Mark Boyer

 

Mark Boyer is a writer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A native of Buffalo, NY, Mark studied literature at the University of Chicago and was the founding editor of Curbed Chicago. His work has appeared in GOOD, Mindful Metropolis, and others.

Mark Boyer
PepsiCo to Remove Flame Retardant from Gatorade Thanks to Teenager’s Petition

PepsiCo to Remove Flame Retardant from Gatorade Thanks to Teenager’s Petition

We know what you’re thinking. “Wait, there are flame retardants in Gatorade?” Yep, Brominated vegetable oil (BVO), a chemical that’s used as a flame retardant, is

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Sruli Recht’s ‘Forget Me Knot’ Ring is Made From a Strip of His Own Flesh

Sruli Recht’s ‘Forget Me Knot’ Ring is Made From a Strip of His Own Flesh

Reykjavik-based designer Sruli Recht is known for producing producing fashions that surprise and delight, but his latest creation is of a more, shall we say, personal nature. We are of course

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Sales of gDiapers’ “Gift of Love” gPants Benefit Hands to Hearts International

Sales of gDiapers’ “Gift of Love” gPants Benefit Hands to Hearts International

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, gDiapers is debuting its new “Gift of Love” gPant diaper, featuring a rainbow hued print of X's and O’s. In addition to reducing your impact on the

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The Laptop Compubody Sock is a Commentary on Our Attachment to Computers

The Laptop Compubody Sock is a Commentary on Our Attachment to Computers

Working on your laptop in public can be distracting, and it can be difficult to keep your work private from the wandering eyes of the people around you. Electronics guru Becky Stern came up

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Apple Supply Chain Report Reveals Labor and Environmental Violations

Apple Supply Chain Report Reveals Labor and Environmental Violations

Photo via Shutterstock Apple released its annual supplier responsibility report this week, which detailed a number of labor and environmental violations in the company's supply chain. The

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New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

New Report Finds that Solar Power Could Serve All of the World’s Energy Needs

Photo via Shutterstock Critics of renewable energy often argue that wind and solar power are “boutique” energy sources that could never satisfy the world’s energy needs, but

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Soil Erosion Could Cause Food Crisis, Expert Warns

Soil Erosion Could Cause Food Crisis, Expert Warns

Photo via Shutterstock Could the world's supply of fertile soil really run out? That's the question posed by TIME Magazine in a recent Q & A with University of Sydney professor John

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Walmart Pledges to Buy $50 Billion in American-Made Products Over Next 10 Years

Walmart Pledges to Buy $50 Billion in American-Made Products Over Next 10 Years

Walmart, the world’s #1 retailer, recently announced plans to increase domestic sourcing of its products. Speaking at the National Retail Federation’s annual BIG Show on Tuesday, Walmart

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Parents Protest Yoga Being Taught in Public Schools

Parents Protest Yoga Being Taught in Public Schools

Image via Shutterstock Yoga is practiced all over the world because of the health benefits it provides, but can yoga be divorced from its Hindu roots? That’s the question that parents

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Baxter the Humanoid Robot Promises to Revive US Manufacturing

Baxter the Humanoid Robot Promises to Revive US Manufacturing

Say hello to Baxter, the $22,000 humanoid robot that could help revolutionize manufacturing in the US. Rethink Robotics, a Boston-based robotics firm, produced Baxter in an effort to give cheap

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Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell

Panasonic’s New Ene-Farm is the World’s Most Efficient Home Fuel Cell

Last summer, electronics giant Panasonic announced plans to completely reinvent itself and become the top green innovation company in the electronics industry. Now, the company is backing up

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BNKR Arquitectura Builds an Entire Pavilion from 5,000 Recycled Coca-Cola Crates

BNKR Arquitectura Builds an Entire Pavilion from 5,000 Recycled Coca-Cola Crates

BNKR Arquitectura is a Mexico City-based architecture and design firm that was founded by Esteban Suarez in 2005 and is constantly pushing the boundaries of green design. In order to make the

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Times Square’s Heart-Shaped Valentines Day Boardwalk Will Be Made from Hurricane Sandy Debris

Times Square’s Heart-Shaped Valentines Day Boardwalk Will Be Made from Hurricane Sandy Debris

This Valentines Day, a new heart-shaped boardwalk made from Hurricane Sandy debris will be installed in Times Square. The “Heartwalk” is being designed by Brooklyn-based Situ

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Loomstate Launches New Line of Organic Cotton T-Shirts to Aid Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

Loomstate Launches New Line of Organic Cotton T-Shirts to Aid Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

With Congress dragging its feet, NYC-based fashion company Loomstate is putting together a Superstorm Sandy relief package of its own. The company recently launched a trio of 100-percent

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Bulletproof Jackets and Backpacks a Disturbing New Trend in Children’s Fashion

Bulletproof Jackets and Backpacks a Disturbing New Trend in Children’s Fashion

Body armor is being worn by more than just SWAT teams these days. In the wake of the horrific massacre at a school in Newtown, Conn. last month, a Colombian company is planning to produce a

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2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever for the Contiguous United States

2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever for the Contiguous United States

Photo by Shutterstock It's official: Last year was the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States. The National Climate Data Center announced today that the average

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NRJA Designs a Two-Story Houseboat for Long Latvian Summers

NRJA Designs a Two-Story Houseboat for Long Latvian Summers

Latvian architecture firm NRJA (which stands for “No Rules, Just Architecture”) is one of the most exciting firms working in Europe today. Floating Barn, the firm’s latest

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CVDB Arquitectos’ Ljubljana National Library is Inspired by the Shape of a Standing Book

CVDB Arquitectos’ Ljubljana National Library is Inspired by the Shape of a Standing Book

CVDB Arquitectos' proposed National and University Library of Ljubljana building (NUKII) is a symbol of knowledge and culture as well as an archive for historical and national heritage that

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Paloma’s Nest ‘Neighborhood’ Chairs Double As Dollhouses

Paloma’s Nest ‘Neighborhood’ Chairs Double As Dollhouses

Heirloom gift company Paloma’s Nest has just come out with a new line of 'Neighborhood' chairs, which are available in three different styles, adding instant eco-style to a children's

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Transocean Pleads Guilty to Gulf Oil Spill and Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion in Fines

Transocean Pleads Guilty to Gulf Oil Spill and Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion in Fines

The US Department of Justice announced today that Swiss company Transocean Ltd, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank in 2010, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion for the oil

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Ecouterre’s Year in Shame — Vote for the Most Deplorable Story of 2012

Ecouterre’s Year in Shame — Vote for the Most Deplorable Story of 2012

From environmental crimes caused by toxic pollution to the mounting human cost of cheap fashion, 2012 featured some serious lowlights. Over at Ecouterre, we've rounded up seven stories we'd

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How To Recycle This Year’s Holiday Cards Into Next Year’s Gift Tags

How To Recycle This Year’s Holiday Cards Into Next Year’s Gift Tags

It happens every year: After the holidays are over, you're left with a huge stack of holiday cards and packaging. But instead of throwing them in the recycling bin, you can reuse both your

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How To Make Sparkly Holiday Accessories from Dead Christmas Lights

How To Make Sparkly Holiday Accessories from Dead Christmas Lights

Every string of Christmas lights tends to have a few dead bulbs in it when you pull it out of the closet. Instead of sending them on their merry way to the landfill, you can reuse those dead

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Most Doctors Don’t Warn Pregnant Mothers About Environmental Risks To Unborn Children

Most Doctors Don’t Warn Pregnant Mothers About Environmental Risks To Unborn Children

A troubling new nationwide survey conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco finds that most doctors do not inform patients about environmental risks they might

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CVDB Arquitectos’ Jarego House is a Naturally Daylit Home in Portugal

CVDB Arquitectos’ Jarego House is a Naturally Daylit Home in Portugal

The Jarego House is a gorgeous two-story home designed by CVDB Arquitectos in the historic Portuguese city of Cartaxo. The home, which presents itself as a white volume over a transparent

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SunRay Kelley’s Harbin Hot Springs Temple in Napa Valley is Made from Natural Materials

SunRay Kelley’s Harbin Hot Springs Temple in Napa Valley is Made from Natural Materials

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer Part of the reason that SunRay Kelley's buildings are so unique is because they are all handmade. Using nature as his guide, Kelley has built an estimated 50

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MisoSoupDesign’s Invisible Farm is a Vertical Garden Inspired by a Traditional Taiwanese Window Cover

MisoSoupDesign’s Invisible Farm is a Vertical Garden Inspired by a Traditional Taiwanese Window Cover

MisoSoupDesign's Invisible Farm is a vertical window farming concept that was created as a part of the Taiwan Wanderer Guide 2012 Exhibition at Taichung, Taiwan. The unit combines vertical

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Adjaye Associates’ William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library Responds to a Hilly Site in Washington, DC

Adjaye Associates’ William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library Responds to a Hilly Site in Washington, DC

In 2010, Adjaye Associates won a competition to design two new neighborhood libraries for Washington, DC. Both of the new libraries are energy efficient, and they both respond to the natural

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Celebrate The Holidays With Eco-Friendly and Natural Traditions From Around the World!

Celebrate The Holidays With Eco-Friendly and Natural Traditions From Around the World!

Photo via Shutterstock With all the pressure to buy “stuff,” December has become the most commercialized time of year, but celebrating the holidays doesn’t have to mean

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How To Make Vegan Baked Potato and Zucchini Latkes

How To Make Vegan Baked Potato and Zucchini Latkes

Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a staple of Hanukkah, but they're great for any occasion. Most latkes are fried in oil, so using an adapted recipe from bloggers Meet the Shannons (makers

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