Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Anti-trolling tricks, stunning still lifes, smart fabrics and more from around the internet

Gomi’s Plastic Waste Speaker Made from plastic waste (like bags and bubble wrap), Gomi’s portable speaker is a thoughtful and practical solution to traditionally non-recyclable plastic pollution. With sourced materials from local food wholesalers, each speaker is crafted from roughly 100 plastic bags, and the clever design allows for the speaker to be broken down into three pieces, which can then be melted and reused …

Fabric That Can Switch Between Heating and Cooling

While the race to create the most versatile fabric has yielded significant offerings from the likes of The North Face and Columbia, a pair of researchers at the University of Maryland may have made the next promising push. Their fabric is made from two yarns—one to absorb water and one to repel it. Together, they react to moisture from your body. When you sweat, the …

Climber Alex Honnold’s Custom The North Face Tuxedo

After tackling Yosemite National Park’s 3,000-foot El Cap, in under four hours without ropes, pioneering rock-climber Alex Honnold gained widespread notoriety. At the 2019 Academy Awards, the film that documents Honnold’s experience, Free Solo, won the best documentary Oscar. And Honnold sported a first-ever The North Face custom tuxedo. The slim fit,  one-button, single-breasted suit was the vision of designer Mona Al-Shaalan and tailored Devon …