Made in the West

A High-Tech Habitat for Ducks

The happening new thing at Seattle’s PBG is the custom-designed “duckaponics” system. Owner Kevin Scott-Vandenberge wanted a duck habitat that utilized the principles of aquaponics, so employee Brian Genung built him one. Rat-proof, and self-cleaning –watering, and -fertilizing, this ingenious waterfowl fortress is also solar-powered.

Kickstarter We Love: Self-Watering Patch Planters

Two years ago we loved watching the modular and customizable Urbio vertical planter system raise five times their fundraising goal on Kickstarter, the awesome crowd-funding source for creative projects. Now, I’m rooting for a new green-your-home product campaign, the self-watering “Patch” planters made by a Vancouver entrepreneur.

San Francisco’s First* Online Pop-up Shop

We’ve seen plenty of pop-up restaurants, pop-up retail stores, even pop-up art galleries out here. But an online pop-up shop?

Rethinking Black Friday

I have a lot of stuff. My closets, the basement, and even a storage unit across town contain the escalating accumulation of middle-class life. And yet, somehow, I’m always shopping for more stuff: garden supplies, sports equipment, holiday gifts. So when I was invited to join Yerdle, a sharing site that, fittingly, launches today (you know, Black Friday), I accepted.