Cliff Champion

 

A self-proclaimed "pragmatic idealist," Cliff Champion is constantly on the prowl for news about ideas that are shifting our global culture in a more positive direction. He recently graduated from Pepperdine University with a double major in French and Intercultural Communications, and is trying to adjust to life outside of the proverbial nest. He is currently a student at the Associated Colleges in China program in Beijing to perfect his Mandarin, and to better acquaint himself with the growing Chinese environmental movement. He also hopes to one day unify his jumbled array of interests with a graduate degree in the field of sustainable design. Until then, he will be riding his bike through the tiny alleyways of Beijing in search of the city's next best dumplings.

Cliff Champion
Miniwiz’s Biodegradable ‘Re-Wine Classic’ Wine Totes Snap Together Like Legos

Miniwiz’s Biodegradable ‘Re-Wine Classic’ Wine Totes Snap Together Like Legos

Taiwanese design firm Miniwiz is putting an elegant new spin on a classic party-going gift with their new Re-wine Classic: a biodegradable, recycled wine tote that makes any gift of the good

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Taipei’s World Design Expo “No Virgins” Pavilion Uses Only Post-Consumer Recycled Products

Taipei’s World Design Expo “No Virgins” Pavilion Uses Only Post-Consumer Recycled Products

Inhabitat had the chance to check out the latest and greatest from Taipei’s 2011 World Design Expo, and leading the pack of Asia’s top designers was the city’s very own “Miniwiz”

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Miniwiz’s Trashy “RE-case” has got your iPhone 4 Covered!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Miniwiz’s Trashy “RE-case” has got your iPhone 4 Covered!

Taiwanese green design firm Miniwiz is back at it again with the launch of their newest line of sleek, and “trashy” iPhone cases made entirely from, you guessed it, recycled waste. Akin to

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Interview: We Talk to Tara St. James and Bahar Shahpar About Their New Sustainable Fashion Institute Guilded

Interview: We Talk to Tara St. James and Bahar Shahpar About Their New Sustainable Fashion Institute Guilded

Tara St. James and Bahar Shahpar are no strangers to the challenges designers face when producing sustainable and ethical fashion. Frustrated by the industry's seemingly stagnant conversation

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NASA’s Pee Recycling Bag Turns Urine Into a Sports Drink

NASA’s Pee Recycling Bag Turns Urine Into a Sports Drink

News from the septic tank appears to be all the rage as of late, and it seems as though NASA is also on board. This Friday, their innovative design to recycle human urine into a "sugary drink"

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EU Invests $6.2 Million in Research to Develop Futuristic Flying Cars

EU Invests $6.2 Million in Research to Develop Futuristic Flying Cars

As if Europe wasn't already advanced enough when it comes to transportation, the EU recently invested $6.2 million into researching the possibility of incorporating Personal Aerial Vehicles

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Lagomorph’s Droolworthy $6K Whip is the Bentley of Bicycles

Lagomorph’s Droolworthy $6K Whip is the Bentley of Bicycles

Lagomorph Design's super-sleek Black Walnut bike is the crossroads of luxury design and sustainable craftsmanship. While this $6,000 bike isn't for the faint of heart (or wallet), it is arguably

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Ford Incorporates Soy-Foam Seats Into Explorer Encouraging Bio-Foam Usage

Ford Incorporates Soy-Foam Seats Into Explorer Encouraging Bio-Foam Usage

The release of the 2011 Ford Explorer comes with some amazing news of progress for the automobile industry's use of sustainable materials. Harking back to the company's roots, Ford is set to

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Human-Powered Aquaskipper Propels You Across Water as Fast as You Can Hop

Human-Powered Aquaskipper Propels You Across Water as Fast as You Can Hop

Looking to take your beach-going activities to the next level? Enter the human-powered Aquaskipper - a folding, featherlight watercraft that can reach speeds of 17 mph depending on how

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Steampunk Rotary Cellphone Makes Technology Tactile Again

Steampunk Rotary Cellphone Makes Technology Tactile Again

In an age when cellphones have been streamlined to a slew of uninspiring, minimalist bricks, steampunk designer Richard Clarkson offers up a throwback dose of vintage nostalgia: the Rotary

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Slick and Speedy GK2G Electric Go-Kart Folds in Half!

Slick and Speedy GK2G Electric Go-Kart Folds in Half!

Since most of us never realized our 4th grade aspirations of procuring a go-kart, now is the perfect time to revive those lost childhood dreams with Beau Reid's latest design: the super fast,

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Electricity Generating Shoes Put a Spark in Your Step

Electricity Generating Shoes Put a Spark in Your Step

Bioengineers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand have developed a super-thin "dielectric elastomer" generator which can harvest the energy of footsteps! As opposed to piezoelectrics

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Glowing Nourishment Lamp Feeds the Eyes with Elegant Design

Glowing Nourishment Lamp Feeds the Eyes with Elegant Design

Carolyn Joan Lau's Nourishment Lamp transforms commonplace plastic bottles into beautiful organic forms reminiscent of coral reefs. The lamps are made from bottles of Yakult, a Japanese

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Italians Vote to End the Use of Nuclear Power in Landmark Referendum

Italians Vote to End the Use of Nuclear Power in Landmark Referendum

The Fukushima nuclear meltdown has had an incredible impact upon international energy policy as Germany, Switzerland, and Japan officially declared government efforts to phase-out nuclear power.

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Brilliant Corrugated Cardboard Kranium Helmet is 4 Times Stronger Than Polystyrene

Brilliant Corrugated Cardboard Kranium Helmet is 4 Times Stronger Than Polystyrene

Anirudha Surabhi's brilliant cardboard Kranium helmet is the latest and greatest development in sustainable noggin-protecting technology. While cardboard might not sound like the material of

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Google Ups Research & Development to Make Solar Cheaper than Coal

Google Ups Research & Development to Make Solar Cheaper than Coal

It's no mystery that Google is an internet powerhouse, but within the last couple of years, they have expanded their efforts to make big changes in the way we power our homes and cities. Their

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World’s First 3D-Printed Bikini Unveiled

World’s First 3D-Printed Bikini Unveiled

Futuristic designer Continuum Fashion and 3D printing experts Shapeways have teamed up to bring you the world's first commercially available 3D-printed bikini. The innovative manufacturing

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‘Light Reading’ is a Literary Lamp Made From Recycled Books

‘Light Reading’ is a Literary Lamp Made From Recycled Books

Now that the Kindle, the iPad, and a slew of other e-readers are making paper-bound print increasingly passé, the issue of book paper waste is becoming increasingly salient. Lucy Norman's "A

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Sprout Living Lamp Doubles as a Lush Terrarium

Sprout Living Lamp Doubles as a Lush Terrarium

Created for homeowners who struggle with incorporating plants into their home decor, Emily Paul's Sprout Living Lamp offers a striking yet space-efficient lighting fixture that combines the best

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The Top-5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cellphone Radiation

The Top-5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cellphone Radiation

1. USE AIRPLANE MODE Most people don't know this, but many phones now have a function that allows their cellphones to be used on airplanes. Because airplane mode cuts off all wireless

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Stunning Solar-Powered Luce Laptop is Light as Air

Stunning Solar-Powered Luce Laptop is Light as Air

Andrea Ponti's seamless integration of solar power into a laptop is what initially caught our eye - the majority of solar chargers out there are clunky third-party devices that require wires and

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Grit Tank’s Eco-Lighting Installation Curves Through a Milwaukee Coffee Shop

Grit Tank’s Eco-Lighting Installation Curves Through a Milwaukee Coffee Shop

Amidst hissing espresso machines and the daily bustle of a Wisconsin coffee shop, student design firm "Grit Tank's" breathtaking installation "Double Overhead" winds through the café's

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RISD Students Use Recyclable Composites to Create Mind-Bending Furnishings

RISD Students Use Recyclable Composites to Create Mind-Bending Furnishings

The large majority of composite materials suitable for furniture design rely heavily on resins, which render them un-recyclable. Twintex® however, is a "commingled glass and thermoplastic

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Young & Battaglia’s Quirky Clothespin Lamp is All Pinned Up

Young & Battaglia’s Quirky Clothespin Lamp is All Pinned Up

This eclectic clothespin lamp designed by Young & Battaglia caught our eye last week at ICFF during New York Design Week. Dubbed "Peggy Sue", the lamp features a base made of hand-turned

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Pierre Ospina Plants a Forest of LED Blossom Bulbs at ICFF

Pierre Ospina Plants a Forest of LED Blossom Bulbs at ICFF

Ospina used the rubber linings of tires to wrap each lamp's pillar-like base in a black, semi-glossy covering. Staggered along each lamp are a series of leaf-shaped cut outs that cradle

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Coachella’s Human Powered DJ Booth Blasts Renewable Blips and Bleeps

Coachella’s Human Powered DJ Booth Blasts Renewable Blips and Bleeps

The 2011 Coachella Music Festival featured a DJ booth powered by an energy generating playground. Festival goers could choose from a series of different electricity producing installations that

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A+D’s SOUPERgreen Rethinks the Los Angeles Landscape With Cutting Edge Sustainable Tech

A+D’s SOUPERgreen Rethinks the Los Angeles Landscape With Cutting Edge Sustainable Tech

The A+D Museum in Los Angeles recently hosted a panel discussion for their new sci-fi inspired “SOUPERgreen” exhibit. The architects involved wanted to challenge conventional sustainable

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MTU Students Create Innovative Carbon Sequestering Liquid

MTU Students Create Innovative Carbon Sequestering Liquid

Students in Michigan Technical University's Chemical Engineering Program have developed a cheaper substitute for conventional carbon capturing methods at power plants. Their proprietary liquid

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Peter Zumthor Unveils Sheltered Garden for 2011 Serpentine Pavilion

Peter Zumthor Unveils Sheltered Garden for 2011 Serpentine Pavilion

Today 2009 Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor unveiled his contemplative design for London's annual Serpentine Pavilion exhibition. The 2011 Serpentine pavilion will be unique in

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Studio Meda Wins London’s Bankside Bike Shed Design Contest

Studio Meda Wins London’s Bankside Bike Shed Design Contest

Studio Meda recently won first place in The Architecture Foundation's international competition to design an improved bike storage shed for London's Bankside district. In an effort to improve

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