Design Meme: Living, Breathing Dining Room Tables

Talk about going green: these tables support plants
Mar 14, 2013 3:46 pm

Well this is something we weren't expecting. Dining room tables tend to be modern, contemporary or classic, but we've dug up five that are best classified as green. Why? Well, they have things growing in, on, or around them for one thing. 

Bolivian Leader Calls For Big Food To Lay Off "International Year Of Quinoa"

President Evo Morales says qui-no to corporations
Feb 21, 2013 3:02 pm

Quinoa, that tiny seed that goes so very well with kale, has humble origins in the Andean mountains. It's come a long way since then, and 2013 is even the United Nations' International Year of Quinoa. You'd think Bolivians in particular would be thrilled, but then quinoa's boom hasn't been all delicious salads and healthy living.

We Asked This Weekend's TedxManhattan Speakers How To Change The Way We Eat

An effort to find a more sustainable food system
Feb 14, 2013 3:31 pm

This Saturday, February 16, TEDxManhattan takes on the weighty topic "Changing The Way We Eat." The all-day conference features an array of speakers from organizations, corporations and universities, presenting on topics from foraging to food in schools to GMO labeling and more. We asked them each a single question. 

The High Price Of Quinoa's Popularity Takes Its Toll

Superfood status puts quinoa out of farmers' reach
Jan 18, 2013 3:02 pm

While quinoa sells out of supermarkets across the U.S., few are aware of the effect the crops popularity has on growers in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. What was once an ancient, nourishing staple for thousands is now too expensive for its growers to eat.

Here's One Solution To Fast-Food Packaging

An edible fast food wrapper gets a try in Brazil
Dec 22, 2012 12:02 pm

Call it wrapper's delight for lazy eaters and mother earth. This Brazilian chain's campaign gimmick may also mean a longer-term sustainability initiative. 

Design We Are Feeling: Pedal-Powered Coffee On The Go

The Velopress is a coffee machine on wheels
Dec 7, 2012 9:01 am

Velopresso is a pedal-powered mobile coffee-maker that requires no electricity. The custom-made bicycle can switch between gears that power the bike or drive a coffee grinder. Its award-winning designers are looking to develop this as a sort of eco-friendly coffee truck on two wheels. Read on for all the details and photos.

At The Honolulu Fish Auction, It’s Like Storage Wars But With Tuna

At 50,000 lbs a day, that’s a lot of sashimi
Sep 17, 2012 1:31 pm

You've probably heard of Tokyo's Tjukiji Fish Market where a single bluefin tuna was sold for a record high $736,000 last year. But did you know that Hawaii has its very own version of the tuna auction? It's called the Honolulu Fish Auction and on average 50,000 lbs. of fish are auctioned off every day. As writer Jason Kessler found out, that's a lot of sashimi.

Design Solution: How To Get People To Buy Ugly Fish

Sustainable fish aren't cute. Maybe design can help
Aug 30, 2012 8:01 am

Supermarkets are noticing that customers are shying away from more sustainable fish options like mackerel and skate because they're not as easy on the eye as salmon and tuna. Enter Ian Ferguson, a London-based artist and designer who designed these smart packages to encourage people to purchase fish that usually scare consumers off, but which can help sustain the world's dwindling fish populations. 


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