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Cultural Routes: Editorial Design by Another Collective

"Percursos Culturais" (Cultural Routes) is a great editorial series by Another Collective (previously).

"Built by its artists and saved in the memory of its streets, houses and people, this is the city we intend to expand: a city of history, defined by these events that continue to project it to the future day by day. Through multiple itineraries, we show objects, documents, streets and spaces, revisiting multiple histories and myths that allow us to know the way it was developed and built along the centuries."

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PPPDDD.1 – What is Domain Driven Design?

Building software that works is not difficult.

What is indeed difficult is to build software that lasts for many years, that keeps working despite the changes needed by the business, needed by the users, needed by new technologies. Building software that is permanently ready for change, and permanently and accurately reflects the business… thats the tricky part.

There are many principles and techniques that help in achieving this goal, like SOLID, GRASP, STUPID, KISS, Law of Demeter, and others. DDD is a set of Patterns, Principles and Practices that help achieve this goal.

Domain-Driven Design (DDD) is a development philosophy defined by Eric Evans in his seminal work Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software (Addison-Wesley Professional, 2003). DDD is an approach to software development that enables teams to effectively manage the construction and maintenance of software for complex problem domains.

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In DDD philosophy, the main reason why software becomes complex and difficult to manage, is that the domain concepts are not clear, they tend to get mixed, inaccurate, and therefore rotten. They turn into code that is not structured, sloppy, coupled, opaque, spaghetti, in fact a Big Ball of Mud (BBoM) as defined by Brian Foote and Joseph Yoder in their paper "Big Ball of Mud".

Then, communication is key. The business managers and the developers need a common language to talk about the business concepts. This is key to create a code base that reflects the intent of the business, the business concepts. In DDD, this is common language is called the Ubiquitous Language (UL). The UL is key when domain experts and developers cooperatively build a model of the business concepts, a Domain Model, that can be coded and accurately reflect the intent of the business.

Practices and Principles of DDD

  1. Focus in the core domain
  2. Learn through collaboration between developers and domain experts
  3. Create models through exploration and experimentation, in order to better understand the domain and better reflect it in the code
  4. Communicate clearly and without ambiguity, using a UL and reflecting it within the code
  5. Understand the applicability of a model, segregate it in different models (bounded contexts) when new concepts emerge
  6. Constantly evolve the model as new insights emerge

Misconceptions of DDD

  1. "Tactical patterns are key to DDD"
    Tactical patterns (Design Patterns like Factories, Repositories, Entities, …) are not the most important concepts in DDD. DDD is not a code-centric philosophy, it is in fact all about domain understanding, collaboration and communication.
  2. "DDD is a framework"
    DDD is architecturally agnostic, it does not require a special technical tool. It is about a mindset, and clearly separating the business concepts in bounded contexts.
  3. "DDD is a silver bullet"
    DDD takes effort and is an iterative methodology. It is not an approach to to use in all projects, only in projects with a complex domain who actually requires effort in understanding and modeling.
This post is part of a set of posts with my personal notes about all the chapters in the book "Patterns Principles and Practices of Domain-Driven Design" by Scott Millett and Nick Tune. I will do this as I read through the book, and take notes on the concepts I personally find more relevant.


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Advertising's hot jobs marry content, design, information technology

Latest in an occasional series about recruiters

The employees that advertising agencies want most don't exist.

Employers want digital strategists with 10 to 12 years' experience, "but they aren't going to find anyone, because the field hasn't been around that long," said advertising recruiter Ginger Kochmer.

"There's a shortage of good talent," said Kochmer, who leads the Creative Group in Philadelphia, a specialty recruiting agency within Robert Half International, the worldwide human resource consulting firm.

When it comes to employment trends, specialty recruiters such as Kochmer and Brian Raffle, who opened a Philadelphia advertising practice for Haley Stuart Group, are on the front lines of what is in demand in their sectors.

In the U.S., 499,900 people worked in advertising in July, the Labor Department reported. Payrolls are expanding, with 15,200 jobs added in the last year.

In Philadelphia, jobs are paying above national averages, according to a report by the Creative Group. The report points out three emerging job titles - a creative technologist able to make fast prototypes, a customer-experience designer for online, and a marketing-automation manager, who analyzes lead generation, nurturing, and scoring.

"A lot of clients are looking in the overlap between IT development and what the creatives are doing on the creative side," Raffle said.

Here's how it works:

Imagine a website or mobile app, with products and colors and logos, videos, interactive components, and ways to buy or chat and comment. All that needs to be designed so it looks good, fits the brand image, and reflects the marketing strategy of promotions, television spots, product selection, and price.

Plus, the components need to work together, so that it makes sense to click from page to page, via mobile or laptop.

Obviously, all the hidden coding that makes everything click needs to work and, at the same time, capture customer data and generate leads that can inform the design, the brand, the pricing, and even the product mix.

Managing and understanding all that is the responsibility of a digital strategist and that job, Kochmer said, commands a minimum of $120,000 in the Philadelphia market.

Reporting to that person would be those with expertise in "user experience," or "user interface" - the nuts and bolts of how someone uses a web or mobile site. Is it clunky? Is it annoying? Is it intuitive? Experts in this, Kochmer said, could earn $49,000 to start and up to $184,250 for a director's post.

"There's a zero percent unemployment rate in user experience," Kochmer said.

Raffle said that while a handful of art schools are beginning to teach courses on "user experience," most people learn the discipline on the job as a refinement on web or digital design - two majors that are available in art schools.

"You don't come out of college and get a user experience job," he said.

Employers are also looking for content strategists, Kochmer said. They "make sure there is compelling content, whether it be on web content, e-books, slide decks for pharmaceutical sales, and making sure it is very concise," she said.

"The website home page is dead," she said. "What matters is what you read on your Twitter feed and what's on Facebook."

As important as the digital side is, agencies "can't find enough good copywriters," Raffle said. Of course, the definition of a good copywriter also includes knowing search engine optimization, he said.

A junior copywriter can earn $45,000 while a creative director of copy can get $160,000, Raffle said.

The ability to work with data can help people land jobs in advertising, even if they lack degrees in advertising, marketing, or communications, Raffle said.

"We're seeing folks with psychology degrees with data analytics," he said. The psychologists help agencies run focus groups that measure effectiveness of web designs.

What's not in demand, both agreed, are advertising jobs focused squarely on print. For example, print designers, preprint color specialists, and print production managers would have a harder time getting hired.

Both Kochmer and Raffle said that sign-up bonuses are common and that most new hires expect a sizable annual bonus - as much as 30 percent to 40 percent - based on performance.

Perks also matter, particularly to millennial workers, Raffle said. "They want to be able to work remotely. They want to wear jeans and T-shirts to work." Flexibility in terms of work hours and time off also matters.

Company-funded activities, such as regular happy hours or yoga classes, are a draw too, he said.

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Getting and Staying Ahead

Portfolio: Many advertising agencies look for a portfolio of work. Don't have one? Devise a complete campaign for something - a cause or a product - and build it on the web.

Social media: Use your network to stay on top of digital media trends. Be able to strategize about when to use Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and others.

Tech: Get familiar or better with coding, particularly HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, also content management systems such as WordPress (most important), Drupal, Joomla. Also Adobe, PhotoShop, and other design software.

College: Study communications, advertising, marketing, graphic design, analytics.

Networking: Participating and learning from industry and tech groups builds connections and shows commitment at all career points, from recent graduates to seasoned professionals in transition.

SOURCE: Advice from advertising recruiters Ginger Kochmer, Brian Raffle


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dubai design week 2016: algae harvester by fredrik ausinsch

dubai design week 2016: fredrik ausinsch's algae harvester converts toxic sea plant into biofuel

aug 15, 2016

dubai design week 2016: fredrik ausinsch's algae harvester converts toxic sea plant into biofuel

dubai design week 2016: 'the algae sea harvester' by fredrik ausinsch is a working prototype that will be presented at the global grad show during the international design event. the project which was realised at the umeå institute of design in sweden – works by collecting and converting excess algae biomass from the sea into fuel, fertilizer, health care products and more.

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the device works by collecting excess algae biomass from the sea 

'the algae sea harvester' was designed to help combat the unusually high amount of toxic algae found in the baltic sea and works as an innovative drone that essentially eats and stores excess algae – turning it into biofuel. by removing algae from the sea, nutrients and toxins in the water are reduced, the spread of anoxic sediments is prevented and the reproduction of fish improves, which also helps to improve tourism.

the prototype will be on display at dubai design week in october from the 24th to the 29th.

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the algae is converted into fuel, fertilizer, health care products and more

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about dubai design week

the establishment of the dubai design week provides a platform for international design weeks to bring established and emerging brands to a new audience. dubai design week will also provide an opportunity for the MENASA countries to demonstrate their design talent within the dubai design district (D3), for ground-breaking installations to highlight many of the iconic buildings and locations within dubai and to promote design education through a program of talks, discussions and workshops.

about the dubai design district (D3)

dubai design district (D3) is dedicated to fostering the growth of the emirate's design, fashion, art, and luxury industry. it offers businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals a creative community that will be at the very heart of the region's design scene. D3 is a purpose built environment catering to the full value chain of the design, fashion and luxury industry, all with the vision of creating a world class creative community that engages, nurtures and promotes local, regional and global design talent.

designboom has received this project from our 'DIY submissions' feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

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Trash meets fashion at Festival of Arts runway show

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Model Erika Baldwin wears an outfit made by artist Brad Elsberry and inspired by the Roman pool at Hearst Castle during the Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show on Saturday in Laguna Beach. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Model Jackie Rovere models "Nespresso Coffee Couture," a dress made out of Nespresso coffee machine pods, by John Tolle during the Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show on Saturday in Laguna Beach. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Model Alicia Chavex wears sculptor Casey Parlette's "The Eternal Mermaid," an outfit made out of recycled materials, during the Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show on Saturday in Laguna Beach. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Model Janell Haney wears "Firebird," a dress made out of an old lab coat and ties, by N.C. Swan during the Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show on Saturday in Laguna Beach. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Model Julie Holmes wears a dress inspired by vintage Hollywood and made out of VHS tape film by Adam Neely during the Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show on Saturday in Laguna Beach. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Models wait backstage during the Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show on Saturday in Laguna Beach. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Model Laura Nelson assumes the role of Professor Coral in a dress created by Mariana Nelson and made out of strings and plastic bags. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Model Julie Holmes wears a dress inspired by vintage Hollywood and made out of VHS tape by Adam Neely. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Audience members watch as models walk down the runway in outfits made of recycled materials. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Sahar Saljooghi models her own creation, "Butterfly Kiss," made out of recycled materials. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Hedy Buzan models her creation, made completely out of garbage found on the beaches of Laguna Beach, during the Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show on Saturday in Laguna Beach. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Model Beatrice Robinson wears a Harry Potter-themed dress created by Mariana Nelson and made out of strings and plastic bags. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Audience members watch as models walk down the runway in outfits made out of recycled materials. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Model Marieke van Asselt models a dress made out of old paintings by John Repka during the Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show on Saturday in Laguna Beach. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Model Jackie Rovere models "Nespresso Coffee Couture," a dress made out of Nespresso coffee machine pods, by John Tolle. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Model Erika Baldwin wears an outfit made by artist Brad Elsberry and inspired by the Roman pool at Hearst Castle during the Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show on Saturday in Laguna Beach. NICK AGRO , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

One artist used old VHS tapes to make a long strapless gown that drew appreciative exclamations from the audience. Another used plastic bags and thread to make two dresses that looked like they'd been topped with red sea coral.

The competition was tough at the annual Runway Fashion Show at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach on Saturday.

The festival's exhibitors, including painters and jewelry makers, compete to create the best outfits made of recycled or reclaimed materials in this annual "Project Runway"-like event. Supermodel Kim Alexis, who appeared on magazine covers from Cosmopolitan to Vogue in the 1980s, was a judge alongside Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy and Laguna Beach Arts Commissioner and textile designer Suzi Chauvel.

Actress Joely Fisher, herself a former judge of the fashion show, hosted the event, introducing each design with personal statements and details from the artists.

"I love fashion. It's also a teachable moment," Fisher said during a break while judges tabulated the results. "I love the sentiment of upcycling anything that you find and creating art out of that." With such amazing entries this year, she added, "I don't know how they're going to pick a winner."

Painter Hedy Buzan modeled her own creation, crafted from trash she had collected on 15 visits to the beach. She turned a pink and white towel she found washed up on shore into a dress. Her hat was topped with an incredible variety of trash, such as a can of Red Bull, a child's sand shovel, a flip flop and a spray can of sunscreen.

During her strut down the runway, Buzan held up a plastic serving tray, also found on the beach, with the number 5 on it. The message was to encourage people to pick up five pieces of trash every time they go to the beach.

"I pick up trash all day long every place," Buzan said during the break. "Many people pick up the beach in monthly clean-ups. But if everyone did it every day, it would always be beautiful."

Eleven artists displayed their creations on the runway set up in the middle of the Festival of Arts grounds. There were five awards: most glamorous "red carpet" worthy creation, most creative concept, most exciting ensemble, most innovative use of materials and a people's choice award chosen by votes from the audience.

Judges deemed jewelry maker Adam Neely's creation, "Maven of the Movies," the most glamorous. The strapless gown with a train was covered with tape from VHS cassettes – more than 8,000 feet of vintage film noir footage – that fluttered and made the dress shimmer. His model wore a headpiece of black and gold feathers made from a Native American costume and dry cleaning hangers. Neely also won the people's choice award, no surprise given the audience's reaction when his model glided across the stage.

The most creative concept award went to painter Mariana Nelson for her pair of dresses, one for a woman and one for a little girl. Nelson riffed off the idea of a student at Hogwarts, the wizard school of the Harry Potter series, and her teacher, Professor Coral. Nelson tightly twisted dry cleaning bags, newspaper bags, biohazard bags and thread to make sea creatures and coral to deck out the dresses. The message was that single-use plastic bags are such a problem that they're finding their way into the magical world.

Another pair of gowns won the most exciting ensemble award. Brad Elsberry, a painter, took his inspiration from the elaborate Roman-style swimming pool at Hearst Castle. Thousands of blue and gold candy and gum wrappers went into the bikini-and-short-skirt set worn by one model and the long strapless dress worn by another.

John Tolle, a jewelry maker, received the most innovative award for his "Nespresso Coffee Couture" dress. He sewed loads of the colored disposable capsules for coffee drinks onto a donated dress and topped it off with a hat ringed with dangling Nespresso spoons.

The winner of each award, except the people's choice, received $1,000.

The judges gave an inpromptu award to Buzan at the end for her message of keeping beaches clean.

"We love the sentiment," said Fisher. "We love the inspiration. And we love your outfit!"

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Finding a home for her sense of fashion

"Are we crazy?"

"How do we do this?"

"How do you become the 'it' place to shop in town?"

These are the questions Stephanie Horne and her husband, Brad, asked each other 10 years ago when they were planting Stephanie Horne Boutique in the Third Ward.

"I've always been interested in fashion since I was a little girl, whether it was my hair or what I was wearing," Stephanie Horne said. "It developed when I got into high school and I never wanted to look like everybody else."

Horne grew up in Waupaca, where exposure to fashion was limited. Baby-sitting for a high-end storeowner and shopping at the mall in Appleton was the extent of it.

"We didn't have the internet, so there wasn't online shopping like there is today," Horne said.

Horne studied fashion merchandising at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. After graduating in 1994, she managed a Buckle store in the area and quickly realized that job wasn't for her. A few months later, she began working in outside sales. The job was completely outside the realm of fashion, but she credits that time for giving her the opportunity to hone in on her sales skills — and meet her husband, who worked at the company at that time.

The people who had been around for a while were being replaced with less expensive models, Horne said. She was offered a package and took it. She used this as an opportunity to get back into what she loved: fashion.

"My husband begrudgingly said, 'Let's try this, let's build a website, let's figure out how to buy the things that people want,' " Horne said. "Luckily, he was able to fund me to start."

When the store went online, Horne housed the inventory in her basement. The people who knew her locally wanted to stop by and check out the merchandise.

"My husband said we can't have these people at our house all the time," Horne said.

So the couple began looking for a space, and their store opened in February 2007.

"People were noticing us," Horne said. "It was a time when people spent money freely."

Then in the fall of 2008, the economy crashed and Horne had to determine how to survive. She made her inventory less high-end, cut staff and took the extra hours herself, while raising two school-aged daughters, Sydnie and Mackenzie.

"There were a lot of times where it would have been easier to give up, and I just wasn't willing," Horne said. "Every time your lease renewal comes up, it crosses your mind. But that's when the fire in me starts going again."

The boutique moved in the Third Ward twice before landing at 244 N. Broadway.

Horne had a second location for around three and a half years that moved from Bayshore Town Center to Mayfair, then Blue Mound Road. The second store closed in 2012.

Customer service is one of the biggest reasons the boutique has been able to last, Horne said. A thank-you note is sent to each customer for every purchase.

"Customer service is a lost art. Nobody gives it anymore," Horne said. "We do have some customers that come in and are taken aback."

Horne knows exactly what her customers like and will look good in, said Susan Kuhlenbeck, a customer of Stephanie Horne Boutique for around seven years. Horne sometimes personally delivers pieces to Kuhlenbeck and picks up the items she isn't interested in.

Tabatha Dirubba, who has been a personal stylist and buyer for Stephanie Horne Boutique for almost four years, said Horne has inspired her. "She has a love for this industry and always tries to put her best foot forward with people."

Besides getting to know customers, buying for the store is the best part of the job, Horne said.

"I'm always looking for what I call classics with a twist," Horne said. "That piece that has longevity in your wardrobe and is good quality."

When the store was born, the website took a back seat. The boutique has just reached the point, Horne said, where she can dive back into the internet again. She plans on offering brands and styles that would be risky in Milwaukee, but are more sellable in Los Angeles or New York.

Horne began carrying shoes at the boutique this summer and wants a fully functioning shoe store to blossom within the shop.

"My goal is to bring in lines that are not readily available in town," Horne said.

Beyond that, Horne has no plans to expand. "This is the perfect size to keep it personal," Horne said.

ABOUT THIS FEATURE

This Is Us is a recurring feature in the Journal Sentinel Green Sheet, with stories on the people, places and things reflecting the spirit and heart of our community.

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5 Essential Fashion Pieces you Need to Wear this Forthcoming Fall

Fall is a few weeks ahead and you probably know what that means: a change in wardrobe! If you feel that last year's style items are no longer trendy, then make sure to wear these essential fashion pieces for fall.

Vivacious in Velvet

Since fall usually comes with unpredictable weather, you must need to get your hands on essential fashion pieces that can keep you form. Velvet is one of the said items – fashionable at one hand, and warming at the other. What's great about velvet is that it takes a lot of fashion forms – from a polished blazer to a pair of hot shorts. Whatever velvet item you wish to take, know that it's enough to keep you fashionably cool this forthcoming fall.

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Marvelous in Military Garb

Utilitarian military garb is undoubtedly one of the essential fashion pieces of today. It's a top choice among celebrities because of its minimalistic appeal. Apart from investing in a streamlined military jacket, you can always go for the boyish look with cargo pants and what not.

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Bombshell in a Bomber Jacket

As it has been established, keeping yourself fashionably warm is one of the foci of fall fashion. As such, one of the essential fashion pieces that you need to stock in your closet is the bomber jacket. Compared before, bomber jackets come in a handful of designs, styles, and fabrics. So if you're tired of the usual trenchcoat or blazer, know that you can always look fashion forward with a unique bomber jacket.

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Wonderful in Wide Leg Trousers

Go big or go home, they always say. While skinny jeans are undoubtedly stylish, you need to make a switch to wide leg trousers – just one of the many essential fashion pieces that you have to have this autumn. It is reminiscent of 70's fashion, a trend which has been hot and heavy this year. Wide leg trousers make for good alternatives to the usual work trousers, especially if your office attire has proven to be too bland for your taste.

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Lovely and Leggy

While summer is all about showing skin, this trend has been carried over to essential fashion pieces for autumn as well. Leg-baring skirts and dresses were actually very popular on the runways of Marc Jacobs and Rocha, to name a few. So if you want to make waves in the office – or wherever you might be – choose a skirt with a high slit!

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Our kind of fashion

No longer restricted to conferences over steaming cups of coffee, the word sustainability is now being put into practice in fashion industry. Sustainable fashion has become the mantra of some enterprising designers who are ensuring reduction in carbon footprints while they make innovative designs, modern cuts and show imagination in their use of varied colour palette. All this entails using environment-friendly fabric, adopting ethical business practices and using indigenous embroidery and craft techniques which results in local artisans getting jobs.

One of the reasons for combining commerce and commitment is that in the global village the awareness level about ecological degradation is high. This also means using handloom in innovative ways and giving khadi a new lease of life on never before used outfits. With the new dispensation giving a boost to handloom, sustainability is the new cool word in the fashion lexicon.

For Gaurav Gupta ethical fashion is something that he has been actively involved with over the past two years. "Personally I would like ethical fashion to become the new mantra of everyone working in this field. Ecological concerns are becoming more and more necessary in today's fast changing world."

Emphasising how he puts theory into practice, Gaurav says: "My factory has ethical working condition for 200 employees. Even if inspiration is Western, we use everything local right from fabric to technique. This is in consonance with Made in India theme. Principles of waste management are followed. For example if a skirt has to be cut from a ten metre cloth then we ensure that the construction is done in such a way that 99 per cent of the material is used.0"

In couture, fabrics worth "lakhs of rupees" get wasted in fashion weeks. "It gets dumped in landfills.

This industrial wastage needs to be avoided. You would never find a part of fabric used by me in landfill. We ensure that not even a tiny bit of fabric is wasted."

No child labour policy is strictly followed by Gujarat-based designer Purvi Doshi. "No exploitation of children to get fabric is strictly adhered to. This is an important constituent of ethical fashion.

I like to describe it as pure fashion. Unfortunately child labour is rampant as can be seen from how some MNCs operating in neighbouring nations, particularly Bangladesh, contravene child labour rules for their convenience.

To ensure that no child had to sweat it out to do embroidery on my outfit I regularly go to these units, even in villages, and get work done right before my eyes."


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Joy Prime’s Fashion Guru Sewing Bee Climaxes This Sunday

Today, Sunday 14th of August 2016, JOY PRIME is rewarding the biggest Talent in Sewing and Fashion at the grand finale of the prestigious talent reality show, FASHION GURU SEWING BEE.

The competition, an initiative of Joy Prime on Multi TV, is to discover new fashion talents and give them the platform to showcase their skills.

For 13 weeks, budding fashion designers had the opportunity to display their fashion sense through tasks that were assigned to them, ranging from peplum tops for ladies, men's attires and a host of other exciting styles and the winners for each week walked away with mouthwatering packages.

For this maiden edition, 24 contestants entered into the FASHION GURU SEWING BEE competition, but only 3 made it to the finals.

The finalists; James Atsu, Marian Gifty Mensah and Elinam Dzimabi will be tasked to make flattering costume pieces for ladies; STRAIGHT DRESS to be precise. Oh yes! Straight dress sounds ordinary but the fashionistas have hinted it isn't as simple as the name may suggest. That is why you must watch it live on Joy Prime and together with the experienced judges you select the ultimate winner.

Tune in to watch the live broadcast on Joy Prime on (Multi TV, DSTV Channel 281, GOTV channel 180 and all digital sets) today at 7:00pm to cheer and vote for your favourite contestants!

Programmes Director and Channel Manager for Joy Prime, Abdulai Awudu and Nana Yaa Serwaa Sarpong have promised to make FASHION GURU SEWING BEE an annual competition on JOY PRIME, adding that next year's edition will come with bigger surprises in addition to the grand prize. Although all three finalists take away amazing prizes, this year's winner will go home with a Sewing Machine, a 1 year Teaching Contract with Abrantee College, 1 Laptop, GTP products, Multi TV decoder and many more.

JOY PRIME, REAL ENTERTAINMENT!

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Fashion Meets Gospel a success for the fifth year running

Fashion meets gospel © Supplied Fashion meets gospel All roads led to the Barnyard Theatre in Sunninghill, Sandton; for the annual Women's month celebration Fashion Meets Gospel (FMG)

Founded by fashion designer and celebrity stylist Lindani Ndwandwa four years ago, Fashion Meets Gospel has evolved to being a household name and has grown from strength to strength. Under the theme: I am African, the event saw to more than 600 attendees all dressed in their proudly African regalia.

Amongst the guest celebrities such as Katlego Danke, Winnie Madosie, Naymaps and Andile Gaelesiwe that graced the FMG red carpet.

The show had performances by Benjamin Dube, Ntokozo Mbambo, Mabongi Mabaso, Joe Mettle and many other artists that set the stage on fire and the audiences basket in every performance. Njabulo Kunene (former We Will Worship vocalist) left no eye dry in the audience. 

Other designers that showcased include Goodness Mahlangu, Fortunate Khoza, Nwabisa Meth and Freedom Ngamanda, all showcasing their perspectives on African printed wear.

MC Penny Lebyane did a stellar job as she kept the crowd entertained and on the edge of their seats.

Lindani Ndwandwa says that he is excited about the next 5 years and cannot wait to see what lies ahead. 

Here are some of the pictures from the eventful night.

Ntokozo Mbambo not only performed but walked the ramp too, looking gorgeous as ever.

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It wouldn't be a true fashion show without some high praise performances.

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Even the men stepped out in their best garments on the runway.

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You gotta love the passion that Gospel singers exude when performing.

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Even Wanda Baloyi blessed people with her presence and performance.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Giveaway!

It's time for the 2nd Annual Multicultural Children's Book Giveaway and KidLit TV is teaming up with Pragmatic MomJump into a BookFranticmommy, The Educators Spin On It, What We Do All Day and Multicultural Children's Book Day to give parents, teachers, and librarians in need, a chance to win a multicultural book bundle for their school library.

Libraries play an important role in everyone's life. The library is a place where knowledge and the love of reading shine!  However, budgets for school programs are being cut, and school libraries have been heavily affected. Hours for library time have been shortened in some schools, and even non-existent in others.

Up until September 30th you can enter to win a curated bundle of multicultural books featuring StoryMakers guests and additional kid lit authors.

Multicultural Children's Book Bundle Giveaway

Books in Giveaway Bundle!

My Forgotten Self
Written by Lynyetta G. Willis, illustrated by Michele Phillips
Published by Inner Pathway's Publishing

Tiev is a playful girl who vividly dreams about the many paths her life can take. However, when she shares these dreams with her well-intentioned family, they quickly tell her why she cannot be any of the things her heart desires. Feeling lost, hurt, and confused, Tiev encounters a powerful and loving Being, I Am. Tiev gets a glimpse into who she truly is and the amazing gifts waiting for her along each of her desired paths.

Kai and the Magic Jacket 
Written and illustrated by Tricia Chinn Campbell
Published by Blissful Thinking Publishing

When Kai receives an anonymous gift, he is unexpectedly introduced to ancestors from another time. In this coming of age story, Kai is offered guidance while confronted with choices and peer pressure. Kai And The Magic Jacket will encourage children to develop their instinct and confidence!

Monster Needs Your Vote
Written and by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Wendy Grieb
Published by Mighty Media Kids

Election season is here and Monster is ready to vote but, why cast your ballot when you can run for president instead? With speeches, debates, and a soapbox or two, Monster's new tale is a campaign to encourage kids to stand up and fight for what the believe in!

Little Elliot, Big Fun
Written and Illustrated by Mike Curato
Published by Henry Holt & Company

Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, and his friend Mouse go to the amusement park to see the sights and ride the rides water chutes, roller coasters, carousels, and more. But Elliot isn't having much fun the rides are too wet, too fast, and just too scary until Mouse figures out a way to help him overcome his fears. Together, Mouse and Little Elliot can do anything!

Emma and Julia Love Ballet
Written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock
Published by Scholastic Press

Emma is little. Julia is big. They both love ballet. Emma takes ballet lessons. So does Julia. Emma is learning to be a ballerina. Julia is a professional ballerina. They are both excited about the big performance in the theater tonight. Emma will be watching from the audience. Julia will be dancing onstage! And afterward, Emma will go backstage to meet her ballet hero! Barbara McClintock's richly illustrated, heartwarming story is sure to become a perennial favorite

Booked
Written by Kwame Alexander
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

Twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and  teammate Coby, and The Mac.

Peep and Egg
Written by Laura Gehl,  illustrated by Joyce Wan
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Peep wants Egg to hatch so they can do fun things together, like watch the sunrise, splash in puddles, and play hide-and-seek. But Egg is "not cracking."

Marvelous Cornelius
Written by Phil Bildner, illustrated by John Parra
Published by Chronicle Books

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade.

Marta! Big & Small
Written by Jennifer Arena, illustrated by Jen Arena & Angela Dominguez
Published by Roaring Brook Press

As Marta explores the jungle, she knows she's bigger than a bug, smaller than an elephant, and faster than a turtle. But then she meets the snake, who thinks Marta is "sabrosa "tasty, very tasty But Marta is "ingeniosa," a very clever girl, and she outsmarts the snake with hilarious results.With simple Spanish and a glossary at the end, this fun read-aloud picture book teaches little ones to identify opposites and animals and learn new words.

Monster Slayer
Written by Gladys Barbieri, illustrated by Linar Safar
Published by Castlebridge Books

Spirited Gladys Elizabeth has a big problem: her pesky little sister. But when the monsters come out at night and interrupt her sleep, she realizes she is not up for the challenge. An unlikely ally shows up just in time, and Gladys Elizabeth learns a valuable lesson about the meaning of family.

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Thank you to these featured publishers for producing wonderful multicultural books.

Lee and Low
Inner Pathway's Publishing
Blissful Thinking Publishing
Mighty Media Kids
Henry Holt & Company
Scholastic Press
HMH Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Chronicle Books
Roaring Brook Press
Castlebridge Books

Current and former librarians share why they believe school libraries are essential:

"A school is just a building, a floor, walls, doors, windows and a roof, without a library. A vibrant library program is the life force of a school; a professional librarian, the heart which keeps it moving. Our school libraries foster innovative thinking, a desire to locate the truth in the most efficient way, and a sincere love of reading. School libraries are not a luxury; they are a fundamental and essential element in generating and insuring lifelong learning."
— Margie Myers-Culver, K-12 Certified Teacher Librarian

"As a retired school librarian, I certainly know the importance of school libraries. With more and more school librarians being eliminated it is of the utmost importance that we advocate and publicize the important role they play."

 Rocco Staino, Contributing Editor, School Library Journal Director, Empire State Center for the Book Host, KidLit TV's StoryMakers

ABOUT

Pragmatic Mom
Pragmatic Mom was born of several circumstances; one child's lackluster academic year, a mishap during a reading session, and realizing it was okay for a mom to love kid lit more than adult fiction. Mia Wenjen chronicles her family's journey through education, parenting, and children's literature via Pragmatic Mom. Mia is a leader in literacy and parenting. She is one of the co-founders of Multicultural Children's Book Day.

Connect with Pragmatic Mom on Facebook, Google+, Pinteres t, and Twitter.

Jump Into A Book
Jump Into A Book (JIAB) is a site about the love of children's books and how they can be incorporated into our everyday lives through play, crafting, cooking, movies, games, traveling and author visits. At JIAB, they strive to pull books off shelves and stories off pages to create reading experiences for families. Amazon and iTunes best-selling author and founder of Audrey Press, Valarie Budayr is a play and reading advocate, whose mission is to inspire children, families, and communities to experience and create a world together through books while having fun.

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Franticmommy
Rebecca Flansburg (a.k.a Franticmommy), is a freelance writer, blogger and virtual assistant. Franticmommy.com, is filled with laughter and love about the joys of parenthood. Rebecca is also committed to helping women realize their work-from-home dreams, enjoying life beyond the cubicle, and find clarity in the work/life/family balance.

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Multicultural Children's Book Day
Multicultural Children's Book Day's (MCCBD) mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid's books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.Children's reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom have teamed up to create an ambitious (and much needed) national event.  On January 27th, 2014 Jump into a Book and Pragmatic Mom presented the very first Multicultural Children's Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children's books. The results and support overwhelming as authors, publishers, parents, teachers, bloggers and librarians joined forces to offer up an online event designed to shine the spotlight on diversity in children's literature.

Connect with Multicultural Children's Book Day on FacebookInstagramPinter est, and Twitter.

The Educators Spin On It
Making everyday moments into teachable opportunities is the focus of The Educators' Spin On It. The site was created by educators Kim Vij and Amanda Boyarshinov, certified educators and experienced teachers, currently stay at home moms, who have found blogging and Pinterest a key social media tool to share resources with parents.

Connect with The Educators Spin On it on Pinterest, Facebook, and Yo uTube.

What We Do All Day

Here at What We Do All Day we find creative ways to fill the days of our adventurous, lovely and crazy urban life. We blog about the books we read, food we eat, places we go and a few extra thoughts just to keep you on your toes.

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KidLit TV
KidLit TV is a community of authors, illustrators, educators, and parents all working together to bring great books to kids. We hope to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Click here for more.

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Giveaway – Win a merchandise pack to keep you safe with Lights Out!

Are you ready for the horrors that are exposed in the dark this summer in the terrifying brand new film Lights Out? Prepare yourself by winning one of five bundles of Lights Out kits that we are giving away!

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See Diana appear on a heat changing mug, be fully prepared for any dangers in the dark with a peel and stick night light and flashlight keychain, and kit yourself out in glow in the dark detailed clothing.

LIGHTS OUT hits UK cinemas on August 19th 2016.

From producer James Wan (The Conjuring Franchise) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark.

When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn't real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.

But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.

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Gabriel Bateman (Annabelle)
Billy Burke (the Twilight franchise)
Alexander DiPersia (Forever)
Maria Bello (Prisoners)

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⦁ 5(five) winner/s will each receive 1(one) bundle of merchandise including: Lights Out heat changing mug, peel and stick night light, lightbulb style LED flashlight keychain, hat with glow in the dark logo and a glow in the dark Diana T-shirt.
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Backpack giveaway held across Marion County: Photos

FAIRMONT — Children in Marion County needing school supplies before the start of the school year received help with that on Saturday. 

Marion County Starts Smart held its backpack giveaway at several locations.

These locations were the Monongah PACE building, the Mannington Food Pantry, Windmill Park, the Marion County Election Center, the Grant Town Fire Hall, Rivesville United Methodist Church and Christian Love Ministries.

This is the third year for the giveaway.

Marion County Starts Smart gave backpacks filled with school supplies to children in grades pre-k through 12 regardless of income. The organization conducted a school-supply drive from June until Aug. 7 to be able to do the giveaway, president of Marion County Starts Smart Teresa Wright previously told the Times West Virginian.

At Windmill Park, the giveaway was held in conjunction with an information fair.

The information fair was sponsored by Marion County Starts Smart, Prince Hall Masons Meridian Lodge No. 17 in Fairmont, the Fairmont Community Youth Development Center, the West Side Action Coalition, the Rough Riders Motorcycle Club and the Free Masons Mount Moriah Lodge in Morgantown, administrator of the Fairmont Community Youth Development Center Diamond Brown said.

The Fairmont Community Youth Development Center got 30 freshmen from West Virginia University to come help out at the event, she said.

There were 65 children registered to receive backpacks at the giveaway at Windmill Park, but they had enough to give out 75 backpacks, she said.

"I'm thinking that there's probably at least between 200 to 300," Brown said about the number of people who attended the event.

At the information fair the Marion County Literacy Volunteers, Woodforest National Bank, Mon County Habitat for Humanity, Main Street Fairmont, Marion Unity Apartments and the National Youth Advocate Program gave out information about their organizations.

There was also a booth selling jewelry and other goods at the information fair.

This is the first year that Marion County Literacy Volunteers has participated in the Marion County Starts Smart backpack giveaway, director of the Marion County Literacy Volunteers Beth Richendollar, said.

"We're giving out free books," she said.

As of 2 p.m. Marion County Literacy Volunteers had already given out 50 books to children, she said.

During the backpack giveaway there was also a picnic with food and drinks.

There was a car wash where children were washing cars to raise money for the Fairmont Bulldogs Youth Football and Cheerleading. New Beginnings Worship Center provided all the supplies for the car wash, Brown said.

The West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center brought some of its birds to show the people attending the backpack giveaway and information fair.

The Marion County Rescue Squad, the Fairmont Police Department and the Fairmont Fire Department also came to the event. They had a battle of the sirens, Brown said.

Revel Williams, owner of Simple Cutz Barber Shop on Adams Street, was at Windmill Park offering free haircuts for boys in attendance at the event.

"I've been here three and a half years," Williams said. "Fairmont has been supporting my business. Why not give back a little bit?"

Darnekka Jones brought her daughter Da'lyriah Winston, 4, to the backpack giveaway. Her daughter is starting pre-k this school year, Jones said.

"I think it's good," Jones said about the giveaway and fair.

Email Michelle Dillon at mdillon@timeswv.com.


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The Fabergé egg of Green Design: James Chuda's Architecture

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief LuxEcoLiving and co-founder Healthy Child Healthy World

"Architect James Chuda's Green Home has been called the "Fabergé egg" of the green design world." Barbara Lockhart International Designer of the Year 2006

The Los Angeles Magazine's Design Green Home of the Year The Los Angeles Magazine's Design Green Home of the Year

When international interior designer Barbara Lockhart came on board she convinced publisher Alan Klein (Los Angeles Magazine) to motivate other designers to tap into what would soon become a burgeoning green marketplace.

Klein gave a green light to the project.

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Lockhart became Honorary Chair of the Design Committee and summoned Suzanne Furst then president of ASID to assist with the translation of impeccable interiors utilizing green materials. Others followed suit. Troy Adams, Leslie Harris, Sari Ehrenreich, Greg Grande, Kristine Kamenstein, Meg Kalhammer, Carla Sofia, Paula Lechman-Testa and master wood craftsman, Cliff Spencer. Jim Hellinger, landscape architect created an organic vegetable garden with sustainable water conservation landscape features. Pond specialist Peter Logan bridges the connection to nature with a beautiful water garden entry.

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Everyone in American got to see The Chuda's Green Home on Oprah and there are over 32,000 views of the Muse Elementary School visit on YouTube.

Chuda wanted the public to experience a home that truly connects with nature
and nurtures a healthy creative lifestyle.

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As co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World he wanted to show why we should eliminate toxic off-gasing materials from or home interiors. Indoor air pollution is the biggest cause of childhood illness such as asthma.

"We seal up our homes, which are filled with toxic materials that off-gas residues, many of which are hazardous to our health. Especially children who are more vulnerable"

Having lost a child to cancer at age 5, Chuda's inspiration was to build a research laboratory to educate future home owners. "We need to limit the use of toxic materials and provide healthier home environments."

"American children and adults spend 90% of their time indoors."
The Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Asthma rates have doubled over the last 20 years, according to the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Asthma attacks are triggered by indoor air pollutants.

Education is the key. Not only to potential new home buyers but to people like brokers and appraisers who set the bar for real estate.

Jay Tucker Elm from Sotheby's International calls The Chuda's Green Home, "glamorous and earthy."

"This is something everyone in America has to see, the Chuda's Green Home." Oprah Winfrey "This is something everyone in America has to see, the Chuda's Green Home." Oprah Winfrey

Buyers need to make appropriate decisions not just based on economics but the real value should be health.

In today's competitive marketplace the MLS systems lack sufficient means of measuring benefits of environmentally friendly properties.

When it comes to energy efficiency and "green" features in homes, there's a chasm-sized disconnect in the marketplace among consumers, real estate appraisers and the nation's realty sales system. On the one hand, prospective buyers routinely tell researchers that they place a high priority on energy-saving and environmentally friendly components in houses. The presence of high-efficiency systems in a home makes shoppers more interested in buying because they'll save money in the long run.

But the real value is not about saving money. Money can't buy health.

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A very special thanks to Barbara Lockhart whose lifetime achievements include; recipient of the S.M. Hexter Award for the Most Outstanding Interior Designer in America; the ASID Lifetime Achievement Award; the Beverly Hills Architectural Achievement Award. Voted one of Christie's Twenty Innovators of Twentieth Century Style.

A Greenprint for Healthy Living is something the Chuda's spent years developing.

The Green Home includes:

1.Double glazed insulated windows


2. Garage detached from main structure - minimizing toxins in home


3. Low flush toilets


4. Energy saving refrigerator & oven


5. Formaldehyde free, all natural insulation from denim waste


6. Energy saving washer & dryer


7. Cork flooring


8. Bamboo flooring


9. Palmwood flooring


10. Grass Pave-recycled plastic cells with sod (driveway)


11.Walls of structure made of 60% concrete


12. Structural orientation to minimize heat gain from the sun


13. Lower floor is below grade, which minimizes heat gain and loss


14. Upper floor is ventilated to allow for hot air removal


15. Energy efficient heating system


16. Standing seam metal roof with reflective pai nt; reduces heat gain in atmosphere, helps reduce global warming, reduces heat gain in home


17. Grid point energy system system, manages use of energy from renewable sources, solar photovoltaic panels, provides back-up power, eliminates need for generator and storage of toxic fuels


18. Efficient use of skylights t0 minimize need for artificial daytime lighting


19. Steel exterior railings and window frames; low maintenance, long-lasting, can be recycled, no toxic wood preservatives needed


20. Life Source whole house water filtration system


21. Irrigation drip system


22. Landscaping/use of drought resistant plants


23. Low VOC paints & stains


24. Lead free paint


25. Plyboo (bamboo plywood) cabinetry with non-toxic glazes


26. Electronic air filtration system


27. Energy efficient tankless hot water system


28. Solar exterior landsc ape lighting


29. Built-in vacuum system-vented to outside


30. Composting garbage system


31. Organic herb and vegetable gardens


32. Recycle bins in kitchen


33. No wall-to-wall carpet


34. 100% organic, allergy-free mattress & bedding


35. Reduced flow showerheads


36. Recycled glass, aluminum and bronze tiles


37. Non-toxic cleaning products


38. Biodegradable detergents


39. Organic Beechwood fiber towels


40. Aromatherapy steam shower and chromatherapy spa tub


41. Hemp & sandalwood scented blinds


42. Fiberglass free environment


43.Water gardens which naturally cool surrounding air


44. Chlorine free spa


45. Pesticide free landscape


46. Large leaf plants to minimize indoor air pollution


47. Smoke free residence


48. Chemical fre e products for pet care and hygiene


49. Minimum storage of dry cleaned garments


50. Minimized Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) exposure


51. Compact florescent and LED lights


52. Recycled & petrified wood furniture


53. Marmoleum (natural linseed linoleum) floors


54. Recycled, no glue-carpet tiles for floors


55. Recycled coconut shell chip furniture


56. Natural clay paints for interior walls


57. Decorative recycled broken glass for landscaping


58.Woven grass & papyrus paper wall coverings


59. Organic wool area rugs


60. Stone pebble tile floors with natural (uncolored) grout


61. Limestone based paints - interior walls


62. Organic linen & raw silk window coverings


63. Kirie wood shelving; laminated, dried reed from sorghum plant


64. Lyptus wood cabinetry from managed Brazili an forests



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