to do with your coffee grinds? Your soil can only take so much! This is a great list and I think the cellulite reducer might be my favorite!Ever wonder what to do with your coffee grinds? Your soil can only take so much!... more
Buy a pack of 2 here: http://www.ecobold.com/products/48-bpa-free-bags
2 bags included, small and large!
Are reusable lunch bags what you're looking for? Fresh Snack Pack makes what are probably one of the best you'll see, these snack bags are BPA-free, phthalate-free, lead free, PVC-free, and It can be used as a snack or reusable sandwich bag. You'll save money from buying other disposable bags (that might contain some of these chemicals), and just as important, save lots of trash from getting into our environment. You can give it to your kids to take to school, you can take them to work, a hike, picnic, or even the movie theater. Fresh Snack Pack makes for a waste free lunch that you'll never feel guilty about its footprint! Their tagline says "Kid tested, Mom invented" love it!
Their reusable lunch bags and reusable snack bags are made with EVA, which is a type of plastic that does not require a plasticizer and is bisphenol-A (BPA) free and phthalate free, so it is considered to be non-toxic. It's also PVC-free, lead-free, easy to clean and it has been tested and approved by several kids and moms across the globe!
Use the 30% discount (coupon included in price) available through our website.
A little background on how Fresh Snack Pack was born, from their site:
While living in Japan for three years in the 1990s, Crystal Figlietti was impressed by the way that they used bento boxes for packing lunch, and carried their own hand towels to use in the restrooms and she became less wasteful as a result. The Japanese culture and way of life had a great impact on her and continues to influence her daily. Disposable baggies just couldn't be a part of the picture.
"There has to be a way to have the convenience of disposable bags but without the waste. Our first fabric versions posed a problem because, as a former fabric designer who has been to domestic and international fabric printing plants, I realize that fabric ink and finishing are not tested for food contact. This finish may not easily wash out and this was a concern for us. The other obstacle to this was the practical issue of wanting to see our snacks that we had packed. If my children couldn't see inside the bag then the chances of them eating everything was slim. Aside from the fact that the adolescent boys and adult testers that we had preferred to have a more traditional looking snack pack.
We searched for a nontoxic plastic to replace the hundreds of baggies that we use in a given year. My family has been using the Fresh Snack Pack and we have a group of product testers gracious enough to provide feedback to us. They have really helped us make the best product that we can. In an effort to be as earth friendly as possible we have intentionally not added color to the bags or printed logos and have embossed the images on instead. We have kept the easy pack-ability associated with plastic baggies but have cut down on the waste. We can feel good about doing our part."
"Our vision is to reduce waste. In a perfect world we would love to eliminate all excess packaging and plastic but we realize that technology and modernism being what they are, we are attached to plastic and its products. Without it we wouldn't have this computer. We would be without television, vehicles, cell phones, medical equipment, you can see where I'm going here. The innovation that we would love to see next would be recycling for all plastics and reduction in their use and waste."Buy a pack of 2 here: http://www.ecobold.com/products/48-bpa-free-bags 2 bags... more
This recycled art projects website is just great: Creative Waste of California, also known as CWOCA, has been uniting artists with waste in order to create some really neat, upcycled art. Everything you see is made from recycled materials that end up as green art, or recycled art, or recycled trash art as some might call it
CWOCA unites trash into art and the end result is something you might have never imagined! It can be anything from green modern art to vintage looking art to weird art. But that's what art is all about, right? Their recycled cardboard iphone cover is one of my favorites. Another one is the recycled water bottle made from bottles that the artist picked up from the beach and made a tube (I like to think that's more like a mattress that floats) that you can use for wave riding!
Here are the topics they currently cover: architecture, cardboard art, composting, energy, environment, e-waste, health, lighting, metal, paint, paper, photography, plastic, textile, transportation, water and wood art. I even saw a tie made out of tape (that's right, audiotape), I really hope I can review that tie, it was very, very cool.
In their own words:
CWOCA is a collaboration of like-minded people using unwanted materials as the new building blocks for art, products and succesful living.
We are instigators of cycling and self-propelled activities (surf, skate, snow etc…) which produce a healthy mind.
Movement, Fun and Creativity are the magical-three.This recycled art projects website is just great: Creative Waste of California, also... more
It turns out that the winner of the Starbucks-sponsored Betacup Challenge, a design competition aiming to solve the problem of the billions of disposable coffee cups discarded annually, isn't a cup at all. Rather, it's a chalkboard.
Called "Karma Cup," the jury-selected winning concept envisions a chalkboard at the counter of every Starbucks. Bring a reusable cup for your coffee, and you get to put a check mark on the chalkboard. Every 10 check marks, the next person to come in with a reusable cup gets his or her coffee on the house. "Think of it as one big rewards card for all of us," the design team explained in their entry materials. It's an astonishingly simple and low-tech concept, especially in comparison to some of its Betacup brethren that envisioned inflatable mugs, coffee cups made out of specially-grown coconut hulls, cups with built-in barcodes or LCD screens to show how much they've been used, and elaborate recycling systems built specially for Starbucks cups.
The Karma Cup team will receive $10,000 from Starbucks as a prize; an additional $10,000 will be divided among the five entries that were voted the highest by the community in the online competition. There were also jury-picked runners-up, including the "Champion Cup," which uses a Web tie-in to count how many paper cups (and hence, trees) are being saved through the use of a reusable cup, and the "Band of Honor," a rubber band with a loyalty program barcode built into it that can be transferred from one reusable cup to another.
Starbucks has said that it aims to serve 100 percent of its coffee in recyclable or reusable cups by 2015. As for the Betacup, however, Starbucks is not required to acquire or implement the winning concept.
"We know we can't solve the disposable cup waste issue alone," said Jim Hanna, Starbucks' director of environmental impact, said in a release Thursday that announced the winner. "Consumers can play an important role by sharing creative ideas and spreading the word, as they've done with The Betacup. It's this kind of passion and enthusiasm that will help the reusable cup movement gain real momentum."It turns out that the winner of the Starbucks-sponsored Betacup Challenge, a design... more
Ever thought of reusable and green paper towels?! This one will not only save you lots of money, but also our planet! We won't need to keep cutting down trees for this towel anymore! With these reusable towels, an average household of 4 people will save around $200 every year from buying paper towels!
- 100% biodegradableEver thought of reusable and green paper towels?! This one will not only save you lots... more
San Francisco store merges Art with Interior Design
www.examiner.com/x-26429-SoMa-Interior-Design-Examiner~y2010m5d11-Remember-When-Modern-WasSan Francisco store merges Art with Interior Design... more
Paradise Recycled: Architects Dream of Turning Great Pacific Garbage Patch Into Habitable Island | Fast CompanyThe Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a jumble of plastic trash that spans hundreds of miles northwest of Hawaii, has gotten lots of attention ever since billionaire adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild announced his plans to visit the trash mass on the Plastiki, a boat constructed from recycled waste and webs of plastic. Now the Plastiki has launched, and a group of architects from Rotterdam have already come up with another way to draw attention to the plastic gyre: a Hawaii-sized island made entirely out of recycled plastic.
http://www.fastcompany.com/1614864/architects-want-to-build-a-habitable-recycled-plastic-islandThe Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a jumble of plastic trash that spans hundreds of... more
The 40th Anniversary of Earth day has rumbled some excitement among our “big box” manufacturers and retailers; finally we have huge companies like Kraft and Walmart getting in tow with small upcycling companies, namely TerraCycle, to close the life cycle loop of items destined for the landfill.
“Upcycling” is the term given to taking trash and making it into something useful, and TerraCycle is the hottest new upcycling start-up. Beginning in 2001, Tom Szaky began selling fertilizer in reused plastic bottles that he collected from school PTAs. The business then extended to product designs for Capri-Sun drink pouches, yogurt containers, and chip packets. TerraCycle has been upcycling and innovating, or “upnovating”, so much over the last nine years, that Szaky has earned himself title of “Number 1 CEO in America under 30″ by Inc. magazine and “Innovator of the Year”. (See the video below.)
TerraCycle’s products have extended from fertilizer to reusable shopping totes, kid’s backpacks, pencil cases, lunch boxes, as well as plant pots, clocks, coasters, and picture frames.
The best part is that these products are made from items that would otherwise end up in landfills (emitting harmful chemicals and toxins) so that makes buying trash from Walmart at midnight on a Thursday okay.
(Read more and watch the video on the original post!)The 40th Anniversary of Earth day has rumbled some excitement among our “big... more
I have manged to glue about 10,000 used pens on my Mercedes Pens thanks to donation from around the country. Please help get the word out so I can collect a Million more used for other art projects. All it takes is for you and your friends to collect old Markers, Dry Erase, Crayola, Felt Tips, Ball Points of every kind so I can continue my project and help keep a million used pens out of the landfill.
Send your Pens To:
The Pen Guy
Forestville CA, 95436I have manged to glue about 10,000 used pens on my Mercedes Pens thanks to donation... more
um....wow. I think I'm speachless but feel inclined to share none the less. I found these eco-geek super freaks via my "eco hero" google alert.
Moving Boxes Man & Boxy stop box abuse & promote reuse. Trashing/single-use of moving & shipping boxes is an environmental and economic tragedy.
May the force be with them.
Weird Green Video Film Festival
Guerrilla Gardener (video)
Green and Buried (video)um....wow. I think I'm speachless but feel inclined to share none the less. I... more
While visiting my relations in Mississippi recently, my aunt showed me a project she had been working on. Fantastic suede-looking walls in her powder room made from some old grocery bags she was going to throw out.
I asked how she did it. She tells me, in the same off-hand, casual way you might describe making a bowl of instant oatmeal, “ It’s easy. It’s just old kitchen sacks. You tear ‘em up about this size and glue ‘um on the wall.”
Oh, is that all.
Now, you have to understand, my aunt (along with my mom and all her other sisters) are one talented group of gals. Two of my aunts, Kezzie and Polly, are decorators. One aunt, Boo, is a fine artist. My mom, Camille, is both. Aunt Leanne was a decorator... until she “retired”, went all CSI on us and becaome the coroner for my hometown.
Any, when they say something is “easy”, I take it with a grain of salt. When I try these kinds of projects, it usually ends up looking like a monkey did it. And I don’t mean a smart monkey that has learned sign language. I mean the monkey that throws poo at you as you walk through the zoo with your niece and nephew.
But considering the frugality with which my grandparents raised my mom and her sisters, I’m never surprised when any of them come up with wonderful reuse decorating project.
So, from my aunts thin directions, and with a little help from Thriftyfun.com, here’s a reasonable to do list for this decorating scheme.
Brown grocery bags (and in takes quite a few to do one small wall)
Cheap paint brush and paint tray
Large damp sponge
Go to: http://3blmedia.com/theCSRfeed/Looks-Suede-It%E2%80%99s-Recycled-Grocery-BagWhile visiting my relations in Mississippi recently, my aunt showed me a project she... more
NeighborGoods is the online community where you can save and earn money by sharing stuff with your friends. NeighborGoods members can borrow, lend, rent, sell and buy stuff from their neighbors, saving money and getting more value out of the items they already own.
When you add an item to the NeighborGoods inventory, you choose how to share it with the community. You can allow your friends to borrow the item for free and charge others a rental fee. Or you can decide to make the item only available to friends. Its your stuff, so you set the rules.
NeighborGoods helps facilitate transactions with a reservation calendar, automated reminders, wishlist alerts, and private messaging between neighbors. NeighborGoods keeps track of all your stuff.
NeighborGoods also tracks and shares the transaction history of each member. Neighbors can rate each other and even flag another member's account if something goes wrong. Through transparency and peer ratings, NeighborGoods provides members with all the tools they need to share safely and confidently.NeighborGoods is the online community where you can save and earn money by sharing... more
This is a very different and exotic t-shirt that’s also eco-friendly. A reused t-shirt done by Stay Vocal. Great thing to keep up with our motto of reduce reuse recycle!
- Reused!This is a very different and exotic t-shirt that’s also eco-friendly. A reused... more
I used to love to eat bacon and but I am glad I stopped when I did. I remember the oil that it would create and I never knew what the best way to dispose of it.
I used to run hot water if I pour it in the drain because I did not want that oil and smell in my trash. However, here is a list I wish I had and that could maybe help you!I used to love to eat bacon and but I am glad I stopped when I did. I remember the... more