RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.96
Living Lands, a nonprofit organization, has pulled together a powerful group of partners to plant 3.7 million trees in South Africa to combat desertification, an issue that affects 168 countries across the globe. Learn about how trees act as a form of insurance to protect against land degradation and restore watersheds.
PLANTING TREES IN SOUTH AFRICA (article)
A Detroit-based company called Shinola has a beautiful city bike on the market. Experts at leatherwork, their bicycles employ a number of strong characteristics that were forged over the years in the motor city. Beautiful design!
SHINOLA BICYCLES FROM DETROIT (photo essay)
Interested in the science behind urban tree health? The article below is a great resource regarding the latest and greatest. Geek out.
URBAN TREE HEALTH (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.81
An artist in South Korea has mastered his ability to transform discarded pieces of wood, mostly tree trunks, into magnificent and functional sculptures. This gallery of photos is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. If only we could partner with Jae-Hyo Lee in some of the areas in which we work!
JAE-HYO LEE TREE FURNITURE (photos)
Believe it or not, the image below is of a compact bicycle that, when dissembled, can fit into a large suitcase. The ECO 07 is also a remarkably attractive ride: an urban bicycle that is designed to save space and turn heads.
COMPACT URBAN BICYCLE (photos)
About 1,500 years ago, the Roman Empire completed their campaign to wipeout the Judean date palm tree, formerly a staple crop of the Kingdom of Judea. Previously, the tree was so influential that King David named his daughter after it in the Old Testament. During excavations of Herod the Great's palace, scientists discovered a jar of seeds for extinct tree and several were planted in 2005. In 2011, one even produced its first flower. This ancient tree has been brought back to life and the seed from which it sprung is the oldest know to germinate. What an incredible story!
ANCIENT TREE LIVES ANEW (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.64
Who wouldn't want to move to Turin, Italy, after seeing this amazing building designed by architect Luciano Pia. 25 Verde incorporates trees and plants into its undulating structure, protecting residents from noise and air pollution. Click below to see more!
VERTICLE TREEHOUSE (photo essay)
A California-based company has designed the perfect coffee cup: one that is biodegradable and grows into a tree when planted. Imagine a world in which each coffee you drank sequestered 1 ton of CO2 during the 40 years following its consumption? Amazing.
BIODEGRADABLE CUP THAT TURNS INTO A TREE (photos/video)
There are lots of innovative bicycle helmets hitting the market these days, from stylish to invisible. The DORA helmet puts safety communication at its core. With a headlight on the front, a brake light on the back, and two turn signals, this could very well be the choice helmet of the future.
ALL-IN-ONE BICYCLE HELMET (video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.60
Did you have a treehouse when you were a kid and love spending time in it? Wish you could live in one now? There are a few folks out there who decided to make that dream a reality. Check out their amazing creations.
ADULT TREEHOUSES (video)
We came across this awesome video of an acorn sprouting into a small sapling over the course of 8 months. It's a wonderful thing to watch to start a new year.
SPROUTING OF AN ACORN (time-lapse video)
The TEAGUE X Sizemore is the ultimate urban bicycle. It's handlebars become a lock. It has brake lights and turn signals, as well as electric assist. The fenders are minimal and the storage adjustable. Put us down for one! Or maybe a new RETREET fleet?
TEAGUE X SIZEMORE: THE ULTIMATE URBAN BICYCLE (video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.52
One year of SS&T is in the books! We hope you have been enjoying our posts and continue to do so.
1) Urban Releaf is on an inspiring mission to plant trees across Oakland, CA, and engage the community along the way;
2) Ferrari partner Pininfarina Fuoriserie has created an $11,000 electric fixie, a 1930s era classic coated in woven leather and walnut;
3) Harley-Davidson and The Nature Conservancy have teamed up to plant 50 million trees across the globe by 2025;
4) University of Michigan spent $400,000 to move a centuries-old historic oak tree 100 yards, employing some impressive technology to get the job done.
Enjoy these great stories! Remember, if you come across something you think we should share, send it along!
URBAN RELEAF PLANTS TREES IN OAKLAND (film)
FERRARI PARTNER CREATES $11,000 ELECTRIC BICYCLE (photos)
HARLEY-DAVIDSON TO PLANT 50 MILLION TREES (article)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SPENDS $400K TO MOVE OLD TREE (audio)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.49
In Japan, fallen maple leaves become a delicious snack after a little bit of frying with sweetened tempura batter. Speaking of fallen leaves, read some excellent tips for what to do with yours instead of stuffing them into trash bags. HINT: trees feed themselves!
You may have heard of the Copenhagen Wheel, which sources say will revolutionize urban transportation. But do you know what makes is so special and what the fuss is all about? Watch a short news clip that explains.