Exclusive organic jewelry beautifully designed handmade in Italy by Giardinoblu

Don’t know what to put on for tonight NYE party? Organic jewelry is the answer! Francesca Mancini’s – alias Giardinoblu – elegant and delicate design could not be mistook with anything else. She is sincerly inspired by nature and got a sense on organic materials beauty. Thank you Francesca for the interview and the passion you put in your creations!

Happy New Year everybody!

Non sapete cosa indossare per la fine dell’anno? Perchè non provare con i gioielli naturali? Le creazioni di Francesca Mancini – alias Giardinoblu – si possono riconoscere e amare a prima vista, per la loro delicatezza ed eleganza. Francesca disegna ed esegue manualmente ogni pezzo, ispirata da piante, frutta, mare, chicchi di riso… Un grazie speciale per quest’intervista e per la passione che trasmetti con i tuoi bellissimi gioielli, continua così!

Felice 2013 a tutti!

[Giardinoblu]

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Hyper-sustainable architecture: Med in Italy

Originally published on Slowear Journal on Oct 30th

Thanks to Francesca Stignani for translation

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A real Italian miracle”. That’s how the press defined the global success of Med in Italy, the very first Italian hyper-sustainable house. The project involved a team of students and architects from the Universties of Rome and Trento, which worked on it for over a year in collaboration with some of the best Italian firms in the field of innovative building industry.

The name evokes the Mediterranean nature of the house, which has been designed for warm climates and as a response to global warming. The layering of the walls, containing sand in aluminum tubes and coatings of natural isolation made with wooden wool, ensure thermal balance, while the heating is provided by solar panels, which produce three times the energy consumed by the house.

The “Mediterranean house” can be assembled impressively quickly: five days are enough to put together the 50 square meter structure, plus five more days for the installation and the testing of the systems. Which is why this house is a perfect solution in case of emergency (i.e. earthquakes) as well as an affordable alternative to traditional building methods.

Med in Italy won the third prize in the general ranking at the Solar Decathlon Europe competition in Madrid, and  the first prize for Sustainability, concerning the environmental impact of the house in its “lifetime”. The low-impact of Med in Italy has been further confirmed by its transportation: the house has been carried from Italy to Spain and back by rail transport, thus sparing around five tons of CO2.

Although it’s not on the market yet, Med in Italy will soon be a real alternative and an attractive novelty for green architecture in Italy and abroad.

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[Med in Italy]

Underground New York Public Library

Today I would like to start a new series on my blog. As I like the #FF (Follow Friday) Twitter costum so much – I said – why just suggesting people to follow? Why don’t suggest blogs?

So here you are my suggested blog of the week: Underground New York Public Library is a blog by photographer Ourit Ben-Haim snapping intimate moments of commuters reading their books. They are the Reading Riders of NYC Subway.

Are you following me on TW? Go @ecoSFL!

Handwoven · Tessuto a mano

Originally published on Slowear Journal on Oct 8th

Thanks to Francesca Stignani for translation

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Weaving like in the old times is an anachronistic and yet intriguing job. In Peillac, a small town in Southern Provence, Atelier aux Fils de l’Arz, owned by the Lesteven family, is one of the last places in France where they still know how to weave on a hand-operated loom, the métier a bras.

The small firm’s activity focuses on the creation of fine handwoven fabrics, made with strictly natural raw materials – eco-friendly yarns such as hemp (from Italy), linen, soy fiber and zero-mile wool from the sheep bred on the grazing land opposite the maison.

Bruno, father and husband, is in charge of the hard work. i.e. the weaving. It takes accuracy, concentration, quickness and muscular strength to control a huge six-pedal treadle loom. Wife Gaëlle is a couturière – a designer and a dressmaker. She likes to make things for her kids, friends and relatives, while Bruno’s fabrics are sold through the Internet and in the organic textiles fairs.

So what makes handwoven fabrics so unique? Mainly their strength – they last much longer than industrial fabrics, not to mention the fact that they can be customized even as far as small amounts are concerned.

Whoever wishes to learn more about this charming and traditional job can opt for a one-week internship at the Atelier – there are different levels of teaching, according to the apprentice’s basic skills. In case you’re just curious, just ask for a guided tour and you’ll be able to see old looms and century-old fabric remnants.

· Atelier Aux Fils de l’Arz ·

Introducing Dear Fashion Journal

It’s upcoming in Autumn 2012 – it’s the issue number one of a revealing magazine. Inspirational facts and not-recycled outfit proposals. It will feature greatest stories by (un)conscious designers + plus everything could occur to a bunch of former fashionistas. Tempting enough to deserve a mention on your back-from-holidays-looking-for trendy novelties wishlist.

Dear Fashion is a project of newly-graduated Finnish Emmi Ojala – living, thinking and drawing in Amsterdam – in collaboration with The Free Fashion Challenge, a sustainable way to challenge people with not shopping garments for 365 consecutive days.

Good fashion, good for all, good habits, good ideas, they are good – and you?

• Thank you for being here •

[Dear Fashion Journal]

Waiting for Toms

Chances are Italy will be one of the last countries of Toms’ takeover. Toms “Shoes of tomorrow” is the ultimate social brand promoting a so called “one for one” movement – for every pair you purchase, they’ll give a new pair of shoes to kids in need.

This year they started a similar project related to poverty and eye diseases launching a new eyewear set.

This photo is kindly reproduced from Briant Hom website, an eclectic artist very keen on Toms’ mission, so that he designs original unique pieces inspired his colored sprays. Cool.

Read the One for one report here.

Tutto il mondo impazzisce per le Toms, mentre l’Italia sta a guardare. L’idea di fondo somiglia alla legge del taglione, ma invece di essere “occhio per occhio, dente per dente” è “uno per uno” ovvero uno ti dò, uno mi dai: the one for one movement è nato per regalare un paio di scarpe ai bambini che ne hanno bisogno.

Nei primi tre anni di attività Toms ha donato più di 1.000.000 di scarpe in 23 paesi. Da quest’anno ha sviluppato la linea di occhiali da sole per aiutare le persone affette da problemi visivi gravi. 

L’artista californiano Briant Hom, come tante altre celebrities, ha sposato la causa del movimento esprimendo la propria ispirazione tra bombolette e colori con modelli unici e originali. Fantastici. 

Leggi qui One for One report. 

• Thank you for stopping by •

 [Toms]

Simplicity in the morning

Spring is here, couldn’t you smell the scent of sunny weather and upcoming vacation?

Nature spreads her blooming sounds all around, still people in town are on their way to work starting every day with that stressful annoying alarm clock sound.

Austrian designer Vera Wiedermann imagined a water-based charming clock, a restoring ritual of endless circular flow. You fill up a bowl at night deciding how long you want to sleep and you’ll have a smooth lovely wake up next morning.

No electricity, yes simplicity.

E’ arrivata la primavera, profumo di sole e di vacanze nell’aria… Mentre la natura fiorisce e rinasce, in città si lavora ancora, tartassati dall’odioso cicalio della sveglia mattutina.

La designer austriaca Vera Wiedermann ha progettato una sveglia ad acqua, un immaginario ciclo infinito di naturale armonia con la pace dei sensi.

Il rituale è riempire ogni sera la sfera di vetro con il livello d’acqua secondo il tempo di riposo desiderato e aprire gli occhi al mattino allo scoccare del calmo rintocco.

Senza elettricità, solo semplicità.

[Vera • Wiedermann]

Un pizzico di sale

“They are made from certified biodegradable plastics and natural materials like hemp, organic cotton and cork. These shoes are fully biodegradable, and will sprout flowers after you bury them in your garden.” This is what a product description says on Salt+Ethic, a five languages platform online market-place, launched in Spain a year ago or so. Women/men dresses, shies, bags, accessories: it offers a selection of the best products made by European young fashion designers working with up-cycling and eco-compatible material. Like in a real market place, every brand has its own showcase on the website yet it doesn’t loose its independence and originality. Very cool the prepaid card you can purchase in advance (or better, gifts are welcome!) to have free credit on the site.        •        “Sono fabbricate con plastiche biodegradabili certificate e materiali naturali come la canapa, il cotone organico ed il sughero. Queste scarpe sono completamente biodegradabili,  una volta seppellite cresceranno fiori nel vostro giardino.” Così recita la descrizione articolo su Salt+Ethic, un market-place in cinque lingue che viene dalla Spagna, lanciato online non più tardi di un anno fa. Vestiti uomo/donna, scarpe, borse, accessori: una selezione di giovani fashion designer da tutta Europa che si dedicano all’up-cylcing e alla ricerca di materiali eco-compatibili. Il market-place funziona come una vera e propria “piazza del mercato” dove le “bancarelle” dei vari designer espongono le loro creazioni e Salt+Ethic dà loro lo spazio, senza occuparsi direttamente delle vendite. Di positivo c’è che è possibile optare per una tessera prepagata da farsi regalare… per avere campo libero nella scelta!

[Salt+ethic]

bambucicleta

Bamboo on the go

bambucicleta

Bamboo frame, ergonomic saddle and less than 10% energy used in processing than traditional bikes. The idea came into the world six years ago in Argentina, from university fellow Nicolas Masuelli, now CEO at Bambucicleta, whose mission is making this bicycle a democratic, affordable product. Why choosing bamboo?

Well, it’s hard like maple, at the same time it’s  extremely flexible as shock absorber. So why a bamboo bike?

On the site they say (1) because it is a unique artisanal piece, locally made, expressly to meet personal requirements, (2) it is one of the fastest growing crops and bike’s processing produce hardly waste – if any, it is recycled – and (3) bamboo bike warms up ecological consciousness, so it is actually a social benefit!

Telaio di bambù, sellino ergonomico e meno del 10% dell’energia impiegata per produrre le bici tradizionali. L’idea è nata sei anni fa in Argentina, da un giovane laureando di nome Nicolas Masuelli, oggi a capo di un’azienda che vuole rendere questo prodotto accessibile alle tasche di tutti. Perchè il bamboo per una bici?

Resistente quanto l’acero, ha un’elevata flessibilità adatta ad amortizzare le irregolarità del terreno. Perchè scegliere una Bambucicleta?

Sul sito si dice: (1) perchè è un prodotto artigianale e locale, fatto a mano per soddisfare le esigenze personali, (2) perchè il bambù si rigenera velocemente e il ciclo di produzione prevede scarti quasi nulli – se ci sono vengono riciclati (3) per il suo beneficio sociale: usarla genera coscienza ecologica!

• Thank you for stopping by •

[Bambucicleta • ES ]

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Mushrooms in the room

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Funghi, non solo per il risotto. C’è chi li studia, li raccoglie, li compatta e li forgia, per ottenere un materiale da imballaggio completamente biodegradabile, senza uso di additivi chimici durante la lavorazione ed espressamente local: “Vogliamo arrivare a produrre localmente, come il movimento per il consumo del cibo a km 0. Abbiamo messo a punto formule per ricavare i nostri materiali dalla vegetazione locale: in Cina si useranno gli scarti del riso, in Nord Europa così come in Nord America si userà il grano saraceno, o l’avena.” • Mushrooms are not just for cooking risotto. Some people study, gather, press them down and finally shape them, until you have a 100% biodegradable packaging material, with no chemicals in its process. In addition, locally grown. “Our vision is local manufacturing, like the local food movement for production. So we put out formulations for all around the world using original bio-products. If you are in China you can use rice husks. If you are in Northern Europe or North America you can use buckwheat husks, or oats husks”. • きのこはキッチェンだけで使うわけではなく、化学剤など使わずに100%生分解性資材を作る事ができるそうです。しかも、その地域の生物を使われています。「我が社のビジョンとは国国に製造工程をする事です。格地域の豊熟に工程を合わせます。たとえば、中国ではお米殻を使い、ヨーロッパや米国ではそばとか麦とか使います。」

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[Ecovative Design]