Pro Skater Bob Burnquist And His Friends Are Taking The Fitness Business Green. How by focusing on Fitness apparel of course. Fitness makes me think of athletic apparel. Which reminds me of the days I worked at a major athletic shoe licensee here in West L.A. The marketing director at the time always used to say “FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION.” I never bothered to ask what it meant, although I found myself repeating it when ordering food, dating or getting new pair of pants. That’s why Wikipedia is the greatest thing ever… and the Wiki sez: “form follows function… the basic principle stating the shape of an object should be predicated or based on its intended function or purpose.”
And that got me thinking G Fitness… what would it look like if fitness followed sustainability? (An exhausting intro to an article, I know… welcome to my mind.) In my effort to answer my new question, I found the Action Sports Environmental Coalition (ASEC).
ASEC, supported by action-sports athletes, industry leaders and natural-products companies, aims to answer their own question: “What would happen if the action sports industry became a role model for sustainability?” (Fitness Follows Sustainability?). ASEC founders Frank Scura, Bob Burnquist, Jen O’Brien and Damon Way answered the call in 2001 by creating the organization. ASEC specializes in progressive eco-education and empowers people to adopt a sustainable existence in a way that embraces their current lifestyle and enhances it. Sounds totally “G” to me!
You’ve got the food carrier and cutlery all taken care of, but all that food is likely to make you quite thirsty. What are you going to use to carry around your drinks in? What is the most G option, and the most stylish? Again, SIGG from Switzerland comes out on top. This series of theirs not only features some of their coolest looking bottles, but they are also made of non-leaching food grade stainless steel. Plastic bottles leach all sorts of carcinogens and BPA. Their other bottles are made of aluminum, which might be ok due to their coating on the inside. But you know with these that stainless steel is the best option, now you have that with the coolest designed bottles from SIGG. The above traveler oval black flask includes a detachable cup. $29.95 The blue and red oval flask options are less expensive at $19.95 and are made of the same great quality.
Built NY has created some awesome insulated sleeves for your bottles to keep them nice and cool, or warm. Made of wet-suit material, it insulates and protects your bottle, if it’s glass. Machine washable, stylish and on sale for only $8.95
Another young fashion designer / ex-wall streeter, has tossed her self into the sustainable / organic fashion market. Christine Marchuska, A few weeks back we received an email tip about a new start-up designer looking to break into the Organic Green Fashion market, joining the established designs such as Stewart+Brown.
Fashion Designer Christine Marchuska seems to be having fun, as she shows off her new organic clothing line to her friends in New York.
We found Emily Deschanel, a.k.a Bones talking to the green people over at Sprig.com, so we reposted it for you above. Enjoy.
Vegan actress Emily Deschanel sat down with Sprig.com in Los Angeles to talk about what makes Bones green, and dish on where you can buy vintage clothes for a dollar a pound, plus other green secrets. Shot and edited by Brit Liggett .. sprig.comContinue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
With our global emphasis on green and sustainable living, many people are actively doing their part to engage in “green acts”. Whether it’s recycling, toting reusable grocery bags, there are a number of ways to engage yourself in balanced living.
Step 1 to realigning your lifestyle using eco-principles is to begin seeing differently. See your entire existence as emerged within eco-living, rather than you as an individual acting out green acts.
Designer Stuart Haygarth would have taken this advice literally, inventing a sustainable eye glass chandelier that uses 620 pairs of discarded lenses to form a globe-like chandelier. Perhaps his living art is not only an example of using creativity to craft lifestyle choices, but also symbolic of what visionary work we can accomplish if we begin to see a little differently. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
I ride a bike, so I won’t be getting behind the wheel of this GTA Spano super car anytime soon. Not that I could afford it anyways. It’s a whopping $670,000, which is exactly $640,000 beyond my budget. But I am sure the guys over on the show Top Gear, will just eat this thing up. It looks mean and powerful.
The massive 8.4L V10 engine from the Dodge Viper has never been short on power. This undeniable fact hasn’t stopped enterprising souls from tweaking the powerplant to offer even more, however, and past efforts have focused on doing so through the use of ethanol in lieu of gasoline. That route is now being taken by upstart Spanish automaker GTA.
Listen up, fashion conscious women with a conscience: if you want to be as well dressed as A-listers Cate Blanchett and Sienna Miller, check out Ciel, the new label from British designer Sarah Ratty.
Hip, luxurious and special are words that come to mind, style-wise, when perusing the latest collection from the designer who brought you Conscious Earthwear. Smart and aware also come to mind. Created with green fabrics and practices, Ciel’s signature pieces make a more ethical and environmental choice available to stylish women.
For those of you not fortunate enough to be on this year’s guest list (or able to pay $500 for a ticket) G Living will be your eyes and ears at this year’s 17th annual Environmental Media Awards (EMAs). We are taking G LIVING’s REAL G on location, couch and all. We will make sure Nobel Prize winner, Former Vice President Al Gore, and all his Hollywood friends get cozy on the G Living Couch and get real!
G Monkie: The video above is our very first shows with Boise Thomas and Tim VanOrden. This was Boise demo show. He brought Tim in and made it up as they went. It’s nice to look back sometimes. Tim has come a long way, since we filmed that show, so we asked him if we could present a question / answer post about his Running Raw Project and what it takes to be a raw runner.
Tim VanOrden The Running Raw Project: (RunningRaw.com) The Running Raw Project came into existence on December 25th of 2005. I was at a Christmas party at my friend’s house in Venice, CA. The topic of my recent entrance into the world of running had come up. As I described the changes that were happening to my body and the abnormal feats of endurance that I was capable of, someone said – “you should film this”. That hadn’t occured to me before. Had anyone ever done that? Was anyone documenting the physical changes that occur when one goes raw? Were people testing this diet and it’s relation to physical performance? I looked around online and found not one reference to a Raw diet and athletic performance. This blew my mind. What I was experiencing was off the charts, was I the only one experiencing these physical improvements on this diet? I had to find out. Thus the journey began.
In this Question / Answer Post, Tim Explains the basics of what it means to be a raw runner.
Question What is a Vegan Diet?
Tim: A vegan diet is entirely plant based and void of all animal products – including eggs, fish and dairy (yes, those are animal products).
Question What is a raw vegan diet?
Tim: A raw vegan diet consists entirely of uncooked, unprocessed, whole plant foods. Examples of what a raw “fooder” might eat are; fresh vegetables and salads, fruits and fruit smoothies, and nuts and seeds.
What could be better than seeing the Statue of Liberty in person? How about traveling there in a noiseless and fumeless boat?
That’s exactly how the ride will be when New York City’s new solar and wind powered hybrid ferry is operating service. Completely petroleum-free, the ferry itself is called “Miss Statue of Liberty” and is being made in partnership with Solar Sailor of Australia. When running, the ferry uses a sail covered in solar panels that collects energy from the sun and wind. (If the vessel goes over 6 knots, a diesel main propulsion engine cuts in.) This 600 passenger, 115 foot trimaran ferry can also be plugged in and the batteries recharged.
Solar Sailor’s founder, Robert Dane, and Circle Line (the ferry operator that provides service to the Statue of Liberty) both agree that the ferry is a beautiful ship that has enormous potential to make people more aware of the environment. Said to cost between $2-3 million dollars more than a conventional ferry, Circle Line believes cutting fuel usage by about a third each year will make it worthwhile financially.
If your a green hearted Monkie like me, the city of Austin is the only city in Texas to live in. That is if your actually already in Texas. Austin is a very green minded city surrounded a mob of land grabbing oil men. When the Austin community tried to protect their ground water and prevent sprawling developments, the Governor (George Bush) stripped them of their rights and gave a green light for developers. Those developers quickly exploded the population size and yes, ruined Barton Springs.
But things are not all doom and gloom. Austin is also the home of Mega Organic grocier, Whole Foods and the city is inching it’s way back to the green side. Here is a great example. The Annie Residence by the Bercy Chen Studio.
Recycled wood gets a big thumbs up from me. As does great design. Especially when it’s for the office, where I seem to be spending most of my time these days.
But this “Xcetera” desk isn’t working for me at all. Designed by Basten Leijh of Bieijh Concepts & Design, whose aim (according to his company’s website) is to “combine esthetics and function”, this new line of furniture was created with Westra, a Dutch company with a flair for office funkiness. And this desk is the first of many offerings in the collection that be brought to market in the hopes of visually jazzing up the workplace through its use of lively colors and groovy shapes.