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The 10-Year Hoodie: Designing Planned Obsolescence Out of Clothing

A new Kickstarter project from Flint and Tinder features a hoodie designed to last a lifetime.

The most "sustainable" piece of clothing isn't made from organic or recycled fabric, or sewed with a solar-powered sewing machine. Not to say that better materials and manufacturing don't matter—they do—but if you can reach into your closet to wear something you already own, rather than buying something new, that's an automatic environmental win.

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Hot Wheels: 100 Designers Create 100 Simple Wooden Cars That Kids Love

100 Italian designers created wooden cars, intended as toys that kids would actually want to keep.

Italian designer Matteo Ragni was tired of giving his kids toys only to watch them lose interest after a couple of hours of play. His solution? Try to design a toy that kids could form an emotional bond with—something they would actually love. After watching countless cheap toys break, he also wanted to make a toy sturdy enough to last.

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Built to Last

As an inventor, Saul Griffith has spent a lot of time thinking about how to make useful things. Griffith developed innovative...

As an inventor, Saul Griffith has spent a lot of time thinking about how to make useful things. Griffith developed innovative designs for low-cost prescription glasses and energy-producing kites, founded the DIY website Instructables, and created a comprehensive carbon calculator called WattzOn. He was also awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant in 2007. Recently, onstage at high-profile conferences such as TED and PopTech, Griffith has been arguing that we need to stop buying things and then throwing them away so quickly. In short, we need more "heirloom design."

GOOD: What do you mean by "heirloom design?"

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