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Fisker Karma – a sexy plug-in hybrid


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Finnish automaker, Valmet Automotive is going to contract to produce Fisker Automotive’s, Fisker Karma, a stylish answer to the Tesla’s Whitestar sedan (see Tesla sues designer Henrik Fisker).  The sleek looking sports car will reportedly make its debut in the North American market sometime in late 2009 with European delivery in 2010.  Valmet Automotive manufactures Porche Cayman and Boxter models for Porshe AG so they know how to make a high-end set of wheels.

The plug-in Karma will have a top speed in excess of 125mph, a full-length solar roof, lightweight construction and dual driving modes for both economy seekers and lawbreaking types.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

eco handbag and vodka flow in Times Square


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A billboard at the center of Times Square will provide the raw material for a new green handbag from designer Helen Marcoschamer, a winner of the first-ever “Best Green Handbag” at last month’s Independent Handbag Designer Awards held at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan. Partnering with 360 Vodka, Helen’s next sustainable handbag design will be centered around re-purposing the Times Square Billboard featuring eco-conscious, 360 Vodka. (more) (more…)

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Iola Design – Bamboo Sideboard


Inspired by the values and accomplishments of their grandparents Iola and Henry Hessler, brothers Steven and David Hessler founded Iola Design and set-up shop in Exton, Pennsylvania.  The clean lines of their designs form wall mounts, free standing shelving units and custom projects, many of which are made exclusively from bamboo.

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Exemplifying the green aesthetic, Miharu (beautiful clear sky) is created with solid laminated bamboo planks, ($1655; with custom stain matching $1805).  All of their bamboo is sourced exclusively from their ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturing partner.

From Iola’s site:  “Our suppliers use only mature Chinese Mao bamboo for our planks.  The bamboo poles are selected and harvested from bamboo forests carefully monitored by the Chinese Department of Forestry.  This ensures the bamboo forests are able to self-regenerate and maintain a natural ecosystem for future harvesting.”
Link for more info or to order @ ioladesign.com

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a mixed bag of green news


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