Photo credit – KUYICHI
Photo credit – KUYICHI
Environmentally conscious brand, KUYICHI, continues to be at the forefront in sustainable design. Organic and recycled fabrics dominate their collections.
What was the most exciting thing about this place?
The London Tube (subway system) was the best public metro I’ve ever used in the world. While cars are still relatively prevelant on the London streets, the bulk of the populace uses the Tube to get to work, home and wherever they need to go. And most importantly includes going to my favorite pub, “The Old School Yard” and grabbing a hearty meat pie and a tall pint of English ale.
Was there anything related to environmental awareness or sustainability worth sharing?
For being one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world, London has some of the best parks and gardens. Having nice and natural areas for recreation and preserving some sense of biodiversity in a major urban center is something expanding cities all around to world can use an example.
Why do you think Sustainability or environmental awareness is so important to our generation?
While the consequences of macro environmental issues seem too far off for us to care about (global warming, rising seas, etc) there are many natural wonders that we can preserve right now through increased education and more effective government actions. Taking extra steps to save endangered species and preserving untouched natural areas may seem small and unimportant in the overall scheme of global sustainability, but these small steps will lead to larger leaps towards a more globally sustainable society.
What degree, have you received or are currently seeking?
I have achieved a BA in Business Administration with a focus in Finance from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
If you could travel to one place in the world where would it be, and why?
Singapore. It is a melting pot of different cultures from all over Asia and is a very interesting city. Also since it is unique in the sense that is essentially a modern city-state, it has taken great measures to be one of the most sustainable cities in the world.
I have to get me a pair of these.
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For every pair you purchase, the PANDA-TOMA partnership will provide an eye or medical exam to a person in need. We will also donate a pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses (for those with cataracts or a similar type of eye deficiency)
Photo Credit: Alvin Ong
If you are ever traveling through the Philippines make sure to check out Mr. Guac Truck!
“We had to design a business system that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable …We try to make our operations as sustainable as possible; as such, we limit total energy consumption of the truck by using LEDs and energy efficient lighting, upcycled an old delivery truck into a highly designed mobile eatery, utilize a small footprint by maximizing the available space within the 12′ x 6.5′ delivery truck, and developed a system that encourages customers to return our packaging for recycling.”
Starbucks’ new Reclamation (Reclaimed Shipping Container) Drive-Thru just opened in Tukwila, WA.
(photos via ~ Hommie)
evo Inc. sources locally w/ Casual Industrees tees ( photos via evo Inc.)
Ecuador Aviator from Woodzee.
Woodzee is working on a program, for every pair sold one tree is planted.
Where did you study abroad?
“Montpellier, France in the southern French region, Languedoc-Roussillon”
“I was there during the summer, and the Mediterranean Coast of France is beautiful, the weather, the people, the culture, the food and the history. The region has such a rich history and culture to learn about and enjoy.”
As for sustainability, anything worth sharing?
“There are bicycles to rent as a sort of alternative transport sharing system. They’re cheap and have racks of bicycles all around the city where you can drop a few Euros and rent it for a few hours or the day. There is also an electric tram system with two lines in service and two being constructed.”
“I try to recycle as much as possible and use as many reusable products as possible to eliminate needless waste such as cloth grocery bags and water filters instead of bottled water. I also compost organic waste products.”
Why do you think Sustainability is so important to our generation?
“With a global community constantly growing and the even steeper increase of resource consumption and waste production, it is important that we become as mindful and responsible as possible with every resource we have for future generations and the global environment.”
What degree are currently seeking?
“I have received my bachelors in Psychology and will be attending law school in the fall.”
Where else would you be interested in visiting?
“Mali, because it’s a French speaking country and the home to the music group Amadoe et Mariam.”
If you could be one animal in the world what would it be?
This is my favorite restaurant @ the moment! The majority of the food is sourced within 360 miles, and it is delicious. Katrina and I went to this place for happy hour the other week, and we were immediately hooked. I have not tried the entire menu yet but I intend to! Their lunch and dinner menu looks equally impressive and no where lacking in things to taste, scarf, and drink. We are headed back here for breakfast this week, a review will follow.
“What is sustainable? To us, it means relying on and investing in our immediate community and geological placement. It means utilizing our resources in an efficient and renewable manner that we find closest to us. It means dedicating ourselves to ensuring the health of our neighbors and loved ones by using the freshest, most naturally grown sources.”
* Peanut Butter Bon Bons // me: Gooey in the middle crunchy on the outside…messy but good!
kw: smooth & sticky, sweet…peanut butter is my favorite!
* Mini Mac & Cheese // me: Best Mac & Cheese I’ve had in a long time…home style.
kw: Delicious and creamy, cheesy…it was okay.
*Pulled Pork sandwich with slaw // me: Smokey with BBQ flavor, slaw adds a crunch to the sandwich…good.
kw: The pork was flavorful and tender…just the way I like it.
We Flashy was started by two NYU students, Alex Vessels and Mindy Tchieu, as their final project in a Wearable Technologies design class. The purpose of the We Flashy project was to make universal clothing more modern, reflective, versatile, and most importantly, visible for bikers and pedestrians. Their idea was simple and genius, “…we wanted something we’d actually wear. So, we decided to try and incorporate reflective materials into things we wear everyday.”
We Flashy items are great because, while flashy and reflective at night, they can be seamlessly worn during the day, at work or at home, unnoticed. This is perfect for the urban dweller and nighttime bicycling enthusiast.
The brand is just starting to “oil its gears”. Since the design was conceptualized in the classroom, Alex and Mindy sought funding assistance from Kickstarter.com, one of the largest funding platforms for creative projects online. They have raised $9,494, well over their stated goal of $6,500. The unique thing about Kickstarter.com is that each project must receive their intended funding goal by a specified date, to receive any of the funds at all. Since We Flashy has accrued more than 146% in funding, their project will go live this Friday, June 3, @ 3:46pm!
I just made my pledge. You have three days left to make yours and get the limited edition Nautical stripped Sweatshirt (the coolest piece they have in their collection thus far, in my opinion), PLEDGE HERE at kickstarter.com
- We Flashy // Clothing for the Modern Bicyclist (grasstain.wordpress.com)