Japan’s Trash-Collecting Samurai Performance Team

To draw attention to littering in Japanese cities, the Jidaigumi Basara walk through streets armed with fire tongs and dressed in kimonos as they collect trash. Self-dubbed as the “Picking-Up Trash Samurai Performance Team,” the individuals move in choreographed action. Every piece of trash collected provides an opportunity for performance. The act certainly succeeds in gathering the eyes and ears of passersby. Read more at …

Ellie Irons and the Art of Survival in “Invasive Pigments”

Using paints made from weeds, the artist explores the interaction between NYC and its inhabitants

The unofficial colors of NYC seem to be shades of gray and black, found in the wardrobes of the average resident to the concrete pavements and city streets. Though not entirely true, one color that is generally thought to be missing from view is green. Artist Ellie Irons would argue that people just haven’t been looking hard enough—and that the plants growing every day in …

Studio Swine’s Sea Chair: Into The Gyre

Using solar ovens and a 3D printer, two designers turn ocean clogging plastic to furniture

After creating the award-winning Sea Chair (made from discarded plastic washed up on beaches), London-based design duo Studio Swine has decided to take their project to the next level. Not content with the attention they have already drawn to the disastrous reality of plastic ocean pollution, artist Alexander Groves and architect Azusa Murakami decided to take their project to the source of the Sea Chair …

Wear No Evil

A new book from Greta Eagan shows that sustainability and style are no longer mutually exclusive

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 14.3 million tons of textiles waste were generated in 2012—that’s not necessarily something you think about when trying to wiggle into a pair of jeans in the fitting room. There have been great creative results in world of sustainable fashion, including fully biodegradable sneakers to Scandinavian couture pieces made from 100% reused fabrics, which serve as …

Bamboo Bay

Brighton, England-based label makes environmentally conscious, "boarding-inspired" clothing and accessories

by Emily Millett Originally from London and Northampton, board sports enthusiasts Ludi Ludlow and Amy Roberts are now proud to count themselves amongst the colorfully diverse residents of Brighton in southern England. This surf-friendly coastal town is known for its environmental conscience and its quickly growing skate and surf communities—so the dynamic duo’s decision to launch their “boarding-inspired” ethical clothing line Bamboo Bay in their …