Fast Company Names Most Innovative Companies in Design

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Fast Company just published their list of this year’s 10 most innovative companies in design. They say what’s fueling the best in design is the desire to make life easier and more enjoyable. While that’s definitely true, there’s also a clear move towards products and services that are better for our health and environment, from Nike’s innovative use of materials that are less toxic and create less waste to Warby Parker, who donates a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair purchased. Check out the list here.

IKEA Goes All-In on Sustainability

In this TED talk, Ikea’s chief sustainability officer Steve Howard talks about how we need to move beyond the sacrifices of old “green” products and set our sustainability goals at 100% with products that are better in every way.

"Let’s make beautiful, functional, affordable, sustainable products."

It’s great to hear about corporate leaders taking this kind of position. And as Mr. Howard mentions, we must go beyond just talking about products and discuss how better services, systems, and policies will guide us in a truly sustainable direction.

Pharrell is Making Jeans Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

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Pharrell Williams has been huge the last year, from hit collaborations with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke to an Oscar nominated song. Now he’s putting his name on an upcoming fashion project called RAW for the Oceans using materials from recycled ocean plastic, which we all know is nasty stuff. Way to go, Pharrell.

LA Launches Bike Friendly Business District

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Notoriously car-centric Los Angeles just launched their first Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD) in Northeast L.A. The public-private partnership aimed at bringing more cyclists to commercial corridors will install infrastructure including bike parking, repair stations, bikeways, signage and maps of the bikeway network.

Increasing bike infrastructure is the easiest and lowest cost solution cities can implement to address traffic congestion and air quality issues. Since proper bike infrastructure is safer, it makes biking much less intimidating for people and has the added bonus of not pissing off people in cars who can’t understand why there are bikes in their lane. The more options we have for getting around, the better off we’ll all be.

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An Hour with Bill Murray

Charlie Rose recently sat down with Bill Murray to discuss his career and how he tries to live his life. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed pretty much everything Murray has done, and hearing him talk about it all is every bit as insightful and entertaining as you would hope it to be.

296 Sterling Place

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296 Sterling is a fine looking Brooklyn apartment revamped by interior designer David Briefel using only sustainable materials. Here are more photos and a list of environmentally friendly and energy efficient methods used, including a lot of reclaimed woods throughout, low-flow showers and Energy Star appliances.

So-called ‘global-warming’ is just a secret ploy by wacko tree-huggers to make America energy independent, clean our air and water, improve the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, kick-start 21st-century industries, and make our cities safer and more livable. Don’t let them get away with it!
Chip Giller, Founder of Grist.org

The Way Forward

Climate change is a big, complex problem. But there are relatively simple solutions that we can put in place to minimize the dangerous and costly threats of a warming planet. And we’re not talking about changing lightbulbs and driving less. Those personal lifestyle changes are great, but there are much bigger changes that need to happen very soon.

In this short film that we created at The Climate Reality Project, narrator Tim Robbins explains one of the biggest solutions we can move forward with immediately. It’s a systemic change to the way we do business that will help protect our futures and hold the right people accountable for their actions. You can’t personally make this change, but there’s something important that you can do: Speak up. Share this video and help spread the demand for action. That’s the only way we’ll make any real progress on the issue.

This thought is really resonating at the moment. It’s true for just about everything in life.

This thought is really resonating at the moment. It’s true for just about everything in life.

The future of lightbulbs is here. Philips just unleashed the SlimStyle, a cheaper LED bulb with the familiar soft glow of an incandescent while using only a fraction of the energy.

The future of lightbulbs is here. Philips just unleashed the SlimStyle, a cheaper LED bulb with the familiar soft glow of an incandescent while using only a fraction of the energy.