Biota Spring Water: Biodegradable Bottles

by Justin Thomas •

Biota is the first spring water to be packaged in a compostable bottle. The bottle is made of a corn-based bioplastic, which was exclusively created for Biota by Naturework PLA. The bioplastic is an alternative to PET which is the petroleum-based plastic commonly used to bottle beverages. PET takes about a thousand years to decompose. The bottle will break down …

Whitepod: HyperEfficient Alpine Retreat

by Justin Thomas •

Whitepod is a zero-impact camp for ten guests situated over 1700m high in the Swiss Alps. It consists of five portable pods on platforms, which are removed in spring and leave absolutely no trace. The emphasis is on comfortable accomodation close to nature without negative environmental impacts. Access is by ski or snowshoes only. There are no cars. No buses. …

Expanko: Regenerative Flooring

by Justin Thomas •

Expanko makes flooring out of two regenerative materials: cork and rubber. They also make a unique product which combines both cork and rubber, called XCR3, an example of which is pictured here. To produce cork flooring, virgin cork bark and cork waste from the manufacturing of other cork products is recycled and ground into small granules. The granules are baked …

Patagonia: Effective Clothing

by Justin Thomas •

Patagonia is one of the more well-known environmentally conscious corporations, and rightly so. Not all their materials and processes are metaefficient, but they are definitely an example of a viable eco-effective company. Patagonia makes use of organic cotton, organic wool, cashmere, hemp and recycled plastic fleece in their clothing. They also have many environmental initiatives in place, the details of …

Icebreaker Jackets: Innovative Merino Wool

by Justin Thomas •

Icebreaker, a New Zealand company specializing in merino wool performance wear, has just introduced a new line of jackets named PurePlus. The jackets are constructed from two merino fabrics: a stretch knit interior laminated to a finely woven exterior. They are wind resistant, warm and highly breathable. We’ve noted the virtues of merino wool in a previous post. It is …

Merino Wool Jackets by Ibex

by Justin Thomas •

Ibex makes a range of performance wear, using merino wool as their primary ingredient. Merino wool is much softer against the skin than regular wool. Pictured is their men’s “Full Zip” merino wool jacket, priced at $140. Let’s review why merino wool is hypereffective: it’s renewable, biodegradable, an excellent insulator, lightweight (warmest material by weight), naturally moisture wicking, doesn’t smell …

Shafer: A Sustainable Vineyard

by Justin Thomas •

Shafer Vineyards practice organic and sustainable harvesting. They are also Napa’s first 100% solar powered winery. Organic Style and Wine Spectator liked their Firebreak 2001 offering. Donna Binder, co-owner of Counter, a hot Manhattan vegertarian restaurant and wine bar, says it is “A real crowd-pleaser, Firebreak has aromas of spicy black pepper, black currant and dark plum that pair well …

The Magic of Tents: Transforming Space

by Justin Thomas •

Endlessly flexible, nurturing of creativity, cost — and energy-conscious, tented structures are an ideal means to address many concerns of modern architecture — a creative means to not only define space, but also to transform it into something to meet all sorts of design needs, for projects both grand and small. Recent years have seen an increase in the use …

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EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo: 100% Recycled Glass Flooring

by Justin Thomas •

EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo is flooring made of 100% post-consumer recycled glass. Recycled glass bottles are crushed, mixed with an epoxy, and poured to form a very appealing surface. Terrazzo, from the Italian word for terraces, was created several hundred years ago in Europe when Venetian workers discovered a new use for discarded marble remnants. EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo is the latest Terrazzo innovation …

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EPatch: Glue-less Stickers

by Justin Thomas •

EPatch is an innovative sticker that doesn’t use glue or water. The stickers are non-toxic, very durable, and are able to be bent, stretched or folded without losing their shape. Made of rubber-silicon, the stickers are fade resistant, resistant to UV radiation and to temperature extremes up to 220 degrees – which means it is useful for industrial purposes. Epatch …