Grapple, which is inspired by old, industrial crane hooks, is a unique hanging system for coats, hats, bags and anything else you deem fit for it. its made from recycled plastic and real grass clippings. It comes based on the principle that you can have design-conscious and innovative looking products, without an environmental cost. This video provides background to the Kickstarter campaign we currently running to fund our first production run.

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Practically, this means preparing towns to better survive sudden shortfalls of such necessities as food, oil, water or money. These preparations take many forms, some infrastructural—such as solar energy programs and local economic initiatives—others interpersonal, like the “heart and soul” groups that encourage people to help each other in times of need and open their minds to new solutions.

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“We don’t want to be the progenitors of gentrification,” says Nanden, whose firm recently completed construction on its new green office building, located in Brooklyn’s transitioning Bushwick neighborhood. Rather, she and her partners want to design eco-friendly buildings and spaces that are as likely to house people on welfare as they are to house upper middle class professionals.

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