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Six Gifts for Creativity, Sustainability, and Giving Back

GOOD has assembled a holiday shopping guide for those looking to gift something a little different or support those in need.

It's about that time of year when we're all frantically trying to hunt down those last-minute gifts for our loved ones. To help guide you to some gifts off the radar, here is a short list of some inspiring products and services that we discovered at GOOD.is this past year.

1. A Shirt That Kids Can Play With—The Itty Bitty Project

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Debranded: Selfridges Launches 'No Noise' Campaign

Selfridges new No Noise campaign includes a collection of products stripped of their logos.

Selfridges, a U.K. department store, thinks that the experience of shopping is due for a change. "As we become increasingly bombarded with information and stimulation, the world is becoming a noisier place," the store writes on their site. In response, they launched a 'quiet shopping' campaign called No Noise this week.

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How Cheap Fashion Is Changing the Way We Shop

Stores like H&M and Zara are selling mass-produced fashions sold at rock bottom prices—and retraining shoppers to buy low-quality clothes.

Where did you buy your last top or pair of pants? If you're like most Americans, you probably popped into a cheap chain like Target, H&M, Old Navy, T.J. Maxx, or Forever 21 and walked out with more duds than you meant to buy and a still-full wallet. Cheap clothes were once a niche in the retail landscape, and not particularly fashionable. Now, low-cost retailers H&M and Zara are the largest clothiers in the world by sales and cheap clothes have become cool: Consumers have bragging rights about landing a deal at "Tarjay" or a $10 frock at H&M for date night.

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Infographic: Who's Winning, Walmart or Amazon?

Sure, Walmart is the biggest retailer on earth. But these stats suggest it won't be that way forever.

Walmart is fresh off a Supreme Court victory in its labor practices case, but take a quick look at some of the trends in this graphic and you might conclude its very business model will become a relic long before sex discrimination is.

Walmart is a business behemoth, no doubt about it. It's doing great, making a healthy profit, growing well.

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Repurposing Abandoned Schools Project Winner: A Farm to Table Urban Food Center

Caroline Hadilaksono turns an abandoned school into an "all-in-one ecosystem" where people can grow, distribute, and enjoy good food. See her design.

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Austrian National Library: A Model for the 21st Century?

The stunning design for an extension of Austria's National Library is a 21st century learning space that's visually inspiring and multifunctional.


While American libraries are facing tough budget cuts and struggling to stay open, our European cousins are stepping up and investing in 21st century learning spaces that are both visually inspiring and multifunctional.

Beijing-based architect Chris Precht's design for an extension of the Austrian National Library seamlessly connects learning with the social way people spend their time—shopping, eating out, and engaging in cultural activities. The library collection—which is currently housed in a 276-year-old section of Vienna's Hofburg Palace—will be located in an underground exhibition hall. The rest of the space will house creative studios, a multipurpose space, a restaurant, and retail stores.

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