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Tompkins Point Apparel – breakout brand for mod men


It’s a pleasure to discover an apparel line steeped in eco cred and social responsibility:  a brand with brains, brawn and heart.

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Currently manufacturing their sustainable menswear brand in Calcutta, India — New Jersey-based, Tompkins Point Apparel is creating ‘enlightened preppy’ threads for today’s busy but mindful man.  Kicking off with a new spin on the classic polo, here’s why this brand’s special:

  • it’s the first clothing brand in America to receive fair trade certification
  • all garments are made from 100% certified organic (GOTS) cotton with low-impact dyes (more…)
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Monday, October 18, 2010

BioSolar – taking petroleum-based plastic out of the solar panel equation


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A major challenge to the installation of renewable, solar power generations system is lag-time experienced in recouping the initial investment and reaching break-even.  With most of the solar industry focused on increasing photovoltaic efficiency to reduce cost there’s one small company that thinks it can provide a unique cost-cutting solution in the manufacture of photovoltaic cells:  BioSolar, a California technology company, is creating a bio-based material to replace petroleum-based plastic in the production of photovoltaic solar modules.

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Petroleum-based plastics are used in the production of virtually all PV solar modules.  With the cost of plastics steadily increasing due to rising oil prices, efforts to make solar energy cost competitive with conventional fossil fuels has continued to present a challenge. (more…)

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sculptures, dolls and creatures from found and recycled stuff


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Designer and artist Sang Won Sung re-assembles recycled dolls, toys and common, plastic household items into new hybrid toys and sculptures.

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Perhaps this off-beat collection of dolls and creatures can provide some inspiration to anyone considering a DIY Halloween costume, or pondering an artistic way to clean out a family room filled plastic toys that have long ago lost their original fascination.

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photo credit:  Sang Won Sung

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eco deal of the day – Gaiam


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Lounge in stylish eco conscious comfort — soft organic cotton top & pants set reduced from $58 to $19.99 – choose from 2 colorways (black or sage; low impact dyes) @ gaiam.com. Complete the look with an optional matching jacket, now $12.99.

** Place any order of $100 or more by 11:59pm, MT today, and receive free shipping with promotion code:  FALLFS.

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Show Me a (Jute) Sign – decoratively speaking


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It sometimes may seem like life is falling apart at the seams but don’t despair; things come and go, stuff happens in cycles, nothing is forever….It may help to have a sustainable sign hanging around to help remind us what really matters.  Live Laugh Love is made of renewable jute (a fiber created from corn husks) and it’s on sale now at @ world market.  $19.99 (was $24.99)

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