Running Raw | Talking With My Friend Skinny Bitch

In this episode of the Running Raw Project: Tim VanOrden sits down for an interview with friend and breakout author of “Skinny Bitch”, Rory Freedman. Rory shares her thoughts on veganism, raw foods and success. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

G To-Go Series / The Modern Green Lunch Box Option

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With all this talk about what foods are best to transport and portable to eat on the go, there is still the question left of what to transport those foods in. Throw away containers like plastic disposable tupperware and plastic bags, disposable utensils etc. are not the most sustainable options, even if they are recycled or made of corn. Ideal is to find the best quality and G designed reusable containers and bags. So nothing gets thrown away, except for the organic food scraps unless you’re a lucky bastard and have a compost pile to toss them in.

So anyways, on the search for the best to-go ware products, I found a ton of stuff. I had no idea there were so many cool options out there. There is a solution for everything apparently, you just have to search for it. A lot of sites had all kinds of great bags and boxes and bottles etc. but this one I found was dedicated to nothing but this stuff and had the most variety and options available. In this 3 part series I’ll highlight some of the ones that caught my eye the most. Of course you can just go directly to their site as well and browse around to see what you like. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

G Monkie Latest Music Infection | The Duke Spirit

I don’t know what my life would be like without the presence of music. For me music is what keeps me going, it seems to some how make everything new again. For me music is the pure energy that drives me to see things a new and enables me to imagine what can be.

Some of the most powerful music which has shaped my life was created by such bands as The Clash, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, U2, Elliott Smith, Eurythmics (the 1984 Album), Nine Inch Nails, Madonna, Morrissey, New Order, Tears for Fears, Pearl Jam and Nirvana, to just name a few. All of these bands have created music which deeply changed how I feel about my inner world. In many ways the music has shaped me and made me a darker and cooler monkie.

So for me, discovering new music which somehow spreads a pleasurable infection throughout my brain, is very exciting. So much so, that I always feel compelled to pass on the infection as quickly as possible. Most of the time, I would simply focus on torturing the office monkies, by becoming the office music dictator. Playing nothing but the latest g monkie soundtrack again and again and again, for days, until I see trademark signs of the soft blue brain, swaying of the head, and tapping of the legs. All clear signs of an infected monkie brain.

But as of late, with the world crumbling around all our feet, there isn’t really that many Monkie brains in the office to expose. I am left with with the feeble attempts to blue the brains of who ever comes to the door, and that includes those hard to trap UPS and FedEx guys. So now what? Who’s brains can I soften and blue up with the music of the Monkie? Hmm, how about your monkie brain! Well, I mean yours’ and the millions other brains which some how find their way to gliving.com. Which may or may not be monkie brains I admit, but with that many possible monkie brains focused on the words, sounds and visuals being generated by The G Living Monkies, I am bound to soften and blue the brains of one or two of you out there. Right?

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Honda CB 750 Mega Block Hydrogen Motorcycle

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Designed by Igor Chak, here’s a futuristic motorcycle concept that adds a tinge of modern to the famous 1970s-80s Honda CB series. An eco-ride that definitely knows how to grab attention, his 2015 Honda CB 750 features more computers than our office and packs a 5-inch OLED multi-touch display that controls whatever needs to be controlled— from GPS to driving modes or diagnostics. The CB 750 concept features a carbon fiber, aluminum, and titanium unibody construction powered by a four-cylinder liquid hydrogen engine. This powerhouse is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission with electronic lurch and traction control– enough to force one hell of an adrenaline rush when getting this little monster roaring. Anyone at Honda reading this? We hope so, we’d love to see this one get the greenlight.

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Tierra Del Forte Is The Queen Of Organic Denim

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Attention eco-chic women who are interested transforming the face of fashion: check out Del Forte Denim.

Based out of Los Angeles – a city known for its anti-sweatshop legislation and enforcement, Del Forte Denim has partnered with The Sustainable Cotton project, which is known for bringing together farmers, manufacturers and consumers to grow markets for certified organically grown and sustainable cotton.

The brains behind the designs, Tierra Del Forte’s career started in 1999. After touring various manufacturing facilities around the globe, Tierra saw what an impact the design industry had on the environment. Tierra was so concerned about this, that when she returned to California, she dedicated her work to creating a company that was eco-friendly in all ways possible.

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Mazda Taiki | Sustainable Zoom-Zoom

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Mazda unveiled its Taiki concept at Tokyo this month and for those in the “G”, it’s nothing to write home about. This car might have looked cool 10 years ago, but it really just looks like an ‘80s model Corvette with less back end and covered rear wheels. Aerodynamics is important, but what’s under the hood?

The Taiki boasts the latest version of the Renesis 2 rotary engine that has possible hybrid capability. The Taiki lives up to its name – “taiki” means flow of the atmosphere – and the car screams “flow,” but Mazda focused on ergonomics rather than eco-nomics. And Taiki is being dubbed the parent to a new line of sports cars in the RX theme. With cars like the Aptera out there pushing 300 mpg, the Taiki is going to take a backseat.

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The Coolest Video Wall On The Planet, A Solar Powered LED Building Size Video Display

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What do you get when you mix photovoltaic panles and LED bulbs into the side of your building? A zero dirty energy giant movie screen. This isn’t some concept or science fiction movie idea, its real and has already been designed and built in China. The company Greenpix a a group of architects and designers, have created this screen in Beijing China.

The Zero Energy Media Wall – is a groundbreaking project applying sustainable and digital media technology to the curtain wall of Xicui entertainment complex in Beijing, near the site of the 2008 Olympics. Featuring the largest color LED display worldwide and the first photovoltaic system integrated into a glass curtain wall in China, the building performs as a self-sufficient organic system, harvesting solar energy by day and using it to illuminate the screen after dark, mirroring a day’s climatic cycle.The project was designed and implemented by Simone Giostra & Partners, a New York-based office with a solid reputation for its innovative curtain walls in Europe and the US, with lighting design and façade engineering by Arup in London and Beijing.

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Kyeok Kim | Jewellery As A Second Skin

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Kyeok Kim isn’t exaggerating when she says her jewellery leaves a long-lasting impression. I’d take it a step further and say some of her designs are painfully unique. Take for instance the gold plated silver bracelet or ring that when worn actually leaves an impression on the skin. The bracelet leaves behind a message reading “in the rain, sounds like a cello… in the sunbeams, sounds like a piano… like your voice”, the ring’s imprint says “one day in April”.

The premise behind Kyeok Kim’s designs are “Jewellery as Second Skin” and she’s pushing it to the next level.

I’m not sure how “G” the Aurora ring is – its lights cast a glowing pattern on the skin, which seems more flashy than eco-forward. But I’m all about the fragrant soap rings that do double duty. You can wear the ring as long as you want. Then when you’ve had enough, you wash your hands until the soap ring dissolves and leaves behind a lasting scent. What a cool sustainable idea for all of those scraps of soap that end up wasted.

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Another unique design is the stamping bracelet and ring. The “Lace Trace” stamps a design that resembles a henna tattoo when rolled over the skin. Just make sure you don’t bump into anyone wearing a white shirt.

For now, you can only marvel at Kyeok Kim’s creations. But soon you’ll be able to purchase them on her website.

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A Standard {Architects} Tree House

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A house on the hills of Los Angeles, designed to suck in solar energy. The passive solar Tree House by L.A. based architects, Standard designed this concrete and wood passive solar house. The house responds to its site and the city through its transparent southern exposure. The large ash tree literally envelopes the house, creating a microclimate to which the project responds. The house employs passive solar design and other low tech methods of climate control even as the open south elevation allows panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin. A partially concealed post and beam structure modulates the exterior and allows openings to span from floor to ceiling. The second floor bears on thin stainless steel columns and cantilevers over a concrete deck, which in turn cantilevers over the slope. The horizontal layering of the roof and floors extends the interior and engages the space under the tree. The strong horizontal projections also provide visual balance to the immense trunk and limbs. Redwood siding clads the overhangs and defines the transition between the inside and out.

The horizontal layering of the roof and floors extends the interior and engages the space under the tree. The strong horizontal projections also provide visual balance to the immense trunk and limbs. Redwood siding clads the overhangs and defines the transition between the inside and out.

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Dwelling Dock | A Conversation with Matt Allert

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When I asked architect Matt Allert who the ideal inhabitant was for the Dwelling Dock, his super-green pre-fab home, he responded instantly — “Everyone!”

The Dwelling Dock is a green housing concept for which Allert was the recipient of the Cascadia Emerging Green Builders Award, a prize awarded to up-and-coming green architects. I caught up with Allert in his offices at Callison architectural firm to talk about the Dwelling Dock, green building and the climate crisis in general.

Inspiration

“I entered the competition and I was looking to do something that went way beyond what I considered ‘the green band aid’,” says Allert. “I was looking for something that was more fully integrated a way of living.” Not limiting himself to green buildings, Allert researched various kinds of infrastructure in order to come up with a basis for his concept.

Allert notes, “I saw other industries, and I noticed a hydrogen fueling station for the car and thought ‘Hey, wouldn’t that be cool if a house could do that.’ If you had infrastructure that was built — a dwelling — and you could store that power, water, heat all those things the framework or infrastructure naturally collected in the environment in your unit, which is pre-fabricated, and you just plug into that like a car in the fueling station.”

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Amazing Organic Winery Builds An Almost Closed Loop Water System

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All of us greenies know its better to buy directly from the small farmers at the farmers markets, then to buy from big business farming, right? Well, in most cases I would say that is true, but not always. I just came across Benziger Family Winery here in California and I am blown away. They not only grow all their grapes organically and Biodynamically, they also have built an sustainable water system. They save all the water used in production, clean it in their man made wetlands, and then re-use it again. Almost a closed loop system. Why isn’t everyone doing this?

Mike Benziger Talks About The Water System: “Winemaking can be a pretty water-intensive business. Preventing the conditions where bacteria could thrive means being meticulously clean. And that takes water. How do we to reconcile our commitment to environmental responsibility with our need to keep clean? How about a recycling system, built right into the property.

We pump gray water, which is the water used in winemaking production, into the first of two ponds. The water then flows through an embankment of water plants into the lower pond. By the time the water reaches the lower pond, about 3 days, the root systems of the plants have acted like a filter, and cleansed the water of impurities. Once clean, the water in the lower pond can serve as an irrigation resource during years as dry as we expect this one to be.”

Below is a featured video from the Sundance Channel about the Benziger water system.

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Is Bamboo The Fabric For the Future?

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Take it from me, bamboo is the fabric for the future. This super versatile plant has long been used in construction, as a food source (for humans and pandas alike) as well as providing the raw materials for everything from chopsticks to food steamers to martial arts weaponry. Now fashion forward designers can’t enough of bamboo. Why? Well, it’s cool in summer, warm in winter, is anti-bacterial and is as soft and luxurious as cashmere. And best of all, it’s sustainable.

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