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Greenpeace: A New Warrior

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The Greenpeace: A New Warrior campaign is easily one of the most moving (and hopefully effective) uses of story telling and crowd sourced funding for good I’ve seen in a while. They’re asking for help building a new Rainbow Warrior (the Greenpeace ship that travels around the world protecting the environment). They’re doing it by allowing you to buy an item for the new ship– everything from parts of the floor to computer screens, pieces of the sail, ropes, and even light switches. Afterwards, your name appears on a plaque inside the ship along with other donors and contributors.

The level of architectural schematics they show is fantastic, here is the campaign office with 3444 items left to buy.

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Below you can see some of the items for sale (and some sold) for the onboard office.

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The intro video and music gives me goosebumps. They’re 43.7% done with construction. Check it out and contribute if you can.

Icebreaker Cycling Apparel

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I have always been a fan of Icebreaker gear. The New Zealand company has fostered strong relationships with a handful of farms where they source their amazing merino wool from. When I thought they had shown all their cards, they come guns blazing in their Spring/Summer ’11 line. Of course, you have updates to the normal offerings such as new patterns and prints in the Lightweight Travel series. For the warmer months, Icebreaker is offering 150g per square meter, which is thinner than a typical cotton tee. You can also get 200g weight for cooler mornings or evenings. They sent me some tops to try out and on my month long trip to Australia, it was the only thing I wore. I will eschew praising the virtues of merino as a fabric since I assume you’re already familiar with it’s warming and cooling abilities all the while staying odor-free.

ss11_m_ib6b06659_cwh.jpgWhat really stands out for me and came as a shock was the introduction of their road and mountain biking cycling apparel called GT Bike. Cycling is a sport Icebreaker had not previously supported. Based on the jersey and bib I was sent, it’s clear that they were just biding their time; sitting back and observing the industry to figure out the best way to make a first impression. Again, merino is the basis of all the collection and it turns out to be the perfect fabric whether you’re going on an early morning by the beach or bombing hills in the afternoon on your full-suspension. Enhanced with LYRCA for just the amount of stretch, the fit is on point. The products are an investment (merino is not cheap), but details like a gripper at the hem and hardy zippers put a smile on your face each time you get out.

Levi’s Waterless

I never wash my jeans, ever. Once in a while I throw them in the freezer (yep), or have them dry cleaned at an eco dry-cleaner.  But most people do, all the time.

So what if your jeans could save up to 16 Million liters of water? The average pair of Levi’s jeans uses 42 liters of water per washing process. The Levi’s Waterless line reduces water by up to 96% in the finishing process. The rigid jeans use virtually no water in production. Checkout this great video announcing it. Go Levi’s!

Kuyban’s Sustainable Loafers

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This loafer has been hand-stitched by Colombian, single women who are responsible to feed large households.

I’m not big on Loafers– or, at least I didn’t think I was until I saw Kuyban. Their range of men and women’s shoes are not only good looking, but they’re making the world a better place. You’re probably asking how, well, in their own words, here’s what they say:

How? Improving the lives of a minority group of Colombian single mothers, providing them with an opportunity to work and to become part of a cause. Also, we intend to include in our value chain the working assistance of another Colombian minority group, ex-street combatants. Environmentally, we intend to reduce water contamination of both local rivers and cloaks. How? Reusing our leather and suede production residues on brand labels and different product details. Kuyban, a brand that connects to today’s new luxury through sustainability.

Thanks Greta!

Peace Bomb Bracelets

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Check out this incredible Kickstarter project and support it if you can. I’ve just now become an Executive Producer. The bracelets shown here (and highlighted in the video) are made from scrap metal left from bomb scraps in Laos. During the Vietnam War, the US military dropped more bombs on supply routes in Laos than it did on all of Europe during World War II.

They can be purchased for only $15.  The Kickstarter project is to create a film documenting the process, the journey, and the work behind the rehabilitation there.

The peaceBOMB bracelet is made from Vietnam War-era bombs by rural artisans in a part of Laos heavily afflicted by the US bombardment during the Secret War, 1964-1973. We want to create video content that shows how, since the 70s, the artisans have taken a constructive approach to the devastation of war by repurposing bomb metal into spoons and, now, bracelets.

Each purchase supports income generation for artisan families in Naphia Village and helps them create sustainable businesses. A donation is also made to the community bank that funds infrastructure projects including roads, light poles and electricity for the school and other communal areas. Thanks Greta!

Studio Dunn Furniture

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Nice sustainable furniture by a small outfit calling themselves Studio Dunn. Check out more on their website.

The studio works with a network of local designers, artisans, and manufacturers in and around Rhode Island to develop and refine designs. Focusing on the use of classic materials including wood, metal, glass, and ceramics, and through the use of their in-house fabrication capabilities Studio Dunn uses experimental processes to create innovative designs.

Studio Dunn grew out of Keeseh Studio, a collaborative workshop, whose members play an important role in the development of Studio Dunn’s works.

Commerce With A Conscience

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Great idea and seems to be pretty well stocked, Commerce With A Conscience allows you to sort goods (mostly clothing and accessories) by ethical attribute.

There are many ways that a product can be socially responsible. Along with more obvious criteria like eco-friendly materials and ethical manufacturing practices, there is also how well an item is made, and how long it will last. The goods featured on this site run the gamut. While some are organic and sweatshop-free, others are so high-quality that they’ll never need replacing (there are even a few to which all three traits apply).

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