Alexandra Kain

 

Alexandra is a freelance writer wwoofing her way through Sweden for the summer. She's written articles for the Hermitage Magazine, Transitions Abroad, and The Santa Monica Sun; and worked in-house for Studio Mousetrap and TOUCH. Alex is a volunteer writer and online community organizer for Lotus Outreach and a volunteer translator for the Women's Crisis Centre in St. Petersburg. After growing up in Olympia, she spent a year in Seattle, two in Barcelona, two in LA and shorter stints in Portland, Vienna, Munich and St. Petersburg, Russia. Alex is interested in human rights, social justice, environmentalism, veganism, architecture, art and linguistics. She also enjoys urban adventures and loves camping--mostly so she can cook over an open flame. Someday she'll go to law school and fight for the public interest, but for now there's lots to see and plenty to be done.

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PREFAB FRIDAY: EcoCoon Retreats

PREFAB FRIDAY: EcoCoon Retreats

Lofted high above in the trees, Mathier Collos' EcoCoon retreats are a conceptual design for prefabricated housing. Each of the London-based architect's cocoon-like pod is outfitted with an

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Iceland’s Gorgeous Passive Solar Hof House

Iceland’s Gorgeous Passive Solar Hof House

Deep in the northern chill of Iceland, just outside the arctic circle, the Hof House sits snugly within its landscape. Built on an existing estate, Studio Granada Architects salvaged whatever

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Kohinoor Skyscraper Competition Unveils Two Green Towers

Kohinoor Skyscraper Competition Unveils Two Green Towers

Perkins Eastman recently unveiled two soaring green high-rises in Kohinoor CTL's competition to design a sustainable mixed-use skyscraper for Mumbai, India. The proposals incorporate an

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Bird Island: Zero Energy Home in Kuala Lumpur

Bird Island: Zero Energy Home in Kuala Lumpur

Bird Island is a stunning urban renewal project that is currently being developed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Designed by Graft Lab architects for the YTL Green Home Competition, the project

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Michael Jantzen’s Revolving R-House

Michael Jantzen’s Revolving R-House

Sustainable design superstar Michael Jantzen thrills us again with the oh-so-adaptable R-House. Intended as a vacation home, it is constructed nearly entirely from Accoya, a new 'species' of

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Passive Homes Heat Up Around the World

Passive Homes Heat Up Around the World

Passive design is architectural design that eliminates the need for mechanical heating and cooling of a building through the use of smart, time-tested heating and cooling strategies such as

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Incredible Hotel Made From Salvaged Wine Casks

Incredible Hotel Made From Salvaged Wine Casks

Ever fallen asleep alongside a good glass of French wine? How about inside a cask of good French wine? The De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel in the Netherlands salvaged four wine casks from

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Gifts That Give Back

GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Gifts That Give Back

It's easy to get "wrapped up" in the holiday giving spirit, but why not think bigger than just your immediate family, and consider giving back to humanity and the planet. It's a big world out

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A Grassy Green Showroom Springs up in Beijing

A Grassy Green Showroom Springs up in Beijing

A 500 square meter "floating garden" was recently constructed in Beijing, China for the temporary Guanganmen Green Technology Exhibit. The gorgeous green-roofed structure was designed by Vector

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BIKE POWER: The Pedal-Powered Cell Phone Charger

BIKE POWER: The Pedal-Powered Cell Phone Charger

Imagine never having to plug your cellphone into the wall again! Now you can just plug it into your bike with Oscar L'Hermitte's "Watts Maker" cell phone charger. The system consists of a small

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Make Your Own DIY Gifts

GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Make Your Own DIY Gifts

Homemade gifts are always cherished and add a personal touch to the season of giving. They're also easy on the pocketbook, and we know that will appeal to lots of you out there in these tough

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Brilliant Wine Packaging Converts Into a Lamp

Brilliant Wine Packaging Converts Into a Lamp

When creativity, ecology and innovation collide, packaging becomes the product. This sleek wine box by Ciclus converts into a table lamp with no extra parts required. The packaging is made with

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Apple Debuts the Greenest Macbooks Ever

Apple Debuts the Greenest Macbooks Ever

The folks at Apple recently debuted their latest line of sleek notebooks, and we were excited to hear that they're the greenest Macs ever! They've removed many of the harmful toxins found in

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Cheap Gifts Under $20

GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Cheap Gifts Under $20

We're all feeling the pinch of the economic downturn these days, but that doesn't mean that we can't still enjoy a little green holiday shopping without spending too much green. Despite what

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MVRDV Designs Gwanggyo Green Power Center

MVRDV Designs Gwanggyo Green Power Center

Rotterdam-based architects MVRDV recently won the Gwanggyo City Centre Competition with their design of this incredible new city just south of Seoul, South Korea. Envisioned as a verdant

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Stockholm’s Revitalized Green City Center

Stockholm’s Revitalized Green City Center

A joint project between the Swedes at Nod Landscape Architects and Danes at BIG Architects is set to transform Slussen, Stockholm's city center, with a massive pedestrian-friendly makeover.

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Christiane Diehl Recycled Rubber Jewelry

Christiane Diehl Recycled Rubber Jewelry

Christiane Diehl is a multi-faceted designer with one foot in jewelry, one in landscaping and (err...) one more in photography. Her unique line of jewelry features necklaces, bracelets and

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Mailman Cuts Out Junk Mail, You Can Too!

Mailman Cuts Out Junk Mail, You Can Too!

A former North Carolina mailman was recently fined $3,000 and ordered to do 500 hours of community service for cutting out the junk mail. For over seven years, no one on Steven Padgett's route

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Amazon Debuts Frustration-Free Packaging

Amazon Debuts Frustration-Free Packaging

Just in time for the overly packaged holiday season, we are thrilled to see that Amazon is debuting a new eco-friendly idea called 'Frustration Free Packaging'. If you've ever tried to open a

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Wrecords by Monkey: Repurposed Vinyl Jewelry

Wrecords by Monkey: Repurposed Vinyl Jewelry

With a distinct urban and rock 'n roll feel, Brooklyn-based Wrecords by Monkey creates unique handmade accessories using reclaimed vinyl records. The company, made up of friends Patrick Chirico

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Californians Vote Yes on 800 Miles of High Speed Rail!

Californians Vote Yes on 800 Miles of High Speed Rail!

Barack Obama's election to the presidency wasn't the only sustainable choice on the ballot last Tuesday. Californians voted in favor of an 800 mile high speed train system that will stop in

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Schwimmhaus: The Sustainable Modern HouseBoat

Schwimmhaus: The Sustainable Modern HouseBoat

The Schwimmhaus by German architects Confused-Direction is a green hausboot (oops, house boat) designed to float around or just stay put on the shore. Its modern pre-fab aesthetic sets it aside

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Singapore’s Ecological EDITT Tower

Singapore’s Ecological EDITT Tower

Currently pending construction in Singapore, the EDITT Tower will be a paragon of "Ecological Design In The Tropics". Designed by TR Hamzah & Yeang and sponsored by the National University

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OVETTO RECYCLED RECYCLING BIN

OVETTO RECYCLED RECYCLING BIN

Taking the idea of recycling to its logical conclusion, Italian architect, designer and art director Gianluca Soldi presented the Ovetto Recycling Bin, a recycled recycling center, last week at

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HEMP HOODLAMB: Sustainable Winter Wear

HEMP HOODLAMB: Sustainable Winter Wear

Just in time for cooling temperatures, Hemp Hoodlamb offers a collection of men's and women's eco chic winter clothing and accessories. The collection includes coats, knitwear, hats, and ear

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SPARE TIRE Recycled Bike Tube Belts

SPARE TIRE Recycled Bike Tube Belts

Fashion forward bike aficionados can now make an eco statement with the new Spare Tire Bike Tube Belt designed by Surya Graf. The stylish Spare Tire Belt is constructed out of reclaimed bicycle

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BUMBERSHOOT 2008: The Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

BUMBERSHOOT 2008: The Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

This year, Americans will drink more than 30 billion single-serving bottles of water. To raise awareness of the alarming problem of plastic waste, Jasmine Zimmerman created the Bottle House - an

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CristalChile’s Green Glass Bottling Plant

CristalChile’s Green Glass Bottling Plant

Chilean architect Guillermo Hevia designed this stunning glass bottle plant in Chile with an exception set of sustainable building strategies including bioclimatic technology, passive

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Preloved’s Recycled Vintage Couture

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Preloved’s Recycled Vintage Couture

Combining something new with something old, Canadian design house Preloved specializes in turning vintage dress wear into modern recycled fashions. Our Green Room neighbors at Designers &

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Paula Vidal’s Industrial Felt Couture

Paula Vidal’s Industrial Felt Couture

Transforming factory floor leftovers into cutting-edge sustainable fashions, Paula Vidal pieces together unwanted textile bits for her debut line, AbsolutoFieltro. A recent textile design

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