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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BUMBERSHOOT 2008: Seattle’s Green Music & Arts Festival

BUMBERSHOOT 2008: Seattle’s Green Music & Arts Festival

Bumbershoot kicks off this today, bringing three days of music, art, comedy, and film to Seattle! This year the Emerald City festival is going green in a big way by boasting an entirely carbon

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The Miss Rio Recycled Flip-Flop Ottoman

The Miss Rio Recycled Flip-Flop Ottoman

The Miss Rio Ottoman is composed of an unlikely material that gives it its Nerf-esque pizazz and Koosh ball buoyancy: recycled Flip-Flops. Designer Karin Wittmann Wilsmann takes industrial

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The Hayle Estuary Ecolodge

The Hayle Estuary Ecolodge

Architects Gilmore, Hankey and Kirke of GHK International have submitted plans for this beautiful Ecolodge on the edge of the Hayle Estuary in Cornwall, England. The 30-room complex will include

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BEIJING OLYMPIC GREENS: China’s Green Facade of Shrubbery

BEIJING OLYMPIC GREENS: China’s Green Facade of Shrubbery

In preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing has festooned the Olympic grounds with lush sculptures portraying a greener version of China than we're used to seeing. Over the last few

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Beautiful Flatpack ‘Penta Lamp’ by Cosca Design

Beautiful Flatpack ‘Penta Lamp’ by Cosca Design

Luca Casarotto of Cosca Design in Northern Italy sent us over some images of their new Penta lamp. Made of recycled polyethylene, the lamp folds and contorts to create the optimum lighting for

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SECONDHAND PEPE: Following Textile Recycling in Haiti

SECONDHAND PEPE: Following Textile Recycling in Haiti

In the 1960's US foreign aid to Haiti trickled in in the form of used clothing and the flow hasn't stopped since. Secondhand Pepe, a documentary film by Hanna Rose Shell and Vanessa Bertozzi,

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EMOCJA SIDEBOARD Adapts with Interchangeable Pegs

EMOCJA SIDEBOARD Adapts with Interchangeable Pegs

Sometimes sustainability comes in the form of adaptability, making objects able to accommodate evolving styles or tastes. Polish design studio Emocja had transformation in mind when creating the

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Foldable Greenhouse by Daniel Schipper

Foldable Greenhouse by Daniel Schipper

Dutch designer Daniel Schipper created the foldable greenhouse for city gardens and rooftop terrariums. Made from recycled plastics, the greenhouse roof folds up flat for easy storage and

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California’s Environmental Performance Labels for New Cars

California’s Environmental Performance Labels for New Cars

The state of California passed legislation last week that will mandate the use of 'Environmental Performance' labels for all new cars sold in the state. Each vehicle receives a 'Global Warming'

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Swedish Museum Sets the Passive Energy Standard

Swedish Museum Sets the Passive Energy Standard

Passive homes heat and cool naturally without active mechanical heating and cooling systems. The low energy requirements are achieved through strategic building design which yields efficient and

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Super Efficient Floating Wind Turbines from Magenn

Super Efficient Floating Wind Turbines from Magenn

Wind turbines at ground level produce at a rate of 20-25%, but when placed at altitudes from 600-1000 feet, energy output can double. Ottawa-based Magenn Power is in the prototype stages of the

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Santa Monica’s New Solar Powered LED Ferris Wheel

Santa Monica’s New Solar Powered LED Ferris Wheel

The Pacific Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier in California took her last spin on May 5th before crews dismantled the sun-faded behemoth piece by piece to make way for a shiny new wheel. And

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Eco-Art in Taiwan: Guandu International Sculpture Festival

Eco-Art in Taiwan: Guandu International Sculpture Festival

The Guandu International Outdoor Sculpture Festival raises the issue of global warming and our deteriorating natural environment. Curated by world renowned environmental artist Jane Ingram

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ICFF 2008: Newspaper Chair

ICFF 2008: Newspaper Chair

Dozens of rolled up newspapers found their way back to functionality in the cleverly designed Newspaper Chair by Kimberly Kulka, a student at California College of the Arts. We love the smart

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STILL WATERS: Interactive Eco-Art Installation

STILL WATERS: Interactive Eco-Art Installation

Environmental artist Jane Ingram Allen will be presenting a series of installations at the Tenri Gallery in the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City, under the title Still Water. Open

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ICFF 2008: Inflatable Garbage Chair by Nick Demarco

ICFF 2008: Inflatable Garbage Chair by Nick Demarco

Turn your garbage into something useful with Nick DeMarco inflatable garbage sofa chair. The more trash and recyclables you can stuff into this clever chair - the more puffy and comfortable it

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PLANTS FOR HEALTH: Fight Air Pollution With Plants!

PLANTS FOR HEALTH: Fight Air Pollution With Plants!

It has been almost 20 years since the EPA confirmed the dangers of indoor VOCs (volatile organic chemicals), yet so little has been done to make the air inside our homes and offices and less

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EDIBLE ESTATES Goes to Print!

EDIBLE ESTATES Goes to Print!

Fritz Haeg has been turning American lawns into life-giving, sustainable gardens from coast to coast with his project Edible Estates. We've been following these lawn-eating transformations for

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Super Durable Tyvek Wallets by Dynomighty Design

Super Durable Tyvek Wallets by Dynomighty Design

New York-based Dynomighty Design has perfected a long-lasting way to keep your currency in order. Their fun, postal packaging-inspired wallets are made from a single sheet of Tyvek, making them

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COVER POUF: No-Waste Furniture by Alain Bertreau

COVER POUF: No-Waste Furniture by Alain Bertreau

Designer Alain Bertreau creates simple furniture that cuts out excess materials and effort, leaves an overall serene and minimalistic impression, and packs light. We've covered Bertreau's

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MILAN 2008: Artek Stool 60 Turns 75

MILAN 2008: Artek Stool 60 Turns 75

Finnish modernist furniture company Artek has long been known for their timeless, innovative and eco-minded designs. At Milan 2008, Artek is celebrating their sustainable ideology and the 75th

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OILGAE TEST DRIVE: Algae Power Hits the Road

OILGAE TEST DRIVE: Algae Power Hits the Road

Corn and soybean derived biofuels have long been the most promising options on the table for escaping the clutches of fast depleting petroleum. However, acquiring the space necessary to produce

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Ugly Kitty Turns Magazine Inserts into Organization

Ugly Kitty Turns Magazine Inserts into Organization

Flipping through new magazines today can feel like shaking the colorful branches of a glossy tree, with leaves falling out from between its limbs. Only they're falling into your lap, and

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