A Very Clever Brown Paper Bag

 

A trip of young designers created a shopping bag, the H+Bag, that folds into a hanger with easy-to-fold instructions that are printed right on the bag. Hyojun Jeon, Younha Hwang, and Minjae Kwan took a common problem, how to reuse the many paper bags we get in shops daily, and made a creative solution, turning it into something with a creative purpose that can complement that shirt we just bought. The result is a sleek hanger that helps save closet space. And they even takes a tip from the dry cleaners, who sometimes fold their own hangers to protect your delicates. By not using metal or plastic, the hangers won’t create unsightly bumps in your more sensitive fabrics.

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Real Swell Lunch Bottles

Do you ever struggle to get your kid to bring a reusable lunchbox and bottle to school, and bring them home for the next day? If you’re arguing with your child over a Fruit Punch juicebox vs an eco-friendly alternative, argue no more. Just send them off with the coolest gear in town. We stumbled upon these adorable bottles from Swell that are sure to make any kid protect their lunch goodies.

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Would you drive a fold-up car?

 

Move over fold-up bike. Researchers from MIT and DENOKINN have developed a new electric car, the HIRIKO Fold, that literally folds in half to fit into tight parking spaces. The new car is expected to go on sale in 2013 for around $16,000. It could be just the solution for congested urban traffic. This 100% electric car passes all the tests for sustainable mobility.

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Design Your Own Camera

We loved it when LOMO revived La Sardina, a 35mm camera designed from a compact sardine can. The supercool wide-angle lens camera inspired hoards of people to put aside their digital cameras to take some seriously fun snaps. Now they’ve taken the redesign one step forward, by letting anyone purchase a white La Sardina & DIY Flash kit to decorate in any way they choose. That’s a whole lot more personality than an Instagram filter.

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Green School Supplies

 

Have you started your back-to-school shopping yet? What’s top on your list? I always loved picking out a new backpack, selecting dozens of colored pencils and markers, anything to ease the pain of going back to school. Nowadays everyone from Staples to Target to the corner boutique is stocked with eco-friendly goods, that will lighten the amount of waste that goes into our landfills. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite, stylish back-to-school goodies.

TreeSmart pencils are hand-rolled from recycled newspapers, made from completely non-toxic binding. They look awesome and come in regular graphite as well as colored pencils. A set of mini colored pencils in a tube is $3.95. You can even get them customized with your child’s name.

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Tour the MOMA From a Kid’s Perspective

From the geniuses who brought us the John Chamberlain Guggenheim Tour re-imagined as  Transfomers, Audio Tour Hack is back in a big way with a new downloadable tour guide. Told by experts from “kindergarten to fifth grade” their new audio tour guide, MOMA Unadulterated takes you through the landmark museum in a way unlike any other. Some would say art is best enjoyed in its purest form, through the eyes of a child. Now you can revisit that wonderment though a comical walking tour.

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The Natural First Aid Kid

Everybody’s got to have one in the car, to take on travel, and at home in the medicine cabinet. But how many toxins are in that amazing first aid kid? If you’re a parent who prefers to keep everything in the house as toxin-free as possible, consider NaturoKits, all-new naturopathic first aid remedy kids. Naturopathic medicine uses the healing power of nature to bring about balance to the body. It addresses the root problems instead of simply relieving symptoms.

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Instant Garden

 

IKEA is better known for their assembly-required easy furniture. But most retail locations have a giant variety of green products, just about everything you need to get your garden started. That includes planting essentials for both indoors and outdoors. If you’re limited on patio or outdoor space, check out their new mini greenhouse, the Socker.

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Little Sun: Rethinking Light

Artist Olafur Eliasson, known for bringing among other things, waterfalls to New York City, has just released a new project that is aiming to bring light to the world, literally. With his studio team in Berlin, he created Little Sun, a solar-powered light that can be placed anywhere, bringing a sustainable light source to the developed world where electricity is not always reliable.

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Denmark Opens Biking Superhighway

Photo via NYTimes

We’re so excited that summer is here and in full force. How have you been celebrating the sunny weather? Personally, I’ve been jumping on my bike every chance I get. I recently switched from a super-fast track bike to a slower commuter bike. It’s a lot heavier, but way more practical. It’s become my go-to mode of transportation. I throw on panniers and take it to the grocery store to load up on food for the week. I feel pretty lucky to live in a bike-friendly city. But when it comes to paving the road for bikes, it seems like Copenhagen has got everyone beat.

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