Crowdsourced Documentary on Cargo Biking Wants You! (Video)

October 20, 2011 by  
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Generally when you leave your hometown (especially if your hometown is Portland, Oregon ), you tend to lose your sense of expanding bike love rather quickly. Traveling for work or for play (unless you bike camp ) takes you through airports and subway stations and conference rooms and hotel/motels, and soon you begin to despair that the U.S. will always be a car-centric, junk food wasteland. Wait! When that depression dip happens, here’s a crowdsourced cargo bike documentary (or at th… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Racing on Old-School Penny Farthing Bikes Is Surprisingly Intense (Video)

October 18, 2011 by  
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This summer, the IG Markets London Nocturne , perhaps the premier urban cycling competition, featured a variety of challenges that included straight-forward races, folding bike races and longest skid contests. But the most awesome, in my opinion, was the penny farthing race. The big wheel, little wheel rides may look like historical oddities brought out for a laugh, but this surprisingly intense video proves that they’re still dead serious. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Clever Bike Lock Disguised As Water Bottle

October 12, 2011 by  
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Images via Küat Racks Bottle Lock Press Release We’ve seen a lot of clever bike lock designs, but the Küat Racks Bottle Lock is definitely unique. This is a great gadget for cyclists — a bike lock that stores as the same size and shape as a bottle of water so it fits right in your water bottle rack. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Guess What? 2011’s ‘Ultimate’ Utility Bike Is Electric

September 26, 2011 by  
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Photo Oregon Manifest. The Oregon Manifest 2011 Constructor’s Design Challenge was meant to get custom bike builders to come up with some innovative and snazzy new utility bikes, in the hopes that their best and brightest ideas will trickle in to the cycling mainstream. This year’s top winner (3,000 in prize money) was Tony Pereira’s entry, a pretty hot pink bike with a carbon fiber front-rack lockbox with slots for stereo and phone, an integrated u-lock, and a zippy electric assist engine. Pereira’s addition of electric assist seemed to open the judges’ minds to the possibilities… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Dark, Poignant Short Film Connects Breakfast Food with Factory Farming

September 26, 2011 by  
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Image via Vimeo screenshot. The setting of Kris Hofmann’s short film Breakfast is a child’s bedroom, with a bookshelf of stuffed animals beside a desk with a set of wooden blocks that depict a bucolic farm scene. The narrator begins by describing the life of a chicken named Harriet, who “would have been more than happy if she was not crammed into a windowless shed with 50,000 of her friends.” And so Breakfast becomes something of a horror film, one that reveals the connections between our morning meal and the realities… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Got a Slug Problem? Dig a Moat. (Video)

September 26, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Paul Wheaton As my plan to transition my garden into extreme Lazivore mode for a couple of years takes shape, I am sure others are planning on ramping up production next year. And as part of those plans, many will be dealing with that most irksome of pest—the slug. Unless you are squeamish, you can always look at training chickens to eat slugs . But there are … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Using Weeds and Water to Restore Degraded Land (Video)

September 26, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Ecofilms Australia When I wrote about one farmer’s approach to encouraging a selective community of :”weeds” , it seemed to touch a nerve with many readers. Rather than pursue weed eradication at all costs, it seemed so much more sensible to understand the role that weeds play in our farm/garden ecosystems, and to adapt our weed control methodologies accordingly. For one Australian farmer, it’s as simple as mowing the lawn. But that’s just one part of a renegad… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Repulsive Or Recycled? Dress Of 3,000 Yak Nipples Sparks Outrage

September 26, 2011 by  
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Photos: Rachel Friere and People If Lady Gaga’s infamous meat dress wasn’t enough to faze you, then Rachel Friere’s collection of dresses made of yak nipples may do the trick. The Liverpool-based designer recently unveiled a collection of dresses at London’s Fashion Week crafted out of … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Weekday Vegetarian: Pasta with Kale and Garlic

September 26, 2011 by  
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Photo: Emma Alter Mark Bittman had a terrific article in yesterday’s Sunday New York Times about the myth that fast food is cheaper than nutritious meals you make at home. It wasn’t anything new to me, as I’ve been proselytizing about cooking healthy, frugal meals at home since I started writing for TreeHugger and later

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5 Little Designs That Make Life Nicer, Fresh from the Valencia Design Week (Photos)

September 26, 2011 by  
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Papercraft Hospital exhibited at Valencia Design Week, designed by Lobulo Design . Photo credit: La Merienda Different themes seemed to be embedded in the Valencia Design Week. After spotting 6 great wooden flat-pack designs , I also found these little objects all of which tell a story and make everyday better…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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