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Recycled Milk Carton Tote

MoMA Store’s new Destination Portugal collection has a quite a few gems, one of which is this tote made from recycled Portuguese milk cartons. (The silver finish comes from the milk containers’ interiors, just in case you were wondering.)

17h x 22″l

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Paperwallet

If you’re wondering how this Paperwallet is different from the Mighty Wallet, you’re not alone. It’s made from Tyvek and is recyclable, same as the Mighty, but fits just a tad more credit cards as it’s got has just a few extra pockets. Also, if you’re the solid-color type, there’s some saturated hues that you’ll like. (Mighty Wallet has solids, but they’re a little more on the pastel side.)

2 credit card slots, 2 contact card flaps ,2 easy access pockets & 1 cash compartment. Fits 12+ Credit Cards.
8 x 20 cm (open)

**Also, Paperwallet is offering 10% off any wallet for BLTD readers. Just enter “betterliving” in the coupon code box.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.99
Availability: Buy Paperwallet here

Nimbo Slap-on Watch

The Nimbo Slap-on watch is a new, thickset silicon watch band which just slaps on the wrist with no fuss of buckles or snaps. It’s available in a seven bright colors (including black and white) and comes in both analog and digital versions. Because of it’s generous size, it looks best on a bare wrist so it’s doesn’t compete with sleeves or other jewelry. It definitely has a very casual feel to it, but I could definitely see it being a wardrobe staple for designer/architect types.

Mine is black digital, and I love how it has a great visual impact to it. Thanks to UMA for sending us one to check out in person.

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Availability: Buy Nimbo Slap-on Watch here

Redmaloo Laptop sleeve

Check out these colorful felt sleeves that folds around your laptop to keep it protected. When unfolded, the felt acts as a workspace with integrated mousepad. (If you have a sewing machine, chances are you could make something similar maybe?)

Felt colors available: Orange, Grey, Lime, Black and Pink.
Also available in Black or Brown leather (€189.00).

Purchase Information:

Price: €89.00
Availability: Buy Redmaloo Laptop sleeve here

TK:ARO Glass Water Bottle

That’s right, a glass water bottle that is reusable, recyclable, transportable and dishwasher safe. But what about the glass, hmm? Afraid it’ll break? As long as you keep it from “radical falls” it should be perfectly fine. (On the Tkaro website there’s also an engraved option if you want it customized; price is just slightly higher at $37.95.)

Equivalent to 2 cups or 500mL.
Do not place in freezer or microwave. Not suitable for hot beverages.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95
Available from: UMA

Zero Waste Bag

Add another reusable tote to your must-have list: this lightweight bag is made from a single sheet of #2 plastic and, just like the Ty Shower Curtain, you can write/draw on it as you wish. So, make notes, keep a travel log, or just keep it plain white (as I plan to do, at least at first). It’s machine washable and can be recycled when it has worn out.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Availability: Buy Zero Waste Bag here

U-Lock Holster

Even if you’re not a gunslinger, you get the gist of a holster. Keeps your weapon close, secured, and ready to use at a moment’s notice. Now, apply that idea for
a bicycle U-Lock, and you’ve got a smart accessory for a cyclist. This holster loops easily onto your belt and is available in natural or black.

Fits a 4.5� bicycle U-Lock.

4.75� W x 2.75� H x 1� D
Made in Brooklyn.

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: Brook Farm General Store

Littlefly Rings

If you ever wished you could wear your favorite book, your wish has come true. Jeremy May makes jewelry from books, and yes, the results are a literary success. By laminating sheets together and sculpting to achieve the desired shape, he’s created one-of-a-kind pieces that show hints of the texts and images held within. The final piece is cleverly returned to the cavity in the book for presentation or safekeeping. There’s really quite a variety of shapes and sizes, and his site is very worth perusing should you be in the market for appreciation or purchase.

Prices range from 185 to 1050, as each piece is handmade and unique.

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More information:

View Littlefly Rings here

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May 28th Watches

I’ve never been a fan out of watches without numbers but I’ll make an exception for these watches by Agni Tilla. Operating under the name May28th, she creates one-of-a-kind watches in so many different styles and colors that you won’t have any trouble finding one (or two, or three…) that fits your style. Prices range from $35-50.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy May 28th Watches here

Jon and Lizzie Sunglasses

Wintercheck Factory has just released the Jon and Lizzie sunglasses. Originally found in a second hand store near their workshop in Brooklyn, these old school safety glasses have been modified for everyday use. They’re impact resistant, 99.9% UV Protected, and come with their own plastic custom case.

Several different colors to choose from.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Wintercheck Factory

Accordion Bag

No more unpacking? Can it be true? This bag’s accordion strap allows for open shelf storage when hung, meaning you can do without hangers and hotel drawers. When folded, it looks like a normal-ish bag (in reflective material) that’s easy enough to carry around. It’s worth mentioning that the hook looks a little worrisome; if there’s no storage option for it, it might catch on something.

Available in Green, Blue, or Yellow.
Daniele Trebbi 2009
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Purchase Information:

Price: �235,00
Available from: Skitch.it

Kiosk

Do Kiosk owners Alisa Grifo and Marco Romeny have one of the best jobs ever? They travel the world finding the most interesting and unique products and bring them back to sell in their New York store. Each trip they take results in a curated exhibition at the store, together with on-going products from previous exhibitions. Emphasis is placed on goods that are traditionally used and cultural-specific. High-priced “over-designed” products don’t make the cut. Kiosk is a must visit if you’re in New York, but you can always browse their online shop. There really is no store quite like it.

Official Kiosk website:

kioskkiosk.com

Address:

95 Spring Street, Second Floor
New York NY 10012
United States

More information:

View Kiosk here

Lazer Urbanize Bicycle Helmet

Urban bicycle riders want to look good riding and be practical. Translation: no spandex, butt pads, and $4000 carbon fiber bikes. The rise of bicycle ridership has translated into a whole slew of new products catering to these needs including practical and low cost bicycles, fashionable riding clothes, and countless accessories. Traditionally known for their high performance helmets, Lazer has released a new urban-centric helmet which has a great look and features built-in lights, an absolutely necessary safety item for city riding.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100
Availability: Buy Lazer Urbanize Bicycle Helmet here

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TravelTeq Trash bags

This travel bag is mighty impressive. Handmade in Italy, it has 8 inside compartments (4 open, 3 zipped) and one outside compartment/pocket (for ticket or mobile phone) to make sure all your important things stay put. It’s got an undercover sort of look to it, especially in the darker ‘Panther’ color. Also, there’s free shipping to the US and EU, if that helps take the edge off the price.

Accommodates up to a 15 inch laptop.
Florentine Vachetta leather with water resistant nylon lining.
40w x 30h x 8d cm

Check out the extra pics to see the alternate color option and other views.
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Purchase Information:

Price: �395.00
Availability: Buy TravelTeq Trash bags here

Olympus PEN E-PL1

I was quite excited when the first one of these was released, though it was too expensive, had no viewfinder, and no flash. Wasn’t alone on these opinions and Olympus has thankfully addressed all of these issues. While my bank account still can’t afford it, at least it’s much closer to reality.

What’s to like about it? Micro four thirds, smaller body, interchangable lens. HD video. Way too many features too list right here, check out ‘em out at Amazon.

Check out dpReview‘s article comparing the original to the newer version.
Photo Credit: dpReview

Purchase Information:

Price: $600.00
Available from: Amazon.com

Source: Engadget