Gaia & Dubos debuts a sustainable fall clothing collection

September 14, 2020 by  
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Do you know where your clothes come from? How they’re made? What impact they have on the environment? When it comes to many clothing manufacturers, the answers are probably all no. But companies like Gaia & Dubos want you to know exactly how their clothing is made and everything they do to provide sustainable fashion for all. This brand’s new collection creates as little impact on the environment as possible without compromising style or comfort. The fashions provided by Gaia & Dubos are so well made that every single seam comes with a lifetime guarantee. The name of the company is inspired by the ancient Greek goddess Gaia, an Earth goddess. Dubos stems from René Dubos, a French environmentalist and the person who coined the phrase “think global, act local.” This sentiment so perfectly sums up the philosophy behind Gaia & Dubos, his name is now part of the brand itself. The company name embodies the mission, which is to “change the fashion industry, one person at a time, one garment at a time.” Related: Cariuma welcomes a new Pantone collection of natural, vegan shoes Begin your change with the gorgeous creations in the Gaia & Dubos fall line, which includes matching hair accessories to complete your outfits. Bold colors, classic silhouettes and comfortable materials make each piece in the collection stand out while also withstanding the test of time. All clothing from Gaia & Dubos is made with eco-friendly materials. The clothing is also handcrafted in Canada under fair and ethical working conditions. You can learn about the origin and the environmental impact of every single clothing item you buy through Gaia & Dubos. These items are made with certified organic cotton jersey for a naturally soft feeling and beautiful draping. This company is setting a standard that hopefully other clothing brands will soon start to follow. Incredibly, the Gaia & Dubos brand began with a young girl named Leonie. She’s the designer and founder of the brand. Leonie started creating made-to-measure clothing at age 12 and went on to get college degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Fashion. She chose to specialize in sustainable fashion . Gaia & Dubos is the result of all that hard work. + Gaia & Dubos Images via Gaia & Dubos

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Charred timber cladding and a green roof connect this Victorian-era home to nature

May 31, 2018 by  
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To embrace indoor/outdoor living, this Victoria-era house in London is outfitted with a handsome new extension wrapped in Shou Sugi Ban cladding. Designed by Neil Dusheiko Architects , the Black Ridge House provides a modern contrast to the original home’s Victorian brickwork. Inspired by biophilic design principles, the new-build was constructed with several energy-saving features — such as a green roof and underfloor heating — and sustainably sourced timbers to connect the home to nature. Inspired by the rooflines of the area’s early Warner houses, the Black Ridge House features gabled volumes clad in Kebony , a sustainable and durable alternative to tropical hardwood. The engineered wood was charred using the Shou Sugi Ban technique to create a beautifully blackened finish that’s also weatherproof. “The extension forms a contrast to the Victorian brickwork so that the two elements of the house are distinct and a separate visual language is used,” the architects wrote. “Our design embraces the philosophy of Biophilic design principles, addressing our innate attraction to nature and natural processes. By constructing the extension out of a natural product [timber] whose surface is formed by a natural process [fire] — we celebrate nature. The design also includes ideas of wabi-sabi — a world view that is based on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Beauty is seen as being ‘imperfect, impermanent and incomplete’.” Related: Norway farmstead receives a gorgeous modern renovation with Kebony wood The extension includes an open-plan kitchen, dining room and living area on the ground floor, while a new master bedroom and skylit bathroom are located on the upper floor. The building opens up to the garden through large double-glazed metal windows. Airtight detailing, underfloor heating, ample access to natural light and an insulating green roof keep energy demands to a minimum. From the sliding door made with reclaimed timber panels to the oak worktop and cupboard doors, the light-filled interior utilizes natural materials. + Neil Dusheiko Architects Images © Tim Crocker

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Chinas first Slow Food Village will promote local foods and traditions

May 24, 2018 by  
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Rural-urban migration in China is at an all-time high, with experts estimating an influx of 243 million migrants to Chinese cities by 2025 . In a bid to combat this wave of migration and raise living standards for farmers, Stefano Boeri Architetti  designed Slow Food Freespace, China’s first Slow Village that follows the philosophy of the Slow Food Movement. The Slow Village pilot project will be presented this week at the 16th Venice Biennial. Founded in Italy in 1986, the Slow Food Movement has grown into a worldwide campaign that promotes local food, traditional cooking and sustainability in agricultural economies. Inspired by this vision, Stefano Boeri Architetti created a Slow Village program for China that comprises three cultural epicenters — a school , a library and a small museum — that would be built in each village and serve as hubs for disseminating farming knowledge and celebrating each area’s unique cultural characteristics. “We easily forget that the rural areas provide sustainability to our daily lives,” Stefano Boeri said. “It is an inevitable necessity of architecture to confront the speed of evolution while also feeding it with the richness of the past. For this reason, we have proposed to enhance the agricultural villages with a system of small but precious catalysts of local culture, able to improve the lives of the residents.” Related: NYC Design Collaborative Shows Communities How To Cook with Ingredients from the Sidewalk The first Chinese Slow Village will be located in Qiyan, in the Southwest province of Sichuan. Stefano Boeri Architetti China will provide its services pro-bono for the design and construction of the first pilot system, including the library, school and museum. Likened to a “single organic accelerator,” the three buildings will teach about the preparation, consumption and supply of food, as well as ancient and deeply rooted food traditions. The Slow Villages are also expected to spur and accommodate tourism. The Slow Food Freespace presentation will take place at the Venice Biennial  on May 25, 2018. + Stefano Boeri Architetti Images via Stefano Boeri Architetti

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Bags made from movie film make recycling fashionable

September 30, 2016 by  
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Messie Design gets its name from “messie syndrome,” a reference to a compulsive refusal to throw items away. Turning the often distressing term on its head, their designs showcase how seemingly useless rubbish can be up cycled into something useful. The line of messenger bags, purses , and clutches each feature the overlooked medium of film , recycled into usable totes. Related: DIY: Learn how to make a beautiful braided rug from old fabric Each piece is adorned with hand-woven strips of film and held together with industrial fabric remnants. The upcycled bags seem study and quite functional for everyday use. Inhabitat recently spotted a few of their products at Designersblock during the 2016 London Design Festival . Messie Design explains how their philosophy informs their creations: “all things considered, we are also what we reject and what, more or less consciously, we lose.” + Messie Design + London Design Festival + Inhabitat coverage of London Design Festival Images via Inhabitat, Messie Design

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South Korean production facility makes medicine out of dandelions

September 30, 2016 by  
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The Korean Dandelion Farm is located on the edge of a forest in Chungcheongbuk-do province in South Korea . It comprises a quiet retreat and a production facility for making remedies using dandelions, which have been used in traditional South Korean medicine for a long time. This wildflower, which can treat liver failure, kidney disease, fever and stomach ache, is grown in a designated area behind the building. Related: Korea’s platform_monsant cafe reflects its stunning volcanic surroundings The property is dominated by concrete and wood. Enclosed areas are made of concrete, while the open spaces are framed by wooden fences. Some parts of the building feature concrete elements cast against wooden boards. The contrast between dark and light areas is accentuated by the different treatment of closed and open spaces. A large pivoting wooden door leads to the cafe area through an open courtyard . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-PNDby5D6s Related: OBBA built this affordable 538-square-feet daylit house in Seoul for a newlywed couple and their cats “Experience of dark and light triggers your emotional experiences in this space,” said the architects. “When you enter the front courtyard, you can see the forest valley through the wide open farm cafe,” they added. + Archihood WXY Via Dezeen Photos and video by Woohyun Kang

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Finally, A Children’s Paint Kit For Your Pint-Sized Picasso

September 8, 2015 by  
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Leah Fanning Mebane surrounds herself with beauty, in her art, her philosophy, and her approach to creation. It was only natural then, when she found herself pregnant with her son, Django, in 2009, that she felt called to renew her dedication to…

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Vietnamese Kindergarten Feeds 500 Students With Rooftop Vegetable Garden!

August 25, 2013 by  
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Respect for the environment and the skills needed for self-sufficiency must be taught at a young age. In addition to “reading, writing, and arithmetic,” why not also teach kids how to grow their own food in an eco-friendly way? That’s the philosophy behind The Farming Kindergarden , a Vietnamese school that is installing a massive rooftop garden in order to teach children the basics of raising their own fresh food. Maintaining the garden teaches children valuable skills, and helps provide meals for both students and faculty. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia architecture firm, the facility also includes water recycling,  solar  water heating, pc-concrete louver for shading and more green features designed to inspired young students to care about the planet. Click through to see more pictures of this amazing living roof! Read More >> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green roofs , green schools , kindergarten , living roofs , rooftop gardens , schools , vegetable gardens , Vietnam        

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VIDEO: Koen Olthius Shares the Benefits of Floating Cities at TEDxWarwick

March 26, 2012 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Koen Olthius , founder of Waterstudio.nl and floating architecture expert, recently gave a talk at TEDxWarwick on the benefits of floating cities. For years, we’ve been following Olthius’ work – including his floating homes and Waterstudio.nl’s proposals for amazing water-based cities. Now his ideas for floating cities are getting a lot more attention as they offer ways to reduce the risks of flooding and climate change while opening up more space in dense urban environments. Olthius’ TEDx talk in Warwick is a great overview of his philosophy and how floating architecture can help change the world. + Waterstudio.nl + TEDxWarwick Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , eco design , floating architecture , floating cities , floating homes , green architecture , Green Building , green design , Koen Olthius , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , TED Talk , tedx , tedx talk , tedxwarwick , Video , water architecture , water buildings , Waterstudio.nl , you tube video

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10 Ridiculous “Pinkwashed” Products That Might Even Increase Your Risk of Breast Cancer

October 19, 2011 by  
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Pink fried chicken ? We’re all for advancing breast cancer research, but it’s sickening how some corporations are playing up to the public’s desire to find a cure by turning all of their products pink this month – even ones that might cause cancer themselves! We’ve rounded up 10 ridiculously pinkwashed wares from benzene-spewing cars to BPA-laced chicken soup that you probably want to think twice about consuming. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bloomingdales , eco beauty , eco-fashion , eco-friendly cosmetics , eco-friendly makeup , Estee Lauder , Ethical Fashion , ford , green beauty , green cosmetics , green fashion , green makeup , Kentucky Fried Chicken , Philosophy , pinkwashing , sustainable beauty , sustainable cosmetics , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable makeup , Yoplait

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Hipcycle’s Boot Jack Bench Brings New Life to Old Tin and Reclaimed Bead Board

October 19, 2011 by  
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Wood benches seem to be in everyone’s house these days, but here’s a much more eco-friendly take built from reclaimed tin and bead board. Dubbed the Boot Jack Bench , Hipcycle ‘s fab piece offers an alternative seating option for the dining or living room that can even serve as a spot to display a few treasured knicknacks in your home. Hipcycle’s studio offers an array of recycled designs that are attractive, durable, and fairly priced. Check out more of their pieces on their website here ! + Hipcycle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Boot Jack Bench , eco benches , eco furniture , green benches , Hipcycle , Reclaimed Materials , recycled material furniture , Recycled Materials

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