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Moon Jars & Gift Guides

moonjar.jpgWe've all seen and loved the Sun Jar by Tobias Wong for Suck UK ~ in fact its won quite a few gift of the year awards even! But somehow i failed to notice it is also available in BLUE, until i saw it over at ThinkGeek labeled a MOON JAR! So i'm quite excited and craving one of these tonight ~ more images below for anyone who wants to catch up on how the Sun Jar works...

More excitingly... i found this because i just shopping, designing, coding, and hunting through archives to get ready for the holiday season gift guide! I've never really done one before, but since i need to do it anyhow to figure out holiday and birthday gifts (SO many december babies! Myself included), figured this year no harm rounding it all up. In fact we've got some great sponsors lined up to help make it possible as well! (And if you'd like to join in and sponsor the gift guide as well please drop our advertising manager, Jared, a line - jared at notcot.com) Also, if you have any ideas for great products that shouldn't be left out, or think you know what will be THE "it" product of the season, leave me a note!

OH ~ and for those who are starting pre-thanksgiving and need some help ~ in my hunting today i've added more stores to last years post filled with stores for great gifts.

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Flip and Tumble

fipandtumble.jpgOk so when i get on a reusable bag trend... and try to stop... it's hard! Because now everyone who finds new reusable shopping bags is sending them over, and i just have to share one more with you. Kristopher Dukes just had these Flip and Tumble bags show up in her inbox, and seeing as they're not exactly couture... she's passed them on to add to my growing list of reusable options. From a design perspective i needed to post these because linhchi and i were just thinking the other day... wouldn't it be easiest just to have an attached pouch? just cram the whole bag in it? Like a Popple! And then here we have Flip and Tumble doing just that... they describe it as a sock ball... i think of it as a Popple bag. And for those who are either so old they forgot what a Popple is, or those *gasp* who are too young to know about them... i dug up an original 80's Popple advert on youtube that's embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

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Method Give Greener

methodbag.jpgI know, i know, you must be near reusable bag overdose... but its EVERYWHERE. So since we've started, i'm just tracking them all when they seem interesting. Latest that got sent in (you can also see more and more reader finds in comments on the various posts as well as over at .org) ~ Method (yes the beautifully packaged, omop, etc guys) has gotten in on the action with their use of GiveGreener.com. You spend 20$ on Method Products, and you can write/email in to receive a free not so subtle tote... in fact they even say "Get Greener: BE SEEN BEING GREEN with method's reusable market tote". So is it really about saving the environment some waste, broadcasting that you're doing it, or both? Their version has been designed by "eco-lifestyle expert Danny Seo" ~ with playful retro typography ~ and 16 ways to look good and feel better on the back. It even zips up into a light blue pouch.

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Corporate Re-Bags

newrebagmain.jpgI guess you could say i have a preoccupation with the state of reusable grocery bags, and while i was out tonight i couldn't help myself, and gave in and purchased a 99 cent Target zip up bag, as well as the new insulated Whole Foods bag for $2.99. Also thrown in for comparison is the standard Whole Foods 99 cent bag (the matching version at target was around $1.49 i think - and i've also seen variations of these same ones from various grocers). The other one from the same manufacturer that i have at home is the 6 wine bottle version (basically the standard with braces to hold your bottles apart). So, from a shoppers perspective it looks like Green Bag has got quite a hold on the corporate reusable shopping bag market. And they are great! Just not quite as pocketable as the Baggus and Envirosax we were discussing earlier. One of the nicest things about these other than the super reasonable price points ~ these are the reusable's equivalent to a standard paperbag ~ a bit sturdier, and love that they have a plastic insert to keep the bottoms strong. These are great in the back of my car and for odd shaped items. As for the target one, i couldn't resist the adorable bird on a target tree design they had. Isn't it cute? And the tag reads: Reusable Shopping Bag "Reuse to Reduce". Due to the zip up nature of the bag, no sturdy flat bottom for this one, and not quite tiny enough i'd want to keep it in my purse.

An observation on the difference of the corporate check out culture between Target and Whole Foods. When i was at Target and purchasing the bag, she just throws it into a PLASTIC bag and hands it all to me... doesn't even think to put my stuff in the bag. When at Whole Foods, the insulated bag i was buying was in the cart... and she asks me whether i brought my own, or i'm buying that one ~ and proceeds to load my groceries into my reusable bags. [I'd link you to places to purchase these online, but i can't find links!]

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Reusable Bag Review

baggumain.jpgOk with all these reusable bags floating around... from designer ones to simple ones to crazy patterned ones... here's a quick little review from what all of us at NOTCOT have learned so far... and what we love, and don't love... when we use them, and when we don't. Would love to hear what you do with them as well, and what kinds of things drive you nuts about them. Because with a simple project brief like "design a new superusable reusable grocery bag"... it seems strange that most of the solutions seem like nylon versions of things from the past. What advances could we add to them? What little details would you love to see in a reusable grocery bag? Are reusable grocery bags the new t-shirt? The next thing everyone needs a drawer full of ~ in every color and design for every mood and occasion?

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Baggu Bags

bagguing.jpgBaggu Bags. These clean simple bags sure are getting popular lately! They've been on most of the design/trend blogs, and we've even had them on NotCouture when we first launched - they are #478. Dan and i had the pleasure of having coffee with founder Emily Sugihara last week (she's freshly relocated back to California, and is testing out the norcal lifestyle) ~ and we all got on so well it ended up being a few hour long "quick coffee"... she's an adorable, fascinating, fellow 24 year old ~ grew up in Del Mar ~ put in time at Parsons getting a masters in Fashion ~ interned with Proenza Schouler, worked at jcrew, bebe, etc... and then finally realized it was time for a change. So putting her keen fashion design skills to work on something a bit more everyday ~ she and her mother have taken on the reusable grocery bag market ~ not only helping make our grocery shopping a bit more clean and brand-free, but also help cut down on all the plastic we've been using ~ also she and i are on the same page that having a home/wherever you are office, is far more fun than a traditional day job!

I know, i've been ranting lately that there are SO MANY options, and it feels like people have suddenly "discovered" the concept of reusable bags... but these are pretty slick and understated (finally!)... and for the gents ~ her folding design actually does fit in a guys tight jean back pocket. So no more excuses for the non-purse toting ones. I have a hands on review/comparison post coming up next, but just wanted to let you guys know how fun our meeting was first!

Also ~ any interest if we were to team up and do some limited edition understated NOTCOT designed Baggus?

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WWF Paper Dispenser

wwfpaperdispenser.jpgSaw this over as NOTCOT.org #6720 as posted by Daniela Sammartino and the image has been stuck in my head all day. I love these World Wildlife Federation ad campaigns that utilize the existing surroundings so well... remember the one where the shadow cast throughout the day on the billboard showed the ocean levels rising? Here we have a paper dispenser with south america cut out, and green foil to tint your view... clearly conveying that with every piece of paper you take, you're taking away from the greenness of south america. How multisensory and engaging beyond a simple sticker/poster. By Saatchi & Saatchi, Copenhagen, Denmark.

My only other question ~ doesn't the paper itself look green? Why the need for the green foil? (As it says over at I Believe in Advertising)

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*notcot in wearable - 6 Notes

RE-BAG

rebag1.jpgRe-Bag is an exhibition of Limited Edition Reusable Canvas Bags designed by 15 leading UK designers running from Oct 5-11 at the Sea Gallery in London. "Designers responded to a brief to create an image for a bag on the theme of sustainability and reusability. The resulting bags not only promote this idea but are also in themselves an ecologically friendly alternative to the use of non-green materials in everyday packaging." Now, i'm sure by now you all know i have quite a soft spot for bags, in fact the whole team here does... and perhaps its less a soft spot and more of an obsession. BUT, that being said, i must tell you that i'm getting quite tired of all of these reusable bags that are specific to grocery shopping, etc... as if you really need yet another bag (other than the many in your closet which could probably hold groceries just as well)... as your dedicated grocery shopping bag? Anyhow, the "I'm not a plastic bag" atrocity has gotten far too much attention, and then every quick packing lightweight plastic grocery bag alternative... but now the need to collect and purchase even MORE bags? Doesn't it seem a bit ironic that we're still over consuming?

BUT that doesn't keep me from wanting some of these... very fun to see how designers took on the brief and created some really fun unexpected designs. Love the two sided purse images on that bag above... and the one below with the images of "Return. Power. Shift. Control" keys is quite cute as well. All bags are screenprinted white onto dark grey canvas (440mm X 387mm) and are produced in a limited edition of 250 of each design and a mere 15 pounds each. via Serif.

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Greenyc

itseasy1.jpgGreeNYC ~ is a new NYC campaign to make NY the greenest city in the country. This campaign is absolutely adorable, the animation combined with the music... with sound effects that make me think of eureka's castle and nick jr. are too cute for words... great use of simple flat vectors and noteworthy typography... and that pigeon! My favorite screenshots are below, view the large video here, it is a collaboration between Hunter Gatherer and Todd St. John/Ryan Waller.

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Remind Me Chair

chairbeer.jpgOn fun mysterious emails i get with great design pics, this one just showed up. I grew up being shown images of how you shouldn't throw away these plastic rings that hold 6 packs of cans together without cutting them up because dolphins and seagulls would die in them, etc... Well it looks like Adam Johnston has found a great use for them! (Although it doesn't look like you should sit on this one naked, or in short shorts, b/c this would leave quite an impression)

Kate Van Zele "Visited a design student friend of mine this weekend at the University of Cincinnati and was introduced to his newly designed chair. I’m convinced the underlying reason was for the beer, he holds tight to the environmental and sustainability story. Made of 6 pack rings that decompose after 3 months in direct sunlight, and the frame can be deconstructed to apply another layer of rings when needed. Seems like a good use of reinventing a common object with a new application."

UPDATE: check out the Hammock!

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Walk Score

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Odds are if you are reading this, you PROBABLY should check the Walk Score of your current location and get walking. I mean seriously, we spend a bit too much time at our computers... well me at least. Apparently my current walkscore is well in the green, at 88% - what is that, a B+? A-? Its been a long time since i've thought about grades. "70 - 90 = Very Walkable: It's possible to get by without owning a car."

This is an interesting mashup - Walk Score uses a patent-pending algorithm to calculate the walkability of an address based on: The distance to walkable locations near an address, calculating a score for each of these locations, combining these scores into one easy to read Walk Score. More details below on how the calculate an areas walkability...

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Belkin @ Vessel

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Belkin held their SF Press Event today at Vessel, and Linhchi and i stopped by to see their latest products up close and personal. It was (or is, since its on for another half hour) a dark underground lounge space that managed to feel dark when it was an extremely hot and sunny day above ground... and filled with open bar, appetizers, washable mice, more ipod and iphone cases than you knew what to do with, routers, laptop coolers, USB hubs galore, and more. So, honestly i don't even know where to start... how about you jump below and you can get a feel for the event, what was there, what we liked... and everything in the Belkin gift bag too (which feels kind of like a back to school bag... go see, and it will make a bit more sense). And it was far too fun to play with the washable mouse in person!

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WWF Shadow Billboard

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Most brilliant use of shadows on a billboard yet ~ World Wildlife Federation uses this gorgeous billboard to demonstrate the rise of water... Youtube of it in action below. (via designboom)

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Delight-ful Surprise

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The ladies of Delight.com sent over a fun surprise package that really brightened up my weekend ~ and that was before i even got to seeing what was inside (but more pics of unboxing and goodies below). For those who don't know, Delight.com is an online shopping destination that announces a new product each day at lunch (noon central time) and keeps it in the store up to 30 days (when its gone. its gone!).

What i didn't know until this package showed up was how impressive their gift wrap was ~ certainly a joy to open (and if you don't get gift wrap, you still get the exciting burst of tissue paper and shopping list sticky notes!). Bookmark this one for quick gifts that are sure to impress. That being said ~ go see a sneak peek of Thursday and Friday's black and white goodies that were in the box after the jump.

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Health in Harmony

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One of the most inspiring things is still nature, between all the jaw dropping art and design i see daily, sit me at the beach and i could watch the birds and ocean for ages... you know exactly what i mean (if not, go rent some Planet Earth in HD or something, and i feel very sad for you). Anyhow, that being said, and just to mix things up a little here to regain some perspective before we go back to traditional design content... a few weeks back when i was over at the Revl Industries showroom, i met Toni Gorog and learned about this interesting project she's working on in Indonesia and below are some images of the photography from the event as well:

June 2nd, the Revel Industries showroom in SF was hodge podge of Indonesian dangdut music, great Mondavi wines, margaritas by Angelita, and spicy Mexican snacks. The hip workspace/office—home of Headline Shirts, Gytha Mander, and Revl—was transformed into a classy photo gallery of pix by Erick Danzer featuring the faces of Indonesia and the biodiversity of the world's largest island archipelago. The benefit fundraiser was held to support the work of the non-profit Health In Harmony in rural Indonesia. HIH's mission is to improve both human and environmental health in West Kalimantan, one of the country's poorest provinces. Using health care discounts at their new medical clinic as an incentive, the 501(c)(3) works with communities around Gunung Palung National Park, a stronghold for one of the few remaining populations of orangutans, to protect the park from illegal logging. The NGO also offers local people ecologically-friendly work opportunities, such as organic farming and reforestation, to cover health care costs. See Health In Harmony for more information and keep your eyes open for future events at Revel to support Health In Harmony's medical/conservation program in Indonesia.

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Social Atelier

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Social Atelier had an Ethical Night Out tonight in Culver City ~ in a combination that no place can pull off quite like LA. Darfur Benefit + Ridiculously Comfy Tees + Provocative Typography + Fred Segal Man Pop Up Store + Men with no tees, but still typography + Cupcakes and Brownies + Larger than life pictures of hungry kids + Models sporting the 39" 19" 33" tanks + Acai Liquor flowing freely + MySpace Impact crew + and your usual LA social scene. *phew* Can you imagine that? Well if not, you can still picture it after the jump. It fit all things NOTCOT ~ art/design + fashion + food/drinks.

Talk about synergy, kismet, serendipity,... or do you not believe in coincidences? I caught up with Social Atelier's Andrei Najar for a few moments, and it sounds like he and Ya'el Afriat's idea to try to create change, instigate awareness, and make some great tees were meant to be. And all from dropping off a look book at Fred Segal Man, which happened loved the line so much they decided to not only take it on, but showcase it in their windows as well as launch this event with all proceeds of the shirts sold tonight going to benefit Darfur?

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Doma Acid Sweeties

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What happens when toys go save the world happy? DOMA's Acid Sweeties toys for Kid Robot. "From Argentina, where suave desserts and happy pills keep company with nauseous oil barrels and 3-D lightning bolts, street art and design collective DOMA firmly plants one foot in reality and the other in psycho-tropics. Acid Sweeties, their first mini figure series, is an absurd medley of happy colors and bright characters."

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BP Helios House

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If you want to talk green... or have the ultimate green fieldtrip ~ who would have thought you'd head to a gas station? Yes, this is the latest green project from BP ~ the Helios House. There are pictures of it in the day around the internet, but the way it looked as we drove by last night was just bizarre to say the least... almost like a disneylandish geary gone wrong? (it reminded me a lot of the plastic ice xmas trees and such at 3rd street promenade)... visually, it certainly makes you stop and think, WTF? as you pass the intersection of Olympic and Robertson.

Conceptually, this is brilliant though... an unique and powerful way to educate, encourage, and demonstrate what you can do when you think green. They have worked in everything from a green roof on the bathroom, farmed wood, motion sensor lights, solar panels, recycled glass in concrete floors, led lighting, recycling bins, and far more (see the site, and charts below for more details). They have even taken over the billboard on both sides, currently reading "a little better... gas station"... complete with the grass motif on the underside of the billboards as well. It really felt a bit like tomorrowland in old school disneyland style. Also great was watching the guys who worked there scrub down every scuff, scratch, smear on any part of the gas station almost immediately...

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Global Warming - Diesel Style

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Diesel takes on global warming as only they can... making their latest campaign poignant yet subtle, stylish yet absurd. Focusing on people and places... and claiming in their video that "GLOBAL WARMING CANT STOP OUR LIVES" ~ and thus begins the series of images below, about how although the polar ice caps are melting, etc you can still look good and embrace the heat... Above we have the overgrown tropical gardens in Paris... below there are the macaws who have replaced the Venetian pigeons, warm oceans in Antarctica, the tiny island of London, a post-great-flood Rio and NY, the giant desert that surrounds the great wall, the tropical paradise of Mt. Rushmore... gorgeous imagery from the great Terry Richardson. Global Warming... as approached in a way only Diesel can. Complete with links to stopglobalwarming.org and an inconvenient truth.

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CARE - Stella McCartney

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CARE by Stella McCartney is a new line of skincare ~ that is Ecocert-certified. CARE is "a unique luxury line of certified organic skincare, formulated with 100 percent organic active ingredients and zero percent petrochemicals or silicones." While she isn't necessarily the first eco/organic line out there (my old time favs is still Neal's Yard Remedies) - it is really interesting to see this transition of luxury and eco merging... also, i am a big fan of her logo, and sleek design/packaging. There is even a discovery kit of travel sized testers to give the new line a try.

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Plant The Piece

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"Plant The Piece" - fascinating project by Christopher Humes and Noah Scalin's "Swords into Plowshares" traveling exhibition. With their seed bombs and this 9mm gun made of dirt and seeds ~ they change the way you can plant "peace/piece"... check out the gallery for some great imagery...

*Plaster Mold of 9mm 910 Pistol
*Red Clay Powder
*Dry Organic Humus Compost
*Water
*Seed Mixture of Annual & Perennial Species Native & Naturalized to the Region; Maltese Cross, Annual Baby's Breath, Dwarf Cornflower, Shasta Daisy, Siberian Wallflower, Lance-leaved Coreopsis, European Columbine, Foxglove, Purple Coneflower, Indian Blanket, Spurred Snapdragon, Dense Blazing Star, Scarlet Flax, Perennial Lupine, Shirley Poppy, Black-eyed Susan, Sweet William, Russell Lupine and Catchfly

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Trendy Greenwashing

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Green is in. Everyone wants to go green, from corporate to your indie fashionista. The issues have been coming up about "shades of green" (how green IS a product? how do you tell? what are the criteria? etc.)... and just noticed this post over at the HOW magazine blog about GREENWASHING as pointed out in the NYT two days ago. Here are some great snippets - about how design is key in the greenwashing process of consumers...

"A bag of natural Cheetos seemed so much more appealing than the classic cheese puff. Why? Was it the image of a subdued Chester Cheetah rising gently from a farm field bathed in golden sunlight? Like clues to a murder that suddenly point to a single culprit, the mystery in my shopping cart revealed itself. Wheat sheaf by wheat sheaf, sunrise by sunrise, the grocery store shelves had been greenwashed. And I was falling for it."

"As a design shorthand, it makes subtle use of specific colors, images, typefaces and the promise of what marketers call “an authentic narrative” to sell food. Especially in recent years, greenwashing has spilled out well past the organic section of the grocery store. Even the snack aisle at the gas station isn’t immune.

“Somebody becomes successful with a specific point of view, and the consumer begins to identify with it and it spreads like a virus,” said Paula Scher, a partner in Pentagram, an international design firm. From there it’s only a matter of time before Cap’n Crunch shows up in a hemp jacket, raising money to save the manatees. Buy a greenwashed product and you’re buying a specific set of healthy environmental and socially correct values. "

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