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Stella McCartney > Limited Edition Tank
July 24, 2007, 1:42 pm
Filed under: Charity, Design, Limited-edition, People, Products

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Check out Stella’s Limited edition tank >

She originally created this limited-edition tank, $50, for the Glasto festival. She explains: “The t-shirt is inspired by all the airbrushing my mum and dad used to get made in the ’70s.” The tank will be on sale starting *today* July 24 and proceeds benefit the Oxfam charity, whose aim is to end worldwide poverty.

You can buy it @ YOOX

Via > PopSugar

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Absolut New Orleans
July 19, 2007, 11:28 am
Filed under: Awareness, Charity, Limited-edition, News, Products

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Check out what Absolut Vodka is up to >

“Absolut Vodka is creating a special-edition flavored vodka (Mango w/ a black pepper kick) to honor New Orleans, and the proceeds will go to Gulf Coast charities. The vodka is a limited run of 35,000 cases. Going on sale in August for about $19 (€13.80) a bottle at retailers nationwide, it is expected to raise $2 million (€1.45 million) for five Gulf Coast charities, which the company says will get all the profits to help rebuild from Hurricane Katrina.”

I will definitely drink to that. Make it a double : )

Via >International Herald Tribune



(likemind) Det
July 17, 2007, 4:11 pm
Filed under: News

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Do you read PSFK,.. do you read this blog,.. do you live in the Detroit area,.. well if you said yes to any of the above,.. then I welcome you to come out to the Rowland Cafe in the lobby of the Guardian building (Downtown Detroit) this Friday @ 8.30am for (likemind) det

Piers and Noah, thought it would be a good idea to get together with likeminded people for strong coffee and good conversation. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do.  (Why so early?… Because coffee is better in the morning)

Should be a good time,.. so if you’re available swing by,.. i’d love to meet ya!

If you have any q’s leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail  >>                                    nev (at) idUnited (dot) com



Message in a Bottle
July 11, 2007, 5:29 pm
Filed under: News

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I just read a great article in Fast Company about the bottled water industry. It’s full of some amazing statistics about our obsession with bottled water,.. and the (not so “pure”) trail it’s leaving behind. I’ll share some quotes with you here,.. but for the full article check out this link.

Excerpts from FastCompany > Message in a Bottle

Thirty years ago, bottled water barely existed as a business in the United States. Last year, we spent more on Poland Spring, Fiji Water, Evian, Aquafina, and Dasani than we spent on iPods or movie tickets–$15 billion. It will be $16 billion this year.”

“We–a generation raised on tap water and water fountains….. We’ve come to pay good money–two or three or four times the cost of gasoline–for a product we have always gotten, and can still get, for free, from taps in our homes.”

We’re moving 1 billion bottles of water around a week in ships, trains, and trucks in the United States alone. That’s a weekly convoy equivalent to 37,800 18-wheelers delivering water.

“Meanwhile, one out of six people in the world has no dependable, safe drinking water. The global economy has contrived to deny the most fundamental element of life to 1 billion people,…”

“And in Fiji, a state-of-the-art factory spins out more than a million bottles a day of the hippest bottled water on the U.S. market today, while more than half the people in Fiji do not have safe, reliable drinking water.”

“Once you understand the resources mustered to deliver the bottle of water, it’s reasonable to ask as you reach for the next bottle, not just “Does the value to me equal the 99 cents I’m about to spend?” but “Does the value equal the impact I’m about to leave behind?”

“Simply asking the question takes the carelessness out of the transaction. And once you understand where the water comes from, and how it got here, it’s hard to look at that bottle in the same way again.”

Think about it.



Johnny Marr + PF Flyers
July 9, 2007, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Auctions, Charity, Companies, Design, People

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Check out these shoes designed by lead guitarist of Modest Mouse > Johnny Marr >>

“The former Smiths man has created his own unique design of PF Flyers Centre Lo sneakers, proceeds from which will benefit two different charities on either side of the Atlantic.”

On one side of the pond >

“On July 10, 108 pairs of the trainers will be sold on eBay in the UK for £40 each. All the proceeds will go to The Pictor School in Manchester.”

On the other side of the pond >

“A further 108 pairs will go on sale Stateside on the same day for $80 with all monies earned going to the Cure Autism Now Foundation.”

Place your bid here.

Via > Gigwise



07.07.07
July 6, 2007, 2:11 pm
Filed under: Awareness, Events, News

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Make a wish,.. tomorrow the date is 7. 7. 7 and in case you haven’t heard,.. there’s a really big concert going on.

“Live Earth is a monumental music event that will bring together more than 2 billion people on 7/7/07 to raise awareness about global warming. With 24 hours of music across 7 continents, and performances by more than 150 of the world’s top musicians, Live Earth will engage, connect, and inspire individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve the climate crisis.

Madonna, Bon Jovi, the Police, Kanye West, Wolfmother and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are just a few of the bands performing.

With out a doubt there is going to be some amazing shows going on tomorrow. But you still have to wonder if the critics have a point? >

Any event of such magnitude is bound to create trash and use gas — and some have claimed this contradicts Live Earth’s green goal of raising awareness for climate change.

“The last thing the planet needs is a rock concert,” – Roger Daltrey

If I had tickets I would go,.. but since i don’t maybe I’ll watch some on-line. What would you do?… 

Visit Live Earth for the full scoop on all the details.