Valani launches debut collection of biodegradable clothing

September 16, 2020 by  
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New fashion house Valani has launched its debut collection of biodegradable separates and dresses inspired by “light living.” These sustainable clothes are made from materials like classic hemp fiber, antibacterial Tencel and banana silk for wardrobe staples that are just as comfortable and eco-friendly as they are stylish. The fashion brand has designed its pieces to reflect sustainability, with soft styles that can be worn throughout the year — regardless of season. Founder Vanni Leung is driven by the interconnectedness of the planet, animals and humankind as well as the recognition that love for the planet and love for ourselves are intertwined. She is a lifelong vegan, breathwork practitioner, a believer in the mind-body balance and an ally for female empowerment. Related: Seaweed Girl explores seaweed as an eco-textile for sustainable fashion Valani uses hemp, Tencel and banana silk in its designs. Hemp makes for a soft and flowy fabric that is hypoallergenic; it is also a carbon-negative crop, uses less water in production and is naturally resistant to bacteria growth. Tencel is made from sustainably managed eucalyptus trees and produced using a closed loop method that reuses 99% of solvents and water. The banana silk is made from a byproduct of agriculture waste; discarded banana stems are harvested to make way for new tree growth and then upcycled into this sustainable silk alternative. Prices for the new collection range from $98 to $398, so adding Valani to your wardrobe will certainly be an investment. However, the clothing is built to last, and your money goes much further than just the garment. Valani offers no-cost breathwork sessions online to its customers and plants a tree for every piece of clothing purchased. The sustainable company has also pledged to donate 10% of its profits to conservation, animal welfare and female empowerment organizations. As an additional sustainability feature, Valani uses recycled materials as well as straw, hemp and jute for its packaging. Pattern designs are strategically created to minimize fabric waste, and any scraps are used for scrunchies, crafts, training purposes or as filling for toys and pillows. Some of the most notable pieces include the faux wrap Sitha Top ($148), the cropped double puff sleeved Sineth Top ($168), the mid-rise pull-on Petra Pant ($188) and the asymmetrical, one-shoulder Sokha Banana Dress ($398). Sizes run from 0 to 12. + Valani Images via Valani

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Fortress-like house in Portugal hides a surprising light-filled courtyard inside

December 1, 2016 by  
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The fortress-like exterior of this house in Portugal provides no clues about the open, light-filled interior it hides. In order to provide an optimal amount of daylight, without having to compromise privacy in an densely built area, architect António Costa Lima designed a house that looks inwards and toward the sky, enveloping itself in seclusion without sacrificing views of the outdoors. The house is located in Estoril, a small picturesque town on the Portuguese Riviera. Its densely built surroundings, narrow streets and small plots made it difficult for the architect to engage the street-facing facade and create a strong dialogue with its neighbors. In fact, one of the main design obstacles was the blind wall of a neighboring building. Related: This charming home in Portugal is insulated with soil The architect decided to create an inward-looking, undulating building, that wraps around a central courtyard like a blanket. While the exterior walls feature few openings, the openings looking into the courtyard are continuous full-height glazing  that draws ample sunlight into the interior and create visual connections throughout the residence. + António Costa Lima Arquitectos Photos by Francisco Nogueira

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Vineyard House uses rammed earth to stay cool in the Portuguese heat

March 30, 2016 by  
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Óbidos Technological Park’s floating architecture frames the Portuguese landscape

January 19, 2015 by  
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Álvaro Siza Completes Floating Green-Roofed Chemical Plant on an Artificial Lake in China

August 8, 2014 by  
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The Unsung Heroes of Urban Design: How Bike Bollards Protect Pedestrians & Property While Providing Bike Parking

August 8, 2014 by  
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Sometimes the most well-designed and useful objects are the ones you hardly notice at all. Case in point:  bike bollards . You’ve probably encountered a bollard at one time or another (they look like heavy, squat posts), but bike bollards are an elevated version of these common structures that perform double duty by protecting buildings and pedestrians from cars while also providing a place for secure bicycle parking. Read on to learn more about these unsung heroes of urban design, and how they better streetscapes in their own quiet but effective way. Read the rest of The Unsung Heroes of Urban Design: How Bike Bollards Protect Pedestrians & Property While Providing Bike Parking Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike bollard , bike bollards , bike parking , bollards , eco design , green design , Reliance Foundry , sustainable design , Urban design , what is a bike bollard , what is a bollard

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Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

August 9, 2013 by  
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Emerging Objects Plans To 3D-Print Rooms and Entire Buildings

August 9, 2013 by  
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Fukusada and Pereira Unveil Multifunctional Bathroom Furniture at Milan Design Week 2013

April 9, 2013 by  
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Japanese-Portuguese duo Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira used renewable Portuguese cork to create their ‘Bug Collection’ of multifunctional furniture, which is now on show at this year’s Milan Design Week . The pieces beautifully blend the Japanese bent for minimalism with warm, renewable materials. Read the rest of Fukusada and Pereira Unveil Multifunctional Bathroom Furniture at Milan Design Week 2013 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Bathroom Furniture , Bug Collection , cork , geta , jaoanese , Milan Design Week 2013 , portuguese , recycling / compost , Rui Pereira , ryosuke fukusada        

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Paris Officials Hire Sheep to Mow and Fertilize City Green Space

April 9, 2013 by  
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Last week, four shaggy black sheep were put to work grazing on the grass in front of Paris ‘ municipal archives building. The sheep are being used as a pastoral alternative to gas-guzzling and noisy conventional lawn mowers, and if the trial goes according to plan, they could be employed in other parts of the city. Mayor Bertrand Delanoë’s office has described the project as “eco-grazing,” but the sheep are doing much more than that; they’re also drawing crowds of curious onlookers to the archives. Read the rest of Paris Officials Hire Sheep to Mow and Fertilize City Green Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , Bertrand Delanoë , black sheep , cities , eco grazing , environmental policy , ewes , green initiatives , green lawn mowing , lawnmower alternatives , Paris , sheep        

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