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Ibex's Wool Will Be 100% American, Grown To Sewn

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:30:00 -0500

(image) The clothing manufacturer plans to source, fabricate and sew its Shak Lite wool garments completely within the USA



Two Per Cent of US Road Deaths Are Cyclists

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:00:00 -0500

(image) Bad news: 630 cyclists died in 2009. Good news? That's down 12% on 2008.



‘Speed Date a Sustainable Designer,’ A Sanctuary Magazine Project

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:50:00 -0500

(image) Date a green designer/architect, or read the magazine that does it for you.



Recycle Outdoor Gear. Does Just That.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:40:00 -0500

(image) Pass on your treasured yet dusty outdoor clothing and equipment to others



Sun Roof on Apple's New HQ May be One of US's Largest Solar Installations

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 07:25:14 -0500

(image) The Sun Roof on Apple's New Headquarters maybe one of the US's, and world's, biggest solar installations



Solar Charging Meets Social Networking With Changers

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 08:06:57 -0500

(image) Charge electronic gadgets from the sun, share with the world, ... and earn credits



The North Face Unveils First Sustainability Report

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 07:37:55 -0500

(image) Iconic outdoor clothing and equipment maven, The North Face, details its expedition into sustainability



Patagonia: Don't Buy Our Jackets

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 07:30:35 -0500

(image) Outdoor clothier, Patagonia, bucks Black Friday with radical anti-consumption message



Khunu Adds More Soft Himalayan Yak Wool Apparel

Thu, 24 Nov 2011 07:31:25 -0500

(image) New cosy yak wool garments are perfect for winter



New i-Spy Corporate Transparency and Eco-Clothing from Finisterre

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 07:00:48 -0500

(image) “If you are selling something, in exchange for cash, it simply isn’t good enough. Give them something else, something that counts, something that doesn’t have a price tag — a smile, a tear, and idea!”



Steve Jobs: The Computer is a Bicycle For Our Minds

Wed, 05 Oct 2011 21:20:44 -0400

(image) Following on from Mike's Vale for Steve Jobs. I'd like to tender, as my tribute, this quote and video, in which a young Steve, ever the visionary, remarks: ... the computer is the most remarkable tool



All Wrapped up In Mongolian Yak Wool

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 07:37:50 -0400

(image) All photos: Khunu Indigenous Designs helped find a niche for Alpaca in the western wardrobes, Icebreaker almost singlehandedly rediscovered Merino wool for performance outdoor apparel, Finisterre are saving an unique British breed of sheep from oblivion



Nau Fall 2011 Now Available

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:50:41 -0400

(image) As we've alluded to in one or two prior posts Nau were planning to release some snug outdoor winter garments, made in part with recycled coconut waste. That time has arrived. It's now, you might say. The garment is known as the Insular



Patagonia Says, "Buy Our Stuff On eBay"

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:35:27 -0400

(image) Ever the maverick Patagonia gets a little crazy once again. As an extension of their long running Common Threads program (where they take back old outdoor garments for recycling into new fibres) they've now partnered with eBay, the



Save a Threatened Breed. Wear It: Finisterre's Bowmont Beanie

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 09:30:03 -0400

(image) Last week was Wool Week in the United Kingdom, The perfect time for sustainable outdoor clothing brand Finisterre to announce they finally have some fruits of their labour, to keep alive the Bowmont sheep.



Rohan Embraces Corporate Responsibility, Bit by Bit

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 10:31:03 -0400

(image) Around mid last year I was disparaging about the UK's Ethical Consumer group ranking outdoor clothing purveyors Patagonia and Rohan equally, when in my mind the former is far and away the greener of the two, particularly when its



Britain's Biggest Indoor Climbing Gym Reaches for Sustainability

Mon, 08 Aug 2011 09:56:16 -0400

(image) The Castle Climbing Centre in London, as it's name suggests, has reused a Castle, although technically it was previously a water pumping station. Receiving more annual visits than



Finally. Graduate Sustainable Design Showcase Goes National

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 17:00:17 -0400

(image) The Society for Responsible Design, founded in 1989, may be one of the oldest professional associations committed to the pursuit of environmentally and socially aware design. Now, after eight years of dedicated volunteer hard yards showcasing



Sigg's American Water Bottle Distributor Bankrupt

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 07:55:13 -0400

(image) Sigg Bottle photo by StromBer (Wikipedia Commons) Two years ago we asked TreeHugger readers, if, in light of revelations that Sigg aluminum water bottled had actually contained Bisphenol-A (BPA) linings, would they be returning their bottles. 200 said



Australia's Carbon Pricing to Herald a Clean Energy Future

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:08:32 -0400

(image) Australia has put a price on carbon dioxide. $23 AUD a tonne. The country's 500 biggest polluters will, as off 1 July 2012, be required to pay effectively a tax on the CO2 they create. They will, of course, pass on this



Merrell Takes a World View to Get Us Outside

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 07:40:54 -0400

(image) Merrell makes shoes for the outdoors (as well as some apparel and bags), so it seems fair and reasonable that their mission and marketing manta might be, "Let's Get Outside." To share this mission Merrell support a



Aussie Mums Returning To Cloth Nappies (Diapers)

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 07:05:58 -0400

(image) Last month the results of a survey into nappy (diaper) use in Australia were released. Whilst the findings focused mostly on which brand of disposable nappy (diaper) was favoured and why, the research also turned



Mammut Take Recycling & Organics To The Mountains

Thu, 26 May 2011 09:11:47 -0400

(image) Mammut will soon celebrate 150 years of business and for much of that time they have been crafting product for climbers and mountaineers. (Some years ago this Swiss company purchased the Norwegian sleeping bag brand Ajungilak, who



Keen On Home Grown U.S. Footwear Production

Thu, 26 May 2011 07:07:42 -0400

(image) Technical footwear manufacturing in the USA? It's hard to think it could fly these days. But Keen, a company with a eye towards reducing the environmental impact of the line of footwear and bags, have done just that. In



Sanctuary Magazine Gets into Hot Water. Solar, That Is.

Mon, 23 May 2011 08:53:52 -0400

(image) 'Modern Green Homes' is the tagline for Sanctuary, an award winning magazine that both Lloyd and I like wax lyrical about (see links below), and its latest issue continues the high standard set by previous



Your Home. A Manual For Environmentally Sustainable Housing (Book Review)

Mon, 23 May 2011 08:20:15 -0400

(image) At over 350 pages, Your Home is a formidable tome, but it does cover all the bases, from the usual suspects of green homes, such as insulation and solar orientation to rainwater harvesting and double glazing. But it also



Just When You Thought It Safe to Go Back in the (Drinking) Water

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 07:49:46 -0400

(image) SNEWS is a publication for the US outdoor sports and fitness industry. They've been providing in-depth coverage of the Bisphenol-A (BPA) story over the past eight years. Yesterday they



TickGreen: Wrestling Web Server Wattage

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 07:39:21 -0400

(image) Australia's web servers produce at least as much carbon dioxide as 35,000 cars, according to TickGreen, who offer 100% certified carbon emission offset credits which are applied to the reforestation of Australian government state



Wend Your Way for Free. And Drink BPA Free

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 07:18:47 -0400

(image) Here's a quick shout out on behalf of our pals at Wend Magazine. Sign up for the online version of their magazine,which is free, and you go into the running for a free Kleen Kanteen. The insulated version of their famed stainless



Stand And Deliver Yourself Better Health

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 07:00:26 -0400

(image) Standing Desks are a particular hobby horse of our Design and Architecture editor, Lloyd. So we imagine he'll be pleased to learn that the National Heart Foundation in