Shop Notes: Top 5 Sizzling Summer Vintage Items


Don’t miss a single sale sitting around wondering what to buy when it’s right under your nose.

With the Sex in the City movie just released, girls are dying to get that Sara Jessica Parker look down to the last stroke of mascara, that you apply subtly enough as if not to show. The knee length wrap skirt is the perfect look for girls with a full figure at work or out for a prowl on the town. If your the Gidget type, strutting your stuff on the beach this summer, then why not try a one piece instead of those over priced mix matched two pieces. You still can’t get enough of those cut off denim mini’s skirts or short cut daisy duke’s. Long boho dresses are all the rage this summer, as well as the strapless tunic style. Let’s get real GIRLS, nobody want’s to see your lawnchair branded buttcheeks after sitting in some furniture at a swanky little patio lunch joint all afternoon. Be tasteful
and Don’t wear the skirts too short.

Textile Recycling Initiative in New Delhi


Turning one person’s waste into another person’s resource isn’t new news to us at Fashion & Recycling. However this is still only on a small scale of what could be done to make a global difference. What if we started to re-use the clothing for necessities other than clothing. What if we used them to make blankets or bags for under privileged countries. Well that is exactly what the magnificent GOONJ project is doing. They are setting a truly sustainable mindset in the heart of the Indian capital New Delhi. The GOONJ project has become well established as a distribution network able to reach the poorest areas of India.

We found this information on Inhabitat and thought that it was worth bringing to your attention.

“Founded in 1998 by Ashoka Fellow Anshu Gupta, the GOONJ project collects unused clothing from all over India to then recycle the materials to provide clothes, sanitary and many other basic amenities to people living in poorer communities across the country.

The 300+ volunteers and mass participation of housewives, professionals, schools, colleges, corporates, exporters, hotels and hospitals behind the recycling and distribution center help to send out over 20,000 kgs of recycled waste materials every single month! A vast network of more than 100 grassroots agencies is also helping GOONJ reach parts of 20 states of India.

Recently declared Indian NGO of the Year, GOONJ has also won the prestigious Development Market place award from the World Bank on making a sanitary napkin out of waste cloth. The Global Oneness Project recently published a short documentary film about the GOONJ project, which wonderfully captures the essence of this inspirational and highly sustainable initiative.”

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Images courtesy of GOONJ

Aviator Sunglasses Lamp Shade


“Iconic and original, inspired by the stars who rarely shun their shades in public, the Celebrity lamp has found a new use for aviator glasses, eyes and light switching their usual sides.”

“The lamp shade is made of 40 pairs of mirrored aviator glasses and rests on a shiny, linear stand, featuring an amusing temple light switch.

When it is turned off, the lamp becomes an amazing silver sculpture, reflecting 80 times its surroundings. Switched on, the lenses become translucent and cast a kaleidoscope of oval shadows on the surrounding walls for a unique sophisticated ambiance.”

Made in Australia Available at Deep Mad Living

The Solar Powerd Speedboat


When people think about alternative transportation, the focus is often on more eco-friendly based land or air travel. After all, the open ocean provides the prevailing winds as a very sustainable power source. We have seen wind-powered cargo ships from the beginning of exploration times, and even more recent a wave-powered boat. However, use of solar power for boats had not been explored very much, let alone in speedboats. Until now. The Czeers Mk1 prototype is, according to their designers, the first ever solar powered speedboat. Based on the 2006 Nuon Frisian Solar Challenge winner, this marine speedster is making quite a splash.
According to Inhabitat, “The prototype is capable of achieving speeds of up to 30 knots, and is fully powered by the integrated solar cells. It is absolutely gorgeous; the deep carbon fiber hue, combined with the orange interiors, and the sleek form give off an incredible James-Bondian vibe. It is also, quite likely, very expensive, as no price has been given, and only a limited number will be produced.

Smart Meters = Electricity Savings


Smart meters are just, well, smart. They allow real-time pricing (f.ex. off peak electricity is less expensive than during peak demand), something that has a big impact on people’s behavior. It basically rewards virtue: If you pay attention, you can save more, and if you don’t, you’ll pay more.

Texas utility Oncor is working with Swiss smart-meter company Landis+Gyr to roll out 3 million advanced meters by 2012. The bill is expected to be $690 million dollars, and will be first paid by customers (directly or indirectly), but over time it will more than pay for itself in electricity savings and a reduced need to built new power plants.

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