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04 NOVEMBER, 2010

PICKED: Faucet Face

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Water sustainability has been an ongoing concern. Which is why we love Faucet Face — a delightful line of glass bottles that make drinking tap water a joy, in hopes of inspiring people to buy less bottled water.

The bottles come in three colors, each featuring original artwork by an independent designer — a green Hose Water, with typographic illustration by Ray Fenwick; a red Hummingbird Feeder designed by Anneka Tran; and a blue Tap is Terrific with typography by UK designer Seb Lester.

Exra-thick glass keeps the bottle from breaking easily and a BPA-free cap ensures a non-toxic, carcinogen-free drink. A portion of the profits from the sale of each bottle goes to charity:water, our favorite nonprofit bringing clean drinking water to people in the developing world.

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03 NOVEMBER, 2010

An Awesome Book of Thanks! Dallas Clayton Celebrates Gratitude

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In 2008, LA-based artist and writer Dallas Clayton made us smile with An Awesome Book! — a lovely, awesome even, illustrated children’s book about dreaming big. This season, he’s back with An Awesome Book of Thanks! — a gem of a sequel about gratitude and the art of being thankful, both timeless and perfectly timed with Thanksgiving.

Written in a style that would make a Dr. Seuss lover swoon and illustrated with the kind of colorful whimsy that tickles your eternal inner kid awake, this is positively one of the most creative, most heart-warming children’s books we’ve ever come across.

You can read the full book online, but the screen doesn’t do Clayton’s vibrant, playful illustration justice — on the bound and printed page, it leaps to life with boundless charm and exuberance.

Clayton wrote the original book for his son, them made some copies and put it all on online just to share it with his friends. Before he knew it, the books were selling out, batch after batch, and he was doing readings in high schools, children’s hospitals, churches, playgrounds and other kid havens.

And just when you begin pondering whether it’s possible to get any more “awesome,” it does: For every copy of the book sold, Clayton’s Awesome Foundation gives one away to a child in need.

An Awesome Book of Thanks! hits bookstores on November 11, but you can already pre-order it on Amazon.

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02 NOVEMBER, 2010

The Holstee Manifesto: Making The Life You Want To Live

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This morning, we celebrated a brilliant upcycling effort, but when it comes to upcycling and smart social responsibility, no one can out-smart, out-cool and out-inspire our friends at Holstee, who blend an ethos of sustainability with an honest and inspired approach to all of life.

We’re particularly enamored with The Holstee Manifesto – a poetic homage to the art of living your passion.

UPDATE: The Holstee Manifesto is now available in a wonderful 5×7 greeting card printed on handmade paper derived from 50% elephant poo and 50% recycled paper and a gorgeous letterpress print.

Show Holstee some love on Facebook, take a look at their original collection, and keep an eye on their fantastic ongoing Curated section.

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