New Twist for Bottled Water

We found this this information on the Y bottle at, and felt it was definitely worth mentioning. “Bottled-water-drinkers have surely noticed Poland Springs making the switch to lightweight bottles; once empty, the easily-crushed containers remind you that what was a vessel five minutes ago has now become garbage.

Yves Behar’s fuseproject and L.A.-based Y Water–targeting vitamin-enriched water at children–are moving in the opposite direction, with a distinctive Y-shaped bottle they’re hoping will stick around a while longer.

Behar’s innovation was to give the bottle two lives: its first is as a vessel for the product, and when empty, it gains a second life as a toy. The sturdy 9-ouncers “can be linked with other bottles through biodegradable rubber ‘Y Knots,’ connectors that help to create spaceships, animals, robots, or whatever else a creative child can imagine.”

“We look to this repurposing of the Y Water bottle to not only encourage children to be creative, but to encourage children to think about reuse rather than simply discarding these into the trash,” says Behar. “We want to create a new paradigm for children’s products that encourages unique new behaviors and a productive afterlife for the product.”

Of course, kids will grow up someday and toys will eventually go in the trash; but not to worry, Y Water bottles are 100% recyclable. Once finished with the product, parents can log onto and receive a free mailer to send the bottle back for recycling.”

Costa Rica Aims to Become First “Carbon Neutral” Country

This may be old news to some of you, but for those of you that did not know, we thought it would be worth mentioning.

The news service La Nación reported back in February that The Costa Rican government is developing plans to begin offsetting all of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. Environment and Energy Minister Roberto Dobles said Costa Rica aims to reach this goal using budgeting, laws, and incentives, including measures to promote biofuels, hybrid vehicles, and clean energy. Another key component of the national strategy will be a “C-Neutral” label to certify that tourism and certain industrial practices mitigate all of the carbon dioxide they emit.

Under the new certification system, tourists and businesses will be charged a voluntary tax to offset their carbon emissions, with one ton of carbon valued at $10, according to La Nacion’n. The money will be used to fund conservation, reforestation, and research in protected areas. To augment the development of C-Neutral, the country is cultivating a carbon certificate market that aims to not only boost carbon capture and storage in the nation’s forests, but also help maintain their scenic beauty.

In 2002, Costa Rica’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels totaled 5.8 million metric tons, according to the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, ranking it 108th in the world. Delegates at a recent United Nations meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, noted that they were watching Costa Rica’s initiative and hope to replicate it in other regions.

Skateboard Deck Shoes

Used skateboard decks continue to pile up due to the production of over 100,000 decks per month in the United States alone. Reply explores this material waste stream as a resource for women’s shoes. By utilizing the overall shape and material properties found within the deck, the women’s shoe takes on an interesting aesthetic quality. This project is also a reapplication of waste skateboard decks in an unexpected way. By taking a movement-based leisure product mainly utilized by males, a creative method of reuse is reapplied to a movement-based market for Eco-conscious women.

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We found this on and thought that it was worth re posting: Always quick to act, Architecture For Humanity is quickly pulling together efforts to offer design services to the survivors left in Cyclone Nargis’ wake this past Saturday. With more than two million people now displaced in Myanmar, even small donations will be a big help in AFH’s effort to rebuild. More than 85% of the donations go directly toward innovative design and construction solutions.

At the time of writing, $13,500 have been raised (and 25% matched) by more than 240 donors who believe in the power of design to rebuild communities. If you would like to contribute to the cause or volunteer follow the link below:


Hemp Set to Solve the Mountain Pine Beetle Crisis

We found this Post at and thought it was worth a mention.
So what can be done about Canada’s blight of mountain pine beetles who are savaging forests turning them from carbon sinks to emitters? Well, at least from an economic point of view the Government of Canada think hemp might be one of the solutions.
They are investing $235,665 CD to help the District of 100 Mile House launch a hemp production pilot project. This project will “assess the viability of an industrial hemp processing facility, and includes the production of 200 acres of industrial hemp crop demonstrations, product development and test marketing. An alternative source of fibre, industrial hemp can be used in the development of construction products such as particleboard, insulation materials, and countertops.”
We have read elsewhere that hemp consumes about 1.7 times its dry weight in CO2 during its growth cycle, but haven’t yet been able to track down a scientific study confirming this. Though we keep looking. One of the sources quoting such a figure, also suggests that “each hectare of hemp could immediately sequester some 22 tonnes of greenhouse gases. Bast crops are able to sequester more carbon than trees in a short 150 day season cycle and yet leave arable land available for food and other crop production in the remainder of the year.”
In the meantime the Government of Canada are pursuing this project as “one step closer to a more sustainable, diversified local economy.” ::Federal Mountain Pine Beetle Funding for Hemp Pilot Project.

Frames From Recycled Tin

Artists Margaret Taylor and Simone Wilson make a variety of folk art and home furnishings from reclaimed and re-constructed materials which are sold through Miss Taylor’s Atlanta-based company, dryads dancing.
The one-of-a-kind, pastel quilted tin frame pictured is made from antique ceiling tin, house molding and beaded board.
available in pink, blue, or green and various sizes up to 16×20″ priced ranging from $38 to $250 @

Time to Sit on the Floor

Does your back ever begin to crinch after spending time on the computer? Check out these low-rider, funky, eco-friendly rockers that find your own, unique balance point. These are all constructed of FSC-certified wood, natural latex, organic cotton and steel screws, with hemp twine used in assembly and a recycled paper instruction manual.

The Bean Rocker Series is a family of bean-inspired, body conscious, low rocking seats designed with balanced posture and ease of breathing in mind.

It just might be time to get out of your high-chair and onto the floor.

comes in 4 sizes in green, chocolate or black prices range from $150 to $250. Find them at

TAKE ACTION Save Trestles

We wanted to update you on the fight to Save Trestles. Please take time to read the following. Posted at

Surfrider Foundation Action Network
Deny the Toll Road Appeal

The Transportation Corridor Agency is trying to revive its plan to build the 241 Foothill-South Toll Road through San Onofre State Beach. They have asked the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to override the California Coastal Commission’s denial of the road.
Remember, on February 6, 2008 the California Coastal Commission voted to deny the 241 Foothill South Toll Road through San Onofre State Beach. Following thousands of pages of written comments and a 14 hour hearing attended by thousands, the Commission listened to reason and to the law by rejecting the toll road application.
Unfortunately the agency planning this Toll Road has appealed the Coastal Commission’s decision to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The Secretary is accepting comments from the public on this appeal until May 28th. The people in D.C. need to hear from Californians and people from all over the world who care about San Onofre and Trestles!

Your voice is needed! Don’t let the TCA’s lobbyists be the only influence on this important decision!

Simply click “” to view a letter template that you can send to the Secretary asking that he DENY the Toll Road appeal.

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