Difficult-to-Recycle Plastics Comprise this Concrete Block Alternative

The city of Boise, Idaho partnered up with ByFusion—an LA-based processor that uses steam and compression to squeeze plastic into blocks—to find a new way to reuse plastics that can’t be recycled. These blocks, dubbed ByBlocks, are the same dimensions as concrete blocks (eight by eight by 16 inches) as well as the same R-Value. Unlike concrete, however, ByBlocks are 10 pounds lighter, have Lego-like …

Interview: Hayden Cox of Haydenshapes Surfboards

The self-taught designer on working with Alexander Wang and forging his own path

At just 32 years old, Sydney-born Hayden Cox has exceeded in making his mark on the surf industry. With Haydenshapes—his line of performance boards—the self-taught computer programmer, web designer and shaper embodies the spirit of modern surfing. Aesthetically focused yet driven by performance, Cox’s boards integrate innovative materials and design features into unique board shapes inspired by free-surfing’s past. Bypassing the competition-focused design approach of …

Gore-Tex’s Surround Technology

The industry leader's new footwear technology promises the first all-around breathability and waterproofing

Staying dry inside and out is one of the core challenges designers and materials scientists face when creating apparel and footwear for performance in the elements. Oftentimes, breathability is sacrificed for greater waterproofing or vice versa—except in the case of Gore-Tex, a breathable and waterproof membrane material which is often the mark of performance in the outdoor world. Long used in footwear to provide lateral …