Designer makes unique garments from industrial scrap

Clothing made from industrial scrap

Gertrude Berg works with industrial scraps, shaping the pieces as she finds them and making no additional cuts. Her collection, calledBergWerk, is full of playful and unique shapes that are beautiful yet free from the ever-shifting currents of fashion.

Berg was raised in Austria and studied sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her background informs her garments, many of which are best described as “sculptural.”  (more…)

Could bacteria be the new beauty trend that actually makes us healthier?

skin care

“As a civilization, we’ve just spent the better part of a century doing our unwitting best to wreck the human-associated microbiota… Whether any cures emerge from the exploration of the second genome [the microbiome], the implications of what has already been learned – for our sense of self, for our definition of health and for our attitude toward bacteria in general – are difficult to overstate.” – Michael Pollan   (more…)

In which U.S. states can Tesla sell its electric cars?

States where Tesla can sell its electric cars

Auto Dealers have been lobbying against Tesla

We've covered the Tesla vs. Auto Dealers saga pretty extensively (see links below). But looking at these pieces separately can give a confusing view of where Tesla and its direct sales model stands across the US. So the map above allows us to take a step back and look at the overall picture, which is definitely mixed, but should move in Tesla's favor over time since any polls taken show that people want the company to be allowed to sell its EVs (at least, that's if auto dealer lobbyists don't override the popular will once again). (more…)

Does oil pulling actually work?

oil pulling with coconut oil

Oil pulling is a 2,000-year-old Ayurvedic treatment that has become a new hot trend, due in no small part to celebrity endorsements by Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley. Oil pulling involves swishing a small amount of oil, usually cold-pressed sesame or coconut oils, around one’s mouth for 15-20 minutes daily, with the goal of ‘pulling’ out toxins. (more…)

British Airways wants to fly garbage-powered planes from NYC to London in 2017

British Airways plane

While most land-based transportation can be electrified and powered be clean energy, things are a little more complicated with airplanes. Until Elon Musk decides to build the supersonic electric plane with vertical take off that he said he knew how to make 5 years ago, most planes will need liquid fuel with a high energy-density. Right now, that means fossil fuels, but what if we could create jet fuel from sources that are at least carbon neutral? (more…)