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Architectural Cat Houses for a Cause

These stunning cat houses were created for Architects for Animals’ “Giving Shelter” fundraiser in Los Angeles. The designs drew a crowd of not-so-crazy cat people, and all proceeds went to FixNation, a Californian spay-neuter nonprofit. Kind and contemporary, the designs please feline friends and design-conscious guardians alike with their geometry, texture, and clean look. The cat houses were designed by various architects: Formation Association, HOK, Perkins + Will, DSH architecture, ...

Origami Lighting for a Good Cause

Orikomi is series of tea lights and handmade origami lamp shades by Blaanc. Crafted from high quality paper, the delicate shades are particularly eye-catching. Each piece plays with color and shape, and the overall effect is reminiscent of a dancer’s bright skirt. The design promises to soften any room with pastel colors. Moreover, the product sales benefit Adobe for Women, a nonprofit that funds sustainable housing projects and teaches Mexican ...

Q&Q SmileSolar Watch

The Q&Q SmileSolar watch is an environmentally and socially responsible design. Made of recycled plastic and fabric and powered by solar energy, the wristwatch puts sustainability at the forefront. Just one hour of sunlight generates enough power for more than three months of use. So, the wearer could pretty much be a vampire and still not worry about running out of battery. In addition to conserving earth’s resources, the watch ...

B Frog Clothing and Accessories

Guatemalan-born entrepreneurs Christian and Steven Cremer founded fashion brand B Frog in 2012. Together, the brothers launched B Frog’s line of socially-responsible clothes and accessories, which can be found online and in boutiques in Guatemala, the USA, Canada, Germany, and Japan. Partnering with top-rated charity Save the Children, B Frog donates fifteen meals to children in need for every item purchased. When one buys from B Frog, one supports a ...

Oliberté Leather Goods

Canadian Tal Dehtiar came to Sub-Saharan Africa to help with international aid efforts. He eventually grew frustrated, however, by how little change he could see in the lives of everyday people. Refocusing his energies, Dehtiar took a capitalist approach and founded his business, Oliberté, in 2009. Through Oliberté, a leather goods company based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dehtiar seeks to create jobs and grow the middle class, improving the overall ...

WAR-TOYS

From 2011 to the present day, photographer Brian McCarty has been travelling to conflict areas in order to document war’s effect on children. For this project, dubbed “WAR-TOYS,” McCarty and his team of arts therapists collaborate with NGOs such as the Israel Trauma Coalition, United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and Spafford Children’s Center, empowering children to share their stories. Through expressive art therapy, these organizations give children the opportunity ...

Sill to Sill Brings Farming to City Windows

Environmental group the Hackney City Farm of London promoted designers to think about farming within the urban context by hosting a competition for the best ideas toward building with recycled, reused, or previously discarded subjects. The results were in and young designers Julian Bond, Sigrid Bylander, Lucy Paton and Benedetta Rogers won first place! Their project was named “Sill to Sill” demonstrating window sill square footage as a means for ...

Fantasized: a Recycling Project From Fan to Lamp

When an appliance gives out or a handy contraption decides to bite the dust, it always compels us to think about the waste it creates. Sigh, there goes another giant contribution in the rubbish pile at the dump. Well, Belgian designer Sep Verboom did something about a bunch of dead fans left to rot in the junk shop of Cebu, Philippines. Thinking green, being creative he naturally turned the fans ...

Artichair, Chair Made of Artichoke Pulp

A simple bucket chair made from artichoke thistle and a biological resin abstracted from yesterday’s cooking oil performs like plastic but without the damaging properties. This fantastic alternative is 100% biodegradable, no landfill sob stories around here. The designer’s name is Spyros Kizis; as an advocate for his country of Greece and its struggling economy he has come up with utilizing nationally grown thistle for such a concept. The artichoke ...

Glove Love by Do The Green Thing

“It was love at first sight. I needed you and you needed me and ‘poof!’ match made in heaven,” said the purple stripe mitten to the gray mitten. Successful matchmaking is a common occurrence at Glove Love by Do The Green Thing, where every lonely glove finds its soul mate. They come from all walks of life, worn by the young, by the old, by the fashionista, by the hipster. ...