Stefano Boeri proposes SUPERVERDE urban greening modules

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In a bid to bring more greenery to our cities, Milan-headquartered architecture practice Stefano Boeri Architetti has proposed SUPERVERDE, a series of scalable, modular soil blocks designed for greening urban spaces. Described as “a modular portion of living soil,” the SUPERVERDE units are meant to be installed in both public and private urban areas with the intent of strengthening connections between people and nature. The design would also help increase biodiversity, decrease the urban heat island effect and demineralize soils. Best known for his Vertical Forest project — residential towers topped with trees — architect Stefano Boeri is passionate about embedding greenery into cities worldwide. Unlike his typical projects, the SUPERVERDE concept focuses on adaptable, vegetated architecture and consists of a permeable and flexible surface that could be measured and purchased by the square meter. These modular units of living soil would be designed to support a variety of plant life and, by extension, fauna biodiversity.  Related: France’s first Vertical Forest will add a “hectare of forest” to Paris’ skyline “SUPERVERDE, which can be used for always new and different landscapes, is composed of a fine edge, available in various finishes, which contains all the technological equipment necessary for the maintenance of vegetation and supports the tectonic movements of the ground,” the designers explained. “Its versatility and adaptability to any type of urban open space — public, semi-public or private — is the main feature of the project, which allows to demineralize impermeable surfaces thanks to its modular system, suitable to cover even large areas.” The modular concept proposes two main sizes. The first is small, with surface areas ranging from 9 to 20 square meters capable of containing up to three tall trees, 20 medium-sized shrubs and numerous grasses and perennials. The second, extra-large version ranges from 60 to 100 square meters and is capable of hosting a dozen trees or 1,600 medium-sized shrubs and grasses. + Stefano Boeri Architetti Images via Stefano Boeri Architetti

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Chipotle debuts surprising new venture: sustainable clothing

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Stop thinking of Chipotle as just another restaurant and start thinking of it as a great new clothing line. The well-known Mexican chain has launched Chipotle Goods, a line of sustainable clothing made with responsibly-sourced materials. All the clothing line’s profits will support organizations that make fashion and farming more sustainable and better for the planet. Though this move may seem odd, the news won’t shock those who know Chipotle’s record. Since 2012 when Chipotle Mexican Grill began purchasing cotton for uniforms, the company has committed to supporting organic cotton farmers. For years, Chipotle has remained one of the U.S.’s biggest buyers of Global Organic Textile Standard cotton. And with Mexican food on the menu, Chipotle also remains one of the country’s biggest avocado buyers. So, what’s the outcome of combining organic cotton and avocados? That’s right: sustainable clothing. The Chipotle Goods clothing line uses fabric dyed with upcycled avocado pits from Chipotle restaurants. Simmering the pits in water creates a natural ink that Chipotle uses to create custom designs. Such designs include some truly unique pieces, such as an avocado-lined jacket, graphic T-shirts and avocado-dyed totes. The collection also includes sweatshirts, leggings, hats, water bottles, camisoles and baby items. You can show off your sustainable style with a cute foil clutch, or show off your appetite with sandals that announce your love chips and guac. The collection includes lots of cute graphic socks, too. Chipotle Goods even offers a sustainable phone case! Additionally, Chipotle Goods focuses on providing inclusive, gender-neutral clothing. Unisex clothing and sizing features heavily throughout the collection. Sustainable clothing lines show manufacturers and buyers that great fashion doesn’t have to rely on non-renewable resources. Chipotle may be a surprising pioneer in the sustainable fashion world, but this restaurant sets a standard that, hopefully, many others will choose to follow. + Chipotle Images via Chipotle

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