Michael Tsinovsky Puts Arabic Into Israel’s Melting Pot

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Industrial designer Michael Tsinovsky brought together Israel’s many local styles in his ‘asli’ furniture design. When it comes to consumerism, local is almost always better for the environment and for the local economy.  Local is better when you’re buying produce at the farmer’s market, when you’re supporting local artisans and craftsmen, and when you’re purchasing […]

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Zolaykha Sherzad Resurrects Traditional Afghan Crafts Via Modern Fashion Design

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Zolaykha Sherzad revives Afghan artistic culture and trains women with her Zarif Design company in Kabul. Fashion can be environmentally friendly in a few ways.  Green-ifying your outfit can be as simple as obtaining it from your local second-hand store, or using eco-friendly detergents and cold water to wash it.  Alternatively, it can mean that […]

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Omani Handicrafts Facing Extinction Versus Machine Made Imitations

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At stake for Oman is the extinction of traditional handicrafts in the face of cheaper, machine made imitations.  Man making khanjars (traditional Omani daggers). [image via: v.williams46] Omani handicrafts – such as silver items, woven cloths, and pottery – may have been passed down from generation to generation and faced difficulties such as material shortages […]

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How Green Is Your Garlic?

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Imported garlic looks beautiful, but locally grown is  healthier. Contaminated garlic from China  was a scandal in the late 1990s and up till 2009. Fueled by anger over tainted pet food, toothpaste, and medicines from China, health-conscious consumers were outraged at the huge quantities of cheap Chinese garlic that were being “dumped” – sold for […]

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