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Common Threads

Patagonia's garment recycling program turns worn-out clothes into fresh new wear.

Patagonia has never been one to follow the pack when it comes to greening business operations. The Ventura, CA company’s Common Threads Garment Recycling program, which transforms unusable garments into new clothing, is a great example. Launched in 2005, Common Threads accepts worn out fleece (from any manufacturer), as well as Patagonia cotton T-shirts and some additional polyester and more

Greasy Clean

What to do with all the waste grease from a Mario Batali eatery? Make soap, of course. Further comes clean with grease.

Marshal Dostal has been scavenging waste grease from top restaurants around L.A. for over five years, then converting it to biodiesel to power his vintage Mercedes. But biodiesel distillation produces waste glycerin, and drums of it were accumulating in Dostal's garage. So Dostal and his wife decided to do something about it, crafting a glycerin-based handsoap under the more

Moss Terrarium Bottle

Micro ecosystem in a recycled wine bottle $38.00

Nothing like a little mossy microcosm to add a calming effect to a room. This Moss Terrarium Bottle from Uncommon Goods brings the tranquility of the outdoors inside. Housed in a recycled wine bottle, the terrarium features three types of moss, along with soil, drainage materials and a bamboo chopstick for shifting things around. It looks so nice and cozy, you may just want to climb in for more

SHFT Sampler 7-22-10

Your weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Running on empty: Jean-Francois Theriault's eerie photos of deserted parks at night. Causing major waves on the film fest circuit, WASTE LAND reveals the dignity and despair of recyclable material pickers in the world's largest garbage dump. Perhaps guided by the ancient Chinese proverb, "Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown," the world's more


Reincarnated furniture, textile, and home.

Nightwood is a Brooklyn-based design studio focusing on its own brand of reconstructed furniture and textiles. Owners Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron seek out sustainable fabrics and discarded wood and furniture then deconstruct and recontextualize it into their line of modern-rustic home furnishings. Nadia explained their approach in the New York Times: “We’re making furniture for more

Pop Bottle Dining Barge

Floating dining room sits on 1,700 plastic bottles.

This floating pavilion on Vancouver's False Creek is being used as a temporary restaurant featuring 4-star local cuisine. Which is neat on its own, but it's doubly cool when you find out it's floating on nearly 1,700 recycled 2L pop bottles. And gets even sweeter when you discover that the Pop Bottle Dining Barge is a fundraising project for the School of Fish Foundation, more

Emmys Go Green

Sunday's show will be the most sustainable yet.

If you needed any more evidence that "greening" has gone mainstream, here it is. This year's Emmy Award show, which takes place in L.A. this Sunday, will be a sustainable event, with eco-focused features that include a set built from recyclable materials, energy efficient lighting, rechargeable batteries, and alternative fuel/hybrid transportation. The show's crew will more

Pallet House

Dramatic form created from stacked shipping pallets.

Top notch architecture site BLDGBLOG points us to this inspired bit of material reuse from German architect Matthias Loebermann. The Palettenpavillon is made entirely from shipping pallets, ground anchors, and tie rods. Intended as a temporary meeting space, the structure is designed for simple dismantling and reassembly, and can be recycled in entirety. With dramatic textures and a more

SHFT Sampler 9-2-10

Weekly links: Seafood's dirty dozen, Banksy on BP, and 7 ways to recycle denim.

Pier Pressure: From The World's Best Ever, British art prankster Banksy makes a sly comment on the BP oil spill with this “reconditioned dolphin ride with crude oil and a tuna net.” The Dirty Dozen: Mother Jones hips us to the 12 least sustainable seafoods from this year's Smart Seafood Guide, published by Food & Water Watch. The guide takes into account not only health more

Simplifying Electronics Recycling

California company launches e-waste recycling network.

Electronics are the fastest-growing waste stream in the country, and only 15% of American e-waste gets recycled. The Los Angeles Times reports on a California company looking to do something to deal with it. This week, ECS Refining is launching ecollective — a network of drop-off points to recycle electronics for free. Californians can get in on the action by visiting the website and more