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- Mark Bittman explained why local food is no elitist plot, and SFWeekly explained what it takes to get the (American) Girl Scouts' new Locavore badge.
- GreenBiz published a terrific post on Slow Money in the wake of their third annual conference: "How Responsible Investing Can Change The Food System." Slow Money founder Woody Tasch also explained the big idea behind Slow Money in a blog post for Care2. (If you want to geek out a little on the subject, check out this July report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.)
- EcoSalon profiled the pay-what-you-can restaurant concept, highlighting the potential for community-building and social justice that's part of the business model. (As it happens, my friend Tad Hargrave is an expert on the emerging pay-what-you-can economy from a marketing perspective - check out his fab blog for more about applying this model to other services.)
- Simple Organic posted a great round-up of safer bakeware options by Katie Kimball.
- GOOD told us about 8 foods that climate change will make more expensive or harder to find.
- FastCompany's Co.Exist explained how 80% of North American food now contains ingredients derived from genetically-modied organisms.
- The philosophical common ground between the Slow Food and Occupy Wall Street movements were explored by both Mother Jones and Slow Food USA. (Also, have you seen Makana's "We Are The Many"?)
- Slow Food USA rounded up lots of great tips to slow down your Thanksgiving, which I'll have to remember for next fall (since Thanksgiving in Canada is earlier).
|I absolutely love this sidebar image from Lexie's Kitchen, |
a website about cooking without most of the common allergens.
Found via Pinterest.
On Slow Fashion:
- Don't you just love reading about artists' and designers' creative processes? I know I do, so I was thrilled when Natalie Chanin wrote about the entire production process From Field To Fashion at Alabama Chanin for EcoSalon.
- From Ecouterre, there was a thought-provoking London College of Fashion project that highlights the roles of mending in both sustainable fashion and community-building, and profiles of seven amazing Aussie & Kiwi eco-designers and the slow fashion process of New York's Laura Sansone, who uses locally-derived hand-spun or needle-felted fibres she has dyed herself with natural materials in her creations. So inspiring!
- SlowFashioned discussed how to build a capsule wardrobe, taught Shopping For Vintage 101 and showed us which details mark quality clothing construction, created a great infographic on textile waste, and explained fair trade with the help of Portland's AWAZ Voice for Empowerment.
- Loomstate have collaborated with the Parsons New School of Design to introduce a completely adorable and relatively timeless limited-edition wool anorak as a showcase for zero-waste clothing design ideas. Brilliant stuff. Here's hoping they sell a sewing pattern when the anoraks themselves have sold out (US$345 is too rich for my blood).
- The eco- and slow-fashion blogs tend to focus on womenswear, so I was delighted to see a profile on The Style Examiner of a new slow-fashion menswear producer called Silent Ventures - then sad to see that they're based in London and Spain, so aren't so local for me.
- Here's another reason to stop wearing synthetic fibres: environmental scientist Mark Browne and colleagues have shown that when we machine-wash clothing made of synthetic fibres, it sheds microparticles of plastic that end up in the ocean. Yikes.
- The Guardian examined whether campaigns for an ethical fashion industry are making inroads.
- Local Edmontonian fashion boutiques are seeing trends toward personal style, and away from fast fashion, having an impact on their businesses.
On Slow Design and Slow Home:
- Historic Preservation Aligns With Green Renovation. And with slow design.
- Sustainable lighting guru James Bedell has released his book Losing Edison, which walks you through lighting your home beautifully without sacrificing your eco-values. It's written with the average homeowner in mind, but I think a lot of interior decorators will also find it valuable.
- My new favourite blog Slow Your Home gave us nine great reasons to have a slow home. (I'm not sure I agree that the minimalism or voluntary simplicity that she advocates elsewhere on her blog are prerequisites of having a slow home, but she certainly makes a persuasive argument for a slow home being decluttered and organized.)
- My Green Birmingham posted a great interview with Slow Home Studio's John Brown.
- Spain-based British interior designer Susanna Cots muses about the ideas of slow design on her blog. Brilliant stuff.
- Spanish-language blog Monografica also discussed the ideas of Alistair Fuad-Luke about slow design in Elogio de la lentitud (In Praise Of Slowness). (I love that Chrome comes with a translation button.)
- Zoe Saint-Paul from SlowMama wrote a great piece about the tiny house movement.
- Speaking of sustainable home renos, EcoSalon have found the world's sexiest programmable thermostat. (Don't worry, that link is completely safe for work.)
- The City of Vancouver's new Green Homes Program will require newly-built single-family homes and duplexes to not only meet minimum energy-efficiency, water-efficiency, and air-quality standards, but will also "provide the homeowner with the ability to easily install roof-mounted solar energy systems and electric vehicle charging systems in the future". Sweet!
- The Strip Appeal design competition (to find ways to retrofit and reinvent older, small-scale strip malls to rejuvenate both the mini-malls and their neighborhoods) got some interesting coverage in the Edmonton Journal and the National Post. I love the shipping container pop-up-shop concept profiled in the EJ article, and the NP's point about immigrant communities turning strip malls into community meeting spots full of specialty shops and restaurants is borne out by the "Little India" area of strip malls on Edmonton's 34th Avenue. I can't wait to see the rest of the ideas that come out of this competition.
- On a related note, the Atlantic had a fascinating post on the 19 Building Types That Caused The Recession. You might not agree completely with the thesis that the overbuilding of suburbia was responsible for the economic collapse, but anyone who is interested in place-making and urban planning will find the actual list of real estate products we need to rethink and suggested alternative building types really interesting.
- The Wall Street Journal published a very slow-home excerpt from Deborah Needleman's "The Perfectly Imperfect Home": 10 Odd, Yet Essential, Elements Of Style. Please, Santa, put it in my stocking.
- Here are two brilliant slow-design timepieces that have come across my radar: The Present, a wildly-successful Kickstarter-exclusive product by Brooklyn's Scott Thrift that shows the time of year instead of the time of day; and the ingenious 365 Knitting Clock by Norwegian designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen (shown below) which makes time tangible by continuously knitting a tube at a rate of 2 metres per year.
|365 Knitting Clock, by Siren Elise Wilhelmsen, via.|
- Nomadic Matt discusses Renting An Apartment While Travelling
- Hubby and I are starting to plan our next big trip (which won't be for at least a couple of years), and we're thinking England (where we both have family history to explore and many museums we'd love to visit). So I'm really hoping that when we swing through Cornwall to have pints at pubs my forebears once owned, we can fit in an overnight stay at EcoSalon find The Scarlet. And maybe a spa treatment and a swim in the Atlantic.
- Slightly closer to home is the LEED-Platinum-certified Bardessono resort in Napa Valley's Yountville. Winery bike tour, anyone?
On Slow Living:
- Grist explained how the pressures that WalMart (and other fast-fashion, fast-decor, and low-cost retailers) put on manufacturers are reducing the overall quality of products.
- Chicago's Shawna Coronado is attempting to spend no money on the holidays this year, instead using Freecycle and crafting, and writing about the experience for Chicago Now. I think it's interesting that she took such pains to point out that she's not poor, she's principled, when she announced the project - it speaks to the classism that still exists in our society that she felt she needed to do that in order to have her project taken seriously, doesn't it? I look forward to reading her follow-up posts and hearing how the experiment is progressing.
- I've mentioned collaborative consumption as a sustainable alternative to consumerism in previous monthly news summaries. EcoSalon just posted an interesting profile of The People Who Share and other peer-to-peer sharing initiatives in the UK, and here's an older-but-still-relevant roundup of online tools for collaborative consumption from the brilliant BrainPickings.
- Elephant Journal brought our attention to the Small Stones daily mindful writing practice. What a lovely way to slow yourself down!
- The New York Times published a wonderful piece on the joys of experiencing a city (in this case, NYC) by bicycle. Sample quote: "On a bike time bends." Yes, it does!
- On SlowMama, Margaret Cabaniss reviewed Weekend Handmade and provided some fantastic tips for those of us new to sewing.
- A Slow Science manifesto? You bet. As a former graduate student and research technologist in the biomedical sciences, I approve of this message.
- EcoSalon reminded us about the 7 ingredients to avoid in cosmetics and personal care products. Time to take a look in your bathroom and be horrified at the suspected carcinogens and endocrine disruptors you've been slathering on your face and rinsing down the drain. Meanwhile, Ecouterre pointed out a campaign by a conservative 'think tank' to convince us that those same chemicals are good for us, in defiance of peer reviewed science and common sense. (When did think tank become such a misnomer, I wonder?)
- This. Can we stop arguing about whether anthropogenic climate change is real and get on with finding solutions to it yet? No? Sigh.
- Related: this amazing video showing two centuries of global warming, from 1800 to the present, from the same research group via The Guardian.
- Meanwhile a draft summary of the newest IPCC report obtained by the Associated Press is saying weather-related disasters are likely to become more common as the planet warms.
- EcoSalon interviewed The Story Of Stuff's Annie Leonard, who spoke last week at the University of Alberta. Lucky audience! (This one is a must-read. I'll be testing you on it. Seriously.)
- Unless you've been avoiding the news altogether, you know that the protests over the Keystone XL bitumen pipeline and the recent decision to delay its construction while alternative routes are researched have been dominating headlines for a couple of months. GOOD posted a fantastic summary of what protesters should work toward next; meanwhile Canadian activists (and politicians) are switching their focus to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from the Oilsands through the Canadian Rockies to the British Columbia coast.